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Akin Gump LLP
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Work Department

Partner; Corporate


Simon Rootsey works with private equity firms, infrastructure investors and corporates on complex cross-border M&A (both public and private) and private equity transactions across a broad range of sectors and in multiple regions.  He frequently represents clients in the energy (especially downstream and midstream), infrastructure and healthcare / life sciences sectors where he has particularly deep experience.  Mr. Rootsey regularly works with clients on transactions across Africa (where he has worked on deals covering over 30 African jurisdictions), Latin America and transatlantic take private transactions or other transactions where U.S. clients are investing (often for the first time) in Europe.

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LL.B. (Hons), University of Western Australia, 2005; B.Com., University of Western Australia, 2005

Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

Transactional powerhouse Akin Gump LLP‘s oil and gas group has an ‘excellent‘ track record acting in high-value and cross-border energy M&A, disputes, restructurings, and regulatory work. The group has significant global project financing expertise and advises across the full life-cycle of upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas work. The team has extensive experience working in emerging markets with Weyinmi Popo and private equity specialist Shaun Lascelles focusing on Africa mandates and Simon Rootsey in Latin America. London international arbitration head Justin Williams is another key name, working with Hamish Lal and counsel Jenny Arlington on the contentious side. Transactional head Julian Nichol left to join Watson Farley & Williams LLP in September 2021.

London > Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)

Akin Gump LLP‘s private equity team has been building its reputation in London following a series of hires over recent years. It acts on a large volume of matters, including acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and disposals and has a particularly strong presence in emerging markets, with recent deals involving companies in Nigeria, South Africa, and Colombia as well as in Russia. Shaun Lascelles focuses on emerging markets, and has considerable experience acting in the energy space. Simon Rootsey advises on a range of cross-border mandates, while Weyinmi Popo is noted for his work in the African market. The practice is led by Sebastian Rice, who also leads the firm’s Hong Kong practice.