News April 9, 2024

Curtis Announces New Partners and Counsels Across Offices in Spring 2024

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is pleased to announce the elevation of several attorneys located in its London and Milan offices, effective April 6, 2024.

“These individuals have all demonstrated excellence in their areas of specialty and are well-deserving of promotion. We look forward to their continued success and contributions to the firm’s international practice.” said Curtis Chairman George Kahale III.

London Partners

  • Mr. Juan Carlos Boué, oil and gas industry specialist and New York admitted lawyer is elected partner in the London office. Mr. Boué’s unique credentials and experience span the industrial economics of oil and gas. Mr. Boué spent a decade at the international trading arm of Mexico’s state oil company, PEMEX, eventually overseeing all commercial aspects of Mexico’s North American crude oil exports. He also served on the committee which reviewed the country’s oil export pricing and policies. Among other strategic roles in the oil industry, he was a special adviser to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum of Venezuela and sat on the boards of various oil refining companies in Europe and the United States. Between 2010 to 2017, Mr. Boué was a senior research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. He has written widely on the industrial economics of oil and gas exploration and production, petroleum refining, auction design for oil and gas bidding rounds and the taxation and political economy of oil. Mr. Boué is an integral part of the Firm’s energy practice and its international arbitration practice group. He holds a B.A. from El Colegio de México, a Degree in Jurisprudence from University of Oxford (Merton College) and a D. Phil in Politics from University of Oxford (Wolfson College).
  • Mr. Karl Behrouz has been promoted to partner in the London office. He has extensive experience advising private fund sponsors on the structuring, formation and ongoing requirements of private funds in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Behrouz works across a range of investment strategies, including private equity, venture capital and private credit. He also advises institutional investors in connection with their private fund investments. Through his work at Curtis, he has been integral in drafting the UK’s model fund documentation for closed-end venture capital funds, which are now widely used by emerging managers throughout the VC fund industry. Mr. Behrouz also has significant in-house experience, having previously served as Senior Legal Counsel at Big Society Capital, the UK’s social impact investment wholesaler, where he worked with Europe’s leading social impact investors and fund managers. He earned his LPC distinction from BPP Law School and his Masters of Arts degree from University of Oxford. He is admitted to practice in England & Wales.
  • Mr. William Hampson has been promoted to partner in the London office. He has spent much of his career focused on investment arbitrations, having acted for sovereign clients in multiple investor-state arbitrations. His experience spans diverse sectors, including oil and gas, natural resources, financial services and telecommunications. In parallel, Mr. Hampson has a developed litigation practice, where he represents an array of clients in commercial matters. He has a particular focus on representing States and State-owned entities in arbitration award enforcement and set-aside proceedings and other claims before the London Commercial Court. Mr. Hampson is a dual Irish and British national. He earned a B.A. from Royal Holloway, University of London and his GDL and LPC from BPP Law School, London. He is admitted in England & Wales.

London Counsel

  • Ms. Sehnaz Gungor has been promoted to counsel in London. Admitted in New York and Istanbul, Ms. Gungor has a broad transactional and commercial background encompassing domestic and cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital investments, and strategic alliances. Trained in both civil and common law, Ms. Gungor has served a diverse mix of clients, from start-ups to multinationals including private equity firms, strategic investors and state-owned entities. She builds on her extensive deals experience in the U.S., the UK and the Middle East to advise an international client base on an array of commercial contracts, including agency, distribution, license and franchise agreements, with a special focus on technology, manufacturing and luxury fashion industries. She also offers advice on related intellectual property issues. She holds an LL.M. from Columbia University in New York and an LL.B. and a BS in Economics from Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. Ms. Gungor is fluent in Turkish, English and French.

Milan Counsels

  • Mr. Valerio Salvatori has been promoted to counsel in the Milan office. He has significant experience serving as counsel for States and State-owned entities across Africa and Asia in high-profile arbitrations. He has been acting for sovereigns in multi-billion dollar disputes related to tax, energy projects, and major infrastructure projects brought by foreign investors on the basis of international treaties and contracts. Mr. Salvatori has particular expertise in the energy, tax, infrastructure, and oil and gas sectors and is well-regarded for negotiating complex settlement transactions and providing assistance in connection with award set aside proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. In addition to his international arbitration practice, he has a well-rounded public international law practice and advises clients on international sanctions issued by the UN and the EU. He has participated in pro-bono capacity training programs on investment treaties. An Italian national, Mr. Salvatori has a J.D., cum laude, from the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi in Milan.
  • Mr. Alberto Anelli has been promoted to counsel in the Milan office. Mr. Anelli's practice encompasses commercial litigation and general corporate advisory. He has particular expertise in banking and finance litigations, as well as appeal procedures against sanctions imposed by CONSOB (the Italian Stock Exchange Supervisory Authority) and by the Bank of Italy. Mr. Anelli is admitted to represent clients before the Italian Supreme Court. He also has a well-established corporate, insolvency and commercial law practice and assists clients with restructurings, M&A transactions, and regulatory compliance. He advises Italian and international clients on transactions related to capital markets, including takeover bids and block trades. An Italian national, Mr. Anelli has a Law Degree from the University of Bari and has completed the XVIII Specialization Course on Corporate and Business Law at Bocconi University of Milan.

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