Michael Joyce.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added an energy and projects partner in Singapore.

Longtime Norton Rose Fulbright partner Michael Joyce joins the firm’s global energy and transactions practice. A mergers and acquisitions lawyer, Joyce has advised deals in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors. Last year, he advised JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. on a $400 million investment into Malaysian energy company Petronas’ liquefied natural gas business.

Joyce had been a partner with the firm that is now known as Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia for 19 years, having first joined the legacy Deacons Australia in 1998. Deacons Australia merged with legacy Norton Rose in 2009. He also spent two years between 2011 and 2013 in the firm’s Tokyo office.

Joyce is the third partner at Akin Gump’s 5-year-old Singapore office. The firm opened in 2012 with investment funds partner Robert Griffin relocating from Dallas. In 2015, it recruited energy partner Paul Greening, who was previously an associate with rival Vinson & Elkins.

In Singapore, Akin Gump now has nine lawyers. Office managing partner Griffin coordinates the firm’s Asian operations with Beijing managing partner William Rosoff and London office partner-in-charge Sebastian Rice, following former Asia managing partner Gregory Puff’s departure late last year to join a local startup.

Anna Zhang is based in Hong Kong, where she writes about the business of law and legal issues in Asia and Australia. Contact her at azhang@alm.com. On Twitter: @annazhangc.