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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

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Work Department

Energy; Projects; Corporate; M&A; Environment & Natural Resources; Finance; Middle East


Pillsbury partner Gavin Watson advises clients on cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, specializing in the energy sector, as well as the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects worldwide.  

Gavin’s practice focuses on oil & gas, LNG, refinery, petrochemical and related projects. Having advised sovereigns, governments, owners, developers, investors, financiers and export credit agencies, his experience spans Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.






Law Society Finals, The College of Law, London; LL.M. (Hons), Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge; LL.B. (Hons), The University of Manchester

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has a busy practice handling corporate and finance transactions in jurisdictions including the CEE, the Middle East, Russia and Africa. A large proportion of the London office’s work involves emerging markets, especially in M&A and equity capital markets, though it increasing advises on sanctions, as well as projects for energy and mining companies. Head of the London corporate practice James Campbell also leads the firm-wide Africa Practice, advising all kinds of clients from start-ups to international governments. Osama Abu-Dehays is known throughout the Middle East and North Africa for work in the commercial, technology, media and telecoms markets, while head of the international public policy practice Matthew Oresman is ‘world-class, very accessible and very knowledgeable‘; he principally advises governments, political leaders, businesses and NGOs. Gavin Watson handles cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, particularly in the energy and sustainable finance sectors, and Graham Tyler leads the asset finance group, which handles aviation finance work, ECA-backed deals, Islamic financings and capital markets issues.

London > Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP‘s City corporate practice is recognised for its cross-border experience, often working on transactions in collaboration with the wider firm’s US and international offices. The team has of late been focused on acquisitions, multi-jurisdictional restructurings, and mergers for clients in life sciences, natural resources, and tech – including a number of fast-growth developers. Practice head James Campbell acts for an array of clients, ranging from startups to Fortune 500 listed companies. Gavin Watson is noted for his oil and gas sector expertise, particularly in midstream and downstream transactions. Nick Burgess is experienced at handling cross-border M&A transactions in Europe and emerging markets. Associate Sherrine Hashish has recently joined the team from Macfarlanes LLP.