Tokyo – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – DLA Piper today announced the a…

Tokyo – LAWFUEL – Law News Network – DLA Piper today announced the appointment of a leading energy lawyer,
Paul Fredrick, as Counsel in Japan. His extensive experience for Japanese companies in the oil and gas sector includes work on LNG projects and the acquisition and disposal of energy assets as well as cross-border pipeline projects in Asia, the Caspian, Middle East, Africa and Australia.

Mr. Fredrick handles matters related to energy, finance, project development and international mergers & acquisitions. He joins DLA Piper’s well-regarded Asian energy and infrastructure team as well as the firm’s corporate group.

DLA Piper has a strong track record in advising some of the world’s leading oil and gas companies as well as governments on projects, financing and energy-related issues.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Fredrick served as Counsel with a leading multinational energy law firm in Tokyo. Mr. Fredrick has also served as General Counsel for ITOCHU Oil Exploration Co. in Tokyo and worked for major law firms in California and Hawaii.

Mr. Fredrick was recognised in 2006 by AsiaLaw as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ for his qualifications and experience in corporate governance, energy and natural resources, general corporate practice, merger & acquisitions and project finance.

He serves as a member of the American Bar Association’s International Energy & Resources
Transaction Committee and is a member of the Dai-ichi Tokyo Bar Association, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, and the Energy Bar Association.

“International markets for energy are becoming increasingly complex – volatile oil prices, emerging economies with their thirst for resources are posing new
opportunities and challenges, geopolitical uncertainties, shifting demand from traditional to renewable sources, climate change and so on.
This evolving
environment means major oil and gas companies in Japan and elsewhere need a trusted legal as well as business adviser,” said Nick Seddon, Asia Managing Director of DLA Piper. “Paul has the global track record and extensive experience in Asia to provide our growing portfolio of clients with the insights they demand to remain competitive in these demanding times.”

Lance J. Miller, Managing Partner of DLA Piper’s Tokyo office, said the hire was in response to local and international demand. “Paul’s appointment is part of our longterm strategy to continue expanding our global energy practice in line with client demand, building Tokyo as another major centre for operations. There is also growing local interest from Japan in the type of high-level expertise Paul offers in cross-border mergers and acquisitions,” said Mr Miller.

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