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Baker Botts Welcomes Prominent TMT M&A Partner


LONDON, January 15, 2020 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international technology and energy law firm, today announced that Stuart Blythe has joined the firm’s Corporate Department as a partner. Mr. Blythe will be based in the firm’s London office.

“We continue to add scale to our firmwide Corporate Department and invest in our TMT offering. Stuart’s practice is a perfect fit with the firm’s sector strategy, our cross-border Corporate priorities and the London office’s growth plans. His skill-set sharpens our differentiation in the market even further,” said John Martin, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“Stuart has an excellent cross-border client base, which will enhance our Corporate Department in London and help to grow our TMT capabilities as well. As we add further scale in London, we continue to look for high-quality lawyers with complementary skills to support our clients,” said Mark Rowley, Partner-in-Charge of London and the Middle East at Baker Botts.

Mr. Blythe is dual U.S. (New York) and UK-qualified and advises corporations and financial institutions on a wide range of global corporate and commercial transactions in the TMT sector, including M&A, joint ventures, restructurings, debt financings and infrastructure projects. He also has specific experience in the deployment and commercial operation of digital communications networks, including with respect to optical fibre networks, data centres and subsea cable systems. Recent experience in this regard includes advising on the transatlantic EllaLink subsea cable system.

Previously, Stuart spent nearly 10 years in general counsel roles at telecom multinationals, including as general counsel for MCI WorldCom (now Verizon).

“Baker Botts has world-class clientele across the technology sector more broadly, and the firm is at a very exciting growth stage in London. This is a superb opportunity for me to help further diversify the firm’s Corporate Department in London and expand the work being carried out for its TMT sector clients,” said Stuart Blythe.

Baker Botts recently announced the promotion of London senior associate, Rob Butler, to partner effective 1 January 2020. In January 2019, the firm also promoted Dorine Farah to partner in London.

The firm has additionally made several lateral partner hires in London during 2019, including:

  • Project Finance partner Nick Collins (January 2019) from Jones Day

  • Corporate/ECM partner Richard Brown (January 2019) from Latham & Watkins

  • Litigation/Disputes partner Poupak Anjomshoaa (February 2019) from Norton Rose

Additional recent London and international hires include EU Antitrust partner Matthew Levitt (November 2018) in Brussels; Corporate and Technology partner David Ramm (September 2018) in London; Global Projects partner Euan Pinkerton (October 2018) in Riyadh; and Energy partner Lewis Jones (March 2018) in London.

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