Allen & Overy takes back oil partner Kim from Ashurst to boost Dubai

Allen & Overy (A&O) has re-hired oil and gas specialist Judith Kim from Ashurst to become the fifteenth partner in its Dubai office. 

Kim joins from Ashurst where she was a partner in energy, resources and infrastructure in the Middle East. She also has in-house experience as senior legal counsel for Shell. 

Kim returns to A&O’s Dubai office as a partner after an absence of seven years. She was previously an associate in the office from 2003 to 2007. Kim’s significant expertise in energy transactions along the entire oil and gas value chain strengthens A&O’s global integrated energy practice.

The firm said the hire was a response to the increase in demand for work in the Middle East.

A&O’s head of energy projects for the Middle East, Ian Ingram-Johnson, said that her expertise in projects development and energy M&A within the oil and gas sector “will allow us to offer clients further expertise in the area of upstream oil and gas”.

A&O has had a Middle East presence since 1978. Its global projects group comprises over 70 partners and includes around 250 lawyers.