Pinsent Masons hires corporate crime and forensic investigations partner in South Africa

10 Jan 2022 | 09:34 am | 1 min. read

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has hired partner Edward James to bolster its corporate crime and investigations capabilities in South Africa.

Joining from South African-headquartered firm ENSafrica, Edward will work predominantly with the firm’s global energy and infrastructure sectors and will enhance the firm’s forensics, criminal investigations, and compliance capabilities in Africa.

Edward is a leading corporate crime and investigations specialist advising clients on compliance, fraud, bribery and corruption, corporate espionage, anti-money laundering, cyber breaches and economic sanctions. Edward has advised clients across a broad range of industries in Sub-Saharan African jurisdictions including Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.

Junaid Banoobhai, head of Pinsent Masons Johannesburg, said: “Many of the megatrends that influence global economies - such as lowering carbon emissions - are amplified in Africa due to soaring increases in population and a network of infrastructure that is not fit for purpose. The investment required is substantial, but so too are the opportunities. The private sector will play a major role in driving development, but investment must be cautiously managed in geopolitically volatile regions. Edward brings significant compliance and corporate crime expertise, domestic market understanding and the right long-term thinking to help clients cultivate these opportunities and reap the rewards.”

Laura Cameron, global head of risk advisory services at Pinsent Masons said: “Africa is becoming an extremely attractive market for investors, particularly those looking to fund low-carbon energy and infrastructure projects. However, there continues to be complex risks associated with the region which need to be effectively managed. Edward brings the right skill-set to support our clients and boost our expertise in compliance and forensic investigations on the ground in South Africa and more broadly across the continent.”

Pinsent Masons has been handling transactions and matters for international clients with interests throughout Africa for over 25 years. Recent experience includes advising on the development of an anhydrous Hydrogen Plant and acting as part of an international team of lawyers assisting major international businesses investigate allegations of corruption in the rail and energy sectors of South Africa. Pinsent Masons has also been supporting multiple contractors on various renewables and conventional power projects in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa, including the Medupi and Kusile power plants.

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