Baker McKenzie has added David A Lang as a partner and global head of LNG. Based in Houston, Lang focuses on energy infrastructure development, acquisition and disposition, with a particular concentration on LNG projects. In the LNG sector, he advises domestic and international clients on matters gas supply, liquefaction, marketing and shipping, regasification and gas sales for projects throughout the world. Lang joins from Vinson & Elkins in Houston, where he also previously practiced for seven years in the Hong Kong office, including two years as office managing partner. In addition to LNG projects, his international experience includes transactions involving upstream, midstream, renewable energy and petrochemical sectors. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas and Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Texas and is a solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong.

Squire Patton Boggs has hired Rika Beppu as a corporate partner in Tokyo. She was previously head of corporate and M&A at Hogan Lovells in Tokyo and also served as office managing partner and head of the corporate department at Simmons & Simmons in Tokyo. Dual-qualified in the UK and Hong Kong, and a Registered Foreign Lawyer in Japan since 2001, Beppu focuses principally on advising Japanese multinational companies on corporate and M&A transactions. Since 2015, Beppu has served as the chair of the legal services committee of the European Business Council in Japan. She is also a founding member and chair of Women in Law Japan.

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