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Chambers Global 2009: Firm Ranked Band 1 in Oil & Gas /Global, U.S.


HOUSTON, March 13, 2009 -- Results published this week by Chambers Global 2009 list Baker Botts in Band 1 in Global: Projects & Energy - Oil & Gas and USA National: Energy - Oil & Gas.

In addition to the top category for Oil & Gas, the Firm is ranked among the world’s leading law firms globally in International Arbitration (Firm Band 5) and Projects (Firm Band 3).

Four lawyers from the Firm were ranked Band 1 in their practice areas:
• Mark Rowley for Azerbaijan: General Business Law (Overseas Counsel)
• David Asmus for USA National: Energy - Oil & Gas (Transactional)
• David Asmus for USA National: Projects
• Evan Berlack for USA National: International Trade - Export Controls & Economic Sanctions
• Irv Terrell for USA National: Litigation - Trial Lawyers

In their editorial commentary concerning the Firm’s Oil & Gas Band 1 ranking, Chambers researchers stated, “Oil and gas has always been the forte of this firm and it has built an incredibly sophisticated upstream oil and gas-based practice, advising on project finance, development, acquisitions and divestitures. Its copious knowledge of such projects has allowed the team to branch out into similar sectors such as LNG, where it is overall project counsel to the USD10 billion Brass LNG project in Nigeria. The team also has a thriving renewable and alternative energy practice where it advises clients on major wind and solar projects.”

The Firm’s Global ranking for Projects improved from Band 4 in 2008 to Band 3 in the most recent publication which prompted the following client reference: “Commentators laud the ‘outstanding client service’ provided by the firm: ‘It seems to have an endless supply of excellent attorneys who can work to tight timescales and get through an enormous amount of due diligence.’”

Reviewing the Firm’s international arbitration capabilities, Chambers researchers noted the following: “Baker Botts has undertaken a number of significant cases in the past year across a wide variety of industries ... The recent recruitment of Stephen Lim in Hong Kong accentuates the firm’s growing influence in this area, and firm-wide Baker Botts has benefited from the arrival of Alejandro Escobar in the London office.”

To review the complete results for the Firm, please click here.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P., dating from 1840, is a leading international law firm with offices in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto (California), Riyadh and Washington. With approximately 820 lawyers, Baker Botts provides a full range of legal services to international, national and regional clients. For more information, please visit

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