Freshfields hires finance partner from Allen & Overy

May 3, 2010 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has finance partner Alan Rae Smith from Allen & Overy, in its first London lateral hire since 2008.

Rae Smith is set to join Freshfields' London energy projects practice in early May. After this hire, the partner headcount in Freshfields' global energy and projects practice comes to 22, alongside 39 associates.

Freshfields global finance head Alan Newton said: "Alan's understanding of the energy asset base will be invaluable to both our global finance practice and to our energy and natural resources sector group, helping to advise clients such as BP and Total.

"The demand for top-quality legal advice in the energy finance realm will continue to grow over the coming years as the sector looks to meet security of supply expectations while searching for efficiencies from ageing plant and equipment and integrating low-carbon technology into the energy mix."

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