CMS Cameron McKenna has boosted its corporate team with the hiring of BP M&A managing counsel Jonathan Woolf as a partner.

Woolf specialises in M&A deals within the oil and gas sector and has experience with both upstream and downstream work as well as dealing with financial sponsors.

He has worked at BP since 2010 after leaving Linklaters where he worked as managing associate for four years. Originally Woolf trained at the magic circle firm before moving on to associate roles at Ashurst and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.

CMS corporate head Charles Currier said Woolf’s appointment would complement the firm’s oil and gas practice’s global offering.

During his time at Linklaters Woolf practised from London and Hong Kong and has knowledge of the oil and gas sectors in Azerbaijan, Malaysia, South Africa, Venezuela, Vietnam and China.

Woolf’s appointment is CMS’ fifth lateral hire since September. The firm also hired Jason Brooks and Thomas Lockley as partners within the financial services and products team. The duo joined from Clifford Chance where they worked within the structured finance team.

Susan Altkemper also joined the financial services and products team as counsel. She was also previously in-house, working at clearing house Euroclear.

In September Satyen Dhana joined CMS as a parter in the firm’s competition practice. He joined from Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy where he was a senior associate.