News 07 Apr. 2011

Curtis Expands in London

London, April 7, 2011 — International law firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP has beefed up its presence in London by adding three senior lawyers and moving to larger offices at 99 Gresham Street (EC2V 7NG) in London's financial district. The new phone number is: +44 (0)20 7710 9800.

'Curtis views London as a key venue for our international practice, particularly in international funds, restructuring, venture capital, M&A, mid-market private equity, and our growing international arbitration practice,' said George Kahale III, chairman of Curtis.

Curtis is boosting its London team of attorneys with two partners and a senior associate moving from other Curtis offices.

David Hesse, partner, who is moving from the firm's Paris office. He began his career at Curtis 11 years ago in New York. He is a partner in the Oil and Gas and Private Equity practices. Mr. Hesse's energy practice concentrates on advising national oil and gas companies in connection with upstream activities, international tenders, refinery projects, farm-out agreements and other contracts in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, as well advising on international commercial arbitration matters in the energy sector. His private equity work involves venture capital and acquisitions representing both investors and companies in all stages of development. Mr. Hesse was recently awarded a Band 1 ranking (the highest) by Chambers and Partners for his work in Algeria as Corporate/Commercial: Overseas Counsel.

Peter Stewart, partner, has been with Curtis since 2003 and practiced in Dubai and New York. Mr. Stewart is a partner in the Private Equity, Venture Capital, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Capital Markets groups. His practice includes assisting private equity and venture capital funds making investments worldwide. Mr. Stewart also worked for many years in Silicon Valley and has significant experience representing companies working with emerging technologies, including biotechnology/life sciences, electronic media and internet, nanotechnology and telecommunications.

Colby Jenkins, senior associate, has been with Curtis since 2003 with the Investment Management group in New York, Almaty and Paris. He has broad-based experience in the area of financial services. He represents investment managers of and institutional and family office investors in private equity funds, hedge funds, hybrid funds and multi-manager funds operating in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States. Mr. Jenkins' other areas of practice include general corporate law and commercial matters.

'This expansion of talent and resources and our rededication to the London market is a reflection of our firm's continued emphasis on international work and our commitment to Europe and London in particular,' said Charles Buderi, co-managing partner of the Curtis London office. 'We expect to continue our growth here in the near future by adding senior attorneys from outside the firm as well.'

The Curtis London office, which first opened in 1981, offers capabilities in energy, securities, private equity and funds, finance, international dispute resolution and general project and infrastructure development work. The firm's lawyers are active in advising clients in both UK and international matters.Curtis London lawyers team up with attorneys from the firm's other offices to provide clients with the required international and local knowledge.

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is a leading international law firm providing a broad range of legal services to clients around the world. Curtis operates through its offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Central Asia. The firm's international orientation has been a hallmark of its practice for nearly two centuries. Curtis represents clients across industry sectors, including multinational corporations and financial institutions, governments and state-owned companies, money managers, sovereign wealth funds, family-owned businesses, individuals and entrepreneurs. For more information about Curtis, please visit