Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Bill Hart Jr. has joined the firm in Houston as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice. Previously, he was a partner with Baker Botts in Houston.

“Bill is highly regarded in the Houston market for his strong track record in handling all types of syndicated loan and high-yield debt transactions across various industries, particularly in the oil and gas sector,” said Tristan Propst, Mayer Brown partner and Banking & Finance practice leader in Houston. “With more than 25 years of experience, Bill’s skill set further strengthens Mayer Brown’s position as a leading law firm in the energy finance space.”

Mr. Hart concentrates his practice on advising clients on a wide variety of financial transactions, including the placement of high-yield debt securities, large syndicated bank transactions, project finance, oil and gas financings, reserve-based financings, acquisition financings and asset-based financings. He represents companies such as major banks, underwriters, borrowers and issuers from a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, chemicals, pipelines, manufacturing, project finance and renewable energy.

“Mayer Brown’s global platform and strong international reputation will enable me to provide a superior level of service to clients on a wide range of finance and energy-related transactions,” Mr. Hart said. “I look forward to applying my corporate finance knowledge to help build upon the depth and breadth of Mayer Brown’s Banking & Finance practice.”

“Bill’s unique combination of skills will add further depth to our finance offerings,” said Neil Wasserstrom, Partner-in-Charge of Mayer Brown’s Houston office. “His arrival, along with the 2012 additions of partners Shawn O’Brien and Kirk Tucker, continues the positive momentum of the Houston office.”

Mr. Hart received an LLM degree from the University of Cambridge in England, a JD degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a BA from the University of Oklahoma.