Sidley adds Hong Kong energy partner from Simmons

Sidley Austin has hired partner Tom Deegan from Simmons & Simmons’ Hong Kong office to build up its global energy practice.

Deegan has over 20 years of experience advising on a range of corporate matters with a strong focus on transactions in the energy and resources sectors. He was previously head of Simmons’ China corporate group as well as head of energy and infrastructure. During his time with the UK firm, he advised Chinese state-owned oil and gas giant CNOOC on the acquisition of its interests in the North West Shelf LNG project and on a 25-year joint venture worth $625m.

Prior to joining Simmons in Hong Kong as a corporate partner, he was a partner in the Dubai office of legacy Denton Wilde Sapte, which became SNR Denton following a merger with US firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and recently rebranded to Dentons following a further three-way merger (8 November 2012).

Deegan’s appointment comes following Sidley Austin’s office launch in Houston last year (16 February 2012).

“Tom’s recruitment underscores Sidley’s ongoing commitment to the continued growth of our global energy practice,” said Jim Rice, an energy partner in Sidley’s Houston office and co-coordinator of the firm’s energy practice.

“Given the recent and continuing boom in the production of natural gas and oil from shale formation the US, which will support potential LNG export projects, the timing of Tom’s arrival is perfect as he can help us advise clients looking to capitalise on the opportunities this creates.”

The latest lateral hire will push Sidley’s partner headcount in Hong Kong to 17. In Singapore, the firm has also recently hired a new partner, taking international funds lawyer Han Ming Ho from Clifford Chance (21 March 2013).