Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has hired a new energy expert in Hong Kong who is expected to relocate to the firm’s Singapore office later this year.

Paul Greening joins the firm from Vinson & Elkins as a partner in its oil and gas practice.

Akin Gump chairperson Kim Koopersmith commented: "The energy industry continues to be a significant focus for the firm, both in Asia and across the globe. Paul is a first-rate lawyer and a strategic addition to our team who has deep experience in the oil and gas sector."

Greening is focused on international energy, utilities and infrastructure projects as well as energy-focused cross-border M&A. He has advised on matters involving energy-related cross-border M&A, divestitures, oil and gas contracts, project development and associated maritime law advice. He has worked on transactions involving clients, projects, companies and assets located across the Asia-Pacific, Russia, Australasia, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. His clients have included state-owned enterprises and private oil and gas companies, project developers and private equity funds.