US firm Hunton & Williams has boosted its presence in the US South West by merging with Texas-based Worsham Forsythe & Wooldridge.
The firms will come together formally at the beginning of next year in a move that sees Hunton expand to more than 850 lawyers. Hunton managing partner Thurston Moore commented: "We've worked closely with Worsham for over 30 years on various matters. We know each other very well." He added that the firms had common clients and common goals, with both firms placing energy work at the heart of their practices. Hunton partner Michael Barr will head the combined energy team. "This partnership will result in more than 120 lawyers with expertise in energy company finance, asset acquisitions, energy trading issues, utility regulation and US and international energy project development and finance," he said. Worsham managing partner Bob Wooldridge said: "We offer - and gain - a distinctive depth and breadth of expertise." Texas is the energy capital of the US. Moore concluded: "It gives us the opportunity to go into a very big market in America on a high-profile platform." Worsham has 86 lawyers in Dallas and Austin. It acts as lead counsel to energy giant TXU.