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Baker Botts LLP - Houston
  • One Shell Plaza
  • 910 Louisiana Street
  • Houston
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002-4995
  • Tel:+1 713 229 1234
  • Fax:+1 713 229 1522
  • Email:Contact Us
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  • Managing Partner: Andrew M Baker
  • Number of partners worldwide: 289
  • Number of other lawyers worldwide: 391
  • Languages: Arabic, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin), Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Firm Overview: Baker Botts is a leading international law firm recognised for its service to clients across three key business sectors – energy, technology and life sciences – and throughout 15 offices located in the US, Brazil, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and China. Dating back to 1840, Baker Botts lawyers and staff have worked on complex legal issues, including energy projects, intellectual property arguments, litigation, corporate transactions, environmental compliance challenges and tax disputes. As one of the largest law firms in the United States, the firm has worked on behalf of clients in more than 100 countries, and the firm regularly consults on matters that have a local, regional and global impact.

Main Areas of Practice:
Global Projects Department:
54 partners, 58 other lawyers Global Projects lawyers provide clients with in-depth legal advice in the world’s major energy-producing regions. Areas include: oil and gas, project development and finance, real estate, energy regulatory and international trade. These focus on energy and infrastructure projects in both development and operational stages, as well as advisement in respect to regulatory, import/ export, finance and commercial business transactions often required after these projects commence.
Intellectual Property Department:
44 partners, 90 other lawyers The firm offers a national and international practice including patent litigation, patent procurement, patent licensing and due diligence. Other areas of practice include strategic IP counselling, trademark acquisition, trademark and copyright litigation, franchise and distribution and other intellectual property transactions. With the skill set to protect and advance clients goals, combined with technical knowledge and industry experience, firm lawyers are able to work with clients facing complex technology issues.
Litigation Department:
84 partners, 126 other lawyers Litigators handle commercial, securities, professional liability, product liability, patent, white-collar, antitrust, international arbitration and energy litigation, as well as the appellate issues that arise from these matters. The firm’s representations reflect the broad litigation practice, with matters ranging from wins in high-profile cases to precedent setting victories. The firm’s lawyers excel in courtrooms across the United States and internationally, helping resolve clients legal problems in a variety of industries.
Corporate Department:
69 partners, 73 other lawyers Corporate lawyers handle complex matters, advising clients on a full range of corporate, securities and financing matters, including public offerings and private placements of equity and debt for both issuers and underwriters or placement agents. In addition, the firm’s corporate lawyers have extensive experience in private equity and venture capital fund transactions and specialised financing in domestic and international contexts.
Environmental Department:
14 partners, 18 other lawyers The firm has one of the largest and most diverse environmental practices among general practice firms. Lawyers advise on matters relating to the environmental aspects of major energy, industrial and infrastructure projects, including LNG, pipeline, electric power and refinery. In addition, environmental lawyers handle nearly every type of counselling and transactional matters, as well as offering full service litigation capabilities.
Tax Department:
21 partners, 26 other lawyers Comprised of four sections, including income tax, state tax, employee benefits and executive compensation and private clients services, the tax department provides advice to clients across the spectrum of business activities and investments. Lawyers develop plans and structures to achieve clients’ objectives while minimising the impact of federal, state and international taxes. The firm also features a substantial employee benefits and executive compensation practice, and provides counselling to individuals, families and entrepreneurs on wealth transfer and succession planning tax issues.

Branches

  • Square de Meeûs,
  • 23-Box 11,
  • Brussels,
  • Brussels Capital Region
  • Belgium
  • BC B-1000
  • Tel +32 2 891 7300
  • Fax +32 2 891 7400
  • Email : catriona.hatton@bakerbotts.com
  • Rua da Quitanda, 86,
  • Sala 202,,
  • Rio de Janeiro - RJ,
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Brazil
  • 20091-902
  • Tel +55 21 3747 1660
  • Email : john.white@bakerbotts.com
  • One Shell Plaza,
  • 910 Louisiana Street,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002-4995
  • Tel +1 713 229 1234
  • Fax +1 713 229 1522
  • Email : John.porter@bakerbotts.com
  • 3308 Gloucester Tower,
  • The Landmark,
  • 15 Queen's Road Central,
  • Hong Kong,
  • China
  • Tel +852 3601 9000
  • Fax +852 3601 9100
  • Email : jeff.layman@bakerbotts.com
  • 702 Beijing International Club Office Tower,
  • 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100020
  • Tel +86 10 8532 7900
  • Fax +86 10 8532 7999
  • Email : jeff.layman@bakerbotts.com
  • Suite 450, Ducat Place II,
  • 7 Ulitsa Gasheka,
  • Moscow,
  • Russia
  • 123056
  • Tel +7 495 545 0777
  • Fax +7 495 545 0778
  • Email : maxim.levinson@bakerbotts.com
  • Emaar Square - Building No. 6, 7th Floor ,
  • PO Box 23425 ,
  • Dubai,
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Tel +971 4 436 3636
  • Fax +971 4 436 3737
  • Email : John.lonsberg@bakerbotts.com
  • Sowwah Square,
  • Al Sila Tower,
  • 21st Floor,
  • PO Box 131008,
  • Abu Dhabi,
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Tel +971 2 813 0200
  • Fax +971 2 813 0300
  • Email : John.lonsberg@bakerbotts.com

Projects - Africa-wide

What the team is known for Impressive sector expertise in oil and gas, with commentators particularly noting the firm's standout LNG practice. The team represents energy sector clients and financial institutions in projects across a wide geographical area.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "Very good for oil and gas." 

Work highlights Advised Brass LNG on numerous elements of a greenfield LNG liquefaction project in Nigeria, including gas supply, EPC and shipping contracts and LNG sale and purchase agreements.

Represented GDF SUEZ in several matters, including disposal of assets in Algeria and ongoing advice on operations in Libya and Mauritania.

Notable practitioners  

Robin Mizrahi moved to Baker Botts from Chadbourne & Parke in early 2014. He rises a band this year after excellent feedback on the quality of his representation and level of activity on Africa matters. One source described him as "a very safe pair of hands for the client."

Significant clients GDF SUEZ, Initiative for Global Development, Rosneft, Angola LNG.

Energy & Natural Resources - Asia-Pacific Region

What the team is known for Long-standing oil and gas practice that has recently focused on LNG project developments and transactions. Particularly active on cross-border sale and purchase agreements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "There were no loopholes in the agreement - just clarity for both buyer and seller."

Market standing: "They have a wealth of in-depth experience in this sector."

Industry knowledge: "They add a layer of analysis and critical thinking to otherwise mechanical thinking in relation to oil and gas."

Work highlights Advising a client on the negotiation of long-term LNG sale and purchase agreements for a brown-field export project in the USA.

Acts on the development of a number of LNG terminals for major clients across South-East Asia.

Notable practitioners  

Russell Wilkinson is considered "an experienced upstream and downstream expert" with "a great knowledge of regulatory frameworks." In addition to acting on a number of LNG transactions, he has recently been involved in the development of LNG terminal projects.

Significant clients Höegh LNG, Nusantara Regas, GDF SUEZ Bonaparte, Qatar Petroleum.

Competition/European Law - Belgium

Georg Berrisch "is commercial, thinks one step ahead and covers all angles," according to interviewees. His practice centres around competition litigation and he has considerable experience of proceedings before the European courts.

Catriona Hatton is praised for her commercial acumen: "She was quick to understand our particular market as well as being well versed in all the relevant legal issues." She is particularly noted for her work in international merger control.

Corporate/M&A (International Firms) - China

The firm's impressive global reputation for work in the oil and gas sector is also reflected in Asia, through its offices in Beijing and Hong Kong. The teams here also act on infrastructure matters, recently advising Liberty Global on its joint venture with Beijing Gehua. Other work highlights include involvement with Genband's acquisition of an interest in Nortel, including its China operations. Jeff Layman is a key contact for this practice.

Energy & Natural Resources - China

Sources say that Russell Wilkinson "is very careful to make sure the law and commerciality of a transaction is right." He offers expertise across all energy sectors but is best known for his oil and gas work. His knowledge, experience and engineering background are pinpointed as distinct advantages by commentators. 

Projects - China

Sources say Jeffrey Layman is "a real presence in the market and adds a lot of value" to deals. His practice focuses on infrastructure matters, though he has recent expertise on transactional mandates in the oil and gas sector.

Russell Wilkinson continues to be a key name for energy projects. According to interviewees, "he thinks about all aspects of a matter" and brings "clarity for those involved." He has lately been working on the development of floating LNG projects.

Arbitration (International) - Europe-wide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Arbitration (International) - Global-wide

What the team is known for Notable presence in Latin America, representing oil and gas and construction clients in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. Benefits from the addition of new personnel in the Middle East.

Notable practitioners  

Jay Alexander receives praise from clients for his "attention to detail, methodological approach and experience." He is based in London and co-heads the firm's international arbitration group.

Significant clients The Russian Federation, Kia Motors, Rocketball, Odebrecht Construction International.

Franchising - Global-wide

What the team is known for A growing practice with a strong track record in both inbound and outbound matters. Continues to expand its cross-border coverage and assists clients with domestic and international expansion matters.

What's new? The firm's international franchise practice ranks were expanded with the arrival of Mark Bisch and Sam Eversman from Norton Rose Fulbright in July 2013.

Work highlights Represented Marriott International in a range of matters, including the negotiation of a master licence for Starbucks outlets and the development of a franchise programme for The Ritz-Carlton Residences.

Advised Jamba Juice on master development transactions in Thailand and Mexico.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Reilly is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Texas Roadhouse Development, Flip Flop Shops, Aroma Group, Brinker International, La Quinta Franchising.

Projects - Global-wide

What the team is known for Renowned experts in oil and gas, acting on high-profile upstream and downstream matters. Houston headquarters lead a substantial international team with key involvement from London, Moscow and a growing Middle East offering. Sources are particularly impressed by the firm's LNG work on several continents.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Strong expertise in the projects area, unsurpassed business and legal experience in the petrochemical industry, and they're very responsive - excellent lawyers."

Work highlights Acted for Höegh LNG on the development and financing of a moored LNG floating storage and regasification unit for PGN, offshore Lampung, Indonesia.

Advised Kraton Performance Polymers on its joint venture with Formosa Petrochemical for the development of a plant in Mailiao, Taiwan.

Notable practitioners

James Baker IV leads the global projects department, dividing his time between the firm's Washington, DC and Hong Kong offices, while deputy chair Jason Bennett leads the Moscow department. Steven Miles heads the LNG practice from Washington, DC, while Houston-based Hugh Tucker is head of the oil and gas practice. Dubai-based Sean Korney is a key contact for Africa and the Middle East.

Significant clients Cheniere Energy, Sasol North America, Hunt Oil Company, Mitsubishi.

General Business Law - Iraq

Baker Botts wins praise for its substantial international oil and gas practice and is well regarded for its involvement in Iraq, with a focus on project development and M&A. In highlights, the firm continues to act for Mitsubishi as a shareholder in relation to the Basra Gas LNG project. Other notable work includes advising Hunt Oil on a potential dispute involving various international companies as well as the Kurdistan Regional Government. Sources say: "They have a wide range of experience both in the north and in the south – they understand both the legal and practical aspects of doing business in Iraq." The team's client service is singled out for praise, as is its expertise in upstream oil and gas. Furthermore, in 2013 the team received a substantial boost when several lawyers with significant regional experience joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. Based in Dubai, Sean Korney is commended for his extensive involvement in the Basra Gas project. In 2013 he also acted for PetroChina on various matters concerning the operation of the Halfaya oilfield in eastern Iraq. The key lawyers who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright include Richard Devine and John Lonsberg.

Corporate/Commercial - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Pushing forward in the UAE, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, where the lawyers' in-depth understanding of oil and gas and construction matters makes it a popular choice in these sectors. Acts for major names on M&A, restructuring and joint ventures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "The work we get is top-notch. They have people with real depth of experience – they are very diligent and extremely knowledgeable." 

What's new? The hire of key lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2013 bolstered the Dubai practice.

Work highlights Advised Parker Drilling on its USD125 million acquisition of International Tubular Services.

Notable practitioners 

In the Abu Dhabi office, Greg Golden is a key contact for transactional matters. Key partner Stephen Matthews divides his time between the Dubai and Riyadh offices.

Significant clients Saudi Electricity Company, SBR Industrial Group, Noble Drilling, Emirates NBD Bank, SAIB.

Dispute Resolution - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Dubai-driven disputes practice gaining significant ground in the region. Very busy in the construction sector, primarily advising developers on contractor disputes. Additional experience in technology-related matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Communication: "They provided an excellent platform for teamwork between experts, client and legal team. Case management and preparation was excellent; good attention to detail."

Efficiency: "They take the ball and run with it - I don't need to manage them. They get better and better every year. In terms of knowledge and process, the whole mechanics of the arbitration were very well handled."

What's new? The Dubai office recruited a disputes team from Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Sutcliffe consolidates his reputation as an excellent arbitration practitioner, particularly in construction. Sources note: "He is very good at liaising with experts and getting the best out of them, and giving concise instructions."

Philip Punwar receives plaudits for the breadth of his arbitration and litigation practices. Clients say: "He has a good reputation and is very well respected by the courts and the DIFC."

Projects - Middle East-wide

What the team is known for Unmistakeable prominence in oil and LNG projects, advising sector giants on oil concessions and project agreements. Particularly notable for its excellent Iraq and Saudi Arabia practices, the firm maintains a broad bandwidth of activity in Afghanistan, Kuwait, North Africa and the UAE.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "Very commercial, pragmatic, and good experience in oil and gas."

What's new? The Dubai office has seen significant expansion with a team joining from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Assisted Saudi Electricity Company with international and local law aspects of the development of the USD2.5 billion Rabigh 2 IPP project in Saudi Arabia.

Advised Mitsubishi on the negotiation of project agreements as part of its ongoing advice regarding the Basrah Gas Project.

Notable practitioners  

Energy specialist Sean Korney is described by one source as "very experienced in oil and gas - a real go-to, responsive person," while others praise his commercial awareness.

Richard Devine is singled out for his strong oil and gas practice and good client service. As one interviewee commented, "I like working with him - he's pragmatic, calm and level-headed."

Significant clients Mitsubishi, Hunt Oil, Saudi Electricity Company, Serinus Energy.

Banking & Finance - Russia

Maxim Levinson specialises in acquisition and project finance transactions, financings guaranteed by export credit agencies and aircraft leasing. Clients say that he is "one of the most commercial counsel you can find."

Rubin Weston acts as head of the London project finance team. He plays a key role in financings that involve Russian clients and international companies active in the region such as Gazprombank, SUEK, Gleden Invest and EBRD. Satisfied clients say that he is a "brilliant lawyer."

Corporate/M&A - Russia

Clients laud Maxim Levinson as "one of the most commercial counsel you can find." As well as being in charge of the Moscow office, he runs an active M&A and project finance practice. He is noted for his "enormous experience and ability to produce priceless advice."

Dividing his time between London and Moscow, Steve Wardlaw provides expertise in energy projects to the team's corporate and M&A matters.

Derek Jones is based in the UK and advises primarily on international M&A in the telecoms and natural resource sectors. He has extensive experience of the Russian market.

Dispute Resolution - Russia

Michael Goldberg is an experienced litigator and arbitrator, who routinely advises high-profile Russian clients. Interviewees describe him as a "very creative lawyer who can propose solutions that clients would not necessarily have thought of."

Foreign Desks This UK-based team consists of nine international lawyers that advise on key disputes in Russia. It regularly acts for large Russian corporates on high-profile litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well as handling disputes that intersect English and Russian law. Michael Goldberg and Dominic Pellew are key contacts.

Energy & Natural Resources - Russia

Moscow corporate department head Maxim Levinson stands out for the quality of the advice he provides to oil and gas clients on cross-border and domestic M&A, corporate and restructuring mandates.

Jason Bennett works from Moscow on global projects, with a significant focus on oil and gas transactions and investments.

Clients praise London-based Steve Wardlaw for his strong client management skills and for his thorough understanding of the Russian market.

UK-based Rubin Weston advises on cross-border financings in the oil and gas sector. 

Intellectual Property - Russia

"Talented young lawyer" Ekaterina Tilling heads the IP practice and attracts some strong praise from sources. Her "attention and patience towards clients" is highlighted and she is noted for her active involvement in IP-related events.

Banking & Finance - Saudi Arabia

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Renowned for its involvement in the project finance and energy sectors, and particularly specialised in IPP financings. The combined international and domestic firm side includes strategic offices across Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh, giving the team strength and depth advising on cutting-edge mandates within the projects space.

Work highlights Advised Saudi Electricity Company on an export credit facility from Export-Import Bank of Korea and K-sure, in order to complete the financing of the Rabigh 6 power plant. 

Notable practitioners  

Babul Parikh is a key partner in Riyadh. Sources highlight his impressive track record of acting for some of the top lenders in the Kingdom. 

Significant clients Saudi Electricity Company, Emirates NBD Bank, Saudi Investment Bank, Samba Financial Group, Banque Saudi Fransi.

Corporate/Commercial - Saudi Arabia

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises international and domestic companies on a range of corporate and commercial matters including joint ventures, acquisitions and general corporate matters. Experienced in handling transactions relating to the mining and energy industries, and has a profound knowledge of local laws.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Regional capability: "They have the ability to translate things to a Western audience and analyse the context and how things will be perceived." 

Work highlights Advised PHI Air Medical on the negotiation of contracts for the provision of helicopter services for and helicopter sales to Saudi Red Crescent Authority.

Notable practitioners  

Babul Parikh is active in a broad range of matters including joint ventures, acquisitions and mining matters. Sources appreciate that "he is always available and he gives very clear and concise advice in a timely manner."

Significant clients Saudi Electricity Company, Emirates NBD Bank, The Saudi Investment Bank, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Baker Hughes.

Dispute Resolution - UK

Jay Alexander is well liked by clients, and upholds an impressive track record in international arbitration. Many of his disputes concern the worlds of energy and shipping, and he often acts for and against sovereigns.

Alejandro Escobar "has the mindset of international law," according to sources. He focuses predominantly on investment treaty disputes as part of a broad public international law practice. He proves particularly popular in relation to Latin American issues.

Houston-based Jennifer Smith focuses on commercial arbitrations relating to the energy and technology industries. "The fact that she's dual-qualified in England and Texas in the energy industry is extremely useful," says a source. 

Foreign Desks Baker Botts' historical strength in Russian litigation has shifted in recent years from Moscow to London, where the firm is home to a cadre of lawyers well versed in CIS commercial disputes, with special mention made of its energy sector expertise.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK

Clients are pleased with Antony Higginson's responsiveness: "He'll always come back to you. He'll find time in 24 hours to get back to you even if he's overseas. Antony is also very practical and will not just set out the legal position, but suggest solutions to problems too. He's very commercially minded."  

Clients praise Steve Wardlaw for his strong client management skills and for his thorough understanding of the Russian market. 

Rubin Weston advises on cross-border financings in the oil and gas sector, concentrating his practice on Russia-focused transactions.  

Projects - UK

Project finance partner Robin Mizrahi recently joined from Chadbourne & Park, where he advised the Moroccan state-owned offtake purchaser on the Tarfaya wind project. Sources say: "It is helpful that he can convey what is realistic or what has been done and what is achievable on projects. He definitely brings a level of experience that helps guide the discussions."

Foreign Desks Largely concentrating its Africa practice in its London and Dubai offices, the firm also offers support across its extensive global footprint. Energy remains the main focus for the team, which has developed close relationships with some of the region's biggest clients. Members are involved in several significant long-term projects, particularly LNG-related transactions.    

Corporate/M&A - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Profound industry knowledge brought to bear on deals in the construction and energy sectors. Acts for international clients on their UAE acquisitions, restructurings and establishments, as well as on joint ventures with Gulf entities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

Bench strength: "The work we get is top-notch. They have people with real depth of experience - they are very diligent and extremely knowledgeable."

Industry knowledge: "They have very strong oil and gas expertise. They've been in the UAE for a long time - they know the industry, the players and the legal system."

What's new? The firm strengthened its Dubai presence with the addition of a team from Norton Rose Fulbright, including corporate partners Mark Bisch and Hassan Elsayed.

Work highlights Advised Parker Drilling on its USD125 million acquisition of International Tubular Services.

Acted for Monument Capital on the formation of a USD300 million Shari'a-compliant Middle East private equity fund.

Notable practitioners  

Client are quick to recommend the "very helpful" Mark Bisch, who has significant experience of M&A, joint venture and corporate governance matters.

The "approachable and practical" Stephen Matthews is a first port of call for strategic advice on Saudi legal issues. He is also a key component of the firm's UAE offering, with notable experience of transactions in the energy, defence and telecoms sectors.

Oil and gas expert Sean Korney is praised for his thorough and innovative approach. He is rated for his expertise in Iraq, where he has been heavily involved in a number of upstream projects.

Foreign Desks Best known for its involvement in the Basra Gas LNG project, Baker Botts' Iraq desk is highly regarded in the region.

Significant clients SBR Industrial Group, twofour54, Monument Capital, Noble Drilling.

Dispute Resolution - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dynamic team with a long-standing presence in the region and a good client portfolio of major oil, gas and construction companies. Regularly engaged for construction disputes, as well as matters relating to corporate transactions and joint ventures.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Efficiency: "They take the ball and run with it - I don't need to manage them. They get better and better every year. In terms of knowledge and process, the whole mechanics of the arbitration were very well handled."

Communication: "They provided an excellent platform for teamwork between experts, client and legal team. Case management and preparation was excellent; good attention to detail."

What's new? The firm picked up a disputes team from Fulbright & Jaworski in 2013, including Philip Punwar and Jonathan Sutcliffe.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Punwar maintains an excellent reputation among market sources, who greatly appreciate his experience in arbitration. One impressed client commented: "He is one of the best I have worked with."

Jonathan Sutcliffe has a strong standing in this field. Clients describe him as "user-friendly, accessible and commercially astute. His depth of knowledge is impressive."

Real Estate - United Arab Emirates

Basic facts about the department
Real estate and construction - 3 partners, 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Draws on the firm's traditional strength in oil and gas to draft construction documentation for industry heavyweights. A busy contentious practice, advising contractors and subcontractors on disputes arising from local property development projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Communication: "They provided an excellent platform for teamwork between experts, clients and the legal team. Case management and preparation was excellent; good attention to detail."

Bench strength: "They are now pretty large, have international arbitration capabilities as well as a dedicated construction practice, and are renowned for their oil and gas practice."

What's new? Joseph Colagiovanni, Jonathan Sutcliffe and Philip Punwar joined the team in Dubai from Fulbright & Jaworski in July 2013.

Notable practitioners  

Ravinder Bhullar is a solid choice for construction disputes. He is acclaimed as "an extremely good, sensible lawyer who is very experienced and always a pleasure to work with."

Senior associate Stephen Burke draws rave reviews from clients, who say: "His pleading and cross-examinations were excellent, easy and logical, with good follow-through to the point. He understands construction issues, and picks things up very quickly."

Corporate/M&A - USA

The "very talented" Andrew Baker is identified by market observers as a well-known figure in the market. Based in the Houston office, he is the firm's managing partner and continues to serve a variety of public and private companies on corporate matters.

David Kirkland attracts praise for his "outstanding" practice. His recent highlights include representing Pride International throughout its USD8.7 billion acquisition by Ensco. He has also handled several matters for client Imperial Sugar of late.

Stephen Massad's recent highlights include acting for Lazard as financial adviser to Progress Energy on its high-profile all-stock merger with Duke Energy, a USD13.7 billion transaction.

Energy & Natural Resources - USA

"First-rate lawyer" Thomas Eastment leads the firm's energy regulatory practice. He continues to impress clients with his "profound understanding" of oil and gas regulatory and litigation matters. He has enjoyed an active year representing a number of major oil and gas companies including Repsol, ExxonMobil, BP West Coast Products and HollyFrontier before the appeal courts in pipeline rate disputes.

"Phenomenal lawyer" William Lamb is lauded for his "market knowledge and sound judgement," and for being "incredibly insightful and savvy." Enthusiastic clients report that he can "always quickly devise a clever solution to the multitude of challenges that arise in any complicated transaction." 

"Terrific, talented lawyer" Elaine Walsh is fluent in both regulation and litigation as well as transactional issues. In a recent highlight, she acted for NRG Energy on its USD200 million purchase of Energy Plus Holdings.

Thomas Moore brings with him vast experience of the domestic and international oil and gas transactional markets. He is well versed in a variety of matters ranging from LNG and gas trading projects to divestitures and acquisitions, and is particularly singled out for his work in Angola.

Oil and gas department head Hugh Tucker is described as a "very good listener and project driver." Over the past year, he has been active on a wide range of transactional work including joint ventures, divestitures, acquisitions and disposals. Highlights include acting for Hess Corporation on its USD594 million purchase of half of CNX Gas's interest in the Utica Shale in eastern Ohio.

Intellectual Property - USA

Barton Showalter's standing at the Texas IP Bar is such that fellow attorneys "refer defence case clients to him in a flash." He is the firm-wide IP department chair, and has particular expertise in electronics, semiconductors, communications and software.

Scott Partridge is a "very strong trial lawyer" with significant victories to his name, and is a fixture in the courts of the Eastern District of Texas, one of the nation's most active battlegrounds for IP litigation. He has tried cases focusing on hard and soft IP rights.

Robert Scheinfeld chairs the IP department in New York and internationally. He is a renowned authority on patent law, and litigates hi-tech cases, particularly those with a focus on computer science and mathematics.

International Arbitration - USA

Michael Goldberg co-chairs the international arbitration and dispute resolution practice, and has long-standing experience in the field. Sources praise "his ability to analyse issues in multiple jurisdictions." He offers expertise in acting as counsel and arbitrator in a wide range of disputes.

Jennifer Smith focuses on commercial arbitration and is praised as being "very bright, hard-working and well organised." She is currently involved in a number of arbitrations relating to the energy and technology industries, and is a UK and US-qualified practitioner.  

Michael Lennon is highly respected as "the consummate professional – he's always reachable, very patient and understanding, full of good ideas and knows exactly how to handle all the parties on a case." He offers particular expertise in disputes involving the energy sector.  

Outsourcing - USA

Technology group head John Martin retains a significant outsourcing practice. Sources hold him in high regard as an established practitioner with a commendable understanding of the key issues facing clients.

Projects - USA

Clients are quick to recommend Steven Miles as a "very service-oriented, highly responsive and very commercially aware" practitioner. He has recently acted on several of the firm's significant mandates, an example of which is his advice to Cheniere Energy Partners in connection with the extension of its Sabine Pass LNG terminal.

Maura Goldstein has had another busy year representing clients in relation to various renewables and alternative energy projects. In a recent highlight, she represented Buchanan Renewables in connection with a cross-border electric power generation project valued at USD290 million.

Tax - USA

Baker Botts houses a number of experienced tax experts, and is particularly noted for its expertise in the oil and gas space. Richard Husseini is based in Houston and chairs the firm's tax group.