Fiona Kindness joins Addleshaw Goddard
Addleshaw Goddard has boosted its corporate and energy team in Aberdeen with the appointment of Fiona Kindness.
Ms Kindness has joined the firm as a partner from Pinsent Masons. She is an experienced corporate lawyer who specialises in advising on M&A and private equity transactions in the energy sector in the UK and internationally, with particular experience in Africa and the Middle East.
David McEwing, partner and co-head of energy & utilities at Addleshaw Goddard, said: “Fiona is a superb, ambitious lawyer with a great reputation in the local market and we are delighted that she has chosen to join our team.
“Aberdeen is an important hub for a global energy market that is undergoing a generational transformation. The energy transition is creating diverse opportunities for our clients - those focused on energy transition and renewables alternatives and those focused on traditional hydrocarbons who are going through unprecedented levels of change and market consolidation. Fiona’s addition means our team in Aberdeen, working closely with our energy colleagues across the world, brings experience and market knowledge to help our clients turn opportunities into positive results.”
Addleshaw Goddard recently reported record results for the past financial year, with global revenue up 18 per cent to £377 million and income in Scotland enjoying its fifth consecutive annual double-digit increase. The firm’s corporate team was recently named Legal Advisor of the Year at the Scottish Dealmakers Awards.
Addleshaw Goddard’s Aberdeen office has enjoyed rapid growth since the firm moved to its current office at Prime Four in 2019, from which the energy team has advised on some of the biggest Scottish deals in recent years as well as being instructed on major transactions in Europe and beyond.
Ms Kindness said: “Addleshaw Goddard has made a huge impact in the Aberdeen market and I’m thrilled to be joining David and team, as well as linking up with colleagues across our international network of offices. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the energy transition and oil and gas, and we have the specialists, in-depth market knowledge and capacity to help our clients make a real difference.
“As a centre for energy transition and the move to net zero, the world’s biggest energy companies see the value of Aberdeen as a hub, with significant investment taking place. The M&A and private equity markets in the city and the North Sea are set for a very interesting period.”
Mr McEwing added: “In 2021 we announced plans to double our Aberdeen headcount over the next two years and Fiona’s appointment is the latest in fulfilling that ambition. We provide a very strong platform for our clients on the ground in the city and one that is set to grow with further recruitment planned for this year to meet the increased demand we are seeing.”