In London, Troutman Sanders has recruited Robert Bata from the local office of Salans to expand its British office and add transactional and corporate finance capabilities. Bata’s addition frees up John R. Varholy, previously the London managing partner, to further develop his global energy trading and marketing practice, which the firm has made into a free-standing practice group, said Troutman’s chairman and managing partner, Robert W. Webb Jr.

With Bata, Troutman has five lawyers in London. The office, which opened in 2001, until now had been exclusively an energy practice, said Webb, but some of the firm’s clients need expertise there in international mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital markets, including the Alternative Investment Market, a submarket of the London Stock Exchange for smaller companies — all things that Bata handles.