International law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has added three energy industry partners to its transactions practice.

John LaMaster and Marc Hammerson have joined Akin Gump’s London office, while Steven Otillar has joined the Houston office.

The trio specialise in cross-border energy transactions, and were previously partners in Dewey & LeBoeuf’s global oil and gas industry sector group.

The new appointments will focus on international mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, project development and upstream projects in emerging markets.