Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) in London
Allen & Overy LLP's practice is led by Gareth Price, who is highly regarded for handling all aspects of the development, acquisition, disposal and funding of energy assets, particularly in emerging global markets. The team is able to draw on a solid network of industry specialists, including Chris Andrew, Sheila Connell, Mark Walker, Troy Edwards and John Geraghty, who have outstanding combined expertise in conventional, low carbon and thermal power matters, renewables issues and nuclear energy work. The multidisciplinary group assists with a range of mandates from consenting and planning matters through to construction, financing, operation and disposal work.
NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited
UK Green Investment Rampion Limited
Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA)
Green Investment Bank (GIG)
Ørsted Wind Power A/A
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
- Advised the mandated lead arrangers to the debt financing of the acquisition by the Green Investment Group of a 40% stake in the 714MW East Anglia One wind farm from Scottish Power Renewables (UK) Limited.
- Advising NNB Generation Company and Sizewell C (the project company) on all aspects of the construction, delivery and supply chain strategy for the Sizewell C project in Suffolk.
- Advised on the acquisition by Ørsted of 50% of Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 (development stage offshore wind projects in Poland) from PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA.
Clients praise Ashurst's energy team for its 'consistently high standard of lawyers from junior associates to partners' and its ability to 'close the gaps' and 'add value in many areas'. Antony Skinner leads the team, which has solid expertise in the development, financing, operation, acquisition and privatisation of power and renewables projects, with particular depth in greenfield energy-from-waste projects and solar portfolio financings. Cameron Smith and Nick Stalbow are the go-to advisers for players in the waste and biomass markets, while Anthony Johnson is highlighted for his knowledge of environmental law; he also handles nuclear, biomass and other renewable energy projects. Senior associate Lindsey Bouchara is active in project finance work, advising lenders and sponsors.
‘The team is a fairly large one in comparison with other firms that we have used, and has a consistently high standard of lawyers from junior associates to partners. The breadth of experience throughout the team means that they are able to run multiple large transactions simultaneously, and avoids the concern that we sometimes have with other firms that if our key partner or senior associate is not available the standard of service that we receive will be negatively impacted.’
‘Anthony Johnson is the partner with whom we work the most. He stands out from other lawyers that we work with for his combination of caution, ingenuity and pragmatism. He understands enough about our business to appreciate the ‘end game’ in any transaction and operates as an integral member of our senior team – we rely upon his attention to detail and appreciation of project risk to help guide corporate decision making.’
‘Nick Stalbow is the market leader in closing EfW and waste driven deals. He knows how the funders think and what EPC contractors are capable of giving. He understands how to find joint gains so risk is properly allocated. Best in the UK, no question.’
Green Investment Group
Mitsui & Co
Kansai Electric Power Company
Blackrock Global Energy Fund
- Advised Biffa plc, Covanta and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) as sponsors on the development, financing, operation and maintenance of the 42MW Newhurst Energy from Waste facility, to be constructed at Newhurst, Leicestershire.
- Advised the lenders (AIB Group (UK) plc; Banco Santander S.A., London Branch; Barclays Bank PLC; BNP Paribas Fortis S.A./N.V.; Lloyds Bank plc; National Australia Bank Limited; and National Westminster Bank Plc) on the £344m refinancing of Octopus Energy Investments’ UK onshore wind portfolio.
- Advising Conrad Energy Holdings Limited in relation to all aspects of the development and portfolio financing of its 235MW fleet of gas-fired peaker plants across the UK.
Clifford Chance LLP's 'exceptional' team is active in the most significant and complex renewables transactions involving financings and M&A in the UK and further afield, with notable expertise in Africa-based projects. Nuclear energy is a core area of strength, with John Wilkins and David Metzger working for Horizon Nuclear Power on all the planning, highway and environmental aspects of the development of a new generation of nuclear power facilities in the UK. Russell Wells is global head of the energy and resources practice, and is 'one of the best sponsor counsel practitioners working in the power sector'. Jeremy Connick, James Pay and Michael Pearson, who is experienced in smart meter and waste-to-energy matters, are also highly recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘Standout team on the African continent for power project finance. Incredible depth of industry knowledge. Very commercial. Exceptional.’
‘Russell Wells one of the best sponsor counsel practitioners working in the power sector.’
- Advised the project company and the sponsors (Innogy, Siemens, ESB, Macquarie and Sumitomo Corporation) on the successful £1.4bn refinancing of the 352.8MW Galloper Offshore Wind Farm.
- Advised Global Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of a 50% interest in the Hornsea offshore wind project, for approximately £4.46bn.
- Advising the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development on a number of Round 1 and 2 solar projects in Jordan, namely Sunrise Al Mafraq, FRV Hareon Al Mafraq, Al Rajef, Risha and Green Land solar/Ma’an.
DLA Piper has recently strengthened its capabilities in renewable energy with the addition of four partners; Anna Mills from Hogan Lovells International LLP, Nacim Bounouara from Ashurst, Rebecca Williams from Addleshaw Goddard and Fredrik Lindblom, who relocated from the firms' Oslo office. Leeds-based Natasha Luther-Jones, global co-chair of the energy and natural resources group, is another key figure in the team, which has a preeminent practice in big-ticket wind and solar power acquisitions, sales and financings, alongside top-tier expertise in technology developments including corporate PPAs, battery storage work and smart metering issues. Other areas of strength include advising on interconnector projects in developing countries in Asia and handling alternative energy matters in the Nordics. Associate Jeremy MacIver is highlighted for his expertise in corporate Power Purchase Agreements.
‘The DLA Piper team is flexible and personable while providing excellent and commercially oriented legal advice from the point of a project finance bank. The team/firm has very extensive experience across geographies.’
‘Extremely experienced and knowledgeable of the renewable energy sector, with key strengths relative to other firms being partner engagement, quality of work, and focus on delivery. This ties in with good choices in general for partnerships when consulting consortia are required by the client.’
‘Natasha Luther-Jones stands out as a friendly and knowledgeable expert in the field. I have worked with her on several corporate PPAs now, and can comfortably say that she is the best in her peer group.’
‘Jeremy Maclver showed great dedication and knowledge of Power Purchase Agreements for Renewable Energy projects.’
City of London Corporation
DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale
Solar Century Holdings Limited
Greencoat Solar Assets Limited & Greencoat Solar Assets II
responsAbility Renewable Energy Holding Company (rAREH)
African Development Bank
National Australia Bank
European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)
Ernst & Young
Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)
Greencoat UK Wind plc
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
- Chaired the legal working group of the European Federation of Energy Traders on the design of a European Union standard power purchase agreement.
- Advised DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale as lender to a 254 MW wind park located in Örnsköldsvik municipality, Sweden.
- Acted for VindIn AB (a Swedish subsidiary of Irish company NTR plc) as borrower on the financing of three operational wind farms, equating to 94 MW with 30 turbines at one site in Sweden and 5 turbines in Finland.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's diverse energy practice is singled out for its depth of expertise in leading innovative developments and high-value transactions including renewable, nuclear, coal and gas-fired generation and interconnector matters, storage issues and wider power transmission work. Recent standout mandates include advising Rockland Capital on its entry into the UK generation market through the acquisition of the Rolls Royce gas peaker portfolio, and working on the development of Sizewell C, a proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk. Global head of energy Lewis McDonald is supported by a team of corporate lawyers including Steven Dalton and Martin Kavanagh, who maintain a busy project financing practice in emerging markets. Silke Goldberg is a regulatory, renewable power and climate change specialist, and jointly heads up the power group with Matthew Job and Sarah Pollock.
Antin Infrastructure Partners
Birmingham Highways Limited
Cavendish Nuclear Limited
CGN Europe Energy
- Advised Infrastructure Investments Fund (JP Morgan), the buyer, on the acquisition of a 141MW operating onshore wind portfolio in Germany across 12 sites and 4 sub-portfolios with shared holding and contracting structures, held by two separate sellers.
- Advising NNB (a subsidiary of EDF) on the development of Sizewell C – a proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk.
- Advised Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on the sale of its 100% interest in the Templeborough Biomass Power Plant in Rotherham to Greencoat Capital.
Linklaters LLP's integrated renewables team has top-tier expertise across a range of areas, including project finance, development, high-value transactional and regulatory matters. The firm is particular well known for its experience in nuclear, energy-from-waste, biomass and major offshore wind projects in the UK and internationally. Group head John Pickett's strong offshore wind practice sees him regularly acting for sponsors, equity investors and lenders on the financing and refinancing of developments. Jeremy Gewirtz is also noted for his reputation for power project financings, and Richard Coar handles financings and transactions involving biomass power. Specialising in domestic energy infrastructure issues, Charlotte Morgan is leading the team advising the Government on the development of four new nuclear plants in the UK.
Neart Na Gaoithe Offshore Wind Limited
Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm Project 1 Projco Limited
Seagreen Wind Energy Limited
Greencoat UK Wind Holdco Limited
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Red Rock Power
Green Investment Group Limited
Octopus Investments Limited
Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
OGCI Climate Investments LLP
ContourGlobal Kosovo LLC
FRV (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures)
- Advising the sponsors on the development and financing of three significant UK offshore wind farm projects: Neart Na Goithe, Dogger Bank and Seagreen.
- Advising BEIS in relation to four UK-based nuclear projects (Wylfa, Moorsize, Sizewell and Bradwell) and the wider nuclear policy for delivery of nuclear new builds.
- Advised Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd on the £2.5bn refinancing of the 588MW wind farm project in Scotland, the fourth largest offshore wind farm in the world.
Rob Marsh chairs the energy, infrastructure and natural resources team at Norton Rose Fulbright and has a substantial reputation in renewable energy financing transactions, particularly those involving offshore wind assets. Marsh is regularly sought out by lenders, sponsors and investors to advise on their participation in global alternative energy projects including wind, solar, biomass, tidal, bio-fuel, energy storage, energy efficiency and EV charging projects. Project financing specialist Christopher Down has recently handled the first developments in several countries including the first utility scale renewable energy project in Lebanon with the financing of two wind farms. Other key practitioners include Charles Whitney, Madhavi Gosavi and Charez Golvala.
Bank of Tokyo MUFG
Brookfield Renewable Power
Greencoat UK Wind plc
Ministry of Finance of Angola
- Advising the lenders to the Bridge Power Project in Ghana, sponsored by General Electric, Endeavor Energy and Sage Petroleum. Bridge Power is a first of its kind in Africa, fast-deployment dual-fueled LPG and natural gas power project located in Tema 16 miles east of Accra, Ghana that will consist of approximately 400MW of combined cycle power generation technology.
- Advising Marubeni Corporation and Techint Chile S.A. as regards to the potential bid for the construction of a $1bn plus desalination plant in Antofagasta, Chile.
- Advising a consortium of lenders on the £4.1bn refinancing of the Beatrice offshore wind project in Scotland.
Addleshaw Goddard's team, which is spread across the London, Leeds and Scottish offices, has a 'creative, thoughtful, commercial and practical approach' in relation to the transactional, regulatory and contentious aspects of renewables projects, particularly offshore power generation matters. Rory Connor, who joined from King & Spalding LLP in early 2019, is working with Clean Energy Invest and Tata Power on the $400m restructuring of the project finance arrangements for the 185 MW Shuakhevi hydropower project in Georgia. Angus Rollo and Oliver Carruthers are the other London-based partners. Richard Goodfellow chairs the practice from Leeds.
‘AG has been steadily building its projects and energy practice for several years, with a particular focus on renewables. In doing so, it has developed with the market and become a highly experienced adviser. The combination of this, with their more traditional strengths in Corporate M&A/PE has been particularly effective in commercially complex settings.’
‘AG have a creative, thoughtful, commercial and practical approach to helping their clients achieve their objectives. The Energy team is highly experienced and capable and has worked on a number of our larger infrastructure investments, including project financings and acquisitions and also from the inception of our successful smart metering business.’
‘Richard Goodfellow – broad experience and gets to the nub of key issues quickly.’
‘Very pro active team compared to others – made numerous suggestions about the deal structure which we would have missed. Very fast response times.’
Scotia Gas Networks
SSE Electricity Limited
Transport for Greater Manchester
International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. and British Airways Plc
Macquarie Principal Finance Pty Limited (part of Macquarie Group)
Sumitomo Mitsubishi Banking Corporation (SMBC)
Diamond Transmission Corporation Limited
Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC (a project company owned by Clean Energy Invest AS (CEI) of Norway and Tata Power International Pte Limited (TPI) of Singapore)
Peel Holdings Wind Farms (IOM) Limited and certain other Peel group companies
Red Rock Power Limited (RRP), a wholly owned subsidiary of SDIC Power, a Chinese SOE
- Advised energy market disruptor Octopus Energy on its transformational strategic partnership with Midcounties Co-operative, owner of the Co-op Energy brand.
- Advised TfGM on the procurement for the expansion of its GMEV (Greater Manchester Electric Vehicle) network. This procurement sought a strategic partner to develop the publicly owned GMEV EV charging network.
- Advised Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC, as borrower, and CEI and TPI as sponsors, on the restructuring of the $400m project finance facilities for the development and construction of the 185 MW Shuakhevi hydropower project in the Republic of Georgia.
Julian Nichol leads the power offering at Akin Gump LLP, which is increasingly involved in first-of-its-kind power generation projects; it recently advised project developer Palestine Power Generating Company on the 518 MW Jenin Independent Power Project in Palestine. Nichol is experienced in advising on the acquisition, disposal, development and financing of independent power generation projects, as well as advising on reserve-based financings. The practice also recently strengthened its transactional capabilities in emerging markets with the the recruitment of Shaun Lascelles and Simon Rootsey from Vinson & Elkins RLLP and Weyinmi Popo from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP.
‘Akin Gump and in particular Julian Nichol have excellent knowledge and experience of renewable energy projects, especially solar projects in West Africa. Their insight on various items under PPP and PPA were very helpful to safeguard our rights as investor and energy producer.’
‘The depth and reach of resources, both in each location and internationally. The quality of the lawyers, their experience, knowledge and networks and the manner in which they can enhance these by leveraging the resources of the firm. The firm has very clear specialisms and excel in these. It does not try to be all things to all clients, but in its selected areas of intervention, it is a powerhouse.’
‘Julian Nichol, Energy Partner. He stands out because of the depth and breadth of his experience in energy projects, covering the whole life-cycle from development, though construction to operation and sale. He is an individual of great intellect, always combining his extensive legal knowledge and commercial experience to deliver practical, realistic and workable solutions. He also possesses great personal integrity and what he says may always be relied upon.’
New Urban Communities Authority of the Government of Egypt
Palestine Power Generation Company
Shams Ma’an Power Company
Wentworth Clean Power
PAL 4 Solar Energy LLC
- Acting as English counsel to the Government of Egypt on the New Urban Communities Authority’s financing for the construction of Egypt’s new administrative capital city.
- Advising Palestine Power Generating Company on a ground-breaking transaction to develop a power plant in Jenin, West Bank of Palestine. The plan is that the power plant will initially be fuelled by natural gas from offshore Israel and then by natural gas from offshore Gaza.
- Advising Wentworth Clean Power on structuring, drafting and negotiating equity and joint development arrangements regarding the development and financing of two waste-to-energy projects in the UK.
Baker McKenzie is active in renewables and offshore projects in Africa and recently advised on the Taza wind farm project across five sites in Morocco and the development of the 200MW Kom Ombo solar PV project in Egypt. Nuclear energy group head Neil Donoghue, transactional lawyer David Duncan and senior associate Tania Arora are also recommended for large-scale project developments.
Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
Office Nationale D’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (the Moroccan state-owned power and water utility)
CGN Europe Energy
The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC)
Kainsai Electric Co
- Advising KEPCO in relation to the construction, development and financing (on a project finance structure) of the 5,600 MW Barakah Nuclear Power Project in Abu Dhabi.
- Advising CGN EE on its entry into a Power Purchase Agreement relating to the Brenig onshore wind farm in Wales.
- Acted as co-counsel to Westinghouse, a global leader in nuclear engineering, technology, fuel and services, in relation to its sale to Brookfield Business Partners and its emergence from Chapter 11 as a reorganised company.
Based in Bristol, Burges Salmon LLP's national energy practice has notable nuclear power and renewables expertise with further experience in handling conventional power and utilities regulatory work, onshore and offshore wind power and solar developments, and biomass projects. 'Strong commercial lawyer' Ross Fairley and Ian Salter, who 'is exceptional by any standard and the go-to nuclear specialist' jointly lead the team, which has a full service offering across core energy aspects and emerging technologies including battery storage issues and waste-to-energy plants; Nick Churchward is particularly sought after for the latter. Associate Ian Truman is 'the rising star of the group in the energy sector', focusing on nuclear energy matters. Julian Boswall and Elizabeth Dunn are also of note.
‘I have had a long and fruitful relationship with the nuclear team – it is one of only a handful of genuinely expert nuclear law specialist teams in the UK (and perhaps globally) plus they know the sector – policy, individuals and organisations – inside out which adds a different dimension to their advice. The Bristol base makes the team very cost effective – when a big nuclear project comes out this team is generally the first to be engaged.’
‘Ian Salter makes the energy / nuclear practice unique. He is the best you can get on the market. He can connect you to everybody. The firm is very international although their main focus is the UK. They know all the new trends and are very much into the regulation of new technology.’
‘Ian Salter is exceptional by any standard – the go-to nuclear specialist – unflappable with knowledge and experience second to none, and an extremely good person to do business with. Ian is held in the highest regard by colleagues and clients nationally and internationally.’
‘Ross Fairley – strong commercial lawyer.’
‘Ian Salter – Rolls-Royce of nuclear. Very knowledgeable and client-focused. He is very active in the emerging markets.’
‘Ian Truman – the rising star of Burges Salmon in the energy sector. His experience is key for every nuclear new-build project.’
ENGIE (formerly International Power/GDF Suez)
Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy)
Innogy Renewables UK
Bristol City Council
GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited
OFGEM / OFWAT
- Advising Bristol City Council on its ‘City LEAP’ plan to raise around £1bn of investment to transform Bristol into the UK’s first smart-energy, carbon neutral city by 2030, including providing extensive advice on the highly-complex funding requirements, which will follow a PPP-style model, along with energy-related regulatory and commercial advice.
- Advising Innogy Renewables, one of the world’s leaders in alternative energy, on issues surrounding the development of the 1.4GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, situated on Dogger Bank, North Sea.
- Acting for Statkraft UK, the UK arm of Norway’s state-owned electricity generator and the third largest electricity generator in the Nordic region, on its successful acquisition of Airvolution, a UK-based wind farm development business.
At CMS, Munir Hassan leads the clean energy team, which has a vast portfolio of low carbon projects and transactions, particularly in the offshore wind, onshore wind and solar sectors, ranging from M&A and financing transactions through to commercial and regulatory issues. Elsewhere, Charles Currier advises developers, funds and other financial investors on mandates in the energy and infrastructure sectors, while Juliet Stradling specialises in regulatory issues affecting climate change, energy transition and renewables matters.
Dentons utilises its global network of offices, depth of resources and cross-border experience to advise on energy corporate and project financing transactions and large-scale development work across the globe, with particular expertise in Africa and the Middle East. Charles July chairs the energy, infrastructure and project finance group, and is currently acting for an equity investor on the development and financing of the 117MW Guanizul 2A solar project in Argentina. Solar power specialist Lucille De Silva and Mark Cheney, whose practice focuses on thermal and renewable power generation assets, are also key partners.
‘The Dentons team benefits from a wide range of experience and expertise enabling them to advise on our project from every aspect we need.’
Aberdeen Standard Investments
Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman
Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, Saudi Arabia
Sev.en Energy AG
- Advised VLC Renewables on its first investment into one of the top five largest operating onshore wind generators in Europe, a 500MW construction-ready project at Zaporizhia in Ukraine developed by LongWing Energy.
- Advised Aberdeen Standard Investments on a £30m senior secured refinancing and acquisition of a portfolio of RO accredited operational solar farms in the UK.
- Advised Sev.en Energy AG on the acquisition of a 50% stake in the multinational energy company, InterGen N.V. from the Canadian Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly instructed by sponsors, lenders, DFIs and contractors on UK-based and emerging market electricity generation and project financing mandates, M&A transactions and regulatory issues. Energy transition work also remains a core focus; the team, which is jointly led by Philip Robb and Alex Harrison, is sought after for its experience in novel energy aggregation transactions, EV charging roll-outs and scaling and grid network infrastructure projects. Arun Velusami and associate Shah Jahan Khandokar advise on energy and power projects in Africa.
‘Sensible, commercial and pragmatic advice.’
The Crown Estate
International Finance Corporation
- Advising as sole legal adviser on The Crown Estate’s wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Advised Allied Irish Banks, Banco Sabadell, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Export Development Canada and Natixis as lenders to Brookfield Renewable on the £346m portfolio project financing of 17 separate onshore wind farms located across the Republic of Ireland, with a total installed capacity of over 360MW.
- Advised Covanta, Green Investment Group Limited and Veolia on the successful completion of the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility, a deal involving the construction and operation of a 60MW energy-from-waste facility in Bedfordshire.
Milbank leverages its substantial geographic footprint and has a well-balanced offering advising lenders and (increasingly) sponsors on transformational energy projects in emerging markets. Recent mandates include advising the sponsors on the construction and project financing of four different LNG-to-power projects in Brazil, as well as similar projects in Chile and Africa. Singled out for his reputation in market-first projects in the Middle East, John Dewar's practice is focused on multi-sourced financings, regularly acting for multilateral and export credit agencies and development finance institutions. Clive Ransome and special counsel Chris Taufatofua are other key figures.
Other key lawyers:
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
US Development Finance Corporation
International Finance Corporation
Gas Natural Açu
Export-Import Bank of Korea
Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Nippon Export and Investment Insurance
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Bank of Muscat
- Advised EBRD, DFC and IFC in connection with the $400m financing of the 252MW Lekela West Bakr Wind Project located on the Gulf of Suez in Egypt.
- Advised the sponsors, Gas Natural Açu, on all aspects of the project development and financing of two large natural gas hub and power projects located at the Port of Açu, Brazil.
- Acting as lenders’ counsel in connection with the provision of financing to Sonnedix Power Holdings, indirect owner of a portfolio of 1.3 GW of solar PV projects located in Puerto Rico, Chile, France, England, Italy, Spain and Japan.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP has significantly bolstered its energy capabilities with the recruitment of global renewables co-head Evan Stergoulis and his experienced colleagues Ravinder Sandhu and Simon Alsey from Watson Farley & Williams LLP. The team regularly acts for lenders, ECAs, institutional investors and renewable energy companies on financings, M&A and joint ventures, with notable expertise in wind power projects. Group head John Deacon has a varied practice, which encompasses corporate and development work in the onshore and offshore wind, biomass, hydro power and energy-from-waste sectors. Hannah Roscoe focuses on commercial and regulatory matters in the nuclear, conventional power and renewables industries, while managing associate Matthew Stott focuses on cross-border energy infrastructure development work.
‘The team has always been a pleasure to deal with, with a focused, pragmatic and friendly approach. Access to key people when needed is very good. They have been fair at all times in respect to fees.’
Azito Energie S.A.
BlackRock Renewable Power Group
Bluefield Solar Income Fund (Bluefield)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
NextEnergy Solar Fund
EP UK Investments Limited
Conrad Energy Limited
ENGIE Global Markets
IPM Energy Trading Limited
Future Earth Energy
Hudson Clean Energy Partners
Seacrest Capital Group Ltd
AMEA Power LLC
Bioenergy Infrastructure Limited
BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited
- Advised Future Earth Energy on one of the first waste-to-energy projects to be awarded a contract for difference by the Low Carbon Contracts Company (LCCC).
- Acting for Azito Energie S.A. and its joint venture shareholders, Globeleq and IPS, on the commercial and financing aspects of the Phase 4 expansion project of the Azito gas-fired power project, the single largest power project in Cote d’Ivoire.
- Advising Microsoft Corporation in relation to synthetic corporate PPAs with certain renewable energy generators and supply companies across Europe.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP impresses with its 'market-leading sector knowledge' of conventional and non-conventional energy sources, particularly offshore wind and bioenergy matters. The practice, which is led by Paul Rice, has strong M&A and project finance capabilities and is involved in cutting edge technology initiatives; it recently assisted Nissan Europe with the role out of its Vehicle to Grid (V2G) initiative throughout the UK, as part of its global electrification programme. Peter Feehan is the lead partner for cleantech and renewable energy projects, with a focus on decentralised power, energy storage and e-mobility mandates.
Other key lawyers:
‘Market-leading sector knowledge and insight. Well networked. Excellent client service with appropriate partner attention and supervision and very good value for money.’
RWE A.G. Group
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA)
VPI Immingham LLP / VPI Immingham B Limited
- Advising joint venture partners, Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy, on all planning matters associated with the Cleve Hill Solar Park in Kent. When constructed it will be the largest solar and energy park in Europe.
- Advised Diamond Transmission Partners RB Limited on its bid for and acquisition of the Race Bank offshore wind farm transmission system from Race Bank Wind Farm Limited as part of the UK Government’s competitive offshore Tender Round 5.
- Advising Ionity GmbH in relation to the roll-out of its high powered charging e-mobility network in the UK.
Shearman & Sterling LLP fields a 'very creative and commercial team that delivers deal making solutions' across project finance, leveraged finance and energy M&A transactions. The multidisciplinary team has a broad geographic footprint, with a notable focus on emerging markets in Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. Group head Iain Elder, Nicholas Buckworth and Sanja Udovicic act for sponsors and lenders on the development and financing of large energy and infrastructure projects. Of counsel John Inglis is also a key name to note for project development and finance work.
‘The “go to” firm for power projects in the Middle East and emerging markets. Excellent knowledge of risk allocation under various contract models combined with fantastic knowledge of financing institutions.’
‘Very creative and commercial team that delivers deal making solutions across both lender and sponsor mandates in the emerging markets. Equally strong in Asia, Africa and Latin America.’
‘Nick Buckworth and John Inglis know their stuff, command confidence and are great fun to work with.’
‘Nick Buckworth – star performer and a real deal maker.’
‘Iain Elder is great on petrochemical and oil & gas. ‘
‘Sanja Udovicic is great lender side.’
The Dow Chemical Company
Bahrain Petroleum Company (“BAPCO”)
Japan Bank for International Corporation (“JBIC”)
Export-Import Bank of Korea (“K-EXIM”)
- Advised on the development and financing of the Sharjah Multi-fuel Waste-to-Energy project in the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE.
- Advised Vertroelektrane Balkana D.O.O. in connection with the development and financing of the first wind farm in Serbia.
- Advised International Finance Corporation and KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH as the Senior Financing Parties in connection with the development and financing of the $1.2bn integrated LNG-to-power project located in Porto de Açu, in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons fields a reputable practice for development and financing work relating to large-scale international power projects, predominantly across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The addition of Alex Blomfield from K&L Gates LLP has strengthened the group's offering in renewable energy projects in emerging markets; he is currently advising Norwegian developer NBT on over 1GW of wind farms in Ukraine as well as on its market entry into Greece, Georgia and other markets. Iain Duncan leads the team, specialising in M&A, projects, joint ventures and financings, and is supported by Patrick Wallace, an expert in electricity and renewables mandates. Managing associates Simon Kenolty and Rose-Anna Burnett are recommended for project structuring and development matters.
‘Breadth of sectoral experience. Responsive, dedicated to client needs. Well informed and creative.’
Umm Al Houl Power Q.P.S.C.
EuroCape Ukraine I LLC
Mainstream Renewable Power
European Investment Bank, NordLB, KfW IPEX-Bank and HSH Nordbank
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Norges Bank Investment Management
Legal & General Capital
- Advised UHP (a Qatar based electric power and potable water developer) on the expansion of the Facility D IWPP in Qatar, one of the largest and greenest award-winning power and water desalination plants in the Middle East, which provides 30% of Qatar’s total electricity needs, and 40% of its fresh water needs.
- Advised Oslo-based NBT, a Norwegian wind power developer and the largest foreign investor in Ukraine, on all aspects of the development, construction and financing for the 42.5 MW first stage, 300 MW second stage and 450 MW third stage of the Zophia Wind Park in Zaporizhia Oblast in Ukraine (Zophia I, Zophia II and Zophia III respectively) as well as in respect of changes to the regulatory regime for renewable energy projects in Ukraine.
- Advising BEIS on the £9bn Nuclear Liabilities Fund and the decommissioning of eight nuclear power stations operated by EDF.
Ian Wood and Trevor Ingle jointly lead the 'excellent' team at Squire Patton Boggs, which has 'deep knowledge of the industry' and provides 'swift, practical advice tailored to the specifics of the transaction'. Wood is a leading adviser in relation to nuclear energy, nuclear waste management and decommissioning issues, while Ingle is a 'great industry expert and M&A lawyer'. With expertise ranging across all areas of conventional and renewable power, the group has a notable focus on offshore wind and solar project developments. Other figures include Rinku Bhadoria, who focuses on the development and financing aspects of transactions; corporate partner Henry Davey and associate Robert Broom, who advises on the UK electricity market and its regulatory framework.
‘Professionalism of the team, always available including and most importantly the senior people. Capacity to put complex things into simple and short explanatory emails (quite a unique quality to find in the industry practise!).’
‘Excellent team with deep knowledge of the industry. Swift, practical advice tailored to the specifics of the transaction. Excellent communication and client care.’
‘Trevor Ingle, partner. Great industry expert and M&A lawyer, capable to simplify complicated legal (and commercial as needed) matters and explain them in the less legalistic possible way.’
‘Trevor Ingle is a pleasure to work with. He has consistently been extremely responsive to our needs and has always given exceptional advice. In particular he will take the time to understand the transaction and tailor the level of detail required to an appropriate level.’
Regulatory Authority of Bermuda
Fiji Electricity Authority
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S
Volta Energy Group Limited
Calon Energy Limited
Ener-G Combined Power Limited
Frontier Investment Management, Denmark
Falck Renewables Limited
Zambia Ministry of Energy and water
RES UK & Ireland Limited
Sumitomo Corporation IJ Systems
Social Energy Limited
Toto Energy Limited
Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE)
Global Wind Services US Inc.
NKT Cables A/S
- Advising MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S on the terms and conditions of its Turbine Supply and Installation Agreements for the 589MW Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farms projects in Taiwan, as well as associated supply chain issues related to product localisation requirements.
- Acting for EDF Group on the acquisition of British start-up Pivot Power, specialising in transmission scale battery storage and infrastructure for electric vehicle charging.
- Advising the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda on various legislative and regulatory issues in relation to the Bermudan electricity sector, including the establishment of the independent electricity regulator and related regulatory regime, as well as ongoing advice in relation to subsequent regulatory issues, including foreign investment in the energy sector.
White & Case LLP acts for sponsors, operators and financiers on the entire life cycle of renewables assets, from early stage developments, regulations, commercial contracts and project financing mandates to structuring and executing M&A. Mark Castillo-Bernaus heads up the project development team and is particularly active throughout the Middle East and Africa, supported by Jason Kerr, who leads on project and international finance work in emerging markets. David Baker has extensive experience in the UK upstream and energy industries and in the international gas market. Project finance partners Kirsti Massie and Meredith Campanale departed to Mayer Brown International LLP in early 2020. Tim Sheddick; Katie Hicks
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
Lewis Jones and James Douglass jointly lead the energy team at Baker Botts (UK) LLP, which has a notable depth of experience in advising sponsors, lenders, governments and private equity investors on the acquisition, development and financing of renewable energy projects in the UK and emerging markets in Africa. The practice also provides corporate support advice, handling operations and maintenance contracts and power purchase agreements.
Gore Street Capital
Galp Energia SGPS S.A.
Mullavilly Energy Limited
Drumkee Energy Limited
- Advising Gore Street Capital, the leading UK-based renewable energy and private equity investor, on the acquisition and development of a battery storage project in Lower Road in Essex
- Advised Mullavilly Energy Limited and Drumkee Energy Limited on the negotiation of construction, operation and maintenance contracts for the development of battery storage projects in Northern Ireland.
- Advised Galp Energia SGPS S.A. on a long-term framework agreement with X-Elio to enter into several synthetic power purchase agreements.
At Bird & Bird LLP, Matt Bonass, who is co-head of the international energy and utilities group, and fellow co-head Elizabeth Reid continue to be highly active in the solar and wind energy markets and the emerging waste-to-energy sector in the UK and Asia. Reid has also been advising on international corporate PPA contracts, alongside acting for developers, investors and EPC contractors on project contracts required for the design, build, finance, operation and offtake of renewable power projects. Fellow co-head Michael Rudd focuses on utility concession arrangements, energy performance contracts, utility supply arrangements and regulatory work.
‘Bird & Bird provide high quality, value for money timely services across all the energy sector with a significant coverage across a number of jurisdictions where we rely on them, including Italy, Spain, France, UK, Netherlands.’
JDR Cables Systems Limited
Canadian Solar M&A
Naturgy (formerly Gas Natural)
- Advised JDR Cable Systems on a number of different contracts, including relating to Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2, the Guanyin Offshore Wind Farm in Taiwan and the Kaskasi Offshore Wind Farm in Germany.
- Advising Smart DCC on its implementation of Ofgem’s Switching Programme.
- Advised Canadian Solar on the disposal of its Milborne Solar project in the UK to Elm Solar.
Singled out for its depth of experience in emerging markets, Bracewell (UK) LLP is at the forefront of the latest developments in the energy sector with particular expertise in battery storage matters; the team is currently assisting with the development of a 30MW/60MWH energy storage project in Jordan, the first in the Middle East. The team, which is headed up by construction specialist Tracy London, also includes Oliver Irwin, who acts for lenders and sponsors on the development and financing of cross-border projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very capable, pleasant to work with team, always keen to support the client.’
‘Bracewell has members in the team that consistently provide better arguments than the contractors to negotiate a good outcome for their clients in any single clause or schedule of their contracts. Their availability is very high, including challenging timelines.’
Alcazar Energy Partners
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)
Equinor (previously known as Statoil)
Anglo Pacific Group
Seabras 1 Bermuda Limited
- Advising the Marubeni and Total Solar consortium in relation to its bid for the 800 megawatt Al Kharsaah Solar IPP, the first solar plant of its size in Qatar.
- Advising FRV in connection with the project financing of a 55 megawatt solar PV project in Armenia. The so-called Masrik-1 scheme will be the first development of its kind in Armenia.
- Advising Alcazar Energy Partners on its project financing of four solar 50MW projects in Egypt being procured in Round 2 of the Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff Program; the Al Shobak wind farm project in Jordan being procured in Round 2 of Jordan’s renewable energy programme; and the Al Rajef wind project in Jordan.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's energy group is highlighted for its sector knowledge and 'friendly and patient approach' across the full life-cycle of renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Kiran Arora frequently advises funds, financial institutions, private sector developers and multilateral agencies on primary and secondary transactions, as well as the acquisition and disposal of numerous power and infrastructure projects. Department head Adam Dann also handles a wide range of commercial, corporate and financial transactions.
Other key lawyers:
‘Confidence in their knowledge and capacity to deliver the required article and successfully argue the points needed and forgo those less important, thereby achieving the right outcome.’
‘Calm, confidence in what they do and the knowledge to back it up. Friendly and patient approach to explaining all aspects of the legal terminology and agreements so confident decisions could be made.’
Raynham Farm Company
Imtech (ESSCI Limited)
- Advised Ncondezi Energy Limited, an AIM listed power development company, on its entry into a joint venture with GridX Africa Development for the financing of the development of a 400kWp off grid ground mounted solar PV facility, collocated with a 228kW energy storage facility in Mozambique.
- Advised EDF Energy on its acquisition of PodPoint, a major EV charging company.
- Advised Imtech on its acquisition of Breathe Energy Limited, an Energy Performance Contractor in the UK.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a notable presence in emerging markets and leads on big-ticket developments in clean and renewable energy; recent highlights include advising on cross-border subsea interconnectors across Europe, corporate activity in MENA and Latin America, and nuclear energy project work. Michelle Davies leads the group from Cardiff, and is supported by members of the London-based team, including Stephen Hill, who handles M&A transactions for funds and major corporates in the renewable sector; project finance partner Indraj Mangat, and nuclear energy group head Robert Pitcher.
‘Industry sector knowledge was extremely good, very practical approach to contract negotiations, very pro-active and efficient process to closing the deal.’
CGN Europe Energy
- Advised CGN on its acquisition of three sites owned by Enel S.p.A. for approximately $750m.
- Advised China General Nuclear European Energy (CGN Europe Energy) on its acquisition of a 75% stake in the 650MW Markbygden project in Sweden from GE Capital (GE) and Green Investment Group (GIG), part of Macquarie Group.
- Advised Oasthouse Ventures on the development of a £120m project to construct two large-scale greenhouses in Norfolk and Suffolk, UK and the sale of the projects to funds managed by Greencoat Capital LLP.
Fieldfisher recently invested heavily in the growth of its energy team with the recruitment of Matthew Williams (who is now co-head of the energy and natural resources group) and his experienced team, including Elisabeth Blunsdon and Mark Nash, from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP; Hugo Lidbetter also joined from an in-house position at EDF Energy. Williams' practice centres around M&A and project financing transactions, while Blundson focuses on regulatory matters, project developments and commercial contracts. Energy and infrastructure lawyers Nash and Lidbetter are highly experienced in advising investment funds on corporate M&A and construction matters in the conventional and low carbon energy sectors.
‘The team are user friendly, they quickly understand a client’s needs and adapt accordingly. They have great energy trading experience.’
‘Industry leading experts in the electricity PPA sector.’
‘Lis Blunsdon is highly knowledgeable in UK power regulation and PPAs and apt at explaining issues in plain language and dealing with clients.’
‘Matthew Williams is very good at understanding his client’s requirements and works hard to deliver solutions that meets those requirements. He is a pleasure to work with.’
EP UK Investments
Shell Energy Europe
Future Earth Energy
Yorkshire Gas and Power
- Advised Future Earth Energy on the sale of the 18 MW Great Coates Combined Heat and Power energy from waste project in Grimsby, on the Lincolnshire coast.
- Advised two separate Independent Power Producers on their bids for UK gas-fired assets in 2019. The first project related to a portfolio of gas-peaking plants, and the second related to a recently replanted combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT).
- Advising Winch Energy on off grid and mini grid projects in Uganda and Nigeria in respect of EPC and O&M requirements.
Gowling WLG has a well-established energy practice with 'very strong technical abilities coupled with commercial acumen' across the corporate, financing and regulatory areas. The firm is also actively involved in the development of UK energy codes as well as renewals and the renegotiation of UK renewable PPAs. Jonathan Brufal heads up the international energy and project development practice, and is supported by emerging markets specialist Andrew Newbery, corporate partner Gareth Baker and John Cooper, who is recognised for his experience in regularly matters.
‘Very strong technical abilities coupled with commercial acumen. This allows for efficient legal advice on complex energy projects.’
‘The team combines both breadth and depth of knowledge in the energy sector with a profound understanding of practical, commercial considerations faced by clients.’
‘Gareth Baker has been an outstanding and consistent partner for us. Always adding value, suggesting opportunities, and proving to be supportive generally.’
Gas and Electricity Markets Authority
Statkraft Markets GmbH
Co-operative Energy Limited
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
GMP FirstEnergy LLP, Numis Securities Limited and Pareto Securities Limited.
Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust PLC
Alt HAN Company Ltd
Habitat Energy Limited
Tonik Energy Limited
Retail Energy Code Company Ltd
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
- Advised the sponsors, Renco SpA and Siemens Project Ventures, on the development, construction, operation and maintenance of a 250MW CCGT plant, to be located in Yerevan, Armenia, and the related financing by the International Finance Corporation, Asian Development Bank DEG and OFID.
- Advised leading venture capital investors Draper Esprit (together with three of its affiliated co-investors) and Panoramic Growth Equity on the sale of Pod Point to EDF Energy.
- Advising Statkraft on its landmark 15-year strategic partnership with Statera Energy. This transaction will enable Statera to develop 1 GW of battery storage and flexible gas-powered generation in the UK.
Boutique practice Lux Nova Partners Limited specialises in renewable energy and market transformational projects, often involving technology and environmental aspects. Key partners Tom Bainbridge, Louisa Cilenti and Sandy Abrahams worked on the development and financing of Jordan Wind Power Company and Nikola Zahariev recently worked on its sale. Elsewhere, David Short is advising on a collaboration agreement between the UK’s BBP and the Australian environmental protection department to bring Australia’s energy rating tool for buildings to the UK commercial real estate market. Sandy Abrahams is highlighted for her policy development work; she also handles project development issues including the climate change and energy legislation aspects of mandates.
‘Lux Nova are one of the few law firms who specialise in clean energy. The focus on niche projects allows for learning across previous projects and market to deliver better negotiations, quicker. Lux Nova’s strengths and capabilities are not limited to just legal advice. Their market experience brings a level of commercial advice that other law firms do not bring to the table.’
‘Lux Nova are simply exceptional. Their service is personable in its delivery, detailed in its scope and breadth and truly makes you feel that you as the client are their single biggest priority. Their knowledge of the energy and clean-tech sector is unrivalled even amongst the larger national firms.’
‘Sandy Abrahams’ specialist knowledge was a given, but her real value for us was being able to clearly explain complex and specialist elements of the agreement and use her expertise to translate our requirements into the agreement as well as providing us with commercial perspective.’
‘Lux Nova are everything you would want if asked. Dedicated, knowledgeable, capable, persistent etc. What really sets them apart is that, in a commercial world that is so often lacking, Lux Nova bring integrity and a shared commitment to dealing with climate change and a just transition away from legacy fuels and energy sources.’
‘Louisa Cilenti is deserving of special mention as a singularly talented individual who has never failed to surprise us at her dedication to the highest levels of service and delivery.’
‘Tom Bainbridge, Louisa Cilenti and Sandy Abrahams are impressive and provide a strong balance of complementary skills and expertise. Their focus on and commitment to the clean energy sector is exceptional (and genuine).’
Acre Resources Limited
Allow Independent Road-Testing Company Limited
Anesco Energy Services (South) Limited
Argent (Property Development) Services
BEEGO IPP GmbH
Better Buildings Partnership
Blue Elephant Energy AG
Bristol Energy Limited
Browne Jacobson LLP
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiff City Council
City North Finsbury Park
Clean Energy Prospector UK Limited
Community Owned Asset Management Limited
Community Owned Renewable Energy LLP
Corby Green Power Limited
CORE Aquarius Limited
CORE Capricorn Limited
CORE Taurus Limited
Creighton Energy Ltd
Crew City Council
Demand Logic Ltd
Department of Business Energy Industrial Strategy
Derillion Energy Limited
Ecuity Consulting LLP
Ecotricity Group Limited
Edina Power Services Ltd
Edina UK Limited
EESL EnergyPro Assets Limited
Empower Community Management LLP
- Acting as counsel for the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy to manage delivery of BEIS’ £320m Heat Network Investment Programme, including encouraging and assessing applications for, and awarding and managing, grants and low rate, long-term loans for heat network projects, from public and private sector applicants.
- Acted for Blue Elephant Energy AG, a Hamburg-based independent operator of solar and wind farms, on the sale of its UK solar park portfolio.
- Advised Jordan Wind Power Company on the development and financing of the Tafila windfarm in Jordan, the largest renewable energy project in the country.
Simon Hobday leads the London energy team at Osborne Clarke LLP, which has a particular focus on smart energy and innovative energy solutions, both in the UK and internationally. Hobday has a wealth of experience advising sponsors, funders and operators on low carbon energy solutions, energy efficiency issues, district heating work, decentralised power generation matters and plant developments involving nuclear, biomass and conventional power. As international head of the energy and utilities group, James Watson is also recommended for energy and renewables PPP and PFI projects.
Via Novus Limited
John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited
Springfield Heat Project
Western Power Company Limited
Minety Battery Storage
Northacre Renewable Energy Limited
- Advising next generation energy business Limejump on its sale to Shell Petroleum Company.
- Advising Statera Energy on its strategic 15-year partnership with Statkraft to realise 1 GW of energy storage and utility scale, flexible gas-powered generation.
Slaughter and May
Slaughter and May has strong capabilities in corporate transactions in the conventional and renewable energy spaces, particularly in relation to M&A; the team recently advised Mitsubishi Corporation on its acquisition of a 20% stake in OVO, the UK's largest independent energy supplier. The multidisciplinary team also advises on regulatory developments and energy efficiency and financial products including green bonds. Project finance lawyer Azadeh Nassiri and renewables expert Richard Todd act alongside practice heads Hywel Davies and Michael Corbett.
‘The team is one of the leading Power sector legal teams in the UK. S&M brings a commercial view to their legal advice and can appropriately guide on what is at market during negotiations. Their sector knowledge aids the quick identification and resolution of issues together with the breadth of experts they have available.’
- Advising Ovo Energy, the UK’s leading independent energy supplier, in connection with its purchase of SSE plc’s GB household energy and services business.
- Advised Mitsubishi Corporation on its acquisition of a 20% stake in OVO.
- Advising Wood on the sale of its nuclear business to Jacobs UK Limited, a subsidiary of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Trinity International LLP is a boutique practice, which primarily acts on power transactions in emerging markets, particularly in Africa; it also has a growing presence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Paul Biggs has over 25 years experience in infrastructure projects, with niche expertise in transactions involving private and public sector participation and negotiations with funding institutions, governments and insurers. Simon Norris acts for developers, investors and banks in innovative country-first projects including advising a project company on the possibility to develop the first private Independent Power Project (IPP) in Sierra Leone.
‘Trinity is unique. Their fee structure enables developers to develop projects in risky jurisdictions. Given the amount of risk they take as a firm, they tend to be more involved in the development stage of the transaction and actually act as codevelopers, where they bring immense knowledge to the table. I see them as the go to firm in Africa.’
‘Simon Norris is a phenomenal lawyer and a great project manager. He has assisted me in co-managing the development of the project. He is smart, hard working, prompt and always goes beyond the call of duty.’
‘Trinity is a boutique law firm with a lot of emerging markets energy and infrastructure finance experience.’
Africa Finance Corporation
African Development Bank
DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft
CDC Group PLC
Rand Merchant Bank
Scatec Solar ASA
Standard Bank of South Africa Limited
- Acting for the project company on the $2bn Corbetti geothermal IPP in Ethiopia.
- Advised a lending group including The Standard Bank of South Africa, Nedbank Limited, the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Barak Fund in respect of the $366m senior and mezzanine financing of Genser Energy.
- Advised both the Gigawatt Global developer team and the construction lenders on a landmark 7.5MW solar project in Burundi.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP acts for banks, funds and leading utilities and power companies on a diverse range of financing and M&A transactions in the solar, wind and biomass sectors and the developing areas of battery storage and electric vehicles. Global co-head of energy and infrastructure Henry Stewart focuses on big-ticket financings of wind farms and solar energy portfolios. Martin Lucas and Daisy East are also recommended. Evan Stergoulis departed to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP.
‘Martin Lucas – exceptional availability, engagement and efficiency.’
‘They have a lot experience and knowledge in the power sector on the finance docs and project docs side, having acted as borrower adviser and lender adviser. They are able and willing to go beyond objective legal due diligence and put forward expert judgement, advice and recommendations.’
‘They have an outstanding ability to grasp a new project with complex requirements and difficult counterparties and then to find a way through to a successful completion.’
‘Dedicated, approachable and always looking for constructive solutions!’
‘Daisy East has outstanding experience in the energy sector. Daisy is able to summarise and communicate complex matters in a way which enables her clients to make informed decisions.’
‘Emmanuel Ninos – extremely good drafting and exceptional availability.’
‘Accessible and client-focused.’
‘Daisy East’s personal involvement and dedication to the transaction made the difference. She was well assisted by a strong team.’
Macquarie / GIG
National Westminster Bank
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
- Advising a large syndicate of international and Taiwanese commercial banks, life insurance companies and cover providers, including ECAs, on the $3bn project financing of the Changfang and Xidao Taiwanese offshore wind projects.
- Advising Lightsource BP on a £150m loan facility made available by CDPQ and a £30m letter of credit facility made available by NatWest and Investec to finance a diverse international portfolio of 100+ solar projects with a total installed capacity in excess of 700 MW.
- Advising the SPVs set up by SSE plc and Equinor to develop the three offshore windfarms known as Creyke Beck A, Creyke Beck B and Teesside A in the North Sea, that are often referred to as the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has 'very strong experience in energy projects' and is often instructed by developers of new electricity generation projects, power companies and independent suppliers on all stages of wind, solar and biomass projects. Christopher Towner, Sebastian Briggs and Simon Hewes are the key partners for regulatory, commercial and transactional issues. Richard Cockburn heads up the team.
‘Very strong experience within energy projects, leveraged into competition cases.’
East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd
EDF Energy Renewables Ltd
- Acted for the REG Power Management (RPM) group on the sale of its renewable energy project asset management business.
- Acted for Rampion Offshore Wind on all the real estate aspects of the complex and high-value Rampion Offshore Windfarm project.
- Advised RES Group on the sale of the 25 MW (10 turbine) Craiggore wind farm project in Northern Ireland to ERG.
Chris Pritchett heads up the energy practice at Bristol's Foot Anstey, which focuses on M&A, project development and funding mandates relating to solar, energy storage and emerging technology issues. Pritchett has a notable specialism in battery storage, electric vehicle infrastructure and renewables projects.
‘Excellent access to partners with really strong industry knowledge. They feel like they are part of our team and really care about making our projects succeed as part of the clean energy transition.’
British Solar Renewables (BSR)
NEC Energy Solutions
Green Frog Connect
- Advised WElink in relation to two major utility scale solar PV projects (both in Portugal) – the sale of 46MWp solar PV Ourika plant to leading European renewables investor Allianz, and the sale of a circa 221MWp solar PV Solara4 plant.
- Advised the Clean Earth Group on the UK’s first private industrial wind turbine project involving the development of a 3.5mW turbine on the site of an 80,000 sq m distribution centre.
- Acted for ChargePoint Services, the largest owner and operator of ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure, on its sale to French utility giant, Engie.
HFW's construction-focused practice is particularly active in offshore wind power projects. Team leader Max Wieliczko advises on all aspects of project procurement and delivery mandates, with expertise in international infrastructure projects involving energy-from-waste facilities and other power plants, onshore and offshore wind farms and hydroelectric power plants. Richard Booth is recommended for EPC infrastructure projects and cross-border solar and wind power projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘Highly specialised team focused on the energy/wind farm market.’
‘Very good level of engagement led by Richard Booth.’
Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.
Belectric Gulf Limited
Al Gihaz Contracting Co
- Advising a major European EPC contractor as the successful tenderer for a £100m Export Cable Transport and Installation Contract for a major round 3 UK Offshore Wind Farm.
- Acting for a major offshore wind EPC Contractor on a £133m adjudication in respect of the construction of a new UK offshore wind farm.
- Advising a Saudi Arabian contractor on a $100m subsea cable project in the Middle East.
Focusing primarily on offshore wind projects, Ince has expanded its renewables practice to also encompass transmission and solar power mandates. Key clients include international contractors, developers, operators and lenders. Chris Kidd and Gillie Belsham lead the team, which assists with contractual, financing, transactional and regulatory matters.
- Advised Golar on several FSRU and FLNG projects and vessel sale and leaseback and project finance transactions.
- Acting for Pacific Drilling in a highly contentious case concerning the construction of a drilling unit called the Pacific Zonda.
With nuclear and renewable energy expertise, Prospect Law Ltd has a notable track record advising developers on subsidy regulations surrounding hydro plants and decommissioning mandates relating to nuclear sites; the group also handles the development of power generation assets and onshore wind and solar projects. Regulatory expert Edward De La Billiere also handles commercial issues.
‘Prospect Law Ltd. know our energy and infrastructure specialisation very well and provide good commercial advice that is not bogged down by too much legal ease and jargon.’
‘The ability to respond promptly to offer valued advice in an efficient manor. Expertise in our market area assists in the appraisal of our requirements. Team to team engagement is key to our desired approach for resolution and we feel we get more integration with the Prospect team and this collaboration and attentive efficiency suits our business objective.’
‘Multi disciplinary team, responsive, and it’s tendency to provide highly senior and specialist lawyers at much lower than average prices is hard to find elsewhere in the legal market, and it means clients can access the highest quality advice at the most affordable rates (because it is provided by senior people who have the benefit of many years of experience).’
Underwater Construction Corporation
Countryside Renewables Capital LLP
Radioactive Material Transport Users Committee (RAMTUC)
- Providing ongoing legal and consultancy advice to a US company that provides a unique service in the nuclear decommissioning sector, in the form of providing divers who go into and fix pools that are used to store nuclear waste.
- Advising a US funded developer of a number of large ground-based PV installations, on a wide variety of issues, including in relation to regulatory questions surrounding the applicability of subsidy regimes.
Shakespeare Martineau LLP has a longstanding relationship with the National Grid, which is led by practice head Andrew Whitehead; Whitehead divides his time between the London and Birmingham offices and is ably supported by Mark Bartholomew and director Chandni Ruparelia, with Sushma Maharaj also joining the firm from Lux Nova Partners Limited in early 2021. The team is also instructed to advise on electricity interconnectors between the UK and Europe and on the growing area of electric vehicles.
National Grid – Electricity System Operator Business
Robin Hood Energy
Shell Energy Retail
Severn Trent Green Power
Highway Stops Retail Limited
Western Riverside Waste Authority
North Sea Link Interconnector
- Advising the National Grid on a new electricity interconnector between UK and Belgium – Nemo Link.
- Advising and drafting documentation for National Grid Grain LNG Limited for sale of new capacity.
- Advising National Grid Electricity System Operator Limited on phase 1 of its stability pathfinder project – a world first in developing new inertia solutions to help keep the transmission system stable.