He assumed the role on 1 April 2023, taking over from partner Kyri Evagora who has been in the role since 1 July 2020.
Samant joined Reed Smith as partner in 2014 and held the position of global chair of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Group from 2017-2023.
With over 22 years’ experience, his practice is focused on representing a wide range of banks, exchanges, hedge funds and energy and commodity companies in a variety of transactional, cross-border regulatory, compliance and risk management matters within the energy and commodities sector.
Born in India, Samant is very familiar with the region, having spent considerable time visiting his clients based across Asia over the last two decades.
Evagora has relocated to the firm’s London office and will now focus on advising his clients in the energy and natural resources sector on their international commercial dispute resolution matters. During his tenure as Asia-Pacific managing partner, Evagora significantly expanded Reed Smith’s offering in the region. Through several strategic partner level hires he enhanced the firm’s practices in corporate, entertainment and media, international arbitration, litigation, tech and data and transportation in Asia. In the last 24 months alone, Evagora led the hire of 10 partners for the Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong offices.
Reed Smith now has 140 lawyers, including nearly 50 partners, across its four offices in Asia: Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore and Hong Kong.