International law firm Baker Botts has appointed Nick Collins to its global projects practice as a partner.

Collins joins the firm from Jones Day, where he was partner, and has extensive experience advising on project development and finance matters, debt capital markets, and banking and finance in Africa, the Middle East, the Russian Federation and Asia. Prior to Jones Day, Nick was a partner at White & Case and Latham & Watkins.

Based in Baker Botts’s London office, Collins, a global project development and finance lawyer, will advise borrowers, sponsors, export credit agencies, banks, multilateral lending agencies and Islamic finance institutions on complex, large-scale energy, natural resources and telecommunications projects around the world.

Commenting on Collins’ appointment, Andrew Baker, managing partner of Baker Botts, says: “The addition of Nick Collins significantly advances our strategy of building a world-class project finance team to complement our project development, LNG and M&A practices.”

“Nick’s project development and finance practice will add further depth to the firm’s project finance expertise in the energy sector, particularly in the power sector,” says Mark Rowley, partner-in-charge of the London office and global projects partner.

“With its tier-one ranked oil and gas and LNG capabilities, Baker Botts is a natural fit for my practice. I am excited to play a part in the firm’s growth in London and to help deliver on its global objectives across project finance and energy,” says Collins.