Texas firm Andrews Kurth makes Ashurst hire for City launch

Texas firm Andrews Kurth is set to become the latest US oil and gas player to target the UK market with a London launch.

The firm, which has had a representative office in London for a decade, has hired Ashurst partner Peter Roberts to spearhead its City office. Roberts is Andrews Kurth’s first English law partner.

Roberts resigned from Ashurst, where he had been a partner since 2010, last week. Previously he was general counsel at Centrica Energy (24 September 2007), a partner at Jones Day and a partner at legacy Denton Hall.

In recent months the UK’s energy market has become one of the most active sectors. In January another Texas firm, Bracewell & Giuliani, relaunched its London office with the hire of Simmons & Simmons energy specialist Julian Nichol as office managing partner (15 January 2013). The move was shortly followed by the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills partner Jason Fox (5 March 2013).

Roberts featured in this year’s Hot 100, having acted on two big projects for Ashurst this year: selling out the interests of Rockhopper Exploration in the Falklands and working for Angola LNG on selling its liquified natural gas (28 January 2013).

An Ashurst spokesperson said: “Peter has made a valuable contribution towards helping us build our global energy practice since his arrival in 2010. We wish every success in the future.”