Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, a leading counselor to global financial institutions and corporations, today announced that Chad Mills is joining the firm as Partner in its Energy & Commodities Practice in Houston. Mills is a leading practitioner in structured energy transactions and related energy trading agreements, project infrastructure development, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate transactions for clients including energy providers, developers, investors and underwriters in gas, electric power and oil.

“Chad’s addition demonstrates our firm’s continuing ability to attract top talent,” said Patrick Quinn, Managing Partner. “Chad is a great fit with our firm’s emphasis on coordinating our expertise across all our practice areas to produce the best results for clients on their most complex matters. He embraces the opportunity to combine his energy transactional experience with our regulatory, financial, corporate and other strengths to best serve our clients, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him join us.”

Mills joins Cadwalader’s leading energy and commodities practice, which counsels clients across complex transactional, regulatory, and enforcement defense matters involving energy, metals, and agricultural commodities and related listed and over-the-counter derivatives. The firm provides counsel to leading U.S. and international financial institutions; investment funds; oil, power and natural gas companies, producers, and developers; industrial and commercial customers; trade associations; commodity marketers; exchanges and clearing organizations.

“We are very excited about adding Chad to our team. He has outstanding energy transactional experience and a well-deserved excellent reputation in the industry,” said Paul Pantano, head of Cadwalader’s Energy and Commodities practice. “Chad’s commercially oriented approach will help our clients achieve their business goals when structuring complex energy transactions. His broad transactional skills will enable us to extend the scope of the services that we provide to our clients in the energy and commodities space.”

“Cadwalader’s diverse energy and commodities practice combined with its traditional strength in financing and M&A make it a terrific platform for my transactional practice,” Mills said. “We have an opportunity to expand current engagements as well as attract new clients, building the firm’s structured commodities transaction, finance and M&A business.”

Mills’ work includes acquisitions and divestitures of oil and gas properties, as well as project finance, joint operating agreements and transportation agreements. His work in the electric power industry has encompassed renewable energy, coal-fired and gas-fired facilities as well as energy market agreements. Mills is recognized as a leading lawyer including by Best Lawyers in America, which named him “Lawyer of the Year” in the area of Derivatives and Futures Law in 2011, and by Texas’ Best Lawyers and Texas Super Lawyers.

Earlier this week, Cadwalader announced the addition of European competition Attorney Vincent Brophy to its Antitrust practice, operating from the firm’s London and Brussels offices. Brophy specializes in EU competition law, with expertise in cartel investigations and a growing emphasis on follow-on litigation. He brings to Cadwalader 20 years of experience representing clients in proceedings before the European Commission and the competition authorities of the European Member States, and he is particularly known for his work with clients in the banking and financial services field.


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