Covington & Burling has hired three lawyers from DLA Piper to bolster its project finance and development team in the U.S.

The new joiners are partner Joseph Tato and of counsel Charles Carroll in New York, and of counsel Andrea Chambers in Washington D.C.

Covington has been steadily expanding in this practice area since appointing former global head of Allen & Overy’s project practice Graham Vinter in 2016 to chair the team from London.

Tato has experience advising on a broad range of energy and infrastructure projects and related transactions across Africa, the U.S., Latin America and Europe. He joined DLA Piper in 2012.

Carroll has more than 30 years’ experience advising on projects in the U.S. and internationally. Before joining DLA Piper in 2016 he spent four years as general counsel at renewable energy developer Terra-Gen Power, and has had roles at various other major law firms.

Chambers has significant experience advising clients on U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-related matters and transactions in the energy sector. She joined DLA Piper in 2016 from Ballard Spahr and has worked for a number of other major US law firms in a career spanning 35 years.

Commenting on the appointments, Vinter emphasised how the U.S. is of “massive importance in the projects world” and that the hires “significantly augment” the firm’s offering in the region.

Tato said that he had “long-admired Covington’s collaborative and integrated culture as well as its dedication to quality across the firm… I was particularly drawn to the robust capabilities of Covington’s projects practice in London, Johannesburg, and Dubai and its London M&A capabilities.”

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