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Texas firm Andrews Kurth has brought its London partner complement up to five with the hire of Norton Rose Fulbright oil and gas partner John Conlin.
Conlin worked at Norton Rose Fulbright for three years representing energy clients in the UK and internationally, in cross-border upstream oil and gas M&A, joint ventures and related projects. His work has included advising clients on major upstream acquisitions and divestments and other E&P matters in Europe, Central Asia, Africa and throughout the Middle East.
Before entering private practice, Conlin spent five years with the independent oil and gas group Perenco as assistant general counsel.
“Our London office is rapidly becoming an oil and gas powerhouse,” said managing partner Bob Jewell. “As the need for energy development grows globally, then so does the need for sophisticated, focused and commercially expedient legal expertise to structure deals and make them happen.”
Peter Roberts, managing partner of the London office, said Conlin’s expertise further adds to the London office’s offering to international energy clients.
“John has significant expertise handling major upstream transactions and projects across the globe,” Roberts said. “He’s a great catch and we’re excited about working together as a team on a broad range of transactions and projects.”
Andrews Kurth opened its London office last year (16 May 2013), hiring Ashurst partner Roberts as its first English partner to spearhead its City expansion. Since then the firm has recruited three lawyers from Chadbourne & Parke - arbitration partner Melanie Willems as international arbitration head, partner Markus Esly and associate Robert Blackett in September 2013 (16 September 2013). Partner Jubilee Easo also joined the firm in August 2013 from Premier Oil, where she was a senior company lawyer.