Dewey snares Stephenson Harwood energy partner

Dewey & LeBoeuf has continued its recent London growth spurt with the hire of Stephenson Harwood energy partner Marc Hammerson.

The oil and gas specialist is leaving Stephenson Harwood today and starting at Dewey on Monday, having worked a five-month notice period. He joins Dewey as a partner in the firm’s project finance and infrastructure practice.

Hammerson said part of the attraction of Dewey was its global energy platform and the upward curve of the US firm’s trajectory in the City.

The former Vinson & Elkins senior associate also previously worked with Dewey oil and gas sector group head John LaMaster as well asBeijing-based partner Dirk Walker at the US firm.

“Dewey’s a known quantity in energy circles,” said Hammerson, “and there are plans to expand in Beijing, Houston and London.”

Hammerson’s capabilities include M&A, project financing, energy derivative transactions, private equity investments and listings. He has a particular focus on projects in the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

Dewey currently has eight partners handling energy-related work in London. The firm has also recently expanded its City offering in other areas including private equity, with the hire of Taylor Wessing partner Mark Davis (19 May 2011), and restructuring, with the hire of a team led byMark Fennessyfrom Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (21 September 2011).

Stephenson Harwood recently hired corporate partners Jeremy Sheldon from Fulbright & Jaworski and Andrew McLean from Weil Gotshal & Manges, both of whom handle energy-related transactions.