Addleshaw Goddard has made another high-profile appointment in Aberdeen with the recruitment of a new Partner to its Corporate and Energy team.
Arran Mackenzie has joined the firm as a Partner from Burness Paull, bringing a track record of more than 15 years doing deals in the global energy hub.
David McEwing, Partner and co-head of Energy & Utilities at Addleshaw Goddard, said: "Arran is a driven, ambitious and talented lawyer with a great reputation. Her skill set and track record of delivering complex transactions complements our existing team and adds strength and depth to our client offering.
"Alongside Fiona Kindness, who joined our team earlier this year from Pinsent Masons, Arran's appointment means we have brought in two corporate lawyers recognised as "rising stars" in the region by the Legal 500 directory, which demonstrates the positive trajectory of our Aberdeen office and particularly our presence in and commitment to the energy market.
"We are committed to building on our strong platform as we continue to attract high value transactions, projects and disputes from the UK and internationally as well as a diverse blue-chip client base with operational and corporate bases in Aberdeen and its business parks."
Arran Mackenzie has extensive experience in the onshore and offshore energy sector, and has recently been involved in renewable energy transactions including offshore wind, smart metering, and renewable heat. She has also worked across other sectors including transport, food and drink, and retail.
She has a wide range of corporate and corporate finance experience with a particular focus on M&A and private equity investments - an increasingly important element of the energy transition as new capital fuels the businesses who will drive that transition.
Arran Mackenzie said: "I'm delighted to be able to team up with David, Fiona and the team at Addleshaw Goddard in Aberdeen, as well as having the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with colleagues and clients internationally through our global Energy & Utilities practice.
"You only need to look at the news currently coming from COP 27 to grasp the importance of dealing with the current energy challenges we face while continuing to drive the global transition to net zero. The journey to net zero and transformation of the energy sector is creating opportunities and challenges for our clients and I'm looking forward to assisting them through what will be both a challenging and exciting time for the sector."
Addleshaw Goddard's Aberdeen office has enjoyed rapid growth since the firm moved to its current office at Prime Four in 2019, and now has more than 24 people led by four Partners – David McEwing, Ross McKenzie, Fiona Kindness and Arran Mackenzie. 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.
In 2022, the firm reported record results with global revenue up 18% to £377 million and income in Scotland enjoying a fifth consecutive annual double-digit increase. The firm's Corporate team was also named Legal Advisor of the Year at the Scottish Dealmakers Awards.
In August the firm added Managing Associate Jennifer Cham and Legal Director Gemma Hills to its Corporate team in Aberdeen, which together with the appointments of Fiona Kindness and Arran Mackenzie represent a significant strengthening of the team with a focus on deals in the energy sector.
The office's corporate and commercial team has enjoyed an exceptionally busy year, extending its client base and advising on local, national and international matters for organisations including BP International, Dana Petroleum, Trojan Energy and Waldorf Energy.