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Orrick recruits new Global Co-Head of Oil and Gas

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Orrick announced yesterday that James Atkin has joined the firm as Global Co-Head of its Oil and Gas practice, based in Tokyo. James joins Orrick from Vinson & Elkins, where he was Managing Partner of the Tokyo office. He is the 24th partner Orrick has recruited to its global Energy and Infrastructure platform since early 2016, when the company launched its Houston office.

“Our Oil and Gas practice has strong activity from our Houston and London hubs, reaching markets in the US, Latin America and Africa. James shares our global outlook and our commitment to delivering the highest quality advice. We are delighted by the opportunity to collaborate with him and grow the Asian connection to our existing platform,” said Peter Roberts, who serves as Global Co-Head of the Oil and Gas practice from London with James.

Widely recognised as a leading energy lawyer in Tokyo, and Band 1 ranked by Chambers Global, James focuses his practice on helping Japanese companies with outbound energy investments. He advises clients in the oil and gas sector on transactions in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and North America, and has extensive experience advising on large-scale oil and gas projects, LNG sales arrangements, and energy-related mergers and acquisitions. His clients include Japanese trading houses, gas and electric utility companies, exploration and production companies, and engineering companies. James is UK qualified.

“We are excited to diversify our energy practice in Japan, where we have a longstanding reputation as the leading advisor on complex renewable energy transactions,” said Blake H. Winburne, who leads Orrick’s global Energy and Infrastructure Group. “Recent developments point to a greater focus on outbound investment by Japanese trading houses and corporates in the energy sector, and we are thrilled to bring James on board to help us draw on our global platform in serving this market.”

“Orrick has built an outstanding global E&I platform, and I look forward to working with the team to serve the Japanese and wider Asian energy market,” said James. “The firm’s deep commitment to the E&I sector, its global outlook and its reputation in Tokyo as a top-quality practice for 20 plus years were a real draw for me.”

Orrick acts for nine of the top 12 global oil and gas companies by market capitalisation. More than 150 Orrick lawyers represent these and other clients in every segment of the energy industry in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The firm’s Energy and Infrastructure practice is recognised by Chambers in Africa, France, Italy, Japan, Latin America, the UK and the US. In the past two years, the firm has added talent in key international energy hubs and major financial centers globally, including Houston, London, New York, Washington, D.C., Paris, Milan and Abidjan.

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