McDermott Reinforces Strength in London Oil and Gas Practice


LONDON (16 October 2014) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announces that Lisa O’Neill is to join as a partner in its global Energy Advisory group later this month, to be based in the Firm’s London office.

Lisa is a transactional lawyer with a diverse practice but a particular focus on the oil and gas sector. Lisa advises a wide range of clients including major international oil and gas companies, corporates, infrastructure funds, some of the world’s largest mining groups, financial institutions and private equity funds on M&A, joint ventures, commercial contracts and general corporate work.

Blake Winburne, global head of McDermott’s Energy Advisory group, comments: “Lisa is well-known for her work advising many of McDermott’s existing clients in the UK, Europe, US and in Africa. Strengthening teams and service offerings to respond to our clients’ needs is a central focus for the Firm. Over the last several years, McDermott has built up our impressive energy and Africa practices, particularly in Europe where we have highly regarded, dedicated teams in Paris and London. Lisa’s arrival builds on the Firm’s objectives and reinforces our commitment to growing the Firm in these key, strategic areas.”

Lisa joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner in London where she has been a partner since 2012. Lisa was previously a senior associate at Allen & Overy where she qualified having started her career with them in 2000. Whilst at Allen & Overy, Lisa was seconded to New York and Moscow and spent time in-house on secondment at Shell’s London office.

Ms. O’Neill comments: “McDermott has a fantastic global platform to service oil and gas and other clients wherever they may be located. Having worked on a number of matters in Africa, I am also excited to be working with a dedicated Africa team that has been working in the region for more than 30 years, members of which have been involved in projects, investments, financings and corporate activities in 45 out of a total of 54 countries in Africa.”

Hugh Nineham, Partner and Head of McDermott’s London office comments: “Lisa’s arrival complements our strategy of measured growth in our core areas in London such as energy and Africa. We are delighted that Lisa has joined us to be a part of this sustained growth.

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About McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in London

McDermott Will & Emery in London is long established and many of our partners are recognised as leaders in their fields. McDermott’s London office complements the Firm’s capabilities in Belgium, France, Italy and Germany. McDermott in Europe has a strong industry focus with clients in sectors such as commodities, energy, healthcare and life sciences, information technology, food and beverage, manufacturing, media, sports and entertainment. The London Energy team is ranked in Chambers UK and Legal 500 UK 2014, with the Legal 500 UK recently commenting: “The Firm continues to be recognised as having ‘a strong, well-coordinated international energy practice'” and maintains Tier 2 ranking in Finance – Commodities: physicals. The London Practice is also noted as ‘particularly strong in energy markets’ in Finance – Commodities: derivatives. New client wins for JPMorgan and Addax Petroleum and work of Mercuria are highlighted.
McDermott’s dedicated Africa team is widely recognised by Chambers Global (Band 1 & 2), Chambers Europe, Legal 500, International Financial Law Review, Legal Experts – Europe, Middle East and Africa, Expert Guides, International Who’s Who Legal and Energy & Mining.

About McDermott

McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,100 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Silicon Valley, Seoul and Washington, D.C. Further extending our reach in Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.

McDermott represents some of the biggest names in the energy industry across a broad range of transactional, regulatory, enforcement, litigation, tax and other matters. Current clients include multinational energy companies, private equity investors, independent power and gas producers, developers, industrial and commercial customers, commodity marketers, hedge funds and trade associations. Chambers USA 2014 recognised McDermott’s Energy Advisory practice for its strength in oil and gas, electric power and renewables, as well as project development, financing, acquisitions and sales.

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