Baker Botts LLP has appointed Mark Rowley as the partner in charge of the firm’s London office, effective April 1. Rowley replaces Steve Wardlaw, who is leaving the firm to pursue other business interests outside the legal field.
Rowley's practice focuses on advising clients on the development of energy projects, with a particular focus on upstream oil and gas developments, along with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and cross-border pipeline projects.
Rowley joined Baker Botts in London in 2001, and was then based in, and head of, the firm's office in Baku, Azerbaijan, from 2003 to 2005. In January 2010, Rowley moved to Australia to become general counsel of Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) in Brisbane, before rejoining Baker Botts in October 2011.