Trevor Wommack, partner with Latham & Watkins.

As competition for energy sector talent remains fierce in Houston, Latham & Watkins has recruited oil and gas finance lawyer Trevor Wommack from Vinson & Elkins.

Wommack, who started at Latham as a partner Wednesday, said the depth of the firm’s finance practice will allow him to better serve his lender clients.

“It’s an unmatched pool of knowledge and resources, a completely global platform,” he said.

Wommack, who left Bracewell in 2016 to join V&E as a partner, said he knows Catherine Ozdogan, a partner at Latham and head of the finance department in Houston, from working with her at Bracewell. He also got to know a number of Latham lawyers from working across the table with them on numerous deals over the last few years, he said, and from talking with some while considering the move.

In “the energy lending space, everyone knows each other,” he said.

He said Latham has long intrigued him because of the way it moved into the Houston market in 2010 by hiring a number of partners all at once from big Texas firms.

Wommack said he represents major financial institutions including Wells Fargo, Citibank. J.P. Morgan Chase and the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Tim Fenn, the managing partner of Latham’s Houston office, said in a statement that Wommack is a talented, creative banking lawyer with a deep commitment to client service. “He will bring an informed and fresh perspective to clients, and is well-positioned to serve them now and into the future,” Fenn wrote.

Mark Kelly, chairman of V&E, said the firm wishes Wommack well in his new endeavor.

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