Allen & Overy LLP's practice group is singled out for its strength in greenfield developments, and advises clients on the full lifecycle of energy assets, including financings, international transactions, and construction matters. The team handles a wide range of matters across emerging markets, particularly in the Middle East, and has been advising UAE client Masdar on the £466m refinancing of its equity stake in London Array. The practice is co-led by Troy Edwards, Mark Levy and Judith Kim, and includes industry expert Chris Andrew, oil and gas lawyer Andrew Castle, and Sheila Connell. Thermal power and renewables work is led by Mark Walker. Former energy co-head Gareth Price is now the magic circle firm's global managing partner, but maintains a busy practice. The team also recently bolstered its global project finance and renewables offering with the hire of a six-partner team from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in the US.
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) in London
Troy Edwards; Mark Levy; Judith Kim
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Castle; Chris Andrew; Gareth Price; Sheila Connell; Mark Walker
‘A professional set of lawyers dedicated to quality service delivery to the clients.’
‘Knowledgeable in the relevant areas and extremely professional in their approach towards managing the sponsors and the lenders.’
GIG / Macquarie
- Advising the finance parties on the financing, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Dubai WtE facility and associated buildings as part of a 35-year Build, Own, Operate Transfer concession with the Dubai Municipality.
- Advised NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited (currently a subsidiary of EDF), as project company, on the development of the new GBP18bn Sizewell C nuclear power plant to be constructed at a greenfield site in Suffolk.
- Advised Ørsted on its agreement to form a 50/50 joint venture with PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. for the development, construction and operation of two world scale offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea.
Ashurst’s multidisciplinary energy group is described as ‘very knowledgeable and commercially astute’, and has notable strength with regards to energy-from-waste projects. The team handles large financings for solar and wind projects, and has seen growth in battery storage mandates. Global co-head of energy Antony Skinner leads the team; Cameron Smith and Nick Stalbow remain the go-to names for waste/bio-mass matters whilst Anthony Johnson provides environmental law expertise and specialises in decarbonisation projects. On the energy disputes side, Matthew Saunders is head of the international arbitration practice and frequently works across emerging markets. Corporate energy transactions are led by Jason Radford, whilst senior associate Lindsey Bouchara advises commercial lenders on financing projects.
Antony Skinner; Nick Stalbow
Other key lawyers:
Jason Radford; Cameron Smith; Anthony Johnson; Matthew Saunders; Jason Radford; Lindsey Bouchara
‘Nick Stalbow stands out as the top lawyer in the UK for getting EfW projects to financial close. His ability to get EPC contractors, funders, technical advisors, waste suppliers, insurers, landlords, O&M providers all pointing to the same goal is remarkable. There are very few lawyers that I would call “value add” – Nick is definitely one of them.’
‘They have extensive knowledge of the sector and of precedent transactions. They know the key issues that lenders and counterparties will want covered.’
‘Cameron Smith is fantastic to work with – a very astute and knowledgeable partner.’
‘I work with Antony Skinner and his team. Antony has been lender counsel of several of our financings and is extremely pragmatic and commercial. He wants to get a deal done and is particularly good at working with several banks in a club situation and managing the process effectively. As a borrower looking to control time and costs, this is very valuable.’
‘Cameron Smith was innovative in approaching commercial agreements to ensure it could be bankable. Several agreements were bespoke and had no precedent, and Cameron was able to articulate concepts clearly to help the lenders understand why the approach we took was bankable (and no further negotiations would be needed).’
‘The practice has established itself as a leader in the waste sector and is able to bring knowledge to new projects that speed up execution and the understanding of issues.’
‘Experience in the waste to energy business. Commercially very sound. Very professional during negotiations with our EPC contractors.’
‘The team was very responsive and was staffed appropriately to ensure we were able to meet the financial close target. Ashurst seem to have the right relationships with the other stakeholders to help move the deal forward whenever we encountered an obstacle.’
Blackrock Global Energy Fund
BEIS (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy)
Green Investment Group
- Advising the UK Government (Dept for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy) on its Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage programme.
- Advising Japan Bank for International Cooperation on a £1.1bn loan to finance the acquisition of the undersea transmission project for the Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm.
- Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc on the circa £1.5bn sale of the Wheelabrator UK business, one of the largest energy from waste developers and operators in the UK. Also advised SSE plc on the circa £1bn sale of SSE’s 50% interest in the operational Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 and 2 EfW Facilities in Ferrybridge.
Clifford Chance LLP is highlighted by one client as the ‘top power law firm in the world’ and has notable expertise in African markets, handling major renewable energy transactions. Russell Wells is the global head of the energy and resources sector group, as well as co-heading the worldwide projects group, with notable experience in power and oil & gas. John Wilkins is joint head of the global nuclear group and has strength in the areas of nuclear power and hydrogen, while James Pay heads the global renewable energy team, advising on large offshore wind farm projects, and Clare Burgess is a key name for multi-sourced financings and refinancing. On the construction side, David Metzger co-heads the nuclear group alongside Wilkins, while other key names include Jeremy Connick who advises on power generation matters, and global power sector co-head Nicholas Hughes. Senior associate Anthony Santangeli is highlighted by clients for his energy transactional work.
Other key lawyers:
Jeremy Connick; James Pay; John Wilkins; David Metzger; Nicholas Hughes
‘The Clifford Chance team is probably the top power law firm in the world and particularly for Africa. They get the highly complex, novel transactions done and have tremendous bench strength of high quality partner leaders to lend into transactions.’
‘An incredible bench of talented and personable lawyers who will always go the extra mile for their clients.’
‘Russell Wells – a consummate professional. An absolute pleasure to work with and a simply excellent lawyer.’
‘Anthony Santangeli – Very user friendly lawyer- excellent client interaction and transaction management skills and a very sound technical lawyer too.’
‘Jeremy Connick – the best lawyer on African power transactions in Europe.’
‘Creative and confident solutions provided in difficult circumstances, reflecting experience and insight. Key strengths include: innovation, experience, accessibility.’
‘The team always provides sound, solid advice with an appreciation of the wider commercial factors driving a transaction.’
‘James Pay remains a stalwart of the team, innovative and ever-evolving with the markets. Like his colleagues, John Wilkins and Jeremy Connick, James understands the needs of the client and their stakeholders and can present balanced, well reasoned advice with reference to relative risk and wider commercial drivers.’
Global Infrastructure Partners
- Advising Climeworks on the financing and development of two carbon dioxide direct air capture (DAC) projects in Iceland (i.e. removing C02 directly from the atmosphere to create negative emissions).
- Advising TPG and the Rise Fund on the acquisition of an approximately 1GW global portfolio of solar projects from Trina Solar. The solar PV projects included in the transaction are operational, under construction or in late stage development nearing ready-to-build status across Spain, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.
- Advised Iberdrola on its agreement to acquire a majority stake in DP Energy’s 3 GW offshore wind pipeline in Ireland. This marks Iberdrola’s first offshore wind investment in Ireland and helps extend its global offshore wind pipeline to more than 30 GW.
CMS’s long-established power practice is part of the firm's large global energy and climate change group, and is noted for its handling of electricity sector work; the team of 'experts in their field' also handles the full range of renewable energy mandates, working with top clients including BP, RWE, SSE, and EDF. Energy and climate change head Munir Hassan is singled out for his expertise in national and international electricity power generation matters. He is supported by key partner Louise Dalton who was promoted to the partnership last year and focuses on flexible technologies such as energy storage and electric vehicles. The core group also includes corporate co-head Charles Currier, who handles complex transactional work whilst Juliet Stradling specialises in regulatory issues. Dalia Majumder-Russell was also recently promoted to the partnership.
Other key lawyers:
Louise Dalton; Juliet Stradling; Charles Currier; Dalia Majumder-Russell
‘Experts in their field. They worked seamlessly with our in-house legal and business teams – including on strategic presentations to the board. They have provided business appropriate, strategic advice under time pressure.’
Green Investment Group
- Advised Equinor on the $1.1bn sale of 50% of its interests in the Empire Wind and Beacon Wind assets on the US east coast to BP.
- Advising the Net Zero Teesside Project, the UK’s most advanced carbon capture, usage and storage project, which is made up of a consortium led by BP, and including Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total.
- Advising Cadent Gas, the UK’s largest gas distributor and owner of four of the UK’s eight gas distribution networks on the RIIO-GD2 price control, one of the highest profile energy regulatory instructions in the UK today.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's energy and power practice group is regarded as ‘excellent across the board’; it continues to be instructed on high-value transactional mandates across renewable, nuclear and wind power. The team is overseen by global head Lewis McDonald and includes key partners Silke Goldberg, who is highly rated by clients, Matthew Job and Sarah Pollock who all co-lead the power subgroup in London. The team advises across all aspects of European and UK energy law, and has a large disputes offering via the firm's international arbitration practice, advising on major port construction disputes and power-related litigation —James Farrell is the name for commercial disputes in the High Court. Other key names in the practice include corporate lawyer Steven Dalton who acts across the CIS region, and co-head of the Africa group Martin Kavanagh who is active in the project finance and international finance area. At the associate level, Jannis Bille is recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Silke Goldberg; Martin Kavanagh; Matthew Job; Steve Dalton; Sarah Pollock; Chris Davis; James Farrell; Jannis Bille
‘Excellent across the board: leading technical legal expertise and experience, astute commerciality and market knowledge, efficiency built on responsiveness and pragmatism. A very safe pair of hands, that inspires confidence. Very committed to controlling fees, sharing risk and absorbing excess costs where appropriate.’
‘The energy infrastructure practice at HSF is comprised of exceptional lawyers with passion for energy law. The team successfully develops and implements legal strategies to overcome the uncertainties of the changing post-Brexit regulatory landscape and successfully defends such strategies in courts. HSF consistently provides detailed and clear billing information in convenient and adaptable formats.’
‘Martin Kavanagh strikes the perfect balance between providing expert leadership and letting a strong team do its job.’
‘Silke Goldberg has a unique breadth of expertise in advising on all aspects of cross-border energy infrastructure developments. Her knowledge of the European regulatory landscape is unparalleled and supported by her diverse language skills. She is one of those rare people who can develop plans A, B and C at the same time. Silke can break down the most tangled legal issues and concepts into parts understandable to non-lawyers and without any loss of resolution.’
‘Chris Davis has an excellent grasp of complex legal problems and delivers practical and goal-orientated results. He prepares and drafts sharp and exhaustive court arguments. Chris has demonstrated on many occasions his exceptional organisational skills in getting things ready for and managing heavy workload of major regulatory and court submissions and hearings.’
‘Jannis Bille has quickly become an essential part of the energy team and showed outstanding skills in researching European and UK energy regulations and case law and offered new views on old problems. He has successfully shouldered a significant portion of heavy lifting in a number of regulatory submissions and court cases and his contribution was instrumental in getting a positive outcome.’
Hartree Partners (UK) Limited
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
National Grid plc
Barclays Bank Plc and Morgan Stanley & Co. International Plc
ORIX Corporation UK
Total- Eren S.A.
Canada Pension Plan Investments and Renewable Power Capital
Pearl Infrastructure Partners
- Advised National Grid on its £7.8bn acquisition of Western Power Distribution (WPD) – the UK’s largest electricity distribution business – in a move that will pivot National Grid’s UK portfolio towards electricity, and significantly enhance its central role in delivering the UK’s net zero carbon targets.
- Advised BP on its entry into a strategic partnership with Equinor for the development of offshore wind assets, the first stage of which involved BP’s purchase of a 50% interest in Equinor’s Empire Wind and Beacon Wind assets located offshore New York and Massachusetts.
- Advised Total-Eren S.A and EDF Renouvelables on a $165m green term loan to finance a 300 MW solar project in Rajasthan, India.
Linklaters LLP remains a market leader in the power arena, and has an excellent track record of work in the renewable energy and power space, with notable strength in major offshore wind projects. The group is overseen by a trio of key partners including Daniel Tyrer, the global head of the energy and infrastructure practice, and co-heads John Pickett and Chris Staples. The group handles top-end project financing matters, international transactional work, and developments for an impressive roster of prestigious clients. The practice houses a large team of experts including preeminent practitioner Jeremy Gewirtz who acts across emerging markets, particularly the Middle East; domestic energy specialist Charlotte Morgan, finance and capital markets expert Richard Ginks, and construction co-head Richard Coar. Energy and infrastructure lawyer Francesca Matthews, who recently made partner, is recommended by market peers.
Daniel Tyrer; John Pickett; Chris Staples
Other key lawyers:
Jeremy Gewirtz; Richard Cora; Francesca Matthews
Green Investment Group Limited
Mainstream Renewables Power
Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (“BEIS”)
Castleton Commodities UK Limited
- Advised SSE Renewables and Equinor on the construction, development and £5.5bn project financing of the Dogger Bank A and Dogger Bank B phases of the Dogger Bank Wind Farm, owned by SSE and Equinor New Energy.
- Advised global wind and solar company, Mainstream Renewable Power, on its agreement with the renewable energy investment company Aker Horizons.
- Advising the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy in relation to four UK-based nuclear projects and the wider nuclear policy.
Norton Rose Fulbright has an excellent track record of advising on big-ticket renewable energy transactions and continues to demonstrate its industry expertise across the hydrogen projects space. Led by Rob Marsh in London, who is singed out for his advisory work to lenders and sponsors, the group acts in relation to offshore wind assets, solar power work, and project financings. Julien Bocobza, who was previously based in the firm's Tokyo office, is noted for his handling of energy transition projects across Europe and other emerging markets. The core team also includes Christopher Down , who advises on power projects across Asia and the Middle East. The team, which also includes banking specialist Charles Whitney and infrastructure and projects lawyer Madhavi Gosavi, regularly works with colleagues in Singapore, Paris and other global offices on large-scale international mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Madhav Gosavi; Chris Down; Charles Whitney; Julien Bocobza
‘The team has experienced partners and associates with a lot of recent projects experience in the sector. Moreover, each lawyer was well connected each other, thus it makes the work very smooth and efficient. It saved a lot of time and costs.’
‘Julien Bocobza has good connections with sponsors and lenders. Also he is super efficient and speedy in every action. He is a solution oriented lawyer, so always seek results rather than being trapped by every small issue.’
‘Julien Bocobza was very efficient, finding solutions when the negotiations were blocked. He has huge experience in renewables and perfectly know the market practices in both M&A and project development contracts.’
Bank of Tokyo MUFG
Brookfield Renewable Power
Greencoat UK Wind plc
Ministry of Finance of Angola
- Advising a consortium of 29 lenders and three export credit agencies on the financial close of the first two phases of Dogger Bank offshore wind farm.
- Advising JBIC and a syndicate of international banks on the $957m financing of the Fujairah F3 Independent Power Producer project in the United Arab Emirates.
- Advising a consortium of EDF Renouvelables and Jinko Power Company Limited on the project financing and development of the Abu Dhabi-based 2GW Al-Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic Independent Power Producer project.
Addleshaw Goddard’s full-service power practice is ‘highly experienced and motivated’ according to clients, and handles the full range of renewable energy projects, being particularly noted for its strength in offshore and onshore wind matters. Overseen by national head Richard Goodfellow in Leeds, key contacts in the London team include Rory Connor who leading the firm’s team advising SN Power and Norfund on the project financing of the restructuring of the parent group companies of Fountain Hydro Power Corporation, and Oliver Carruthers. The group has expertise across the transactional space, with M&A partner Angus Rollo another key member of the team. The practice has recently been strengthened by the arrivals of Suzanne Moir from DWF, who has expertise in major infrastructure procurements, and Martin Stewart-Smith from Bracewell (UK) LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Angus Rollo; Oliver Carruthers; Suzanne Moir; Rory Connor; Martin Stewart-Smith; Matthew Williams
‘They integrate into the client’s team and have a culture of working together to get the job done. I have been impressed by the breadth of knowledge on show from the partners on the technical and financial elements of project delivery. Fully engaged team. When you have AG as your legal advisers you know that the individuals you are working with are highly experience and motivated. They go all out to deliver especially against tight programmes.’
‘Suzanne Moir is an outstanding partner with such an impressive range of knowledge across energy, waste and infrastructure development, she brings this cross-sectoral knowledge into the projects with great effect.’
‘Rory Connor is pleasant, consistent and present when needed.’
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Red Rock Power
Diamond Transmission Partners
Waste Serv Malta Limited
- Advising SSE on the sale of its 50% stake in its Slough Multifuel Project to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, and advising SSE on the sell down by CIP of its interest in Beatrice offshore wind farm.
- Advising Greencoat Capital’s bio-energy team on the acquisition and development of a 200,000 sq metre renewable energy horticulture project located in Cambridgeshire.
- Advised Norwegian hydropower developer, SN Power, and Norfund on the project financing aspects of the restructuring of the shareholding structure for the 58 MW Bajo Frio hydropower station in Panama, which arose out of the acquisition of SN Power from Norfund by Scatec Solar.
Akin Gump LLP's power practice group has a track record of advising on large acquisitions, disposals, and financings for renewable energy sector clients. Shaun Lascelles advises a range of major oil companies; other key contacts in the team include leveraged finance specialist Amy Kennedy and counsel Nertila Qenani, who advises on transactions and projects. The London team can leverage the US-headquartered firm's international offering across Asia, Europe and the Middle East to handle major cross-border deals, and has been advising on the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an solar PV project; the largest solar project in Jordan. Practice head Julian Nichol left to join Watson Farley & Williams LLP in September 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Amy Kennedy; Shaun Lascelles; Nertila Qenani
‘The team have in-depth knowledge and a genuine interest to advance projects.’
VPI Holding Limited
New Urban Communities Authority of the Government of Egypt
Palestine Power Generation Company
Shams Ma’an Power Company
PAL 4 Solar Energy LLC
- Representing Palestine Power Generating Company in a transaction to develop a power plant in Jenin in the northern part of the West Bank of Palestine.
- Advised VPI Holding Limited, an affiliate of energy and commodities trader Vitol S.A., in connection with the company’s acquisition from Drax Group plc of four combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plants in the UK for a consideration of £193m.
- Advising on ongoing matters in connection with the operation of the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an solar PV project in Jordan, the largest solar project in Jordan.
Baker McKenzie’s renewable energy practice has a wide, international focus with notable strength in offshore projects in the African markets. Recent engagements for the group have included advising the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company on the development of the 200MW Kom Ombo solar PV project. The energy, mining and infrastructure group is led by Richard Blunt who acts across a range of emerging markets; key contacts in London include global head of nuclear Neil Donoghue, transactional lawyers David Duncan and Philip Thomson, and corporate energy, mining and infra partner Mike Webster. Susie Davies is a key contact for energy-related M&A matters. Nick Rainsford joined the team from Ashurst in January 2021, adding to the firm's infrastructure M&A capabilities, although global renewable energy co-head Marc Fèvre left for Simmons & Simmons in the spring.
Richard Blunt; Neil Donoghue
Other key lawyers:
Mike Webster; Susie Davies; David Duncan; Philip Thomson
Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
Gazprom Export LLC
Office Nationale D’Electricité et de l’Eau Potable (ONEE)
CGN Europe Energy
Novartis Pharma AG
Tokyo Gas Co Ltd
Fiera Infrastructure Inc.
Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC)
Infrared Capital Partners
- Advising Fiera Infrastructure on the acquisition, and subsequent refinancing, of 100% of the shares in PV Solar Investments Ltd, a portfolio of residential rooftop solar photovoltaic systems situated across the UK.
- Advised EDF Energy on Ofgem’s investigation into its approach to supplying information about the operating characteristics of its generating units, which it is required to supply to National Grid under the Grid Code.
- Advising The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company on the development of the 200MW Kom Ombo solar PV project.
Burges Salmon LLP is considered an industry leader in the nuclear power arena and is singled out for its ‘depth of experience and knowledge’, both nationally and internationally. Split between Bristol and London, the group handles the full gamut of work across renewable energy, onshore and offshore wind projects, and solar power, with a notable specialism in the energy regulation area. Practice head Ian Slater is rated highly by clients; he co-chairs the group with Ross Fairley who specialises in low carbon projects. The team has core strength in clean energy work. Nick Churchward is the go-to expert in waste-to-energy matters, Camilla Usher-Clark handles renewable energy M&A, while legal director Ian Truman is a key name for international nuclear law; he was previously deputy general counsel of the Hinkley Point C Project.
Ross Fairley; Ian Salter
Other key lawyers:
Ian Truman; Camilla Usher-Clark; Nick Churchward
‘We were working in an entirely new market, for which no robust legal contracts are yet available. The Burges Salmon team took the time to research and understand the marketplace, they considered the key issues and they dealt with these in a sensible, straight-forward and pragmatic way.’
‘Detailed knowledge of the issues, working relationships with regulators, open and communicative team.’
‘Camilla Usher-Clark is the star of the team.’
‘Ross Fairley is extremely informed and right on the ball. He thinks tactically as well as strategically and delivers.’
‘Ian Truman is easygoing and relaxed – he puts clients at ease, as does his pin-sharp knowledge and experience. Ian is expert in international and UK nuclear law and regulation, complemented with practical, in-house experience on large complex nuclear projects.’
‘This is the most experienced, knowledgeable, specialist and skilled team I have ever worked with in the energy sector. Second to none. Camilla Usher-Clark is the star of the team.’
‘Very competent and very easy to work with – their communication and client relationship management is the best I have encountered. They take time to understand the client and build strong, lasting relationships. In terms of delivery and particularly invoicing, the team is competitive and offers flexible options. They see each new client as a potential long term relationship and act accordingly.’
’Ian Salter is exceptional – a one-off. Spot-on technical advice – always practical and savvy. I use Ian for more than just strict legal advice – his opinion is valued on commercial and business matters and he is a pleasure to work with.’
Green Investment Group
United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
- Advised Statkraft on the acquisition of the entire electric vehicle business of Vattenfall in the UK.
- Advising Progressive Energy on consenting and real estate matters for a new carbon dioxide carbon capture linked to hydrogen production pipeline as part of HyNet, its major blue hydrogen project.
- Advising Blue Gem Wind on the Erebus floating wind project off the coast of Wales, set to be the largest floating wind project in the UK.
Dentons’ power practice leverages the firm's huge international footprint to handle large cross-border energy mandates across Africa and the Middle East. The group has a significant track record of work covering project financing, energy transition and regulatory regimes. Practice head Charles July has over three decades of experience advising on renewable energy across EMEA, and has of late been advising on an offshore wind project in Morocco. Humphrey Douglas handles transactional matters, whilst global energy co-chair Christopher McGee-Osborne is a key name for large-scale power, electric, and oil and gas matters. Solar power specialist Lucille De Silva is another key contact, while Humphrey Douglas can draw on his experience as general counsel for a Middle Eastern state energy company. Senior associate Tom Guilfoyle works across emerging markets on project financings.
Other key lawyers:
Humphrey Douglas; Christopher McGee-Osborne; Lucille De Silva; Tom Guilfoyle
‘Very knowledgeable about current regulation, but also very valuable at guiding our strategic approach when approaching uncharted territory and recommending how to approach and what to request from new regulations.’
’We have been working fundamentally with three partners. Charles July has led the effort and has been always approachable and all our interactions have led to better understanding of the issues. Christopher McGee-Osborne’s knowledge and expert advise on energy and government approach has also been a key active to develop our regulatory strategy.’
‘Very experienced expertise in the energy sector, in particular gas.’
‘Precise, creative, responsive; Charles July is very experienced.’
‘Humphrey Douglas, our point of contact, makes the whole Dentons experience unique!’
Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Sev.en Energy AG
Authority for Electricity Regulation, Oman
Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, Saudi Arabia
Low Carbon Contracts Company
Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
China Nuclear Power Design Company
International Finance Corporation
Power by Britishvolt
Viking Energy Shetland
- Advised the International Finance Corporation on the procurement of two rounds of solar PV projects in Ethiopia.
- Advised Statkraft on the acquisition of the entire share capital of Solarcentury, which gives Statkraft access to Solarcentury’s 6GW project pipeline, spanning many high-growth markets.
- Advised on all aspects of Enbridge’s investment in the Rampion Extension (1.2GW offshore wind farm in the UK).
DLA Piper’s renewable energy practice has recently made two new additions to its team; offshore wind specialist Bruce Chen, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP as of counsel, and legal director Steven Gray, who formerly worked on climate matters at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. Global energy and natural resources co-chair Natasha Luther-Jones, who divides her time between Leeds and London, is described as ‘exceptionally creative’ by clients; she regularly works with colleagues across the firm’s Europe network to effectively handle cross-border mandates, with Andreas Gunst in Vienna and Fredrik Lindblom in Oslo both key names. The group has recently seen a number of departures to Ernst & Young LLP, with Charles Morrison, Dimitri Papaefstratiou, and Simon Collier all leaving to establish a new energy practice for the Big Four firm. Senior associate Jeremy MacIver, who specialises in green energy, has of late been working remotely in New Zealand and building up the firm’s connections there.
Other key lawyers:
Nacim Bounouara; Charlotte Eliades; Bruce Chen; Steven Gray; Jeremy MacIver
‘A dedicated team that leaves no stone unturned. Strong capacity to deal with complex financing structures and transactions. I always feel prioritised. You always get a fast and detailed answer to any questions. This is extremely valuable, knowing that you can reach out at any time and get a quick reply.’
‘Natasha Luther-Jones stands out as a very warm, friendly and highly knowledgeable expert in the field. We have worked with her and the firm on many corporate PPAs and project financings now, and we can comfortably state that she is the best in her peer group.’
’I have excellent experience from working with the same partners and associates on several transactions and issues post-acquisition, and we developed a efficient dynamic and a trusting client-legal adviser relationship. We have for the most part worked together virtually as the people were based in different countries, and it always worked well.’
‘Responsive, pragmatic, industry knowledge and understanding of commercial considerations, trustworthy, solution oriented and extremely nice to work with.’
’Very strong capability in renewables throughout Europe. Wide ranging capability in providing support to developers, funders and operators. Innovative in their solutions to ensure deals are robust, fair and have longevity. Also good corporate capability with excellent M&A experience. Always willing to go that extra mile to achieve a satisfactory outcome.’
’Natasha Luther-Jones is an exceptionally creative lawyer dedicated to achieving client satisfaction with great knowledge and capability in the power sector. You also see a willingness to develop others and structure a team that can adapt to the changing needs of the market so they are one step ahead of other firms.’
- Advising Prime Capital AG and Enlight Renewable Energy (Enlight) on their co-investment in the ready-to-build 372MW Björnberget wind park project in central Sweden.
Ernst & Young LLP
Ernst & Young LLP has rapidly put together a sizeable energy services team with a series of hires from DLA Piper, including Charles Morrison, who now leads the group, along with transactions specialist Simon Collier and project finance expert Dimitri Papaefstratiou. Other lawyers to have moved over from DLA include directors Harry Brunt - who advises sponsors and lenders on energy projects - and Joseph Lam, who has a track record of work for Asian clients. In August 2021 the firm also secured the hire of a four-partner Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP team including global head of clean energy and sustainability Michelle T Davies. The combined group has vast expertise across emerging markets, advising on multi-sourced financing projects and complex transactional mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Dimitri Papaefstratiou; Simon Collier; Joseph Lam; Harry Brunt; Michelle T Davies
‘Michelle Davies has exceptional industry knowledge and relationships.’
The power practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly called in for advice on large UK and international project financing work by sponsors and lenders. Jointly managed by head of power, renewables and energy transition Alex Harrison and Sarah Shaw, who is global co-head of the energy and natural resources group, the team has vast expertise acting in emerging markets across renewable energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure matters, while energy transition is another strength. Arun Velusami is the key contact for Africa-focused projects and is noted for handling global mining work. Senior associate Shah Jahan Khandokar leads the firm’s 'Global Energy Studio', an energy industry team think tank.
Alex Harrison; Sarah Shaw
Other key lawyers:
Arun Velusami; Angus Rankin; Shah Jahan Khandokar
- Sole legal adviser to The Crown Estate in relation to its offshore wind, tidal, carbon capture & storage and gas storage portfolios in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Advising International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan in connection with a pathfinder PPP project involving the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a 1,200 – 1,500 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant in Uzbekistan.
Milbank’s ‘superb’ renewable energy and power team has strength advising both lenders and sponsors on large-scale power projects across Asia, the Middle East and other emerging markets. The practice is active in the LNG-to-power sector and is regularly instructed on international mandates across Latin America. Practice head John Dewar advises client across the power sector including oil and gas, and natural resources; he is supported by Chris Taufatofua, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2021. Senior associate Suzanne Szczetnikowicz advises on corporate acquisitions, restructuring transactions, and cross-border projects. Clive Ransome has now retired.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Taufatofua; Suzanna Szczetnikowicz
‘Exceptional technical and market knowledge and great depth amongst the partners and associates we have used on a very high-profile matter. They are able to co-ordinate instructions and advise coherently and project manage at all levels within our organisation.’
’The team dealing with our matter have been superb. John Dewar has detailed knowledge of the marketplace, supported by the responsive Suzanne Szczetnikowicz. They were responsive to our challenging requirements of timescale and never compromised on quality.’
West African Power Pool
ING Sustainable Investments B.V
Stichting Depositary APG Fixed Income Credits Pool
New Fortress Energy
- Acted for the second lien lenders in the $3bn project financing for the construction of Northvolt AB’s car battery manufacturing project in Skellefteå, Sweden.
- Advised Actis, a global emerging markets investment firm, on the sale of the Zuma Energía renewable energy portfolio in Mexico to China’s State Power Investment Corp, consisting of 349MW of solar projects (Orejana and Santa Maria) and 474MW of wind projects (Invegenio and Reynosa I-V) in operation and a substantial portfolio of wind and solar projects in development.
- Acting for the lenders and export credit agencies in connection with the financing of the 500MW Gulf of Suez Wind II Project, located in Egypt and sponsored by Engie, Orascom and TTC.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP’s renewable energy practice group ‘is amongst the best in the industry’ and has the firepower to seamlessly handle complex financing transactions, sales of transmission assets and joint ventures. Jointly managed by John Deacon and Evan Stergoulis, the group has strength in the domestic and international offshore wind sector; recent highlights have included advising on the project financing of the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project off the coast of Taiwan, which is being developed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The practice has continued to build on the back of its acquisition of an energy and infra team from Watson Farley & Williams LLP in early 2020; of that group, Ravinder Sandhu is a key contact for renewable energy projects (including offshore wind, biomass and solar) while Simon Alsey focuses on large M&A mandates. Hannah Roscoe’s practice spans renewable energy, nuclear, and conventional power. At the associate level, Oliver Sikora advises on cross-border financings, particularly in the Asian markets.
Evan Stergoulis; John Deacon
Other key lawyers:
Ravinder Sandhu; Simon Alsey; Hannah Roscoe; Oliver Sikora; Adam Smith
‘The team is very strong, experienced and skilled within the energy and renewables sector and understands all respects of developing, constructing and operating energy and renewables assets as well as the investment, financing and M&A aspects of the asset class. The combination of these skills are unique and add not only superior legal advice and expertise, but is also value adding from a commercial and financial perspective. In addition, the team is very service minded and flexible and delivers always within agreed deadlines.’
‘Hannah Roscoe is the standout partner in the team – we have worked with her a long time and she continues to provide timely, commercially astute and reasonable advice across the energy, M&A and financing arenas.’
‘Ravinder Sandhu is the stand out partner for me, however, Evan Stergoulis and Simon Alsey are top quality as well. Ravinder’s stand out quality is output. She works at a furious pace that results in documents being turned around in unexpectedly quick times with high quality results.’
‘Simon Alsey and Ravinder Sandhu are hardworking, detail-oriented though pragmatic, enthusiastic and fun to work with. Feels like colleagues in a team which makes the cooperation a pleasure.’
Evan Stergoulis has a deep knowledge of, and is very well respected in, the renewables industry. He is both technically excellent as a lawyer and has an extremely impressive commercial understanding of the business of this sector. Evan is able to draw on both skillsets to provide advice that is relevant to the needs of his clients.’
‘Simon Alsey is an extremely safe pair of hands and a pleasure to work with. He is rigorous in his approach, at ease with complex transactions, yet also able to provide focused and digestible advice to help the client make sense of it all.’
‘Outstanding commitment to the tasks and results.’
‘Balanced and considered viewpoint, with a pragmatic approach always.’
ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
Atradius Dutch State Business N.V.
Banco Santander, S.A.
Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
BlackRock Renewable Power Group
Bluefield Solar Income Fund (Bluefield)
Conrad Energy Limited
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Crédit Agricole CIB
CTBC Bank Co., Ltd
DBS Bank Ltd.
Deutsche Bank AG
Emirates Global Aluminium
Entie Commercial Bank
E.Sun Commercial Bank Ltd.
EP UK Investments
Future Earth Energy
Hudson Clean Energy Partners
JP Morgan Asset Management / IIF
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH
KGI Bank Xo, Ltd.
Maple Power (JV between Enbridge and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board)
Mizuho Bank Ltd.
NextEnergy Solar Fund
Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI)
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited (OCBC)
RockRose Energy plc
Seacrest Capital Group Ltd
- Advising the ECAs and lenders on the $3bn project financing of the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project, featuring the largest ECA and lender group of any offshore wind project to date, the largest renewables financing in the APAC region to date and one of the world’s biggest project financings in 2020.
- Advised Hornsea 1 Limited (a joint venture of Ørsted and Global Infrastructure Partners) on its £1bn+ sale of transmission system assets relating to the 1.2 GW Hornsea offshore wind farm, currently the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world.
- Advising on multiple mandates for long-term client Conrad Energy, supporting its growth in 2020 to become the largest flexible generation platform in the UK, including the proposed acquisition of up to 11 development-phase gas peaking power plants and two operational gas peaking power plants.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP’s multidisciplinary power practice group is now led by Stephen Tobin following the retirement of Paul Rice. The team retains its strength across the offshore wind and bioenergy space. The team handles large financing deals, cross-border transactions, and energy litigation matters for national clients. Gareth Phillips leads the offshore renewables group; as wel as emerging markets work; he is recommended for domestic acquisitions and disposals of energy related infrastructure. Heating and decentralised energy projects also feature in the case load. Other key names include Murdo MacLean and Peter Feehan, who leads the global CleanTech market team.
Other key lawyers:
Gareth Phillips; Murdo Maclean; Pete Feehan; Richard Griffiths; Jeremy Chang; John Woolley; Jeremy Chang
‘The individuals within the team have in-depth knowledge of the electricity distribution market as well as key issues such as state aid. Most importantly for us, they work extremely well with other consultants and with the client project team.’
Jeremy Chang – very personable and good to work with. Highly experienced in the district energy sector.’
‘Peter Feehan is exceptional in his knowledge of the power sector, legislation, regulations, contractual approaches, and negotiations with distribution network operators. ‘
‘This team have in depth knowledge of the electricity distribution market, in particular the mechanisms by which public bodies can forward fund distribution infrastructure to remove a key barrier to growth. As well as legal expertise, they have commercial expertise and understand the perspective of key market operators.’
‘A highly capable team, well respected in the energy sector. A close knit team who genuinely seem to enjoy working together, despite the challenges of staff being located in different offices.’
‘They have huge experience – it’s their public sector understanding that makes their support invaluable. We could not have reached a successful contractual agreement without Pinsent Masons, who helped us win through to agree a major project.’
Cleve Hill Solar Park Limited
Diamond Transmission Hornsea One Limited
Nissan Europe SA and Nissan Manufacturing UK Limited
Vattenfall Heat UK
Central Bedfordshire Council
North Sea Link
Awel Y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited
Hyosung Heavy Industries
Statkraft Group NoIonity
VPI Immingham LLP / VPI Immingham B Limited
- Advised the joint venture partners, Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy, on all consenting and environmental issues associated with the 350MW Cleve Hill Solar Park, in Kent.
- Advised Diamond Transmission Hornsea One Limited, an acquisition vehicle owned by Mitsubishi Corporation and Chubu Electric Power, on the financing and acquisition of the £1.175bn Hornsea One offshore windfarm transmission system from Hornsea 1 Limited (a JV between Orsted and Global Infrastructure Partners).
- Advised Nissan on its groundbreaking vehicle 2 grid joint venture with E.ON SE and E.ON UK.
US firm Shearman & Sterling LLP’s power practice group is singled out as being ‘exceptional’ by clients and houses a team of ‘market leaders’ including practice head Iain Elder. The team handles large project financing mandates across emerging markets and has expertise acting in energy transactions across Asia and the Middle East. Nicholas Buckworth has over three decades of experience advising sponsors on financing developments across EMEA, as does Sanja Udovicic who is a key name for lenders, while John Inglis handles renewable energy and infrastructure projects for power generation. The group can leverage its substantial international offering on cross-border work, and liaises with its offices in Abu Dhabi and Germany. Katie Hicks and Tim Sheddick departed the firm to join the global project development practice at White & Case LLP in early 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Nicholas Buckworth; John Inglis; Sanja Udovicic
‘The lead partners are exceptionally knowledgeable and are innovative in coming up with solutions to complex problems. The partners are backed with high quality senior associates who are clearly partner material in the offing.’
‘Nick Buckworth, John Inglis and Iain Elder are leaders in their fields and will make sure that they are available to assist rather than relying on associates’
’Nick Buckworth is one of the market leaders. Iain Elder is excellent on the sponsor side.’
‘John Inglis provides excellent leadership. He has deep knowledge and abundant experience in the sector which clients can rely on. What makes him unique is that he is always forward looking, and gathers as much information as he can, to utilize it in future.’
‘Shearman & Sterling is an exceptional law firm. We very much appreciate working with them and can highly recommend their services. The legal advisors are highly committed, knowledgeable, creative, solution-driven – just what you need to close a deal.’
‘Very good at getting the high value, highly complex projects structured and done – a creative, problem solving firm.’
‘Shearman does a great job of managing a complex transaction and staying on top of relevant issues/driving the process forward. Sanja Udovicic is particularly noteworthy. I’ve worked with her for a number of years and think she is an outstanding lawyer with a commercial and collaborative approach.’
Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)
- Advised Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on the development and financing of the Sharjah Multi-fuel Waste-to-Energy project in the Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
- Representing NEOM Company, Saudi Arabia’s new city gigaproject development company, on a $5bn green energy joint venture with ACWA Power and Air Products.
- Advising Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on the development and financing of a 200 MW solar PV project in Azerbaijan.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons made a key hire in early 2021 with the addition of Marc Févre from Baker McKenzie, where he was global co-head of the renewable energy group. The practice acts on a range of matters spanning the project financing and development space, with expertise across the African and Middle Eastern markets. The team advises sponsors, investors and governments on large project financing matters and large international development projects. Iain Duncan leans the group, which is comprised of Alex Blomfield, Patrick Wallace, who handles thermal, nuclear and renewable energy work, and Andrew Petry. Richard Dyton heads the international energy group and is recommend for contentious construction matters. Managing associate Rose-Anna Burnett and of counsel Simon Kenolty are also key names in the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Marc Févre; Simon Kenolty; Rose-Anna Burnett; Richard Dyton; Andrew Petry; Patrick Wallace; Alex Blomfield
‘The Simmons team are very responsive in providing clear, commercial and pragmatic advice. They are always accessible, approachable even situations where complex issues have to be resolved within tight deadlines. Their online transaction management portal was invaluable for managing a complex cross-border financing involving four jurisdictions and multiple lenders at different levels.’
‘They have the ability to identify potential areas of concern but also solutions and workarounds. I really value their accessibility and approachability, as in a firm with limited in-house counsel, being able to rely on them to have an understanding of the wider implications of transactions/agreements is great. Also there is no hoarding of the client relationship, the partners best able to advise are brought in as appropriate.’
Mainstream Renewable Power
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
European Investment Bank, NordLB, KfW IPEX-Bank and Hamburg Commercial Bank
NextEnergy Solar Fund
Umm Al Houl Power QPSC
Iona Capital Ltd
- Advising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the £9bn Nuclear Liabilities Fund and decommissioning of eight nuclear power stations operated by EDF including the option to acquire seven of EDF’s AGR nuclear power stations.
- Advising Brookfield Infrastructure on the acquisition of a majority stake in one of Germany’s fastest-growing companies, Thermondo GmbH, a pioneer in the digital heating tech space.
- Advising NextEnergy Solar Fund on a rolling programme for the acquisition and development of major PV assets and development projects.
Squire Patton Boggs’ power practice handles the full range of renewable and conventional energy projects, and has strength in the offshore wind area. Ian Wood is a key name for nuclear power mandates, and jointly oversees the group with Trevor Ingle. Peter Stewart, who recently joined from Clyde & Co LLP has expertise across emerging markets, particularly in Africa and the Middle East; he advises on infrastructure projects and handles international arbitration matters. The practice has recently seen the departures of two senior figures – Henry Davey and Peter Wright, who joined McCarthy Denning, with new joiners including corporate specialists Jayson Marks and Julian Thatcher.
Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle
Other key lawyers:
Peter Stewart; Robert Broom; Jayson Marks
‘They have a good breadth of skills and knowledge for our requirements, in particular in the oil and gas industry in which we operate, on our M&A projects, in relation to AIM matters, where we are quoted, and for corporate matters generally.’
‘Jayson Marks is very knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and easy to work with.’
Regulatory Authority of Bermuda
Calon Energy Limited
Fiji Electricity Authority
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S
Volta Energy Group Limited
Ener-G Combined Power Limited
Frontier Investment Management Denmark
Falck Renewables Limited
RES UK & Ireland Limited
Sumitomo Corporation IJ Systems
Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE)
Social Energy Limited
Toto Energy Limited
Global Wind Services US Inc.
NTK Cables A/S
Habitat Energy Limited
- Advising MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Taiwan Ltd on the terms and conditions of their Turbine Supply and Installation Agreements and long term service contracts for the 600MW ChangFang and Xidao offshore wind farms, Taiwan, including advising in relation to extensive requirements for localising wind turbine component manufacture in Taiwan, as imposed by the Taiwanese Government.
- 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.
- Acting for Habitat Energy Limited in relation to its most recent venture capital financing round. Habitat provides a state-of-the-art optimisation and trading platform for grid-scale battery storage, with full route-to-market capability for wholesale and balancing markets in the UK and elsewhere. We advise Habitat on corporate, regulatory and commercial matters.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s power practice group is led by global co-head of energy and infrastructure Henry Stewart, and has strength in the renewable energy and offshore wind space. The team advises a range of clients on high-value financing deals and cross-border transactions in the Middle East and Asian markets. The group was recently bolstered by the arrival of experienced transactional specialist Julian Nichol from US firm Akin Gump LLP. Emmanuel Ninos and Martin Lucas are other key contacts and have recently been engaged in the largest offshore wind construction project in the North Sea. Rebecca Williams co-heads the dispute resolution group and is recommended for biomass and offshore wind litigation matters. Elsewhere, Titus Edjua is a key contact for Africa-project mandates; project finance partner Daisy East is another key name.
Other key lawyers:
Martin Lucas; Daisy East; Emmanuel Ninos; Titus Edjua; Julian Nichol; Rebecca Williams
‘Very approachable and flexible in working with. Excellent communication skills and hard-working to deliver value for the client.’
‘They have the drive to achieve a good and fair contract – they have an understanding of both sides’ positions to suggest ways forward and potential solutions.’
‘Emmanuel Ninos has been central to the success of major contracts and we look forward to continuing to work with him.’
‘Rebecca Williams is a brilliant leader, first-class lawyer, and great tactician. Rebecca puts everything into her cases, and fights hard for her clients in all the big cases. A real winner.’
‘Martin Lucas is a calming influence when I have a tight deadline and both Martin and his team always produce work to the highest standard and on time and within fee estimate. I trust his work 100% and never feel I need to go back to him to clarify his work.’
‘Martin Lucas has an excellent understanding of what we as a client truly need and what we are after with regard to granularity in advice. Truly excellent lawyer.’
‘WFW have the best contentious energy/power team in London, in my view. They have a commanding practice and are involved in some of the biggest and most complex disputes.’
‘The renewable project team have an unrivalled depth of knowledge of the offshore windfarm industry. They totally understand the requirements of the client and I consider them an extension to our in-house department.’
National Westminster Bank
The Renewables Infrastructure Group / Infrared Capital Partners
Bio Capital Limited
Coro Energy plc
- Advised NatWest on its first SONIA project financing as part of the ongoing LIBOR transition through its £30m financing of a portfolio of UK rooftop and ground-mounted solar PV projects, owned by Innova Energy, with a total installed capacity of 57 MW.
- Advised InfraRed, as fund manager to TRIG, in relation to TRIG’s acquisition of a 17.5% equity interest in the Beatrice offshore wind farm from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
- Advising the SPVs set-up by SSE plc and Equinor that are developing the three offshore windfarms known as Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C in the North Sea on all the construction elements for the development of those wind farms, which combined will combined generate 3.6 GW of energy and able to power up to 4.5 million homes.
White & Case LLP has a strong power practice with 'extensive experience of projects in both developed and emerging economies', advising large energy companies and sovereign states on project financing and development. Led by Carina Radford, the group has an impressive geographical footprint across the Middle East and Africa, acting for sponsors and operators on renewable assets. 'Excellent negotiator' Mukund Dhar heads the Africa group and is recommended for transactional work for State entities, recently advising the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Ghana. On the construction side, Richard Hill is a key name, while Jason Kerr advises banks and other financial institutions on international financing work. The team has made a number of internal partner promotions as well as the lateral hire Sandra Rafferty, who joined from CMS in mid-2020 and specialises in the infrastructure and energy sectors, in particular cross-border M&A. The partnership has also been strengthened with the addition of infrastructure duo Katie Hicks and Tim Sheddick, who joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Sandra Rafferty; Jason Kerr; Mukund Dhar; Richard Hill; Katie Hicks; Tim Sheddick
‘Whenever in doubt, we would go to Mukund Dhar for advice. He has shown excellent knowledge of the power sector and is very efficient in turning around any documents, memos, opinions etc we might need. Mukund is definitely a legal practitioner one would want to have on his team for any energy and resources projects. Mukund is always available and ready to close out a matter others have been struggling with.’
‘Jason Kerr has a very commercial, solution oriented approach.’
‘Carina Radford offers comprehensive advice.’
‘Mukund Dhar is an excellent negotiator.’
‘White & Case is definitely a firm that tops the table of legal advisors in the power sector. They have extensive experience of projects in both developed and emerging economies and always have a good case study to support any decision or view they take. If one needs a reliable and experienced legal advisor in the power sector, White & Case is definitely the first pick for the job.’
‘A very responsive team who are able to consider commercial factors swiftly in order to achieve intended goals.’
‘Their approach is tailored to us with an experienced team. They provide focused, practical and comprehensive advice.’
EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG)
AfDB, TDB and Finnfund
Emirates Water and Electricity Company
Octopus Investments Limited
EnerjiSA Enerji Uretim A.S
Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan
- Advised EIG Global Energy Partners (EIG), a US-based investor in the global energy and infrastructure sectors, on the commitment from EIG managed funds of €135m for ib vogt GmbH’s global solar pv portfolio.
- Representation of Octopus Renewables, the clean energy investor arm of Octopus Group, on the acquisition of 50% of Yorkshire Windpower Limited, a portfolio of two wind farms located up on the Yorkshire Moors..
- Advised an international energy fund in relation to the structured financing of the £3bn Seagreen offshore windfarm in Scotland. With a capacity of 1,140MW, Seagreen will be Scotland’s largest wind farm once complete and will generate enough electricity to power 1 million homes, furthering the UK’s ambition to deliver 40GW of offshore wind by 2030.
Bird & Bird LLP’s international energy and utilities group is jointly overseen by a number of key partners, including clean energy expert Matt Bonass, projects and regulatory partner Michael Rudd and the ‘outstanding‘ Elizabeth Reid. The team is instructed on a range of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) across renewable energy and handles cross-border transactions for international clients. Legal director Geraldine Laing, a construction and projects contracts specialist, joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2020.
Matt Bonass; Michael Rudd; Elizabeth Reid
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent attention to detail, project management and relationship management, in addition to great depth of experience and expertise.’
‘Elizabeth Reid is an outstanding adviser.’
‘Expert guidance with strong industry experience.’
Sukari Gold Mines (a company registered in the Arab Republic of Egypt)/Centamin plc
Island Green Power
Amp Solar Inc
- Advised CNIC/Huaneng on the development of their 150 MW Minety battery storage project, one of the largest battery storage projects in the UK.
- Advised Padero on a large DCO solar joint ventures this year which was the sale of the Conservation Energy project (now renamed Longfields) to EDF Renewables.
- Advising Sukari Gold Mines (a subsidiary of Centamin plc) on contracts with an international EPC contractor for the design, installation, commissioning and operation of a photovoltaic solar power plant, battery energy storage system and management system to be located at its the Sukari Gold Mine in Egypt.
US firm Bracewell (UK) LLP has a proven track record of acting in emerging markets, with strength in large Middle Eastern project financing deals, where the team is advising on a 800MW solar plant project, the first of its size in Qatar. Overseen by managing partner Jason Fox, the core practice group includes construction specialist Tracy London and Oliver Irwin, who advises both lenders and sponsors on international projects. Offshore wind projects and UK-wide battery storage work are other areas of focus. The team has recently ramped up its renewable energy offering by recruiting three Clifford Chance LLP associates as partners - Tom Jamieson, Gordon Stewart and Jo En Low all have considerable expertise of energy transactions across the EMEA region.
Jason Fox; Tracy London
Other key lawyers:
Oliver Irwin; Jo En Low; Gordon Stewart; Tom Jamieson
‘The new additions to the team, Tom Jamieson, Jo En Low and Gordon Stewart, bring a wealth of experience and expertise. They proactively engage with their clients and deliver advice which is clear, commercial and on point.’
‘Tom Jamieson is a sensible and commercial lawyer, always looking to find a solution to problems. He is a good technical lawyer and a pleasure to work opposite.’
‘The team is proactive in dealing with the needs of clients, both in terms of ongoing advice but also new opportunities. They understand our needs and challenges.’
Alcazar Energy Partners
- Advised Eni with respect to its acquisition of a 20% interest in the Dogger Bank (A and B) 2.4 GW offshore windfarm project from Equinor and SSE.
- Advised the Marubeni and Total Solar consortium on the development and financing of the 800 MW Al Kharsaah Solar IPP in Qatar, the first solar plant of its size in Qatar.
- Advising Fotowatio Renewable Ventures in connection with the project financing of a 55 MW Solar PV project in Armenia.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is singled out for its renewable energy practice and handles significant transactions for leading clients including EDF Energy. The team, under the joint leadership of finance specialist Adam Dann and Kiran Arora, advises across the full range of matters and has carved out particular expertise in battery storage projects and power generation. They are supported by a strong base of senior associates who specialise across the spectrum of project finance matters, large-scale energy transactions, and commercial contracts; Simon Buchler and Helen Miller are key contacts. Associate director Kenneth Addly is recommended for complex energy and infrastructure service contracts.
Adam Dann; Kiran Arora
Other key lawyers:
Helen Miller; Simon Buchler; Kenneth Addly
‘Kiran Arora and the team are able to discuss conceptual/funding points and hold on to and distil those thoughts to ensure these principles are observed.’
‘Kiran Arora provides consistency in investing time with the client to understand stated fund/strategy goals as much as transaction-related targets. He has an amiable character which allows us to foster a discussion on all aspects of our investment strategy and requirement. Kiran was directly responsible for the appointment of BCLP in a sector outside his responsibility – primarily due to the care and attention Kiran had delivered to date; this gave us confidence we would get it elsewhere.’
Amber Infrastructure Limited
Gent Fairhead & Co
National Grid Group
- Advised Gent Fairhead & Co on the sale of the development rights and relevant land rights for a proposed 595,000-tonnes-a-year waste-to-energy facility and integrated waste management facility in Rivenhall, Essex.
- Advised EDF Energy on their acquisition of Pod Point, a leading provider of charging infrastructure for EVs in the UK from multiple sellers and advising on the joint venture arrangements with L&G that took effect from completion.
- Advising National Grid on the delivery of the second phase of a tunnelled 32km “electricity cable super-highway” across south London, following the successful first phase north of the river.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's energy and infrastructure group provides ‘excellent advice’ and has notable expertise of acting in emerging markets on large-scale projects, as well as transactional mandates across Asia. Jason Lovell is singled out by clients and has a reputable corporate practice handling transactions for energy sector clients. Key names include global energy and infrastructure co-head Robert Pitcher and energy disputes head Mark Howarth in Leeds. Stephen Hill focuses on cross-border M&A work for funders, whilst Indraj Mangat is a key name for project finance; he advises on onshore and offshore wind projects and solar matters. International head of clean energy and sustainability Michelle T Davies recently left to join EY LLP.
Robert Pitcher; Mark Howarth
Other key lawyers:
Jason Lovell; Ryan Gawrych; Stephen Hill; Indraj Mangatt
’The Eversheds Sutherland team has been very responsive, are familiar with our project and are able to refer to the projects they have previously advised on to help with the current assignment. They are always prompt in replies and the advice is very helpful, in part due to their knowledge of the MOs of various types of clientele.’
’Jason Lovell is instrumental. Very knowledgeable, has a good memory, quick responses, calm in a fiery discussion, able to guide discussions to fruitful conclusions.’
‘Eversheds’ renewables practice provides excellent expert advice on all aspects of renewable energy projects (projects, commercial contracts, planning & property, finance, corporate & M&A, regulatory) through a team of seasoned industry experts. The team are competent across all major technologies and throughout the lifecycle of projects.’
‘Jason Lovell has competence in M&A and corporate matters, guiding us through various acquisitions over the years, as well as flexibility and ingenuity in devising solutions.’
‘The Eversheds team are very responsive and reliable throughout the transaction process. In particular, they proceeded in an orderly manner during the last few days before the closing, when the pressure was high and the workload was heavy. I very much appreciate their support throughout. In addition, one of the key strengths of Eversheds is their international footprint. This was vital to the transactions we worked on as they were cross-border in nature. Various offices of Eversheds were able to work as one team effectively and efficiently. This made a positive difference in negotiation rounds and execution.’
‘They were very professional and knowledgeable on the subject matter. The overall experience was very positive. I deeply appreciated their pragmatism and their ability to consider both legal implications and commercial impact.’
‘Eversheds has excellent, engaged partners delivering a high calibre work product.’
’I would single out Mark Howarth as the standout. He is the full package: strategic, clever, easy to work with and pragmatic.’
Greencoat Solar Assets II Limited
Essar Oil (UK) Limited
Avenir LNG Limited
SSE and Equinor
National Grid Viking Link Limited
National Iranian Oil Company (“NIOC”)
CGN Europe Energy SAS
Gresham House Energy Storage Holdings
- Advised EP UK Investments Ltd (EPUKI), a subsidiary of Energetický a průmyslový holding, a.s. (EPH), on the acquisition of Humbly Grove Energy Limited (and its subsidiary) from PETRONAS, Malaysia’s integrated petroleum corporation.
- Advised Glennmont Partners on its acquisition of a 211MW windfarm in Finland, marking its first investment in the Nordic market.
- Advising Essar on its participation in the HyNet North West Project, which involves the development of the UK’s first large-scale low carbon natural gas to hydrogen industrial cluster.
Fieldfisher has a particular niche in the low carbon energy transition space, and is active across project development and corporate power purchase agreements. The power group sits within the firm’s wider energy and natural resources practice and is led by Dominic Gurney-Champion, and includes key partners Elisabeth Blunsdon and energy and infrastructure lawyer Mark Nash. In Birmingham, construction lawyer Hugo Lidbetter focuses on power supply and power generation matters. At the associate level, Alice Taylor is recommended. The team is able to handle large pan-European work by working in tandem with lawyers in its Madrid and Munich offices.
Other key lawyers:
Elisabeth Blunsdon; Hugo Lidbetter; Mark Nash
Fieldfisher have been our trusted advisors for around the last 10 years. They understand our commercial needs and internal procedures through their in-depth and longstanding knowledge of our group of companies. Thus they are able to provide truly commercial, cost-effective and pragmatic solutions to furnish our specific enquiries and needs. Fieldfisher’s breadth of European and international offices is very helpful with the large number of international projects and jurisdictions we are involved in, and is a practice with high number of experts specialising in very specific areas of law, which adds value to their expertise. At the same time, the firm is always approachable.’
‘We have worked with Fieldfisher’s team on a large variety of corporate and financing matters. The whole team, from most senior to most junior members is highly professional, is always approachable and able to provide simple and pragmatic solutions for our needs. The fact that a large number of team members we deal with have international expertise and language and cultural knowledge makes working with Fieldfisher’s team a seamless and streamlined experience.’
Sev.en Energy AG
EP UK Investments
Shell Energy Europe
Yorkshire Gas and Power
Future Earth Energy
- Instructed by Shell Energy Europe to advise the company on negotiating the Seabank deal – a complex energy management services and tolling agreement in relation to the output of the Seabank gas-fired power station.
- Advised Future Earth Energy on the sale of the 18 MW Great Coates Combined Heat and Power energy from waste (EfW) project in Grimsby to energy services provider DMG EcO.
- Advised green power supplier Yü Energy on their acquisition of two B2B businesses.
Gowling WLG handles a significant amount of transactional energy mandates, both domestic and international, and strengthened its offering during 2020 with the hire of finance lawyer Nath Curtis from Burges Salmon LLP, where he was the head of the renewable energy finance team. The international energy and project development team is overseen by Jonathan Brufal (who also heads the Africa group); they 'think outside the box to add value', according to one client. The core team comprises group co-head Gareth Baker, Andrew Newbery, who has significant experience in Middle Eastern markets, and John Cooper. Birmingham-based energy expert Gus Wood is also a name to note.
Jonathan Brufal; Gareth Baker
Other key lawyers:
Gus Wood; Andrew Newbery
‘We work closely with Gus Wood who provides cost-effective, pragmatic, no-nonsense, knowledgeable advice. He is a real pleasure to work with.’
‘Great industry knowledge. Comfortable working on complex regulatory/contractual arrangements.’
‘Gowlings are our go-to energy practice. The experience and responsiveness to our needs is better than most other firms we have used. Billing is clear and focused and they think outside the box to add value.’
‘Gus Wood is a safe pair of hands – he is technically very good.’
‘Gareth Baker’s his attention to detail and understanding of our business and added value is outstanding.’
Brockwell Energy Limited
Statkraft Markets GmbH
Kansai Electric Power Corporation
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Svea Renewable Solar AB
Downing Renewables & Infrastructure Trust plc
A. P. Moller Capital
AIB Group PLC
Dore Hold Co Limited
Energy Storage Africa
The Triple Point Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Company PLC
Harry Piers Shaw Bond
- Advising Highview Power on its development of the UK’s first commercial cryogenic energy storage facility at large scale.
- Advising Kansai Electric Corporation, a major Japanese utility based in Osaka, on Project Lightning, a new electricity transmission project in Abu Dhabi with an estimated value of $2.5bn.
- Advised Statkraft on its power purchase agreement (PPA) with Seagreen Wind Energy, relating to what will be the largest offshore wind farm in Scotland.
Lux Nova Partners LimitedLux Nova Partners Limited is a well-regarded specialist firm focused on clean energy; the team's work spans large infrastructure projects, emerging technologies, and low-carbon matters. Rated by clients and peers for their ‘deep sector expertise’, the group is overseen by a trio of founding partners - Sandy Abrahams, Tom Bainbridge and Louisa Cilenti , who heads the firm's financing practice. The team is described as 'experts in their field - they simply know their stuff better than others and can get to a resolution more quickly'. Nikola Zahariev has experience acting across emerging markets, particularly in the Middle East and Africa; he is noted for low-carbon energy matters. Stephen Lister is a key name for energy disputes.
Tom Bainbridge; Louisa Cilenti; Sandy Abrahams
Other key lawyers:
Nikola Zahariev; Stephen Lister
‘The Lux Nova team has really deep expertise in the energy sector.’
‘Their key strength is how knowledgeable their people are in this space. Sandy Abrahams is expert at articulating complex and arcane energy sector rules and concepts into clear contracts that are easy to read, comprehensive but intelligible.’
‘Lux Nova are specialists in their field and the work is undertaken by partners or senior team members.’
’The Lux Nova team are experts in their field – they simply know their stuff better than others and can get to the key issues and resolution more quickly.’
Addenbrokes Hospital NHS Trust
The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Blue Elephant Energy AG
Bristol City Council
Considerate Hoteliers Ltd.
Ecuity Consulting LLP
GridX Africa Development
Metropolitan Housing Trust
Metropolitan Kings Cross
Open Utility Ltd (trading as Piclo)
Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)
Oxford City Council
Plymouth City Council
PNE / WKN Group
Podium Asset Services (Lend Lease affiliate)
Power Transition Ltd
Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust
RWE: Rampion and Triton Knoll Offshore Windfarms
Social and Sustainable Capital
SSE: Beatrice and Dogger Bank Offshore Windfarms
Triple Point Heat Networks
University of Cambridge
- Managing the delivery of the £320m Heat Network Investment Programme for the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
- Advised the borrower on a multi-jurisdictional construction financing of two Wind parks in Poland.
- Advising EnergyPro in relation to their project to develop an “ESCO-in-a-Box”business model, providing the tools for the energy efficiency ESCO model in a standardised package which can then be licensed and used by organisations that are existing trusted energy efficiency advisers to SMEs.
Mayer Brown International LLP’s renewable power and infrastructure practice group was significantly bolstered by the 2020 arrivals of ex-White & Case LLP duo Meredith Campanale and Kirsti Massie, who was global head of the power industry group at her former firm. The team has vast expertise across the project financing space and advises on multi-sourced financings across Europe. Specialisms include battery storage, cross-border gas pipelines work, and traditional thermal power projects. David Fraher focuses on international energy transactions in emerging markets, and acts for sovereign states and state-owned entities.
Meredith Campanale; Kirsti Massie
Other key lawyers:
‘Meredith Campanale is extremely cool under pressure. She is extremely organised and on top of all the issues. She gives extremely practical commercial advice. She is also, most importantly, a pleasure to work with. Her team are very efficient and turn documents as needed to get complicated transactions completed on time.’
‘Kirsti Massie is extremely knowledgeable on the regulatory side of things. She produces easy to read, but comprehensive diligence reports.’
Investec Bank plc
Green Network Energy
- Represented Green Network Energy on its restructuring, which involved contingency planning, advising the company with regards to the special administration regime applicable to energy supply companies, and assisting the company with the ‘supplier of last resort’ process run by Ofgem, following which the company was placed into administration.
- Represented Investec Bank, AIB Group, Banco de Sabadell, Kommunalkredit Austria and Midgal Insurance Company in relation to £192m in term, revolver and letter of credit facilities for SCCL Holdings, a subsidiary of Triton Power, which is backed by private equity firm Energy Capital Partners.
- Represented MET Group in the project financing of the Kabai Solar Park in Budapest, Hungary with an installed power capacity of 43MW.
Osborne Clarke LLP’s renewable energy practice focuses on smart energy matters, in particular decarbonisation work and the development of new energy market products. Headed by Simon Hobday in London, the group advises major UK utilities on power, energy regulations and corporate transactions. James Watson oversees the decarbonisation group and is the name for net-zero related work for clients, while corporate partner Matthew Bodfield is recommended for large energy and infrastructure transactions. Renewable PPP and solar power work also feature in the caseload, with growing international activity in the Middle East and Africa. Matthew Lewis in Bristol is the national head of the energy practice.
Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday
Other key lawyers:
James Watson; Matthew Bodfield
‘From partner level down, the team is first class.’
‘Simon Hobday leads a knowledgeable and passionate team who always put the client first.’
‘James Watson leads the team fantastically and ensures everyone provides a very high level of service and availability.’
‘The OC projects, energy and natural resources team are second to none. The practice is unique in that the team comes along for the entire process with the client. The commercial acumen of the team and passion for delivery is far beyond that I have experienced from other firms.’
‘Always available – providing support and assistance no matter the time of day or evening. They provide a collaborative approach and feel part of the team, rather than an external adviser.’
John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited
Western Power Company Limited
InfraRed Capital Partners
- Advised funds managed by Foresight Group on their joint venture with CNG Fuels Limited in the fast growing alternative fuel market.
Hailed for its ‘extensive knowledge of all sectors and technologies in energy’, Prospect Law Ltd is a multi-disciplinary practice; its team includes former regulators, economists, insurance professionals and engineers, meaning clients have access to a much broader range of services than they would from a traditional law firm. The firm is also well-regarded for its ‘combination of barristers and solicitors in one firm’. The team has a track record of acting across the renewable energy and nuclear power arenas, with growing activity in the Middle Eastern markets, advising on large-scale energy assets. Jointly overseen by the highly regarded duo of Edward De La Billiere and Edmund Robb, the team advises on power generation, wind projects and solar work, and has recently been joined by a number of new arrivals including renewables head Rory Tait, who previously worked at Lux Nova Partners Limited.
Other key lawyers:
‘An excellent combination of environmental and nuclear knowledge is key for us. Edward de la Billiere and William Wilson have both engaged well us with a willingness to collaborate.’
‘A blend of technical advisory, solicitors and barristers within one practice. They really try to understand your business and what you are trying to achieve in a transaction.’
‘Prospect Law has extensive knowledge of all sectors and technologies in energy and has a particular skill set in assisting companies like us with the raising of significant renewable investment funds worldwide. Prospect Law adds great value to our companies ability to protect itself, its shareholders and its clients wherever we are working in the world.’
‘Prospect Law has an extensive team of experts which are able to focus on our key needs with their keys strengths. We have access to the senior partners, Edward de la Billiere and Edmund Robb. This has meant that we have a strong relationship from the beginning and they fully understand our personal and business journey. They offer great sounding board advice to our ideas, strategy and objectives. Their advice is impartial, measured and non-judgemental. This allows us to freely express our intent, make mistakes and readjust and go again. Our company values the ability of Prospect Law to support the ever changing moods of investors, shareholders, politics, policies and projects.’
‘Prospect Law has a hand-picked team excellent with their specialist knowledge in the renewable sector that would make any law firm envious. Very easy to communicate with. Senior partners will always make themselves available. They have advised us on the construction of renewable energy projects in the EU and India, their advice covered not only legal but also technical issues giving advice on our solar, wind, and hybrid projects, covering finance, commercial property, advice on technical subjects, power purchase agreements, grid connectivity issues, land acquisitions – all issues ensuring all permits and licenses to operate renewable energy projects are in order.’
‘The combination of barristers and solicitors in one firm. Lawyer and non-lawyer technical help. Groundbreaking expertise in law and regulation. A flat management structure, providing an efficient and cost-effective outcome.’
‘Edmund Robb stands out from all other Barristers, I have used. He gets on with the job at hand and does not require us as clients to produce extra work unless it is absolutely necessary. This saves a great deal of my time, allowing me to get on with other work. Essentially I give him the case and he gets on with it efficiently and effectively and does not cause any stress on us as clients. Edmund knows planning law inside out and can argue his client’s case very effectively. He has never shied away in taking difficult cases or tackling rare areas of law.’
’Edmund Robb is extremely knowledgeable and customer focused in his dealings. He is attentive to client needs at all stages.’
Countryside Renewables Capital LLP
Maris (Africa) Ltd
- Assisting Countryside Renewables LLP on its planned development of solar farms in the UK, the most recent instruction of which culminated in the recent sale of a 50Mw solar farm, one of the largest consented solar farms in Wales.
- Instructed by the European Commission to provide legal oversight of work to produce a study on the insurance, private and financial markets in the field of nuclear Third Party Liability.
Magic circle firm Slaughter and May is renowned for its transactional capabilities, regularly handling complex, business-critical transactions for infrastructure, energy and natural resources clients. Jointly led by Hywel Davies and Michael Corbett, the practice has a strong corporate focus, as well as notable expertise in renewables. Project finance lawyer Azadeh Nassiri is a core member of the group, as is projects expert Richard Todd. Newly promoted partner Oliver Moir has a real estate focus to his energy practice and is recommended for large-scale project developments in the natural resources space. The group also has vast regulatory experience.
Hywel Davies; Michael Corbett
Other key lawyers:
Azadeh Nassiri; Richard Todd; Oliver Moir
Aker Horizons AS
Contour Global Plc
- Advised Aggreko plc on the recommended cash acquisition of its entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital by Albion Acquisitions Limited.
- Advised Centrica plc on its agreement to sell its North American energy supply, services and trading business, Direct Energy, to NRG Energy for $3.625bn in cash.
- Advising Aker Horizons AS, a subsidiary of Aker ASA, on its proposed acquisition of 75% of Mainstream Renewable Power Limited, a leading independent renewable energy business within onshore and offshore wind and solar.
Power specialist Trinity International LLP has a ‘unique’ offering in the sector, with every one of the firm's lawyers spending the majority of their time on power-related matters. The firm has notable expertise in the African market, with an impressive track record of work on landmark transactions and on-grid and off-grid power projects across the continent; the firm is also active on PPP mandates in Central Asia. The 'phenomenal' Simon Norris has strength advising on matters spanning wind, solar and gas, while other senior partners in the team include Paul Biggs, Conrad Marais, and Kaushik Ray. Senior associate Lucy Johnson advises borrowers on project financing, whilst associate Elizabeth Handley advises contractors on transactions across Central America and Asia.
Paul Biggs; Simon Norris; Kaushik Ray; Conrad Marais
Other key lawyers:
Lucy Johnson; Elizabeth Handley
’Trinity has a very good understanding, knowledge and experience of power projects in Africa as well as an exceptional track record in M&A and financing in the power sector.’
’Lucy Johnson is extremely confident, very diligent, convincing and equally important, fun to work with. She is someone who will always go for the next mile for her client, and she will always come up with solutions rather than problems. I will make sure to work with her again if a financing situation comes my way’
‘Elizabeth Handley is exceptionally good – she is very thorough and detail oriented, but what is exceptional with Elizabeth is that she follows up things very diligently so no issue is left unattended.’
‘Trinity offer an incredibly experienced bench of senior lawyers with a deep understanding of the emerging markets power sector.’
‘Trinity is unique. Their fee structure enables developers to develop projects in risky jurisdictions, If it was not for them we would not have been able to finance our project in Sierra Leone. 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 co-developers, where they bring immense knowledge to the table. I see them as the go to firm in Africa. They have fantastic response times and have never let us down when we have requested anything of them. Their knowledge of the industry and the continent are unparalleled. We would never look to work with any other firm.’
‘Simon Norris is a phenomenal lawyer and a great problem-solver.’
Africa Finance Corporation
AFD (French Development Agency)
AfDB (African Development Bank)
Africa Infrastructure Fund I K/S
Africa Ren Invest Ltd
Aggreko International Projects
Africa Merchant Capital
ATI (African Trade Insurance Agency)
Azura Power (West Africa) Ltd
Azura Power Limited
Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor
Cambridge Energy Partners
Candi solar AG
CDC Group Plc
Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC
Coöperatief Climate Fund Managers U.A.
CPCS Transcom Limited
Cross Boundary Energy Management
Daystar Power Group Limited
DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft)
EAIF (Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund)
Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)
EDFI Management N.V
ERAMET and Grande Côte Opérations
Evolution II ESCO Mauritius
FBN Bank (UK) Ltd
- Advised the project company (owned by Gigawatt Global, a founding member of the White House Power Africa initiative) on a 7.5MW solar PV project in Mubuga in Burundi.
- Advising on Island Nation Floating Solar, a niche sector within the renewable energy market. The firm has been acting for the Seychelles Energy Commission and, through that entity, the Government of Seychelles and the power utility in Seychelles, in respect of the first ever private power project in Seychelles.
- Acting for the project company, Tule Moye Geothermal Limited, on the $1bn Tulu Moye geothermal IPP in Ethiopia.
At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, the power group is active across renewable technologies, onshore and offshore wind projects, solar power and decommissioning matters. Headed by Edinburgh-based energy and natural resources specialist Richard Cockburn, the team advises on the full lifecycle of energy assets, while also providing regulatory expertise and handling disputes for large clients. Sebastian Briggs divides his time between London and Southampton, and is a key name for acquisitions and financings. Other key figures include Christopher Towner and Simon Hewes.
Other key lawyers:
Sebastian Briggs; Christopher Towner; Simon Hewes
Centrica (including British Gas, Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage)
East Anglia Offshore Wind
EDF Energy Renewables
Energie Baden Wurttemberg
Renewable Energy Generation
Renewable Energy Systems
RWE (including RWE Npower and Innogy (formerly RWE Npower Renewables)
Scottish Power Renewables / Scottish Power Generation
The Renewables Infrastructure Group
Total E&P UK Limited
- Advisors to Renewable Energy Systems Limited on all aspects of the development of their significant onshore wind, storage and solar portfolio in respect of new development and life extension projects.
- Advising Npower and Npower group companies on a wide range of business significant transactions as part of a strategic reprofiling of its property portfolio.
- Advising South Tees Development Corporation in relation to all aspects of a joint venture for the ownership, operation, upgrade and expansion of the electricity distribution infrastructure at the 4,500 acre Teesworks site.
Baker Botts (UK) LLP
Clyde & Co LLP's power and renewables sector focus group group is chaired by disputes specialist Richard Power. The firm handles the full spectrum of matters for power clients, covering corporate matters, finance and project development, with strong capabilities on both the contentious and non-contentious side. Other key names in the team include Mary Anne Roff, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2019 - she specialises in complex energy construction and engineering disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Mary Anne Roff; Stephen Jurgenson; Clare Hatcher
‘Thorough understanding of the sector in which we operate.’
‘Very good understanding of our own company culture and how we manage risk.’
‘The partners and the associates we work with are effective, professional and easy to contact.’
‘Mary Anne Roff has an excellent approach – measured and calm. She is very good at working with both my commercial leadership and our engineers, and adds comfort and clarity to what are often very confused and difficult situations.’
‘Clare Hatcher has been involved in virtually all our service business activities in the UK for many years. She is a clear expert in her field.’
Electrogas Malta Limited
Speciality Steel UK Limited
MW High Tech Projects UK Limited
- Advising ElectroGas Malta Limited on ongoing aspects of the €450m Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project, which involves the financing, development, maintenance and operation of the project, which is to provide the supply and delivery of electricity and natural gas to Enemalta, the Maltese utility.
- Advised Specialty Steel on their response to the application for judicial review by Tempus Energy against the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy’s decisions concerning the suspension of the UK capacity market, following the quashing of the European Commission’s decision to grant state aid approval.
Bristol-based Foot Anstey's energy team has a focus on solar, energy storage, and nuclear infrastructure and is jointly managed by Chris Pritchett and 'commercial and pragmatic' renewable energy lawyer Ian Stubbs. The team handles UK and international work across Europe on hydro-plants and is active in the green hydrogen space. The 'technically superb and extremely personable' Stuart Cleak is the name for energy generation and battery storage work, while other key members of the team include well-regarded managing associate Kutahya Cherry.
Chris Pritchett; Ian Stubbs
Other key lawyers:
Stuart Cleak; Kutahya Cherry
‘All the Foot Anstey partners and associates that we deal with have a clear, focused understanding of the projects that they advise us on in the renewable and battery energy sector.’
‘Chris Pritchett is a leading lawyer but also expert in all things mobility.’
‘Ian Stubbs – an outstanding construction lawyer, pragmatic and technically excellent.’
‘Stuart Cleak – technically superb, calm under pressure, commercially minded and extremely personable. Client focused too – always takes the time to understand the business inside out as it evolves.’
‘Kutahya Cherry is great at problem-solving and coming up with practical solutions – she runs rings around her peers.’
‘Chris Pritchett has been hugely valuable in ad hoc advice as well as ongoing billable work.’
‘Ian Stubbs’ commercial and pragmatic advice has allowed us to negotiate and complete complex construction contracts in tight timeframes.’
‘Chris Pritchett’s knowledge of the PPA market has been a real asset for us.’
DWR Offshore Ltd
BSR (British Solar Renewables)
Deletti (Devon County Council)
Plymouth City Council
- Advisor 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 E72,500,000 syndicated financing by Investec of a circa 220MW solar PV Solara4 plant.
- Advised Pivot Power on its £1.6bn battery infrastructure project, its £25m Oxford Energy Superhub project and provided Real Estate and Commercial support on Pivot’s sale to EDF.
- Advised Eden Geothermal Limited on its complex project structuring and financing arrangements for its first deep geothermal project.
Elite French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP’s London power and renewable energy practice has been strengthened with the arrival of new practice head Colin Graham from Watson Farley & Williams LLP. The team specialises in international gas and LNG sector work, and is able to leverage its European footprint to handle cross-border transactional work and large acquisitions.
Delta Offshore Energy
- Advising EDF on the design of a generation III nuclear reactor in Sizewell, Suffolk.
- Acting as counsel for the developers of the Bac Lieu LNG-to-power project, a 3.2GW power project that will be the first independent power project and first LNG import terminal in Vietnam.
- Advised EDF on the acquisition of an interest in Standard Microgrid’s Zambia operating company.
HFW’s power group sits within the firm's construction practice, and has a focus on large offshore and onshore wind projects. The team is regularly instructed for major wind power projects and advises on high-value disputes, both domestically and internationally. Practice head Max Wieliczko has decades of experience of both contentious matters and international infrastructure projects, and is supported by Michael Sergeant, who is also noted for his construction expertise. They work with Richard Booth, who handles national and cross-border renewable energy and engineering matters, with specialism in EPC projects. The team also advises on international infrastructure projects via its offices in Paris and Sydney.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Booth; Michael Sergeant
‘Max Wieliczko is intellectually ahead of his peers – he thinks around the problem, makes sure all the angles are covered without overcomplicating his advice. This is a key skill.’
‘The lawyers at HFW provide a great all-round service. Crucially, the partners get to know the detail of the matters in question and are therefore well placed to provide relevant and high-quality input on matters.’
‘I worked with HFW last year on a complex renewable energy scheme. The case was far from straightforward, but the HFW’s team’s attention to detail was second to none. From the initial guidance and advice through to the hearing, they provided a clear and cogent case strategy, communicating very clearly with the entire team (clients, experts, lay witnesses etc). This seemed to me to be a much more hands-on approach than their competitors.’
‘The HFW team is strong in the area of maritime and offshore projects. It has a well versed and experienced team which provides insightful, well-reasoned and instructive legal services in these areas. This specialist leaning means HFW is a go-to law firm for clients, contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers, insurers and other stakeholders in the marine and offshore energy sectors. The have an enviable track record relating to offshore renewable projects and have been shown to have provided good advice on particularly complex matters.’
‘Their cooperation is very good. They are very knowledgeable and, most importantly, they know how to run a case.’
Visser & Smit Hanab B.V.
Belectric Gulf Limited
Al Gihaz Contracting Co
- Advising Visser & Smit Hanab on the substantial EPC and O&M contracts for part of the £1.6bn 1.4GW NeuConnect electrical interconnector between Germany and the UK.
- Advised a major UK EPC contractor on joint venture arrangements and the EPC contract for the onshore Export Cable for a 450MW Scottish Offshore Wind Farm.
- Acted for a major European EPC contractor in the successful adjudication of £120m of disputes arising out of the construction of a state-of-the-art offshore wind farm project which currently has the largest installed capacity turbines in the World.
Keystone Law’s bench of energy specialist practitioners has been bolstered with the arrival of Neel Mehta from Ashfords LLP, who focuses on construction and engineering, infrastructure, and energy and waste projects. Other key names include corporate and commercial specialist Richard Temple, who has worked at a series of major firms and most recently served as general counsel to international gold mining company Hummingbird Resources. The group has experience in both domestic and cross-border transactions on solar and wind projects, with recent engagements including advising a wind plant developer in Italy. Jon Close is a construction and engineering expert, while Sandra Bates (who joined from Fladgate LLP) is a transactions specialist.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Temple; Neel Mehta; Jon Close; Sandra Bates
- Acting for a turnkey developer of solar and hydrogen plants in the UK. This involved advising on the project documentation and negotiation of the installation, operation and sale of electricity and hydrogen to local authority.
- Acting for Seven Seven Capital in its strategy to acquire and operate ground mounted solar sites in the UK.
- Acted for UK Power Solutions, which has been acquired by US giant InfraCapital and is now a £75m turnover business.
King & Spalding LLP's projects practice includes London duo Nikhil Markanday and Martin Hunt. Markanday, who joined from Ashurst in mid-2019, leads on major international project development and financing matters, acting for a number of major banks, while Hunt - who is also a US qualified lawyer in Texas and New York - focuses on M&A and joint venture transactions.
Nikhil Markanday; Martin Hunt
Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO)
European Investment Bank
Japan Bank for International Coorperation
- Advising Kalahari Energy on the development and financing of it $600m coal bed methane power project in Botswana.
- Advised Scatec Solar ASA on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in SN Power AS for a total equity value of $1.166bn from Norfund.
- Advised EIB on its financing to Solar Works’ off-grid programme in Malawi and Mozambique.
Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s energy and utilities team acts for national and international energy companies including National Grid, and is led by Andrew Whitehead in Birmingham. The team includes key contacts Mark Bartholomew who acts on international power projects, in particular electricity, and renewable energy specialist Sushma Maharaj, who joined from Lux Nova Partners Limited in January 2021. Dual Scottish/English qualified Amal Kaur - a former senior associate at Dentons - joined in mid-2020; she focuses on solar energy projects. The team has a growing caseload of cross-border work in the Middle East.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Bartholomew; Sushma Maharaj; Amal Kaur
‘Shakespeare Martineau have a varied knowledge of energy especially electricity trading arrangements. The firm has built up its knowledge and experience over a number of years and always keeps up to date with the changing environment’
‘Mark Bartholomew and Andrew Whitehead are leading figures in the field of energy and are valuable advisers to our business.’
‘Andrew Whitehead was great. His excellent understanding of very dry technical regularity frameworks are translated into plain English. He has a calm and pragmatic approach.’
‘Great knowledge of their discipline and able to tailor advice to suit the needs of the client and quickly focus on the key / material issues. They provide confidence at all levels of an organisation but as well as being highly professional and diligent, they are a great to work with from a personal perspective, combining hard work with humour.’
Cadent Gas Limited
Last Mile Infrastructure Group (formerly Energetics)
Statera Energy Limited
Octopus Energy Limited
Innogy e-Mobility Limited
Severn Trent Green Power
Shell Energy Retail Limited
Highway Stops Retail Limited
British Independent Utilities
BritNed Development Limited
Marble Power Limited
FPC Electric Land Limited
Electricity North West Limited
Forsa Energy Gas Holdings Ltd
Plasma Processing UK Ltd
Coventry and Solihull Waste
South Staffordshire Water plc
- Advised long-standing client National Grid ESO on its Pathfinder Projects, including what is believed to be a world-first procurement of stability services.
- Advised Grain LNG on the sale by Europe’s largest LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal of new terminal capacity to Qatar Petroleum.
- Advised Robin Hood Energy on the sale of its customer book to Centrica, and the firm’s insolvency team is now dealing with its winding up.
The key names at Stephenson Harwood are projects head Rebecca Carter and offshore wind head Tony Concagh; the team is praised for its 'strong understanding of the marine infrastructure and services market' as well as its 'well planned and transparent' billing. The practice's expertise covers international finance, renewable power projects and energy storage matters.
Rebecca Carter; Tony Concagh
Other key lawyers:
Tom Adams; Jonathan Cripps; Simon Moore; Naomi Leach
‘The team have worked hard to get to know the ins and outs of our business, which has helped form a collaborative relationship where they are viewed internally as almost being a limb of our own legal team (in particular areas). This has proved vital in scenarios where quick understanding of our frequently arising issues and risk profile/appetite are required for urgent advice. They also have a strong market understanding of the marine infrastructure and services market which is invaluable given it is our key sector. Billing is always well planned and transparent. People are rationale, approachable and knowledgeable, which when blended together results in strong advice and support. Their advice is always timely and proactive.’
‘Tom Adams has worked hard to understand our business as well as the key stakeholders and decisionmakers within the business. This has lead to his name holding weight within both the in-house legal team and with our senior management. This could only have been achieved due to Tom providing clear, practical and relevant advice on a repeat basis. His candour and temperament instill confidence that what you are being told is the true picture and not just providing yo with what you want to hear.’
‘Tom Adams is absolutely outstanding in his availability, responsiveness and brilliant combination of legal knowledge, practical contractual application, dispute resolution and ability to bring in other disciplines from the firm.’
Green Africa Power
Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited
North London Waste Authority
Highview Power Limited
European Bank of Reconstruction and Development
Black Sea Trade and Development Bank
- Advising North London Waste Authority on all legal aspects of its North London Heat and Power Project – a ten yea rprogramme to build a new Energy Recovery Facility at the Edmonton EcoPark in Enfield.
- Advised Highview (a global leader in long-duration energy storage solutions) in relation to partnering with Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI) to expand cryogenic energy storage projects globally. As part of this partnership, SHI made a $46m investment into Highview Power.
- Advised CorreEnergy – a European green hydrogen producer and developer of mass energy storage – in connection with its multi-jurisdictional corporate restructure and acceptance of its first private investment into the new group.