Houston, October 26, 2010 – Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that veteran energy lawyer Toshi Yoshida has joined its Houston office as a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice and Energy industry group. He comes to Mayer Brown from Thompson & Knight.

Mr. Yoshida focuses on global energy projects, oil and gas upstream transactions, including shale gas and shale oil, LNG and terminal projects, refineries and pipelines. While he has particular experience with Japanese clients, Mr. Yoshida has worked with clients in US, Latin America, Brazil, Africa, China, Hong Kong, Australia and other regions and countries. He also has dealt with oil and gas environmental matters regarding onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration, production and storage. In addition, Mr. Yoshida has held board positions with energy companies including, Japan Australia LNG, Novus Petroleum Ltd. and IB Daiwa Corporation.

“Toshi is a perfect fit for our strategy to expand our corporate and energy practices in Houston and to connect with Japanese clients,” said Michael E. Niebruegge, former Partner-in-Charge of Mayer Brown’s Houston office. “Toshi brings outstanding credentials in these areas.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to join a premier global firm like Mayer Brown,” Mr. Yoshida said. “My practice is global and my clients will benefit from having access to an extensive global platform.”

Mr. Yoshida has worked on numerous high-profile energy deals during his career, including representing Petrobras in Japanese transactions and Japanese trading companies for their recent huge US shale transactions.