London-based Pinsent Masons, which has been bolstering its presence in Australia, has hired corporate partner Brian Scott from Herbert Smith Freehills. He will first join the Singapore office, where he is currently based, and relocate to Perth next year.

A Southeast Asia specialist, Scott advises on mergers and acquisitions and financing deals in the energy sector. In 2015, he was part of the team that advised state-owned China General Nuclear Power Corp. on a $2.3 billion acquisition of Malaysian state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd.’s power assets.

He has been a Singapore partner with Herbert Smith since 2011; before that, he spent seven years seconded to the firm’s Indonesian associate firm Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung. In 2010, he led the HBT team on Jakarta-based oil and gas company Kangean Energy Indonesia Ltd.’s $875 million project financing deal with Norwegian production vessel operator BW Offshore Ltd. for a floating gas production unit lease in Indonesia.

Pinsent Masons has been bolstering its presence in Australia. Last month, the firm recruited banking and finance partner Jeremy King in Melbourne from Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth; and in June, Katie Williams, an employment law partner and head of the Aberdeen office in Scotland, relocated to Perth.

The London-based firm launched in Australia in 2015, opening offices in Sydney and Melbourne with five partners, including two from local firm Maddocks. The Perth office was opened last year with four construction and engineering partners from Norton Rose Fulbright. Also in 2017, it launched its flexible lawyering service Vario in Australia.

Pinsent Masons now has more than 50 lawyers in Australia.

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