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New partner hire underlines WFW’s plans for growth in oil & gas sector

25 January 2016

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams’ (“WFW”) market-leading Energy & Infrastructure practice has been significantly strengthened with the arrival of highly regarded partner John Conlin in the firm’s London office. An oil & gas specialist, he will bolster the firm’s existing practice in the sector and help the firm build a truly integrated practice which is optimally positioned to advise all clients active across the energy sector.

WFW is committed to expanding its oil & gas capabilities across the firm’s range of services and office network and John’s arrival is a key element in that ongoing strategy, which will also include expansion in Europe, Asia and America. His practice focusses on upstream oil and gas mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and projects. He joins WFW from the London office of Houston-headquartered energy specialist Andrews Kurth LLP, having previously been a partner with Norton Rose Fulbright.

WFW Global Head of Energy & Infrastructure, partner Evan Stergoulis said: “John is a great addition to our global energy practice and is a key element in our growth plans in the oil & gas sector. He has a great reputation in the market where he provides focussed legal advice to many high profile oil and gas clients and he will fit in well with our existing capabilities in the energy and offshore maritime sectors.”

WFW Managing Partner Chris Lowe added: “To secure the services of a highly regarded partner like John highlights the potency of our existing energy platform and the firm’s commitment to investment and growth in this area.”

John Conlin said: “WFW’s existing Energy & Infrastructure and Natural Resources sector groups provide a great platform from which to continue the growth of the firm’s oil & gas capabilities. I see a lot of enthusiasm from sophisticated clients active in the oil & gas market who are hungry for a full-service sector-focussed approach; WFW is ideally positioned to provide this offering to such clients.”