American investment banking firm Jefferies has appointed Amy Corinne Smith as managing director and co-head of global cleantech investment banking.

Ms Smith, based in the firm’s San Francisco office, will work in partnership with Bruce Huber, managing director and co-head of global cleantech investment banking based in London, and Jeff Lipton, managing director and US head of cleantech investment banking based in New York, to lead the global cleantech business.

Ms Smith has more than 15 years of cleantech and technology investment banking experience. She joins Jefferies from Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers, where she spent 13 and was most recently managing director and global co-head of alternative energy investment banking.

Benjamin Lorello, global head of investment banking and capital markets at Jefferies, said: “Jefferies has been active in the cleantech sector since 2004, and established the global cleantech investment banking group four years ago as a distinct industry specialization because of our firm’s view of the prominence this sector would have in the world economy.

“The addition of a highly experienced cleantech banker such as Amy Smith reflects Jefferies’ continued commitment to strengthening our leadership in this important and promising sector.”