Curtis strenghtens its Middle East presence with 2 hires

Curtis hires finance and Islamic finance lawyer Victoria Mesquita (pictured) to its Dubai office as a partner, together with Ganna Vlasenko, joining as counsel. Mesquita and Vlasenko both come from law firm Addleshaw Goddard, bringing complementary skills in both traditional and Islamic finance.

Victoria Mesquita

With a focus on banking and finance, project financing and capital markets transactions, predominantly structured as Shari’a-compliant transactions, Mesquita has developed her finance practice over two decades. Experienced both in traditional and islamic finance, she advises private funds, private clients and family offices on complex investment solutions such as structured notes, securitizations, private placements, bond and sukuk issuances, programmes and restructurings, private credit, direct lending, venture debit and mezzanine financing. She is admitted to the bar in New York and Spain, and is well known in the GCC, where she has worked for over 15 years.

Ganna Vlasenko

Vlasenko started her career with a Magic Circle firm in London and worked for global financial institutions. Her debt capital markets experience includes advising underwriters and issuers on the full range of debt capital market products, including corporate and sovereign bonds and sukuk, private placements, medium term notes and sukuk programmes, securitizations, structured products, liability management and regulatory capital issuances. 

The team’s arrival is the latest development in the firm’s Middle East strategy and follows the arrival of experienced corporate partner Julien Hansen in the Dubai office in October 2023.