European law firm Fieldfisher has appointed Matthew Williams as corporate partner and Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources, based in London and Birmingham.
Williams joins the firm from Orrick, where he was Co-Head of their European Energy Practice.
From January 2019, Williams 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, Williams was Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources at Hogan Lovells, having previously been in-house counsel at National Power.
Williams’ 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.
Fieldfisher Co-Head of Energy and Natural Resources Dominic-Gurney Champion, says: “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.”
Williams says: “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.”