Former Gowlings partner joins Watson Farley

Gowlings former head of energy and infrastructure David Shasha has joined Watson, Farley & Williams as a senior consultant to its London office.

The former Simmons & Simmons partner joined Watson Farley’s corporate group on Monday (6 January 2014).

Shasha left Gowlings on 1 November (1 November 2013) three years after joining the firm as part of its strategy to make a London hub for its energy and infrastructure work in the EMEA region (10 November 2010).

He was taken on as EMEA head of energy, infrastructure and mining at the firm following eight years at Simmons & Simmons where he headed the energy and infrastructure sector for four years (6 January 2003).

The partner has worked with high-profile energy clients throughout his long career, having worked at Clifford Chance for 23 years before Simmons.

Though he left briefly in mid-2001 to spend more time with his family, the partner handled corporate and international projects work with an emphasis on the energy sector including a bid by Electricité de France for Ukranian power assets and a Slovak banking privatisation.

Shasha joins the 57 partners focused on energy within the firm, which with shipping represents more than half of the firm’s work.

The news comes two months after the firm announced double digit revenue growth at the half year point. In November the firm said turnover was up 12 per cent afor the first six months of the 2013-14 financial year with half year revenues of £52m revenue (26 November 2013).

But the years end saw a drop in profit per equity partner of 13 per cent for 2012-13 despite a 2 per cent increase in turnover to £102.1m for 2012/13.