Houston firm Bracewell & Giuliani has appointed Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) finance partner Jason Fox as senior partner in its London office.
Fox’s hire follows the firm’s earlier appointment of Simmons & Simmons energy specialist Julian Nichol as office managing partner earlier this year (15 January 2013), along with HSF associate Alastair Young, who joined Bracewell as a partner.
The appointment is a further boost to Bracewell’s energy practice ambitions. Fox focuses on oil and gas financing and has advised on over 100 upstream oil and gas transactions, representing banks, other lenders and independent energy companies across Europe, Africa and Asia. Deals have included acting for a syndicate of 25 banks on a $2.5bn reserve based financing for Lundin Petroleum and a group of lenders on a $36bn financing for Tullow Oil.
Nichol said: “The London office has a very focused approach to the London market. We’re an energy-focused practice in London and we’re playing off Bracewell’s key strengths in the US. Jason is certainly in my view the market leader in oil and gas finance law. He’s central to what we’re doing in London; he fits right at the heart of what Bracewell as a firm is renowned for.”
Fox’s appointment will be followed by further hires at both partner and associate level, Nichol added.
The date on which Fox will start work at Bracewell is still to be confirmed.
For more on Bracewell’s ambitions for London, see this week’s feature and our exclusive video interview with former New York mayor and name partner Rudy Giuliani.