Allen and Overy bolsters US energy and infra team

Simon Clark joins from ContourGlobal, where he advised on transactions led by the thermal and renewable energy units.

International law firm Allen & Overy has added Simon Clark as a senior partner to its New York office, where he will join the firm's global energy and infrastructure practice. 

Kent Rowery, a senior partner in the US energy and infrastructure practice at Allen & Overy, said Clark would focus on infrastructure vehicles, pension funds and private equity investments in US and Latin America infrastructure and energy assets.

“With the addition of Simon,” he said, “we are further strengthening our capability to provide our energy and infrastructure clients with a full service that extends beyond traditional project finance.”

Gareth Price, global head of the firm's projects group and co-head of energy, added that Clark's addition comes at a time when “the global energy and infrastructure markets are experiencing a period of profound change”.

Clark joins Allen & Overy from ContourGlobal, where he served as deputy general counsel leading major corporate transactions as well as “key legal matters” within the firm's thermal and renewable energy divisions. Previously he was a senior associate with Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in both the New York and Paris offices from 2005 to 2014. There, he led high-profile cross-border transactions in the energy, infrastructure, natural resources and telecom sectors. 

Clark has also worked as an associate for Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett from 2003 to 2004, after which he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Anthony Scirica at the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2004 to 2005.

Prior to entering the legal field, Clark worked as an editor for IDEA Global from 1997 to 1998 and as a reporter for Bridge News in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 1998 to 2000, according to his LinkedIn profile.