Orrick builds oil and gas practice with V&E Tokyo hire

April 23, 2018 Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has recruited oil and gas partner James Atkin from Vinson & Elkins (V&E).

UK-qualified oil and gas expert Atkin is currently the managing partner at Vinson & Elkins’ Tokyo branch. His specialties include outbound energy investments, large-scale oil and gas projects, and energy-related acquisitions and mergers.

Though Atkin will be working from Tokyo, Orrick’s global energy and infrastructure practice has been growing steadily since the launch of its Houston office last year. Atkin will be welcomed into Orrick’s Tokyo office just after its 20-year anniversary. He’ll work under the branch’s head Mark Weeks, who recently gave an interview detailing the firm’s plans for expansion in the Japanese capital.

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