Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has announced that Stephen D. Davis has joined the firm’s Houston office as a partner in its energy and global transactions practice. Previously, Mr. Davis was a partner in the Houston office of Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he was a founding member of its worldwide project finance and development practice and former managing partner of its first Asian office.
Mr. Davis brings to Akin Gump tremendous experience, both in the United States and internationally, representing clients in major transactions in a broad range of energy industries. His work ranges from handling project finance and development-related matters for world-scale refining, petrochemical and other energy projects in the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, to guiding mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures and private equity transactions on a global basis, to advising on transactions at the intersection of finance and commodities.
Recently, Mr. Davis has been active on LNG and petrochemical transactions in North America made possible by the development of shale gas resources and related liquids as well as in assisting Asian clients investing in the Americas.
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Akin Gump has announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Jones Group International (JGI), the global consulting group led by Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (Ret.), former National Security Advisor to President Obama, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Commander of the U.S. European Command, and 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. Through the alliance, Gen. Jones and JGI’s team will provide strategic advice and counsel to Akin Gump clients on a broad array of international policy and national security issues, with an emphasis on emerging markets in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Akin Gump chairman R. Bruce McLean stated, “As the firm’s global platform has expanded, so has the need to add a team with the depth of experience in, and knowledge of, international and defense policy issues. General Jones and his team are a great fit for us.”
“We recognize that our clients face numerous complexities and challenges operating in a global environment,” continued McLean. “Thus, we are proud to introduce such a talented group of professionals as resources for our firm and our clients—particularly General Jones, whose reputation as a leader on issues such as national security, energy and global competitiveness is unsurpassed.”
Gen. James L. Jones has led a distinguished career in public service in the Marine Corps that has spanned four decades. Upon his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2007, Gen. Jones became the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, where he worked to advance international cooperation on energy issues and protect national energy security.
Gen. Jones stated, “The world is rapidly changing, and navigating the nuances of the many political, business and economic issues that arise between the public and private sectors is increasingly challenging. I have made developing thoughtful and creative solutions to these issues a hallmark of my career, both in public service and the private sector, and look forward to putting that experience and skill to work on behalf of Akin Gump’s clients.”