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EY names new market segment leader for energy

Alison Kay, managing partner for client service, said under Downham’s leadership, the energy team will draw on the ‘strengths and skills’ of its whole business, to offer clients the support they need at a time when the sector is facing some of its ‘biggest challenges’.

EY has announced the appointment of Lee Downham as market segment leader for energy, with immediate effect.

In his new role, Downham will lead a multi-disciplinary team of over 1,500 professionals, working across all of EY’s service lines, to support and work with clients as they navigate the challenges presented by the energy transition and ever-changing regulatory market. 

Previously, EY said Downham was its global mining and metals strategy and transactions leader. His experience includes all aspects of corporate transactions, and he has led complex, cross-border assignments with teams covering valuation, buy-side and sell-side diligence, public debt and equity offerings, bid defence strategies and infrastructure advisory.

Downham said: “EY’s Energy team will play a strategic role in working with and supporting these businesses as they grapple with this disruption and progress their transition to a low carbon, more sustainable future. I am extremely proud and excited to be leading the team at this critical moment in the UK’s energy transition. 

“Our multidisciplinary team, spread across the whole of the UK, has deep sector knowledge and experience across energy generation, transmission, distribution and retail. We are ideally placed at the intersection of the sector to help drive purposeful change and growth for our clients.” 

Alison Kay, managing partner for client service at EY, UK and Ireland, added: “Lee has over twenty-years’ experience as a strategy and transactions Partner, advising on complex deals in the Energy sector, working with global clients.

“No other sector has an impact on business or consumers’ daily lives, like the energy sector. From the role energy plays in helping to reduce carbon emissions, to powering the next wave of electric vehicles, it’s never far from the news headlines.”

She continued: “Under Lee’s leadership, the energy team will draw on the strengths and skills of our whole business, to offer our clients the support they need at a time when the sector is facing some of its biggest challenges. It’s great to have Lee on board to lead the team at one of the most important periods in the sector’s history.”

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