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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Silke Goldberg

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Partner specialising in energy sector


Joined HSF in 2002, became partner in 2016


French, English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Hebrew


Law Society of England and Wales, Law Society of Ireland, Berlin Bar, Dutch Energy Law Association (NeVER), Visiting Lecturer at Queen May and Westfield College (University of London) for international energy regulation, Affiliated professor with the university of Haifa, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts


MA History and Political Sciences, University of Hanover (1998)

Postgraduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, London (2001)

Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, London (2002)

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Leading individuals

Silke Goldberg - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'one of the best' in the power space, according to one client who values its 'punctual and excellent business acumen, tailored advice and knowledge in the regulatory field'. A team led by Sarah Pollock and Matthew Job continues to assist Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition and development of four biomass plants in the UK with the support of senior associate Hannah Roscoe , and two central UK government entities instructed Stephen Rayfield 's outfit to oversee the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank including the passage of new legislation. The 'approachable and professional' Silke Goldberg is currently advising Aquind on its interconnector project between Lovedean and Le Havre, and Patrick Mitchell teamed up with Job and Catherine Howard to act for a major energy company in its upcoming nuclear projects. The firm's client roster also features BNP Paribas, Centrica, National Grid and Mitsui. Julia Pyke departed the firm to take up an in-house role at EDF.

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London: Risk advisory


Within: Brexit

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP appointed Paul Butcher as its Brexit director in July 2017 to coordinate the firm's Brexit coverage and represent the firm externally. Butcher is a prominent figure in the firm's engagements with UK government departments, as well as City and industry stakeholders (such as TheCityUK and the City of London Corporation). The firm also works closely with designated Brexit partners, such as consulting and advisory firms The Boston Consulting Group, Global Counsel and Hanbury Strategy. A major pillar of the Brexit offering at the firm is the 20 years-old EU and international trade practice, which is led by Brussels-based Lode Van Den Hende ,  and advises clients on supply chain management, commercial contracts, the application of EU regulatory regimes post-Brexit and market access options, among other areas. Consultant Eric White is another key figure in the trade team. Clients from a wide range of industries turn to the firm for support on Brexit, including financial services, TMT, manufacturing, consumer and industrial. In the energy sector, Butcher and Silke Goldberg  are advising a number of energy clients on Brexit (including Euratom) issues. Goldberg also twice gave evidence to the House of Lords Brexit Committee on the impact of Brexit in the energy sector. Geoffrey Maddock, Barnaby Hinnigan and consultant Alison Matthews undertake Brexit-driven mandates in the insurance sector. Gavin Williams, consultant Dorothy Livingston  and senior partner James Palmer are other key figures in the Brexit team.

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