SJ Berwin adds partner to energy/infra group

The London-based law firm has hired Rinku Bhadoria as a partner in its energy and infrastructure group from rival Clifford Chance. The move follows two other recent hires as the group continues to expand.

SJ Berwin, the London-based international law firm, has recruited Rinku Bhadoria to its energy and infrastructure group. Bhadoria, a finance lawyer, joins from the energy and infrastructure group at rival law firm Clifford Chance, where she was a senior associate.

Bhadoria’s experience includes advising banks and financial institutions, sponsors, multilateral organisations and other investors operating in the conventional and low carbon power sectors, oil and gas sector and infrastructure. She specialises in the financing and development of power facilities, liquified natural gas projects and oil and gas pipelines.

In a statement, Elaine Gibson-Bolton, head of the SJ Berwin energy and infrastructure group, says Bhadoria is a lawyer “of the highest calibre with real hands on experience of a range of significant projects such as the Nord Stream gas pipeline project”. Nord Stream, which reached financial close last year, is a $7.3 billion project involving the transportation of natural gas from Russia to Germany.

SJ Berwin made two other recent hires to its energy and infrastructure group: Mark Hoyle, an expert in energy and infrastructure disputes in the MENA region, who joined from Middle East law firm Al Tamimi; and Michelle Thomsen, who recently rejoined the group from maternity leave after joining last year from Babcock & Brown, where she built more than 10 years’ experience in energy and infrastructure.

Operating from 10 of SJ Berwin’s international offices, the energy and infrastructure group acts for global energy and mining groups, utilities, developers, infrastructure investors, consortia and public authorities.