International law firm Winston & Strawn expands reach in Africa with 2 key emerging markets attorneys hires


Winston & Strawn LLP, an international law firm with 16 offices located throughout North America, Asia, and Europe, is expanding its reach in Africa. 

In a statement, the firm announced it has hired leading emerging markets attorneys Thomas B. (Tom) Trimble as partner and John David Bryant as counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and as members of Winston’s corporate practice.

Thomas Trimble 

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The two high-profile hires underscore Winston’s commitment to aggressively expand its transactional practice and broaden its reach in the energy markets, including Africa.

Tom and John join Winston from Akin Gump, where Tom was a partner and leader of the firm’s Africa practice and John served as counsel.

“We are pleased to have Tom and John join Winston,” said Chairman Tom Fitzgerald.

“The firm is committed to strengthening the capabilities of our transactions department, and Tom’s deep experience in project finance and M&A, along with his market-leading representation of investors in emerging markets, make him an excellent addition to our team.”

Tom said he was excited to join Winston and build his practice here.

“My clients will benefit from the depth and breadth of Winston’s team, and, in turn, I look forward to helping Winston develop an even more robust worldwide footprint for the firm through international project work.”

Tom focuses on project finance and private equity, counseling clients in the energy, telecommunications, mining, heath care, and other infrastructure sectors on major international transactions, most notably in Africa and Latin America.

He was the only U.S. attorney recognized as part of the top 10 “Africa Elite” by The Lawyermagazine.

Tom has pioneered energy and telecommunications transactions in a dozen core countries in East and West Africa, including Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, DRC, and Rwanda.

John has worked closely with Tom for more than a decade and has substantial experience in the private equity and renewable energy sectors, having served as general counsel at Cannon Power Group, a leading wind energy development company, which completed more than $1 billion in wind energy financings.

“Tom’s and John’s practice and client base are a natural fit for us,” said David Rogers, managing partner of Winston’s Washington, D.C. office.

“Their skills and experience augment our existing energy, M&A, and project finance practices and will help us strengthen our D.C. transactional offering, as well as our presence in Africa and Latin America.”

According to Talbert Navia, co-chair of Winston’s Latin America practice, “Tom has handled transactions in 60 countries across five continents, including 15 countries in Latin America. His energy, mining, telecom, and consumer products work has brought tremendous value to corporate and private equity clients.”


Simon Ateba Washington DC
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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