PARIS – Reed Smith LLP today announced a significant addition to its Financial Industry Group (FIG) in Paris with the appointment of project, asset and export finance partner Victoria Westcott. Victoria joins the firm from White & Case, where she was a partner in the project finance team for more than ten years and the head of asset finance practice in Paris. She will be joined shortly by a team of three attorneys: Florent Rigaud (counsel), Elaine Porter (senior associate) and Abdullahi Mohammed (mid-level associate). These additions bring the firm’s finance practice in Paris to a total of two partners, one counsel and four associates.

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Victoria’s cross-border practice, in which she acts for clients in jurisdictions across West Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, touches on several key areas of focus for Reed Smith. Her asset finance work covers aircraft, shipping finance, equipment and other large assets, and involves leasing transactions, financing and taxdriven structures, secured and unsecured syndicated lending and export credit financing. Her project finance practice has a particular focus on transportation and social infrastructure, as well as conventional and renewable energy and oil and gas. Her clients include multi-lateral financing institutions and commercial banks, industrial sponsors and financial investors. Victoria has a strong focus on Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey which follows from her three-year stint in White & Case’s Budapest office. Her international project finance experience complements the highly-respected infrastructure capabilities of Reed Smith’s global Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) practice.

“A strategic objective of our firm is to deliver a seamless international finance capability to our clients, who are often engaged in complex multijurisdictional transactions which require top-notch legal advice. Victoria’s appointment marks a significant step forward towards meeting our goal,” said Ed Estrada, global chair of Reed Smith’s Financial Industry Group.