Fulbright boosts London ranks with Freshfields hire

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost another project finance partner with Houston-headquartered Fulbright & Jaworksi swooping on Andrew Hart for its London office.

Hart will join Fulbright as a partner, taking partner headcount in London to seven. It is the second partner hire that Fulbright has made in a month, following that of Christopher Warren-Smith from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.

Hart’s hire is a good fit for Fulbright, which is known particularly for its energy-related work. He has expertise particularly in upstream and downstream liquified natural gas projects.

At Freshfields, where he was a partner for eight years, he spent time in both the London and Hong Kong offices.

Fulbright’s global head of energy Michael Irvin said: “Our international projects practice has been built on a strong foundation including significant energy, infrastructure and finance experience in London. Andrew is the latest addition to our experienced team of lawyers at Fulbright, where we have assisted the energy industry for more than half a century and continue to compete successfully for energy projects worldwide.”

Freshfields has lost several prominent project finance partners in recent months, including Andrew Bonser and Patrick Wallace, who went to Simmons & Simmons in April (The Lawyer, 30 April).

Projects was one area that was repositioned during the magic circle firm’s £55m restructuring last year. The project finance group has been absorbed into the wider infrastructure and transport sector group.