Energy Law Merger May Boost North America Hiring

A merger designed to capitalize on the U.S. energy and marine industries between international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) and U.S.-based Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown LLP is expected to close Jan. 3.

Joining with Legge Farrow in Houston will give U.K.-based HFW a presence in the United States for the first time. Legge Farrow currently has eight partners and nine associates; once the merger is complete, the larger HFW will have 170 partners, 450 lawyers and other staff for a total of 915 employees.

Richard Crump, HFW’s global senior partner, said in a statement that Houston represents a major business hub.

“Having an on-the-ground U.S. office has been a goal for some time, and this merger will bring us closer to our existing clients in the region, and enable us to develop more business in our key sectors of oil and gas, marine and aviation, which are key growth sectors in the region, as well as building out our sector capability," Crump said. 

Glenn Legge, co-founder of Legge Farrow, told Rigzone the deal will likely result in hiring additional attorneys and staff in North America.

HFW has practice groups in aviation, aerospace and commodities trading practices that will increase Legge Farrow’s existing scope of work. In addition, Legge explained, many of HFW’s clients in Asia, Australia and Europe have significant operations in Texas.

“For these reasons, we anticipate that the Houston office will expand, and that HFW may increase its U.S. footprint,” he said, adding that New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami are also important areas for the firm’s practice sectors.

 

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