New Partner for Firm with Largest African Presence

15 Jun, 2011

SNR Denton has announced that Thomas Laryea has joined the firm as a Public Policy and Regulation partner. With extensive experience in Africa, Laryea most recently was Assistant General Counsel at the International Money Fund (IMF), where he served in a number of senior positions he held since 2000. Laryea will initially reside in London, but will relocate to Washington, DC.

“Thomas possesses a sophisticated understanding of international finance, and offers specialised experience in counselling businesses and governments in their dealings with private and public counterparts,” said Mike McNamara, chair of SNR Denton’s Public Policy and Regulation practice. “As the law firm with presence in the most locations in Africa, his combination of relationships, profile and market knowledge is a profile that will lend additional strength to our Africa practice and clients.”

Laryea’s practice is centred around international public policy and government relations, with a focus on international legal and regulatory developments that impact financial and corporate clients. In his role at the IMF, he advised on a number of high profile transactions and financial matters, including: China’s exchange rate policies; IMF financing packages and adjustment programs for Greece, Iceland, Latvia and Turkey; compatibility of US sanctions against Iran with obligations under IMF’s Articles of Agreement; design of IMF instruments to support Nigeria’s debt restructuring with official sector creditors; IMF’s legal sanctions against Zimbabwe; admission of Montenegro as an IMF member country; international recognition of the change of government in Mauritania; responses to litigation against highly indebted low-income countries; and Argentina’s $100 billion debt restructuring and litigation with private sector creditors. In addition, Laryea has been among the pioneers in the integration of capital markets legal work into the IMF’s law reform technical assistance program and into the IMF’s policy work. He recently was involved in advising the Nigerian Central Bank and Ministry of Finance on restructuring the Nigerian banking sector.

Prior to the IMF, Laryea started his career at Sullivan & Cromwell in both their New York and London offices. His experience in private practice was largely focused on litigation, arbitration and government regulation, a capability that he then translated into work on restructuring of sovereign debt during his tenure at the IMF.

“I’m excited to join SNR Denton with its robust and growing practice counselling governments and multinational businesses on their investments, operations, challenges, and opportunities in Africa and elsewhere, in their dealings with multilateral institutions,” said Laryea. “In my opinion, no other firm has the experience or knowledge to serve client needs that SNR Denton possesses in Africa.”

Laryea earned his S.J.D from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Essex in England.

SNR Denton recently expanded its presence in Africa to 21 countries, giving the firm the most locations of any international law firm on the continent.



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