WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 24, 2017) – Reed Smith LLP today announced the addition of Jonathan D. Cahn as a partner in the firm’s global Energy & Natural Resources (ENR) Group. Cahn was most recently a partner in Dentons U.S. firm, where he served as the head of its Emerging Markets Energy Strategies Group. Qualified to practice both in the United States and as a solicitor in the United Kingdom, Cahn has represented leading investors in significant cross-border energy, natural resources and infrastructure projects in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, North America, Russia and Central Asia for more than 20 years.

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“Jonathan greatly strengthens our transactional capabilities in energy and trade, and will be an outstanding member of our global team,” said London-based Reed Smith ENR chair Kyri Evagora. “Reed Smith’s global platform is an ideal match for the continued growth of Jonathan’s international investment practice, which includes advising foreign government-owned agencies and sovereign funds in major energy initiatives.”

Cahn has notably represented several Chinese companies making investments abroad, as well as parties seeking investment or partnership with Chinese investors, and he is widely credited with helping open Central Asia to China energy investment. In addition to cross-border transactions, Cahn has extensive experience in international trade and trade litigation, public international law, compliance, and international arbitration.

“Our office here in D.C. continues to grow, and adding Jonathan strengthens both our global and local ENR group. The international nature of his practice will be of great interest to our clients as they expand globally,” said Gary Thompson, managing partner of the firm's Washington, D.C., office.

Cahn also has advised governments on the development of economic and legal reform. Such matters have included sovereign external debt policy, foreign direct investment (FDI) policy, fiscal regime development for extractive industries, national infrastructure privatization, and economic development strategy. Additionally, Cahn has led initiatives for cities to improve their energy efficiency, conservation, and sustainability efforts.