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Leland Smith


New York

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Leland Smith


New York

Leland is a New York-based structured finance associate. He has experience working with Sovereigns and International Institutions in both legal and non-legal capacities. Leland has industry experience in energy and oil & gas, as well as banking and finance transactions including projects and capital market transactions.

At the US Treasury Department, Leland developed frameworks to analyse Sovereign approaches to electricity generation and debt. There, Leland worked with market participants and IFIs on managing risk in infrastructure investment globally. He has also worked with municipal and regional officials on emerging market economic development.

At Royal Dutch Shell, Leland’s work on the Trading floor and in project management assisted integration between upstream operations and global markets. Leland was the primary point of contact and lead partner for multiple oilfield facilities projects involving hiring and overseeing outside engineering, construction, and finance teams. At Shell Trading, Leland worked closely with financial market counterparties to minimize risk. He also led the operational aspects of railroad, pipeline, and barge delivery obligations for several key crude oil grades.

Leland’s research has focused on systemic financial risk, infrastructure development, and economic growth. He has contributed to textbooks on International Banking Regulation and considerations for commodity-exporting Sovereigns. He advised former senior IMF economists on legal considerations regarding the intersection between law and macroeconomics. He studied sovereign solvency law under a former IMF General Counsel and banking solvency under the practitioner in charge of the US Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

News & insights

The London skyline full of skyscrapers against a dull sky

Publications: 30 NOVEMBER 2021

Podcast: UK and EU prospectus and listing regulation: Where next?

In this podcast, Amanda Thomas, partner and Jennifer Cresswell, counsel in our International Capital Markets practice, share a short round-up of UK and EU prospectus and listing regulation…

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News: 18 NOVEMBER 2021

A&O advises the underwriters on EUR 1.35 billion share capital increase of Public Power Corporation S.A.

Allen & Overy has advised Citi and Goldman Sachs as international joint global co-ordinators and Alpha Bank, Eurobank, Euroxx Securities, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank as international…

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News: 04 NOVEMBER 2021

Allen & Overy advises alstria on public takeover by Brookfield

alstria and Brookfield conclude comprehensive investment agreement Brookfield to launch a voluntary public takeover offer at a price of 19.50 euros per share in cash

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Publications: 29 APRIL 2021

LIBOR Transition – Legislative Solutions

As LIBOR (London Interbank Offered Rate) transitions, various jurisdictions are mapping out the path forward.

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Capital Markets


New York

Allen & Overy LLP
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
NY 10020

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Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2021


JD, Law, Georgetown University Law Center, 2020 (Cum Laude)

Master of Marine Affairs (MAF), The University of Rhode Island, 2017 (Focus: International Ocean Law, Sovereign approaches Water Economics)

BS, Political Science & Mechanical Engineering Track, United States Military Academy at West Point, 2007

Published work