Akin Gump Welcomes Energy Partner W. Robert Shearer in Houston

(Houston) – Akin Gump today announced that W. Robert Shearer has joined the firm as a partner in its energy practice in Houston. Mr. Shearer focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and capital markets transactions for energy, oil field services, manufacturing and technology clients.

Among his recent transactions, Mr. Shearer represented the world’s largest oil field services company in its $430 million purchase of the U.S. pressure pumping and pump-down perforating business of another oil field services company. He has also represented several retail natural gas and electricity providers in numerous acquisitions across the United States. In addition, Mr. Shearer has advised a leading oil field services company in several acquisitions of private companies and a specialized construction services provider in the $350 million purchase of an energy infrastructure services provider.

Mr. Shearer’s clients have also included the nation’s largest independent insurance brokerage business, several gas-to-liquids companies and one of the nation’s largest construction services companies.

“Rob has the transactional background that will continue to serve as a big differentiator for us in Houston and elsewhere,” said Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith. “Whether with M&A or capital markets deals, for clients in the oil industry or other sectors, Rob has advised some major players in their respective fields. I am delighted to begin the year with such a strong addition to our team and proudly welcome Rob to Akin Gump.”

Christine B. LaFollette, partner in charge of Akin Gump’s Houston office and a member of the energy practice, added, “Rob strengthens our position as a leader in the Houston market for sophisticated corporate transactions, including M&A deals for numerous Houston-based public companies. His background and experience will be tremendous assets for our clients and I am very happy to have him with us.”

“I was drawn to Akin Gump because of its reputation for having a top-tier energy transactional and capital markets practice,” said Mr. Shearer. “The firm’s deep bench in these areas, along with its strong platform across the oil and gas sector, was a big factor in my making this move, and I am excited to be here.”

About W. Robert Shearer

Mr. Shearer began his legal career at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP in Houston. He spent the last 13 years as a corporate partner at BakerHostetler LLP, where he was immediately prior to joining Akin Gump.

Mr. Shearer received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law Center where he served as the editor in chief of the Houston Law Review. He earned his B.B.A., with high honors, from the University of Texas.

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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