Addleshaw Goddard (AG) has recruited two new partners to join its Infrastructure Projects & Energy Practice (IPE). Suzanne Moir, a former partner and Head of Projects at DWF joins today and will be based in Edinburgh. Martin Stewart-Smith, based in London, joined in April from the London office of Bracewell LLP.

Moir has more than twenty years' experience advising on a variety infrastructure, projects and procurement work across a range of sectors. She has advised key stakeholders on some of the highest profile procurements in Scotland and the wider UK in telecoms, transport and energy from waste in both the public and private sectors. Her energy from waste practice is the market leader in Scotland and her expertise in transport around roads, tolling, light rail, rail franchises and Public Service Obligations will complement AG's strong UK market position in these areas. She currently advises a number of organisations across the UK on the rapidly expanding 5G and fibre telecoms market on issues such as mobile infill and Electronic Communications Code matters and her experience will help AG clients transitioning towards the UK's net zero agenda.

Martin Stewart-Smith has spent over thirty years' working in the energy sector, two of those outside private practice on secondment with the World Bank Group in Washington. He will focus on electricity infrastructure, oil, gas, and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects and transactions utilising his extensive international and cross border project development, project finance and corporate transactions experience. Recent notable transactions on which he advised include upstream farm outs in Egypt and Mexico, a corporate disposal for an oil major in Trinidad & Tobago and three 1,400MW subsea interconnector projects. He has advised on over 70 LNG cargo swaps and on cross border electricity transmission projects, both under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) as well as in non-ECT regimes. He is also an active member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).

Richard Goodfellow, Head of AG's Infrastructure, Projects and Energy Group commented: 

"Suzanne's appointment is aligned to our overall ambition to serve large mandates in the IPE space, where our aim is to develop an established market leading reputation in global IPE activities. Our plan to assemble by 2021 one of the strongest global practices in the market is ahead of schedule. Suzanne's experience in energy waste management will play well into our Energy & Utilities sector practice, adding additional capability to our already strong team in which we're uniquely placed to maximise the new energy reality."

The new hires now take AG's recruitment in IPE to eight new partners in the past eighteen months. These include; Dubai based Stephen Burke, a recognised contentious expert in physical infrastructure development, with a focus on international arbitration, dispute resolution and litigation leading on contentious matters in construction and energy; Dubai based John Podgore, a recognised expert in international oil & gas transactions and energy-focused projects; Chau Ee Lee, an expert in contentious and non-contentious construction projects based in Singapore; Hong Kong based Vivien Yang, a recognised M&A expert in oil and gas, LNG  and infrastructure sectors who joined from Simmons & Simmons; Ton van Den Bosch joined AG's Singapore practice from Ince & Co where he headed its Energy and Projects team and Aberdeen-based oil and gas specialist David McEwing who joined from Pinsents.

Richard Goodfellow further added:

"In the last eighteen months we have focused on adding additional capabilities to our already strong team as part of a clearly defined strategy to build on our strong UK base and develop internationally. Infrastructure and Energy is a global market and there are significant growth opportunities in this field, whether it is a flight to infrastructure spending or the transition by oil and gas companies to a zero carbon future. Martin's experience will further strengthen our energy transactional practice, deepening our relations with major energy clients which is aligned with the Firm’s existing offering as well as a more international base to which to transport our existing client work. Our bench strength in this area along with our recruitment drive in contentious and non-contentious construction will enable us to work across the project life cycle as the largest international arbitration disputes tend to arise from energy and infrastructure disputes. Martin's arrival will undoubtedly create significant opportunities for us in our construction practice".

I am delighted that all new partners recognise AG's ambition and can join a firm with a broad international practice offering and wide geographical footprint that will help us win significant mandates and serve our existing client base even better. "