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Allen & Overy LLPis one of the best’ according to clients, with global projects group head Gareth Price and his team highly regarded for major projects work and financings across the power sector. In addition to being a major player in global power projects, the practice is heavily involved in the UK space, as demonstrated by its advice to Infrastructure UK regarding all aspects of the financing and development of the Hinkley Point C station in Somerset, and to Hitachi on the development of newbuild nuclear stations in the UK following its acquisition of Horizon. In another UK power highlight, Christopher Andrew led the team acting for the lenders on the Dudgeon offshore wind farm in Norfolk. John Geraghty is assisting Green Investment Bank (GIB) with its acquisition of a 25% stake in the Galloper offshore wind farm, while David Lee is acting for Macquarie Capital, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Universities Superannuation Scheme on their £2bn bid to privatise GIB. In an illustration of its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates, Price and Troy Edwards are acting for Fennovoima on commercial and ongoing financing agreements for the construction and supply of nuclear fuel for the Hanhikivi 1 plant in Finland. Waste management specialist Andrew Castle and renewables and nuclear expert Sheila Connell are also recommended.

Ashurst’s power practice is ‘a very competent and growing force’ that attracts praise for its ‘strong expertise, especially in portfolio financing in solar energy projects’ and ‘good strength in depth’. David Wadham heads the firm’s EMEA utilities team and is leading advice to China General Nuclear Power Corporation with regards to the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear plant project, while head of renewables Antony Skinner acted for the lenders to Magnetar Solar in connection with the financing of a solar portfolio in the UK. Other highlights for the practice included advising BEIS on the procurement, construction, development and financing of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project, and Nick Stalbow’s advice to Wheelabrator in connection with its combined heat and power energy from waste facility in Kent. Matthew Saunders, who recently joined from DLA Piper, handled SCC proceedings arising from a contractual dispute relating to smart meters. Senior associate Nacim Bounouara specialises in project financing and development work.

For some, CMSis perhaps the leading firm when it comes to European energy legislation’; its lawyers ‘understand the industry and clients’ business very well’. Highlights included advising the distribution arm of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks on the procurement of new capacity for the Shetland Islands, and (in an illustration of its market-leading wind power expertise) acting for SSE on the sale of a stake in the Clyde onshore wind farm to Greencoat UK Wind and GLIL for £350m, as well as advising Repsol on the sale of rights to the 784MW Inch Cape project and its stake in the 664MW Beatrice project to Chinese state-owned State Development & Investment Corporation. Robert Lane (who ‘gives very sensible, commercial advice and understands the regulatory environment better than anyone’) heads the power and regulated industries department and is part of the team acting for Dudgeon Offshore Wind on the divestment of offshore transmission assets. He is also advising the bidders on a tender for potential licensees and operators of said assets. Head of clean energy Munir Hassan and Phil Duffield, who sits in the projects sub-team, assisted various investors with the development of numerous innovative battery storage and generation projects. Charles Currier (who leads on power-related corporate matters) and Sandra Rafferty are also recommended, as is Tom Ryan, who is ‘a very capable individual and provides an excellent service when called upon’.

Clifford Chance LLP is a regular fixture on major nuclear and renewable power projects, as demonstrated by John Wilkins’s work for EDF in connection with the Hinkley nuclear plant project in Somerset and the team’s retention by SDIC and the EIB to oversee the acquisition of Repsol’s UK wind portfolio. Global head of the renewables unit James Pay is acting alongside M&A specialist Brendan Moylan to advise lenders on a number of power transactions, including GIP’s acquisition of a 50% stake in the Gode Wind 1 offshore farm project in Germany. Ashvin Seetulsingh – who co-heads the firm’s oil and gas practice – handled the financing of two solar PV projects in the Middle East. Other notable figures include Nicholas Hughes, who heads the global power group and has handled wind project acquisitions on behalf of Actis and Aela, and Jeremy Connick, who acts for lenders and sponsors. Engie, GE and Royal Dutch Shell also feature in the firm’s enviable client roster.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s global energy offering consists of ‘a number of very strong members who each provide a high-quality and responsive service to clients’. Julia Pyke, who is regional department head in London, is ‘a highly knowledgeable and personable character who operates at the cutting edge of industry developments’. Matthew Job (who is ‘able to clearly articulate issues and present practical potential solutions’) recently acted alongside senior associate Hannah Roscoe for the lenders on the operating phase refinancing of a European hydropower plant. In an Africa-related highlight, Sarah Pollock worked with Martin Kavanagh to assist the government of Sierra Leone with its agreement with Joule Africa regarding the development of phase two of the Bumbuna hydroelectric plant. Pollock also acted with Roscoe for the joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and BWSC in connection with the acquisition and development of a dual heat and power biomass plant project in Kent. Silke Goldberg is acting in the Hinkley Point C project.

Noted for its ‘real strength and depth in renewables’, Linklaters LLP represents high-profile clients such as HSBC, Macquarie and National Grid throughout the full lifecycle of energy projects. John Pickett heads the renewables practice alongside Richard Coar and also leads the energy and utilities sector. Highlights included acting for the sponsors of the Dudgeon offshore wind farm on all aspects of their £1.3bn project financing, and acting for a group of sponsors on the construction and financing of the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm. Charlotte Morgan and Coar are acting for FAB Link on its joint venture with RTE for the construction and financing of an electricity interconnector between France, Alderney and Britain; Coar is also advising a group of lenders on the financing of Wren Renewables’ integrated waste management facility in Essex. In the solar sector, Pickett acted for IFC on a tender for the design, finance, operation and maintenance of two adjacent solar power plants in Zambia. Jeremy Gewirtz recently acted for HSBC on the restructuring of the Rijnmond II plant in the Netherlands.

The lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright are ‘always looking for new ideas, the next opportunity, and how to turn today’s problems into tomorrow’s strengths’. Richard Hill heads the energy projects team in London, while ‘experienced practitionerRobert Marsh jointly heads the renewables and sustainable industry business group. Marsh led a team with Nicholas Pincott advising a financer group in relation to the Beatrice offshore wind farm, while Madhavi Gosavi acted for the Angolan Ministry of Finance as borrowers on the $4.13bn financing for the procurement and development of the Caculo Cabaça hydroelectric station. The firm was also appointed to oversee regulatory compliance and joint venture agreements on behalf of a technology supplier involved in the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant in the UK. Christopher Down and Charles Whitney assisted Marubeni and JinkoSolar with the financing and development of the Sweihan solar project in the UAE. Other key names include ‘extremely experienced’ banking partner Tomas Gärdfors, who is ‘a real pleasure to work with’; and Sydney-based global head of energy Simon Currie, whom one client describes as ’a real rainmaker’.

The power offering at Baker McKenzie is led by ‘decisive and direct’ global head of project finance Calvin Walker and Hugh Stewart who has particular strength in M&A transactions. Having previously assisted the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) with the $24.4bn financing for the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE, Neil Donoghue is currently working alongside Walker to advise the client on the joint design, construction and operation of the project with Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation. Marc Fèvre is advising the Moroccan state-owned power and water utility on the development and operation of a wind farm PPP project, while the ‘very thorough’ senior associate Luka Lightfoot, whose ‘people skills are appreciated by both sides of the table’, was part of the team advising on the financing of a photovoltaic power plant in Egypt. On the conventional power front, senior associate Matthew Martin is active on the design, development, operation and maintenance of gas and coal-fired power plants.

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, planning and environment partner Christian Drage is continuing to act for National Grid on the first EU-funded carbon capture and storage demonstration project based on entirely new infrastructure, including a new onshore compressor station. Energy department head Adam Dann and Kiran Arora are overseeing the development of a combined energy from waste, pulp paper and water treatment plant in the South of England. Mark Richards heads the projects, energy and infrastructure group and acted on the restructuring of a 90-year high voltage electricity distribution agreement. James Marshall handles competition and regulatory matters.

DLA Piper is singled out for its ‘deep industry knowledge, strong expertise, client focus and extensive team’. Key figures include the ‘forward-thinkingNatasha Luther-Jones, who heads the renewable energy EMEA practice, and Dimitri Papaefstratiou, who heads the energy, infrastructure and projects department. Luther-Jones was lead UK partner in a cross-office European team acting for a consortium of investors led by Credit Suisse in the Fosen Vind onshore wind farm in Norway. Other notable names in the London office include Nigel Drew – who advised Maamba Collieries on the development of phase one of a coal-fired power station in Zambia – and Darren Walsh who is representing the operator of a newly constructed nuclear plant in the Middle East on the negotiation and finalisation of a ten-year O&M agreement. The team was also involved in a high-profile carbon positive project for a household name client, as well as four separate acquisitions of solar assets on behalf of an investor. Other notable clients include Equitix, National Grid and BTMU.

Clients note the ‘red-carpet treatment’ and ‘profound commercial advice’ provided by Hogan Lovells International LLP’s power practice. Adrian Walker leads the team; he has particular expertise in the nuclear sector and is supported by counsel and ‘rising starAlex Harrison, who ‘tips the scales in transactions’. Recent highlights include advising a Fortune 100 company on its entry into the UK gas and power market. In another key mandate, Andrew Gallagher is leading a team that includes Walker and members of the Baltimore office advising a bidder in connection with the English law financing of the development of a coal-fired power station in Eastern Europe. On the renewables front, Harrison worked alongside Richard Tyler to advise a major solar power company with regards to its strategic partnership with a heavyweight oil and gas entity in light of proposed combined solar and gas power projects around the world; the pair also acted for Mars Energy on a supply deal agreement with Eneco to provide 100% of the energy to power all 12 Mars UK sites from the Moy wind farm in Scotland. Other significant work emerged from the nuclear sector, where Walker and senior associate Alistair Cowling assisted clients with their role in two high-profile projects.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP handles the full range of energy and power matters for clients such as BNP Paribas, the National Bank of Oman, the EBRD and JBIC. Practice co-head John Dewar led a team advising K-Exim and a group of commercial banks on the financing of the Barakah nuclear power project in Abu Dhabi, while Phillip Fletcher acted for African Development Bank on $1.34bn of loan facilities to support Eskom – South Africa’s power utility – in its capital expenditure programme. Clive Ransome co-leads the group with Dewar and is assisting a group of sponsors with the negotiation, development and financing of a nuclear power project in Europe. Dewar is acting on the development of a national civil nuclear programme in the Middle East. In the transactional space, the team acted for Société Générale and SACE on the $2bn acquisition of the Maritza 3 power project in Bulgaria by ContourGlobal, and acted for EIG and Centrica on the sale of wind power assets to a consortium of purchasers. Senior associate Chris Taufatofua is also recommended, as is Jonathan Roberts and Robert Thompson who recently joined the firm from Dentons and Linklaters LLP respectively.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s team ‘provides a very sophisticated level of service’ and is ‘among the best for large power projects in the renewables space’. In the conventional sphere, practice head John Inglis and Sanja Udovicic are acting for a group of international lenders and export credit agencies on the development of the Balkhash coal-fired thermal plant in Kazakhstan; Udovicic also assisted Standard Chartered Bank as one of numerous lenders with its participation in the Hassyan coal-fired project in Dubai. On the renewables front, Nicholas Buckworth advised the lenders on a $3bn independent water and power project in Qatar, and Iain Elder was part of the team overseeing the financing and development of a combined heat and power facility with water and steam generation capabilities in the Middle East. Other highlights included advising work in the nuclear sector – both in the UK and abroad – and the wind and solar sectors. Associate and ‘excellent project practitioner’ Colm O’Huiginn joined the practice from A&L Goodbody.

Patrick Wallace leads the international projects practice at Simmons & Simmons, which was recently bolstered with the arrival of Stuart Dutson from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Clients include Mitsubishi, Blackrock and the NextEnergy Solar Fund. Adrian Nizzola is acting on the independent water and power project in Qatar, and Iain Duncan is advising Mainstream Renewables on its joint venture with Actis for the delivery of wind and solar projects in Chile. The firm was also engaged by a consortium to oversee the bidding for, financing and development of a major hydroelectric power project in Africa, which constitutes the first phase of a high-value initiative comprising significant energy infrastructure work. Juliet Reingold is leading the team in a series of significant matters in the nuclear space, while Richard Dyton is assisting an infrastructure fund with an innovative energy from waste project designed to generate power, heat and gas. Regulatory expert and chair of the international cleantech and renewables group Steven McNab is also recommended, as is finance specialist Andrew Petry.

White & Case LLP is prominent in the growing area of interconnector work, as demonstrated by the team’s advice to Star Capital and Eurotunnel regarding the proposed interconnector project between France and England. It is also active in the conventional and renewables areas. Kirsti Massie, who sits as global head of power, led a cross-office team advising DEWA on the development of its Hassyan clean coal IPP project, and acted alongside John Cunningham on the financing for a biomass conversion on behalf of a European plant owner and operator. On the nuclear front, Ellis Baker is advising Taisei as a member of a consortium on the EPC contract for the construction of the high-profile Sinop nuclear plant in Turkey. The team also acted for an electric utility provider in disputes with a supplier arising from ICC arbitration awards pertaining to delays and cost overruns in a project. Other key names include head of the EMEA energy unit Jason Kerr, Mark Castillo-Bernaus and Phillip Capper, who leads the firm’s international arbitration offering.

At Addleshaw Goddard, a cross-office team is continuing to act for National Grid on the separation of its gas distribution business, while the Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow acted for SSE on the procurement, installation and licensing issues related to smart meters as part of the government’s flagship initiative. SSEN also engaged the firm to handle the procurement of constraint management zone services for its electricity distribution business. In the renewables sphere, Angus Rollo acted for SSE on the sale of a 10% equity stake in the Beatrice offshore wind farm to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. Paul Dight (also a key contact in the Leeds office) acted for Equitix on the acquisition of several wind and solar power projects, including a portfolio of four solar projects from Renesola.

Robin Mizrahi and Mark Rowley, who head Baker Botts (UK) LLP’s power and energy groups, respectively, were joined by corporate and M&A specialist Paul Exley from Jones Day and construction project expert Stuart Jordan from King & Wood Mallesons. A consortium of lenders instructed the group to oversee the financing and development of a municipal waste to power project in the Middle East. Mizrahi is acting for the sponsor of a hydroelectric plant in central Africa, and Exley is advising a private equity firm on various matters pertaining to a European solar power park. Senior associate Laure Berthelot is acting with Mizrahi for a consortium regarding a solar power IPP in the Middle East. In terms of conventional power, the government of Afghanistan engaged the firm to oversee the long-term planning for a major gas to power project funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

Bird & Bird LLP’s power practice is praised for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge’. Clients single out Andrew Renton and legal director Carol Cloughley as ‘devoted professionals with extensive experience and great communication skills’. Highlights included acting for numerous solar energy clients – including Solarig, Greencells and PS Renewables – on disposals, secondary market transactions and new-build projects in the UK and abroad. Michael Rudd acted for funders such as Ingenious Infrastructure on the acquisition of several gas-to-grid plants across Europe, while Elizabeth Reid handles supply agreements, regulatory issues and lender arrangements for DS Smith with regards to the construction of its CHP plant at Kemsley Mill. Also recommended are Peter Willis, who is assisting two national regulators with their efforts to align their practices with new EU regulations; practice head Matt Bonass, who is assisting a private equity client with its proposed investment into a smart water meter company in Asia; and Peter Knight and Morag Macdonald, who handle contentious matters.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s energy and natural resources practice ‘has more than enough highly-skilled solicitors to resource small or large projects and ensure the overall level of service is always outstanding’, according to one client. The Bristol-based Simon Hughes is part of the team advising Ofgem on the development of the new regulatory regime in relation to competitively appointed transmission owners, and is lead counsel on the development of the Dudgeon offshore wind farm. The team also handled all real estate aspects of the East Anglia ONE and THREE offshore wind farms, which are notable for being granted exclusive rights by the Crown Estate. On the corporate side, Sebastian Briggs acted for RES Group on the sale of its onshore wind farm portfolio to Aviva. Other notable clients include Centrica, EDF and Temporis Fund.

The lawyers at Bracewell (UK) LLP are ‘real specialists’ who ‘understand the sector and have great hands-on experience advising on major projects’, especially in the Middle East. Julian Nichol is a ‘very knowledgeable’ team head who is ‘great to work with’; he recently handled Actis’ acquisition of a majority stake in the Azura Edo power project in Nigeria, and is currently acting as project counsel on the development and financing of a waste to energy facility in Wales. In other highlights, Tracy London worked with the Dubai office to assist Alcazar Energy with the financing of its Al Rajef wind farm in Jordan – which constitutes phase one of the country’s renewable energy programme – and guided RWE and Belectric through their bid for the Sweihan solar PV project in Abu Dhabi, which involved the drafting and negotiation of the EPC and O&M contracts. Clients also recommend the ‘extremely experienced and thoroughMartin Stewart-Smith and Ron Erlichman.

Dentonsis proactive, effective, knowledgeable and sensible in its approach’ and is noted for its strong experience in solar projects. The team, led by Christopher McGee-Osborne and Charles July, has become increasingly active in the secondary market following the collapse of subsidies for new onshore wind and solar projects; highlights included acting for an Asian client on its bid for numerous onshore wind farms across Europe and the UK. Lucille De Silvais very attentive to detail and easy to work with’; she leads the team assisting Tenaga Nasional Berhad, a leading Malaysian electricity utility, with its bid to acquire 50% of TerraForm’s UK solar portfolio, and is acting for a major client on the development of several large-scale solar projects across Africa. Mark Cheney represented a household name bank in a route to market trading agreement with an equity fund following the latter’s acquisition of an electricity generating business in Spain. Enbridge, the South African Department of Energy and Canadian Solar also feature among the firm’s client roster.

Fenwick Elliott LLP is a specialist construction firm that represents clients at all stages of the supply chain and has strong capabilities in dispute resolution and international arbitration. Claire King was recently promoted to partner in the London office and supported practice head Simon Tolson in arbitration proceedings on behalf of a joint venture arising from safety questions surrounding the design, construction and commissioning of a facility in Europe. Demonstrating the firm’s expertise in the offshore wind sector, Tony Francis and Karen Gidwani continue to provide contractual construction advice to key players in the industry across the UK and Europe, and recently represented a major international civil engineering client with regards to disputes related to alleged construction defects and contractual issues in two of its offshore wind farms. The team also acted for a German contractor on project documents for a proposed anaerobic biogas facility in Northern England. Richard Smellie is representing a Chinese company in an international arbitration in connection with a hydroelectric plant in South East Asia. Nicholas Gould and Jeremy Glover are also key contacts.

Derek Goodban heads Gowling WLG’s UK energy offering and co-heads the global energy group; he is noted for his experience in M&A transactions, regulatory work and contractual matters. Goodban Gareth Baker and Andrew Newbery, who recently joined the firm from Thames Water, led a team advising Greenage on the development of the NeuConnect subsea interconnector power cable between the UK and Germany. Goodban and the Birmingham-based Gus Wood advised Opus on its sale to the Drax Group, while Chris Brierley – who is also based in Birmingham – acted for Ecotricity on the financing of a portfolio of wind and solar parks. The team is also involved in the government’s smart energy meter rollout programme – where John Cooper plays a key role – as well as the funding structure of a proposed major nuclear project, and the power purchase agreement for a high-profile offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Other recent arrivals include infrastructure and planning partner Vicky Fowler, who joined the from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, and counsel Robert Armour, who transferred from a leading UK nuclear power entity and heads the UK nuclear group.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s Matthew Williams is co-head of the European energy practice and global co-head of the power sector, both of which have a strong emphasis on transactional work in the renewables space alongside oil and gas and conventional power mandates. The team recently acted for Azito Energie and its joint venture shareholders on the phase 4 expansion of its gas-fire powered station in Cote d’Ivoire, while Anthony Riley acted for BlackRock on its acquisition of the Tellenes wind farm project in Norway. Other highlights included the refinancing of a power cable interconnector project in the US. John Deacon specialises in distributed generation and renewable projects, while of counsel Elisabeth Blunsdon provides assistance on regulatory and project optimisation issues. Edward Humphries assisted EnergieKontor with the acquisition of the New Rides wind farm from Airvolution.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, ‘the technical ability of the team is exceptional, with an outstanding level of reactivity’. Senior associate Helen Bone ‘shows great strength in depth’ and recently assisted Apicksha Patel and Chris McGarvey - who is based in Edinburgh – with the advice to two lenders on a wind farm project in Croatia. In other highlights, the practice acted for five international banks – spearheaded in this matter by Simon Mumford – on the financing and contractual aspects of the Kabd energy from waste project in Kuwait, the first PFI/PPP waste mandate in the region. Planning partner Gareth Phillips, who recently arrived from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, is assisting DONG with all planning and property matters surrounding the Hornsea Project 3 offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Richard Griffiths is acting for NuGeneration with regards to the environmental and planning aspects of the development of a new nuclear station and all related infrastructure in Cumbria. The department is jointly led by global energy sector head Bob Ruddiman in Aberdeen and Paul Rice in London.

Slaughter and May represents regulators, market operators and participants, and governments across the full spectrum of energy matters. Tim Pharoah and Paul Stacey – who was recently elected executive partner to replace Richard Clark, who retired from the firm in April 2017 – are key names in the power and renewables team, and oversaw advice to Centrica and DONG with regards to their disposal of 50% interest in the Lincs and Race Bank wind farms respectively. Drax, BIS and PowerSeraya are some of the other noteworthy names in the group’s enviable client roster.

The lawyers of Trinity International LLPdeeply care about their clients’ business and go above and beyond the call of duty’ with ‘considerable strength across the sector’. The practice has a true specialism in energy projects in emerging markets – especially Africa – and is advising the developers of six separate solar IPP projects in Nigeria under the leadership of ‘outstanding lawyerJennifer Gladstone, who ‘is an asset to any deal she works on’, and Simon Norris. Thermal power matters such as the Cenpower Kpone project in Ghana also constitute a significant portion of the practice’s recent caseload, as demonstrated by its work for Azura-Edo on the development and financing of the first project-financed independent power mandate in Nigeria in more than a decade. Paul Biggs is assisting Corbetti Geothermal with a high-profile geothermal IPP development – the first in Ethiopia – and is acting alongside Kaushik Ray for the EIB, the African Development Bank and FMO as lenders on the Lake Turkana onshore wind farm in Kenya. Other highlights included handling the development of national renewable sectors in Uganda and Zambia, a major biomass facility in Ghana, and a solar PV project in Zambia.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s energy and infrastructure group is led by M&A and financing specialist Evan Stergoulis and maintains a strong track record in the renewables space for a client roster including DONG, Velocita Energy Developments and BayernLB. Stergoulis led a team acting for Danish pension fund PKA on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Teesside energy plant in the North East of England as part of its environmentally-friendly investment strategy, while Henry Stewart acted for Tellenes Vindpark on the construction financing of the Tellenes wind farm in Norway. Other notable names are Ravinder Sandhu, who represented Westermost Rough – a joint venture between DONG, the GIB and Marubeni – on the sale of transmission assets following Ofgem’s OFTO regime, and Daisy East, who handled several significant financing matters in the renewables space.

Clients describe Burges Salmon LLP as providing ‘a Magic Circle experience with a Bristol cost-base’. Its ‘pragmatic, knowledgeable and well-connected’ energy lawyers are led by Ross Fairley and nuclear power expert Ian Salter and recently advised a client on the acquisition of existing and development phase assets. Steven James worked with Salter to assist a major international energy company with regards to the development of a high-profile nuclear power project in the UK, specifically with regards to the regulatory aspects of the procurement and construction, while Elizabeth Dunn handled the consenting aspects of the Triton Knoll electrical system designed to connect the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm to the national grid. Other noteworthy names include James Phillips and Nick Churchward, who conducted significant work in connection with gas-fired power reserves and biomass CHP plants, respectively.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP recently added Encor Power to its already enviable client roster; it recently advised the new client on its acquisition of Demand Power by a share swap. Construction partner Kevin Forsyth and corporate expert Tim Ball are acting for the operator and owners of a major offshore wind farm in contractual and other legal issues pertaining to the long-term operation and maintenance of the facility, while Chris Putt acted for a Swiss pension fund on the acquisition of a number of solar farms from a global green energy products and services provider. Bouygues also instructed the group, jointly led by Putt and Clive Hopewell, on several deals, including the refinancing of a number of solar energy projects in the UK. Other clients include Aegis, Petrofac and Perpetuus Tidal Energy.

At Clyde & Co LLP recently promoted partner Paul Lowrie focuses on energy insurance matters and recently handled claims arising from failures of a subsea interconnector power cable. On the non-contentious front, practice leader Clare Hatcher advised Fortum on contract negotiations for the operation and maintenance of the Teesside biomass plant, and Simon Vere Nicoll led a team advising SIMEC on its acquisition of a subsidiary of Rio Tinto which owns two hydroelectric plants in Scotland. Legal director Robert Franklin acted for three European development finance banks in connection with the financing of a photovoltaic power generation plant to be constructed in Kenya. On the contentious side, Peter Hirst led the advice for Alstom in an ICC arbitration arising from a contract dispute after its insurer, Mitsui, filed a subrogation claim in violation of its supply contract with the client, which required all disputes to be resolved via arbitration.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s clean energy team recently acted for the Pension Infrastructure Platform in its first equity investment in the form of the acquisition of 31 individual wind turbines from Golden Square. Stephen Hill in Nottingham oversaw the takeover of the Swindon solar farm on behalf of Rockfire Capital, and the Leeds-based Michael Grimes is acting for a French environmental services provider and a Polish waste company as a consortium on its tender to the city of Belgrade to procure and operate a new energy from waste plant as part of Serbia’s alignment with EU waste management laws. Howard Barrie acted for InfraCo on several renewable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa, including the Corbetti geothermal project in Ethiopia and the Djermaya solar project in Chad. In the nuclear space, Alex Doughty acted alongside members of the Beijing office for a consortium of international banks on initial credit facilities for the development of a high-profile nuclear power project. Also recommended are global head of clean energy Michelle T Davies, who is based in the Cardiff office, and Rob Pitcher, who heads the global energy and infrastructure team.

Key figures in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s power and renewables practice include Laurie McFadden who acted for the Public Sector Pension Plan of Canada and OTPP on a joint venture with Santander and the acquisition of a global portfolio of renewable energy projects, including onshore wind and solar assets; finance partner Tim Pick; and Alex Carver.

The ‘very strong’ team at HFW acts for suppliers and purchasers and on the full range of contentious and non-contentious power matters, with an emphasis on the offshore wind sector. International head of construction Max Wieliczko is acting for a major EPC contractor on the drafting and negotiating of contracts and security documents for a UK offshore wind farm due to begin construction in 2018, and is assisting a construction client with the legal aspects of the procurement of four energy from waste facilities in the UK. Dispute resolution experts Michael Sergeant and consultant Steven Paull are described as ‘top class’ and ‘extremely knowledgeable about arbitration in the power industry’. The group is continuing to represent Hochtief in a defence and counterclaim against SSE following the collapse of a tunnel at the Glendoe hydroelectric plant in Scotland. Senior associate Richard Booth plays a key supportive role in the practice’s construction and engineering offering and has substantial experience in contentious work.

Ince & Co’s power practice primarily focuses on the construction and financing aspects of offshore wind projects and onshore developments in emerging markets. Martin Sandgren hasconsiderable experience in the industry having previously occupied a position as co-head of legal at Siemens Wind Power. He is supported by Chris Kidd, who jointly led the team overseeing the tenders and contracts for the supply, transportation and installation of the foundations of a major UK offshore wind farm on behalf of several contractors and developers. Other highlights included acting for Deugro on the contractual aspects of a novel wind turbine logistics concept, and advising Ziton on a contract for the decommissioning of a facility at the Ytte Stengrund wind farm. Associate Antony Brook joined Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS.

Lux Nova Partners Limited is ‘a friendly and approachable firm’ focused exclusively on the clean energy market where its lawyers have proven themselves as ‘true specialists in the field’ and ‘exceptional practitioners’. The ‘personable, professional and proactive’ Tom Bainbridge founded the firm in 2015 with project finance expert Louisa Cilenti and Sandy Abrahams, who has experience in EPC and power offtake agreements; they were recently joined by Rory Tait from gunnercooke LLP and sustainability expert David Short, who has worked at GE among other commercial real estate investors. Highlights included advising the London borough of Enfield on its district heating scheme, which is aiming to supply around 8,000 customers through the energy from waste plant in Edmonton. Cilenti and Abrahams provided regulatory, financing and corporate advice to Leapfrog Finance regarding the Ernesettle community solar project in Plymouth. Other highlights included asset acquisitions and disposals in the solar power sector, and acting for Open Utility in connection with an innovative P2P platform.

Experienced and pragmatic’ senior associate Shashank Krishna, who ‘has a strong understanding of the nexus between public and commercial interests’ and substantial experience in emerging markets, recently joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s ‘hugely professional’ team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Department head and ‘very intelligent lawyerDavid Birchall is advising on the proposed construction of a solar module factory in Lebanon and acted for clients such as Sycamore, Quercus and Clere in the reviewing and drafting of English law security documents relating to funding provided to companies investing in UK solar farms. The group is also involved in the waste to energy sphere, with Birchall and counsel Tori MacLeod acting for ENER-G on the restructuring and proposed sale of its cogeneration business. Associate Marta Wrobel supported a team assisting EDL with contractual offtake arrangements for its portofilio of landfill generation facilities. On the transactional side, the practice acted for SmartestEnergy on the proposed cross-border acquisition of a power and gas supply business in the Netherlands to be funded by parent company Marubeni.

According to some, Osborne Clarke LLP is ‘a firm of great experience in UK energy matters and has a thriving renewable energy practice’; its team includes ‘thought leaders in the decentralised energy and energy technology market’. The practice advised InfraRed on its acquisition of the Afton wind farm, acted for a leading renewables developer on the development and financing of a new UK waste to energy project, and assisted Solarplicity with the implementation of a £115m refinancing of a solar asset portfolio. London head of energy Simon Hobday leads the team ‘with an infectious enthusiasm tempered by an unshakeable professional core’ alongside Bristol-based global energy head David Ferris, who ‘seems to be driven by a desire to help technical innovation’. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of financing expert Jakub Kibicki from DLA Piper. Also recommended are James Watson and senior associate Simon Jones, who is ‘a sound corporate lawyer and provides clear and concise advice’.

Squire Patton Boggs significantly strengthened its power offering through the addition of partners Neil Upton, Ian Wood and John Danahy from King & Wood Mallesons. The practice also added Magnox, the regulatory authority of Bermuda and Zambian ministry of energy and water to its client roster. Upton is advising the government of Fiji on the establishment of the regulatory and legislative framework required to incorporate the country’s electricity authority, the government’s partial divestment in this corporation and the ensuing creation of an independent regulator to encourage foreign investment in the energy sector. In the nuclear space, Rebecca Slater is working alongside Wood and Danahy to assist an international nuclear technology vendor with its proposed investment into UK-based nuclear power stations. Philippa Chadwick acted for Airvolution on the financing of an onshore wind farm in Scotland.

Stephenson Harwoodis a conscientious and user-friendly firm’; one client ranks its services as ‘10/10 throughout’. Graeme Barton, who was recently promoted to partner, supported Rebecca Carter on the advice to a subsidiary of Engie on its bid for the Newcastle district energy project. Jonathan Cripps and Ben Stansfield are working alongside Carter to guide the North London Waste Authority through the procurement and development of a waste to energy facility in Enfield. On the transactional front, the group advised NextEnergy on the financing of its acquisition of five operational solar farms in the UK and the refinancing of 21 operational solar projects. On the contentious side,Ron Nobbs and senior associate Charlotte Heywood are acting for Veolia in four adjudications against Morris Homes with regards to a failure to pay for work completed by the client. Other noteworthy names include senior associate Will Lewis, and international head of the firm’s energy department Andrew McLean.

The multi-disciplinary team at Taylor Wessing LLP is noted for its work in the renewables sector and recently gained German-American energy storage company Younicos as a client. Dominic FitzPatrick, who acts as head of the energy, infrastructure and projects team as well as head of the corporate department, continues to lead a team advising Conergy on the development and sale of several solar power assets across the UK. On the construction side, David Quinlan handles procurement and project finance issues for government agencies, EPC contractors and financial institutions; he recently acted for Canada Life on the installation of a rooftop solar facility in Kent. On the international front, construction partner Matthew Jones is acting for a British and Ghanaian consortium and its subsidiary on the proposed installation of a dual fuel power station in Ghana. Contentious work includes a multi-million pound defects claim brought by a wind farm owner, and Tim Strong’s work for a contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings arising from contractual disputes surrounding a delay in works and payment issues.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s clients praise its ‘exceptional level of service’. The practice undertakes work in district utilities, natural resources, power projects, and renewable energy matters under the leadership of Christopher Paul who heads the energy and sustainability group and has strong experience in UK district heating projects. The team is advising on the district heating aspects of a riverside regeneration project in the UK, and continues to act for a London borough in relation to the energy aspects of a regeneration project aiming to provide 10,000 new homes in the capital. Paul is also acting for Energiesprong on its innovative ‘net zero energy’ housing refurbishment model in the housing sector, namely with regards to the structuring of a bespoke funding arrangement in the UK market. On the contentious side, Lucy James successfully represented Sun & Soil in judicial review proceedings filed by local residents seeking to challenge the planning permission for a solar farm in Staffordshire.

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