08:09, June 13 506 0

2017-06-13 08:09:07
HSF loses second energy co-head in seven months

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has returned to Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) to hire its first London-based oil and gas partner.

HSF has lost a number of partners to Gibson Dunn in the past, including global head of capital markets Steve Thierbach and his colleague Chris Haynes in 2015.

HSF’s co-head of energy Anna Howell is the latest partner to leave – also marking Gibson Dunn’s first oil and gas hire in London.

Howell became HSF’s energy co-head in 2015 along with London-based John Balsdon and Perth-based Robert Merrick.

Balsdon joined Latham & Watkins earlier this year, with Merrick expected to lead the group solely once Howell has departed.

Howell advises on cross-border transactions in the oil and gas sectors, as well as mining and power industries.

She has worked with clients including E.On, Carlyle International Energy Partners, BP and Temesek Holdings. Practising with the firm since 1996, Howell also spent a decade working in HSF’s Asia offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Howell’s arrival is timely coming just months after Gibson Dunn announced its new office launch in Houston. The firm recruited a six-partner energy team from Baker Botts in April.

Gibson Dunn chairman Ken Doran said Howell’s practice would complement the oil and gas focus of the new Houston office, with both Houston and London playing an important role in energy-related deals.

A HSF spokesperson said: “We thank Anna for her contributions to our energy practice and wish her all the best.

“Herbert Smith Freehills has a longstanding commitment to serving clients with a top-tier global energy practice. We are committed to continuing the growth of the practice.”