Adam Smith
Senior Associate


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Summary Open

Adam is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Energy & Infrastructure group in London.

Adam specialises in project financings in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors, on which he advises borrowers, sponsors and lenders. Adam also has a complementary breadth of experience from a variety of financing, M&A, capital markets and general corporate matters in numerous sectors.

Experience Open

    Adam’s recent experience includes advising:
    • Nord/LB on the project financing of the 307 MW Hästkullen wind farm and the 167 MW Björnlandhöjden wind farm, both located in Sweden and together one of Europe’s largest onshore wind clusters. The financing includes ECA-backing by Euler Hermes and one of Europe’s largest corporate PPAs to date in the onshore wind sector.
    • Tengizchevroil and its sponsors (Chevron, ExxonMobil, KMG and Lukoil) on the $16bn multi-source (commercial bank, bond and sponsor co-loan) project financing of Tengizchevroil’s $42.5bn expansion and modification of its upstream operations at the Tengiz super giant oilfield in Kazakhstan (European Oil & Gas Deal of the Year, PFI Awards 2016, and European Upstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year, IJGlobal Awards 2016).
    • Oyu Tolgoi, a subsidiary of Rio Tinto, on its $4.4bn multi-source (commercial bank, ECA and IFI) financing of the world’s largest gold and copper mine under development, in Mongolia (Asia-Pacific Mining Deal of the Year, PFI Awards 2015, Finance Deal of the Year: Projects, Asia Legal Awards 2016 and Asian-mena Counsel Deal of the Year 2016).
    • Emirates Aluminium on the $4bn multi-source (commercial bank, ECA, Islamic, hedging bank and unsecured working capital) financing of its smelter plant in Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest single-site smelter complex (Middle East Industrial Deal of the Year, Project Finance Awards 2013).
    • The bank lenders and underwriters to Dolphin Energy on the $4.1bn refinancing of the Dolphin pipeline between Qatar, the UAE and Oman and a subsequent further financing in the bond market.
    • Goldman Sachs on disposals of portfolios of European hotel chains.
    • FiatChrysler on the establishment of a €20bn euro medium term note programme listed on the Irish Stock Exchange.
    • One of the world’s largest producers of ATMs and other financial infrastructure on a mandatory disposal of its UK business to a competitor.
    • A private equity fund on the establishment and ongoing administration of management equity plans for its portfolio companies.

Education Open

  • 2009: Legal practice course, BPP Law School London
  • 2008: LLB in law, University of Sheffield

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Law Society of England & Wales
  • City of London Law Society

Employment Record Open

  • 2018 – present: Senior Associate, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2011 – 2018: Senior Associate, Sullivan & Cromwell
  • 2009 – 2011: Trainee Solicitor, CMS Cameron McKenna

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