Bird & Bird strengthens its corporate and energy teams with the appointment of partners Matt Bonass and Michael Rudd

07 March 2011

Bird & Bird is delighted to appoint leading corporate and energy partners Matt Bonass and Michael Rudd to its International Energy & Utilities Sector Group.  Matt and Michael will be based in the firm’s London offices and join from SNR Denton where they led its Climate Change, Renewables and Cleantech Group.  They will continue to focus on transactions in the alternative energy (including renewables and clean energy, cleantech and sustainability), energy and utilities sectors.

Matt joins the Corporate Group with broad experience in public and private M&A, joint ventures, private equity and equity capital markets work for clients, particularly in the energy and alternative energy sectors.  He has been recognised as a leading individual in Chambers legal directory for the past three years in the fields of both climate change law and corporate finance (mid-market).

Joining the Commercial Department, Michael’s experience includes advising climate change, energy, infrastructure, water and mining clients on major projects including corporate and contractual restructuring, regulatory issues, concession agreements, utility procurement, agreements for design, construction, operation and maintenance, energy and water related agreements, and offtake and transportation arrangements.  He has been recognised as a leading individual in Legal 500 legal directory in 2010 in relation to his work in the water sector.

Commenting on Matt and Michael’s appointment, John Drake, Joint Head of the International Energy Group, comments: “We are very excited to welcome Matt and Michael to the team as their expertise and knowledge of the cleantech, energy and other industries will be a great compliment to our existing strengths in this area.”

Bird & Bird’s International Energy & Utilities Sector Group continues to gain momentum with over 80 lawyers across our offices in Europe and Asia.  We have a longstanding high reputation in fast-moving industries driven by technology and regulation. This has proved a strong base on which to build an enviable track-record in cleantech and renewables which includes advising on wave, wind, solar and other power projects and ventures, carbon law, and protection and exploitation of IP assets.