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Baker Botts strengthens energy practice with key hire

Leading energy practitioner Michael Arruda has joined Baker Botts in Hong Kong with a team of two. He arrives from Jones Day.

Arruda has spent over 30 years in legal practice specialising in almost every aspect of oil and gas law. He focuses on the acquisition, operation and disposition of oil and gas transactions for clients in Asia as well as representing companies from abroad seeking to do business in Asia. He has a broad client base with contacts in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, the United States and Canada.

Prior to going into private practice, Arruda worked as in-house counsel with a major international oil and gas company.

Andrew Baker, managing partner of Baker Botts says that the team of lawyers are “outstanding” and boast “sophisticated practices”. “Their admission to our firm will bolster our thriving capabilities in Asia in the oil and gas and dispute resolution fields, and further highlights our focus on expanding our firm’s international footprint in its 175th year.”

“Joining Baker Botts positions our practice on a world-renowned energy platform,” adds Arruda. “The firm’s reputation in arbitration will further enable, as well as enhance, the cross-disciplinary approach Phil, Joanne and I have pursued for years.”

Arruda is listed in Who’s Who Legal: Energy.

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