Akerman Advances Texas Growth with International Trade Team in Dallas

Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm serving clients across the Americas, continued its Texas expansion with a team of five international trade lawyers and business professionals, led by partners Michelle Schulz and Elsa Manzanares in Dallas. The group joins Akerman’s Government Affairs and Public Policy Practice Group from a regional law firm, where Schulz and Manzanares served as co-chairs of the International Trade Group. Schulz also served as chair of the International Practice. Akerman also welcomes practice group attorney Kim Carlson, senior trade advisor Troy Shaffer and trade analyst Matthew Savage.

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Linklaters Expands its Employment Practice with the Hire of Dr Timon Grau

Dr Timon Grau will join Linklaters’ employment practice as a partner in March. Dr Timon Grau, who previously worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, specialises in such work as restructurings, collective employment law, employee data protection and compliance, including internal investigations, and transactional matters. Dr Timon Grau will work from Linklaters’ offices in Düsseldorf and Frankfurt.

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Winston & Strawn’s Growing Energy Industry Team Adds Two Renowned Commercial Litigators

Winston & Strawn LLP has made another significant lateral group hire enhancing the firm’s energy industry capabilities. Following the arrival of a group of six energy and infrastructure partners hires from Norton Rose Fulbright in late January, Winston is pleased to announce that litigators Hugh Tanner and Denise Scofield have joined the firm in Houston. Hugh previously served as managing partner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP’s Houston office, and also chaired its oil and gas litigation group initiative. This group expands Winston’s existing energy team in Houston along with other recent additions, including Doug Atnipp, who joined from Greenberg Traurig where he served as the firm’s co-managing shareholder of the Houston office and co-chair of the energy practice group, and of counsel Brenda Hanzl.

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Kirkland & Ellis Adds Infrastructure Finance Partners Rohit Chaudhry and Roald Nashi in Washington, D.C.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that Rohit Chaudhry and Roald Nashi have joined the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office as partners in the Debt Finance Practice Group. Mr. Chaudhry and Mr. Nashi collectively have more than 35 years of experience on energy and project finance transactions, representing private equity sponsors, institutional investors, developers and others, in domestic and international matters.

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Fisher Phillips Welcomes Partner Cheryl Schreck in Los Angeles

Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers, is pleased to announce the addition of Cheryl Schreck as a partner in Los Angeles. Schreck joins the firm from Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, P.C., where she was a shareholder in the firm’s employment practice.

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Akin Gump to Welcome Leading Project Finance Lawyer Julian Nichol in London

Akin Gump today announced that Julian Nichol will be joining the firm in London as a partner in its global project finance practice. Mr. Nichol, who focuses on project finance and transactional energy and natural resources matters, comes to Akin Gump from Bracewell in London, where he headed the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) power group and co-headed the firmwide oil and gas practice.

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