Guy Smith is a seasoned corporate and transactional attorney with more than twenty-five years of experience. He has worked on numerous acquisitions, divestitures and financings, as well as complex commercial transactions, in the United States and overseas, and has considerable experience with general corporate matters and compliance-related initiatives.
Guy also possesses a significant background in international business transactions and international trade regulation. He has, among other things, acted as lead counsel on numerous cross-border business deals and advised clients on international trade regulatory issues related to their business, including export controls, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), sanctions and customs-related matters.
While Guy’s work spans a broad variety of manufacturing and service industries, his primary industry focus is in energy, where he represents oil and gas companies, oilfield service providers, independent power producers, renewable energy project (e.g., wind and solar) developers, utilities, electric cooperatives, clean technology companies, equipment manufacturers, energy-related service providers, and construction companies. Guy is a co-leader of the firm's Renewable Energy practice group.
Guy has had the fortune of serving as an in-house counsel at both a large independent power producer (IPP) and a Fortune 50 company and hence he understands the legal needs and issues confronting companies and their in-house counsel. While acting as in-house counsel, Guy provided transactional legal advice in connection with activities in the energy and water sectors in the United States and internationally, served as corporate secretary for a variety of subsidiaries and joint venture entities and was a key point of contact on corporate compliance matters.
Guy also brings a strong business orientation to his legal work. In addition to serving as in-house counsel at the IPP, he spent several years in a senior business role where he was the vice president in charge of the company’s Latin American and European operations and the company’s asset divestiture program, and served as a board member on the boards of directors of a variety of the company’s subsidiaries and international joint ventures.
Guy began his legal career in Washington, D.C., where he worked initially as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Commerce and later joined the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Dewey Ballantine.
Raised in Latin America (Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru and Colombia), Guy is fluent in Spanish and possesses good proficiency in French.