HOUSTON — Bracewell & Giuliani LLP announced today that it is adding energy Partners Julian Nichol and Alastair Young to its London office. Nichol will serve as the office’s managing partner. These additions will serve to expand and enhance Bracewell’s globally recognized energy practice.
“We are excited to be welcoming Julian and Alastair to the firm,” said Bracewell Managing Partner, Mark C. Evans. “It is important for us to be able to serve our clients in all areas of the globe in which they do business. London is a key jumping off point. I foresee significantly more attorney growth for us in London over the next 12 to 18 months,” added Evans.
It is anticipated that Nichol will join the firm in March and Young will join the firm in April 2013.
Julian Nichol (formerly a partner at Simmons & Simmons) has a wide range of experience advising on project development and financings as well as M&A work in the power, oil and gas and mining sectors with a particular focus on transactions in Africa and the Middle East. He recently advised AES Corp on the successful financing of the Dibamba and Kribi power projects in Cameroon.
Alastair Young(formerly of Herbert Smith Freehills) is an energy corporate lawyer focusing on cross border oil & gas M&A, joint venturers, project development, and regulatory matters. He has acted on energy transactions in Europe, South America, South East Asia and Africa.
“Our firm is a top global energy firm, adding this experience to the London office was a natural fit,” said Partner Rudolph W. Giuliani. “With so much business flowing through London to Africa and the Middle East, we have tremendous opportunities to better serve our existing clients and will continue to build the team here,” added Giuliani.
“Bracewell has a very impressive energy client base and we are excited to be part of the firm. Our presence in the London office will enable Bracewell to offer its clients an enhanced English law capability especially in the energy sector, and increased coverage of key energy markets,” said Julian Nichol.
Over the coming months Bracewell plans further growth for the London office at both the associate and partner level. Additional attorneys will focus on the energy sector, as well as other practices that support the firm’s energy client base.
Bracewell’s energy attorneys have achieved top rankings from Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a recognized energy practice. The firm was ranked in the top 25 globally by Thomson Reuters in its 2012 Global Mergers & Acquisitions Review based on aggregate dollar value of worldwide deals. The Financial Times recognized Bracewell in its U.S. Innovative Lawyers report, in the category of Most Innovative U.S. Law Firms: Business of Law 2012.
The firm’s London office is located in the centre of the world’s financial and capital markets. It works closely with other Bracewell offices, particularly those in New York, Dubai and Houston, to provide English, U.S. and local laws services to clients across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Middle East. The primary focus of the London office’s practice is international finance, projects, mergers and acquisitions, and other transactional work, particularly for clients active in the energy sector.