The draft law governs the organisation and functioning of the natural gas sector.
Case considers whether planning application, which itself proposes a ‘below the EIA threshold’ development, must be treated as part of a wider project.
The Republic of Srpska National Assembly adopted the Law on Renewable Energy and Efficient Co-generation on 25 April 2013.
On 23 March 2013 the European Commission closed the consultation on unconventional fossil fuels (e.g. shale gas) in Europe.
This presentation by Chadbourne & Parke focuses on real-estate investment trusts (REITs) and renewable energy.
Allen & Overy advises SINOPEC Engineering.
The European Commission’s proposed anti-dumping tariffs could cause a fresh wave of uncertainty in the UK solar photonics industry.
The BDR Waste PFI — on which Walker Morris advised — has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Waste/Energy/Water Project’ at the national Partnership Awards.
Two recent legal developments have provided some positive news for the US shale gas industry.
The Walker Morris Renewables, Energy & Resources Group will be exhibiting at All-Energy 2013.
IRS speaks on start of construction download
The ABA Tax Section’s May meeting hosted a panel discussion concerning the IRS’s start of construction guidance (Notice 2013-29).
Mining, energy and resources is one of the key practice areas in which Dacheng occupies a market-leading position.
The government’s priorities for the coming year include infrastructure, energy and water.
This year’s Queen’s Speech was as noteworthy for what it did not contain as its contents. The legislative themes are controlling immigration and promoting growth.
Texas firm Andrews Kurth is set to become the latest US oil and gas player to target the UK market with a London launch.
Taylor Wessing has added a fresh batch of data-protection-focused content to its Global Data Hub site.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has taken the lead role for longstanding client Severn Trent on a potential bid from a Canadian, Kuwaiti and UK consortium reportedly valuing the target at £5bn.
Carbon Matters — spring 2013 download
DLA Piper has released the spring 2013 edition of Carbon Matters, the climate change supplement to SHE Matters.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius Beijing co-head Ingrid Zhu-Clark is to leave the firm, becoming the first ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf partner to exit the US outfit since a team of nearly 20 partners joined from the bankrupt firm last year.
Ince & Co has announced the appointment of energy finance and projects partner Martin David, who joins the firm’s Singapore office as Asia head of energy.
Freshfields leads for South Staffordshire seller Alinda Capital Partners after taking 2012 merger role
The DECC has launched a further £6m scheme for registered providers of social housing to install heat pumps, solar thermal panels and biomass boilers under its Phase 2 extension.
Turkey’s EMRA will grant the first ever solar energy licences after receiving applications between 10–14 June this year, for a maximum total capacity of 600MW in 27 regions.
Karanovic & Nikolic hosted the April 2013 meeting of the Energy Law Group in Belgrade.
Hogan Lovells has expanded its global environment practice with the hire of environmental law partner Santiago Garrido.
Walker Morris has advised Peel Environmental on its planning application to build a £23.5m anaerobic digestion facility at a site in North Selby, York.
Glencore Xstrata has appointed Glencore general counsel Richard Marshall as its overall legal chief following the $64bn merger that created the mining giant.
Ince & Co has announced the imminent promotion of three lawyers to the partnership.
Appleby has announced the promotion of three lawyers to the partnership and the appointment of five lawyers to the position of counsel.
Hogan Lovells has advised Promon International in negotiating and documenting a follow-on equity investment in DeepFlex to fund a manufacturing centre in Brazil.
The FERC has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to approve, subject to certain modifications, Version 5 of the CIP Standards proposed by the NERC.
Walker Morris’s Renewables, Energy and Resources Group is to attend All-Energy 2013 on 22–23 May in Aberdeen.
DLA Piper has announced that senior international energy infrastructure and finance lawyer Alexander Sarac has relocated to Tanzania.
The IRS has had a flood of calls about a suggestion that turbine supply agreements should not have liquidated damages provisions.
The qualification year for Phase 2 of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme ended on 31 March 2013.
Corporate lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Hargreaves Services on its proposed £42m placing.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made a rare lateral hire in London with the addition of Shearman & Sterling finance partner Tim Pick.
Renewable energy companies and the Obama administration are looking for ways to reduce the cost of capital for renewable energy projects in the US.
Saudi Arabia is expected to issue procurements for 41,000MW of solar power projects worth more than $60bn, plus another 13,000MW of wind, geothermal and waste-to-energy plants, by 2032.
Reaction to the new five-year energy plan that China released in late January has been mixed.
Renewable energy projects traditionally attract financing only after securing a long-term contract to sell the electricity to a credit-worthy offtaker at a relatively fixed price.
Chadbourne & Parke has released its Project Finance Newswire for April 2013. Topics covered include renewable energy projects in Saudi Arabia, the cost of capital for energy projects, China’s new energy goals and more.
Chadbourne has represented the owners of Solar Gen 2 LLC in its sale to First Solar.
Walker Morris’s renewables, energy and resources group is set to present at Sustainability Live 2013.
Sidley Austin has hired partner Tom Deegan from Simmons & Simmons’ Hong Kong office to build up its global energy practice.
The European Commission has published a consultation on future climate change and energy policy. There are three targets already in place for 2020.
Ashurst, CMS Cameron McKenna and Norton Rose have advised on the £260m IPO of closed-ended infrastructure fund Greencoat UK Wind.
Midland’s firm Knights Solicitors has hired an energy associate from the City office of US firm Vinson & Elkins (V&E) in a bid to expand its energy practice.
Energy work has long powered Nigerian law firms, but slow progress on legislation is holding up the sector’s growth
The European Union is now committed to reducing harmful emissions across the continent, with the focus of recent regulation set on plant and machinery installed within buildings.
Corporate and energy lawyers from Walker Morris have advised on a joint venture to use farm waste to generate green electricity.
King & Wood Mallesons is advising China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation on a share purchase of oil and gas assets from China Petrochemical Corporation.
The USDA is now accepting applications to provide up to $20.8m in grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to make efficiency improvements.
The future of heating: meeting the challenge sets out progress so far and outlines a new set of actions specifically targeted at industrial heat, heat networks and heat in buildings.
Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers publication recognises Ince & Co.
Hogan Lovells partners comment on the future of shale gas in the UK, with a focus on regulation.
Energy partner team set to return to Hogan Lovells.
Court considerations during Proton Energy Group SA v Public Company Orlen Lietuva  EWHC (Comm).
DLA Piper has released a summary of all of the firm’s rankings and editorial commentary in Chambers Global 2013.
The number of anaerobic digestion plants in the UK outside of the water industry has passed the 100 mark.
The 2013 Budget announced by Chancellor George Osborne on 20 March 2013 contained little or no news for the renewable energy sector
Royal Dutch Shell is set to scrap its global legal panel in favour of individual relationships with firms in different countries.
Industrial production processes have a dominant share in the creation of pollution in Europe. Over the past several years, Serbia has adopted a set of regulations for integrated pollution prevention and to control installations that have a high pollution potential.
Chadbourne & Parke has acted as counsel on three winning 2012 deal-of-the-year awards for its work in the Americas.
California’s first carbon allowance auction on 14 November 2012 featured plenty of demand but a lower-than-expected closing price, based on results released on Monday by the California Air Resources Board.
Walker Morris’s renewables, energy and resources group is set to exhibit at Sustainability Live 2013.
China sets new energy goals download
Reaction to the new five-year energy plan that China released in late January has been mixed.
CMS and Herbies share nearly £1.5m in fees from a £203m energy takeover that saw two law firms put up Chinese walls to prevent potential conflicts.
Chadbourne & Parke is part of a consortium of advisers including BNP Paribas and Lahmeyer International to advise on the Al-Khairan independent water and power project.
Appleby has acted as Cayman counsel for Xinchen China Power Holdings in relation to its listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Taylor Wessing has advised Inflexion Private Equity Partners on the sale of Pims Group to US buyer Xylem for a headline price of $57m (£38m).
The IRS released a ruling this week that opens the door to Indian tribes playing a much larger role in renewable power projects.
The March 2013 edition of the Hogan Lovells Africa Newsletter is now available.
Over recent months, announcements have been made in relation to the UK CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, culminating in the publication of the draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2013 on 4 March 2013.
This briefing from Karanovic & Nikolic provides an overview of the latest legislative news and upcoming and ongoing projects in Macedonia.
NCTM has expertise in financing, contracts, administrative law and the regulation of the energy sector.
The future of renewables and infrastructure financing — from political decision to implementation download
At the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC in Copenhagen in 2009, attending governments, in the presence of heads of state and government negotiated the so-called Copenhagen Accord, which aimed at setting a new framework for international cooperation related to climate change.
Mongolia is attracting great interest thanks to its unprecedented mineral wealth and rapid economic development.
An overview of developments in energy law in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
Houston firm Bracewell & Giuliani has appointed Herbert Smith Freehills’ (HSF) finance partner Jason Fox as senior partner in its London office.
Walker Morris has released its In Brief publication for March 2013.
McDermott Will & Emery has hired a three-partner team from the Paris office of Canadian firm Fasken Martineau in a bid to strengthen its African energy expertise.
Chadbourne has represented Geopark Holdings Limited in a $300m US bond offering.
Serbian Competition Commission publishes oil industry sector inquiry results.
The first surrender date under Australia’s Carbon Scheme is fast approaching, with the interim surrender date now only four months away.
The energy practice area at Bowman Gilfillan is one of the most experienced in the country in the energy sector.
Overview of amendments proposed in the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Draft Amendment Bill 2012 download
Overview of Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Draft Amendment Bill 2012.
Precedent for Anglo Platinum threat? download
In September 2011, South African mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu cancelled the mining rights of Johannesburg- and London-listed Central Rand Gold (CRG).
Chadbourne promotes four attorneys to counsel in New York and Washington DC.
Eversheds has boosted its energy capabilities in London after hiring a corporate finance partner from US firm Akin Gump Stauss Hauer & Feld.
Tom Fotheringham has joined King & Wood Mallesons’ Brisbane office as senior associate.
The European Commission has given the green light to a £600m funding package to support the UK’s Green Deal.
Small guide to emobility download
Dr Michael Krämer, senior associate and energy specialist at Taylor Wessing, Dubai, describes his experience with electric vehicles in the UAE.
Chadbourne has represented AES in the sale of its interests in two Ukrainian power companies.
Chadbourne has acted as counsel on three Project Finance Magazine Deals of the Year.
Our energy team of lawyers is able to represent clients throughout the energy sector, from national and international oil companies through to funders, investors and the government.
K&L Gates has launched in Houston with the hire of Fulbright & Jaworski securities head Charles Strauss ahead of the latter’s merger with Norton Rose.
We advise on the specific requirements of the energy and natural resources industry and infrastructure-related matters.
The Curtis renewable energy and climate change group represents governments, developers and more.
Curtis advises clients on oil and gas matters throughout Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The Curtis Electricity practice offers comprehensive legal services to the electricity sector from a global platform. Our attorneys represent sponsors, utilities, independent power producers, governments and financial institutions.
Clients routinely call upon Chadbourne & Parke’s experience facilitating private equity investments and venture capital deals, capital markets access, temporary and long-term financing and mergers and acquisitions of new or established enterprises.
Our team is advising across a range of climate change and clean energy matters.
Much debate has centred around whether sales of rigs or vessels using or based on the Norwegian Saleform 1987 or 1993 exclude the obligation on the seller to ensure that the vessel is of satisfactory quality and fit for purpose pursuant to the Sale of Goods Act 1979, as amended (SOGA).
The UK offshore wind energy sector has come a long way since the first offshore wind farm was completed in 2000 at Blyth Harbour in the northeast of England, with just two turbines totalling 4MW.
As those readers familiar with the terms of the Standard Coal Trading Agreement (SCoTA) will know, the weighing/sampling/analysis regime set out in clause 9 of the current version of the SCoTA contract (version 8) will, if followed by the parties, produce analysis results which are binding on the parties.
The Smart Contracting bulletin is aimed at professionals in the energy and offshore industry worldwide.
As the energy industry sees an increased demand for the development of new energy infrastructure along with state-owned energy facilities increasingly passing into private hands, Karanovic & Nikolic is regularly called upon to provide effective legal advice in this area.
Members of our energy and offshore practice advise around the world, encompassing operations in all the major oil and gas centres.
The government’s Autumn Statement confirmed that the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (“CRC”) will be retained in a simplified form, rather than abolished.
EU Energy Efficiency Directive download
The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012 (EED) was brought into force on 4 December 2012.
The changes brought by the revised Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012.
Mayer Brown has announced today that it is representing Sinochem Petroleum USA LLC on a $1.7bn transaction to purchase a 40 per cent undivided interest in approximately 207,000 net oil and natural gas leasehold acres.
This briefing is a wide ranging report based on research and interviews with leading figures in the energy industry and considers the state of the market one year on.
Global energy industry review download
A review of issues facing the energy industry, focusing on the shift from coal to gas generation, and the state of play in Iraq, Angola, Brazil and Nigeria.
President Obama orders divestiture of Chinese investment in US wind farms; investor mounts unprecedented legal challenge download
On September 12, 2012, a foreign acquirer took the unprecedented step of challenging in federal court the application of CFIUS’s authority.
On Thursday 29 November, the Coalition Government introduced its long-awaited Energy Bill into Parliament.
Saudi Arabia is poised to launch an ambitious renewable energy program.
The Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC) is now well under way but confusion still reigns over the application of many areas of the scheme.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and McCann Fitzgerald have won lead roles as Ireland’s state-owned energy provider Bord Gáis Éireann (BGE) prepares to sell off its energy business in the first major asset sale by the Irish government.
On 17 January 2013, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, through its Ministry of Energy, invited bids for 18 onshore oil and gas blocks in what is Myanmar’s second international petroleum licensing round.
Charles Lindsay was the man behind Allen & Overy’s Istanbul office launch at the end of 2011.
In The Lawyer’s search for stars of the energy market one name came up over and over again - Gareth Price.
For much of its post-colonial history, Sudan has been ravaged by war. Sadly, the hostilities didn’t end with the secession of the south on 9 July 2011.
Joss Dare (scroll down for video interview) has steered Ashurst’s Middle East operations since becoming regional head in 2011, and overseeing a major strategic rethink in its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices.
Penelope Warne, the practice group manager for the energy, projects and construction group at CMS and a member of the firm’s board, is also one of the unsung heroes behind the international growth of the firm’s European network.
Energy partner Roberts has acted on two big projects for Ashurst this year: selling out the interests of Rockhopper Exploration in the Falklands and working for Angola LNG on selling their LNG (liquified natural gas).
Recognising Australia’s declining share of international energy and resources exploration investment, the Australian government has commissioned its independent research and advisory body, the Productivity Commission, to evaluate non-financial barriers to exploration investment.
On 1 July 2012, the Act on Special Measures concerning Procurement of Renewable Energy Sourced Electricity by Electric Utilities (Act No. 108 of 2011) came into effect and a feed-in tariff system was introduced in Japan in an effort to promote the use of renewable energy.
Houston-based Bracewell & Giuliani has moved to expand its London office with the hire of two energy lawyers including Simmons & Simmons partner Julian Nichol.
The shale gas sector in the UK is still in its infancy, but the UK government has announced recently new measures and incentives to encourage its growth.
White & Case has added to its presence in the mining sector with the appointment of BHP Billiton lawyer Rebecca Campbell as a partner in its London office.
US firm Paul Hastings is set to hire former Dewey & LeBoeuf Italian energy star Lorenzo Parola in a boost for the firm’s corporate energy practice.
DLA Piper has hired a group of five finance and projects lawyers led by partner Carolyn Dong from King & Wood Mallesons in a bid to strengthen its relationships with major Chinese energy companies.
A new office within the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been formed to oversee the exploitation of shale gas by fracking and other types of unconventional oil and gas exploitation in the UK.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Allens Linklaters both landed roles helping secure the $20bn (£12.3bn) project financing for the Ichthys liquified natural gas project in Australia’s Northern Territory.
Bond Pearce has announced the hire of four oil and gas partners in Aberdeen from Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens as it prepares for its merger with Dickinson Dees.
Norton Rose has joined a raft of Chinese and South African firms advising on Rio Tinto Group’s $373m (£231m) sale of its stake in South Africa’s Palabora Mining to a consortium led by China’s Hebei Iron & Steel Group.
On Tuesday, 13 November 2012, Indonesia’s Constitutional Court declared BPMIGAS, the state upstream oil and gas regulator, unconstitutional.
EDF Energy is set to appoint a raft of firms including Baker & McKenzie, Eversheds and Herbert Smith Freehills to a revamped legal panel expected to be finalised in the coming weeks.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Travers Smith have scooped roles as San Leon Energy acquires Aurelian Oil & Gas in a bid to become the largest foreign holder of shale licenses in Poland.
Norton Rose has confirmed its intention to launch offices in Brazil and Mexico after it merges with Texan firm Fulbright & Jaworski next year.
On 13 November 2012, the Indonesian Constitutional Court held that the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulator in Indonesia, commonly known as BP MIGAS, was unconstitutional.
After more than a year-and-a-half of tracking and almost 10 years of data, we present some observations on the litigation landscape relating to renewable energy development.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has seen Düsseldorf corporate partner Hildegard Bison leave to join the European arm of longstanding client BP in a senior in-house role.
Ashurst is set to launch in Jeddah through an association with local in-house lawyer Faisal Adnan Baassiri as the firm aims to kick off its expansion in Saudi Arabia.
China is finding new reasons to trade with and invest in Central Asia, the Middle East and beyond.
SJ Berwin has added to its City corporate practice with the hire of Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) CIS specialist Alex Woodfield.
Allen & Overy (A&O) advised Hitachi on its £696m purchase of Horizon Nuclear Power, with CMS Cameron McKenna, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer all scoring roles on the sell side.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Weil Gotshal & Manges have all scooped roles as the Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR) consortium that owns a 50 per cent stake in TNK-BP prepares to sell its stake to Rosneft for $28bn (£17.5bn).
On 15 October 2012 the Council of Ministers of the European Union approved a new round of sanctions against Iran.
Transocean general counsel Nick Deeming has resigned with immediate effect less than two years after joining the Swiss offshore drilling group.
On 15 October 2012, the Council of the European Union adopted Council Decision 2012/635/CFSP amending Decision 2010/413/CFSP2 concerning restrictive practices against Iran.
Recent litigation has highlighted a new willingness on the part of the US Government to restrict parties’ activities relating to foreign acquisitions of US companies, through measures that go beyond the standard remedies of barring transactions or ordering divestiture.
On 18 September, 2012, the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs voted in favour of proposed EU legislation to impose disclosure obligations aimed at deterring corruption by large companies involved in extracting oil, gas and minerals and logging.
Energy giant Eon has named assets and supply chain head Graham Line as its new UK head of legal in a move that is intended to overhaul how the company structures its legal spend across Europe.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Willkie Farr & Gallagher have successfully argued a reduction in the fines handed down to energy companies E.ON Ruhrgas and GDF Suez by the European Commission for alleged market sharing.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has hired two energy and infrastructure partners from magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in New York.
CMS has opened its new office in Dubai to take advantage of the growing energy market in the region.
The recent growth and success of the US wind power industry is attributable in large part to a federal renewable energy production tax credit that provides significant tax incentives for investment in and development of wind energy projects.
Latham & Watkins has joined Texan firm Gardere Wynne Sewell advising on BP’s $5.5bn (£4.3bn) sale of its interests in a range of oil and gas fields in the Gulf of Mexico to US petroleum rival Plains Exploration & Production.
Linklaters has beaten Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in a pitch to win a first-time role for China National Gold on its talks to buy a stake in UK-listed African Barrick Gold (ABG) from Canada’s Barrick Gold.
Stephenson Harwood is set to receive an uplift after completing a two-year deal for an energy client to which it charged more than half of the fees conditional on the transaction closing.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has closed the biggest ever internationally-led project finance deal in Israel, advising Delek Drilling, Avner Oil Exploration and Dor Gas Explorations as sponsors on the US$900m (£562m) financing of the development of the Tamar gas field, first discovered 50 miles off the coast of Israel in January 2009.
On 10 August 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Morgan Lewis & Bockius have all been retained as advisers as Russian state-owned energy giant Rosneft signed four new joint ventures to explore oil and gas fields in the Arctic and Pacific Oceans with Norwegian rival Statoil.
CMS Cameron McKenna, DLA Piper and Herbert Smith were among seven firms to win roles on the merger of Scottish oil group Melrose Resources and Irish rival Petroceltic International, a deal that gifted an estimated £2.36m in external lawyers’ fees.
Linklaters projects partner Clive Ransome has quit to join Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, becoming the latest in a string of magic circle partners to join the US firm’s London office.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Morgan Lewis & Bockius scooped roles as Russian oil major Rosneft completed a strategic joint venture with natural gas producer Itera to jointly develop gas fields in the Russian Arctic.
Lawrence Graham (LG) and Slaughter and May have advised on the £1.22bn takeover of Cove Energy by PTTEP Africa Investment after Clifford Chance client Royal Dutch Shell pulled out of the bidding.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Norton Rose are advising as Genesis Energy, which was founded by the Israeli billionaire who also owns almost half of Playtech, looks to float on AIM.
DLA Piper is acting for BP on the $2.5bn (£1.6bn) sale of a Californian oil refinery to Tesoro Corporation, with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman advising the buyer.
On 11 July 2012, the US formally eased certain sanctions relating to “new investment” in the Union of Myanmar and on the exportation of financial services to Myanmar.
On 10 July 2012, the new decree on the incentive system for the production of electricity by photovoltaic plants was published in the Official Gazette.
On 1 August 2012, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit revived a putative securities fraud class action lawsuit against China North East Petroleum Holdings Ltd.
Morgan Lewis & Bockius and Norton Rose have scooped roles on Sprint Capital’s acquisition of a potash business in Kazakhstan.
Secondment scheme pays off for Ashurst
A Shearman & Sterling City team has advised alongside Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth on a A$20m (£13.2m) deal under which Tanzanian miner African Barrick Gold (ABG) will buy Aviva Mining’s Kenyan assets.
Herbert Smith and Norton Rose joined a raft of Canadian and US firms advising on the $15.1bn (£9.7bn) acquisition of Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen by China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed former Dewey & LeBoeuf Beijing partner Yuan Gang as China head of energy and natural resources.
Ashurst and SNR Denton have landed UK roles on a finance agreement that sees Citibank provide an affiliate of Brazilian oil and gas group Petra Energia with an estimated $703.6m (£452.6m) credit line to fund its exploration projects.
The Europe legal and compliance director at oilfield services giant Baker Hughes is set to leave the company to join global energy business Wood Group.
Norton Rose has taken on a six-lawyer team from Canada’s Gowling Lafleur Henderson, with the UK firm adding four partners to its Toronto base.
Ashurst and Norton Rose have won roles on Australian gold miner St Barbara’s A$556million (£366m) takeover of Allied Gold Mining.
National Grid general counsel and company secretary Helen Mahy has decided to call time on her 11-year career with the energy company.
Renewable and alternative energy (RAE) companies will throw their hats into a rich, but potentially risky, ring for an opportunity to contract with the US Army beginning at the end of September 2012.
In the last two weeks, both the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulations and the European Securities and Markets Authority have published consultations for market participants on the Regulation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation, respectively.
The government has finally disclosed details of Japan’s version of the Feed-in-Tariff (‘FIT) to be enforced this July.
DLA Piper’s Italian office has scooped a team of 20 lawyers for its Milan and Rome offices from defunct Italian domestic practice Grimaldi e Associati.
Paul Hastings has opened an office in Houston with the hire of three energy-focused transactional partners from leading local firms.
US aluminium group Alcoa has appointed Audrey Strauss as its new chief legal officer, succeeding retiring incumbent Kurt Waldo.
Vinson & Elkins and Brazilian law firm Machado, Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados have advised Sinopec on acquiring a 30 per cent stake in the Brazilian unit of Portuguese oil company Galp Energia for $5.16bn (£3.24bn).
French energy giant EDF has appointed Eric Thomas as its new group general counsel.
A raft of firms won roles advising on the establishment of a UK start-up designed to produce energy from organic waste.
Clifford Chance and Lawrence Graham (LG) have won roles advising on Royal Dutch Shell’s £992m bid for Africa-focused oil and gas group Cove Energy.
SNR Denton will launch a New Orleans office on 1 March, with the new base focusing on energy-related work.
Leading energy practitioners give their thoughts on the post-Fukushima nuclear landscape as well as shale gas, renewables and solar feed-in tariffs
SJ Berwin is set to make a further addition to its energy and infrastructure practice with the hire of Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) partner Stuart Jordan.
Ashurst is set to lose heavyweight City projects partner John Inglis to Shearman & Sterling in a move by the US firm to bolster its energy and resources practice.
DLA Piper has hired a five-partner energy team from Hogan Lovells in the US.
SJ Berwin has moved to bolster its energy practice with the hire of a senior City lawyer from Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) as part of the recruitment of four partners across Europe.
Leeds firm Walker Morris has appointed former Eversheds partner Stephen Cirell as a consultant to its renewables, energy and resources team.
Bennett Jones, Blake Cassels & Graydon and Vinson & Elkins took leading roles on Sinopec’s £1.88bn takeover of Canada’s Daylight Energy.
Infrastructure and finance company GE has promoted Marianna Nitsch to the role of European general counsel for its Global Growth & Operations (GG&O) division.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has continued its recent London growth spurt with the hire of Stephenson Harwood energy partner Marc Hammerson.
Monckton Chambers’ Piers Gardner has won a victory for the now defunct oil giant Yukos after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the Russian government had breached its rights.
The London office of Mayer Brown has advised on a $4.2bn merger that has created a new oil and gas vehicle for former BP chief executive Tony Hayward.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken top roles advising on an Arctic exploration deal between Russian state oil company Rosneft and ExxonMobil.
Ashurst energy partner Anthony Patten has left the firm to return to Australia, where he will join the Perth office of Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR).
Stephenson Harwood has scooped Weil Gotshal & Manges energy and renewables head Andrew McLean for its corporate practice.
Petronas Energy Trading, the European arm of the Malaysian energy giant’s gas trading business, has appointed its first in-house lawyer.
Herbert Smith has strengthened its London construction and engineering practice with the hire of partner James Bremen from King & Spalding.
Norwegian oil company Statoil has revamped its in-house team, appointing SEB Enskilda CEO Hans Henrik Klouman as overall legal head.
International law firm Fasken Martineau has boosted its banking and corporate practices with the hire of a partner each from King & Spalding and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.
LG has won a bid to become foreign legal advisor to Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company.
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) general counsel Randal Barker has resigned from his position as boardroom turmoil rages over the mining company’s corporate governance.
GDF Suez is set to appoint its first-ever global panel of external law firms, having chosen until now to instruct lawyers on an ad hoc basis for deals such as its £17bn venture with International Power earlier this year.
Magic circle rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have maintained top spots on BP’s new UK legal panel, which was announced today after a six-month review.
Norton Rose has further strengthened its Australasian practice with the relocation of an energy, mining and projects partner from Brisbane to Tokyo.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has powered up its project finance and renewable energy practice in Los Angeles with the hire of six partners, five counsel and five associates from Chadbourne & Parke.
Reed Smith has continued to expand its London energy and natural resources practice with a hire from SNR Denton.
Clyde & Co’s energy group has won a major mandate after being appointed to advise Lukoil Mid-East in support of the development of its West Qurna-2 oilfield in Iraq.
Russian oil producer Lukoil has appointed a three-firm panel for its upstream Middle East subsidiary Lukoil Middle East after winning a contract to develop a major Iraqi oilfield.
King & Spalding has opened a base in Moscow after hiring a team of lawyers from Hogan Lovells and White & Case.
Ashurst and SNR Denton have advised on a £2bn tie-up between British Gas parent company Centrica Energy and Qatargas.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is to launch an office in the US oil and gas capital Houston later this year with a partner from Vinson & Elkins, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal.
BP is forbidding the firms vying for places on its upcoming panel from working with other oil companies, with its final roster expected to be in place by the end of this month.
Latham & Watkins has appointed Baker Botts corporate partner Ryan Maierson to its recently opened energy industry practice in Houston.
White & Case has continued its London investment with the capture of Linklaters project finance partner Caroline Miller Smith.
US firm Mayer Brown and Canadian outfit Heenan Blaikie have been appointed to a panel advising the Afghanistan government on the development of its hugely lucrative mining industry, which is estimated to have a potential value of $3tr (£1.85tr).
Bird & Bird has hired corporate and energy partners Matt Bonass and Michael Rudd to its international energy and utilities sector group.
Slaughter and May partner Sarah Cardell is to leave the firm after being appointed legal chief of energy watchdog Ofgem.
Waste to Energy specialist Covanta Energy has appointed Kim Humphreys as legal counsel.
Linklaters and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have taken the lead roles on the £4bn sale of E.ON’s UK electricity distribution business to Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL).
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s European projects head is leaving the firm to join the City office of US outfit Hunton & Williams.
Italian independent Pavia e Ansaldo has hired a team focusing on renewable energy, led by a former of counsel from Carnelutti.
The Iraqi oil industry has faced many challenges in recent years, but Greg Hammond says the prospects are fast improving.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has replaced Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as one of two corporate advisers to National Grid after the utility giant reduced its roster of legal advisers by a quarter following a panel review.
Former Christie’s general counsel Nick Deeming is set to join offshore drilling contractor Transocean in one of the highest-profile recent in-house moves, The Lawyer understands.
Nabarro has set up a northshoring arrangement that will see it manage all strategic, legal and claims work related to sick coalminers from its Sheffield office.
Reed Smith has hired project finance energy partner Stefan Schmitz for its London energy and natural resources practice.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Herbert Smith’s German alliance firm Gleiss Lutz have acted on EDF’s €4.7bn (£3.98bn) sale of its 45 per cent stake in German energy company Energie Baden-Württember (EnBW) to the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its international expansion, doubling its Singapore office through the hire of a team from Holman Fenwick & Willan.
Canadian firm Gowlings has hired a Simmons & Simmons partner as it continues to expand in London.
Linklaters partner and former Asia managing partner Andrew Roberts has left the firm to join energy company Fontenergy as in-house counsel.
Howard Kennedy has advised brewer Adnams and sister company Adnams Bio Energy (ABE) on their partnership with British Gas to supply renewable energy to the National Grid.
Allen & Overy is to relocate London infrastructure partner Andrew Fraiser to its New York practice.
Canadian firm Gowlings has continued its energy-focused hiring spree in London with the addition of a former Norton Rose partner.
Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a new legal director to take over from incumbent Beat Hess, who retires in January 2011.
Maclay Murray & Spens corporate partner Robbie Brown has left the firm to take up an in-house role at global energy business Wood Group.
Canadian firm Gowlings has embarked on an expansion of its London energy practice with the hire of former British Energy Group general counsel Robert Armour.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised Kazakhstan’s JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP) on its acquisition of a 35 per cent stake in North Sea oil and gas fields from BG Group.
Renewable energy initiatives have come under threat in Europe as governments renege on incentive schemes. Simon Currie and Tim Baines examine the likely impact on existing and proposed green initiatives
Centrica has appointed David Isenegger as general counsel to its Centrica Energy division.
With the closure of coal-powered energy stations, the proposed private sector-funded nuclear alternatives will be vital to meet the UK’s needs. But as Hamish Lal reports, the builds could be seriously delayed due to a lack of clarity on the part of the Government
Allen & Overy has hired an energy partner for its Australian operation, the 19th partner for its fledgling offices in Perth and Sydney.
The London office of Hogan Lovells has suffered its first high-level departure since the 1 May merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, with partner Garry Pegg set to join US firm King & Spalding.
Three former Hunton & Williams partners have returned to the firm from its US rival Paul Hastings.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a senior energy partner from Allen & Overy into its finance practice.
Jones Day has brought in Herbert Smith partner Laurent Vandomme to head its Paris energy practice.
Royal Dutch Shell has reduced its roster of external advisers after completing a major panel review.
EDF Energy has begun the search for a new general counsel following the resignation of Jean MacDonald.
Centrica is set to launch a tender for its first-ever legal panel.
The nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has appointed a streamlined panel, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons usurping Herbert Smith and Norton Rose for places on the roster, which has an annual legal spend of between £3m and £4m.
Hammonds has advised one of the world’s largest smart-meter companies in securing a contract agreement with British Gas.
Norton Rose has continued to add to its Australian practice following its tie-up with Deacons with the relocation of its climate change head from London to Sydney in addition to a local hire.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Baker & McKenzie bagged leading roles in the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp’s (CNOOC) $3.1bn (£2.1bn) investment in Argentinian oil producer Bridas.
Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons have taken leading roles on the merger of parts of existing Swedish and UK oil and gas entities to form a new listed company, EnQuest.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lovells and White & Case have advised on a major deal that is set to transform the German energy market.
Denton Wilde Sapte has hired two leading nuclear specialists from Hammonds who will bring with them tier 1 clients in the nuclear sector.
Addleshaw Goddard, Cuatrecasas, Herbert Smith, Salans and Uría Menéndez have won mandates on HgCapital’s latest renewable energy investments.
Ashurst has bulked up its global energy team with the hire of Centrica Energy’s general counsel Peter Roberts.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has hired DLA Piper partner Neil Upton to run its UK energy practice.
With the principles of the Kyoto Protocol due to be renegotiated before the end of the year, lawyers are in the position of having to provide just-in-time advice.
Fasken Martineau has boosted its London office after completing the hire of an eight-strong projects team from Howard Kennedy.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Slaughter and May are advising as talks continue between Centrica and North Sea gas producer Venture Production.
Simmons & Simmons has won a key role advising Iberdrola on its bid for land at Sellafield, as the Spanish utility seeks to avoid being left out in the cold in the UK’s new civil nuclear energy race.
Linklaters disputes partner Mark Humphries is to leave the firm to launch his own litigation boutique in Bristol. The niche firm, which will be known as Mark Humphries, will also offer advocacy services. Humphries, who is acting for energy giant Centrica on its £182m claim against consultancy group Accenture, resigned from Linklaters in 2008 but has remained at the firm to complete ongoing work. The ...
Spain has led the way in renewable energy, but the financial crisis coupled with regulatory change is having an impact. Will Spain’s ‘green’ commitment hold firm? asks Luke McLeod-Roberts
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Slaughter and May have been appointed to advise on talks between Centrica and North Sea gas producer Venture Production.
The EU and UK need to implement new legislation if they want the latest CO2 storage technology to be a success
Denton Wilde Sapte, Hammonds, Linklaters and Pinsent Masons are advising the four bidding consortia on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's (NDA) £17bn winding-down ...
Norton Rose has scooped the advisory role for a multimillion-pound tie-up between the UK's National Grid and Dutch electricity supplier TenneT.
Herbert Smith has reaped around £5m in legal fees for its first 12 months of advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the £48bn nuclear clean-up programme.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC), the commercial law firm, advised Atlas Copco, the Sweden-based international industrial company on their purchase of Dundee-based Kolfor Plant Ltd.
A merry-go-round in the retail and energy sectors is in full swing as DIY giant Focus Wickes loses its head of legal to Drax Power, to be replaced by an in-house lawyer from Boots.
Costs totalling some £3m have been awarded to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and its barrister Lindsay Boswell QC in the longest energy case ever heard before the Technology and Construction Court.
DLA has had its role on the high-profile Dabhol power project arbitration terminated. It is understood DLA’s instruction from the Indian government was cancelled earlier this month following a change in government and the appointment of the new Indian Attorney General Milon Banerjee.
Keating Chambers and Seven Bedford Row have snapped up two magic circle lawyers, the latest in a string of defections from top City firms to the bar.
Herbert Smith has successfully closed Russia’s largest debt financing this year, despite the deal sailing perilously close to the rocks after two of the three book runners pulled out.
Oil giant Shell has drafted in a second law firm to help fight off a huge class action brought against it by swathes of investors.
Paul Weiss Rifkin Wharton & Garrison (John Lange) advised TCL Communications Technology Holdings on its acquisition of Alcatel’s mobile handset R&D, manufacture and distribution business. The joint venture established to carry out the acquisition is owned 55 per cent by TCL and 45 per cent by Alcatel.
UK’s Dragon LNG terminal to use project finance techniques to fund development. By Joanne O’Connor
Simmons & Simmons has lost a fifth partner in a month, with US-qualified Christopher Lewis quitting for Thacher Proffitt & Wood.
Penningtons is advising the President of Equatorial Guinea on a civil action arising from an alleged conspiracy to overthrow the government of the oil-rich African state.
Herbert Smith has gained a further foothold in the private equity arena after winning Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund as a new client.
A courtroom clash between the titans of the commercial bar, Lord Grabiner QC and Jonathan Sumption QC, has been called off following a late settlement deal in the six-year long Metro Trading dispute.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Tyco’s streamlining should have DuPont smiling
Shearman & Sterling has emerged as the adviser to British Energy rebel shareholder Polygon Investments.
Martineau Johnson has scooped its first major instruction for National Grid Transco’s (NGT) gas business since its merger with energy group Lattice.
Where have the Dutch power merchants gone? Weero Koster reveals all
Embattled oil giant to hack £54m legal spend; blue-chip panel to be slashed to five
Energy giant BP has extended the review of its UK law firms to cover the company’s overseas legal advisers.
Linklaters beats Camerons to National Grid acquisition" /Linklaters has elbowed CMS Cameron McKenna aside to scoop the first major corporate job for National Grid Transco (NGT) since its 2002 merger with energy group Lattice.
The battle surrounding embattled Russian oil giant Yukos has escalated, with its core shareholders instructing lawyers to act against the Russian authorities should the company be forced into bankruptcy.
Morgan Cole’s beleaguered London office has been hit by another partner departure in the shape of energy partner Oliver Drennan. He is due to join Collyer-Bristow as a partner on 28 June and is the third energy lawyer to quit Morgan Cole this year. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 23 June
Texas-based law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has raided US rival King & Spalding for a team of 10 energy lawyers.
Texas-based law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has raided US rival King & Spalding for a team of 10 energy lawyers.
Morgan Cole’s beleaguered London office has been hit by another partner departure.
In Putin’s battle with the oligarchs, the rule of law is looking increasingly fragile. By Joanne O’Connor
Linklaters cements oil link" /Linklaters has forged closer ties with the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras after winning two giant cases relating to the world’s former largest oil and gas rig.
Western law firms in Qatar are continuing to expand as Simmons & Simmons takes on a partner from leading local firm Gebran Majdalany.
Western law firms in Qatar are continuing to expand after Simmons & Simmons has taken on a partner from leading local firm Gebran Majdalany.
The Canadian lawyer representing imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is lobbying the EU in his latest bid to win the release of his client.
The Kurdistan government has appointed Clyde & Co to act on all negotiations and contracts with foreign companies investing in the one relatively safe region of Iraq.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Don Guiney) is advising Barclays Capital and HSBC as lead arrangers on a €10bn (£6.78bn) covered bond programme for Northern Rock. Dundas & Wilson ...
The Canadian lawyer representing imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is set to lobbying the European Union (EU) in his latest bid to win the release of his client.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has boosted its energy practice with the hire of John Cogan from King & Spalding. Cogan will join the firm as head of Akin Gump’s global energy transactions practice and will be based in London and Houston. The move follows the arrival in March of Vinson & Elkins energy partner Douglas Glass to Akin Gump’s London office, together with two members of his team.
Latham & Watkins’ London office has helped secure the future of Atlantic Electric & Gas after pushing through the company’s sale just hours after it was put into receivership.
Shell has drafted in Cravath Swaine & Moore to fight off claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – although the firm helped write the report that led to the regulator’s probe in the first place.
Alstom general counsel Andrew Hibbert will leave the French industrial giant this July following a disagreement with chief financial officer Phillipe Jaffre over what should be disclosed in Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Morgan Cole has reconfigured its London operation after a slew of defections over the past 12 months. The office, now headed by partners Stephen Room and Leon Golstein, will now focus purely on property and property litigation services for property, energy and investment clients. It will also offer mediation and dispute resolution under partner Phillip Howell-Richardson. Commercial and corporate advice ...
Morgan Cole has reconfigured its London operation after a slew of defections over the last 12 months.
Eversheds has been appointed to advise Qatar Shipping Company (QSC), the world’s leading transporter of liquified natural gas (LNG).
White & Case has landed its first ever deal for MMC Norilsk Nickel, acting on the Russian mining group’s surprise $1.16bn (£958.7bn) purchase of Anglo American’s stake in Gold Fields.
Mining company Xstrata’s massive growth has created some groundbreaking deals that have kept the small legal team busy. Joanne O’Connor reports
The flailing London office of Morgan Cole has been depleted further with the departures of two energy heavy-hitters to Charles Russell.
AES Drax Power, the UK subsidiary of US energy group AES Corporation, has lost its only in-house lawyer less than a year after he was appointed.
Cobbetts AIM team has embarked on a marketing tour of Russia in the wake of a series of successful deals for Russian client Highland Gold, one of the largest mining companies in the world.
He survived the takeover of his company and now he’s become invaluable. Husnara Begum meets Petro-Canada’s Sean Rush
The UK’s largest class action has been overshadowed by calls for the Government to sue 18 claimant law firms, which have been involved in the case against British Coal.
Martineau Johnson energy specialist Paul Brennan has quit the Birmingham firm to pursue interests outside the profession of the law.
Linklaters (Alejandro Ortiz, Vinay Samani) advised Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria as lead arranger on the establishment and update of the €5bn (£3.37bn) repackaging programme of Atlanteo Capital. It is the first programme arranged by a Spanish bank. Ogier & Le Masurier acted for the special purpose vehicle on aspects of Jersey law.
Scotland is in an enviable position to take advantage of renewable energies such as wave and wind power. Nick Atkins gives the lowdown
Ofgem, the energy regulator, has made its general counsel redundant and restructured its 20-strong legal team as part of its ongoing mission to cut costs.
Oil giant Shell has brought in Debevoise & Plimpton instead of its traditional litigation lawyers Cravath Swaine & Moore to fight off a multibillion-dollar claim over alleged overstatement of oil and gas reserves.
Linklaters secures wind farm instruction from RWE Innogy" /Linklaters has cemented its number one position with RWE Innogy, winning one of the company’s first sizeable deals since RWE acquired Innogy in 2002.
Oil and gas company Eni UK is lucky enough to have an in-house legal team capable of seeing it through some hairy times recently. Husnara Begum gives the lowdown
The latest settlement in litigation over California's energy crisis includes tens of millions of dollars in attorneys' fees. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer's office announced that Houston-based El Paso Corp agreed to a settlement worth $1.6bn (£98m) in payouts. It includes up to $60m (£36.7m) for attorneys' fees and expenses for 11 plaintiffs' firms. The firms that will collect a share of the fees include Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Kiesel Boucher & ...
Senior in-house banking lawyers have been overtaken for the first time by their counterparts in the energy and utilities sector as the holders of the most lucrative in-house jobs.A Europe-wide in-house counsel survey produced by recruitment firm Laurence Simons revealed that, in the UK, senior counsel (with between seven and 10 years' post-qualification experience) in the energy and utilities sector brought in an average salary of e142,000 (£98,700) a year, compared with ...
Clydes beats the City with Iraqi launch as it stakes key claim to lucrative post-war reconstruction
Russian oil company Lukoil is setting up its first ever legal panel to regularise its process of firm selection for global work and reduce rates.
Regional firm Bond Pearce has gained a foothold with US oil and gas corporation Amerada Hess after hiring a senior legal counsel from its UK subsidiary.
Troubled energy company brings in new blood to negotiate rescue package
Holman Fenwick & Willan has elected partners for its restructured management group. This follows the election of Greg Gray to the firm’s new position of managing partner. Hugh Livingstone now heads the shipping group, Noel Campbell the commercial practice group, former member of the House of Lords Robin Byron leads the trade and energy group, and Paul Wordley insurance, professional negligence and environmental litigation.
Enthusiastic one minute and prickly the next, Davies Arnold Cooper's Daniel Gowan doesn't like to talk about the past. Julia Cahill reports
When International Power set out to revamp its in-house legal team, general counsel Rosemary Cook was given the task of overseeing the project. Vanessa Pawsey reports
San Francisco firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is bulking up its Washington DC energy practice with the hire of a partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Specialisation pays off for planning and environment head Trinick as companies flock for advice
GE Frankona Reinsurance has selected its first formal set of panels for legal services.
Shearmans loses out as Clifford Chance keeps mandate; Cherie Booth QC drafted in
Energy regulator Ofgem has made a series of changes to its in-house team following the return of seconded partner Charles Bankes to Simmons & Simmons.
ABB Equity Ventures, Tomen and Forum groups sell majority shareholding in electricity generator Humber Power to buyers that include TotalFinaElf and Centrica.
Sellers advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett (Dominic FitzPatrick). Humber advised by Clifford Chance and Clyde & Co. Centrica advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Forum advised by Herbert Smith on tax. TotalFinaElf advised by Denton Wilde ...
Innogy Holdings has dispensed with the services of the in-house counsel at Yorkshire Electricity following its acquisition of parent company Yorkshire Power Group.
Masons has hired its first corporate partner in Scotland from leading Scottish firm Dickson Minto.
The Lattice group may not be a sexy little dotcom newco or as high-profile as the likes of Virgin, but this solid multi-business gas distribution company is more like a firm's best friend. Abigail Townnsend reports
Created from the demerger of National Power, International Power's legal team has experienced massive change. Mary Murphy talks to the head of the two legal departments
Despite Innogy Holdings undergoing rapid upheavels and diversification, it still relies most heavily on its in-house legal team over ny external firm. And to good effect. Julia Cahill reports
Greek electricity transmission system restructures in compliance with EU Directive. Public Power Corporation of Greece advised by Norton Rose (Richard Metcalf, assisted by Jonathan Evans and Ioanna Stephanaki), ESB International from Ireland and Greek consultants LDK, led by National Economic Research Associates (NERA).
Allen & Overy and Slaughter and May are drafting in litigation heavyweights as the collapsed deal between engineering companies Lincoln Electric and Charter teeters on the brink of court action.
International Power, the recently demerged arm of National Power (NP), has undertaken a major restructuring of its in-house legal department while appointing Clifford Chance as its principal corporate adviser.
In 1998, BP stamped its authority on the energy industry with its £67.7bn acquisition of US energy giant Amoco - believed at the time to be the largest ever takeover.
The next two years are crucial for Powergen. The gas and electricity giant is planning to purchase a major US utility and has set aside £3.1bn to do so.
Last month, British Energy breathed a sigh of relief when its five-month bid for Welsh utility Hydra's subsidiary Swalec, the south-west retail gas and electricity supplier, was cleared by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Fiona Callister meets Cameron McKenna enery partner Martin Stewart-Smith, who is looking forward to spending more time across the Atlantic when he joins US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Centrica, the largest gas supplier in the US, is not a company normally associated with rescuing broken-down vehicles.
Ryan Dunleavy talks to John Southworth, a man who is making the unusual move from in-house to join a law firm as head of Nabarro Nathanson's upstream oil and gas team
National Grid Group is already, without doubt, a formidable company. From its privatisation in 1990, the group went on to float on the stock exchange in 1995, placing it at the forefront of the UK's energy sector.
Aa global brands go, Shell is one of the most familiar. But its simplicity and immediacy belies a complex group structure spann ing oil and gas businesses in 130 countries around the world.