African private equity firm MHMK Capital has lost its general counsel and business development and advisory partner Julian Thatcher to a British law firm.
Thatcher has joined Squire Patton Boggs as a partner in London, the law firm said in a statement. His appointment will help the law firm expand its global corporate practice.
Thatcher started his career in sales and marketing at cosmetics giant L’Oreal. He then moved on to become a corporate lawyer and spent about seven years with London law firm Macfarlanes LLP, where he was deputy head of the firm’s Africa practice.
After leaving Macfarlanes, Thatcher became general counsel of MHMK as well as Invest Solar Africa, a Botswana-based solar energy developer where he was a founding member and part of the executive team responsible for developing Zimbabwe’s largest grid-connected solar energy project.
During his time at Macfarlanes, Thatcher advised on transactions in Western and African countries across a range of sectors including financial services, energy, real estate, infrastructure, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and sports.
His departure from MHMK Capital shrinks the firm’s seven-member team, outside of non-executive directors, to six.
MHMK is a PE firm that’s led by George Manyere and targets companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Manyere had previously founded Brainworks, an investment and corporate advisory company in Zimbabwe in 2008.
Manyere had previously also worked at International Finance Corporation, the World Bank’s private-sector investment arm, where he was responsible for investing in excess of US$600 million in Sub-Saharan Africa and managing a portfolio of investments in excess of US$400 million.