Andrew Smith (pictured), a long-time employee of Clayton Utz, has been announced as a new partner in Jones Day’s Brisbane office.
Mr Smith worked at Clutz for more than 20 years before taking on his new role with the global firm.
Commenting on his appointment, the lawyer spoke of the opportunity to provide advice on major energy and resources transactions in Australia and abroad.
"I am thrilled to be a part of this great firm and contributing to the growth of the firm in Brisbane and Australia,” Mr Smith said.
“I am especially looking forward to working alongside many of Australia's and the world’s most eminent lawyers in Jones Day.”
According to a statement released by Jones Day, Mr Smith has worked on a number of significant energy and mining projects during his career. Some of his major files have involved advice for the development and ongoing operation of some of Australia's largest coal, oil and gas, and electricity projects.
Mr Smith has also worked for clients regarding onshore and offshore gas production, new mines, project infrastructure and financing, and acquisitions and disposals.
“He has been involved in the development and ongoing operation of some of Australia's largest coal, oil and gas, and electricity projects. His significant client matters have involved major pipeline developments, LNG projects, and sales of oil and gas, including LNG, in Australia and internationally,” Jones Day said.
Chris Ahern, the regional partner-in-charge of Australia and Japan for Jones Day, welcomed Mr Smith’s addition to the team.
"He brings a great combination of experience — in project development, in upstream oil and gas documents and in mergers and acquisitions in the energy sector — that our clients will appreciate, especially given the pricing gyrations of commodities in recent times,” Mr Ahern said.
Co-head of the firm’s energy practice, Jeff Schlegel, added that Mr Smith offered a greater depth of knowledge to the Jones Day’s specialists.
“His sector-leading understanding of the key legal and commercial issues in large-scale energy projects and complex transactional matters brings more depth to our already comprehensive global capabilities along the entire energy value chain,” Mr Schlegel said.
“We are incredibly excited to be able to have Andrew as part of our team.”