Akin Gump Continues Expansion Of Global Energy Practice

Sunday, August 1, 2004 - 01:00

The global energy transactions practice continues to gain momentum at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP with the announcement of the addition of four more partners and seven other attorneys to its team.

Joining Akin Gump as partners are:

•Christine LaFollette, in Houston, who advises clients on the full range of public and private securities transactions, particularly in the energy industry. Her work includes representing issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements, restructurings, financings, and federal and state securities matters.

•Michael Anthony (Tony) Nunes, also in Houston, who focuses on international project finance and corporate transactions in the energy and transport industries. He is highly experienced in transactions involving the purchase, sale, financing and chartering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, dry bulk vessels, towing vessels, offshore supply vessels, inland and ocean-going barges, and drill rigs.

•Mark Zvonkovic, a New York City-based attorney with significant experience in oil and gas acquisitions and financings. He counsels companies, private investment funds, investment banks and financial advisors engaged in a variety of public and private financial transactions, principally for the energy and specialty chemicals sectors.

•Kevin Keenan, in the firm's London office, who assists public and private entities in securing financing for projects related to the development of hydrocarbon reserves. He focuses on the crude oil and natural gas sectors.

Also joining the firm's global energy transactions team, as senior counsel in Houston, are: William Alexander, who has 30 years of experience advising clients in the energy industry on commercial transactions around the world; Edward Poitevent, who counsels a range of players in the energy field on legal and regulatory matters related to energy exploration, production, sales and marketing, transmission, refining and use, and Sheila R. Tweed, whose practice focuses on energy transactions and regulatory matters in connection with power generation, oil and natural gas production, transportation and storage, and infrastructure development projects.

In addition, Michael K. Bolton, Robert Kestelik and Carlos A. Solé III have joined the firm as counsel and Jeremy R. Kennedy has joined the firm as an associate.

Earlier this year, Akin Gump announced that John P. Cogan Jr. and Douglas B. Glass had joined the firm. With a focus on LNG projects, Mr. Cogan is considered to be one of the world's top energy lawyers. He heads the firm's global energy transactions practice. Mr. Glass, who is known for his experience with energy law in Europe and Russia, heads the firm's energy projects development team in London and Moscow.