Orrick Adds James Atkin as Global Co-Head of Oil & Gas


Orrick announced today that James Atkin has joined the firm as global co-head of our Oil & Gas practice, based in Tokyo. James joins Orrick from Vinson & Elkins, where he was managing partner of the Tokyo office. He is the 24th partner Orrick has recruited to our global Energy & Infrastructure platform since early 2016, when we launched our Houston office.

“Our Oil & Gas practice has strong activity from our Houston and London hubs, reaching markets in the U.S., Latin America and Africa. James shares our global outlook and our commitment to delivering the highest quality advice. We are delighted by the opportunity to collaborate with him and grow the Asian connection to our existing platform,” said Peter Roberts, who serves as global co-head of the Oil & Gas practice from London with James.

Widely recognized as a leading energy lawyer in Tokyo and Band 1-ranked by Chambers Global, James focuses his practice on helping Japanese companies with outbound energy investments. He advises clients in the oil and gas sector on transactions in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, Africa and North America, and has extensive experience advising on large-scale oil and gas projects, LNG sales arrangements, and energy-related mergers and acquisitions. His clients include Japanese trading houses, gas and electric utility companies, exploration and production companies, and engineering companies. James is UK qualified.

“We are excited to diversify our energy practice in Japan, where we have a longstanding reputation as the leading advisor on complex renewable energy transactions,” said Blake H. Winburne, who leads Orrick’s global Energy & Infrastructure Group. “Recent developments point to a greater focus on outbound investment by Japanese trading houses and corporates in the energy sector, and we are thrilled to bring James on board to help us draw on our global platform in serving this market.”

“Orrick has built an outstanding global E&I platform, and I look forward to working with the team to serve the Japanese and wider Asian energy market,” said James. “The firm’s deep commitment to the E&I sector, its global outlook and its reputation in Tokyo as a top quality practice for 20+ years were a real draw for me.”

Orrick acts for nine of the top 12 global oil & gas companies by market capitalization. More than 150 Orrick lawyers represent these and other clients in every segment of the energy industry in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. The firm’s Energy & Infrastructure practice is recognized by Chambers in Africa, France, Italy, Japan, Latin America, the UK and the United States. In the past two years, the firm has added talent in key international energy hubs and major financial centers globally, including Houston, London, New York, Washington, D.C., Paris and Milan.

Orrick’s Asia Energy Practice

Orrick’s Tokyo office is a market leader in renewable energy, advising on the most complex transactions in the market, including the two largest renewable deals in Japan: the 231.44 MW Setouchi Solar Project and the landmark 121 MW Tsugaru Wind Project – the first equity-backed leveraged project financing in Japan. Orrick lawyers also helped Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry structure Japan’s feed-in tariff policy, designed to accelerate investment in renewable energy. In addition, the firm advises on a wide range of projects throughout Southeast Asia, including most recently China Hongqiao’s Indonesia alumina refinery development and financing, which this year was named “Deal of the Year” by Asia Business Law Journal and China Business Law Journal.