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Baker Botts, a leading international business law firm announced that Mark Rowley has been appointed, effective April 1, as the Partner in Charge of the firm’s London office.

Mr. Rowley, a partner in the firm’s London office, replaces Steve Wardlaw who is leaving the firm to pursue other business interests outside the legal field.

“Mark is an outstanding lawyer with a firm understanding of the international legal arena and he will continue our efforts to expand our London based capabilities while maintaining the highest levels of client service,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

Mark Rowely
Mark Rowely

“This is a unique opportunity and one I am thrilled to accept,” said Mark Rowley. “Baker Botts has worked hard to establish a significant London presence with a reputation for outstanding client service. We will continue to grow both our presence and reputation in London, as a key part of the firm’s international network,” added Mr. Rowley.

Mr. Rowley’s practice focuses on advising clients on the development of energy projects, with a particular focus on upstream oil and gas developments, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) and cross-border pipeline projects.

Mr. 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, Mr. Rowley moved to Australia to become General Counsel of Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG) in Brisbane, before rejoining the firm in October 2011.

“I want to thank Steve for his dedication and years of service to our firm and I know I join everyone at Baker Botts and wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career,” said Mr. Baker.

Mr. Wardlaw was the first English qualified associate to join the firm, in January of 2000, and has been the Partner in Charge of the London office since September of 2012. Prior to that, he was Partner in Charge of the firm’s Moscow office for seven years.

“Working with my partners at Baker Botts and serving as Partner in Charge of our London and Moscow offices has been a career highlight. This is a unique opportunity to pursue other business interests outside of the practice of law,” said Steve Wardlaw.