Franklin bolsters and expands its service offering with the addition of Joël Rault as Senior Advisor

Leading Paris-based independent law firm Franklin has announced the addition of Senior Advisor Joël Rault to enhance its strategy and business development teams.

Chairman of consulting firm Hermès Advisory, former special advisor to the government of Mauritius and Mauritius Ambassador to France until 2017, Joël Rault will leverage his expertise, network and personality to boost the firm’s international relations strategy.

Joël Rault will join Franklin’s Africa Desk to expand its footprint with clients operating or looking to operate in Africa, but also to advise African businesses looking to venture abroad. In this capacity, Joël Rault will assist with a number of ambitious private and public projects and PPPs the firm has already identified.

In addition to his business development skills, which he will leverage to lead the firm’s work on cross-border mandates, Joël Rault will bring his expertise and experience in the fields of multisector, multicultural development projects and good governance in international relations.

Joël Rault said: “I am delighted to be joining such a highly regarded law firm, one that has always stood out for its pragmatic approach and industry expertise. A paragon of legal service excellence and agility, Franklin is uniquely equipped to serve the needs of clients with cross-border operations. There is no question that our collaboration will provide outstanding added value to our clients.”

Numa Rengot said: “I have worked with Joël for several years on investment and corporate restructuring matters and on clients’ plans to expand into France, the African continent and Mauritius. We are currently working on a Franco-Congolese deal. His extensive knowledge of the workings of local institutions and of local technical specificities has been the key to the success of our collaborations.”

Franklin’s partners added: “We are thrilled to welcome Joël to the firm and to be able to draw on his wealth of experience of doing business in Africa.”