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WFW strengthens corporate group with the hire of Gowlings EMEA Head of Energy, Infrastructure and Mining

7 January 2014

Watson, Farley & Williams (“WFW”), a leading international law firm, is pleased to announce that it has appointed David Shasha as a senior consultant in the firm’s Corporate group. David joins WFW’s London office on 6 January 2014 from the London office of Canadian law firm Gowlings where he headed up the Energy, Infrastructure and Mining group for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

David brings an impressive track record in corporate and project transactions in the energy and natural resources sector, including in the power, oil & gas, water, mining and infrastructure space. His broader corporate experience also includes advising clients on privatisations, mergers & acquisitions, international joint ventures as well as public and private offerings.

Prior to joining the London office of Gowlings in 2010, David was a partner at Simmons & Simmons for eight years (where he headed the Energy & Infrastructure sector for four years) following a 23-year career at Clifford Chance.

Michael Greville, WFW’s managing partner, said “A significant component of our strategy is to expand and develop our leading sectors and practice areas to ensure we offer the broadest possible service to our clients around the world. David’s considerable experience is a natural fit and I am pleased to welcome him to the firm.”

Jan Mellmann, head of Corporate at WFW, said: “Our commitment to our key sectors continues to attract a strong pipeline of work and with it high quality talent to the firm. We look forward to working with David to develop our combined expertise in the energy and natural resources sector.”

David Shasha added: “I am very pleased to be joining WFW’s Corporate group, it offers me a fantastic international platform to service clients and the potential opportunities are very exciting indeed.”