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Mackrell International firms advise Groupe Mimran on A$28 million transaction with ASX listed Avenira

Mackrell International (MI) members Stehlin & Associés in France and Hive Legal in Australia advised West African Groupe Mimran on its A$28 million (£14 million/$US 20 million) transaction with Avenira Limited, a company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Groupe Mimran is a Senegal based family owned conglomerate with interests in various industries including mining and agriculture. It is also Senegal’s largest private sector employer through Compagnie Sucrière Sénégalaise (Senegal Sugar Co). Avenira’s main business is the Baobab Project, a phosphate mine in Senegal. The transaction provides funding for the project, including obtaining a full mine permit, and other Avenira investment activities.

Cyrille Boillot, M & A partner at Stehlin advised on the M & A aspects, while Simon Davidson, Principal at Hive, provided Australian securities law advice.

Clive Mieville, managing director of MI said; “All day, every day, there are MI member firms working with each other on global transactions and cases. The Mimran transaction is a typical one for us, members playing to their strengths in their respective countries and using their sector and industry expertise combined with local knowledge to deliver exceptional client work.”

DLA Piper acted as lawyers for Avenira.

Unanimous member vote for new incoming Chair with sight set on new business, profile and growth.

Nigel Rowley, managing partner of member firm in London Mackrell Turner Garrett, has been elected MI’s incoming chair. The unanimous membership vote was taken at the network’s 2016 AGM in Hong Kong. Nigel’s manifesto for the network’s 93 members includes finding new sources of business, raising the network’s global profile and growth to 100 members.

Nigel Rowley said; “All business is global and we are experiencing a rapid increase in demand for our services. MI can compete with any global law firm on critical mass, sector expertise and client commitment. In addition, our independent firms across the world are incredibly well-connected on the ground in 170 offices across 60 countries. At a time when buyers of legal services are looking at global networks as a potential provider, particularly attracted to the value we bring, the time has come to ensure more buyers of legal services know about that offer.”

Mackrell Turner Garrett is one of London’s leading law firms and a founder of MI in 1987. Known for his visionary outlook and as the driving force behind the network’s recent expansion, Nigel has been a member of the firm’s International Committee since 2009 and leads many of MI's special projects including business development and trade delegations.

Nigel Rowley will take over the three year tenure from current chair Michael Connolly of New York firm Morrison Cohen at the 2017 AGM in Santiago.

Nigel Rowley

Mackrell International

New Chair for Global Membership Committee

Mackrell International (MI) has appointed Chris Short of Weir & Associates as new Chair of its Global Membership Committee.

MI’s Regional membership Committees in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regularly meet and review prospective members in response to client demand and ever-changing global business trends. All members are volunteers. Chris Short will lead and coordinate the committees with a global and inter-regional oversight.

Already, plans are in place for the inaugural African Regional Meeting in July 2016 hosted by Kasirye, Byaruhanga & Co Advocates in Kampala, Uganda.

Chris will attend the meeting together with existing African members and prospective regional firms as he seeks to increase MI's presence on the continent.

Clive said “Demand for membership places exceeds supply as many independent law firms recognise the increasing power of global networks and MI’s growing business development reputation. Chris takes over at a pivotal time in our growth and when we are turning our attention to membership criteria and boosting our presence in areas with client demand for presence on the ground.”

Information on joining Mackrell International is available from the website.

Ohio Member Partner named President of local Bar Association

Ron Kopp, a partner with Roetzel, MI’s member firm for Ohio, has been appointed President of the Ohio State Bar Association. Litigator Ron previously served as OSBA’s President-Elect, as a member of its Board of Governors, as Chair of the Budget & Headquarters Committee, and on its Audit Committee.

Full-service firm, Roetzel, has been MI’s member for Ohio since 2010. Litigator Ron is the second MI member to be appointed President of their local Bar Association.

Last year David Yu of MI China member Llinks Law Office was appointed President of the Shanghai Bar Association.

Clive Mieville, managing director of MI, said; “Members who are well-connected and respected in their local communities are a competitive advantage for MI. Elections to these positions in local legal associations are proof of just how well connected and respected our members are. Clients notice and appreciate it.”

MI is represented in 34 US states and Roetzel is one of MI’s 24 US member firms.

Ronald S. Kopp

Mackrell International

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