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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP Announce Plans to Open Houston Office View Count: 123

In recent days, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP announced its plans to open an office in Houston, Texas by the middle of 2011.

Robert R. Rabalais, a highly skilled and respected oil and gas finance lawyer, will join the office as a partner in the Banking and Credit Practice Group. His practice focuses on a range of commercial and capital markets financings and derivatives transactions in the oil and gas exploration and production and related service segments. He is currently a partner in Vinson & Elkins LLP.

The Houston office will strengthen the firm’s ability to serve clients in the energy sector, including financial institutions, corporate clients and private equity firms involved in oil and gas transactions.

Pete Ruegger, Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee was quoted as saying in a press release at the firm’s website: “Opening in Houston is a natural outgrowth of our already strong and long-standing energy practice. The Houston office, with a resident partner as talented as Robert Rabalais, will provide a tremendous benefit to our clients active in the oil and gas space.  Our breadth and depth of experience across all of the major corporate practice areas are well matched for the sophisticated transactions that are centered in the Houston market.”

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is a law firm headquartered in New York City, employing over 800 attorneys in nine offices worldwide.

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