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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP




James Atkin is the global co-head of Orrick’s Oil and Gas practice and is based in London. He advises industry clients in the oil and gas sector on transactions in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and North Amerca. James has extensive experience advising on the structuring and development of large scale oil and gas projects, LNG sales arrangements, and energy related mergers and acquisitions.

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London > Finance > Derivatives (including commodities)

The energy sector is a core focus for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, which is adept in energy-related commodities and derivatives work, and also has a presence in the metals trading market. Practice head Edward Humphries is not only an expert in trading, structured trading, financing, regulation and M&A in the energy sector, but is also active in other commodities markets. He is the relationship partner for some of the firm’s key energy clients including ENGIE Global Markets, JPMorgan, Mercuria and Trailstone UK Limited. James Atkin, who works in both London and Tokyo, recently joined from Vinson & Elkins RLLP to help expand the firm’s oil and gas and commodities presence in Asia, with a focus on Japanese trading houses. Managing associate Matthew Stott also plays a central role in the London practice.

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

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP‘s London-based energy and infrastructure team has recently made several significant hires, including private equity specialist Paul Doris from Watson Farley & Williams LLP and international arbitration expert Mark Beeley from Vinson & Elkins RLLP; practice head James Atkin also joined the firm’s Tokyo office in 2018 before relocating to London in 2019. The firm has also added some notable new clients, such as ExxonMobil and BW Offshore, to its already diverse roster. Other key contacts in the team are of counsel Joanna Kay, who specialises in international transactions, and senior associate Rebecca DownesMatthew Williams departed to Fieldfisher and Peter Roberts retired from the profession.

Japan > Projects and energy: International firms and joint ventures

(Leading individuals: Gaiben)

James AtkinOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Under the leadership of Yoichi KatayamaOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has been advising on some of the most significant inbound energy project mandates, including an expansive 121.6MW Tsugaru wind facility and the 235MW Setouchi solar facility, while also continuing to assist Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry with opinions and information for structuring the Feed-In-Tariff system and its model power purchase agreement. On the outbound front, practice co-head James Atkin continues to provide expert oil and gas counsel to Japanese clients regarding their investments overseas. Also notable on the renewables side are Minako Wakabayashi and of counsel Yuko Inui.