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A&L Goodbody is highly active in the financing and development of large-scale renewable energy projects, particularly wind farms, with John Dallas and department head Ross Moore advising a syndicate of lenders – including the European Investment Bank for the first time - in relation to Oweninny wind farm, potentially the largest wind farm in Ireland. The team was also involved in a number of substantial energy M&A transactions, including assisting HgCapital and Craydal with its sale of a majority stake in a wind farm portfolio with a capacity of more than 220MW to a group of Japanese investors. Kevin Feeney is another key team member.

Arthur Cox’s Alex McLean leads the practice and is considered ‘the leading energy law expert in the country, who is vastly experienced across all areas including energy markets, renewable support schemes, contracts and industry codes’. In addition to advising several lenders on a number of wind farm financings, McLean assisted Covanta with its acquisition of BlackRock’s minority stake in the Dublin Waste to Energy project and the ensuing creation of a joint venture with Green Investment Group. The ‘very hard-working’ and ‘hands-onFlorence Loric is ‘exceptional in her field of European competition law, energy and litigation’.

Mason Hayes & Curran has 'assembled an exceptional team' with an 'in-depth understanding of the industry', and advises major private sector lenders on onshore renewable energy projects. In one work highlight, 'hands-on' and 'assertive' practice co-head William Carmody and construction expert Eoin Cassidy advised Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale on the project financing of the Knockalough wind farm in County Galway, which will have an export capacity of 33.6MW. Other co-head Rory Kirrane acts on energy-related construction disputes. The team also advised on acquisitions in the energy sector; by way of example, Cassidy assisted NTR with its acquisition of Aeolus wind farm. Associate Muireann Hernon 'is an exceptional talent'.

Providing 'sound advice', Matheson is very strong in the electricity sector, which is evidenced by practice head Garret Farrelly acting for General Electric on the first corporate power purchase agreement concluded between a wind farm generation company and a subsidiary of Microsoft. Farrelly also provided comprehensive advice to EirGrid and Soni on the new integrated single electricity market. The 'approachable' team, which is 'available at any time', also has expertise in respect of oil and gas M&A transactions, including regulatory advice; it advised Vermilion Energy on its acquisition of Shell E&P Ireland with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Senior associate Elizabeth McCann is another key team member.

McCann FitzGerald is ‘highly competent in regulatory law’. ‘Standout’ practice head Patricia Lawless, who ‘has unmatched expertise in natural gas and electricity law’, advises Ervia on gas projects, gas connections and regulatory matters, including energy regulation under domestic and EU law. In recent highlights, Valerie Lawlor advised Brookfield Renewable and AES on separate matters relating to the launch of the integrated single energy market; she and Rory O’Malley also handled all aspects of UniInstitutional Infrastruktur's acquisition of Powercon Wind Energy, the owner of a 36.8MW operational wind farm.

William Fry’s broad practice advises domestic and international clients such as utilities, lenders and developers in the gas, water and commodities space, as well as the renewable energy sector. Practice head Fergus Devine assisted Belgian developer Parkwind with its investment in an offshore wind development company, which included regulatory advice on offshore wind. Devine’s recent instructions include advising long-standing client Aughinish Alumina on gas supply agreements and electricity contracts. Consultant Louise Eccleston is another name to note.

Beauchamps’ specialism lies in the renewable energy space, where the team acts for some major developers and lenders. ‘Very good’ practice head Ainsley Heffernan acted for innogy Renewables on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the proposed 600MW Dublin Array offshore wind farm, which included carrying out legal due diligence on the project. David Gunn, who joined from Australian firm Minter Ellison, has strong project finance experience. Gavin Blake joined Byrne Wallace.

Gavin Blake has been a ‘good signing’ for the ‘always available’ team at Byrne Wallace; he now jointly runs the department with Neil Keenan. The team is also recognised for its ‘knowledge of the industry and the participants therein’, which translated into new client wins such as ING Bank, the Electricity Supply Board and Viridian. Gerry Beausang advised London-based investment trust The Renewables Infrastructure Group on the Irish aspects of the acquisition of a partly operational and partly developed wind farm in County Kerry. Keenan acted for Mainstream Renewable Power on a number of mandates.

In addition to regulatory work, Eversheds Sutherland advises clients in the conventional and renewable energy sectors, particularly in the transactional sphere, and has the ability to provide cross-border advice on Irish, Northern Irish and English law. Practice head Mark Varian handled the acquisitions and sales of several wind farms, and advised First Trust Bank on the financing of two wind farms in Northern Ireland. Kevin Collins together with Lee Murphy advised on Sojitz’s €350M purchase of a 60% stake in the Project Emerald portfolio, which has a capacity of 223MW.

Business acumen’, ‘practical solutions and common sense’ characterise Philip Lee, which acts for an array of actors in the energy sector like developers, financers and large energy users. Coming from top-tier firm William Fry, new practice head Siobhan McCabe brings with her ‘excellent knowledge of the industry’ and ‘drove the whole show’ on a number of occasions. By way of example, she acted for Bank of Ireland on the financing of several projects, including Curraghderrig wind farm. Alice Whittaker advised Innogy on a proposed 600MW offshore wind farm, and Microsoft on the first power purchase agreement with a renewable energy generator.

LK Shields Solicitors' energy and natural resources team has ‘a great depth of accumulated experience and knowledge of the energy market in Ireland’. Practice head Philip Daly, who ‘brings calmness and quiet confidence in an unassuming style and has lots of patience with those less familiar with the nuances of Irish law’, had a varied caseload; recent instructions included advising US multinational Ameresco on the creation of a joint venture for the development of an energy park, which includes combined heat and power, solar and wind power.

McDowell Purcell’s focus lies on the renewable sector, particularly wind energy, where the team acts for developers, financiers and operators of wind farms. Department head Feilim O’Caoimh has been highly active on the project financing side of a number of wind farm and single wind turbine projects. In one work highlight, O’Caoimh advised a developer on the project finance and construction of a 20.3MW wind farm.

Pinsent Masons LLP's recently established Dublin office manages to continually attract new clients, including developers and energy companies. Practice head Richard Murphy advised The Renewables Infrastructure Group on the acquisition of onshore wind farms located in County Kerry, including the energy regulatory aspects. He also acted for SDS Energy Group on the development, construction and procurement of a battery storage project in Dundalk.

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