Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie continues to grown its London transactional practices with the appointment of Philip Thomson to the Energy, Mining & Infrastructure (EMI) practice, part of Corporate, later this month. Philip joins from Ashurst where he was partner and Global Co-Head of its Oil & Gas practice. His hire plays a key role in further enhancing the Firm's energy sector transactional offering.

Philip's appointment brings the number of Partner-level hires in the transactional practices in London since the start of the year to six. Earlier this year, the Firm hired White & Case leading capital markets partners Rob Mathews and David Becker, and M&A lawyer Peter Lu who joined as Head of the China Group in London also from White & Case. In March, Philip Annett and Caitlin McErlane joined the Financial Services Practice from Allen & Overy and Sidley Austin respectively.

Commenting on the appointment, Richard Blunt Head of EMI London says: "The energy sector is undergoing a fundamental transition, which presents huge opportunities. Philip's broad skillset and sector experience will complement our strengths in the EMI industry, and add further focus to our LNG capability, and enable us to harness these opportunities even better going forward."

London Managing Partner Alex Chadwick said: "I am delighted to welcome Philip to the Firm. His wealth of experience, deep sector knowledge and strong client relationships will elevate our EMI practice. His hire also plays straight to our London-centric global growth strategy."

Commenting on his appointment, Philip Thomson says: "I am looking forward to joining the well-established London team and to working with colleagues around the global network."

Philip is an extremely skilled and renowned EMI practitioner, with particular expertise in the oil & gas sector, especially midstream and downstream segments (pipelines, LNG, petrochemical and refining). His practice focuses on the development and financing of large-scale projects across a number of sectors (oil & gas, power, transportation), as well as leading on both commercial and financing documentation. Philip has a wealth of transactional experience across multiple geographies and previously headed up Energy in Ashurst Asia (2010-2014) based in Singapore.

Renowned in the LNG sector, Philip is recognised in Legal 500 Oil & Gas (2018) and IFLR (2018).

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