Energy and natural resources in Ireland

A&L Goodbody

The all-island energy and natural resources practice at A&L Goodbody is frequently instructed in headline matters. As well as specialising in onshore wind projects, the team also has expertise in upstream gas projects, onshore fuel projects, data centres, energy commodity derivatives, offshore wind, energy disputes, waste-to-energy projects, combined heat and power, and emerging technologies. With 'detailed knowledge of the market and the legislative requirements', the highly regarded Ross Moore leads the team, specialising in project finance and M&A. John Dallas acts for sponsors, lenders and developers and Kevin Feeney heads the firm's projects, infrastructure and construction groups. David McElroy, who specialises in project finance for energy companies, is a name to note at associate level.

Practice head(s):

Ross Moore

Testimonials

They go the extra mile to help you get the deal done.

Ross Moore – detailed knowledge of the market and the legislative requirements.

Key clients

Invis Energy

CPPIB

Nord LB

Allied Irish Banks. P.L.C.

BlackRock

Greencoat

ESB

Bord Gais Energy

Energia Group

HRL Morrison

Parkwind NV / Oriel Windfarm Limited

Glennmont Partners

Brookfield

Statkraft

Sustainable Development Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised CPPIB on its acquisition of Shell’s interest in the Corrib Gas Field.
  • Acted for Brookfield on the refinancing of a portfolio of 17 onshore wind farms.
  • Advised Energia on the acquisition, development and project financing of an anaerobic digestion plant in North County Dublin, which is in construction and due to be commissioned in 2019.

Arthur Cox

The 'phenomenal' energy and natural resources team at Arthur Cox has vast experience handling energy regulation, M&A, project finance, conventional power, renewable energy, upstream petroleum, downstream gas and energy disputes. The 'approachable and pragmatic' Alex McLean leads the team and specialises in infrastructure and construction with an energy aspect. He also has a strong regulatory background and is widely regarded as 'the leading expert in his field of expertise'. Senior associate Niamh McGovern is another name to note at the firm, with strength in the renewable energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Alex McLean

Testimonials

The Arthur Cox energy and natural resources team is phenomenal in every respect.

The lawyers involved have incredible experience and knowledge in the energy sector.

Extremely responsive to clients, work as part of the client’s project team.

The Energy and Natural Resources team of Arthur Cox offer more than pure legal advice and can be relied on for sound judgement and experience in resolving difficult issues.

Alex McLean has such an in-depth experience of the European energy market and the length and breadth of his knowledge of complex renewable energy matters is astonishing.

Alex McLean is the leading expert in his field of expertise. He is always available to offer his advice on complex legal issues and he is very approachable and pragmatic in his approach.

Nicole Ridge is a fantastic lawyer. She remains calm under pressure and her ability to independently, quickly and accurately assess legal, practical and business risks is second to none.

Alex McLean- approachable, pragmatic.

Charlotte Upton- excellent work ethic.

Nicole Ridge- great attention to detail.

Alex McLean’s judgement is unparalleled in the Irish energy field and he can be relied on to find solutions to difficult matters.

Key clients

Energia

Covanta

Coillte

Bord na Mona

Ervia

ESB

Hamburg Commercial Bank

AIB

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government

Lumcloon Energy

Intel

Facebook

Work highlights

  • Acted for Energia Generation its successful statutory appeal of a decision of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) concerning the implementation of the Single Electricity Market. This was the first ever statutory appeal taken under the Electricity Regulation Act in Ireland.
  • Advising the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Foreshore Division) on all aspects of the offshore wind sector in Ireland.
  • Advising the state on the sale of Shell’s interest in the Corrib Gas Field and a change of operator.

Mason Hayes & Curran

The energy and natural resources practice at Mason Hayes & Curran specialises in project finance, development, acquisitions, thermal and renewable energy matters. The team is jointly headed by energy-related construction expert Rory Kirrane and Will Carmody  and combines experience from across the firm's construction, corporate, real estate, environment, planning competition, regulatory, banking and procurement practices. Eoin Cassidy is another key name to note at the practice; he acts for developers, his recent work includes acting for funders and investors on the development of onshore wind farms with a cumulative capacity in excess of 1GW. David Gunn was a new arrival from Beauchamps.

Practice head(s):

Rory Kirrane; William Carmody

Testimonials

Mason Hayes & Curran really understand our businesses and have an excellent breadth of legal expertise.

Very good strength in depth.

The team has excellent knowledge of the energy sector in Ireland and of how it is impacted by national and European law and regulations.

They have extensive experience in assisting the developers of large energy related projects.

Rory Kirrane provides considered, pragmatic, advice; he quickly gets to the crux of the matter, feeding in to wider strategy.

Hannah Devoy is responsive and concise with her advice.

Will Carmody is a very strong lawyer with a strong commercial perspective.

I found Deirdre Nagle to be a dedicated, client focused and hardworking lawyer with exceptional knowledge and experience in the area of energy law and regulations in Ireland.

Key clients

SSE plc

Irish Water

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Neoen

Bank of Ireland

EirGrid plc

NTR plc

Ulster Bank

Coillte

Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Axpo Trading

Environmental Protection Agency

Work highlights

  • Acted for EirGrid in successfully defending the planning consent for the North-South Interconnector before the Supreme Court.
  • Acted for SSE on the sale of a 25% interest in Cloosh Valley wind farm to Greencoat Renewables for €34.5m.
  • Advised Statkraft on the acquisition, development and construction of a 23.1MW wind farm between the Limerick and Kerry border, Kilathmoy wind farm, Statkraft’s first in the jurisdiction.

Matheson

With a 'very good understanding of clients' needs' and 'deep knowledge of the relevant markets', the team at Matheson has particular expertise advising on power purchase agreements (PPAs). In recent work, the group assisted Brookfield with the PPAs for its wind farm portfolio. Financing and development projects are other areas  of strength and the group recently assisted with the development of a large-scale battery energy storage system. Practice head Garret Farrelly led on regulatory advice to EirGrid and Soni on the Single Electricity Market project. Senior ssociate Elizabeth McCann is experienced in energy transactions, recently acting for Partners Group on its acquisition of Greenlink, the interconnector between Irish and UK electricity grids.

Practice head(s):

Garret Farrelly

Testimonials

‘Very proactive and practical advice.’

‘Good diversified team with deep knowledge of the relevant markets. Sub-teams for the sub-segments leads to very good results in time and in line with the agreed scope of work. Strong focus on client’s need and very good availability of all team members in charge. Key contact was Owen Collins, accompanied by Garret Farrelly as the partner in charge. Both did an excellent job and were always available (ie for calls) if needed. Very good in sparring with the counterparties’ lawyers.’

‘We use Matheson for the vast majority of our legal work. They are always available and have acted on our behalf for lots of transactions. They have a team of lawyers who have all got to know our business which means that our position is protected and there is always continuity. We rely heavily on their advice and guidance and they always ensure we are protecting our position and not just trying to get the deal done as quickly as possible. Also they helped us in several legal disputes which due to their guidance we got the desired outcome.  I trust the individuals in the firm 100% especially Garret Farrelly and Owen Collins who we have used a lot over the last two years. We used to use another firm and Matheson were our back up but over the last two years we have used them for all our legal work. They have really got to know our business and always ensure we are protecting our position whilst ensuring we achieve the desired commercial result. Also we had several disputes with counter-parties in the market which could have got very messy and straight away we enlisted the services of Matheson to help us and we were delighted with their representation. With continued growth of our business we have become more dependent on their expertise.’

‘Isla Stewart and Garret Farrelly: personalised service, very good understanding of clients’ needs and expectations. Very knowledgeable and sound advice. They actually care. They are confident without being overly exertive.’

Key clients

Air Liquide, SA

AMP Capital

Aviva Investors

Berkshire Hathaway

Bord na Mona

Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd

Brookfield Renewable Ireland Ltd

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A / S

Cenergise

CLH Aviación, SA (part of the Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos group)

Close Brothers

CNOOC Petroleum

Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Coillte

Credit Agricole

Crowley Carbon

DNB Bank ASA

Dragados / ACS

DZ Bank

Ecopower

EirGrid plc

EirGrid Interconnector DAC

ElectroRoute

EnerNOC

Export Development Canada

ExxonMobil

First Reserve (part of BlackRock)

First Quantum Minerals Ltd

Fred Olsen Renewables

Galetech Energy Ltd

General Electric Company

Hess LNG

Hamburg Commercial Bank (previously HSH Nordbank AG)

Indaver Ireland Ltd

ING Bank DiBa

Irving Oil

John Laing

John Sisk & Son Ltd / Sisk Group

KFW IPEX-Bank

Liffey Meats

Macquarie Capital (Europe) Ltd

Naturgy Ltd

NFE Management LLC

NGET/SPT Upgrades Ltd (part of National Grid)

Partners Group (UK) Ltd

Platina Energy Partners

Rabobank

Ratio Petroleum Ltd

Saorgus Energy Ltd

Smart Wires, Inc

SmartestEnergy Ltd

Sodra Wood

Statkraft Ireland Ltd

Storm Management NV

TerraForm Power Inc

Tetra Communications Ireland

The Carbon and Energy Fund

The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (a division of the Irish National Treasury Management Agency)

Tynagh Energy Ltd

Ulster Bank

Vermilion Energy, Inc

Warburg Pincus

Woodside Energy

Zenith Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising a client on the establishment of a 200MW battery energy storage system project in the mid-west region of Ireland.
  • Assisting Irving Oil Ltd with its acquisition of Tedcastles Oil Products Unlimited Company.
  • Acting for Partners Group (UK) Ltd on its acquisition of an interest in the Greenlink Interconnector.

McCann FitzGerald

McCann FitzGerald has 'excellent knowledge of the sector' and stands out for its 'very strong regulatory component'. Clients include Coillte, Statkraft and Bord na Móna. The practice is handling Gore Street Capital's acquisition of battery storage projects, as well as advising on energy infrastructure. Practice head Patricia Lawless provides 'expert and pragmatic advice' on corporate and regulatory matters. Valerie Lawlor is 'responsive, practical yet focused' and focuses on M&A transactions. Rory O’Malley, Éamon Ó Cuív and Brendan Slattery are also names to note for corporate M&A, finance and environment and planning respectively.

Practice head(s):

Patricia Lawless

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the sector, pragmatic approach and understands the client. Valerie Lawlor – responsive, practical yet focused at all times.’

‘William Marshall demonstrates an ability to cover not only everything that you’d expect from a lawyer advising on the energy market (depth of knowledge, abreast of regulations, detail and legal robustness, clear identification of issues and proposed solutions), but also uniquely comfortably manages technical – even algorithmic – detail within energy industry contracts. His ability to take complex technical market concepts and wrap it in a contract that protects your legal and commercial interests is in my experience unparalleled in the Irish energy industry.’

‘They are true industry experts in energy and natural resources. You tend to see them in all the big transactions and they have a very strong regulatory component as well. Valarie Lawlor, Patricia Lawless and Rory O’Malley are all experts in their field. They are steeped in the sector and understand its commercial drivers as well as the law.’

‘Patricia Lawless’ knowledge and experience of the Irish energy sector – and the various stakeholders within it – is unmatched, providing her with a unique ability to “see all the angles” and provide expert and pragmatic advice accordingly.’

‘Strategic value add service, very capable, client focused and results focused, highly motivated and efficient, pragmatic.’

‘They have good support system for multiple company issues faced – contractual, taxation, EU law etc. William Marshal & Jamie McGee – Logical approach to contractual problems and clear interpretation and explanation provided in simple understandable language.’

Key clients

Coillte

Statkraft

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc

Coillte

Bord na Móna

Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd

PSE Kinsale

Apollo

Wirefox

UniInstitutional Infrastruktur SICAV- SIF, a fund managed by Union Investment

Greencoat Renewables

Allied Irish Bank/Viridian’s HE CHP anaerobic digestion plant

Electricity Supply Board

Ervia

Work highlights

  • Advised Coillte on the sale of its operating wind farm assets to Greencoat Renewables plc for an enterprise value of €281m or an equity price of €136.1m.
  • Advised Statkraft, the Norwegian state-owned renewable energy company, on its acquisition of a wind development business in Ireland and the UK, Element Power Ireland Ltd and three UK project companies.
  • Advising Gore Street Capital on its first transaction in Ireland, the acquisition of a 51% interest in a 160MW portfolio of battery storage projects across the island of Ireland.

William Fry

The team at  William Fry has 'in-depth legal and commercial understanding' of the Irish energy market and is a popular choice for state and semi-state bodies, energy and utilities companies, contractors and financial investors. The practice works on a range of renewable matters, including assisting EirGrid with the high-profile Celtic Interconnector project and advising Brookfield Renewable Energy on the development of a wind farm. The department also handles regulatory matters for Aughinish Alumina. Practice head Fergus Devine has 'extensive legal knowledge' and provides 'timely, pragmatic and commercial' advice.

Practice head(s):

Fergus Devine

Testimonials

‘William Fry have been our-go to lawyers for over 20 years and are an integral part of our team. We demand a lot from our legal advisers and the team at William Fry consistently deliver. They really understand the complexities of our business and have an in-depth legal and commercial understanding of the Irish energy sector. They are always available when we need them and their legal advice is succinct and to the point. We see no value in going to any other firm in Ireland and William Fry are as good as any international law firm we’ve dealt with. The William Fry team’s commitment to us and its ability to advise on complex international legal matters (against an ever-changing geo-political landscape) was very apparent during the past year. William Fry’s advice and assistance throughout this period was stellar and was a critical component in ensuring that we sustained our commercial relationships. We work with Fergus Devine on a daily basis. He is our go-to lawyer for all our important transactions and projects. We leverage his extensive legal knowledge of the energy and natural resources market to drive real value for our business.  He continues to provide the best legal advice when we need it and is not afraid to give a view.  He has a real affinity for this sector.’

‘Fergus Devine is excellent and has an in-depth knowledge of the area.’

‘William Fry has represented the largest global energy players active in the Irish market. We have worked with them for some time on a significant number of the pivotal energy and natural resources developments/transactions in Ireland with a cross-border element. They have experience advising all players in the market including renewable and conventional generators, shippers and suppliers, traders, project developers, funders, end users and other energy service providers, but have developed particular expertise on matters such as the development of the Celtic Interconnector. I think they compare favourably to other market players. Fergus Devine has a particularly in-depth level of knowledge on the workings of the transmission and distribution network and the complex regulatory framework that comprises that SEM in Ireland. We found his advice to be timely, pragmatic and commercial. James Downey works closely with Fergus at an associate level and is very level headed and commercial.’

Key clients

EirGrid plc

Aughinish Alumina (part of Rusal Group)

Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners

Circle K

Glanpower

Davy Stockbrokers

European Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising EirGrid on all aspects of the proposed 700MW Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France.
  • Acting for Aughinish Alumina Ltd on gas supply agreements, international sanctions law and electricity contracts, among other matters.
  • Advising Brookfield Renewable Energy on the phased development of a relatively large-scale wind farm project in South West Ireland.

Beauchamps

Beauchamps specialises in renewable energy matters, particularly in the wind farm sector, where it acts for wind energy developers and lenders on financings and sales. E.ON Climate and Renewables and Harmony Solar are new clients. The 'very experienced' Ainsley Heffernan combines 'legal knowledge with a highly commercial and solutions-focused approach', leading the team in acting for C6 CTE Ireland on acquiring, developing and financing the Derryclure waste-to-energy Project.

Practice head(s):

Ainsley Heffernan

Testimonials

‘Strong energy sector experience. Practical hands on advice. Ainsley Heffernan is very knowledgeable and user friendly.’

‘The depth of knowledge from the Beauchamps energy team is very impressive. They have expertise across a number of areas including property, planning law, construction and project finance. The difference is they are able to draw upon this expertise from within the energy team, rather than having to pull in lawyers from other departments across the firm. In my view this leads to a more seamless service. I worked mostly with team head, Ainsley Heffernan. Ainsley has that rare and valuable ability to combine his legal knowledge with a highly commercial and solutions-focused approach. The result is a level of service and advice which is second to none in the Irish legal market.’

‘The team is extremely well organised and well integrated with other departments across the firm. Ainsley Heffernan, along with his team, has a unique and in-depth understanding of both the corporate as well as renewable sectors. He manages work flows in an extremely efficient and transparent manner.’

‘Ainsley and his team has successfully brought us through two wind farm financings over the past two years and have consistently shown a great ability to overcome tricky issues that arise during the due diligence period. What sets them apart from other firms we have dealt with in the past is the efficiency of the solutions provided; issues are closed out in a concise, commercial and effective way with no unnecessary fuss. Ainsley Heffernan is a very commercially minded individual meaning that his proposed solutions consider what our overall objectives for a project are and are never narrowly focused. Ainsley is a very experienced solicitor in the renewable energy industry in Ireland and has a great personal interest and curiosity for planning law. This experience together with a very proactive approach often provide us with an ability to “look around the corner” when it comes to our preparations on planning applications and project financing. Ainsley has been an excellent “partner” in our recent successes in the Irish market. John Sweeney is our principal contact on the conveyancing side. John is an excellent practitioner and I have not dealt with another solicitor in the industry that has his ability to deal with this, often undervalued but critical, aspect of the development/financing of wind projects. John’s attention to detail is second to none.’

Key clients

ABO Wind

Innogy Renewables

Grange Backup Power

E.ON Climate & Renewables

C6 WTE Ireland

Harmony Solar

ART Generation Limited

BNRG Renewables

Terra Solar

AIB

RES Group

Triodos Bank

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG (previously HSH Nordbank)

Naturgy (previously Vayu)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Innogy on the acquisition of a 103MW battery energy storage portfolio from Highfield Energy.
  • Advising C6 WTE Ireland on the acquisition, development and finance of the €85.4m Derryclure waste-to-energy project.
  • Assisted Grange Backup Power with the sale, by competitive auction, of a 115MW open-cycle gas dual-fuel power plant to Combined Heat and Power Investments Ireland Ltd.

Byrne Wallace

Byrne Wallace has 'very good industry knowledge' and 'strong corporate expertise'. The group receives a steady stream of referrals relating to solar and wind farm projects, handling transactions, project finance and developments. The practice often cooperates with the corporate team on energy M&A projects, including recent advice to BHSL on its acquisition of a majority shareholding in a waste processing company. The practice is led by the commercial and resourceful' Gavin Blake, who specialises in wind energy; he acted for Iberdrola on its entry into the domestic energy market and ING Bank in its finance of Corvin Wind Farm. Fergal Ruane heads the projects and infrastructure group and Neil Keenan is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Blake

Testimonials

‘Strong industry knowledge and contacts, good availability of partners, commercial. Gavin Blake has a good knowledge of industry and experience of issues. He is commercial and resourceful when navigating the same. He is always available if i need to discuss something.’

‘Very good legal advice with excellent business perspective. Very good at understanding key commercial elements. Neil Keenan is an excellent practical solicitor who brings an excellent business perspective to issues.’

‘Very good industry knowledge and experience underpinned with strong corporate expertise. Very commercial and practical. Gavin Blake – very responsive and good industry knowledge. Neil Keenan – very strong corporate expertise.’

‘The team comprehensively provides the full spectrum of legal requirements required for the renewable energy sector. Extremely easy to deal with. Provides sound advice in layman’s terms.’

‘Good practice for contract law and energy in Ireland. Gavin Blake is an excellent lawyer with a great understanding of commercial issues in the energy space.’

‘In-depth knowledge of the subject matter with a can-do attitude to take projects forward to a satisfactory conclusion.’

‘ByrneWallace is a genuine alternative to the traditional Irish energy powerhouses, with some canny hires including Gavin Blake to head up the energy practice and blue-chip clients including Mainstream Renewable Energy. The renewable energy sector lends itself well to nimbler firms with more flexible pricing models for smaller, distributed generation projects, and the renewable energy revolution has shaken up the old guard of energy lawyers. ByrneWallace look well-placed to benefit from that in the Irish market. Gavin Blake is a recognised renewables specialist, with a depth of local knowledge and insight. He is both shrewd and user-friendly and can be relied on for a clear, commercial view. Neil Keenan is a corporate energy heavyweight with some rock-solid institutional relationships with key energy players.’

‘Very strong team with excellent depth and expertise in the areas we have required. A flexible approach has also been appreciated. In our experience, all members of the team have delivered as promised. Specifically, we have been very happy with how Gavin Blake has managed a complex and protracted process on our behalf. He has driven the process on when required and shown patience at other times. At all times we have felt very well represented.’

Key clients

Mainstream Renewable Power

ING Bank

AIB

Low Carbon

Wexford Solar

Iberdrola

BHSL Hydro

Island Renewables

ElectroRoute

Aminex

Petroneft Resources

PrePay Power

BNRG Renewables

Terra Solar

Obton A/S

CES Energy Holdings

Windmark Developments

Carbon Sole

GridBeyond

Work highlights

  • Advised Iberdrola, one of the world’s largest energy utilities and a world leader in wind generation, on the launch of its retail energy supply business in Ireland.
  • Advised CES Energy Holdings Ltd on the sale of its wholly owned Irish subsidiary, CES Energy Ltd, to a member of the Centrica group.
  • Assisted ING Bank with the project finance of Corvin Wind Farm in County Donegal.

Eversheds Sutherland

Renewables specialist Mark Varian leads the practice at Eversheds Sutherland, which handled a number of wind farm financings for clients including AIB/First Trust and Craydel Group. Corporate specialist Lee Murphy specialises in energy M&A, and was part of the team that advised on Shamrock Wind's acquisition of a 60% stake in a wind farm development company. The practice also assists with conventional energy matters, with work in this space including assistance to EirGrid with the Celtic Interconnector. The team is able to leverage its global network to offer cross-border advice to international clients including China General Nuclear.

Practice head(s):

Mark Varian

Key clients

China General Nuclear

AIB Bank

EirGrid

Innogy

Sojitz Corporation

Macquarie Bank

First Trust Bank

Mainstream Renewables

Craydel Group

Barclays Bank

Enlight Renewables

Glennmont Partners

Impax Asset Management

Michael Rouse Group

Prime Capital

BlackRock

Pension Infrastructure Platform (PiP)

CNG

Oriel

Wexford Solar

Biotricity

HDS

Work highlights

  • Advising AIB and its Northern Irish subsidiary First Trust Bank on the construction finance and project finance of a number of wind farms in Northern Ireland and  theRepublic of Ireland.
  • Assisting EirGrid with the construction of the Ireland France Electricity Interconnector, the largest energy infrastructure project in Ireland.
  • Advised Craydel Group, Ireland’s largest independent developer, on the restructuring of the Barclays Bank loan to the Midas project and the refinancing of the Nord loan to the Reirk wind farm.

Philip Lee

With a practice active in renewables, Philip Lee has adapted to the evolving Irish energy market to advise on new technology projects, including battery storage and electric cars. Practice head Siobhan McCabe and planning and environmental specialist Alice Whittaker act for high-profile clients on wind farms, interconnectors, solar and waste-to-energy matters. The firm also handles corporate PPA work, recently advising Microsoft on a PPA with a renewable generator. ScottishPower Renewables is another client.

Practice head(s):

Siobhán McCabe

Testimonials

‘Very experienced team led by solicitors who are specialists in their field. Very few solicitors with comparable levels of this specialised experience available. Rachel Minch and Alice Whittaker are dedicated and always in complete control of the workload, even under pressure. The quality of the work is a match for any available elsewhere and the board’s success rate in its legal cases is largely attributable to their efforts.’

‘Huge practical experience in an increasingly litigious and complex area. Rachel Minch combines efficiency, attention to detail and expertise with a strong interest in this area and excellent communication skills.’

‘Good knowledge of the area through the entire planning and environmental regulation process – right the way through to appeal. Alice Whitaker has specialist knowledge and strategic advice.’

‘Strong depth of knowledge in environmental and commercial matters, and consistently provides reliable and responsive advice, often in complicated situations. My first port of call for legal issues related to our projects. Alice Whitaker always provides exceptionally clear advice, and thinks outside the box when necessary. Siobhan McCabe is capable and diligent, and responsive to the requirements of complicated situations.’

‘Rachel Minch is reliable, expert in her advice and field, trusted and always available.’

Key clients

ScottishPower

Renewables

Innogy Energy

Amber Energy

Bank of Ireland

Dublin City Council

Microsoft

Power Capital

IQ Wind

Tesla

Saorgus Energy

Vento Ludens

Park Plant Hire Limited

Enercon

Port of Cork

Coillte

South Dublin County Council

Work highlights

  • Advising ScottishPower Renewables on its portfolio of operational wind farms in Ireland, including handling corporate, commercial, property, planning, construction and regulatory matters, and the resolution of disputes.
  • Assisting German renewable energy company Innogy with the 600MW Dublin Array Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Advising Bank of Ireland on the financing of onshore wind farms in Ireland, involving the review of project documentation and advice on potential risks, including market risks associated with I-SEM and the RESS High Level Design.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher, which entered the market following its merger with McDowell Purcell in May 2019, is active in the renewable energy sector, advising on intellectual property, regulation and agreements for projects in this area. The firm's work includes a large amount of project finance, including advising Galetech on the finance and construction of a wind farm, as well as power purchase agreement and construction matters. Clients range from wind farm developers to semi-state entities and banks, including Hamburg Commercial Bank and Allied Irish Bank. Feilim O’Caoimh heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Feilim O’Caoimh

Testimonials

‘Elaine Traynor is highly professional and follows through on commitments made. She leads her team well and is good at allocating tasks to associates as required whilst retaining the overall responsibility’.

Key clients

Galetech Energy Developments Limited

Tullynamoyle Wind Farm II Limited

Gweedore Wind Farm Limited

Allied Irish Bank Plc

WED Castle Limited

Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Close Leasing Limited

North West Wind Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting with the structuring, negotiating and documenting the full suite of project construction and financing arrangements for Galetech’s wind farm project.
  • Advised Tullynamoyle II on its sale to a renewable energy investment fund.
  • Advised on the development, construction and finance of Gweedore Wind Farm, a 17.25MW (five-turbine) wind farm in County Donegal.

LK Shields Solicitors

LK Shields Solicitors handles transactional and investment work for Irish and international clients, developing a niche in advising on wind farms; the practice handled US-based Ameresco Inc's investments in wind and solar energy projects. Oil is also a focus, with the practice acting for Tedcastles Oil Products on its sale to a Canadian company. Other clients include Vayu, Veolia and Coillte, as well as representative bodies including the Irish Petroleum Industry Association. Philip Daly heads the team and advises on investment in energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Philip Daly

Key clients

ESB

Seabased AB

Ameresco

Vayu Ltd

TOP Oil

Star Energy Plc

Petronas

Veolia

Coillte

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ameresco Inc, a US multinational, investing in energy projects in Ireland to include wind farms and solar energy projects.
  • Acting for Seabased AB, a Swedish-based, global leader on wave energy solutions concerning multiple upcoming projects in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
  • Advising the Irish Petroleum Industry Association, the representative body for petroleum importers in Ireland, on the Nora levy to build up the nation’s fuel reserves.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's three-partner team attracts high-profile energy clients including Energia and Statkraft. The practice advises on acquisitions and disposals, particularly for wind farms and solar PV projects, and procurement for energy-from-waste plants. It recently hired 'established player' Garrett Monaghan from DWF, boosting its energy infrastructure capabilities, and the arrival of Kevin Collins from Eversheds Sutherland further strengthens its real estate transacational offering in the energy space. Practice head Richard Murphy has 'vast experience' of cross-border and Northern Ireland energy issues and covers regulatory and transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Murphy

Testimonials

‘A wealth of experience in energy and renewables. They are building their team to compete with the top six firms. I would recommend the team as a very capable alternative to the established players in the market, as they bring international experience and expertise to many deals that the established players cannot provide. Key new hire Garrett Monaghan is an established player in the field and a go-to guy for his commercial knowledge of the market and its key players and Oisin McLoughlin is building his pedigree in the area and provides good clear advice and is a rising star. Richard Murphy is also on hand to provide his vast experience for cross border and NI energy issues.’

Key clients

Energia

Obton

Scottish Equity Partners

Solar21

Foresight

EPH Group

Statkraft

Work highlights

  • Advising Energia on the acquisition of a number of onshore wind farms in Ireland.
  • Acting for Obton on the acquisition of a range of solar PV projects in Ireland.
  • Advised Scottish Equity Partners on its disposal of an Irish and UK wind farm portfolio to Pensions Infrastructure Platform.