Employment-related challenges can present some of the most important, and sensitive, issues that our clients face. I help them manage those matters by leveraging my experience as a litigator, transactional lawyer and advisor. Together, my colleagues and I provide highly practical, commercial advice and resolve sensitive employment matters efficiently and effectively.
In my career I’ve touched on all aspects of the energy transactional spectrum. The experiences I have in one sector help me solve problems in others. In my view, the more diverse your practice is, the more you can bring to the table for your client.
We are fortunate to have clients who have entrusted us with their significant matters on a repeat basis over the years. I think the reason clients return is that they trust our judgment, as well as our responsiveness. When they choose V&E, they have access to a deep bench of experienced, well-trained lawyers across multiple relevant disciplines.
I like that my practice involves building energy infrastructure. Our clients are developing or expanding their businesses, and our help—whether guiding them through the regulatory process or setting up and implementing transactions—allows them to put steel in the ground.
Our private equity lawyers have an excellent combination of technical skill and commercial practicality that enables us to understand what our clients are looking for, and to help them accomplish their goals.
I love the global nature of what I do. On any given day, I'm talking to clients in Brazil and an opposite number in Paris, and a lender in New York, and a buyer in Madrid. I don't know whether it's an art or a science, but explaining to a West African energy minister and a New York investment banker and a Brazilian oil and gas engineer how the deal has to work so they will all understand it and benefit from it is a consistent challenge and a lot of fun.
Project development and finance is largely an exercise in problem solving – every project faces its own unique set of extremely complex challenges. We are fortunate to have clients that trust us to help them overcome those challenges with the development of what is usually a fundamentally important piece of infrastructure that serves a community or region.