Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced the launch of an international litigation and arbitration practice in London with the hire of Linklaters' head of energy disputes, Justin Williams.
Rick Burdick, Akin Gump's international managing partner, said, "The launch of a litigation and dispute resolution practice in London is a critical part of our strategy. We are seeing, particularly in the corporate and funds sphere, clients with an increasing number of disputes with origins in the financial crisis. Justin is a litigator with a great deal of dispute resolution and international arbitration experience, particularly in the energy, infrastructure and funds sector."
Mr. Williams is a commercial litigator and arbitrator with wide experience in litigation, international arbitration, mediation and expert determination across a range of international commercial disputes in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, India, China, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Latin America.
Mr. Williams will become part of the firm's expanding English law practice, headed by Steve Blakeley, and will provide expertise in contentious matters to clients of the office's corporate and funds practices. He will work closely with corporate energy partners in London, including Doug Glass and Fred Heller, and with the firms U.S. energy litigation team, as well as with the partner in charge of Akin Gump's Moscow office, Rich Wilkie, and Moscow litigation partner, Marina Dumina.
Mr. Williams is one of a number of litigation partners to join the firm this year, following John Sopko, Reed Russell, Brady Dugan, Richard Welsh, Nicholas Porritt and Bill White.