Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired an energy and infrastructure partner from Norton Rose Fulbright in London.
Matthew Hardwick has spent the last 13 years at Norton Rose Fulbright, seven of which were as partner, according to his LinkedIn. He will join Akin Gump in September, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Hardwick has particular expertise advising on the financing and structuring of high value and complex projects in the mining, nuclear, renewable energy, waste to energy, and oil and gas sectors.
Some of his recent mandates include advising lenders on the financing of the $1.2 billion deep water port in the Lagos Free Trade Zone and Solena Fuels on the development of a $700 million gas to liquids plant in London.
Akin Gump has been bolstering its energy practice recently. In July last month the firm hired Hogan Lovells’ power, renewables and energy transition head after 18 years at the firm.
However the firm lost a tax partner, and Law.com International ‘rising star’, to Macfarlanes just the day before. The hires come despite some recruiters and partners expecting the London lateral hiring market to slow significantly after a particularly busy period in certain sectors.
The firm in the same month raised its newly qualified pay to the highest in the City, at £179,000.
Akin Gump declined to comment.