DUBAI and MOSCOW, November 5, 2019: Morgan Lewis welcomes two corporate partners who focus on energy projects and transactions. Chadi Salloum, a corporate, projects, and infrastructure lawyer, is resident in the Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices. He arrives from Akin Gump, where he co-managed the Abu Dhabi office. Jennifer Josefson, a leading energy transactions lawyer in Russia who arrives from King & Spalding, is resident in the Moscow office.
Their arrival comes on the heels of the hire of corporate lawyer Ayesha Waheed, a partner resident in London who represents clients throughout Europe and in Africa and Asia, particularly Southeast Asia, on international energy and infrastructure transactions.
“I am delighted to welcome Jennifer and Chadi to Morgan Lewis,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “We are excited by the continued growth of our cross-border energy transactions capabilities around the world and the combined effect the arrivals of Jennifer, Chadi, and Ayesha have on further strengthening our services to clients in this space, particularly in emerging markets.”
Jennifer focuses on oil, gas, liquefied natural gas, petrochemical, power, mining, and natural resources sectors. She represents energy clients in transactions in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), the Middle East, Africa, and other emerging markets. Jennifer also handles the commercial agreements regularly used by energy companies for revenue generation, raw materials and feedstock inputs, financing, and facilities operations and maintenance.
Chadi represents primarily energy, power, and infrastructure clients with interests in the United Arab Emirates and throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia. He also represents sovereign entities, multinational companies, regional utilities, and financial institutions in a broad range of transactions, including corporate commercial, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, renewable energy and other projects, privatizations, tender offers, rights offerings, and private placements of equity, equity-linked, and debt securities. Additionally, he advises clients on policy, regulatory, and governance matters and reporting obligations.
Chambers Global and Chambers Europe rank Jennifer in Band 1 for Energy & Natural Resources, Russia, and, among many other accolades, she has been recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year, Russia, in a variety of energy-related categories each year since 2016. She also contributes to the development of international oil and gas contracting standards through her leadership work with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).
Chadi, who is recommended by Chambers Global and The Legal 500 EMEA, previously practiced with leading law firms in New York and Italy after clerking with the Chief Justice of the Canadian Federal Court of Appeals in Ottawa. Educated in the United States and Canada, he is fluent in English and Arabic, and is a French and Italian speaker.
“The wide-ranging global experience in the energy sector of both Jennifer and Chadi enhances our already robust corporate transactions services in Russia, the CIS, the Middle East, and around the world,” said Steve Browne, who leads Morgan Lewis’s global corporate and business transactions practice. “Their arrival continues our strategic priority to grow our project finance, infrastructure, and energy resources team globally.”