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Hunton & Williams Secures Five Energy Partners from Paul Hastings


Hunton & Williams lured five prominent global energy project finance partners this week from Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, where they were also partners. Two of the new laterals, John Hawkins and Jeff Schroeder, will serve as co-heads of the firm’s global Energy Project Finance team in New York and Washington D.C., respectively, according to a press release (PDF). Raj Pande will serve as chair of the firm’s Japan practice.

“This is an exciting addition to a strong practice group at a time when our clients around the world have a growing desire to develop new energy projects,” said Wally Martinez, Hunton & Williams’ managing partner.

The new partners join Hunton & Williams’ energy and utility practice group, which has more than 100 lawyers across numerous practice areas representing clients throughout the world. They bring a wide breadth of experience in financings and acquisitions of nuclear power plans and fossil fuel plants, oil and gas upstream and downstream facilities, and renewable energy projects, according to the release.

“We chose Hunton & Williams because of its outstanding history in the field and the firm’s long-term commitment to energy and project finance as a core practice,” Hawkins said.

“The combined experience of our group and the Hunton & Williams energy team will expand the capabilities we have to meet clients’ growing need domestically and internationally,” Schroeder added.

Ellis Butler and Larry Skinner also joined the firm’s Washington D.C. office.

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