Hogan Lovells Expands Energy Practice with Addition of Two Partners in London

LONDON, 5 May 2011 - Hogan Lovells has recruited energy partners, Matthew Williams and John Deacon, in the Infrastructure and Project Finance practice in London. They join just three months after energy partners, David W. Locascio and José Luis Vittor, joined the Houston office. Matthew and John joined Hogan Lovells International LLP on 1 May 2011.

Matthew and John were most recently partners at Hunton & Williams. They are experienced practitioners in the energy sector, with a strong emphasis on projects and finance and related regulatory, trading and M&A experience. Both are recognised as leaders in their field by Chambers and Legal 500. 

The hires will significantly enhance Hogan Lovells' existing Infrastructure and Project finance practice, which represents financial institutions, project sponsors, investors, contractors, private equity funds, governments and parastatal bodies on some of the world's largest and most challenging projects in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States.

They will also continue the expansion of Hogan Lovells’ cross practice Energy Industry Team, which covers all aspects of work for energy clients and of which Matthew Williams becomes co-head.

Commenting on the arrival of the new partners, David Hudd, Co-head of Hogan Lovells' Finance group, said:

"Matthew and John are recognised leaders in the field of energy and climate change, and will be a welcome addition to our global project finance and energy capabilities."

Matthew Williams said:

"Hogan Lovell's ambition in the energy sector, coupled with its global coverage and reputation, makes it a very attractive opportunity for us to enhance and expand the work we do for our clients. John and I look forward to working with our new colleagues in building a world class and client focused global energy practice."

John Deacon said:

"Hogan Lovells is a very good fit for our existing practice as we share the same ambitions for growing a market-leading global energy practice. There are huge opportunities in the energy sector, particularly with high end energy projects, and we intend to be at the forefront of those developments."

Matthew has an established practice in structured energy transactions, energy related M&A, power project development and climate change projects.  He acts for a range of developers, banks, utilities and trading houses in the energy sector and is also a recognised figure in the emissions trading market.

John acts for clients on projects encompassing the full "green agenda", including biomass, solar, wind and waste-to-energy.  He acts for both project developers and banks lending to the renewable energy sector.

About Hogan Lovells' finance practice

Located in the world’s financial hubs, Hogan Lovells’ Finance practice is consistently rated as a market leader by respected legal directories, including Chambers Global and Legal 500, and by trade publications such as International Financial Law Review and Trade Finance Magazine. Our team of more than 300 lawyers enjoys extensive experience in advising clients on all types of financing transactions.

 The practice comprises:

• International Banking - including leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, banking, structured finance, trade and export finance, and real estate finance.
• Business Restructuring and Insolvency - including debtor and creditor representations, refinancings, restructurings, workouts, and acquisitions of distressed assets.
• International Debt Capital Markets - including debt and high-yield capital markets offerings, private placements, securitizations and repackagings, and derivatives.
• Infrastructure, Public and Project Finance - including global infrastructure projects, privatization, public-private partnerships (PPP), engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts, private finance initiatives (PFI), concession agreements, government finance and mergers and acquisitions.

We provide an integrated service and capability to our clients, which include the world's leading financial institutions and corporations.

About Hogan Lovells

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