European law firm Fieldfisher has appointed Matthew Williams as corporate partner and Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources, based in London and Birmingham.
Matthew joins the firm from Orrick, where he was Co-Head of their European Energy Practice.
From January 2019, Matthew will help lead Fieldfisher's power and renewables practices – areas in which he is an established and highly respected transactional lawyer.
He has extensive experience in project finance, M&A, commodity trading and corporate restructuring, having worked with a wide range of clients including power generators, energy utilities, investment banks and private trading houses.
Prior to Orrick, Matthew was Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources at Hogan Lovells, having previously been in-house counsel at National Power.
Matthew's key areas of focus are in solar and wind energy, waste to energy, biomass and battery storage projects, alongside work in the conventional power generation sphere, concentrating on M&A and project development.
He will share leadership of Fieldfisher's flagship Energy and Natural Resources sector with corporate partner, Dominic Gurney-Champion.
Commenting on his appointment, Fieldfisher Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources Dominic-Gurney Champion said:
"We are delighted to welcome Matthew to the firm as a highly regarded partner and Co-Head of our Energy and Natural Resources sector group.
"His appointment adds significant firepower to our UK renewables practice and helps join the dots with our strong European reputation in this area.
"Being based across London and Birmingham, Matthew will help extend the reach of our energy expertise across our UK offices.
"I look forward to working with Matthew as we continue to develop our Energy and Natural Resources team, with further new hires anticipated in the coming months."
Newly appointed Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources Matthew Williams said:
"I am excited to be joining Fieldfisher as Co-Head of Energy at a time when the firm is growing and concentrating on developing of its Energy and Natural Resources sector.
"In my previous roles, I established a market leading power and renewables M&A and project development practice and have represented parties involved in the majority of high-value power sector disposals in the UK in the last few years – experience which will provide a firm foundation for enhancing Fieldfisher's reputation as a leading law firm in these areas.
"The renewable energy market is growing rapidly in the UK and across Europe and I hope to make the most of the opportunities this represents."
Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market leading practices in many of the world's most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on energy & natural resources, technology, finance & financial services, life sciences and media.
Fieldfisher's dedicated energy team advises companies, commodity trading houses, banks and investment funds on a wide range of matters. We have been active in the energy and natural resources sector for over 50 years and have a team more than 100 lawyers internationally.
The firm is also the fourth largest adviser to companies listed on London's AIM market, many of which are in the natural resources sector.
Our network has more than 1,450 people working across 24 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients' needs.
We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.
Fieldfisher is currently Law Firm of the Year - Legal Business Awards 2018 and British Legal Awards 2017.
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