Dentons adds two partners to Paris base

Dentons has added two new partners to its Paris energy team to focus the firm on growing its Francophone Africa energy strategy.

The firm has appointed Ramin Hariri and Vincent Lacombe, two partners from France’s largest law firm, FIDAL.

Dentons is aiming at growing its Paris team following several key losses over the last year. The firm lost a 10-lawyer team from legacy SNR Denton’s Paris office to join US firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed (31 January 2012).

The newly merged Dentons has added the two partners as partners in a bid to bolster its energy strategy and aim at the African market. Both represent large energy and utilities companies in their current firms and advise on tax and project finance matter in the energy, mining and infastructure sectors.

Lacombe and Hariri also offer experience under ‘OHADA’ – ‘the organisation for the harmonisation of business law in Africa’ – a the system of business laws and institutions adopted by 17 West and Central African nations.

The firm has been engineering its Africa strategy for several years. Legacy SNR Denton was ahead of the curve in beefing up its Africa presence in 2009 (10 November 2008), adding a South African firm to its network and then adding 10 African firms to its Africa network in 2011(28 February 2011). It added another South African firm in 2012 (11 September 2012)

The bolstering of the energy team in Paris marks the firm’s latest effort to connect with high-powered Francophone energy clients. 

Lacombe will focus on investments, projects, mergers and project finance in the energy, mining and infastructure sectors. 

In Paris, legacy Salans advised on the $165.4m sale of Total’s French solar energy subsidiary Tenesol to SunPower corporation in Novmber 2012.