Sidley Austin hires amid energy push

The law firm hired Timothy Moran, a project finance expert, for its Washington D.C. office. Moran will work alongside attorneys in the firm’s debut Texas location in Houston in lockstep with Sidley Austin’s enhanced focus on energy.

International law firm Sidley Austin has expanded with the addition of project finance expert Timothy Moran, who joins as partner in the project finance group. 

An energy infrastructure and project finance veteran, Moran joins the firm’s Washington D.C. office from Dewey & LeBoeuf. While located on the east coast, he will be collaborating with professionals in the firm’s newly opened office location in Houston – Sidley Austin’s maiden Texas location that was formed to coincide with an energy push.

Moran already has an established practice in infrastructure project development and finance, where he advises clients, including lenders, financial sponsors and developers from procurement to exit strategies in both traditional energy – including natural gas pipelines – as well as alternative power.

His depth of experience throughout the various stages of project finance is matched by his regional exposure as Moran has participated in deals in North, Central and South America in addition to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

“Tim’s level of experience in project finance will be instrumental as we continue to expand the firm’s ability to represent clients on what are certainly going to be important undertakings in the global economy,” commented Carter Phillips, managing partner in Sidley’s Washington D.C. office. 

“He has a highly respected and very dynamic project finance practice that fits perfectly with the firm’s significant expansion of its energy practice, as well as our enhancement of project finance capabilities,” he added.

Sidley’s expansion in Houston occurred in mid-February, at which time the firm brought on seven founding partners to represent clients in the energy industry. That business was birthed by a pair of partners at the firm comprised of the head of project finance and infrastructure, Irving Rotter, and Joseph Armbrust, who has been worked with local Houston companies for more than three decades.