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Hogan Lovells energy team exits continue as partner Levin takes up Nekton Group GC role

Hogan Lovells has confirmed the departure of leading corporate energy partner David Levin to energy merchant business Nekton Group, months after losing a three strong energy team, including global co-head of energy and natural resources Matthew Williams to US firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

Levin joins the resources company as general counsel after three years at Hogan Lovells, where he joined in 2012 following a four-year stint as Eversheds’ Russia chief. He led US firm Chadbourne & Parke’s London corporate practice until 2006, and before that was the sole English corporate law partner at legacy Mayer Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown) until 2003.  

Cited by The Legal 500 as ‘the engine of [Hogan Lovells’] natural resource practice’ Levin is recommended for ‘joint ventures, farm-ins and farm-outs’. Having advised clients including Centrica, Citigroup, Cargill, and Statoil, Levin served as lead counsel to a consortium on a $40bn infrastructure deal involving the expansion of a major gas pipeline originating in Azerbaijan.

He joins Nekton Global, chaired by Gerard Lopez, the financier behind Skype, as the company undergoes expansion, having recently acquired a 50% stake in private equity house Rise Capital AB, which focuses on pursing infrastructure investments in Russia and is seeking to increase its investment capacity in the next five years to $12bn.

His exit follows that of Hogan Lovells energy duo, global co-head of energy and natural resources Matthew Williams and renewables co-head John Deacon to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe this summer. They were joined by counsel Edward Humphries who was made partner.

A Hogan Lovells spokesperson said: ‘David had a fantastic relationship with Nekton and this was a natural move for him. We wish him well.’