Akin Gump to Expand Asia Oil and Gas Practice with Addition of Paul Greening

(Hong Kong/Singapore) – Akin Gump is pleased to announce that Paul Greening will join the firm in Hong Kong in its oil and gas practice, effective July 20. Mr. Greening is a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and a registered foreign lawyer in the firm's Hong Kong office. Mr. Greening focuses on international energy, utilities and infrastructure projects as well as energy-focused cross-border M&A and comes to Akin Gump from Vinson & Elkins. With an expected move to Akin Gump’s Singapore office later in the year, Mr. Greening will bolster the firm’s oil and gas capabilities across Asia.

“The energy industry continues to be a significant focus for the firm, both in Asia and across the globe,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “Paul is a first-rate lawyer and a strategic addition to our team who has deep experience in the oil and gas sector. Working alongside our lawyers in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, he will be a great fit with our firmwide energy practice.”

Mr. Greening has advised on matters involving energy-related cross-border M&A, divestitures, oil and gas contracts (including natural gas and liquefied natural gas sale and purchase agreements), project development and associated maritime law advice. He has worked on transactions involving clients, projects, companies and assets located across the Asia-Pacific, Russia, Australasia, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. His clients have included state-owned enterprises and private oil and gas companies, project developers and private equity funds.

“There is a very strong demand across Asia right now, particularly Southeast Asia, for the oil and gas industry knowledge that Paul possesses, and I am thrilled to welcome him to the team,” said Gregory D. Puff, head of Akin Gump’s Asia practice.

“Akin Gump’s energy team is not only involved with some of the most sophisticated transactions in the energy sector, but also has an excellent global platform,” said Mr. Greening. “The opportunity to help expand the firm’s reach across Asia and add depth to its global team is one I could not pass up.”

Mr. Greening, who is qualified in England and Wales, Australia (NSW) and Hong Kong, received his LL.B. and B.E., both with honors, from the University of Melbourne.

About Akin Gump in Hong Kong

Akin Gump’s Hong Kong office* offers legal services and counsel to international and pan-Asian U.S. and international clients with interests in China and greater Asia. The Hong Kong office is also fully integrated into Akin Gump’s firmwide system of cross-border, cross-practice collaboration—a reflection and conduit of the knowledge, experience and values of the firm as a whole. Our lawyers in Hong Kong have broad and deep experience counseling Asian and other international clients on private and public investments, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures, financial restructuring, funds formation and regulatory, and securities and financial institutions litigation.

About Akin Gump in Singapore

Akin Gump’s Singapore office offers legal advice and counseling to U.S. and international clients doing business in Singapore or through its markets. Our lawyers in Singapore have broad and deep experience counseling international clients in project finance, investment fund formation, energy transactions and international trade. As a function of Akin Gump’s global collaborative system, our Singapore office serves as a portal for regional, U.S. and international clients into a legal services network available around the clock. Consequently, Akin Gump’s Singapore office offers clients counsel in a broad range of practices linked across the firm’s offices worldwide, while focusing on its own core strengths.

About Akin Gump’s Energy Industry Experience

Akin Gump provides a full range of legal services, including corporate and capital market transactions, project finance and development, and dispute and policy counsel. Our lawyers have represented every segment of the energy industry on issues ranging from energy policy to tax questions to environmental and land use challenges. The firm has decades of experience counseling energy clients, including public and private companies, financial institutions, private equity firms and sovereign states working across the energy value chain from independent exploration and production activity to renewable energy investment.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 900 lawyers in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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*Our Hong Kong practice is operated by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, a partnership formed under the laws of the Hong Kong S.A.R.