Press release

11 Aug 2020 London, GB

EY’s UK Law practice announces further expansion with legal managed services and energy appointments

EY has announced a further expansion of its UK Law practice, with the appointment of two new Partners.

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EY has announced a further expansion of its UK Law practice, with the appointment of two new Partners.

Anup Kollanethu, joins EY Law as Partner and UKI Head of Legal Managed Services. Dimitri Papaefstratiou joins as a Partner and further bolsters EY Law’s new UK Energy team, which has seen a number of appointments this summer.

Anup has twenty years’ experience in the legal and professional services sector, including roles at Aviva Investors, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and DWF.

Anup will be a key part of EY’s growing Legal Managed Services capabilities and his appointment follows a number of recent EY investments, including the 2018 acquisition of Riverview Law and the 2019 acquisition of Pangea3 Legal Managed Services.

Commenting on Anup’s appointment, Philip Goodstone, EY’s UKI Head of Law, says: “Technology, innovation and, of course, current market conditions are a catalyst for change for many of our General Counsel clients. Anup has an excellent blend of skills and experience to bring to clients in order to help them navigate, adapt to and make the most of this change. I’m really pleased to add him to our rapidly growing team.”

Anup adds: “Prior to joining Phil and the team, I’ve been fortunate to work on EY’s Global Law strategy over the last three months. I am excited about the opportunity to grow the EY Law proposition, especially given our investments to date in legal managed services.”

Dimitri Papaefstratiou has spent the previous eight years as a Partner of DLA Piper where he was the Location Head of the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure team in London. Dimitri is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal 500 for Power (including renewables) and Oil & Gas. Dimitri acts for major corporations, sponsors, lenders and procuring authorities on major energy and infrastructure projects across EMEA. He has developed a market-leading energy and infrastructure practice, including numerous greenfield project financings, single asset and portfolio acquisitions, and investments in highly structured and complex projects.

Dimitri’s appointment follows the arrivals at EY Law’s Energy team of Charles Morrison, who leads the Energy team, as a Partner in May and Simon Collier as an Associate Partner in June. Also joining the team this month are two directors – Harry Brunt and Joseph Lam – who have a combined 40 years’ experience of complex energy and infrastructure projects.

Charles Morrison, head of EY’s UK Law Energy team, comments: “I’m delighted to welcome Dimitri to our growing Energy team. Having worked with Dimitri, I know first-hand the depth and scope of his expertise. He has an exceptional track record in the sector and will add real value to our clients as they navigate the challenges posed by COVID-19 and climate change. Our new colleagues are important additions to the strength and depth of our UK Energy team.”

Dimitri Papaefstratiou comments: “I’m very excited to join the UK Law team at EY, and I look forward to helping expand the practice in the energy sector and EY’s offering to its clients.”

The EY Law Energy team provides support to clients in the UK and globally, working with other EY teams and practice areas which provide support to the energy sector, as part of EY’s integrated, multidisciplinary approach. The creation of an Energy team within the UK Law practice has added to the team’s existing sector specialisms in Financial Services and technology.

Both Dimitri and Anup take up their new roles on 17 August.