Oil and gas lawyer Bruce McLeod joins Pinsent Masons as partner

Oil and gas lawyer Bruce McLeod joins Pinsent Masons as partner

Bruce McLeod

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

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

He has also worked in a commercial management role with BP, bringing a unique skill-set to the firm’s oil and gas team.

Melanie Grimmitt, global head of energy at Pinsent Masons, said: “The oil and 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 and gas space and has worked on some very complex transactions that complement our portfolio well.”

Mr McLeod added: “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 and 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 and 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, said: “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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