The number of infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia is expected to increase with the spread of urbanization.

Reed Smith has hired a new energy and natural resources partner in Singapore.

Bree Miechel joins from Simmons & Simmons, where she led the southeast Asia infrastructure practice as of counsel. She advises governments, sponsors, lenders, contractors and suppliers on infrastructure projects tendering and contract documentation. Last year, she acted for Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. and Tokyo Electric Power Co. on financing a water and power project in Qatar.

Miechel had practiced with Simmons for nine years. She started her career with the Australian firm MinterEllison.

In July 2016, Reed Smith launched a formal law alliance with the Singaporean firm Resource Law, a nine-lawyer boutique led by shipping law litigator Mohan Subbaraman. In 2015, the Anglo-American firm recruited two energy partners, Calvin Chan and Kohe Hasan, to focus on China- and Southeast Asia-related matters, respectively.

Prajakt Samant, Reed Smith’s London-based energy and natural resources practice head, expects that infrastructure growth in Southeast Asia will continue as urbanization expands in the region.

“With urban populations in Southeast Asia expected to increase from 36 percent currently to 45 percent by 2030, new infrastructure in transport, utilities, health care, and housing will be needed to meet the growing demand,” he said.