International law firm Reed Smith has announced the appointment of Stefan Schmitz to its Energy & Natural Resources practice based in London.
Stefan, who was previously McDermott Will & Emery, focuses on renewable energy (wind and solar energy in particular). He has been advising developers, investors, banks, manufacturers, utilities and government entities in the renewable energy market for almost ten years. His work includes mostly projects in Western and Central Europe, and the US, but also in Latin and Central America and Africa.
Stefan regularly advises developers, investors and lenders on joint venture and joint development agreements, share purchase and other investment agreements, EPC and O&M agreements, PPAs, wind turbine and other equipment purchase agreements, as well as debt and equity financing. He is also involved in German off-shore wind projects.
Stefan is the seventh partner to join Reed Smith's Energy and Natural Resources practice in London in the last year. He follows the appointments of partners Gordon Bell, Peter Cassidy, Keith Hartley, Vincent Rowan, Sian Fellows and John Varholy.
Kyri Evagora, Reed Smith partner, commented:
"The renewable energy market has developed significantly over the last few years and our client's are moving into new markets, in Central Europe, Latin America and Africa. We've been growing our energy team over the last year to ensure we are able to serve our client's as they expand their businesses.
Stefan's expertise, sector knowledge and contacts in the industry will complement our existing international energy team and enhance our offering in this strategically important sector."
Stefan Schmitz added:
"Reed Smith provides a great platform for my practice and clients. Not only does the firm already have great experience in offshore wind and solar, it also has a clear strategy and vision for growth, and the fact that I am the seventh addition to the London energy team in 2010 is clear evidence of that."
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