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Sidley Austin is to open a Houston base that will focus on energy-related work, staffed by partners hired from firms including Akin Gump, Baker Botts and Vinson & Elkins.
The office will initially be staffed by seven founding partners. They are: Mark Glasser, until now a partner and co-chair of the energy litigation section at Baker Botts; Kenneth Anderson, who joins from Locke Lord, where he is a partner; Mark Metts, a Jones Day partner who specialises in acquisitions relating to the energy industry; Glenn Pinkerton, a partner at Houston-based firm Vinson & Elkins; McDermott Will & Emery partner Sergio Pozzerle; James Rice, an energy transactions partner at Akin Gump; and Steven Selsberg, who joins from Mayer Brown, where he was a partner.
In a statement, Sidley said the office represented the expansion of the firm’s service to energy-based clients, with the team working alongside the energy regulatory and environmental practices in the firm’s Washington DC office.
Recent years have seen a number of firms launch in the Texan hot spot. As the centre of the global oil and gas industry, the area has attracted Allen & Overy, Latham and Watkins and Linklaters (21 March 2011) to the city, with Latham and Watkins also hiring from Akin Gump, Baker Botts and Vinson & Elkins.