Shakespeare Martineau has hired energy and infrastructure finance partner Winston Bell-Gam at its London office.

Winston’s practice assists commercial banks, developers, sponsors, investment managers, development finance institutions, multilateral lending agencies and export credit agencies with their project development and finance goals across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

With over 12 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sector, both domestically in the UK and in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Winston joins the firm from the Regional Development Finance Institution, East Africa Development Bank, where he was head of legal. In his previous role, Winston advised the bank on its regional project and development financings (including direct lending, co-financings and syndications) across a number of sectors including energy (oil and gas and renewable energy), infrastructure, real estate and agribusiness.

Emma Shipp, corporate partner at Shakespeare Martineau, said: ‘Our clients can be opened up to a number of risks whilst trying to meet their financial goals, particularly when it comes to funding new projects either domestically or overseas. It will be incredibly valuable for us to have a partner like Winston on board to provide clients with the necessary energy, infrastructure and finance expertise.

‘Winston’s hire presents a fantastic opportunity for our specialist sector teams to draw upon his knowledge to support clients involved in banking and project development transactions.’

Winston Bell-Gam, partner at Shakespeare Martineau, said: ‘It is an exciting time to be joining the partnership of Shakespeare Martineau. The firm has significant expertise and experience in a number of practice areas not only in London but nationwide.

‘This strength and depth amongst my colleagues, along with a culture of a tireless commitment to achieving the objectives of its clients, represents the perfect environment for me to support my clients both domestically and throughout the EMEA region.’