Today, everything interacts with the energy and natural resources sector. To maximize your opportunities and maintain a competitive edge, you need lawyers who understand your commercial prerogatives and the complexities of this critical sector.
Whether your business is orchestrating a trading operation, exploring an oil or gas asset acquisition or disposition, seeking financing for a renewables project, or facing environmental compliance or regulatory issues, we are your guide. At Reed Smith, we are deeply involved in the evolving landscape of the energy industry – having helped clients of all sizes navigate and succeed in the sector. We are your partner for proactive solutions and innovative business arrangements that keep your business moving forward.
Whatever issue you encounter – whether involving complex provision of services, interpretation of contract terms, fraud or fiduciary duty issues, claims concerning the structure, governance or operation of companies and other entities – we are on hand in jurisdictions around the globe to give you experienced, strategic and commercial advice, in the context of your business. If you are facing restructuring issues, unfair competition, trade secrets disputes or any other challenge, your Reed Smith lawyers are here to help you succeed.
Companies need to be fleet-footed and versatile to succeed in the commodities trading and transportation business. The market is unpredictable and volatile, with prices not only affected by demand, but also by global economic and geopolitical factors, and even by seasonal changes. With our finger on the market pulse, we at Reed Smith use our legal nous to help maximize opportunities for you as they arise, while mitigating any risks – be they regulatory, dispute or competitor-related.
Since the 2008/2009 global financial markets crisis, policymakers have focused heavily on regulations related to the trading and clearing of derivatives including derivatives on various commodities, such as interest rates and various indices, as well as energy commodities, agricultural commodities, metals, and other related derivatives. Large and small entities, both financial and commercial, which trade and hedge in these important markets are facing the introduction of broader licensing and registration requirements; a plethora of new record-keeping and reporting obligations; new rules on margin, regulatory capital and position limits; and significant extensions to regulatory enforcement regimes covering manipulation and market abuse. In addition, global regulators now increasingly regulate physical commodity markets that underlie derivatives markets.
Environmental & climate change law issues can arise at any point in the project or business lifecycle. For example, when a company or land is acquired, when a site is closed or decommissioned, whenever new products are distributed, or infrastructure is constructed and when waste is disposed of, pollution occurs or other environmental emergencies arise.
Reed Smith’s international arbitration practice spans the globe. With offices in the world’s leading arbitral seats, including London, Paris, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Miami, and Houston, we are strongly positioned to represent clients in international business disputes.
Solutions driven and “excellent on every front” (Chambers Latin America), our team is recognized for its “great depth and strength of expertise and experience” (The Legal 500 UK). We are ranked in the elite GAR 30 2020, Global Arbitration Review’s list of the world’s top 30 leading international arbitration practices.
Our handling of arbitration proceedings has been described as “truly remarkable, with outstanding results” (The Legal 500 Latin America 2020). Our clients, whether privately or publicly owned, benefit from the invaluable insights, in-depth knowledge, award-winning talent and cross-border collaboration of our global team of international arbitration lawyers, many embedded in our core industry practice areas.
We act as trusted advisers, advocates and arbitrators across a broad spectrum of complex and often multi-million/billion-dollar commercial, investor-state, and sector-specific arbitrations. Our dynamic and forward-looking practice has a strong track record of achieving results based on our clients’ needs, their commercial objectives and the characteristics of the dispute.
Our practice has grown significantly in the past three years, and we have been joined by leading international arbitration lawyers in London, Paris, Singapore, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Houston and New York, while in, Dubai and Miami we added entire market-leading teams for disputes in the Middle East and Latin America, respectively. We now have one of the largest and most diverse international arbitration practices in the world, with the ability to represent clients in arbitral institutions and seats around the globe. As one of the world’s leading disputes firms, we also represent clients in arbitration-related proceedings in first instance and appellate courts, including stay and enforcement proceedings.
The mining sector is cyclical and fiercely competitive; profitability depends on volume and operating efficiency. We understand that you are faced with tightening margins and strive to provide legal advice that focuses on increasing your productivity while reducing your overhead.
The increasing complexity and technological challenges involved with construction projects demand a dynamic approach. We can help you get your projects done - successfully, efficiently, and with minimal disruptions. Whether you are an owner or developer, contractor or project manager, financier or government entity, we can help from initial procurement and development, through arbitration and litigation (if needed) - wherever your project may be located.
The continued growth of renewable energy technologies not only supports the sustainability of our planet, but also represents one of the greatest business opportunities of our time. With the sector expected to attract US$20 trillion over the next two decades, our experience, developed over 25 years, can create a competitive advantage for you as you create and patent new technologies, and develop, finance, construct and operate renewables projects.
As the commodity trading business continues to grow, so does the need for flexible and sophisticated structures to finance these activities. In a competitive market, you need a law firm with cutting-edge experience and a dedicated trade finance team to help you structure creative and effective financing arrangements to stay ahead.