02 February 2018

Norton Rose energy and infrastructure team defects to Winston & Strawn

UK National Grid lawyer moves on

A team of top energy and infrastructure partners have exited Norton Rose for Winston & Strawn.

Norton Rose Fulbright has lost a team of eight energy and infrastructure lawyers to Winston & Strawn. The lawyers will join the firm’s New York, Washington DC and Houston offices. The team consists of five partners and three of counsel. Their arrival to Winston will strengthen the firm’s transactional and regulatory capabilities in the electric power, oil and gas, commodities and infrastructure sectors.'We are excited by this opportunity to further grow our transactional and regulatory practice capabilities, and investing in the energy sector is a critical part of that vision. This highly accomplished team brings exceptional skills and deep industry knowledge to the practice,' said Tom Fitzgerald, Winston’s chairman. Michael Elkin, the firm’s vice chairman said the group added 'significant depth to our already strong bench of energy transactional and regulatory practitioners with expanded capabilities in M&A, project finance, P3s, and FERC and CFTC enforcement.' 

Norton Rose promotes Doug Fried

In response to the exits, Norton Rose has moved New York partner Doug Fried from co-leading the firm’s US infrastructure practice to being its sole lead and also assumes the role of the US head of infrastructure, mining and commodities. With more than 30 years of experience, Doug represents sponsors, equity investors and lenders in connection with infrastructure and energy projects in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. 

Expanded projects group

Commenting on the departures, Daryl Lansdale, Norton Rose Fulbright’s US managing partner said: 'Lawyer movement happens from time to time. We too have added lateral partners in 2018, after a year in which we welcomed 65 partners from our combination with Chadbourne & Parke, including a world-leading projects team. We wish these departing legacy Norton Rose Fulbright lawyers well. Comprised of highly regarded lawyers from both legacy Norton Rose Fulbright and Chadbourne, our expanded projects group – with more than 350 lawyers worldwide, including nearly 100 in the US  – stands as a global leader. The firm’s industry-leading infrastructure practice is led in the US by Doug Fried, who has now also become our US head of infrastructure, mining and commodities. We remain committed to providing our clients with top quality service in this important practice for our firm.'

Power and energy

The group joining Winston & Strawn includes Patrick Groomes who was former head of the power and alternative energy practice and co-head of the projects group at Norton Rose. He served as in-house counsel at two independent power producers, including as acting in-house counsel for the trading arm of one during reorganisation. Michael Pikiel served as head of his prior firm’s infrastructure, mining and commodities group. David Gillespie was the lead tax lawyer for the power and alternative energy, transport and infrastructure practice groups at his prior firm. He has more than 30 years of tax experience representing clients, with special emphasis on the power, infrastructure, and transportation sectors. 

SEC

Michael Loesch held senior leadership positions at the CFTC and the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) with more than 14 years of federal regulatory and legislative service. Michael Yuffee was previously the head of the FERC regulatory practice at Reed Smith. Terry Arbit, Becky Limmer, and Brenda Hanzl join the firm as of counsel. 

Enery and infrastructure

'Winston was very attractive to us because our capabilities and experience align closely with the firm’s vision for its energy and infrastructure practice,' commented Patrick Groomes. 'Additionally, Winston’s recent successes in recruiting and integrating top-tier talent into the firm presents an exciting opportunity to our group. We look forward to contributing and collaborating with Winston’s existing energy team to provide our clients with an enhanced service offering.'