Sam Saunders is special counsel in the Firm’s General Practice Group. Sam’s practice focuses in particular on transactions in the clean energy and energy transition space, from early stage joint ventures, project development and commercial arrangements, investments and divestments and a wide range of financing and restructuring transactions involving renewables (solar, onshore and offshore wind, geothermal, renewable gas and other technologies), hydrogen, carbon capture and storage and other technologies. He also has significant experience in mining, LNG, petrochemical and other sectors.
Sam has acted on a wide variety of financing transactions across the credit spectrum, including investment grade and high yield debt offerings, structured and leveraged finance, export credit and multilateral finance, distressed debt, bankruptcy and insolvency matters.
Sam has expertise on a broad range of clean energy, climate, sustainable finance and ESG matters and has authored numerous articles on these topics. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, with a particular focus on international development, sustainability and human rights matters.
Sam was previously based in the Firm’s London office for over eight years, where he acted on a wide range of cross-border transactions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Prior to attending Stanford Law School, Sam obtained a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering.