Akin Gump re-hires two infra and energy partners

Jeremy Schwer and Thomas Trimble will rejoin Akin Gump in the firm’s Washington DC office.

Law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has re-hired two partners focused on project finance, infrastructure, and renewable energy from Hunton & Williams.

Thomas Trimble and Jeremy Schwer will be based in Akin Gump’s Washington DC office, according to a statement. Trimble has focused on infrastructure transactions and has advised private equity funds and governments in the US, Europe and Asia on infrastructure acquisitions, according to the statement. He co-led the renewable energy group at Hunton & Williams, with a particular focus on emerging markets.

Schwer has focused on acquisitions, financing and development of renewable and conventional energy projects as well as infrastructure.

Trimble and Schwer have advised on transactions including the acquisition of El Paso Corporation's US electric power assets by AIG Highstar and Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, according to a spokesperson for Akin Gump. They previously left Akin Gump in late 2004 and joined Hunton & Williams in January 2005.

Rick Burdick, managing partner at Akin Gump, said in a statement that the hires would help to address “growing client demand and opportunity for global infrastructure projects, particularly in the energy  and telecom sectors”.

Both partners will be part of Akin Gump’s International Corporate Transactions group, according to the firm’s website. Previous energy and infrastructure deals the firm has advised on include Polaris Energy’s financing of the San Jacinto thermal power plant in Nicaragua and the merger of FirstEnergy and Allegheny Energy, according to the firm’s 2010 annual report.