Kirkland Appoints A&O Practice Co-Chair to Lead Energy Infrastructure Expansion in Europe

Signage is seen outside the law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, DC, U.S., August 30, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • Sara Pickersgill to lead Kirkland’s energy and infrastructure expansion in Europe
  • First of several planned hires as practice sees high demand, company says

(Reuters) – Kirkland & Ellis said on Wednesday it was launching a planned expansion of its European energy and infrastructure practice with the addition of Sara Pickersgill, co-head of Allen & Overy’s global infrastructure practice in London.

Pickersgill, who spent more than 20 years at A&O, will lead the growth of the Chicago-based company’s energy and infrastructure practice group in Europe, and be the first of several hires in the sector, said Andrew Calder , a member of the executive committee, in a press release. .

The practice continues to see “high demand,” Kirkland Executive Committee Chairman Jon Ballis said.

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Europe has seen a surge in demand for liquefied natural gas projects as well as the re-emergence of coal as it prepares for a looming energy crisis with Russian gas flows at sharply reduced levels ahead of the end of the year. ‘winter.

Pickersgill advises on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions with a focus on infrastructure, energy and renewables, the Allen & Overy website said earlier.

She has represented infrastructure investors Macquarie Group Ltd, American Tower Corp, 3i Infrastructure Plc, Global Infrastructure Partners and DigitalBridge Group Inc.

Pickersgill has also advised clients such as Digital 9 Infrastructure Plc and VEON Ltd on the acquisition of internet infrastructure.

An Allen & Overy spokesperson confirmed that Pickersgill had decided to leave the business and wished him well.

London-based infrastructure partner Richard Evans will replace Pickersgill as co-chair of the practice group, the spokesperson said.

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