Gibson Dunn, one of LawFuel’s most prestigious law firms, has initiated an energy and infrastructure practice in Paris through the recruitment of a team of nine lawyers from Linklaters.
The team, headed by partner Darko Adamovic, comprises counsel Vincent Poilleux and Alex Bluett, along with six associates. Their expertise lies in providing guidance on project development and finance in the energy and infrastructure sectors, both domestically in France and internationally.
Tomer Pinkusiewicz, co-chair of Gibson Dunn’s projects and infrastructure practice group, expressed his satisfaction with the team’s addition, along with recent hires in London, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, emphasizing that it signifies “another important step in cementing our comprehensive infrastructure product offering around the world.”
Darko Adamovic specializes in advising on national and international infrastructure, telecommunications, energy transition, conventional energy, and transportation projects.
Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Adamovic spent nearly a decade at Linklaters and had previously practiced at Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Notably, he has collaborated on numerous projects with French private equity firm InfraVia and has also developed financing structures on behalf of the European Investment Bank.
Adamovic’s arrival, alongside his team, marks the continued expansion of Gibson Dunn’s projects, infrastructure, and energy practices, particularly in the EMEA region.
The firm has benefited from the departure of several lawyers from Shearman & Sterling since late last year, as the New York-based firm engaged in merger discussions with Hogan Lovells before ultimately striking a deal with Allen & Overy. This development facilitated the addition of projects, infrastructure, and energy partners from Shearman & Sterling in London, Dubai, and the establishment of an office in Abu Dhabi.
In 2021, Gibson Dunn welcomed two projects and infrastructure partners from its US competitor, Vinson & Elkins, in London, including co-chair Federico Fruhbeck. However, the firm also experienced an outflow of talent when an eight-member energy litigation team departed for Vinson & Elkins in Washington, D.C. in February this year.
In May, Gibson Dunn bolstered its ranks by securing Rahul Vashi from Kirkland & Ellis in Houston to co-chair its oil and gas group.