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A&L Goodbody is ‘in the top echelon for renewable energy’, with Ross Moore demonstrating ‘an excellent knowledge of regulation and the project finance market’, and newly promoted partner John Dallasexcellent on construction/turbine contracts as well as the project finance deals’. In the oil and gas sector, the team advised Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board on its €1bn acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell’s 45% interest in the Corrib gas field. Moore and Kevin Feeney head the team.

Arthur Cox has ‘significant experience in the commercial and regulatory aspects of the Irish energy sector’. In one recent highlight, ‘very impressive’ practice head Alex McLean (who is ‘particularly strong on electricity’) and Florence Loric are acting for Viridian Group on the implementation of the new electricity market arrangements in Ireland. The team was also highly active in the renewables sector for clients such as Energia Renewables and HSH Nordbank. Garrett Monaghan left to join DWF.

At Mason Hayes & Curran, practice head William Carmody and Eoin Cassidyprovide a top-class service’ to major funders and developers of renewable energy projects. Cassidy, who is ‘outstanding at dealing with wind farm developments’, is acting for NTR on the development of two wind farms with a combined capacity of

37.5MW. Other work pertained to the integrated single electricity market. Construction specialist Rory Kirrane co-heads the department with Carmondy.

Matheson’s diverse practice takes in electricity and gas regulatory matters, oil and gas M&A transactions and regulatory matters, as well as project finance and M&A for renewables projects. Practice head Garret Farrelly, who has ‘vast experience in the energy industry’, advised Ireland Strategic Investment Fund on the acquisition financing of the Knockacummer and Killhills wind farms. Senior associate Elizabeth McCann is ‘a strong negotiator’.

McCann FitzGerald has ‘leading roles in virtually all of the headline transactions in the market, covering electricity, gas, water, power and renewables’. Practice head Patricia Lawless, who has ‘unrivalled expertise’, and Valerie Lawlor undertake a broad range of regulatory work for the Electricity Supply Board. Rory O’Malley advised Gaelectric Holdings on the sale of 14 onshore wind farms to CGN Europe Energy Green Power Holding.

Business acumen is excellent’ at William Fry, where the team’s growing client base includes oil, gas and manufacturing companies, utilities, independent project developers and commercial banks. ‘Clear communicatorFergus Devine, who heads the practice, is advising Eirgrid on all aspects of the proposed 600MW Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France. Corporate lawyer Eavan Saunders assisted with a proposed acquisition in the renewables space.

At Beauchamps, practice head Ainsley Heffernan has ‘a deep understanding of the issues faced by renewable energy developers and funders’; Heffernan acted for ABO Wind on the finance and construction of the 13.8MW Cappawhite B Wind Farm in County Tipperary. Gavin Blake, who leads on solar projects, is also recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland’s expertise in renewables incorporates onshore and offshore wind and biomass CHP transactions, anaerobic digestion development and energy storage solutions. Practice head Mark Varian, who is ‘up-to-speed with industry changes’, and Kevin Collins advised Black Lough Wind Farm on the development phase of the project.

At McDowell Purcell, practice head Feilim O’Caoimh handled a high volume of debt and equity mandates relating to wind farms; he also provides ongoing advice to the National Association for Wind Energy in Ireland.

ByrneWallace is ‘developing a good profile in the market for energy transactional work’; the team advised Mainstream Renewable Power on a number of matters including the Irish aspects of a $349m funding facility for two Chilean wind farm projects. Practice head Neil Keenan, who is ‘highly knowledgeable on corporate matters’, and Gerry Beausang are the main contacts.

Philip Daly leads on energy work at LK Shields Solicitors, where recent mandates include assisting Inspired Energy with the Irish aspects of its acquisition of Horizon Energy Group. The construction and maintenance of CHP Plants is an area of particular expertise.

At Philip Lee, practice head Alice Whittaker assists ScottishPower Renewables with its portfolio of operational wind farms in Ireland. Jonathan Kelly advised AIB on the financing of Greencoat Capital’s acquisition of a portfolio of Irish wind farms from Brookfield Renewables.

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