PITTSBURGH - Reed Smith today announced the addition of Ryan T. Purpura, chair of McGuireWoods’ energy practice, as a partner in the firm’s global Energy and Natural Resources Industry Group.

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Highly recognized as one of the most sought after dealmakers in the industry, Purpura represents a full spectrum of oil and gas companies in mergers and acquisitions, project finance and development and other energy-related transactions. He also represents major private equity and hedge funds, and other financial institutions in closing large, complex, and often cross-border energy and commodities deals.

“Ryan’s exceptional leadership and holistic team approach is well aligned with our own,” said Prajakt Samant in London, chair of Reed Smith’s global Energy and Natural Resources Industry Group. “His skill set will greatly enhance our ability to serve the cross-border transactional needs of our energy clients, as well as help attract new clients to the firm.”

While Purpura’s practice focuses in particular on upstream oil and gas companies, his experience covers the full gamut of the supply and distribution chain. He has helped structure major joint ventures and other strategic combinations in connection with the development of oil and gas assets, primarily in domestic shale. Likewise, Purpura has handled significant acquisitions and divestitures of large energy holdings, midstream and master limited partnership assets, and oilfield service businesses. His financing transactions include volumetric production payments, net profits interests and mineral royalty funds.

Additionally, Purpura serves as outside general counsel to several exploration and production and midstream companies, and he has served as in-house counsel to two publicly traded natural gas companies.