Pinsent Masons hires prominent energy partner in Aberdeen

31 Aug 2021 | 11:31 am | 1 min. read

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed oil and gas specialist, Bruce McLeod, as a partner based in its Aberdeen office.

His appointment strengthens the firm’s global Energy practice and his skill set - having worked in a commercial management role with BP - adds a unique dimension to Pinsent Masons’ Oil & Gas team.

Previously a partner with a Scottish based firm for 17 years, Bruce has an extensive track-record advising on oil & gas infrastructure and M&A negotiations, and has been central to a number of innovative deals, particularly in the UK and Egypt.

Global Head of Energy at Pinsent Masons, Melanie Grimmitt said: “The Oil & Gas sector is at an important crossroads as the world transitions to a low-carbon future. With his sector approach and international outlook, Bruce brings the right expertise and know-how to effectively help our clients navigate this journey.

He is an extremely well regarded and hands-on lawyer in the Oil & Gas space and has worked on some very complex transactions that complement our portfolio well.”

Bruce McLeod said: “Energy transition is transforming the global energy landscape. Some are becoming more broadly based energy companies, increasing investment in wind, hydrogen, solar and carbon capture projects, and divesting some of their existing oil & gas assets.

Others are acquiring those assets and providing the investment required to bridge the gap between global energy demand and what can be supplied from renewables. And from a UK perspective, the industry has a key role to play by investing in platform electrification and developing domestic production, thereby reducing the incremental emissions generated by importing oil & gas.

The Pinsent Mason’s global energy team has an excellent reputation across M&A, capital markets, financing, and projects. That breadth and scale is becoming increasingly important to clients as they structure and deliver the deals required to enable these investments.”

Richard Scott, Partner and Head of Pinsent Masons’ Aberdeen office, added: “Bruce’s reputation as an oil and gas heavyweight is not restricted to just the UK Continental Shelf but extends across many of the international energy hubs where our lawyers are most active. His commercial and legal experience is a very welcome addition to our established team, and he will be a great asset in supporting our energy sector clients, whether it be in traditional oil and gas projects or with investments in energy transition and the broader energy sector.”

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