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Practice Leaders

  • 2014 Best Lawyers Best Law Firms - Energy Law
  • The Legal 500 United States 2015 - Leading Firm

Matching Geography & Industry Expertise

Reed Smith's Energy & Natural Resources practice is global in reach and scope.

We have a substantial team of lawyers worldwide, focused in key geographies across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America. Combining unrivaled local knowledge with a deep understanding of the issues impacting the energy and natural resources sectors, we know the demands of operating in increasingly international and volatile markets.

We provide support and counsel to every type of company involved in commodities, power, oil & gas, nuclear, mining, metals & minerals, renewable and clean-tech energy industries. Our clients include public and private companies, lenders, investors, contractors, consultants and end-users, as well as regulators, industry associations, and government and non-governmental bodies.

"The firm's ‘overall muscle and size' puts it ahead of competitors, frequently making it first choice for many international traders..."
Chambers and Partners

Addressing Every Link in the Supply Chain

Reed Smith's international reach and breadth of skills allows us to provide a one-stop service, unlike any of our competitors, embracing every element of the supply chain. We understand the complex dependencies between and within the Energy & Natural Resources sectors and the diverse social and cultural forces at work in an international marketplace. It enables us to offer joined-up support at every stage of a project cycle.

Clients enjoy not only unparalleled transactional support, but also access to our globally renowned dispute lawyers who have extensive experience of rapid dispute resolution in international arbitration proceedings and courts around the world.

Our lawyers advise on every aspect from exploration and extraction, through refining and production, to transportation and delivery, as well as related corporate and financing activities, and disputes that can arise at any stage.

"Clients... benefit from a formidable knowledge of the sector derived from the viewpoint of producer, financier and trader combined with legal support at all points of the ‘value chain'."
Trade Finance Magazine

A Consistent & Commercial Approach to Business Relationships

Reed Smith has a proud heritage of serving the energy and natural resources sectors with a consistent approach that puts its clients' needs first, and ensures an unrivaled quality and breadth of service.

Our commitment to nurturing long-term business relationships is evident in all that we do. Accessibility and innovation are at the heart of this approach, ensuring that we are responsive to clients' needs, proactive in identifying opportunities and mitigating risk from the outset, and consistent, open and transparent in advice, delivery and outcome.

It is for these reasons that we are identified as a trusted advisor, at times being viewed as an extension of our clients' in-house legal teams, and why so many clients stay with us long term.

"The firm's... success comes down to the effort it makes to ‘understand the commercial perspective', enabling it to ‘provide advice that commercial people feel is relevant and concise."
Chambers and Partners

Our practice offers a diverse array of services across the energy and natural resources sectors:

  • Commodities
  • Dispute resolution
  • Environmental
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Mining, metals & minerals
  • Nuclear
  • Oil & gas
  • Marcellus Shale
  • Power
  • Regulatory
  • Renewable & clean energy
  • Trade & commodity finance