Orrick Adds Energy Rising Star in London


Orrick announced today that Adam Smith has joined our Energy & Infrastructure practice as a partner in London. He is the fifth member of a team from Watson Farley & Williams that joins the firm this year, a team that also includes E&I advisors Evan Stergoulis, Simon Alsey and Ravinder Sandhu and real estate advisor Simon Folley.

“Continuing to invest in our global energy practice is a key focus for the firm. We’ve been incredibly impressed by how well the new team has integrated and kept driving deals forward providing first-rate service under challenging conditions. We look forward to adding a lawyer of Adam’s quality and experience in project and structured finance to our team,” said Simon Willis, Orrick’s London Office Leader.

The team acts for leading global investors on mergers, acquisitions, project development and financings involving offshore wind, onshore renewable energy and gas & power projects in the UK, Europe and Asia. Most recently, the team advised on the $3 billion project financing of the Changfang and Xidao projects – the largest Taiwanese offshore wind project financing to date, the £1.3 billion bond acquisition of a 50% stake in the Walney Extension offshore wind farm and the £472 million sale of transmission system assets relating to the Race Bank offshore wind farm to Diamond Transmission.

The firm’s E&I clients in Europe include Ørsted, Macquarie, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, ENEO, Vinci, Glennmont Partners, Eranove, Natixis, Veolia and Sonnedix Italia.