It is not yet clear whether Curtis Mallet-Prevost plans to permanently shutter its Houston office, which opened in 1992 and had a large energy focus. No one from the firm, which is based in New York, could immediately be reached for comment.
George and de la Fuente said they were both looking for a firm that has a larger network of offices that will help them expand their business—particularly in Latin America. George said he does work in Brazil, and he was especially attracted to K&L Gates because it has an office in Sao Paulo.
“It’s a very energy-oriented practice, a very international platform,” he said. “Curtis’ platform is much smaller.”
The lawyers’ clients include ENGIE, a French power generation company, and subsidiaries of Itaú Unibanco, a Brazilian bank. Both lawyers have a U.S. and cross-border practice in the energy sector.
Michael Murphy, managing partner of K&L Gates’ Houston office, said the addition of George and de la Fuente gives the Houston office and the national and global energy practices “great steps forward.”
K&L Gates has added other energy laterals in Texas this year. In March, it added a group of oil and gas litigators.