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Legal 500 Highlights Baker Botts/London Strengths


In addition to being highlighted as one of the 50 largest U.S. firms with an office in London, the UK Legal 500 placed Baker Botts/London on its “recommended” list in four categories this year -- arbitration, dual U.S./UK law capability: Under 25 fee-earners, M&A smaller deals, and Oil and Gas -- London.

This is the first time the firm was recommended in the arbitration and M&A categories. The annual list of recommendations was posted to the Web site on Friday, September 16, 2005.

In addition to being included in the recommended listings, a number of the firm’s London partners were mentioned in the narratives accompanying the charts. All editorial commentary is from the Legal 500 “recommended” Web content.

  • Arbitration/London: “Peter Griffin’s arrival at Baker Botts in London has made quite an impact on the market. The fantastic experience he gained at his previous firm, the Paris office of Shearman & Sterling LLP, has certainly set him in good stead in his new location.”
  • Dual US/UK law capability: under 25 fee-earners: “Baker Botts is a Houston firm, and its London office mirrors its US energy focus, acting for clients like Halliburton and Petrocon India.”
  • M&A Smaller Deals: “Baker Botts’ M&A practice benefits from the firm’s established name in the technology, oil and gas sectors. Paul Landen and Tony Higginson recently advised on multi-million dollar acquisitions of oil companies in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.”
  • Oil & Gas -- London: “‘Very responsive’ is how clients see Baker Botts, where Tony Higginson is an acknowledged expert in UK and international oil and gas, M&A, pipelines and LNG. Large-scale infrastructure financing and advice on liberalisation feature strongly, with John White advising on the $4.3bn BTC oil pipeline and Steve Wardlaw (now the firm’s executive partner of its Moscow office) advising on AGSC on the $3.2bn Shah Deniz gas pipeline.”

To review the complete Legal500 listings please click here.