Squire Patton Boggs has further expanded its Global Corporate Practice in London with the appointment of partner Julian Thatcher. Mr. Thatcher joins the firm from private equity (PE) investment firm MHMK Capital Group, where he was an executive in a sub-Saharan African PE fund carrying out transactional and legal work alongside origination and business development. He was previously at Macfarlanes LLP.
Mr. Thatcher’s practice is focused on PE and M&A, primarily in Africa and the UK. He has advised on transactions throughout Africa as well as the UK, across a number of industries including logistics, financial services, fin-tech and infrastructure, and has significant experience in renewable energy projects. Mr. Thatcher was a founding member of the management team of Botswana-based solar energy developer, Invest Solar Africa Limited, where he was part of the executive team responsible for developing Zimbabwe’s largest grid-connected solar energy project.
“Julian is an excellent strategic fit for the continued growth of our Corporate Practice,” said Jonathan Jones, European Managing Partner at Squire Patton Boggs. “As part of our long-term strategy to build differentiated global practices, Julian is one of a number of partners to join the firm recently who bring not only high-level transactional experience, but also comprehensive industry and market expertise. Julian’s energy sector knowledge and on-the-ground connections in Africa present exciting synergies in key areas of our business and will enhance our ability to perform sophisticated work for clients.”
Corporate partner Paul Mann, who leads the UK PE team, added, “We are delighted to welcome Julian to the firm. Julian’s expertise and specialist track record will help to strengthen our growing PE practice in London, complementing our recent PE hires, with Charles Leeming and Ben Squires joining the firm last year.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Thatcher said, “Squire Patton Boggs has strong positions in areas that align well with my practice, particularly its work in PE and major energy projects across Africa and around the world. Its global reach and outlook perfectly positions it for success in Africa as the continent’s economies continue to rapidly expand and be of interest to a global investor base. I’m looking forward to joining the team in London and playing my part in its continued success.”