The Legal 500 Green Guide: EMEA 2023

EMEA 2023

1,5 Advokatfirma AS

AKD

ASTREA BV CVBA

Advokatfirmaet BAHR

Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Andersen

Arntzen de Besche

Arqis Rechtsanwälte

Arthur Cox

Ashurst

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba

BBA Fjeldco

Bech Bruun

Binder Grösswang

Bruun & Hjejle

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bär & Karrer

CMS

CWW Kancelaria Prawnicza sp.k.

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm

Clifford Chance LLP

DLA Piper

Deloitte Legal

Doklestic Repic & Gajin

ECIJA

EY Law Poland

Egemonoglu Law Firm

FORT

Fasken

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Filip & Company

GOLAW

GOMEZ-ACEBO & POMBO

GSK Stockmann

Ganado Advocates

Garrigues

Gecic Law

Greenberg Traurig LLP

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law

HPP Attorneys

HVG Law LLP

Hannes Snellman

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbst Kinsky Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Herzog Fox & Neeman

Hogan Lovells

Holla Legal & Tax

ISEME, KAMAU & MAEMA ADVOCATES

Id est avocats sàrl

Kellerhals Carrard

Kieltyka Gladkowski KG Legal

Koutalidis Law Firm

Krogerus

Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm

LALIVE

Lagahvoll

Latham & Watkins LLP

Lindenpartners

Linklaters LLP

Loyens & Loeff

MAQS Advokatbyrå

Mamo TCV Advocates

Mannheimer Swartling

Mason Hayes & Curran LLP

Mazghouny & Co

McCann FitzGerald LLP

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederhuber & Partner Rechtanwälte GmbH

Norton Rose Fulbright

Osborne Clarke LLP

PHH Rechtsanwält:innen

POTAMITISVEKRIS

Philip Lee LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pohlmann & Company

Pérez-Llorca

Raposo Bernardo

SORAINEN

Schalast Law | Tax

Schima Mayer Starlinger Rechtsanwälte GmbH

Schoenherr

Seattle Avocats

Simmons & Simmons

Sustainable Law

TELLES

TGS Baltic

Templars

Triniti Estonia

Triniti Jurex Law Firm

Van Doorne

Vieira de Almeida

Von Bredow Valentin Herz

Vukmir & Associates

Völkl Rechtsanwälte GmbH & Co KG

WALLESS

Wenger Vieli Ltd

Wiersholm

Zepos & Yannopoulos

chiomenti

BSLAW Budapest

Hungary

Hungarian commercial law firm BSLAW Budapest  has a strong focus on providing clients advice on the energy transition and the development of energy efficiency solutions. Managing partner Robert Szuchy serves as head of the firm’s energy and regulatory practice and contributes to legal knowledge within energy efficiency and regulation, sustainable project development, and environmental protection as the founder of the energy and natural resources LLM programme at the Karoli Gaspar University in Budapest. 

The firm specialises in commercial mandates for the electricity and energy industries, such as advising energy storage equipment manufacturer Infoware on public procurement, regulatory, and contractual matters for their lithium battery production. Another client is GeoMax Projekt, which sought the firm’s comprehensive legal support for the engineering services within a geothermal energy project.

Supporting the development of electro-mobility in Hungary, the firm is advising electric vehicle charging solutions company Smart Charging on investments and regulatory compliance. Also in the e-mobility segment is client and micro-mobility solutions start-up Bodri Elektro-Mobilitás, which seeks to decarbonise urban travel through its electric scooter rental service, with the firm providing advice on investments and data protection regulations. 

A recent energy transition matter is the firm’s advice to retail utilities provider Hungaro Energy on corporate and regulatory matters surrounding the implementation of energy efficiency projects in Hungary’s complex legislative and regulatory environment. The firm also acted for energy brokerage Smart Energy in connection with its energy efficiency services.

Robert Szuchy

Castrén & Snellman

Finland

Member of the UN Global Compact as well as Science Based Targets initiative, Castrén & Snellman in Finland has integrated sustainability at the top level with Anna Kuusniemi-Laine as Head of Sustainability. A sustainability steering group of multi-disciplinary experts across different departments supports Kuusniemi-Laine, and each legal practice area also has an appointment lawyer to lead on sustainability work. In 2022 the firm launched a corporate sustainability service to group together expertise in the field, also headed by Kuusniemi-Laine.

Head of banking and finance, Tero Tuomisto advises on high-value green finance transactions such as Finnfund’s issuance of a €75m sustainability bond, representing the client’s first issuance under its newly established Sustainability Bond Framework.

Samuli Tarkiainen is experienced advising on a full spectrum of renewable energy technology and infrastructure projects. Tarkiainen is assisting Fortum in its collaboration with Microsoft on a joint data centre project which will capture excess heat generated by a new Microsoft data centre and transfer it to homes, services, and business premises via the district heating system. This will be the largest project of its kind in the world.

The firm is also contributing to the expansion of Finland’s wind power capacity with support to OX2 regarding the development of two offshore wind farms, ‘Halla’ and ‘Laine’, and exploration permits in the wider areas. The client intends to fit over 300 offshore wind farms in the explored areas with a potential capcity of 23 TWh. Head of the environment, infrastructure and natural resources practice, Matias Wallgren , leads on this matter.

Dechert LLP

France

Among its multi-jurisdictional and multi-service offering Dechert LLP counts on a specialised ESG team, which includes members in its Paris office. The French office particularly stands out for its work advising clients on matters concerning sustainable investments.

It recently assisted FiveT Hydrogen, a clean hydrogen enabling investment platform, with the Hy24 project, a joint venture between FiveT Hydrogen and Ardian. The fund will be dedicated to the development of a decarbonised hydrogen infrastructure. Another highlight is the firm acting for Freddie Mac with respect to its GreenAdvantage Program, which aims to financially encourage individuals to be green by saving energy and water.

Paris-based Cyril Fiat  is a key contact for sustainable investment, while Karen Coppens  has experience advising clients on managing ESG risks.

Internally, the firm has a three-part approach to sustainability, namely energy conservation, waste and pollution prevention, and reduction of supply chain impacts. The firm has modified its procurement, operations and administrative practices to eliminate unnecessary energy consumption, and aims to promote employee awareness around environmental concerns. Additionally, all lawyers at the firm are required to perform at least 25 hours of pro bono work per year, supporting a number of charities which contribute to a green transition, such as a French organisation dedicated to upcycling.

Ireland

Dechert LLP‘s Irish funds practice, led by Ciara O’Leary , acts as lead legal advisor to a range of fund platforms, with a focus on the integration of ESG considerations into their business. This includes the drafting of document disclosures in line with the EU Securities Financing Transaction Regulation and the Taxonomy Regulation, as well as the authorisation of a number of exchange-traded funds, such as a group of Paris-aligned funds which have sustainable investments as their objective.

The team also advises StepStone Group on company-wide SFDR implementation, which imposes mandatory ESG disclosure obligations for asset managers and other financial market participants.

Globally, the firm’s lawyers regularly speak at conferences and contribute publications on a range of ESG-related topics.

Internally, the firm has a three-part approach to sustainability, namely energy conservation, waste and pollution prevention, and reduction of supply chain impacts. It has modified its procurement, operations and administrative practices to eliminate unnecessary energy consumption, and aims to promote employee awareness around environmental concerns.

Cyril Fiat

Karen Coppens

Ciara O’Leary

Dentons

Poland

UN Global Compact signatory Dentons has a sustainability and governance committee, which advises the leadership on ESG issues affecting the firm, and a global ESG steering committee responsible for developing ESG products and services for clients. In 2022, the firm also created a Europe Public Law and Regulatory practice which provides advice on climate change and environmental law, as well as a new Europe Green and Circular Economy sector group. In Poland, in December 2021, the firm’s environmental team in Warsaw launched its PLM (product lifecycle management) offering focused on advising clients on green compliance and upholding the principles of a circular economy.

In a recent highlight, the Warsaw public law and regulatory as well as energy teams advised Modus Asset Management, a Lithuanian fund manager focusing on renewable energy investments, on the acquisition of 100% of shares in a portfolio of 28 photovoltaic projects in Poland, amounting up to 30 MW. In another recent matter, a multi-disciplinary team assisted a consortium of banks with the financing provided to Goldbeck Solar and Respect Energy for the construction and operation of one of the largest standalone solar PV farms in Poland.

Firm-wide initiatives include the contribution of several thought leadership pieces via the firm’s ESG : Global Solutions Hub, and pro bono advice to a number of organisations such as the Environmental Defence Fund.

Spain

Dentons in Spain has experience advising clients on matters related to sustainable finance and circular economy. In an ongoing highlight, the firm is assisting a major sportswear company with a cross-border matter regarding the implementation of a scheme for the collection and recovery of used textiles in major markets across Europe. This includes waste collection and recycling issues in several jurisdictions, particularly relevant for Spain where changes have recently been introduced to the EU Waste Framework Directive. The team also recently contributed to a multi-jurisdictional project advising KKR and Global Infrastruture Partners on the $15bn acquisition and financing of CyrusOne, which involved a full environmental and ESG due diligence of the data centre company, including an examination of biodiversity, energy, and climate change policies.

At a European level, in 2022, the firm created a new Europe Public Law and Regulatory practice which includes a focus on climate change and environmental law, as well as a new Europe Green and Circular Economy sector group.

Via its ESG: Global Solutions Hub, the firm has also published a number of thought leadership pieces relating to sustainability, including recent articles on climate-related risks, and investing in renewable energy projects in Europe.

The firm is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and has recently secured an Ecovadis Bronze Award status. Its sustainability and governance committee looks at ESG issues affecting the firm internally.

Turkey

Dentons, a signatory of the UN Global Compact, has demonstrable experience in the sustainable finance space in its Istanbul office, with a focus on green bonds. It has recently advised EBRD on two matters: Firstly, on its first true green financing to Arçelik following LMA Green Principles in Turkey and consisting of a loan with the value of €150m, which will be used to invest in the production activities in the field of sustainability in line with Arçelik’s Green Financing Framework; and secondly, on a green loan worth €25m to QNB FinansLease under the Turkiye Green Economy Finance Facility, which will be used for renewable energy projects in the region.

Internally, the firm counts with a sustainability and governance committee and a global ESG steering committee. Under its Europe sustainability policy, the firm undertakes initiatives to promote effective waste management and energy use, reducing its carbon footprint. Recently, the firm secured an Ecovadis Bronze Award status.

United Arab Emirates

Dentons‘ UAE team stands out for its ground-breaking work relating to renewable energy projects. In an ongoing highlight, led by Andrew Figgins and Mhairi Main Garcia, the team is advising InterContinental Energy (ICE) on green hydrogen projects in both Oman and Saudi Arabia, which aim to develop 25 GW and produce 1.8 million tonnes of green ammonia per year. The projects are considered to be at the forefront of the development of green hydrogen in the region. The team also advised on a major innovative project which will contribute to climate change mitigation through solar power technology.

The firm contributes to a number of thought leadership pieces through its ESG: Global Solutions Hub, where clients can find a number of articles relating to sustainability. It further shows its commitment to climate action through its pro-bono work, providing advice to organisations such as the Environmental Defence Fund and Justdiggit, an NGO focused on regreening Africa. The firm is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and has recently secured an Ecovadis Bronze Award status.

Andrew Figgins  | United Arab Emirates

Mhairi Main Garcia  | United Arab Emirates

Eversheds Sutherland

Germany

Eversheds Sutherland’s German offices stand out for their work concerning renewable energy projects, with a focus on the wind market. Werner Brickwedde is leading the team on a matter representing RWE Renewables on the establishment of a joint venture with Northland Power, with the aim of developing and operating three offshore wind farms in the German North Sea, with a total capacity of 1.3 GW. The transaction value is expected to be worth several billion euros. Alongside the Paris office, the Düsseldorf team is also advising Rencore Energy in connection with the development of a 150 MW wind power project in Mali, representing one of the first projects in the area well as one of the biggest energy deals to take place in the country.

A UN Global Compact participant, the firm is a founding member of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, and a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, the Chancery Lane Project, and the Legal Renewables Initiative. Internally, the firm has demonstrated its commitment to sustainability with a firmwide initiative to reduce its scope 1,2 and 3 emissions by 50% by 2030 or sooner, and being net-zero by 2050.

Netherlands

Michel Chatelin and Max van Drunen led Eversheds Sutherland’s Dutch team in advising Groenleven/BayWa, a major renewable energy project developer, in a dispute with the local tax authorities regarding one of the largest floating solar parks in the region, Bomhofplas. The client argues that since the solar park is a movable property, it should be legally qualified as a ship and therefore not taxed as real property. This matter is likely to play a part in determining the future commercial viability of floating solar parks in the Netherlands. Chatelin also recently advised 2tokens Foundation on the development of infrastructure that supports an energy token enabling fractionalised ownership of renewable energy assets and the tokenisation of green certificates and energy.

The firm’s engagement goes beyond work for clients: Chatelin authored a chapter on solar energy for the Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law series, and often speaks about renewable energy, having recently given an interview on the topic for Solar Magazine. Drunen publishes frequently in the field of renewable energy and lectures on building rights related to sustainable energy projects, and Natascha Geraedts, also based in the Netherlands, was a speaker at the first Global Floating Solar Conference in Amsterdam.

The firm is a UN Global Compact participant and a founding member of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance.

Netherlands

In the UAE, UN Global Compact signatory Eversheds Sutherland stands out for its work in the renewable energy space, and for enabling governments and organisations to reach their ESG objectives. The team includes UAE ESG legal director Christopher Shelton.

Led by Ashley Halewood and others, the firm is advising the Ministry of Energy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the procurement of 12 renewable projects including several solar PV projects and an innovative 500 MW CSP/PV hybrid project, which will provide at least 12 GW of renewable energy. Halewood and Adite Aloke are also advising The Iraqi Ministry of Electricity on the procurement of 6 solar PV projects totaling 2 GW in capacity, one of the first renewable projects procured on a PPP basis in Iraq.

The firm is a founding member of the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, and a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, the Chancery Lane Project, and the Legal Renewables Initiative. Internal commitments to sustainability include reducing its scope 1,2 and 3 emissions by 50% by 2030 or sooner, and being net-zero by 2050.

Werner Brickwedde

Michel Chatelin

Max van Drunen

Christopher Shelton

Ashley Halewood

Adite Aloke

HANTON

Poland

Multi-service Polish law firm Hanton has broad experience in the renewable energy and railway transport sectors, and also advises companies and local authorities on matters concerning the protection of the natural environment as well as agricultural and forestry lands, alongside expertise in the Water Law Act.

The firm is currently advising ENEA Group, which supplies energy to over two million people, on the transition to more renewable energy sources, and on the project of shutting down the operation of Koezienice Power Plant’s eight 200MW coal-fired power units. It is also acting for Net Cable on four projects for the construction of renewable electricity sources, namely photovoltaic farms, as well as the construction of a factory intended for recycling photovoltaic panels.

In an attempt to obtain legal protection for a green area, the firm advised on protecting the historic park of the Warsaw School of Life Sciences in Mokotow. Obtained legal measures through negotiations with residents, investors and city’s officials would prevent changes in the soil structure, and the irretrievable loss of a number of rare species of trees and shrubs, both native and foreign.

Another notable client is the Clean Air Foundation (Fundacja Czyste Powietrze). Besides providing legal advice, the firm has partnered with the foundation for its international climate summit TOGETAIR.

Kromann Reumert

Denmark

Leading law firm Kromann Reumert was the first Danish law firm to become a member of the UN Global Compact and strategically implements sustainable values into everyday practice.

Co-head of its ESG practice Maria Holst Levin  has a deep knowledge of the energy sector and corporate governance. She has recently led on some major renewables work including the sale of three different biogas companies and advises clients in the growing hydrogen sector. Holst Levin is also a member of the Danish Law Firm Association’s Climate Committee. Jacob Høgh Madsen  leads the ESG practice alongside her.

A team led by Anders Stubbe Arndal and Nicolai Helms is currently advising Green Power Denmark regarding an amendement of the general distribution grid connection terms to allow electric vehicle charger providers to operate electric power meters behind the main power meter. This has the potential to facilitate a faster roll-out of electrical vehicle charging infrastructure in the country.

Thomas Kaas handles a number of high value green finance deals, including his recent advice to Nordea Danmark Filial af Nordea Bank Abp in respect to the refinancing of a DKK 11.2bn sustainability-linked senior facilities agreement.

To reduce its own footprint the firm is engaged with EcoVadis to document and monitor its upstream value chain with regards to environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. Following its first examination, the firm was awarded a bronze medal and is now taking the necessary steps to improve this rating to gold.

Maria Holst Levin 

Jacob Høgh Madsen 

Anders Stubbe Arndal 

Nicolai Helms

Thomas Kaas

Matheson LLP

Ireland

Irish full-service firm Matheson LLP‘s expertise extends from renewable energy, especially the financing and development of projects as well as advice on corporate PPAs, to ESG and sustainability-focused investment funds, sustainable supply chain management and ESG reporting. Garret Farrelly, who heads up the firm’s energy, natural resources and utilities group as well as projects and infrastructure practice, serves as chair of the cross-sectoral ESG advisory group. 

Seán Scally has continued to support the regulation of renewable energy projects, advising the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC) on the terms and conditions of both the second renewable electricity support scheme (RESS-2) and the first offshore renewable electricity support scheme (ORESS-1), here adapting the scheme for a novel offshore context. By aiming to develop 7GW worth of projects, the ORESS-1 auction is leading Ireland’s offshore wind development. 

For Bord na Móna, the firm is acting on the project financing, contracting, and planning of the Cloncreen Wind Farm, and the construction and operational agreements for Derrinlough Wind Farm. 

In the finance and capital markets space, the firm continues to act as legal adviser to joint lead managers in AIB Group’s issuance of senior green bonds. In 2022, it advised on AIB’s issuance of a further €750 million in senior green bonds, which will support lending toward renewable energy generation and storage, and green construction. 

The firm’s expertise has helped lead developments in sustainable finance, with Tara Doyle serving as Chair of the Irish Funds ESG Sustainability Working Group. 

The commitment to a green transition extends internally: The firm is a signatory to Business in the Community’s Low Carbon Pledge; is targeting to become net zero by 2025; and has used its experience to develop a new template clause within The Chancery Lane Project concerning the transparent sourcing of renewable energy.  

Garret Farrelly

Seán Scally

Tara Doyle  

PLMJ

Portugal

Leading multi-service Portuguese law firm PLMJ‘s responsible business practice, which launched in 2021, continues to advise clients on sustainable and social financing and business ethics. The firm assists clients in areas including the preparation of sustainability policies, the analysis of reporting duties in ESG matters, and the structuring of contracts and bond issues aligned with sustainability indicators, with a focus on the energy sector. 

In a highlight led by key contact João Marques Mendes, member of the projects and energy practice, and others, the firm is advising Start Campus on the innovative SINES 4.0 project, a €3.5bn investment for a 495MW hyperscale data centre in Sines, fully powered by renewable energy, simultaneously ensuring both a digital and a green transition. Mendes also recently advised over 10 banks including Millenium BCP and CaixaBI on the public subscription offer of bonds of up to €100m notes, due in 2027 and issued by Greenvolt, the proceeds of which will be used to finance or refinance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in accordance with the Green Bond Framework.

Managing associate Joana Brandão and her multi-disciplinary team continue to assist Eco Wave Power in the implementation of an innovative project which will potentially serve as an experimental concept to further develop wave energy projects in Portugal.

In addition to being one of the founding partners of Maze-C, a startup for tech-based impact, the firm also helped create Urbem, a non-profit association that aims to create urban biodiversity spaces through the planning of urban forests.

João Marques Mendes

Joana Brandão

1,5 Advokatfirma AS

Norway

Independent boutique firm 1,5 Advokatfirma AS focuses on regulatory and contractual advice within the Norwegian renewable energy sector, using its experience within the industry to help climate-conscious clients with their decarbonisation strategies.

Jens Naas-Bibow served as the sole lawyer appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy to participate in an expert commission which sought to improve the transmission of renewable electricity, discussing the licensing process for power grid facilities, potential improvements to the grid connection process, and ways to optimise the development of the power grid.

The firm advised regional power company Sunnhordland Kraftlag on regulatory matters regarding the grid connection process for a new hydropower plant. Another client in the renewable sector is developer Nordisk Vindkraft Norge, which sought the firm’s advice on contractual and regulatory matters, and negotiations with landowners, regarding the Vardafjellet Vindkraftverk wind farm.

In a project which received state aid through the Enova fund (which supports emerging green energy technologies), the firm also advised power company Glitre Energi Produksjon on regulatory questions related to the development of an innovative emergency power supply facility utilising renewable energy at a new hospital.

The firm furthermore provides electricity retail business Fortum Consumer Solutions advice across electricity retail and consumer market issues, including recently handling litigation on the legality of retail contracts for the consumer electricity market 

The firm’s two lawyers, Naas-Bibow and Frode Støle, regularly impart their knowledge on the legal regime of Europe’s electricity market. They co-authored the Norway case-study chapter in Oxford University Press’ Capacity Mechanisms in the EU Energy Markets. 

Consciously minimising its internal climate footprint, the firm runs an entirely paperless operation, with most client meetings conducted virtually.

Jens Naas-Bibow

Frode Støle

AKD

Netherlands

Multi-service Benelux law firm AKD actively advises clients on their positive contributions in mitigating climate change and supporting the energy transition. Most notably, in an ongoing matter within the emerging green litigation sector, Patrick Haas in Rotterdam has been retained by non-profit foundation Stichting Car Claim, initiating proceedings before the District Court of Amsterdam on behalf of over 400,000 Dutch car owners impacted by the diesel emission violations and manipulations attributed to manufacturers Volkswagen Group, Renault, Dacia, and Daimler.

Supporting the energy transition platform InnoEnergy in raising and investing capital, the firm has advised on €1.5bn of fundraising and €200m of investments into battery storage, green hydrogen, and renewable energy innovations. The firm has wide experience in advising public and private clients with their investments in renewable energy projects, having assisted provincial development agency OOST NL with all legal and tax services related to their new energy transition, climate adaptation, circular economy, and biodiversity investment fund. 

The firm is also providing contractual, fiscal, and energy regulatory advice to support Verbrugge Terneuzen Terminals’ construction of one of the largest MW rooftop solar projects in the Netherlands, helping expand the renewable electricity capacity in Zeeland province. 

Marjolein Dieperink, Amsterdam-based head of the firm’s energy team, is a professor in Energy Transition and Climate Change at the VU University in Amsterdam and a member of the Energy Reinvented Community, where she recently organised a roundtable on community participation in renewable power projects.

The firm’s internal initiatives complement its client work toward a green transition. It provides pro bono legal services to The Ocean Cleanup, advising on permits, regulations, and contracts within their mission to eliminate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Patrick Haas

Marjolein Dieperink

ASTREA BV CVBA

Belgium

The multi-disciplinary green team at Belgian full-service firm ASTREA BV CVBA is active in advising clients on the financing, development, and construction of innovative projects in connection with a green transition.

For example, the firm assists clients with innovative solutions which seek to decarbonise the transport industry. Dieter Veestraeten is acting for Tree Energy Solutions across commercial, real estate, and contract law matters; the company will utilise renewable energy sources to produce green hydrogen as fuel for the European transportation market.

Within the firm’s specialised environmental law team, Ciska Servais assisted INEOS Olefins Belgium with environmental assessments and applications for Project ONE. A €3bn investment, Project ONE will be the most eco-friendly ethane cracker in Europe, targeting carbon neutrality within ten years of its opening. The firm’s environmental work also includes challenging 3M Belgium on its liability and remediation duties concerning soil polluted with PFAs. 

In the renewable energy sector, the firm is continuing to advise wind turbine manufacturer Enercon on various legal aspects surrounding the installation of wind turbines in Belgium. For Sunvest, who build and operate solar parks with a focus on community participation and biodiversity preservation, the firm assisted with the incorporation of the client’s Belgian subsidiary and in the drafting of lease rights for the installation of PV panels.

Ruud De Houwer advises the Belgian Federal Government on diverse matters concerning the Belgian North Sea, including building an innovative ‘energy island’ in the Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone, which will connect a pipeline offshore wind project zone to the mainland.

Supporting the firm’s internal target of becoming climate neutral by 2040 at the latest, the firm’s Antwerp office is located in a BREEAM excellent-certified building. 

Advokatfirmaet BAHR

Norway

Norwegian business law firm Advokatfirmaet BAHR has deep expertise in supporting major clients with their transition to green projects and investments.  

Thomas Svensen advised private equity firm HitecVision on the establishment of its first non-hydrocarbon fund, with €7bn in assets under management. The firm has since advised the client on the deployment of €540m in investments, including assisting with the formation of a joint venture with Italian energy major Eni, which seeks to invest NOK 20bn across renewable energy projects by 2030; and advising the client’s portfolio company Sval Energi on its investment in the Metsälamminkangas wind farm in Finland, which targets an average production of 400 GWh per year.

Supporting the municipal-level green transition, Rune Svoren acted for an investor consortium of HitecVision, Hafslund Eco, and Infranode on its acquisition of a 50% stake in Oslo’s district heating system; the firm then advised the municipality of Oslo on the transfer of its 50% stake to Haflsund Eco, with the network now operating as Hafslund Oslo Celsio. The firm also advised the municipality of Oslo regarding its investment in the carbon capture project at the largest waste-to-energy plant in Norway; with the plant being Oslo’s largest point source of CO2 emissions, the project is a vital decarbonisation goal for the municipality.

Jon Christian Thaulow, head of the firm’s energy and climate change practice, advised renewable energy developer Aker Horizons on the establishment and portfolio development of hydrogen production and solutions company Aker Clean Hydrogen.

The firm is partnered with HUB Ocean (formerly C4IR Ocean; established by the Aker group and the World Economic Forum), which seeks to facilitate ocean sustainability initiatives by creating tools for industry actors to share and access ocean data. It has also partnered with Trefadder, which offer carbon offsets to customers by planting and managing carbon-sequestering forests, and provides the company with pro bono legal advice.

Thomas Svensen

Rune Svoren

Jon Christian Thaulow

Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS

Norway

Norwegian boutique law firm Advokatfirmaet Glittertind AS specialises in environmental and climate litigation, using its experience in dispute resolution to support green initiatives. With a founding value of practicing law in a sustainable manner, the firm’s climate strategy chiefly targets the provision of legal services at reduced rates or pro bono for climate- and environmental-protection causes.

In an ongoing matter, Emanuel Feinberg is advising Föreningen Greenpeace Norden against the Norwegian Government, with the client claiming that the award of oil and gas production licences in the Barents Sea violates the constitutional right to the environment, due to the licences’ environmental and emissions impact. The case, now brought before the ECHR, was the first to try the Norwegian constitutional right to the environment before the courts, and the first trying the legality of petroleum production licences.

For the WWF, the firm has reviewed the legality of the Norwegian government’s proposal to open a quarter of the Norwegian Continental Shelf for the extraction of mineral deposits, assessing whether this complies with existing environmental law and whether there was an erroneous procedure due to the lack of an environmental impact assessment.

A key client is rights-based rainforest protection organisation Rainforest Foundation Norway, which sought the firm’s pro bono advice on various matters; recent work for the client has focused on contract reviews.

Having calculated its CO2 emissions with environmental consultancy South Pole, the firm is now taking a data-driven approach to reducing its own footprint, promoting environmentally friendly modes of transport while switching to a green energy provider.

Notably, the firm has collaborated with law firms BAHR, CMS Kluge, and Wiersholm, establishing a green forum to share learning and expertise on internal green initiatives that support eco-friendly operations. It also supports the student climate organisation at the Faculty of Law in Oslo. 

Advokatfirmaet Grette AS

Norway

Norwegian business law firm Advokatfirmaet Grette AS is active in advising clients on transactions and engineering agreements within the renewable energy sector. 

Supporting the development of Norway’s offshore wind industry and the expansion of the country’s renewable electricity capacity, Roland Mörsdorf is assisting EnBW in establishing a joint venture with Norseman Wind for the €3.5bn development and operation of a 1400 MW offshore wind farm.  

In another highlight, the firm advised Hy2gen in relation to establishing a green ammonia facility in Norway, which, by producing 600 metric tons of green ammonia per day, helps supply the shipping industry with zero-carbon fuel. Within this matter, the firm advised the client on initial studies and designs, and the investment in the facility made by Trafigura and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. 

The firm is also acting for Nork Energi regarding its engineering contract with Aker Solution for the Norcems Carbon Capture Project, having provided the client advice and negotiation assistance for a related frame agreement with Aker Clean Carbon. The project, which captures CO2 from the Norcem Brevik cement plant, supports the decarbonisation of Norway’s emissions-intensive industries. 

Thomas Borch-Nielsen recently advised electricity and grid provider Hurum Energi on its joint investment, alongside Glitre Energi and Vardar, in the renewable energy and solutions investment company Campus Tofte. Campus Tofte will support the transition to green electricity in the Asker municipality, while seeking to create a local economy focused upon the green transition. 

Complementing the firm’s client work with thought leadership in the renewable energy sector, Stig Walle contributed to the Federation of Norwegian Industries’ report on delivery models for offshore wind, which supports the supplier industry in its transition to operating in the offshore wind market.  

The firm is committed to implementing and measuring environmental initiatives within its transition to becoming an eco-friendly business; it received a Eco-Lighthouse certification.

Roland Mörsdorf

Thomas Borch-Nielsen

Stig Walle

Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS

Norway

Full-service Norwegian law firm Advokatfirmaet Haavind AS specialises in advice regarding the development of innovative green industries and renewable energy projects. 

Christopher Sveen, head of the firm’s aquaculture, offshore and industry practice, is advising Aker Solutions on its EPCI contract within Equinor Energy’s Hywind Tampen project. The 88 MW floating wind power project, which will provide renewable electricity for the Snorre and Gullfaks oilfields, is pioneering the decarbonisation of the Norwegian oil and gas industry while facilitating the development of floating offshore wind technology. 

Jøran Sandvik assisted Eolus Vind Norge Holding with all legal aspects for the development of the 400 MW Øyfjellet Wind Farm, one of the largest standalone wind power plants in Norway. Within the mandate, the firm advised on a power purchase agreement with Alcoa, who will purchase all electricity produced to help decarbonise its aluminium production. 

The firm also advised Technip Energies on its investment in green hydrogen investment platform Hy2gen, which is developing a green ammonia facility in Norway to provide fuel for transport and industrial uses.

Demonstrating its experience in the renewable energy sector, the firm has contributed to the Norwegian Federation of Industries and Innovation Norway’s ‘Entry Programme Offshore Wind’, which provides offshore contractors wind power-specific learning and connections to help transition their businesses away from the hydrocarbon industry. 

The firm is also legal adviser to non-profit industry organisation Renewables Norway, which represents companies involved in the production, distribution and trading of electricity. For the organisation and its members, the firm assists in all legal aspects related to the renewables sector, particularly focusing on the legal framework for offshore wind on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Seeking to become climate neutral by 2025, the firm has introduced procurement from environmentally certified suppliers, reduced waste and paper consumption, and moved into a BREEAM-certified office in Oslo. 

Christopher Sveen

Jøran Sandvik

Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS

Norway

Norwegian full-service law firm Advokatfirmaet Selmer AS has established a major presence within the renewable energy sector, handling significant and pioneering matters for clients concerning wind and green hydrogen.

For energy industry service provider TechnipFMC, the firm is assisting with all aspects of the Deep Purple pilot project, which is developing a system for producing green hydrogen using renewable electricity and storing it on the seabed. The firm is also advising utility company Varanger Kraft on their joint venture with Aker and industrial actors, which will develop and operate a large-scale green hydrogen and ammonia production plant powered by electricity from the Raggobidda windfarm. 

Håkon Sandbekk, who heads the firm’s electricity & renewable energy practice, is a key contact in offshore wind, having advised a consortium of Agder Energi, HitecVision, Eni, and the Green Investment Group on its bid for the development and construction of offshore windfarms in the South North Sea zone. The firm is also acting for offshore windfarm developer Norseman Wind regarding its involvement in an EnBW-led consortium, which is aiming to secure one of the first offshore wind licenses in Norway and develop a 1400 MW offshore windfarm. 

In the onshore wind sector, a key client is windfarm Hamnefjell Vindkraft, with the firm advising on the consent application process for a second stage of construction seeking to upgrade the plant’s capacity to 120 MW. 

Liv Monica Stubholt, who leads the firm’s ESG group, has been appointed by the Norwegian government as a member of its Energy Commission, helping devise a sustainable energy future for the country. 

A member of the UN Global Compact, the firm is committed to limiting its impact on the environment and implementing verifiable sustainability-conscious strategies. It is Eco-Lighthouse-certified and also a member of the Grønt Punkt organisation, which promotes environmentally conscious procurement.

Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS

Norway

Norwegian commercial law firm Advokatfirmaet Thommessen AS has developed a digital sustainability database and reporting compass, providing tools which help clients identify and understand their growing roles in the green transition. 

The firm has expertise assisting clients within the renewable electricity and storage industry. In one highlight, it is advising Småkraft with its acquisition of a 23 MW portfolio of hydropower plants and energy storage facilities from Bekk og Strøm and SV Vattenkraft. In the wind power sector, the firm’s renewable energy and infrastructure team assisted Odal Vindkraftverk regarding the construction of the 160 MW Songkjølen and Engerfjellet Wind Farm project. 

In an innovative mandate, the firm provided energy- and ESG-focused advice for FREYR, which is constructing a novel large-scale battery cell production plant to develop its clean, low-cost batteries for the energy storage and electro-mobility markets. 

For private equity fund HitecVision, the firm assisted with the establishment of ANeo, a renewable energy company jointly owned by the client and TrønderEnergi. Through the transaction, the client provides TrønderEnergi an investment capacity of up to NOK20bn to support the development of renewable energy, electrification, and energy-efficiency solutions. 

A UN Global Compact member and Eco-Lighthouse certified, the firm is committed to promoting and demonstrating its environmental efforts. In November 2022, the firm held its second annual Green week, hosting webinars on tax regimes in the hydropower and wind power sectors, and on sustainable finance. 

Having been carbon neutral in 2021 through carbon offsetting and the purchase of green electricity certificates, the firm is now working to reduce its CO2 emissions, preparing greenhouse gas accounts in accordance with the GHG Protocol to identify effective internal emissions-reduction measures. The firm’s internal green committee, ThommessenZero, has led initiatives including waste and consumption reduction, sustainable procurement, and the relocation of the Oslo and Stavanger offices to BREEAM Excellent-certified buildings. 

Andersen

Spain

Andersen in Spain stands out for its work on circular economy and waste management matters, as well as environmental legislation. The environment and sustainability practice, which forms part of the firm’s public and regulatory department, is led by Arancha Bengoechea. Other sectors covered by the team include water and energy.

The firm regularly provides advice to AMBILAMP and ECOTIC, both Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) dedicated to companies’ proper management of waste electrical and electronic equipment in response to the legal requirements on producers and distributors of such equipment. Another key client is Befesa, a company specialising in the recycling of steel dust, salt slag, and aluminium waste, in connection with environmental matters across its six plants in Spain.

In an ongoing highlight, the firm is advising another PRO, SIGFITO AGROENVASES, on how to comply with their legal waste management obligations, particularly following the approval of Spain’s Law 7/2022 on waste and contaminated soil for a circular economy, which introduces a new regulatory framework for extended producer responsibility.

Following the approval of Law 7/2022, the firm published a guide analysing the new legislation and organised an event in collaboration with the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEOE) to discuss the impact and strategies to be followed to create a future economic model based on the circular economy. Additionally, the firm has published a number of thought leadership pieces discussing ESG principles.

The firm has also shown its commitment to sustainability by sponsoring the Climate Launchpad event, a European green business ideas competition for entrepreneurs.

Arancha Bengoechea

Arntzen de Besche

Norway

Norwegian UN Global Compact signatory Arntzen de Besche supports clients through the green shift both through its advice on pioneering mandates within the energy transition and through its outreach, such as inviting clients to its ‘Green Week’ to hear from internal and external specialists on green financing, procurement, construction, and corporate strategies. 

Within the renewable energy sector, the firm served as sole legal advisor to Enova, the Norwegian state enterprise which manages aid schemes that stimulate the energy transition, assisting with the granting of funds and with electricity law issues. 

Another key client is the government of Iceland; Odd-Harald Wasenden provided input on Norwegian wind energy regulation, assisting the client with the development of a regulatory regime for the construction and operation of wind power. 

The firm also acted for renewable energy producer TrønderEnergi in HitecVision’s acquisition of 50% of the shares in the client’s wind power, energy management, energy services and hydropower business. The transaction, creating a joint venture between the two companies, will support renewable energy production and electrification across Norway. 

Demonstrating experience in alternative fuels, the firm advised Biokraft on the establishment of a 25m m3 liquid biogas plant, one of the largest of its type currently in operation, which will create vehicle fuel from the biomass waste of local fish-farming and paper industries.

A member of sustainability forum Skift – Business Climate Leaders, which unites climate-ambitious companies across Norway, the firm advises working committees and corporate clients on sustainable procurement, the energy transition, and potential climate-friendly operations within food production. The firm also provides pro bono regulatory advice to the Norwegian Hydrogen Forum.

Having been carbon neutral since 2019 through purchasing climate quotas from the EU ETS, the firm continues to lower its emissions by reducing paper and energy consumption, limiting travel, and moving its Oslo office into BREEAM Excellent-certified premises.

Arqis Rechtsanwälte

Germany

CO2 neutral certified German law firm Arqis Rechtsanwälte combines innovative legal advice with corporate, ecological and social responsibility. In 2021 the firm founded its public and regulatory practice which focuses on environmental law, and regularly handles advice on solar and wind projects, including for key clients such as Bürgersolarpark, a central player for solar energy in Germany.

The firm also advises clients in the burgeoning hydrogen sector. Friedrich Gebert and his team (Luise Schüling, Hannah Düwel and Bernhard Gröhe) are the go-to advisors for Sunfire, a company which researches and produces electrolysers for the generation of green hydrogen, in all matters pertaining to regulation and contract negotiations.

Another area where the firm counts with deep regulatory knowledge is e-mobility, including in connection with charging station infrastructure. Mirjam Boche and Gebert are assisting Ionity on all compliance and public law issues. The client is a joint venture of the car manufacturers BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen which aims to build and operate a network of high-performance fast-charging stations for electric vehicles along Europe’s main transport axes. Dortmunder Energie- und Wasserversorgung also benefit from the firm’s expertise in this space.

Internally, the firm has retroactively offset all its emissions since 2020, analysed its CO2 footprint together with carbon management company Planetly (now OneTrust), and formed the Arqis Green Team, comprised of employees across the firm, to map out its emissions reduction strategy.

Friedrich Gebert

Luise Schüling

Hannah Düwel

Bernhard Gröhe

Mirjam Boche

Arthur Cox

Ireland

Irish full-service firm Arthur Cox provides demonstrable expertise within the green energy transition, having advised on key interconnection infrastructure projects that target Ireland’s policy of sourcing 80% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2030.  

Head of the firm’s cross-disciplinary ESG practice group Alex McLean advised Greenlink on the development, construction, and financing of the 500 MW HVFC Greenlink Interconnector between County Waterford and Wales. The firm also advised MaresConnect on the funding of its proposed 750 MW electricity interconnector between Dublin and Wales.  

With expertise in assisting Ireland’s leading onshore wind development projects, Niamh McGovern advised ESB and Bord na Móna in the development and financing for Phase 2 of the Oweninny Windfarm, which will take the project’s installed capacity to 172 MW. 

Danielle Conaghan is supporting Corio Generation toward meeting the Irish government’s target of 7 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030 by advising the client on all aspects of the development of the Sceirde Rocks 400 MW offshore wind farm. 

In an ongoing matter for the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the firm is assisting with the development of policy for the offshore wind sector, alongside the consenting and administration of proposed offshore windfarms, including the 1000 MW Codling Banks project.  

A founding member of the Green Team Network within the Irish Funds industry, the firm helped create a forum to share knowledge and support companies into implementing green strategies internally. The firm was also involved in establishing The Chancery Lane Project’s Irish Chapter, helping develop green clauses which support climate action across corporate, finance, property, litigation, and construction law. 

The firm’s target to become carbon negative by 2025 has been validated by the Science Based Targets initiative and is pursued through internal Energy Action Plans and investment in sustainable sequestration projects. The firm’s Dublin office has received both the ISO 50001 Energy Management certification and the LEED Platinum certification.

Alex McLean

Danielle Conaghan

Ashurst

Germany

Ashurst’s Frankfurt office often handles mandates concerning renewable energy transactions and green mobility solutions, providing an important contribution to the firm’s multijurisdictional renewables and decarbonisation team. 

Maximilian Uibeleisen, who leads the firm’s German renewables practice, advised Adidas on its target to become climate neutral at its sites by 2025. Assisting the client’s commitment within the Science Based Targets initiative to transition to clean energy and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, the firm advised on procuring a renewable energy provision and on a Europe-wide power purchase agreement.

Within the renewable energy sector, the firm also assisted Commerz Real’s KlimaVest Fund in entering a strategic partnership with EPC provider AMPYR Solar Europe for the development of a 200 MW solar PV pipeline in Germany. 

Another recent client was Vinci regarding the tender run by the German government for the construction and operation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure along national motorways and within regional areas. The matter facilitates the uptake of electric vehicles across Germany, helping decarbonise transport and promote sustainable choices.

The firm’s global Sustainability Hub supports clients in developing the expertise necessary for their decarbonisation strategies, with thought leadership including an ESG Matters podcast, focused on net zero and sustainability developments; an ESG financial impact assessment, featuring a contribution from the Frankfurt office; and a global interactive tool which helps investors navigate opportunities within the emerging hydrogen market.

As a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, and The Chancery Lane Project, the firm aids the green transition of the legal sector through assisting with the development of green expertise and contractual clauses. Internally, the firm has submitted its Carbon Disclosure Project benchmark and created a global sustainability pledge, in which employees were asked to add their commitments to the firm’s decarbonisation target.

Italy

In Milan, Ashurst has a demonstrable strength in advising banks and corporate clients on financings for environmental protection and renewable energy projects. 

Carloandrea Meacci advised the European Investment Bank on a €49m financing to support Iniziative Bresciane’s project to enhance and restore 13 weirs and install 12 hydroelectric plants on the Arno river. The client’s financing will help create 10 MW of renewable energy capacity, restore the river’s water management infrastructure, and reforest adjacent areas, reducing the environmental impact of existing construction while preserving local biodiversity.

The firm also advised developer Cero Generation on two corporate PPA project financings for the construction of a 118 MW agrivolatic solar PV portfolio, supporting the client’s development of innovative, land-use-efficient renewable energy projects. The long-term PPAs will finance the 70 MW Pontinia project and 48 MW Castrum project and ensure the electricity produced supports corporate clients in their decarbonisation strategies.

Another key client is renewable energy developer and operator Aer Soléir, who sought the firm’s advice on a co-development agreement with renewable energy developer NRG+; the alliance will allow Aer Soléir to realise a potential 500 MW solar project portfolio. Within the mandate, the firm also assisted the client with the acquisition of a 50 MW solar PV development project from Horizonfirm, which will be co-developed with NRG+. 

Alongside its memberships in the Legal Sustainability Alliance and Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, the firm aids the green transition of the legal sector as a founding supporter of The Chancery Lane Project, assisting the initiative’s push to create legal contracts that enable solutions to climate change.

In 2022 the firm also submitted its Carbon Disclosure Project benchmark and created a global sustainability pledge, in which employees were asked to add their commitments to the firm’s decarbonisation target. 

Luxembourg

Ashurst has introduced sustainability taskforce representatives and advocates across its offices in order to make a positive impact on the green transition externally and internally. The Luxembourg office provides key expertise assisting financial institutions with their participation in sustainability focused investment funds.

The firm advised the Japan Bank for International Cooperation regarding its commitment as a partner to the Climate Finance Partnership Fund, which seeks to catalyse development assistance in emerging markets and consequentially mitigate climate change through maximising investments in renewable energy projects, energy storage systems, and transmission infrastructure. To boost the fund’s social and environmental impact, BlackRock aims to raise $4 of institutional capital for each $1 contributed by the client and fellow partners, targeting measurable results aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

To help financial services clients understand their growing ESG opportunities and prepare for the EU SFDR, the firm established an ESG Ready toolkit. The team has also created pertinent thought leadership, including an ESG Matters podcast focused on net zero and sustainability developments, and a global interactive tool which helps investors navigate opportunities within the emerging hydrogen market.

The firm is an active member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance and Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, which support the legal sector in developing the expertise and tools necessary to best decarbonise their internal operations and provide sustainability-conscious advice. The firm is also a founding supporter of The Chancery Lane Project, which seeks to create novel, practical, climate-focused clauses for firms to incorporate within their contracts.

Prioritising transparent, collaborative sustainability initiatives, in 2022 the firm submitted its Carbon Disclosure Project benchmark and created a global sustainability pledge, in which employees were asked to add their commitments to the firm’s decarbonisation target.  

Spain

At its Madrid office, Ashurst has a specialised practice handling financial and transactional mandates which support the utilisation and development of renewable energy across Spain.

The firm has demonstrable experience in the renewable energy sector. A key client is Hy24: Andrés Alfonso advised the hydrogen investment fund on its investment in a joint venture company with Enagás toward pursuing the production and commercialisation of biogas, hydrogen, and other renewable gas projects.

In the solar power sector, the firm advised energy developer ACS on the sale of a 100 MW solar PV portfolio to operator Sonnedix, supporting the continued delivery of renewable electricity to the Spanish market.

For real estate developer Culmia, the firm assisted with a €135.3m green financing for the development of 1763 affordable rented housing units within the Madrid Regional Government’s Vive plan. The project pursues the city’s social development goals in a sustainable manner, with the houses all targeting a high energy-efficiency rating and at least a BREEAM Very Good certification.

The firm also assists partnerships which aid the construction industry’s green transition, working with McKinsey’s Global Infrastructure Initiative to support the decarbonisation of the built environment, and drafting an EU green leasing white paper for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Within the firm’s global energy transition thought leadership, the Madrid office provides regular updates on the development of renewable energy regulations and legal opportunities.

As a member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, Net Zero Lawyers Alliance, and The Chancery Lane Project, the firm aids the green transition of the legal sector by assisting with the development of green expertise and clauses. Internally, the firm has submitted its Carbon Disclosure Project benchmark and created a global sustainability pledge, in which employees added personal commitments to the firm’s decarbonisation target.

Maximilian Uibeleisen  | Germany

Carloandrea Meacci  | Italy

Andrés Alfonso  | Spain

B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba

Poland

Polish multi-service firm B2R Law Jankowski Stroinski Zieba, formed through the merger of JS Legal and Zieba & Partners in June 2020, advises clients on matters including sustainability, climate change, and diversity. It is one of the first Polish firms to establish an ESG practice, and an active participant in leading ESG-related events in the Polish market.

In an ongoing highlight, key ESG contact Aleksandra Polak and Rafał Stroiński are advising Triggo, a Polish company whose activities focus on the construction of the electric city vehicle ‘Triggo’, on its IPO at the Warsaw Stock Exchange. Polak and Rafał Zięba also recently led the advice to Johnson Matthey regarding its agreement with Axpo Polska, which will provide renewable electricity to the client’s new factory in Konin. The factory will supply automotive platforms with automotive battery applications and will be fully powered by renewable energy from the outset. In another recent highlight, the firm advised a Chinese buyer on the acquisition of a portfolio of photovoltaic power plants with a total capacity of 51 MW.

The firm’s leading disputes practice is a signatory to the Greener Litigation Pledge, thereby committing to taking active steps to reduce the environmental impact of the practice.

In the thought leadership space, Polak was recently a speaker on a panel discussion regarding ESG reporting, and Luiza Wyrębkowska participated in a panel regarding the financial aspects of sustainable development, where she discussed topics such as green financing and the sustainable finance taxonomy.

Aleksandra Polak

Rafał Stroiński

Rafał Zięba

BBA Fjeldco

Iceland

Icelandic multi-service law firm BBA Fjeldco stands out for its work in the green energy sector, particularly for its contribution to changes in legislation and the regulatory environment in the field of research and development of renewable energy sources internationally. Notably, the firm has been active in the geothermal development space, having advised leading companies domestically and globally, working on matters including securing terrain for geothermal research, PPAs, and project agreements. It has also worked with international development banks and individual countries, including Turkey, France, Djibouti and Kazakhstan, to develop a regulatory environment for renewable energy sources.

In an ongoing highlight, Baldvin Bjorn Haraldsson and Antoine Lochet are advising the Icelandic Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate in preparing a report on wind energy legislation in Scotland, Norway, Denmark, and New Zealand. The report focuses on the regulatory aspects of wind energy transition and will serve as a guiding document for Iceland’s government in deciding how to create a legislation for wind energy in the country.

Haraldsson and Lochet are also advisors to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in creating law and regulation relating to the harnessing of geothermal reservoirs in Comoros, a country highly dependent on fossil fuels. The project aims to support an enabling environment for private sector participation in developing renewable energy in the region.

In January 2017, the firm published the Geothermal Transparency Guide, which provides an insight into the legal frameworks governing the exploration and production of electricity from geothermal sources across several countries. This is likely to contribute to an eventual international cooperation for the purposes of creating industry standards in this field. The firm is also in the process of launching a website that provides information on the legal framework for renewable energy resources in over 30 countries.

Bech Bruun

Denmark

Full-service Danish law firm Bech Bruun is well regarded in the Danish renewable energy market, having advised on several high-value transactions helping to shape the energy infrastructure landscape in the country.

With the Danish Parliament deciding that CCS projects will play a key part in achieving Denmark’s climate policy objectives, the energy team led by Johan Weihe is assisting Vestforbrænding with its participation in the first CCS tender in Denmark, as well as in all legal aspects pertaining to the planning and construction of a major CCS facility in connection with a waste-energy-plant.

Co-head of the M&A practice, Simon Milthers, and the energy team act together on several transactions facilitating the energy transition, such as client KK Wind Solutions’ acquisition of the converter and controls business from Vestas Wind Systems A/S. The deal will strengthen the client’s global wind energy supply chain.

The team has also supported Tokyo Gas’ strategic expansion into renewable energy investment in Europe by advising the client on its 50% acquisition of and joint venture with Danish wind farm developer EWII A/S. The joint venture aims to develop more onshore wind farms in Denmark and expand the capacity in the Nordics to 1 GW by 2030.

Via the Bech Bruun Academy, the firm’s specialists share knowledge on sustainability and the green transition through seminars, courses, and events. Furthermore, the firm’s collaboration programme BB-Impact focuses on providing legal advice to sustainable start-ups which promote at least one of the UN SDGs.

The firm’s new head office located at the tip of Nordø in Copenhagen will be certified to a DGNB Gold standard.

Simon Milthers

Binder Grösswang

Austria

Full-service Austrian law firm Binder Grösswang has a future-oriented approach to sustainability and the provision of green legal services: Its BG Future Lab initiative founded by a multidisciplinary group of partners (Raoul Hoffer, Johannes Barbist, Stephan Heckenthaler, Ingeborg Edel, Angelika Pallwein-Prettner, and Philipp Kapl) is a think tank which seeks to explore prospective sustainability-related issues clients may face in the coming years.

The firm is at the forefront of the rapidly developing hydrogen market: Christine Dietz advised Siemens Energy regarding its acquisition of a shareholding in its subsidiary Siemens Energy Electrolyzer Manufacturing, which will be active in the manufacture of components for electrolysis systems for hydrogen gas production.

Emanuel Welten is a leading lawyer in sustainability-linked financing at the firm. In  2022 he advised Austrian Federal Railways in connection with ESG-linked loan agreements and registered notes with the combined value of €550m.

The team is also involved in public law and regulatory matters in the developing e-mobility market in the country, including for client ChargePoint Holdings. Notably, the firm is supporting the City of Vienna’s digital pilot and research project, a culture token app which incentivizes travelling via foot, public transportation or bike, allowing users to collect tokens in exchange for tickets to cultural events.

Internally, the firm grants employees access to its own e-bikes, encouraging the use of sustainable means of transport. Furthermore, as of 2020, the firm’s electricity supply has been sourced entirely from renewable hydropower and biogas, and all carbon emissions are offset through clean energy investments. 

Raoul Hoffer

Johannes Barbist

Stephan Heckenthaler

Ingeborg Edel

Angelika Pallwein-Prettner

Philipp Kapl

Christine Dietz

Emanuel Welten

Bruun & Hjejle

Denmark

UN Global Compact signatory Bruun & Hjejle in Denmark is involved in some of the most significant renewable energy and green financing developments in the country.

A team led by Anne Cathrine Ingerslev represented European Energy on all legal aspects of the offering of €300m green bonds and the establishment of a €45m green revolving credit facility, which represent the largest corporate green bond transactions listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen to date. Ingerslev also assisted TDC Holding and its subsidiaries with several major transactions, including the initial issuance of €500m sustainability-linked notes under TDC NET’s EMTN Programme.

Lars Kongsgaard, who specialises in alternative investments in energy and infrastructure projects, and EU and competition expert Frederik André Bork are leading the advice to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) in connection with the upcoming tender for North Sea offshore wind hub, the world’s first energy island. Once complete this will have a minimum 3 GW capacity with the potential expansion to 10 GW. The innovative technology will also dramatically lower the production costs of green energy and is a key component of the Danish Government’s commitment to leading the green transition.

In addition to its contributions to the green transition through legal services, the firm has collaborated with global consultancy Rambøll to map its direct and indirect emissions of climate gasses in a carbon report according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol with the aim of further reducing its own emissions.

Anne Cathrine Ingerslev

Lars Kongsgaard

Frederik André Bork

Frederik André Bork

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

France

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has positioned itself in France as a key advisor to clients in the financing of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and solar projects. 

The firm advised portfolio management company RGreen Invest on its creation of the NW Storm joint vehicle with NW Group and an associated €300m investment, which will accelerate and expand the deployment of EV charging stations and energy storage solutions.  

In the solar power sector, David Blondel advised retail banking network Crédit du Nord on the financing of the acquisition of three shade houses with solar panel rooftops; and a Crédit du Nord, Caisse d’Epargne Ile de France, BPI France, and NATIXIS consortium as lenders on a 25 MW portfolio of 252 operating and developing rooftop solar farms. The firm also advised financial institution Caisse d’Epargne CEPAC and renewable energy producer Arkolia Energies on its ‘Avalanche’ programme, which involved the financing of 213 rooftop solar farms and a 22.8 MW ground solar farm. For Credit Agricole du Languedoc, the firm assisted with the implementation of a revolving credit facility for Energie Developpement, a global renewable energy producer formed as a joint venture between Amarenco and TotalEnergies, to support the expansion of the solar buildings market. 

Jean-Pierre Delvigne is a key figure in thought leadership, having written articles both on the French PV contract regime and on state liability for environmental harm amid the worsening impacts of climate change, with the latter article co-authored by associate Maryne Gouhier.

Toward reducing its own environmental impact and carbon emissions, the firm has established a Sustainability Committee which identifies and manages internal initiatives. Key are the firm’s Sustainability Practices, directives which gather all personnel to support the green transition through measures like conserving water, waste, and electricity. The firm’s Paris office boasts a BREEAM Excellent certification.

Bär & Karrer

Switzerland

Swiss business law firm Bär & Karrer advises clients on various ESG-related issues with a focus on green and sustainable finance.

Recently, Luca Jagmetti led the team in advising Kooky, a Swiss start-up focusing on replacing single-use with reusable products. The company developed an innovative intelligent reusable cup system with its own digital return infrastructure. In another recent highlight, led by Mariel Hoch, the team advised H2 Energy Europe and Phillips 66 on a 50-50 joint venture to set up and operate a network of hydrogen refuelling retail sites in Germany, Austria, and Denmark. The new company plans to develop approximately 250 hydrogen refuelling stations by 2026.

The team regularly contributes to thought leadership: ESG expert Vera Naegeli and key contact Marie-Cristine Kaptan recently co-wrote an article discussing new Swiss ESG due diligence and disclosure requirements. Kaptan also recently discussed liability for climate change risks at the 2022 Conference on Sustainability in Commercial and Financial Law.

Internally, the firm’s sustainability initiatives include avoiding business trips, promoting paperless work, financially motivating employees to use public transport, and providing electric charging stations. The firm is also committed to a sustainable recycling system, which includes recycling PET, batteries, and daily coffee grounds, part of which is converted into biogas and sent to households to generate heat and electricity, and part of which is sent to farmers in the region as organic fertiliser.

In summer 2019 the firm finished its project of creating a sustainable eco-system on a 2500m2 rooftop area in its Zurich office. The habitat is home to seven bee colonies, chickens, and spur-thighed tortoises.

CMS

France

Multi-jurisdictional and UN Global Compact signatory firm CMS regularly advises clients on a range of environmental matters. Its Belgian office stands out for its internal initiatives and for its work advising clients in relation to ESG matters.

The office was awarded the Silver Sustainability ranking by EcoVadis, which mirrored the office’s commitment to train employees on energy conservation and climate actions. Additionally, the office supports Graine de vie (Seed for Life), which offsets the ecological footprint from industrialised countries by planting hundred of hectares of trees each year in developing countries. In an ongoing highlight, the office’s real estate team is assisting SLRB – CityDev with an ESG project, driven by the need to both create more affordable housing in Brussels and have a zero-carbon emission development, counting with a common co-generation platform and solar panels.

Globally, the firm aims to keep clients updates about sustainable trends through its CMS Green Globe Initiative, launched in 2022. It also aims to keep clients ahead of the ESG regulatory framework by providing training sessions. Internally, the firm’s SDG-based environmental roadmap includes measurable goals which demonstrate its commitment to sustainability. These include avoiding, reducing, and offsetting its environmental impact, and carrying out pro bono work and donating to charities involved in supporting the environment. 

France

UN Global Compact signatory firm CMS counts on a specialised French team that often advises clients on sustainable finance matters.

In collaboration with the firm’s Spain office, the French team, led by Céline Cloché-Dubois and Alexandra Rohmert, recently advised Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on the sale of a 3.9 GW portfolio of onshore wind projects worth €580m to SSE Renewables. The portfolio includes projects in France, Italy, Spain, and Greece. The team also recently assisted TKYB with its first sustainability bond worth €100m; it was issued under TKYB’s Sustainable Finance Framework, which is aligned with the International Capital Market Association Green Bond Principles, Social Bond Principles, and Sustainability Bond Guidelines. At least 75% of the proceeds of the issue of the bond will be used to fund green projects.

In 2021, the firm formed a partnership with the French National Forest Office, planting 2.5 hectares of trees and offsetting 407 tonnes of carbon emissions. To measure its carbon footprint and set emission reduction targets, the firm will work together with D-carbonise, a provider of carbon footprint management services.

Firmwide measures include the launch of the CMS Green Globe initiative, a platform which aims to keep clients updated about trends and developments relating to sustainability. It also offers training sessions to clients, helping them stay ahead of the ESG regulatory framework.

South Africa

Multi jurisdictional firm CMS is a UN Global Compact Signatory, and counts on a specialised South Africa team that is at the forefront of the country’s renewable energy market.

Following president Ramaphosa’s announcement reforming the license limit for distributed generation projects from 1 MW to 100 MW in August 2021, Johannesburg-based Bridgett Majola and Kabelo Dlothi advised the Development Bank of Southern Africa on two novel 100 MW Solar PV projects, considered pioneer projects under the country’s new energy regulatory environment.

Globally, the firm counts on a SDG-based environmental roadmap, which includes measurable goals which demonstrate the firm’s commitment to sustainability. These include avoiding, reducing, and offsetting its environmental impact, carrying out pro bono work, and donating to charities involved in supporting the environment. Furthermore, for the second year in a row, in 2022 the firm organised a CMS Sustainability Month, an internal initiative aimed at raising awareness about environmental issues with a focus on the climate crisis.

CWW Kancelaria Prawnicza sp.k.

Poland

Polish firm CWW Kancelaria Prawnicza sp.k. counts with over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, and specialises in providing advice on renewable resources. The firm has advised on several sustainable investment projects including photovoltaic power plants and wind farms, among others. 

Key individuals Tomasz Dobrzyński and Marcin Mucharski are currently advising SFW Energia on the construction of a biomass and alternative fuels combustion plant in the city of Gliwice. The pair is also assisting the same client with the construction of a thermal treatment installation for municipal waste in the city of Zduńska Wola.

Additionally, the firm is acting for a client in the energy sector concerning a project that aims to improve air quality through the use of waste heat, while assisting another client with a project that aims to supply heat and cold from a renewable energy source.

Outside of its client work, the firm’s team regularly gives guest lectures at the German Law School of the University of Wrocław on its activities and on environmental protection issues concerning renewable energy resources. 

Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm

Turkey

Full-service Turkish firm Cigdemtekin Cakirca Aranci Law Firm counts with a climate change practice group that supports clients and NGOs in the areas of green transformation, sustainable development, and climate change. It also has an ESG and sustainability group which actively engages with clients and tries to encourage them to adopt and integrate sustainability into their corporate strategies.

In an ongoing highlight, the team is representing Egeres Energy across a number of areas, such as green and renewables incentive regimes, the development of solar, wind, and geothermal power projects, and environmental impact assessment reports. The firm also recently advised Turkcell Energy on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of renewable company Boyut Grup Enerji Elektrik Üretim İnşaat San. Ve, which owns and operates a green wind energy farm of 18MW in the Aegean region of Turkey. Other organisations which seek the firm’s ESG-related advice include CEECAT Capital, Rafinera, and Scoutium.

Alongside its advisory work, the firm has published a number of articles on various aspects of ESG, green finance, and the Green Deal, such as ‘Guidelines Applicable to Green and Sustainable Bonds in Turkey’, and ‘Turkey’s Next Step Towards a Greener Economy: Sustainable Finance Framework’.

In 2022, managing partner Gamze Çiğdemtekin Özer prepared an updated report for the KAGİDER Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey, where she established a Green Deal working group to raise awareness about the EU’s Green Deal, after having published a similar report in 2021. She continuously organises meetings and workshops to increase sustainability awareness among member corporations, while also delivering lectures and classes on climate change and sustainable development on a pro bono basis.

Gamze Çiğdemtekin Özer

Clifford Chance LLP

United Arab Emirates

Clifford Chance LLP’s global ESG practice advises clients in areas such as climate change, energy transition, and sustainable finance. In the United Arab Emirates, the firm is handling work highly relevant to the UAE’s green transition, including some innovative and first-of-its kind matters.

Dubai-based Stuart Ure, Alekhya Prakash, and Pearl Mahaga recently led the team advising the joint lead managers on Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation’s (APICORP) debut green bond issuance comprising $750m. According to APICORP’s Green Finance Framework, all projects funded from the proceeds of green bonds will be aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with a focus on renewable energy, green buildings, pollution prevention, and low carbon technologies.

In another recent highlight, the team advised Actis, a global investor in sustainable infrastructure, on two of the largest renewable energy projects in the Middle East and Africa, one relating to district cooling, and the other relating to wind and solar power.

The firm’s 2021 responsible business report sets out how it is going to build sustainability into its practices, and its newly created environment board has developed a strategy for achieving net zero by 2030. Furthermore, its new climate change policy aspires to actively move the firm away from working on matters where there is potential for adverse impact on climate change.

Since 2020, the firm has been providing clients with a series of ESG focused webinars – the European ESG Perspective Series. It also launched a new podcast series in 2021, The Climate Lawyer, which discusses topics such as the intersection of tech and climate, greenwashing, and ESG investing. Recent thought leadership pieces include a white paper discussing how banks can support a just transition through climate related finance, and a publication in collaboration with the World Economic Forum on delivering a trade and climate agenda.

The firm has also been involved in a number of sustainability-related pro bono initiatives. In the largest pro bono project of the firm’s history, it recently contributed to the UN resolution that recognises the universal human right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment by surveying and researching the domestic laws of around 140 UN member states.

Stuart Ure

Alekhya Prakash

Pearl Mahaga

DLA Piper

Italy

DLA Piper in Italy has an impressive range of clients in the renewable energy sector.

Head of the corporate group, Giulo Maroncelli, recently assisted Ortus Power Resources Italy with the terms and conditions associated with developing solar and wind projects. Senior independent counsel Francesco Novelli, who has over 40 years’ experience, especially in the project finance space, assisted Falck Renewables with its joint venture with BlueFloat Energy for the co-development of five offshore wind farms with an estimated capacity of more than 5GW. Together, Novelli and Maroncelli jointly acted for ERG Power Generation in the sale of Hydro S.r.l, owner of 527 MW of hydropower plants in operation the country.

A founding member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance, the firm has successfully integrated ESG into its operations. Across all its jurisdictions, lawyers collectively provide more than 230,000 hours of pro bono work annually with one specific focus on climate justice and conservation. jhiog

Denmark

In Denmark, DLA Piper is a go-to firm for clients seeking advice on matters pertaining to renewable energy.

A team led by Per Vestergaard Pedersen is providing advice to the Greenland Government regarding hydropower operations in the country, including granting exploitation licenses and environmental regulatory issues, thereby supporting the country’s green transition.

In another cross-border matter, the group also assisted Faroese national power company ELFELAGIÐ SEV with its refinancing worth Kr. 2.4bn, which is to be used to support the Faroese Government’s green energy policy, including the ambitious goal for the Faroe Islands to be powered by 100% green energy by 2030.

Alongside its work for clients, the firm also seeks to raise awareness and improve education on climate change mitigation and adaptation. A team in Denmark developed training on the Aarhus convention and environmental justice.

The firm’s global commitment to sustainability is evident in its early signing of the UN Global Compact in 2013. It has since received ISO 14001 and 50001 certifications, and certification from the Carbon Trust. 

Hungary

Head of energy and procurement at DLA Piper in Hungary, Gábor Simon, is experienced in advising on a range of renewable energy projects. He is currently assisting Solin Energy with its cross-border virtual cPPA models for its PV plants under development in Hungary and Kosovo.

Péter Györfi-Tót, who heads up the Hungary finance, projects and restructuring group, also advises notable renewable energy clients with expertise in Hungarian energy regulation.

The firm also actively contributes to thought leadership on climate, environmental and ESG matters: In 2021, the Hungarian real estate practice launched its own green real estate podcast series led by Szilárd Kui and Gábor Borbély and in collaboration with the banking and finance group.

Regionally, the firm stands out as the only law firm in Europe to advise the European Commission, under two successive framework contracts, on contractual and regulatory aspects of the European Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations (EU ETS) and the Common Auction Platform.

Netherlands

DLA Piper in the Netherlands is involved in innovative green IT projects. Amsterdam-based IT, competition and privacy law expert Khaled Dadi is assisting Rabobank with the implementation of agroforestry carbon reduction schemes. This includes the launch of a new ‘Carbon Insights’ app which allows bank customers to track the carbon footprint of their purchasing patterns.

The firm is also involved in numerous high-value sustainable financing matters, such client Royal A-ware Food Group’s €400m ESG-linked financing provided by a syndicate of banks. jh

The construction group has a strong focus on renewables and is currently leading the multi-disciplinary advice to Hitachi Energy Sweden AB / Hitachi ABB Power Grid as one of the bidders in a consortium with Petrofac International (UAE) on the tender and construction of wind farms in the IJmuiden Ver wind energy area forming part of the Netherlands 2030 Offshore Roadmap with a combined capacity of 4 GW.

Globally, the firm publicly discloses its environmental impact through the CDP disclosure system and has committed to reducing absolute emissions across all SBTi scopes by 90% by 2040, and in the short term has an SBTi goal to cut scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 from 2019 levels.

Spain

DLA Piper set up its multidisciplinary ESG group in Spain in 2020. The team stands out for its assistance with the bidding and acquisition process of high-value renewable projects.

Juan Gelabert Chasco leads the firm’s advice to Aquilla Capital on several renewable projects, including the acquisition of a 1200 MW portfolio of 24 PV plants under development in Spain. In another recent matter, head of Spain’s corporate practice José-María Gil-Robles and her team advised Shell on its potential acquisition of several PV plants and wind farms across Spain with around 2.5 GW output.

Internal best practices from across the firm’s global operations include a commitment to sourcing 100% electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030, up from 61% at present, and cutting supply chain emissions by 25%, also by 2030.

Norway

In Norway, DLA Piper’s renewable energy team is comprised of go-to advisors covering a range of client needs in the sector. The team was further strengthened in 2021 with the addition of Siren Skalstad Ellensen, who has extensive M&A experience within the renewables sector. Clients also benefit from the firm’s presence across all Nordic countries.

In a current highlight, Skalstad Ellensen and Kaare Oftedal are advising MEAG on its proposed investment of €480m in a wind portfolio with a combined capacity of 258 MW.

Globally the firm has partnered with the Net Zero Lawyers Alliance of which it was a founding member. It is also a founding member of the Global Alliance of Impact Lawyers and has partnered with Carbon 13 to support start-ups with a focus on reducing carbon emissions on a pro bono basis.

One of the pillars of the firm’s pro bono efforts across the Nordics is to support climate justice and conservation. The firm also provided pro bono assistance to the Boards Impact Forum, the Nordic chapter of the Climate Governance Initiative, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, whose purpose is to engage board directors in the Nordics and internationally to accelerate climate actions and innovation for sustainable business. The advice centred around the setup of the organisation and directions on development.

Giulo Maroncelli  | Italy

Per Vestergaard Pedersen  | Denmark

Gábor Simon  | Hungary

Péter Györfi-Tót  | Hungary

Khaled Dadi  | Netherlands

Juan Gelabert Chasco  | Spain

José-María Gil-Robles  | Spain

Skalstad Ellensen  | Norway

Kaare Oftedal  | Norway

Deloitte Legal

Belgium

Deloitte Legal’s Belgium office counts with a climate and energy team that has vast experience in the renewables sector and stands out for its role in the development of environmental legislation in the area. Led by Kathleen De Hornois and Dominique Vanherck, the team is assisting the Port of Oostende & POM West-Vlaanderen with performing a legal analysis of the rules around the decommissioning, repowering, and refurbishment of offshore and onshore wind turbines in Belgium. The team is further helping the client draw up a commissioning plan with a policy framework for the EU project DECOM Tools.  

The duo is also aiding the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (currently the Clean Hydrogen Partnership), which was established by the European Commission, in a study to examine the development of a hydrogen economy in ports and industrial coast areas. Additionally, Vanherck has prepared a study for OVAM with legislative proposals to amend the EU Waste Frame Directive to include more waste prevention measures. This study could potentially have a major impact on the European legislation relating to circular economy.

At a global level, the firm aims to contribute to the Paris Agreement goals through WorldClimate, an initiative to achieve net-zero emissions within the firm by 2030. Commitments include reducing the firm’s scope 1 and 2 emissions by 70% and achieving 100% energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. Furthermore, the firm has offered a number of legal conferences and seminars covering ESG related topics, including new green taxes and carbon border adjustment mechanisms. It has also published several publications around new environmental regulations, such as the incorporation of ESG criteria into investments.

Spain

Deloitte Legal counts with a specialised Spanish team that stands out for its work with renewable energy projects. Recently, Ignacio Echenagusia and Maria Guinot led the Spanish team advising Kobus Partners in the sale of a portfolio of several photovoltaic projects with a total capacity of 36,8 MW to Sonnedix, a renewable energy group. It also advised Kobus Renewable Energy on the acquisition of three greenfield photovoltaic projects from Esparity Solar, with a total power of 250 MW. In another recent highlight, the firm represented Baywa in the acquisition of a portfolio of 11 PV development projects with a capacity of over 700 MW in Spain, representing one of the largest portfolios available in the Spanish market.

In 2022, the Spanish office approved its local WorldClimate strategy, streamlining different actions to be taken by the firm’s offices globally, in order to achieve its net-zero objectives, namely, reducing the firm’s scope 1 and 2 emissions by 70% and achieving 100% energy consumption from renewable sources by 2030. Internally, the firm has implemented a number of sustainable measures, such as the withdrawal of all single-use plastic cups across its Spanish offices, providing staff with reusable cups and bottles instead.

Doklestic Repic & Gajin

Serbia

Serbian law firm Doklestic Repic & Gajin counts with a dedicated multi-disciplinary team with expertise in renewable energy and other environmentally sustainable projects. The firm assists clients during all stages of their green projects, from regulatory assessment up to the actual implementation, and stands out for its work within the wind and hydro energy, green technology, and waste management areas.

Key contacts Slobodan Doklestic, Milos Pandzic, and Aleksandra Stojanovic continue to advise Slovak company Megawaste in relation to their investment in the development of five biomass power plants. In another ongoing highlight, the firm is acting for Extra Watts regarding the establishment of an e-scooter sharing service in the city of Belgrade, which would contribute to reducing the current air pollution levels in the region. The firm is also providing ongoing legal advice on a range of matters to Polygreen, a network of companies offering integrated circular economy solutions internationally and aiming to shape human environmental consciousness through purpose-built education.

The team continues to publish articles concerning a green transition in the country, including a recent piece discussing wind farm actions in Serbia, and an analysis examining draft regulations supporting renewable energy production in Serbia, written by Dragan Gajin.

Slobodan Doklestic

Milos Pandzic

Aleksandra Stojanovic

Dragan Gajin

ECIJA

Spain

Multi-jurisdictional firm ECIJA works across a range of areas including energy and natural resources, and environment and sustainability. The firm has advised regional governments in Spain on environmental matters, as well as multinationals on how to comply with circular economy laws.

Madrid-based key contact Victor Moralo continues to lead the advice to Greenpeace on a case brought by the NGO and other Spanish ecological groups before the European Commission against the Spanish state for failure to meet the EU’s reuse and recycling targets. In another ongoing highlight, Moralo is advising the citizens’ platform ILP Mar Menor on the parliamentary processing of the proposition of law for the recognition of Mar Menor lagoon, one of the largest coastal lagoons in the western Mediterranean, as legal personality. This decision could represent a milestone for environmental law in the European Union, as it would recognise the fundamental and inalienable rights of nature to exist and develop as an ecosystem worthy of protection in itself.

The firm also demonstrates its commitment to sustainability through a number of internal and external initiatives: All of the firm’s offices collaborate with recycling companies in the purchase of office supplies and maintain active recycling and waste management policies. Aditionally, the firm’s Las Palmas de Gran Canarias office collaborates with Terra Incognita Docs, a company which produces documentaries about the environment to raise awareness among viewers.

Victor Moralo

EY Law Poland

Poland

EY Law in Poland stands out for its work in the areas of energy and environmental law, advising clients on matters in connection with climate change and emissions trading, and acting in the capacity of regulatory advocacy strategists. The firm often supports lawmakers, regulators, and other industries in developing sustainable climate and energy policy for Poland.

Under the firm’s EU Green Deal Center of Excellence, it provides advice around EU Green Deal policies, including on carbon pricing and decarbonisation strategies. Furthermore, under its EY Center for Climate Policy, it advises governments which are setting up domestic climate regimes, and business entities which are subject to carbon pricing systems and active players on voluntary carbon markets.

At the request of an independent statutory body advising on climate change, Kasia Klaczynska Lewis, who heads up the energy, sustainable development and climate change team, together with Dariusz Kryczka and Malwina Burzec conducted a review of the assessment principles for international offsets in the context of the Paris Agreement. The review provides advice on the principles and criteria to be applied to the use of international offsets and specifies the offsets which could be eligible. Lewis also acted for the European Commission in connection with advice to a group of major Polish airports regarding the building of skills necessary to calculate their carbon footprint and prepared a proposal of policy measures related to the commitment of CO2 emissions reduction at the airports.

Of note is also the firm’s recent collaboration with the Harvard Law School Center on the 2022 General Counsel Sustainability Study, which analyses how law departments are responding to the rising importance of sustainability issues.

Kasia Klaczynska Lewis

Dariusz Kryczka

Malwina Burzec

Egemonoglu Law Firm

Turkey

Full-service Turkish law firm, Egemonoglu has environmental protection high on its agenda, both in terms of client offerings and internal initiatives. ‘Creating Sustainable Value’ is at the heart of the firm’s operations. In addition to everyday measures aimed at minimising environmental impact, the firm collaborates with Green Heroes Turley on the Cyber Clean-Up Initiative to keep digital waste to a minimum and raise environmental consciousness among employees.

The corporate team regularly consult on environmental law, advising a multitude of clients on compliance with EU and Turkish legislation including those under the Circular Economy Action Plan, closely monitoring changes and developments. Clients include, Teknika Plast Teknik Kalıp Plastik San. ve Tic A.S., Maysan Mando Otomotiv Parçaları San. Tic. A.Ş, and Çimtaş Group. Ongoing wastewater management advice for Sınırlı Sorumlu Yeşil Çevre Arıtma Tesisi İşletme Kooperatifi (“Green Environmental Treatment Plant Operation Cooperative”)  is led by Günsel Dede.

Günsel Dede

FORT

Latvia

Baltic law firm FORT offers clients assistance in various stages of environmental, energy and infrastructure projects. Its Latvian team stands out for its work within the renewable energy sector.

Riga-based Sandis Bertaitis and senior associate Arturs Caics are representing Satini Energo LM, a company developing and managing a biomass CHP plant with a total capacity of 3.4 MW, in proceedings against The Cabinet of Ministers of Latvia and others regarding amendments to the regulation of the feed-in-tariff for CHP plants. If successful, the matter could provide positive contribution to the renewable energy sector in Latvia by preventing state institutions from implementing restrictions on support mechanisms for renewable energy projects.

The duo is also assisting SIA Rigas Energija with several legal matters. The client, a company focusing on renewable energy production, is developing and operating a CHP plant which uses woodchips to generate electricity and heat.

In Riga, the firm has also been actively cooperating with the green energy umbrella organisation Latvian Renewable Energy Federation (LREF), which unites non-governmental renewable energy associations, supporting LREF with its establishment as an NGO, as well as with several legislation and policy making proceedings concerning renewable energy production regulations.

Outside of their client work, Bertaitis and Caics regularly contribute to thought leadership in the renewable energy space with their publications and commentaries regarding case-law.

Besides implementing various internal environmental best practices, the firm also demonstrated its commitment to sustainability by organising a World Cleanup Day.

Lithuania

Baltic law firm FORT regularly advises clients on environmental, energy and infrastructure projects. Its Lithuanian team stands out for its work assisting organisations with becoming more sustainable and complying with environmental regulations.

In an ongoing highlight, Emilis Cicenas is advising Circle K, a leading convenience store and gas station operator, on reducing its environmental footprint by employing solar power capacities and complying with national biofuels regulations.

Cicenas also recently acted for Elmoris, a leading manufacturer of lug caps, in a range of legal matters. Elmoris produces lug caps in an eco-friendly manner as a result of thermoplastic materials (TPE); the sealing compound used in manufacturing the product and its utilisation does not emit any harmful substances into the atmosphere. The firm helped the client enter a PPA for 12 years and advised on the installation of solar panels on its manufacturing plant.

Internally, the firm has implemented various environmental best practices and has also recently organised and involved its staff in a World Cleanup Day.

Sandis Bertaitis  | Latvia

Arturs Caics  | Latvia

Emilis Cicenas  | Lithuania

Fasken

South Africa

Via its environmental practice group which supports the firm’s project finance and commercial law teams, business and litigation law firm Fasken has expertise providing sustainability-focused advice across environmental and renewable energy projects.

Francois Joubert advised DRDGOLD – which rehabilitates sterilised mine land for agricultural, urban, and industrial uses, thereby improving the local environment while facilitating economic and social development – on environmental and regulatory requirements, and on the client’s sustainability and circular-economy strategy. Also within the environmental solutions sector, the firm is experienced in advising on the regulatory requirements and implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility Policy and Scheme. 

Assisting Nedbank and ABSA Bank as lenders in the portfolio financing of five wind energy projects, the firm provided advice on financing and environmental considerations. As one of the largest single renewable energy financings in Africa, the project, targeting a 700 MW capacity, will support the expansion of South Africa’s renewable electricity provision. 

The firm is also active in advising on renewable energy projects within the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme (REIPPP). Key individuals include managing partner for South Africa Blaize Vance and co-leader of the firm’s global energy and climate group Ashen Jugoo.

Through its ‘Project Tomorrow’ programme, the firm is committed to making a positive impact through implementing internal ESG strategies. Having established a Green Team within the office to work specifically toward reducing internal greenhouse gas emissions, the firm has since worked with expert consultants to assess and reduce its environmental footprint. Toward attaining its emission-reduction objectives, the firm has installed solar panels which meet the energy demand at its Johannesburg office.

Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners

Austria

Leading Austrian business law firm Fellner Wratzfeld & Partners has ESG embedded at its very core. Its dedicated sustainability practice group was formed in 2020 covering all areas of ESG including (but not limited to) policy frameworks, green financing, reporting standards, and renewable energy projects. The team provides specialist advisory services for start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs with an emphasis on sustainability although its client roster also includes SMEs, large companies, and public authorities.

The firm is involved with a number of clients facilitating the green transition in the transportation industry.  In the automotive sector, Markus Kajaba and his team currently represent Micro in connection with the launch of the Micrlino across Europe, the electric, micro-car which uses 65% less energy than conventional electric cars. Michael Hecht and Josef Peer assisted ÖBB Infrastruktur AG with the expansion of the railway line in Unterinntal which will reduce dependency on cars.

The sustainability committee is a cross-departmental team which establishes concrete goals to guide everyday operations along a green trajectory. In support of the expansion of PV projects in Austria, the firm provides information on location-specific building requirements and permit obligations through an app. This is shared with the City of Vienna. It also promotes local biodiversity in Austria’s Waldvierel region as a partner of MIELO which frees agricultural land from pesticides, funded through sustainable bee-friendly honey production. In addition, the firm is at the forefront of ESG thought leadership with partners including Florian Kranebitter and Josef Peer regularly participating in industry talks and seminars on the topic.

Markus Kajaba

Michael Hecht

Josef Peer

Florian Kranebitter

Josef Peer

Filip & Company

Romania

Romanian law firm Filip & Company has an ambitious target of reaching net zero by the end of 2024, setting out practical steps to achieve this goal through its ‘Purple loves Green’ initiative. This focuses on using clean energy, ensuring suppliers’ commitments are akin to the firm’s and supporting emissions-reducing initiatives.

The team regularly supports different clients in various sustainability-related financings. Founding partner Alexandru Bîrsan advises co-lead investor Planet First Partners on its €109m investment in Sunfire, the most significant equity raise of a green-hydrogen-focused private company to date. Alexandra Manciulea and Ioana Roman assisted a syndicate of banks with their €127m financing to Green Group, the largest integrated waste recycling group in Central Europe. Another key client is Magnet Developments, which sought the firm’s advice on the negotiations surrounding a €22m facilities agreement for the development of a green, award-winning housing project located outside of Bucharest.

The firm is also involved in legislative advice to major clients in the e-mobility sector and supports the development of multiple large-scale wind farms in Romania.

Alexandru Bîrsan

Alexandra Manciulea

Ioana Roman

GOLAW

Ukraine

Leading Ukrainian law firm GOLAW regularly assists clients with understanding the regulatory framework for green energy projects. The firm stands out for its experience providing legal advice on the construction of large biomass power plants.

Sergiy Oberkovych, Valentyn Gvozdiy, and Oleksandr Melnyk are advising KBPP Management, which proposes to develop one of the largest bio power plants in Ukraine, in two ongoing highlights: firstly, on a $130m value matter regarding the tender for the selection of the new EPC contractor for the development of the large scale biomass power plant in the Khmelnytsky region, and secondly, on challenging the refusal of the state architectural inspection to issue construction permit for a plant.

Oberkovych and Melnyk are also advising TIU Canada on matters related to the export of green energy from Ukraine to Europe, and the firm’s real estate practice is providing legal assistance to BIE, an international investor in alternative energy projects, on matters related to the purchase of sunflower oil production facilities in Ukraine.

Due to the firm’s focus on the energy sector, it is in regular dialogue with Ukrainian and European energy regulatory authorities, offering suggestions to the government on how to address issues in the country’s renewable energy industry.

Internal initiatives involve introducing an e-invoicing system which significantly reduced the firm’s printing needs, environmental awareness projects involving clients, business partners and employees, and the publication of thought leadership pieces, such as a recent article on climate change litigation under the firm’s Energy Alert newsletter.

Sergiy Oberkovych

Valentyn Gvozdiy

Oleksandr Melnyk

GOMEZ-ACEBO & POMBO

Spain

Leading multi-service Spanish firm Gómez-Acebo & Pombo has advised clients on environmental and climate change matters for over two decades, standing out in areas such as circular economy and water management. In 2021 the firm launched its GAP Sustainability Group, an initiative to support clients in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 in their businesses. The group provides advice on subjects including green taxation, sustainable mobility, environmental protection, renewable energy, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The firm continues to advise some of Spain’s main recycling and waste management systems, supporting them in the formulation of draft legislation. These include Ecoembes, an environmental organisation engaged in the recycling and eco-design of containers; Ecovidrio, a non-profit responsible for managing glass recycling waste; and Sigaus, a CSR body active in the recycling of electronic, electrical, and non-ferrous metal waste. Additionally, the firm is currently developing a draft regulatory framework for the incorporation of new EU regulation on water reuse.

Head of environment Pedro Poveda has previous experience in the public sector; he was General Subdirector of Regulations in the Ministry of the Environment until 2022. He was also the director of the Instituto Nacional de Administracion Publica (INAP)’s advanced course in environmental law aimed at civil servants in Spain, and is currently finalising his PhD with his thesis on the legal regime of integrated packaging waste management systems.

Eduardo Orteu, who specialises in water law and sustainable development, also seved at the Ministry of Environment for more than 19 years, with an additional seven years’ experience at the Spanish Water Directorate.

Another key team member is Santiago Garrido, who specialises in environment, energy, and climate change.

Pedro Poveda

Eduardo Orteu

Santiago Garrido

GSK Stockmann

Germany

Leading independent German law firm GSK Stockmann’s ESG team is comprised of multi-disciplinary experts from across the firm. The firm especially contributes in the areas of green finance, sustainable real estate, and compliance, including taxonomy, and assists a range of clients with the implementation of ESG regulation.

A team including Christoph Strelczyk advised Terra Kapitalverwaltung on the launch of an SFDR-compliant fund for the development of a sustainable new urban quarter.

Donner & Reuschel seeks the firm’s advice on ESG compliance regarding its products and services, including the development of existing asset management and adjustments to client documentation to facilitate more sustainable client choices. The client is able to draw on managing partner Oliver Glück and financial regulation partner Philippe Lorenz’s key expertise.

In support of the advancement of e-mobility in the country, Jan Henning is representing Tesla in landmark proceedings against the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) relating to the incentivisation of e-vehicles through the ‘environmental bonus’ (Klimabonus) scheme.

In 2022 the firm published its first sustainability report after working with an external sustainability consultant, and hosted its first ‘Sustainability Day’ with expert speakers on the topic.

Christoph Strelczyk

Oliver Glück

Philippe Lorenz

Jan Henning

Ganado Advocates

Malta

Maltese firm Ganado Advocates works across several areas, including environment, renewable energy, waste and ship recycling, and ESG and sustainability regulation. 

It has worked closely with the Malta Resources Authority (MRA) on international projects involving aspects of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Members of the firm are also involved in the executive committee of MEEREA, a Maltese NGO which promotes discussions on energy-related issues, particularly on sustainable energy policies that emphasise energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy.

The firm has assisted several financial market participants with the preparation of their regulatory disclosures under the EU taxonomy regulation and the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Directive (SFDR). Furthermore, due to Malta’s geographical location, the firm has developed expertise in assisting shipowners with the recycling of ships.

The firm’s key individuals regularly publish articles relating to sustainability: Recently, Nikolai Lubrano authored ‘The E in ESG as The Focus of Recent Regulatory Initiatives’; Jotham Scerri-Diacono published ‘Malta’s Role in Ship Recycling and its Impact on Environmental Protection’; and Nico Fauser wrote a piece titled ‘Captive Insurance – A Tool for ESG Strategy’. 

Internal sustainability measures notably include the installation of 30 solar panels in its Valletta office in response to an environmental audit carried out by an independent third party. Besides replacing all its electrical fixtures with energy-efficient LED lighting, the firm takes advantage of an old well which collects approximately 250,000 cubic liters of rainwater annually to provide water for its lavatories and hand basins during the winter months. In March 2022, the firm also launched an e-bike sharing programme promoting a cultural shift towards cycling, and purched e-bikes to be used by staff.

Garrigues

Spain

Leading Spanish multi-national and multi-service firm Garrigues has integrated sustainability as one of its key strategic pillars. The firm demonstrated its commitment early on: It established its environmental practice group in the 90s, signed the UN Global Compact in 2002, and has drawn up its annual carbon emissions since 2004. The firm is active in areas including environment, project finance for renewable energy, sustainable mobility, green transition, and sustainable financing.

Key contacts José Miguel Pinillos and Raúl Suárez Pascual recently co-led the advice to FCC Aqualia regarding a €1.1bn syndicated green corporate loan, which will be used to finance and refinance eligible green projects, such as water and waste treatment, water distribution and storage, renewable energy and sustainable transport. In another recent highlight, Pinillos and Javier Marzo assisted Idalia Capital with a €750m fund compliant with article 9 under the SFDR, which will focus on energy transition assets, specifically those that clearly contribute to the achievement of the energy transition objectives in Spain and the EU.

Internally, the firm’s Eco-Efficiency Plan is a roadmap to more responsible consumption, more sustainable spaces, and a lower carbon footprint. In 2022 the firm compensated for all its emissions of scopes 1 and 2. Additionally, all its paper comes from responsibly managed forests (FSC and PEFC certified), and 100% of the energy it consumes in the EU is guaranteed to be from renewable energy.

The firm is a part of the Climate Ambition Accelerator, an educational programme run by the UN on emissions reduction and science-based goals. It also regularly publishes articles discussing environmental matters as well as monthly newsletters focusing on the most relevant legal news on ESG matters in Spain.

Gecic Law

Serbia

Gecić Law is a Serbian law firm which counts with the expertise of an ESG practice, and works in areas including environmental law and renewable energy, standing out in particular for its contribution to Serbia’s green transition through its advice on renewable wind energy projects. It also has a multidisciplinary green cluster team, which covers areas such as corporate compliance and is co-led by head of corporate M&A Ognjen Colić and head of operations Hristina Kosec.

Current work highlights include advising NBT on the acquisition of an 800MW portfolio of wind projects in the country, and acting for Shinkun&Binui regarding the potential acquisition of five wind farm projects and one solar plant project in Vojvidina with a total installed capacity of the plants of over 400MW.  Another client is Integrites in connection with a potential 25MW renewable energy investment in Serbia.

The specialised team regularly takes part in ESG events, deliveres lectures, and contributes to publications. Branko Gabric recently published an article discussing the world’s first carbon border tariff, and the firm’s founding partner Bogdan Gecić took part in a webinar discussing new EU ESG regulation. Nemanja Sladakovic participated in a panel discussion on measuring sustainability and sustainability reporting at an event organised by the Responsible Business Forum, of which the firm is a member and pro bono partner.

As part of its internal ESG strategy, the firm expanded its online work and meetings, cutting paper consumption by 90% and reducing its travel-related carbon footprint.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Poland

In Poland, Greenberg Traurig LLP’s ESG practice, headed by senior associate Joanna Kuc, advises clients on various matters ranging from environmental and regulatory compliance, and natural resource management, to renewable energy and carbon footprint reduction. Additionally, the firm counts with an independent environmental protection practice, led by Barbara Pancer, which provides clients with advice on various aspects of Polish environmental legislation.

Recently, the firm advised Polsat Plus Group on the planned acquisition of Polish energy group ZE PAK’s green assets by media and telecoms company Cyfrowy Polsat, adding green energy to the group’s other strategic pillars of media and telecoms. The planned investments in the development of clean energy exceed PLN1.6bn and would enable generation capacity to reach 100 MW and significantly contribute to the value chain of an economy based on hydrogen. The team also recently acted for ZE PAK regarding the establishment of a joint venture with Ørsted in order to participate in permitting and construction procedures for wind farms in the Baltic Sea.

Other recent work includes advising PAK-Polska Czysta Energia on the acquisition of two wind farms, one based in the Człuchów municipality and the other located in the Przyrów municipality.

The team regularly contributes to thought leadership in the ESG space. Pancer has authored a number of publications on ESG-related topics, including articles on decarbonising the construction industry and on green building standards. She has also participated in various events concerning environmental protection, such as the Polish Construction Law Congress event on waste management in the implementation of construction projects. Kuc regularly contributes to the firm’s Environmental, Social & Governance alert, which provides a monthly summary of ESG developments.

The firm’s Warsaw office is located in the Varso Tower, one of the world’s tallest buildings to be awarded the highest level of BREEAM interim certification.

Joanna Kuc

Barbara Pancer

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law

Slovakia

In Slovakia, HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law’s dedicated ESG team provides demonstrable expertise in the transition to a circular economy, alongside valuable thought leadership on green topics including ESG reporting. Committed to implementing and reporting its sustainability initiatives, the firm became the first in Slovakia to join the UN Global Compact, and, in 2022, received a silver medal from ESG ratings agency EcoVadis.

The firm has wide experience assisting clients with pioneering solutions for the reduction of plastic waste. In an ongoing matter, the firm is providing Správca zálohového systému with comprehensive legal support in the establishment and implementation of the multi-billion-euro deposit return scheme for beverage packaging in Slovakia. The client, commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment, is the sole administrator of the scheme in Slovakia.

The firm has also been actively advising on the development of alternative, sustainable packaging materials; a client in this space is PANARA, which specialises in the research, development, and production of fully biological and biodegradable plastics, regarding an investment made by circular economy-focused packaging specialist ALPLA Group.

Czech Republic

HAVEL & PARTNERS s.r.o., attorneys at law was the first law firm in the Czech Republic to join the UN Global Compact and accordingly embeds key principles of sustainability into its practice, advising clients on emerging green opportunities. The firm established an ESG team to provide clients focused advice on sustainability-related requirements across environmental regulations and liabilities, renewable energy regulations and project development, and green finance.

Recently, the firm advised municipal body Technologie Hlavního města Prahy on its transaction with electricity distributor PREdistribuce, whereupon the future renewal of Prague’s public lighting system will ensure selected lamps have sufficient power supply to serve also as electric vehicle charging points, thereby supporting the transition to electric vehicles within the city.

The firm also advises clients in connection with the development of renewable energy. For Arbol Capital and Dracanus Group, the firm assisted with the acquisition of three hydropower plants in order to secure a green provision of electricity for the client’s development projects. Jan Topinka, a member of the firm’s dedicated ESG team, acted for renewable energy developer and operator Solek Group on two programmes of green bonds worth CZK5.5bn to finance the development of solar PV plants in Chile and the EU.

To help Plant-for-the-Planet establish itself in the Czech Republic, the firm provided the client with pro bono legal advice; the organisation seeks to plant one trillion trees through educating youth, working with companies, and crowdfunding reforestation programmes in developing countries. 

Outside of specific mandates, the team regularly contributes articles in the firm’s magazine, supporting clients on green queries including on topics such as ESG reporting. 

The firm is a founding member of emissions-tracking platform Climate & Sustainable Leaders Czech Republic, which supports the reduction of the carbon footprint of the Czech economy by motivating and assisting companies to transition to sustainable modes of operation.

HPP Attorneys

Finland

Finnish full-service firm HPP Attorneys is known for its large environmental law practice and frequently demonstrates its deep expertise in complex issues surrounding the green transition. Kari Marttinen, who heads up the environmental team, has a longstanding track record in the renewables space having assisted renewable energy clients since the 1990s.

The team has a strong foundation advising in the wind sector and has expanded its expertise across a range of renewable technologies.  Björn Nykvist recently advised VSB group on the sale of the Karahka and Juurakko wind farms with a combined installed capacity of 190 MW.  The firm also offers pro bono assistance to industry bodies such as the Finnish Wind Power Association.

In the solar segment, Marius Af Schultén is assisting Danish solar developer Better Energy with legal matters associated with its expansion into the Finnish solar market. Notably, the firm also advises Vantaa Energy regarding tendering, contractual, permitting and zoning issues concerning the development of the world’s largest underground seasonal thermal energy storage facility.

In its new ESG policy, the firm commits to working with external parties to promote sustainable infrastructure and a sustainable city environment in Helsinki. Part of its pro bono portfolio is also its support of Port 2.0 Oy, a start-up developing an innovative maritime solution which will reduce harmful emissions and electrify ports through renewable energy, through fundraising and gratuitous legal advice.

Kari Marttinen

Björn Nykvist

Marius Af Schultén

HVG Law LLP

Netherlands

Dutch business law firm HVG Law LLP has a core ESG team to assist corporate clients with their environmental sustainability strategies, with particular expertise advising on investments and transactions in innovative green technologies. 

Within the renewable energy sector, a key client is offshore developer SolarDuck. The firm provided regulatory and contractual advice in the client’s provision of its floating solar technology as part of energy company RWE’s bid for the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust West. 

Key individual Bart Wolters, who handles corporate matters within the firm’s ESG team, advised insect-based ingredient manufacturer Protix with a €50m funding round in equity. The funding supports the client’s expansion as it works to create a circular food system with a low ecological footprint. 

Another client is renewable energy-focused investment and asset manager Taaleri, whom the firm advised in its investment into ecological packaging company Colombier. The investment was the first made by the client’s bioindustry fund, which is compliant with Article 9 of the EU SFDR and will invest in facilities and companies toward accelerating bioindustry production. 

Also within the green innovations space, the firm advised Ioniqa Technologies, which have developed a process to infinitely recycle low-grade PET waste and consequentially replace oil-based raw materials in PET polyester production, on the investment offered by Koch Technology Solutions to scale-up the development of the innovative process.

Pro bono assistance and internal initiatives are a firm part of the team’s commitment to add value to society. As a founding member of Pro Bono Connect, the firm has extended free legal advice to NGOs including Greenpeace International. As a member of EY’s Law Network, the firm also participated in the ‘Ripples’ programme, which partnered it with climate-action initiative Life Terra to plant trees across the Netherlands.

Bart Wolters

Hannes Snellman

Finland

Member of the UN Global Compact Network, Nordic firm Hannes Snellman counts with a specialised team in Finland which stands out for its work in connection with renewable projects, with a focus on wind power.

In a matter co-led by Maria Landtman, Tapio Teräkivi and Klaus Metsä-Simola, the team is advising state-owned enterprise Metsähallitus (which administers state-owned land and water areas) on the Korsnäs offshore wind power development project consisting of 70-100 turbines with an expected total capacity of 1300 MW. In another recent highlight, Landtman and Caroline Lefort Ahokanto led the team in advising renewable energy developer OX2 in respect of plant construction contracts for a portfolio of onshore wind projects in Finland, with a total capacity of 154 MW. Previously, the firm also acted as counsel to OX2 regarding the construction of a 455 MW wind firm in Lestijärvi, Finland, representing one of the largest wind farms in the country.

The Finnish team often publishes thought leadership pieces relating to sustainability, such as recent articles on renewable hydrogen production and hydrogen investments by Julia Ranta and Meri-Katriina Pyharanta.

Firmwide environmental policies include calculating the firm’s carbon footprint on a yearly basis and compensating for its emissions through a Sidrap wind farm project in Indonesia.

Sweden

In Sweden, Nordic firm Hannes Snellman counts with a team experienced in advising clients on renewable energy and decarbonisation matters.

In a matter led by Johanna Wärnberg and others, the team is currently advising InfraVia Capital on the acquisition of a 175 MW wind farm in Björkvattnet, Sweden, and on the subsequent €133m debt financing for the construction and operation of the wind farm. The wind farm will generate enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of 175,000 homes in the country. Additionally, in another recent highlight, the team advised Schaeffler, a leading global supplier to the automotive and industrial sectors, with its investment in the Swedish green impact company H2 Green Steel, which aims to accelerate the decarbonisation of the steel industry through green hydrogen.

Since 2020, the firm has been a member of the UN Global Compact Network. At a multi-jurisdictional level, its internal environmental policies include calculating its carbon footprint on a yearly basis and compensating its emissions through Gold Standard projects.

The firm also supports a number of organisations through its pro bono work, including assisting WWF in its aim to help people live more sustainability and act against climate change.

Maria Landtman  | Finland

Tapio Teräkivi  | Finland

Klaus Metsä-Simola  | Finland

Caroline Lefort Ahokanto  | Finland