Skanska general counsel joins Orrick in US

Skanska’s general counsel for infrastructure development, Kenneth Schuhmacher, has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s energy and infrastructure group in New York

The former Latham & Watkins lawyer joined Skanska last year as general counsel for Skanska Infrastructure Development North America and has now moved over to the US firm.

The move could create closer links between Orrick and Skanska in the future. Currently Skanska has ties to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld after the firm merged with Washington environmental boutique Cutler & Stanfield. The boutique was a regular adviser to Skanska.

Orrick has 19 partners working on energy and infrastructure based in New York and Washington. Its 100-strong energy team is currently advising on the LaGuardia Central Terminal privatisation project in New York, the Purple Line commuter project in Maryland and the Pennsylvania bridges project in Pennsylvania.

At Skanska Schuhmacher leaves behind a team of four general counsels for each of its business divisions. The company is divided into a commercial development team as well as an infrastructure development group, USA Civil and USA Building group.

Its top lawyers include USA Civil general counsel Michael Dipaeolo, general counsel for USA Building Clay Hayden, and general counsel for commercial development Christopher Cardinale.

Recent hires at Orrick include an Edwards Wildman partner from the firm’s London office two months ago. Private equity partner Shawn Atkinson joined from the US firm in June (20 June 2014).