Our Energy and Utilities team has been designed to meet the changing needs of the sector. Our view is that, as the world moves towards decarbonised economies coupled with an increased need for provision of essential utilities, the way in which projects are structured and delivered will evolve with the inclusion of complex new technologies.
Our International Energy & Utilities Sector Group acts for a large number of companies, funds, financial institutions and governments, involved in the energy sector. Our lawyers cover all aspects of renewable energy, electricity generation, energy trading, electricity transmission and gas transportation, electricity and gas distribution and supply, water and sewerage and climate change as well as upstream oil and gas.
Our practice is driven by a genuine understanding of key business technology and processes, and is particularly strong in energy regulation, major projects, corporate finance, emissions trading, environmental and dispute resolution.
Head of the group: René Voigtländer
Recent highlights of work:
● We are advising the UK Government on the 'Smart Metering Implementation Programme' - the biggest change project in the British energy market since the 1970s, involving the roll-out of some 53 million smart gas and electricity meters to households and businesses in Great Britain and seeking to prepare Britain for a move to smarter energy networks and greater energy efficiency.
● We have advised on over 330 solar power projects across 14 countries in the last year.
● Last financial year, we received over 800 new instructions on energy & utilities matters in cleantech & renewables, oil & gas and utilities.
● We have been involved in all of the offshore wind farm projects in the German North Sea.
● Our lawyers have advised over 30 national grid operators around the world.
● We have advised the Electricity Market Authority of Singapore for over 10 years on issues such as: the implementation of contestability in Singapore electricity market; drafting the latest amendments to the Electricity Act as well as the amendments to the Gas Act to create a more competitive gas regulatory regime and to promote gas access; and advising on the first phase of modifications to the Transmission Code to accommodate distributed generators not exceeding 22kV to the distribution network.
"Sources say: 'Very pleasant business partners delivering consistent work'"
Chambers Europe 2012
"The team is effective and strategic in its approach".
Chambers Europe 2012
Spanish energy law firm of the year – 2012 Aquisistion International Legal Awards