Richard Usher has joined DLA Piper as a partner, strengthening the firm’s finance & projects practice.

Usher makes the move from Europe Noble Limited, where he held the position of legal counsel. He has 18 years of experience as a commodities lawyer at trading houses and banks including BTG Pactual, Mercuria Energy Trading and Morgan Stanley.

Charles Morrison, international head of DLA Piper’s Finance & Projects practice, comments on the hire: “I am delighted that Richard is joining DLA Piper, bolstering our position in the market place within the commodities arena. He brings a huge amount of expertise to the team, and will add to the firm’s strength in emerging markets.”