DWS partners fall in with Vinson’s and Fulbright’s expansion plans

Two former Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) energy partners have joined Texas-based energy giants.

Fulbright & Jaworski has taken Mathew Kidwell from DWS’s Dubai office as the Texan firm looks to expand its Middle East oil and gas practice.

Meanwhile, Texan rival Vinson & Elkins has continued its growth in London, taking Michael Doble as senior counsel.

Doble had been a partner at DWS since 1981 and was head of the firm’s energy and infrastructure practice between 1998 and 2004. He retired from his role as a consultant to DWS last year.

Vinson London managing partner Jeff Eldredge said: “[Doble’s] appointment adds more depth to our highly rated London energy team.”

Kidwell will remain based in Dubai, where he becomes Fulbright’s third partner in the office, along with two counsel.

Fulbright chairman Steve Pfeiffer said: “Mathew’s international energy experience will be key to strengthening our already formidable Middle East energy practice.”

US firms with strong energy practices have been extremely active, hiring partners in London, the Middle East and Central and Eastern Europe.

In addition to Vinson and Fulbright, Atlanta’s Hunton & Williams, Texans Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae have been particularly active.