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Energy traders play musical chairs in London

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Baker McKenzie Washington, DC offices REUTERS / Andrew Kelly

  • Baker McKenzie, using Norton Rose Fulbright partner, says customers are increasingly focusing on renewable energy sector
  • Norton Rose Added Dentons Energy Funding Partner

(Reuters) – Norton Rose Fulbright lost one partner and gained another in her energy practice in London this week, as companies vie for talent in the traditional and clean energy sectors.

Andrew Hedges, who had been a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright since 2007, joined the mining and energy infrastructure (EMI) practice of London-based Baker McKenzie. Baker McKenzie is seeing an increase in energy-related commitments and greater customer focus on the renewable energy sector, London managing partner Ed Poulton said in a hiring statement on Monday.

Hedges’ experience with clients engaged in energy transition and decarbonization will help Baker McKenzie expand its market share for energy infrastructure mergers and acquisitions and development issues, the company said.

Hedges will attend the UN climate conference COP26 in Glasgow on behalf of Baker McKenzie next week, the company said.

Norton Rose Fulbright also announced Monday the hiring of its own energy partner in London, with Alistair Black from Dentons.

Black has diverse experience across the EMEA region, specializing in the development and financing of large energy projects, Norton Rose said in a statement. He advises sponsors, bidders and lenders in the oil and gas, LNG, petrochemicals and power industries, the company said.

Charles Whitney, EMEA energy manager at Norton Rose, said Black’s customer base and focus on Asian outbound investments in the energy sector will complement the company’s broader energy practice.

Black is Dentons’ second partner to leave Norton Rose since last week, when capital markets expert Yusuf Battiwala joined London.

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