Power surge

Stacks of hundred-dollar bills are all some people see when they’re talking energy. If you haven’t noticed, take a look around. US firms are hiring energy partners in London quicker than you can say “I love fracking and I love to frack”.

Most recently comes K&L Gates, which has now made two lateral partner hires in its City energy and infrastructure group in less than a month. Today the US firm announced the hire of energy disputes lawyer Mike Stewart from Pinsent Masons, weeks after White & Case’s head of public-private partnership and power project finance practice, Anthony Fine, joined the group.

But it isn’t just K&L Gates that is basking in the recent boost in energy work. Earlier this month Covington & Burling hired energy duo Ben Holland and Jeremy Wilson from CMS Cameron McKenna after an increase in instructions from energy clients in the City.

You might say there’s a lot of energy in the UK right now.

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