Eversheds loses Spanish energy partner to Lovells

Eversheds loses Spanish energy partner to Lovells” />Lovells is seeking to strengthen its Spanish energy practice following the hire of Lupicinio Eversheds partner Hermenegildo Altozano.

Altozano, who joined the firm last week along with associate Esther Sebastian, will head Lovells’ energy, power, utilities and infrastructure (EPUI) practice in Madrid.

Jose Maria Balana, managing partner of Lovells’ Madrid office, said Altozano’s appointment brings the number of partners in the office to eight. Although Altozano is the only partner dedicated to the EPUI practice, four of the firm’s other partners also work in that area.

“It’s a broad field and within that there’s finance and regulatory work, so we have four people working on that across various areas,” said Balana.

Balana added that he intended to add a number of non-lawyers to the payroll to help further strengthen the firm’s capabilities in the EPUI area.

“We’re looking to bring in people, not lawyers, who are experts in the sector,” he said. “We’re looking for people who have been actual engineers and who know the sector well. It’s a very technical business and it’s vital to have knowledge of how things work. A lot of the technicalities will escape lawyers because they don’t have the training.”

Balana explained that the firm is looking to engage a number of people on a consultancy basis, with several talks ongoing.

Altozano was a director of the energy law department at Lupicinio Eversheds in Madrid. He has been replaced by Margarita Hernando, who previously worked inhouse at Spanish oil and gas company Repsol.