Law firm Ashurst boosts oil & gas advisory with White & Case hire

Luke Robottom has advised on major infra, power, and oil and gas projects, including on mid- and downstream deals

Luke Robottom, partner at Ashurst's oil and gas advisory practice in Abu Dhabi.
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Luke Robottom, partner at Ashurst's oil and gas advisory practice in Abu Dhabi.

Law firm Ashurst has bolstered its Abu Dhabi oil and gas practice, hiring contract administration and dispute resolution expert Luke Robottom from rival company White & Case.

Robottom has “extensive experience” in advising on the development and financing of major infrastructure, power, and oil and gas projects, Ashurst said in a statement.

This includes advising on “numerous” mid- and downstream deals, the firm added.

With a strong transactional practice, the new partner hire also advises on sponsors, owners, and lenders from pre-contract negotiation through contract administration and post contract dispute resolution.

Energy and resources partner Stuart James will also be relocating to Abu Dhabi from the firm's Perth office.

Ashurst said James specialises in "major" cross-border and domestic transactions in the oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), energy, and mining sectors, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), project development, joint ventures and commodity sales, and marketing arrangements, as well as general commercial matters.

The firm, following the moves, will have three dedicated oil and gas partners in Abu Dhabi, covering M&A across the whole value chain from upstream to downstream and LNG.

Joss Dare, co-head of Ashurst’s global project practice, said the appointment reflected Ashurst’s “continued commitment to invest in our Middle East practice”.

The news comes amid of a string of appointment’s in Ashurst’s UAE team.

Parnters Bill Smith and Camron Chuffe were recently appointed in the international arbitration team in Dubai, alongside the promotions of projects and construction partner Yvonne Cross in Dubai and Matt Wood in the firm’s project finance team in Abu Dhabi.

This year will see Ashurst move into offices located in AbuAbu Dhabi Global Market Square on Al Maryah Island, one of the emirate’s busiest business districts.

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