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Baker Botts Continues International Expansion with Addition of Three Lawyers Based in the Firm’s Hong Kong/Beijing Offices


HONG KONG, September 2, 2015 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that Michael Arruda, Joanne Du and Phillip Georgiou have joined the firm based in Hong Kong/Beijing.

“Mike, Joanne and Phillip are all outstanding lawyers, each with an impressive client base and sophisticated practices. Their admission to our firm will bolster our thriving capabilities in Asia in the oil and gas and dispute resolution fields, and further highlights our focus on expanding our firm’s international footprint in its 175th year,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“Baker Botts is a top global legal brand, and adding high-quality lawyers supports our international growth strategy and offers significant additional value to our clients,” added Mr. Baker.

Arruda, Du and Georgiou join Baker Botts from the Hong Kong office of Jones Day.

“Over the last 12 months, we have added new lawyers in London, Dubai and now Hong Kong/Beijing. This speaks to our commitment to expanding our international capabilities through the addition of highly regarded lawyers with in-depth knowledge and experience in their respective practice areas,” said Jamie Baker, Chair of Baker Botts’ Global Projects Group.

“Joining Baker Botts positions our practice on a world-renowned energy platform,” said Mike Arruda. “The firm’s reputation in arbitration will further enable, as well as enhance, the cross disciplinary approach Phil, Joanne and I have pursued for years,” added Mike Arruda.

“With Mike, Joanne and Phil, we add talented, experienced lawyers who bolster the leading positions of our international oil and gas, and dispute resolution, practices in the region,” said Russell Wilkinson, Partner-in-Charge of Baker Botts’ Hong Kong office.

About the Lawyers

Michael Arruda has over 30 years of experience in a broad range of oil and gas matters, primarily representing international and national oil and gas companies and other industry clients in their full range of activity, from exploration and development through midstream processing and transportation, to downstream refining and sales, as well as oilfield services. Mike also has significant oil and gas merger and acquisitions experience for Asian-based clients going overseas as well as global clients looking to invest in Asia.

Joanne Du counsels national and international oil and gas clients in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and operational matters. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Joanne has significant experience across the entire range of upstream and downstream activities and transactions. She regularly advises Chinese clients going abroad and international clients making investments in Asian countries.

Phillip Georgiou is a highly respected international arbitration lawyer with significant experience, having represented clients in arbitration cases in Hong Kong, Singapore and throughout the Asia region before various institutions including ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, JCAA, KLRCA and CIETAC as well as ad hoc tribunals under the UNCITRAL Rules of Arbitration. He is well known in the Hong Kong construction disputes field and has regularly represented clients in both arbitration and High Court litigation proceedings. In addition, he is one of the few international arbitration lawyers in Asia with considerable experience in energy-related disputes, including matters arising out of production sharing contracts, joint operating agreements, construction and engineering contracts, operation and maintenance agreements and power purchase agreements.


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