Denmon Sigler has joined Baker McKenzie as a Partner, adding more than 17 years of experience advising clients globally on energy-related transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and project development.
Based in Houston, Ms. Sigler counsels clients throughout the entire oil and gas value chain. In the upstream sector, she advises on exploration and development of conventional and unconventional, onshore and offshore resources. Ms. Sigler will be a member of the North American Banking, Finance and Major Projects and North America Oil & Gas practices.
"As we grow our team in North America, we look for top quality talent that will bring value to our clients," said Rick Hammett, Baker McKenzie's North American Managing Partner. "With low oil prices driving industry changes globally, our clients rely on us for strategic advice. Denmon's knowledge and market savvy will be a key addition to our energy practice."
Additionally, Ms. Sigler works with midstream clients in acquisitions and divestitures and to develop pipelines and gathering and processing systems. In the downstream sector, she assists refining and petrochemical clients in the purchase and sale of companies and business units, the formation and governance of joint ventures, project development, integration, shared site and utility arrangements, the purchase of feedstocks, sale of products, logistics and other transportation issues.
"Denmon's experience with upstream, midstream and downstream sectors will be of great value to our clients. She is highly regarded and well known amongst oil and gas attorneys in our region, and her knowledge of both US and international transactions is exceptional," said Louis Davis, Chair of the Firm's North America Oil & Gas Practice. "We very much look forward to having Denmon as a part of the firm's energy practice and further expanding our capabilities."
"Houston is a dynamic market, and we continue to see demand for our services even with the ongoing fluctuations in the energy industry," said Jonathan Newton, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie's Houston office. "Denmon's energy transactions skill set will be a boon to our team and our clients.”
Ms. Sigler is the latest in a series of partner hires for the Firm in Houston. Corporate and securities lawyer Justin Whittenburg recently joined, as well as employment lawyer Celina Joachim and M&A and securities lawyer Lee McIntyre. The Firm has also bolstered its regional restructuring practice, adding Debra Dandeneau, Peter Goodman and James Donnell. The restructuring practice has significant experience advising clients in the energy sector.
Operating out of a network spanning 47 countries, Baker McKenzie has been working on oil & gas projects worldwide for decades. The Oil & Gas Practice has a broad-range of skills in finance, corporate, tax, and environmental and competition law. The practice also has deep experience in matters involving unconventional resources.
For the last three years, the Firm has hosted the Global Oil & Gas Institute, a program that brings hundreds of industry leaders and lawyers from around the world to Houston. The annual event is an opportunity to gain insights on current industry trends and legal developments.
"I'm excited to join Baker McKenzie and utilize its global platform to further enhance the services I provide my clients in the oil and gas industry," said Ms. Sigler. "The Firm's culture of collaboration was very appealing to me and I look forward to working with the Firm's practitioners around the world."
Ms. Sigler has been recognized by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US for her transactional energy work. She received her B.A. from Rice University and her J.D. from South Texas College of Law.
Ms. Sigler is joined by associate Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza, an energy transactions lawyer who has been practicing in Houston for over five years. Ms. Sigler and Ms. Mendoza come to Baker McKenzie from Winston & Strawn LLP and both were previously at Baker Botts LLP.