White & Case, CC and Akin Gump advise on long-awaited Afren 'life raft' restructuring following SFO report
White & Case is advising troubled oil and gas company Afren on a $300m (£196m) recapitalisation plan that could prove a life raft to the business plagued by expenses scandal, falling share prices and its self-report to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in March.
Serbia implemented a support scheme for renewable energy in its legal system for the first time in 2009.
Affected parties must think about who will be the ’operator’ for the purposes of the new European regulations.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has promoted six new partners, enhancing its capability in corporate, energy, dispute resolution and real estate.
European Court of Justice proposes a subsidiary environmental impact assessment for trial exploratory drilling.
The government has fulfilled its pledge to balance its books after seven years of deficit largely by dipping into its contingency fund, cutting spending, and selling off assets.
Canada: Federal Budget 2015 overview download
Containing editorial comments regarding the tax proposals announced in the 2015 Federal Budget.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has strengthened its offering in Dubai with the arrival of Jonathan Brufal, an energy and infrastructure projects partner.
Representatives take part in the 2nd South Caspian Region Petroleum & Energy 2015 Summit.
On 13 April 2015 the first drafts of two regulations that define the maximum volume and value of electricity generated in renewable energy source (RES) to be auctioned in year 2016 were published.
The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Directory 2015 has recognised Baker & McKenzie with high rankings across a range of practice areas.
The reasons given for contract terminations are many and varied, but in each case the fundamental motivation is generally the same.
What buildings are affected, what duties are imposed and what action you should take.
Investment preferences in Kazakhstan download
Measures of state support for priority investment projects.
The case between two Swiss companies for the sale and purchase of oil products ends after seller fails to file defence.
The offshore wind industry has taken inspiration from the more mature offshore oil and gas industry.
This article gives an overview of the various sanctions imposed on Russia/Crimea over the last 12 months that are likely to impact the energy industry and projects involving these regions.
The requirements around applying for planning permission for the installation of rooftop solar panels on non-domestic buildings is being relaxed
BG Group general counsel Graham Vinter is stepping down after seven years in the role following his company’s announced merger with energy company Shell, and will be replaced by Sapa group general counsel Tom Melbye.
Legal position, rights and obligations of transmission system operators energy law as compared with directive 2009/73/EC download
Under the Energy Community Treaty from 2005, the contracting countries are obligated to harmonise with the necessary Directives of the EU in the field of energy.
Slaughter and May is advising Royal Dutch Shell on its recommended cash and share valued at £47bn to take over natural gas company BG Group, represented by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) is advising United Corporation, Renova, and Kuni Umi on plans to develop and invest in a woody biomass power plant in Akita, Japan.
How Iran might be reintegrated into the global economy.
Chadbourne & Parke has recruited corporate partner Andrei Baev from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as its new Moscow managing partner.
Partner, head of banking and finance, Lithuania.
The Energy & Infrastructure Finance team at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised Ecotricity on the refinancing of a portfolio of 19 operational wind and solar assets worth £70m.
Report includes a useful section on ‘10 ways to improve the liquified natural gas supply chain’.
Dentons’ newsletter presents an overview of current developments globally in the climate change space.
Hashi Mohamed of No5 Chambers, acting on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council, appeared in an appeal against a decision of East Lindsey District Council to refuse planning permission for the installation and operation of a wind energy scheme comprising nine wind turbines and ancillary infrastructure.
The minimum size for a ’district heat network’ is two buildings and one final customer, and many other things landlords need to know.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has continued to bolster its Asian practice by hiring from magic circle rival Linklaters, this time taking a Beijing banking and finance partner for its Hong Kong office.
The recent decision of the Antitrust Commissioner illustrates the absence of an orderly legislative framework to regulate all matters pertaining to oil and gas exploration and production in Israel.
Treatment of electronic waste download
The Environment Treatment of Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Batteries Law (the “Law”) came into effect recently, as well as the regulations promulgated thereunder.
Cyber vulnerability in wind turbines download
A type of wind turbine that is deployed across the energy sector worldwide has been hacked.
Scotland-headquartered Maclay Murray & Spens has bolstered its Aberdeen oil and gas practice with the hire of Dana Petroleum general counsel Jill Reid.
The Infrastructure Act is intended to boost investment in development projects. The practical and commercial implications of the new measures are wideranging.
Ecotricity has turned to Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co for its £68m strategic financing deal with Aviva.
No, I want to know why people even bother with gross negligence in joint operating agreements.
One of the longest-running debates about the interpretation of the Environmental Information Regulations is the extent to which they can apply to private bodies. A recent decision brings some clarity to the issue.
Austria: Rita Wittmann has been promoted to counsel at Schoenherr.
Eversheds has advised AES Corporation (AES) on the sale of its equity interest in the IPP4 Al-Manakhir power plant in Jordan, to Nebras Power QSC (Nebras).
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is looking at ways of assisting parties seeking to get involved.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has relocated Asia energy head David Clinch to Singapore as energy partner Richard Nelson departs for US firm King & Spalding.
On 25 March 2015, a reissued version of the US Department of Energy regulations on ‘Assistance to Foreign Atomic Energy Activities’, 10 C.F.R. Part 810 go into effect.
Shepherd and Wedderburn has advised the UK Green Investment Bank on the development of its new product, the Green Loan, and advised the bank in relation to its first deployment of the Green Loan.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have advised on Asia’s largest bond offering so far this year, the $5bn (£3.3bn) bond offering by state-owned Malaysian company Petronas.
Serbia has harmonised its regulations in the field of energy, resulting in the enactment of a new Energy Law.
Oil and gas company Afren has drafted in both White & Case and Willkie Farr & Gallagher on a review of its expenses practices, which has led the company to report itself to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over fraudulent expenses payments.
Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Cayman Islands legal advice to Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor in connection with a design and build electricity generation contract.
Important new obligations on landlords, with penalties for non-compliance.
The Government knows that the North Sea is in reality competing with the economics of projects in other countries and so needs to be attractive for future investment.
An updated regulation on the licensing regime in Romania’s power sector was recently adopted by ANRE, the national regulatory authority.
An overview of the main changes outlined by the Chancellor.
Clients often ask questions including: Is a green bond the right financing solution for us? How do we set robust criteria? What type of assurance should we consider? This paper provides some answers.
Linklaters and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy have advised on the bumper €6.6bn (£4.8bn) sale of Swedish electricity company Fortum Distribution to a consortium of investors.
Winckworth Sherwood and community heat metering and billing specialist ENER-G Switch2 are hosting abreakfast seminar to explain the new Heat Network Regulations on Wednesday 1 April 2015.
The act will provide continuing support to most existing installations, while a new support scheme based on auctions will enter in force in 2016.
The Lawyer Top 20 cases 2015: Clyde & Co client Glencore to pay $40m to Petrom over crude oil "deceit"
Clyde & Co client Glencore International has been ordered to pay $40m (£27m) to Romanian oil companies Petrom and Petrolexportimport for fraudulently shipping low-quality crude oil to Romania in the 1990s.
Baker Botts energy partner Mark Rowley is set to replace Steve Wardlaw at the helm of the firm’s London office less than three years after he took over as partner in charge.
Court reform – Lord Gill update download
Lord Gill’s recent speech to the Holyrood conference was a useful recap of the reforms that are about to be introduced into our legal system.
Think you have regulatory and insurance headaches? Imagine what it’s like working in the global nuclear waste industry like Simon Stuttaford, GC of EnergySolutions
Cooley has advised UK shale gas business IGas Energy (IGas) on a £168m farm-out deal with Swiss company Ineos in its first high-profle closing since launching in the City in January.
Mayer Brown is set to open a representative office in Mexico City following the hire of ExxonMobil energy lawyer Francisco Mendez.
Poland recently adopted a new act on renewable energy sources that significantly changes the support scheme in the country.
At French energy company Schneider Electric, Peter Wexler has a steady flow of mergers, acquisitions and compliance issues – but it’s the people that give his role its spark.
The High Court has allowed a judicial review claim to quash a planning permission for a solar farm in Wiltshire, despite it being already operational.
An updated statement from the CMA highlights issues that we can expect to form the focus of the its investigation.
Energy giant Shell has announced the departure of its global litigation and downstream general counsel, Brad Nielson and Hans von der Linde, with their associate general counsel stepping up to the top jobs.
Gateley has expanded its regulatory team with the appointment of two lawyers.
Eversheds has advised Eco2 Ltd on the £160m sale of a biomass plant.
The UK is losing its appeal as a destination for investments in green energy, according to a new report, with political and regulatory uncertainty cited as key issues.
Last summer the Government consulted on proposals designed to improve the energy efficiency of privately rented property.
Amendments to Israeli sanctions legislation, the new Sanctions Bureau and increasingly resolute policies towards Iran and other countries all warrant enhanced compliance efforts.
Two more Clifford Chance partners, Peter Rosin and Thomas Burmeister, have left the firm’s German practice.
The first CfD allocation auction round outcome has been published, with 27 contracts worth £315m being offered to projects that cover deliver over 2GW of renewable energy across England, Scotland and Wales.
Twenty-seven alternative energy projects were successful in technologies including advanced conversion, energy from waste, offshore wind, onshore wind and solar. Onshore wind seems to be the big winner
Ofcom is proposing the regulation of all electrical apparatus to ensure it does not cause undue interference to wireless telegraphy equipment.
€170bn (£120bn) of the EU’s 2014-2020 budget is earmarked for 10 former Eastern bloc countries, much of it being spent on infrastructure and energy projects. Of these, Poland represents the largest market.
A third partner from Linklaters’ projects team has left the firm in less than two weeks, after King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) re-hired heavyweight energy partner James Douglass to join its projects energy and resources team.
At the outset of a development, it is easy to underestimate the legal obstacles that might arise when dealing with utility companies.
Constitutional concerns and uncertainties.
The Government has now laid before Parliament the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015.
Eversheds and Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) have both expanded their reach in Africa this week with the firms signing strategic alliances in South Africa, and Uganda and Zimbabwe respectively.
Israel has published the results of its annual Environmental Impact Index, as usual capturing the interest of media and investors.
BWB attended the Community Energy England event to discuss the FCA’s position on community energy co-operatives.
Lending activity in certain sectors set to rise after Erste Bank Hungary enters into an agreement with the Hungarian Government.
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Energy & infrastructure is a rapidly growing sector in Serbia and the wider region.
Winckworth Sherwood partner to talk about current energy efficiency drivers at this year’s event.
The European Commission has launched an investigation into UK plans to give financial support to coal-fired Lynemouth power plant’s conversion to biomass.
There has been concern for some years that a low EPC rating may prevent a commercial property in England and Wales from being let in the future.
Eversheds has advised the Forewind consortium on an offshore wind energy project at Dogger Bank in the North Sea.
The case is of particular interest to those involved in the energy, commodities, shipping and transportation markets.
Failure of competition in retail energy markets: ‘disengaged customers’ (still) the root cause? download
Emerging analysis from the investigation into GB gas and electricity supply suggests that consumers are paying more than they need to because of their failure to “engage in” the market.
The development of natural monopoly regulation in Kazakhstan can be seen as an important test case for regulatory reform issues in countries with developing market economies.
Solar panel market ‘heating up’ download
One in every 50 homes in the UK now boasts solar panels, after the number of installations nearly doubled last year, according to a new report.
The Scottish energy minister has announced that the Scottish government will impose a moratorium on granting planning consents for unconventional oil and gas developments in Scotland.
Federal Law 488-FZ ‘On Industrial Policy in the Russian Federation’, to become effective on 30 June, regulates relations between legal entities and businesspeople operating in the industrial sector.
Beijing-based senior partner Yang Guisheng named among the leadders in the areas of energy, natural resources and outbound investment in Legalband’s China Guide 2015.
Slovenia: Energy performance certificate – additional burden on real properties' owners or welcome measure? download
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document with information on the energy performance of a building and recommendations for cost-effective improvements to that performance.
A pioneering technology developed by a spin-out company from the University of Salford has been recognised for its ingenuity at the Times Higher Education Awards.
The Environment Agency has published a new annex to its Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance to cover breaches under the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, EU Emissions Trading Scheme and climate change agreements.
UK fracking: the pursuit of safety download
Changes to the Infrastructure Bill have addressed the potential problems for the unconventionals industry introduced by a Labour amendment, but the approach of Scottish and possibly Welsh ministers is less encouraging.
Martin Sandgren will speak at this year’s event for the utilities and power generation industries.
A case brought by Russian oil giant Rosneft against the UK Government, challenging the legality of the EU sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, is to go to Europe following a High Court ruling.
After a surge of activity including a restructure that scattered legal services across the business and deep cuts to the panel roster, the EDF Energy team say they are the stronger for it.
Companies involved in oil and gas activities are tightening their belts.
Property Update: Winter 2014/15 download
This edition focuses on all things environmental.
Shoosmiths has advised Milton Keynes based Intelligent Maintenance Systems Limited on a transaction with E.ON Connecting Energies Ltd that has seen the energy company take a 25 per cent stake in the company.
Pinsent Masons has bulked up its global energy group with the addition of Bond Dickinson oil and gas specialist Paul McGoldrick in London and corporate partner Osama Hassan in Dubai.
The Court of Appeal has given clear and helpful guidance as to the legal position when two or more known or foreseeable factors may combine to produce an abnormal event.
Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) — CMA consults on unfair terms; Treasury publishes MCD legislation; and more download
Dentons has released the 30 January 2015 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
US firm Chadbourne & Parke has become the latest international player to launch in South Africa, opening a Johannesburg office with the hire of Bowman Gilfillan partner Lido Fontana.
Saudi Arabia Update 2015: shop opening hours law proposal; expansion of court system in Riyadh; and more download
Dentons has released the January 2015 edition of its Saudi Arabia Update.
The House of Commons debate on the Infrastructure Bill did not result in the introduction of the explicit moratorium on further attempts to develop a UK shale gas industry.
This article explores the concept of a ‘ship’ under various international maritime conventions and the possibility of treating the floating turbine unit as a ‘ship’ for the purposes of obtaining a ship mortgage.
Martin Sandgren discusses the concerns around government intervention in wind projects and discusses the long-term concerns raised in the recent open letter to the Royal Institute of Town Planning.
Eversheds partner comments on Government’s moratorium on fracking.
In association with Fox Rodney, Saunderson House and Thomson Reuters
The UK Government published draft legislation on 22 January that aims to implement the recommendations of the Smith Commission for further devolution to Scotland.
Heenan Paris, the boutique which spun out of collapsed Canadian firm Heenan Blaikie last year, has launched an outpost in Washington DC to focus on energy and projects work.
Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) has sent the head of its Asia-Pacific energy team from Sydney to Singapore just as global practice head Simon Currie arrives in Sydney from London.
With a diverse clientele operating in various capacities in the energy industry and in project-related matters, our energy and projects practice provides leading transactional, advisory, regulatory and dispute-related advice.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced that it intends to publish approximately 723,000 records relating to the energy performance of non-domestic buildings.
20 Essex Street has announced that Thomas Raphael has been appointed as Queen’s Counsel.
Paul Green, energy construction partner, sets out some of the issues faced by developers and main contractors in procuring onsite energy facilities.
Progress toward operational onshore shale sites remains slow, but 2015 promises to be an interesting year for consenting, protesting and prospecting shale in the UK.
The energy & infrastructure dinance team at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has advised longstanding client Primrose Solar on two inflation-linked financings.
The partners’ council has approved the assignment of Raushana Chaltabayeva as a partner of Colibri Kazakhstan.
Colibri Kazakhstan lawyers, together with counsel Natalya Gilyova, have successfully completed advising on the issues of rotational work and collective agreement provisions.
There are eight large power plants ‘of national importance’ in Kazakhstan – four thermal and four hydro plants.
Shale gale blows on in 2015 download
This briefing highlights the ongoing interest in shale and the implications of the government’s emerging Infrastructure Bill.
Late September saw completion of the UK’s first combined cooling, heat and power plant at a data centre in a drive by Citibank to reduce energy demand while cutting greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.
Green Investment Bank recently reported that there is an opportunity to invest approximately £5bn in UK energy-from-waste infrastructure, with an emphasis on processing commercial and industrial waste.
National Grid has confirmed that the sealed bids auction window for the first Contract for Difference allocation round opens on 29 January and closes on 4 February.
In Polypearl Ltd v E.On Energy Solutions Ltd the claimant entered into a supply contract with the defendant.
The discovery of new oil deposits in the Black Sea holds promise of a new golden age for Romania’s energy industry – and for the local law firms
On 5 January Swissgrid acquired further parts of the Swiss transmission grid, including the transmission company for Zurich.
DLA Piper has strengthened its finance and projects team in Paris with the appointment of Eric Villateau as a partner.
Crimea and Sevastopol: substantial EU additional sanctions on investment, services and trade download
To strengthen the EU’s policy of not recognising the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia, the Council of the EU has reinforced the package of restrictive measures.
Leigh Day and Hogan Lovells have taken the lead on the £55m settlement of a dispute between Shell and a Nigerian community affected by two successive oil spills in 2008 and 2009.
If you are in the commodities or energy business and benefit from an exemption from the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, you should be aware of the changes to be brought in by MiFID II.
International climate change negotiations concluded in mid-December in Lima, Peru at the 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
This client update contains an analysis of the policy issues arising from the current situation in Ukraine.
The 2014 issue of London Super Lawyers has named seven Ince & Co lawyers as ‘Super Lawyers’ and four as ‘Rising Stars’.
Maravela’s newsletter sets out the main amendments and news pertaining to enactments and case law for Romania, September – October 2014. Contents: Agriculture Competition Energy and natural resources Regulatory and compliance Tax Click on the link below to read the rest of the Maravela briefing.
The South African government has intends to move away from bilateral investment treaties (BITs), and to protect foreign investors by means of national legislation instead.
This is a question that the courts have been asked to consider several times over the last few years and has been raised again in the case of Bluewater Energy Services BV v Mercon Steel Structures BV.
Keeping it clean: reflections on EU regulations on CO2 emissions for automotive manufacturers download
A $100m US settlement may be of only passing interest to the UK auto industry, but parallels can be drawn with increasing levels of regulation in Europe.
Extended through the end of this year are a host of tax-related deductions and credits that affect businesses and individuals, among them the work opportunity tax credit.
Two more milestones in the implementation of UK Electricity Market Reform have been passed.
A three-tiered tariff structure has been announced for the biomethane injection-to-grid tariff.
Commercial property is now subject to legislation aimed at reducing carbon emissions. These requirements may raise issues for lenders.
Croatia is in its sixth consecutive year of recession.
Eversheds has appointed Hazel Tait as partner in the real-estate team.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s solar energy specialists have advised RGE Energy on the disposal of a solar project.
Legal bid over power plant scheme download
A legal challenge has been issued over a scheme to pay power firms to ensure peak electricity demand is met — amid concerns it is unlawful.
Green Investment Bank GC Euan McVicar has to sort the windmills from the waste-to-energy initiatives while staying within European state aid rules
DLA Piper has advised Ballast Nedam NV on the sale of its offshore activities to a subsidiary of the dredging company Van Oord NV.
After being on his feet for almost 40 minutes, the Chancellor of the Exchequer mentioned something interesting about shale gas.
Dacheng has assisted Henan Yuhua New Material in gaining approval for the issuance of 2014 SME private placement bonds from the Stock Exchange of Shenzhen.
Third-party litigation funders who bankrolled the $1.6bn claim brought by Clifford Chance client Excalibur Ventures are gearing up to bring a professional negligence claim against the firm, following defeat in the High Court last year.
Sector insight: oil and gas download
With extractive industries forming the basis for many of the world’s economies, it’s no surprise that they make fertile ground for disputes.
DLA Piper has advised EMMVEE Solar Systems on the sale of Solarpark Bronkow Luckaitztal to regional energy provider RheinEnergie.
NCTM has advised the Villa family on the sale of the entire share capital of Villa & Bonaldi to Brembana & Rolle.
The Smith Commission download
The Smith Commission has published its recommendations for further devolution of powers to the Scottish Parliament.
The Italian government has powers to intervene in certain transactions involving Italian defence companies under Italian Law Decree No. 21 of 15 March 2012.
Last year, the P5+1 reached an agreement with Iran to suspend certain EU and US sanctions against Iran in return for a curb on Iran’s nuclear programme.
UK: government response to further consultation on changes to financial support for solar PV download
The UK government has published its response to the 2 October further consultation.
Newsletter: energy, infrastructure and resources — Reserve Bank permits long-term structuring of new long-term project loans to infrastructure and core industries; and more download
Khaitan & Co has released the 15 July 2014 edition of its energy, infrastructure and resources newsletter.
The Australian government has launched ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’, an initiative aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of intellectual property relating to new products, processes and services.
The courts can and will order professional funders of hopeless litigation to pay costs on an indemnity basis download
In Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone, Excalibur’s claim for $1.6bn in relation to an alleged interest in a profitable oil field in Kurdistan was dismissed, with indemnity costs ordered against it.
DECC has confirmed that there will be a further year-long grace period for large-scale solar PV projects which fail to be accredited under the Renewables Obligation (RO) by 31 March 2015.
Clyde & Co has lost the chief representative of its fledgling Beijing office to Stephenson Harwood in a boost to the latter’s energy and resources group.
Wanambwa has experience advising major corporates, financial institutions and insolvency practitioners on a broad range of large commercial disputes.
Dacheng has advised State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation, which has signed a framework agreement with Sany Group regarding the restructuring of equity.
Joe Andrew, Dentons global chairman, was a featured speaker at the Atlantic Council’s summit in Istanbul.
Colibri Kazakhstan’s team supports oil and gas projects using its practical experience and excellent knowledge of the industry.
Colibri Kazakhstan’s energy and environment team is always on top of the regulatory and legislative developments concerning the energy and the environment sectors.
Colibri Kazakhstan’s financial practice includes various projects of major investment banks, national and international companies, and international financial institutions.
The litigation team at Colibri Kazakhstan deals with all aspects of commercial dispute resolution cases, most of which result in success.
DLA Piper has advised Stobart Group on a project to construct a £110m combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant at its site in Widnes.
RPL brought claims against former advisers in relation to its admission to trading on AIM in 2006. 7KBW barrister Christopher Butcher QC acted for Grant Thornton.
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DLA Piper has been jointly appointed to the panel of Green Africa Power alongside Stephenson Harwood.
The World Oil Council is the world’s largest business event for the oil and gas sector.
Following recent economic and political changes in Europe, energy security has never been more crucial.
Edward Huang and Joe Zhou attended the event and spoke with the premier of Northern Cape about the importance of legal services in promoting the economic development of the region.
Eversheds has taken a leading role at this year’s Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) Projects Conference, as well as being a sponsor for the event.
Michelle T Davies, head of the clean energy and sustainability team, has been named in the Top 100 Power People In Wind 2014 for the third year running.
Baker Botts and Davis Polk among US giants to advise on Halliburton’s $34.6bn merger with Baker Hughes
A raft of US firms has lined up to advise on Halliburton’s $34.6bn stock and cash takeover of key competitor Baker Hughes.
EDF Energy has overhauled the career progression structure in its in-house team in order to mirror private practice, prompted by demand from its in-house lawyers.
Fear of defeat prompted the UK government to announce an intention to devolve further powers to Scotland.
Dentons has released the latest issue of its Climate Change Newsletter.
New developments regarding Swiss measures to prevent the circumvention of international Ukraine-related sanctions download
Measures have been adopted to prevent Swiss territory from being used as a channel to circumvent international sanctions imposed in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
The Romanian Law no. 121/2014 is intended to increase energy efficiency in the country, with the aim of reducing energy consumption by 19 per cent by 2020.
Memery Crystal and Camarco recently held their first Oil and Gas Roundtable Breakfast at the Delaunay.
Despite Myanmar being one of the world’s oldest oil and gas producers, its upstream oil and gas sector is considered to be relatively underdeveloped.
Our specialised attorneys cover the institutional, financial, accounting, and technical aspects of regulated industries in Romania.
The firm has experience in representing specialised clients active in this market, including regional energy service providers and national energy regulators and authorities.
The unique relationship between an operator and a non-operator working together on an oil and/or gas project comes into focus most sharply in the Opcom forum.
Real Estate Gazette — international real-estate finance markets; developments in individual countries; and more
In this edition of the Real Estate Gazette, DLA Piper brings together a range of articles dealing with the financing of real estate around the world.
In a historic move that adds life to international climate negotiations, the US and China have committed to undertake significant actions to combat climate change.
KPMG International’s ‘Infrastructure 100: World Markets Report’ highlights key trends driving infrastructure investment around the world.
Far from being hindered by the sanctions on Russia, lawyers think Kazakhstan is benefiting.
DLA Piper has advised Dragon Capital on the establishment of a new natural gas exchange called Ukrainian Gas Exchange (UGX).
Eversheds has advised Scatec, a solar energy provider, on a joint venture to construct and operate three solar energy projects in Jordan.
Khaitan & Co has advised Imergy Power Systems India in relation to a working capital facility of approximately INR450m availed from ING Vysya Bank.
DLA Piper has acted for Samsung Heavy Industries and its subsidiary Samsung Heavy Industries Nigeria in forming a joint venture partnership with LADOL.
Members of 20 Essex Street have strength and depth of expertise in disputes concerning energy and natural resources.
20 Essex Street has a strong reputation as a leading arbitration set. It has a team of 18 leading international arbitrators from around the globe.
20 Essex Street advises on all types of commercial disputes and has expertise in disputes with an international dimension.
The head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s global energy practice is relocating from London to Sydney to focus on transactions in the Asia Pacific region.
US & The Americas: Mexico’s guidelines for clean energy certificates will support renewable energy development download
As part of a historic restructuring of its electrical power sector, Mexico will create a market for tradable clean energy certificates.
US & The Americas: oil and water — proposed redefinition of waters of the US has significant implications for domestic operations download
The EPA and the US ACOE have announced a new deadline to submit comments to its much-debated redefinition of the term, ‘Waters of the United States’, which drives the scope of federal jurisdiction in numerous areas.
Fiscal state aid: atomic alarm download
On 5 November 2014, a group of journalists placed about 540 rulings granted by the Luxembourg tax administration to some 340 companies active in a large number of industries.
DLA Piper has announced that Arleen Nand has joined the firm’s corporate and finance practice as a partner in Minneapolis.
US & The Americas: Mexico’s energy reform provides significant opportunities in oil and gas exploration and production download
Mexico’s new energy legislation, which went into effect on 12 August 2014, will completely restructure the Mexican energy sector, including both hydrocarbons and electricity.
NCTM has assisted the shareholders of IBF in an agreement with Tubacex for the sale of a majority stake in the company.
GRATA Law Firm has been recommended as one of the leading law firms by Asialaw Profiles.
Mineral Matters — proposals for new regulations on health and safety in mines; import issues in the mining sector; and more download
DLA Piper has released the latest edition of its Minerals Matters publication.
Kazakhstan possesses significant reserves of oil and gas. Therefore, the tax system in this sector needs to provide stability, transparency and progressivity.
Recently, the Technology and Construction Court considered the application of a contractual term that required the parties to adjudicate before bringing a claim.
DECC has just published ‘Guidance of Community Benefits from Onshore Wind Developments’.
NCTM and Paul Hastings have assisted Waste Italia in a high-yield bond offer for a total value of €200m and on a €15m revolving credit facility.
Five of the practice groups at B P Collins have been awarded a band-one ranking in the 2015 edition of Chambers UK.
Khaitan & Co has advised Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank, Austria, in relation to an amendment of terms in the external commercial borrowing facilities of approximately $20m.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher has announced plans to open its first US office in over 30 years in Houston, Texas.
Protection of know-how in oil and gas technology transfer agreements (patent vs trade secret and regulatory issues of fracking) download
In order to understand the meaning of ‘transfer of technology in the oil and gas industry’, first we have to determine the term ‘technology’.
New statutory access right for underground drilling for energy resources to be introduced to overcome difficulties of landowner consents.
Recent developments offer some prospect that the UK may become a bit less of a ‘power island’.
It is clear that the Renewable Energy Act has succeeded in attracting more investment in solar PV than Japan’s grid can handle.
The AGM followed the completion of a funding package for Point and Sandwick Power in September to fund what will be the largest community-owned wind farm in Scotland.
DLA Piper and Gallastegui Lozano are to combine in Mexico City. Locally, the combined firm will adopt the name DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano.
British Columbia is developing a liquefied natural gas industry. A key step in furthering the progress of LNG projects is the introduction of an LNG tax regime.
The murky world of Iraqi oil exploitation provided an answer to this question in a recent case (Unaoil Ltd v Leighton Offshore Offshore Pte Ltd).
In July 2013, the DCLG launched its consultation on an updated national waste planning policy.
Memery Crystal has acted for Green Dragon Gas in connection with its admission to the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.
US & The Americas: Mexico’s guidelines for clean energy certificates will support renewable energy development download
As part of a historic restructuring of its electrical power sector, Mexico will create a market for tradable clean energy certificates.
The Competition Policy Review panel has recommended that the regulatory functions of the ACCC be spun off into a new national access and pricing regulator.
Samantha Betzien, a partner in the human resources and industrial relations group in Brisbane, has won the Queensland Woman Lawyer of the Year award.
The conference was attended by the deputy minister for investments and development Albert Rau and vice-chairman of the RK SPE board Meiramkul Duzbayeva.
Consultation on grace periods for early closure of Renewables Obligation to large-scale solar PV download
On 2 October 2014, the government announced that the Renewables Obligation will close to new large-scale solar above 5MW with effect from 1 April 2015.
DLA Piper has advised Green Light Contractors on a new AUD164m solar farm project in Moree in northern New South Wales.
The explosive $1.6bn oil row between Excalibur Ventures and Texas and Gulf Keystone took a new turn yesterday (23 October) when the High Court ruled the third-party funders backing the case were liable for indemnity costs.
DLA Piper is involved in the first international solar licence deal, which will cut electricity bills for up to 4,500 homes in Greater Manchester by around £40m.
The first-ever direct agreement has been adopted by the government of Montenegro. The agreement came as a result of an almost one-year-long negotiation.
The following regions are discussed in this article: Azerbaijan; Kazakhstan; the Russian Federation; Uzbekistan; and Kyrgyzstan.
Drax is on the brink of appointing its first head of legal for two years in a move which could spark an in-house restructure.
DECC has released its report summarising the responses received and action to be taken regarding underground access for gas, oil and geothermal developers.
Energy reform legislation in Mexico gives the private sector unprecedented opportunities in the Mexican electrical power industry download
Mexico’s president recently signed into law a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector. This article discusses the legislation.
Mongolia’s new Petroleum Law now in effect — key points of its investor-friendly incentives download
In the latest effort by the government of Mongolia to increase foreign investment and accelerate economic activity, the Great Khural has adopted the Law of Mongolia on Petroleum.
Clearing the way for UK shale (and deep geothermal) exploitation: Infrastructure Bill Update (2) download
Adam Brown reports on the financial provisions and some proposals on shale-related matters that have so far not found their way into the Infrastructure Bill.
Ofgem has extended its panel for another two years, giving Burges Salmon, Hogan Lovells, Nabarro and Pinsent Masons along with nine other firms a further term as its advisers.
Burges Salmon, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have won spots on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) reduced legal panel.
Clearing the way for UK shale (and deep geothermal) exploitation: Infrastructure Bill Update (1) download
A new stage in the UK government’s campaign to remove potential obstacles in the way of shale gas developments was reached last week following a debate in the House of Lords.
A Dacheng team acted as legal counsel for Essence Securities, the sponsor and lead underwriter for the bonds.
This case has highlighted the question of whether there is a ‘gap’ in clause 20 of the FIDIC conditions where arbitration is chosen as the final method of dispute resolution.
In September 2014, Trina Solar, advised by Dacheng, announced its successful acquisition of a 90 per cent stake in Yunnan Metallurgical New Energy Co.
National Grid UK general counsel and company secretary Karen Clayton has left the network in the midst of a full-scale panel review due to be finalised in April 2015.
Panellists at The Lawyer ’s recent Romania briefing heard much to encourage them to get involved in the country
Clauses have been inserted into the Infrastructure Bill currently before Parliament to legislate for the key principle in Sir Ian Wood’s report.
EDF has turned to Clifford Chance antitrust partner Jenine Hulsmann to win approval for a nuclear reactor subsidy scheme from the European Commission (EC), enabling the first new nuclear reactors to be built in Britain for 20 years.
Doing Business in the United States download
Doing Business in the United States is an introductory guide for non-US businesses that may be interested in doing business in the US.
Ince & Co has announced the appointment of renewables specialist Martin Sandgren to its London energy group.
Partners at B P Collins sponsored a recent international trade event that welcomed a delegation from the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI).
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has helped Primrose Solar to significantly expand its portfolio through the acquisition of a further five solar farms in the UK.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has been recognised as a leading financial and corporate law firm in the most recent edition of IFLR1000.
Eon head of legal Graham Line has stepped down from his role to lead the company’s response to the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) probe into the energy market.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s energy specialists have helped RGE Energy UK secure the sale of a 6.4MW solar PV project.
This briefing from Dentons discusses the competition law considerations that need to be taken into account when entering into non-compete agreements.
On 7 October 2014, the AGCM and the IVASS signed a memorandum of understanding concerning the consumer protection on the insurance market.
Financial Regulatory Developments — Council publishes unfinished business table; ESMA consults on EMIR measures; and more download
Dentons has released the 10 October 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
Pillsbury has assembled a new team to help clients with their global security strategy and compliance needs.
Doing Business in Australia download
This guide provides sound, practical advice on the relevant laws and regulations for foreign companies looking to invest in Australia.
Mongolia’s new Petroleum Law now in effect — key points of its investor-friendly incentives download
In an effort by Mongolia’s government to increase foreign investment and accelerate economic activity, the Parliament has adopted the Law of Mongolia on Petroleum.
On 6 October, Eversheds Saladžius launched the School of Legal Excellence, which has been organised in co-operation with Vilnius University Faculty of Law.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Cayman law advice to Enersis SA in relation to the indirect acquisition of shares in Generandes Perú SA for $413m.
According to The Legal 500, following the merger of Wragge & Co and Lawrence Graham in May 2014, the firm has ‘more strength and depth as well as wider international coverage’.
A European Commission state aid decision confirms the CfD regime as a model example of the kind of renewables support scheme the commission wants to encourage.
DLA Piper has advised Abengoa Greenfield, a subsidiary of Abengoa, on the private placement of its inaugural green bonds that were issued on 30 September 2014.
The English courts can have a critical role to play in support of foreign proceedings. The ability to obtain interim relief is an important strategic tool, which can be decisive.
Financial obligations under contract and repudiatory breach: in what circumstances do grounds for termination arise?
It is only a repudiatory breach that entitles that innocent party (if he elects to do so) to treat himself as discharged from further liability under the contract.
When an event occurs that significantly affects the performance of a contract but is beyond the control of the parties, how is the risk allocated between the parties?
B P Collins has announced it is set to host a morning seminar covering the latest legal updates in real estate.
The recent case of Michael Hirtenstein and Il Sole Ltd v Hill Dickinson LLP has shed some doubt on the Union Power decision.
Mexico’s oil production has been in decline for the last nine years. All this could be about to change, though, as a result of new energy reforms currently being implemented.
EDF Energy has launched its latest panel review and will keep its new roster for three years, replacing its current two-year panel system.
Scrapping and recycling: Basel or Hong Kong? Which applies, why is it important and what issues do you need to be aware of?
The legal matrix applicable to the scrapping and recycling of drilling units and vessels has never been more significant.
The UK is required to implement Directive 2013/30/EU on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations by 19 July 2015.
The international fight against bribery and corruption has received further support from the UK courts this summer.
In the context of engineering and construction contracts, the contractor’s warranties as to the standard and quality of the works will be a key item for negotiation.
Criticisms that arbitration proceedings take too long and cost too much have long been voiced by arbitration users.
The government has finally released the budget for the first round of contracts for difference. The total funding available is £300m.
KPMG has acquired certain assets of Qubera Solutions, a privately held cyber-security firm that provides IAM services to Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies.
The UK government has confirmed that, as a general rule, funding under the Renewables Obligation (RO) will not be available to larger-scale PV projects after 31 March 2015.
This updated third edition of Renewable Energy in the Asia Pacific: A Legal Overview provides a high-level renewable energy profile for 16 countries across the region.
To what extent does EU law permit national schemes for the support of renewable energy generation to discriminate in favour of domestic production against imports?
The Alliance Associates Weekend is now an annual event focused on growing the international prospects of aspiring associates and senior associates.
Ince & Co has announced the promotion of corporate specialist Matthew Stratton, who has been with the firm for three years, to partner.
The Privy Council has confirmed that an injunction restraining a bank from paying under a letter of credit on the basis of fraud will only be justified in extraordinary circumstances.
Former Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) legal head Rob Higgins has taken up one of the organisation’s three new executive positions following the exit of commercial director Sean Balmer this year.
Ince & Co has announced that Dubai-based shipping and energy specialist Rania Tadros will succeed Graham Crane as the Dubai office’s managing partner.
DLA Piper has advised ASX- and AIM-listed Ceramic Fuel Cells on its pro rata renounceable rights issue to raise a maximum of approximately $13.7m (£8.5m).
The US recently expanded sanctions and export controls against the Russian defence sector.
Solar permitted development rights download
The government published its technical consultation on planning in July 2014; the consultation included proposals to increase permitted development rights for solar power.
Barnea & Co is among Israel’s top law firms in the field of infrastructure and project finance.
Those generating their own electricity from solar photovoltaic panels receive payments from their energy suppliers for each kilowatt-hour of electricity that is generated.
Financial Regulatory Developments — FSB reports on Cairns plenary; EBA consults on early intervention; and more download
Dentons has published the 26 September 2014 issue of its Financial Regulatory Developments (FReD) publication.
Will the Scottish independence referendum affect Chinese enterprises? Answers from attorney Edward Huang download
The Scottish independence referendum has drawn attention worldwide, including that of Chinese people.
Slow growth in the eurozone along with crises in the Middle East and Ukraine are beginning to be a drag on Norway’s richest sector – energy
From January 2015, certain companies will be required to report annually on the payments that they have made to governments during the year.
The Supreme Court of India has held that the procedure of allocation of coal blocks for the period between 1993 and 2012 was arbitrary and illegal.
This client update contains an analysis of the policy issues arising from the current situation in Ukraine.
For several years, HBJ Gateley has been providing legal advice to Point and Sandwick Power for its planned wind farm at Beinn Ghrideag, near Stornoway on Lewis.
The Draft Report of the Competition Policy Review aims to set the pathway for resuscitating productivity growth in Australia.
Ince & Co has appointed shipping and aviation partner Philippe Ruttley, who joins the firm’s London office as head of EU and competition law.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has published the final allocation framework for the October 2014 contracts-for-difference allocation round.
Bank not liable for CHAPS payment download
An instruction to make a payment through CHAPS was properly satisfied where the number and sort code were identified in the instruction, but not the name of the beneficiary.
The following commentary provides a brief overview of the short to medium term changes expected in the post-referendum environment.
AIM-listed companies and nominated advisers must have adequate regard to developments in Ukraine and in particular to EU sanctions against Russia.
New set of restrictive measures against the Russian Federation in relation to events in Ukraine entered into force last Friday (12th) download
In view of the increasing gravity of the situation in eastern Ukraine, the European Council has reinforced the restrictive measures adopted on 30–31 July 2014.
A Dacheng team led by senior partner Jiang Rongqing has advised a central enterprise on the acquisition of a heavy crude-oil-fired power plant in Liberia.
The US Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control has issued additional sanctions targeting certain Russian banks, energy and defence companies.
Dacheng has advised Shidai Wanheng in connection with a loan programme between China Development Bank and Shidai Wanheng’s offshore special-purpose vehicle.
This paper is a high-level overview of developments concerning the Maldives.
King & Capital provides legal services throughout the process of establishment of the project company, co-ordinating project finance, sales and real-estate management.
The energy and environment department at King & Capital provides a wide range of legal services.
Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten, a Peru-based power generation company, has received the Best Infrastructure Bond award from LatinFinance.
Eversheds partner Stephen Hill has commented on the proposed AIM listing of Enecsys.
Aurora Energy decision deems discharges prohibited, leaves open question of permit shield applicability download
On 3 September 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Alaska Community Action on Toxics v Aurora Energy Services LLC.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has appointed Shane Wilson as a partner in its Dubai office, from where he will advise clients across the Middle East and Africa.
NZ-listed Infratil has agreed to sell its Australian businesses to Snowy Hydro for AUD605m. Minter Ellison advised Infratil on the strategic review.
Nabarro is acting for FTSE 250 international PPP infrastructure investment company John Laing Infrastructure Fund on its placing to raise up to £50m.
Panel reviews 2014: The chosen ones download
Which firms are cutting it in this era of slimline rosters, and who are the GC new brooms making clean sweeps? The Lawyer can reveal all
A Dacheng team led by senior partner Yang Guisheng has ensured financing for CNNC in its acquisition of a stake in Langer Heinrich Mine.
A Ningbo-based team from Dacheng led by corporate head Jiang Yinglei advised Ningbo Zhongyi Petro Chemical Technology Co on the listing.
Addleshaw Goddard has promoted seven managing associates to legal director with immediate effect, bringing the total number of legal directors up to 36.
North Sea M&A — recent trends download
The offshore oil and gas industry in the North Sea is experiencing a defining period in its history.
Attorneys from Dacheng’s Tianjin office have advised Tianjin Beichen Science & Technology Park on the issuance of corporate bonds for the year 2014.
The growth of R&D budgets and the increase in the number of patents issued to energy companies will likely result in a rise in patent disputes between competitors in the energy sector.
Intellectual Property and Technology News — state biosimilars laws are evolving; surviving a trademark opposition challenge; and more download
DLA Piper has released issue 23 of its Intellectual Property and Technology News, which reports on worldwide developments in IP and technology law.
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This article focuses on the reforms affecting the generation of electricity, which is a regulated sector in the UK and the EU.
The last 10 years have seen a revolution in the way in which the UK handles municipal waste, with volumes of waste sent to landfill dropping by 70 per cent.
Energy and waste lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Energos on its role in a £950m PPP waste project in Derby.
Shale gas update: shale planning download
In the second of our shale updates, we look at the likely impact of the new planning guidance and Infrastructure Bill proposals for automatic subterranean rights.
Walker Morris will be attending and exhibiting at the 2014 APSE annual conference and exhibition at the Nottingham Ice Arena on 10–11 September 2014.
The final Allocation Framework for the distribution of CfD contracts was published by DECC on 1 September 2014.
Memery Crystal has been ranked the number-one law firm acting for UK-listed natural resources companies by the Corporate Advisers Rankings Guide.
Mourant Ozannes has advised SNC-Lavalin Group on its takeover of FTSE 250 company Kentz Corporation. The takeover valued Kentz at around £1.2bn.
Ogier in Jersey has assisted Kentz Corporation on its acquisition by SNC-Lavalin Group for an overall purchase price of approximately £1.2bn.
EU/Austria: TSO certification proceedings reveal Austrian gas law’s possible non-compliance with EU Gas Directive download
On 18 July 2014, E-Control released its affirmative decision in relation to the certification of Trans Austria Gasleitung as a transmission system operator (TSO) for gas.
The road ahead: what’s coming in the final months of the 113th Congress and the Lame Duck session download
Dentons’ look at the road ahead in Washington provides a snapshot of the key issues on the agenda before 4 November and in the ‘Lame Duck’ session to follow.
We have an expert team that handles large, complex projects, anywhere in the world.
The energy practice of Boyanov & Co is one of the busiest departments of the firm. We also have experience in advising clients on natural resources projects.
Skanska’s general counsel for infrastructure development, Kenneth Schuhmacher, has joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s energy and infrastructure group in New York
Switzerland expands its measures to prevent the circumvention of international Ukraine-related sanctions download
Measures have been adopted to prevent Swiss territory being used as a channel to circumvent international sanctions in connection with the situation in Ukraine.
Throughout the years, the real-estate and construction practice has been deeply involved in practically all major deals that have taken place in Bulgaria.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has re-hired oil and gas specialist Judith Kim from Ashurst to become the fifteenth partner in its Dubai office.
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CMS Cameron McKenna, Pinsent Masons and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have advised on one of the largest ever private equity investments in North Sea oil, with the $500m (£301m) launch of Blackstone and Blue Water Energy-backed company Siccar Point Energy.
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Time to conserve your energy? Minimum energy performance standards for commercially rented property download
In July, DECC published its consultation paper on the proposed Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations (Non-Domestic).
Mexico’s energy reform provides significant opportunities in oil and gas exploration and production download
Mexico’s new energy legislation will completely restructure the Mexican energy sector, including both hydrocarbons and electricity.
Dentons is a silver sponsor of the Mining & Investment Latin America Summit, which will take place on 27–28 October 2014 in Lima, Peru.
This article outlines the extent of EU sanctions targeted against Russia, Crimea and Sevastapol and provides some general guidance to TMT companies doing business in Russia.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided BVI law advice to Petro-Victory Energy Corp on its IPO listing on the TSX Venture Exchange.
A cross-office team from Gateley has advised on a deal that saw Dublin-based One51 acquire Straight for £10.7m.
Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme: a new mandatory energy assessment scheme for large undertakings download
The Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme is the UK government’s implementation of a particular requirement of the Energy Efficiency Directive regarding energy audits.
FTSE 250 company Essar Energy’s legal team is being restructured following its controversial de-listing and general counsel Sheena Singla is considering an informal panel shake-up as a result.
BWB advises on finance issues for a broad range of clients, both for those providing finance and to those receiving it, be that in the not-for-profit or commercial sectors.
The UK government has published application criteria and terms for the 14th onshore oil and gas licensing round, accompanied by new guidance.
Ofgem and DECC have jointly published an action plan of measures to encourage the growth of independent energy suppliers.
Shepherd and Wedderburn has announced the appointment of Gareth Parry to its construction and projects practice.
The US Commerce Department’s BIS has issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations and imposing further export controls against Russia’s energy sector.
Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW) has gifted Addleshaw Goddard and Burges Salmon first-time appointments on its revamped legal panel.
International arbitration in China download
Non-Chinese contractors are regularly encountering contracts containing arbitration clauses providing for disputes to be determined by Chinese arbitration centres.
The Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014 creates the statutory entity that will facilitate strategic infrastructure development projects and related approvals.
Scotland-headquartered Shepherd & Wedderburn has added the former head of DLA Piper’s Scottish construction and engineering group to its own construction and projects practice.
Walker Morris has been appointed by Sustainable Development Capital Ltd (SDCL) to provide specialist legal advice on its energy-efficient investments.
On 31 July 2014, the Council of the European Union adopted Regulation (EU) No 833/2014, which implements Council Decision 2014/512/CFSP of 31 July 2014.
At the end of July, the US and the EU escalated their respective sanctions regimes against Russia following the Kremlin’s intervention in the Crimea/Ukraine crisis.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s real-estate experts bring you the latest property law issues and provide action points to help you and your organisation.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards download
The government is consulting on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), which must be met before a property in the private sector can be let.
Improvements will have to be made to some commercially let premises in order to meet minimum energy efficiency standards starting from 1 April 2018.
The Proton case was first brought to the attention of the Commercial Court in February 2013, when an application for summary judgment was sought by the claimant, Proton.
DLA Piper has advised Bio Group Ltd on the multi-million-pound refinancing of two anaerobic digestion gas-to-grid plants.
Ethical investor Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL) has appointed six firms to its inaugural legal panel, with Muckle and Walker Morris among those winning a spot.
Baker Botts, Weil Gotshal & Manges and Vinson & Elkins have advised on Kinder Morgan’s blockbuster $70bn consolidation of its related pipeline companies, marking the biggest energy merger since ExxonMobil 12 years ago.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) client Drax has been defeated in the Court of Appeal over £1.3bn in Government renewable energy subsidies.
The new EU sanctions against Russia — key points to know, key steps for companies with business interests in Russia download
The EU has adopted economic sanctions against Russia — the latest step relating to the protection of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The Dealogic and Infrastructure Journal half-year league table results have been published, with Allen & Overy ranking first in each by both value and volume.
Khaitan & Co has advised EnerNOC, a provider of energy intelligence software, in relation to its acquisition of EnTech.
As one of the leading Swiss law firms in the area of energy law, we represent many leading companies both nationally and internationally in the energy sector.
In this video, Gary Bunce from IBB Solicitors answers important questions often asked by property buyers and sellers.
The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy has extended the application deadline for the second phase of its 500MW NOOR CSP to mid-September 2014.
Following the continued tensions in Ukraine and Russia’s suspected military involvement, the EU has imposed new sanctions against Russia.
Larger companies and non-public-sector organisations will be required to carry out mandatory energy-saving assessments.
The US DOT is looking to increase the safety of flammable materials sent by rail — particularly crude oil and ethanol.
Petrol storage: a change in the law download
The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 will come into force on 1 October and replace existing petrol storage legislation that will be withdrawn.
DLA Piper has announced that Geoffrey M Ossias has joined the firm’s corporate and finance practice as a partner in the Phoenix office.
Restrictive measures against the Russian Federation in relation to events in Ukraine: how will they affect you? download
The Council of the European Union has adopted new restrictive measures targeting co-operation and exchanges with the Russian Federation.
Russia sanctions update download
The Council of the European Union has concluded on the new designation criteria for sanctions on natural and legal persons concerning the situation in Ukraine.
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Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has made its seventh German partner hire, recruiting Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former energy co-head Dirk Hamann.
EU sanctions update download
Are your policies and procedures adaptable enough to deal with future changes if the crisis in Ukraine is unresolved?
A decision taken by the government to amend its renewable energy obligation is being challenged by solar power firms.
Trustpower has emerged as the successful bidder for a suite of green power assets of the New South Wales government.
Consultations released on implementation of energy efficiency regulation of the private rented sector download
The Department for Energy & Climate Change has published the long-awaited consultation on implementing the provisions of the Energy Act 2011.
The number of Petroleum Exploration Development Licence awards is likely to be a small fraction of the 1,040 available 100km² licence blocks.
The draft law ‘On Amendments to the Tax Code of Ukraine and Some Other Legislative Acts of Ukraine’ provides major changes to the taxation laws.
A team led by Dacheng attorneys Peng Xuefeng and Xiao Ling has represented a Chinese conglomerate in the acquisition of four wind farms from Ralls.
In its 20th anniversary year, Kalo & Associates has won several important mandates.
A&O is the first magic circle firm to tiptoe into Canada but despite the strong economy, there is good reason why local players are not expecting a stampede
UK: 14th onshore licensing round download
The energy minister has invited applications for licences in the 14th Landward Licensing Round.
Shale Round takes shape download
The government has published the application criteria for the 14th Onshore Petroleum Exploration Development Licence (PEDL) Round.
DLA Piper and Fasken Martineau have advised Nigerian oil company Oando Energy Resources on its $1.65bn (£980m) acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ Nigerian upstream oil and gas business.
Simmons & Simmons has gained a South African presence by allying with Canadian firm Fasken Martineau’s recently-acquired Johannesburg operation.
NCTM has represented BD Group Industries — a worldwide energy solutions provider — in the acquisition of a majority stake in Sagemis International.
DLA Piper has advised Oando on the $1.65bn acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ offshore and onshore assets in Nigeria and the multi-source financing.
The recent major cabinet reshuffle sees Matthew Hancock replacing Michael Fallon as the new business and energy minister.
On 28 July 2014, the government launched two consultations in parallel on the implementation of the Offshore Safety Directive.
A powerful collaboration of local authorities came together to launch APSE Energy on 11 June 2014 in Parliament.
Shoosmiths has acted for KBC Advanced Technologies in a multi-million-pound acquisition. KBC has purchased FEESA for a value of £11.2m.
Jason Lovell, partner at Eversheds, has commented on news that more fracking licences are being granted, but with protection for national parks.
There were some very clear and succinct messages to emerge from the keynote addresses at the inaugural Made in the UK Conferences & Exhibition.
On 16 July 2014, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control unveiled new Ukraine-related sanctions.
Extension of the sanctions relief provided for in the Joint Plan of Action between the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran download
On 18 July 2014, the P5+1 (the US, the UK, Germany, France, Russia and China) agreed with Iran to extend their commitments under the Joint Plan of Action.
UK: investing in UK infrastructure download
The government department for UK Trade and Investment and HM Treasury have jointly published a guide detailing opportunities to invest in UK infrastructure.
Shearman & Sterling has secured the largest award ever handed out by an arbitration tribunal, with the Russian Federation asked to pay out $50bn (£29.bn) in damages to shareholders of oil company Yukos.
From October 2014, renewable energy projects will compete for a budget of more than £200m a year as part of the first allocation round for the new contracts for difference.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed Salem Chalabi as a partner in its Dubai office.
The energy sector today is faced with a host of challenges and opportunities as it navigates the globalisation of the industry.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s energy team has advised Carron Energy on its disposal of three power response businesses.
Khaitan & Co has advised Mizuho Bank in relation to an external commercial borrowing of $250m granted to Oil India for funding its domestic capital expenditure requirements.
BP has appointed nine firms to its specialist legal panel, including Baker & McKenzie and Hill Dickinson.
A Dacheng team led by senior partner Jiang Rongqing has been retained as standing legal counsel for HYDROCHINA Corporation.
A Dacheng team led by senior partner Jiang Rongqing has been retained as standing legal counsel for HYDROCHINA International Engineering Co.
At the end of November 2013, the P5+1 reached an agreement with Iran to suspend certain EU and US sanctions against Iran in return for a curb on Iran’s nuclear programme.
Capacity Market participants that wish to participate in this year’s auction need to ensure they are in a position to pre-qualify within the short pre-qualification window.
DLA Piper has acted for Greencoat UK Wind on the acquisition of Maerdy Wind Farm, an operational wind farm project in Wales.
Allen & Overy has advised the joint lead managers and bookrunners on the issuance of $1.5bn and €525m bonds by ONGC Videsh.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s public law and regulation expert Ravi Randhawa has been promoted to the role of legal director.
Andrew Corletto has joined Minter Ellison SA/NT as a partner. Corletto is an experienced corporate, energy and resources lawyer with more than 25 years in practice.
New Ukraine/Russia sanctions download
The OFAC has imposed a new set of ‘sectoral sanctions’ against two Russian energy firms and two Russian banks pursuant to Executive Order 13662.
DLA Piper has appointed Liam Prescott as partner in its litigation and regulatory group, based in Brisbane, effective 14 July 2014.
In this video interview, partner Todd Daubert discusses the specific impact of technological advancement on four key sectors.
DLA Piper outlines the income tax, goods and services tax, fuel tax and other implications that will stem from the repeal of the carbon tax.
Real-estate investment in Australia download
Australia offers a platform that allows new foreign investors to embrace the globalisation of real-estate capital with confidence.
On 11 July 2014, the Polish Parliament adopted the draft of the bill to amend the environmental law and certain other acts.
Eversheds is advising state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation on its investment in the £16bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
Eversheds partner Stuart Andrews has commented on news that the new oil and gas regulator created for the UK North Sea will also have powers over onshore activities.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda legal advice to Tullett Prebon on its $160m acquisition of PVM Oil Associates and its subsidiaries.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided Bermuda legal advice to EPL Oil & Gas, which was acquired by Energy XXI (Bermuda) by way of a merger under Delaware law.
DLA Piper has advised GE Betz on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Monsal Holdings for an undisclosed sum.
Karanovic & Nikolic partner Patricia Gannon has highlighted the many opportunities available to investors in the sustainable energy sector in the Balkans.
Lee Alexander and Philip Angeli look at the key points in a proposed Department of Energy rule change.
The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is a separate common law jurisdiction within the UAE.
Knock-for-knock liability in the offshore wind farm sector: why is it important and what issues do you need to be aware of?
This article explores the knock-for-knock regime, highlights the key advantages of it and looks at some issues that parties should be aware of when drafting their contracts.
A failure to pay hire has been accorded the status of a breach of condition, entitling an owner to terminate the charter and claim damages for loss of future earnings.
The Commercial Court has ruled that damages for non-acceptance of goods represent the seller’s ‘loss of bargain’ with the buyer, rather than any loss of profit.
The UK Supreme Court has recently ruled in the case of Cramaso LLP (Appellant) v Ogilvie-Grant, Earl of Seafield and Others (Respondents) (Scotland).
A former Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner has joined the line-up of partners that have launched a Brisbane office for Baker & McKenzie.
On 5 December 2013, chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne stated that the government would ‘end the abuse of… offshore oil and gas contracting’.
Local content is a theme that is becoming increasingly prevalent for investment in the oil and gas sectors in Africa.
Biomethane RHI consultation download
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is designed to increase the uptake of renewable heat technologies and reduce carbon emissions.
The government has launched a consultation on its proposals to force more crucial suppliers to continue to supply their services during formal insolvencies, irrespective of any pre-existing debts.
Mourant Ozannes has advised venture capital firm Emerald Technology Ventures on the addition of three new investors to the Emerald Cleantech Fund III.
DLA Piper has announced that Hervé Israël has joined the firm’s tax practice as a partner in Paris.
DLA Piper has been recognised for its property strategy implementation by National Grid in its annual property awards, in a ceremony held on 2 July 2014.
Subsidies for green electricity permitted to restrict trade between EU member states — CJEU download
It is normal for member states to make support for renewable generation available only to generators based in their own territory. Until recently, it was generally assumed that this was consistent with EU law.
Climate Change Newsletter: US Supreme Court largely upholds EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases from major new and modified sources; and more download
This edition of Dentons’ Climate Change Newsletter starts with the US Supreme Court’s most recent review of EPA regulations, the so-called ‘tailoring rule’.
Ashurst, Simmons & Simmons and Addleshaw Goddard have won coveted first-time spots on BP’s UK panel, unveiled today (9 July) following a three-month review process.
Pillsbury has announced the appointment of 10 partners to firm-wide practice and industry leadership posts.
On 1 July 2014, BIS published new guidance on how to apply the new EU General Block Exemption Regulation.
EU: ECJ confirms that purely national promotion of green electricity does not necessarily violate EU law download
The ECJ’s 1 July 2014 ruling may have a major impact on the political discussions about the meaningfulness of national green electricity promotion schemes.
The OSD appears to be only the EU’s first step in reforming our offshore environmental and safety regimes in response to the Macondo disaster.
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Karanovic & Nikolic’s Stevan Dimitrijevic participated in a panel of experts dealing with matters relating to regional energy projects at the Balkan Legal Forum in Vienna.
Mourant Ozannes has advised Heritage Oil on its takeover by Energy Investments Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of Al Mirqab Capital SPC.
The UK Department for Energy & Climate Change has published its Community Energy Strategy.
HSE and DECC have been busy drafting and amending legislation to transpose the Offshore Safety Directive into UK law.
Memery Crystal has been named Litigation Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2014 for its litigation success on behalf of Gulf Keystone Petroleum.
The Supreme Court of Iraq has rejected the request of the Iraqi federal oil minister to rule against the right of the KRG to export oil out of Kurdistan.
Laura Mackett and Sam Boileau take a quick look at the new reporting requirements that will be introduced into UK law by the transposition of the OSD.
South West firm Temple Bright has scooped a three-lawyer team from Nabarro to launch an energy and climate change practice.
This webinar considers a number of provisions within oil and gas contracts that have the potential to give rise to dispute.
Ofgem has consulted on whether to refer the energy market for an in-depth investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority and on the scope of the reference.
US LNG exports: policy update download
The US House of Representatives voted to approve legislation that would expedite the DoE’s process for approving applications to export liquefied natural gas.
Supreme Court rejects premise for GHG Tailoring Rule, but largely maintains EPA’s authority to set GHG emission limits download
The court’s decision upholds the EPA’s regulation of roughly 83 percent of stationary-source GHG emissions under its permitting programme.
Proposed implementing legislation for the Mexican energy reform will create an open, competitive electrical power industry download
The Mexican Congress is debating a historic package of legislation to restructure the nation’s electrical power sector.
The Supreme Court has issued a split decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v EPA.
Property Update: underground energy resources; development; flood insurance for domestic properties; and more download
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co’s real-estate experts bring you the latest property law issues and provide action points to help you and your organisation.
The Community Energy Strategy reveals that ‘by 2015 it will be the norm for communities to be offered some level of ownership of new, commercially developed onshore renewable projects’.
DLA Piper has acted on behalf of Lark Energy on what is expected to be a test case for the renewable energy sector.
Company fined $25,000 for operating electrical contracting business without licence under Electricity Act after apprentice injured download
An electrical contractor has been convicted and fined for carrying on an electrical contracting business without being licensed under the Ontario Electricity Act.
FERC violated the National Environmental Policy Act by improperly ‘segmenting’ its NEPA analysis of a four-part upgrade to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s 300 Line System.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has published amendments to Part L of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010.
Webinar: energy and natural resource webinar — investing in unbundled energy assets: risks for the unwary
This webinar explores the topic of investing in unbundled electricity and gas transmission assets and the legal risks that potentially lie in wait.
East Africa is a buoyant and increasingly integrated region, with oil and gas driving its future. Meanwhile, a liberalised legal market is emerging
The South African National Treasury has published proposals for a carbon offset scheme.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and King & Spalding have taken the main legal advisory roles on the awarding of Greece’s first oil and gas exploration leases for two decades.
Eversheds has announced the appointment of Dani Kabbani as managing partner of the firm’s office in Qatar.
On 3 June 2014, a delegation of the Brazilian Bar Association, led by Luiz Tarcisio Teixeira Ferreira, visited the head office of Dacheng.
AOTS, advised by DLA Piper, has signed construction contracts with supporting guarantees for the development of its project to construct a large oil terminal facility.
IFLR1000 Energy and Infrastructure 2014 has recommended Ilyashev & Partners on its energy and infrastructure and financial and corporate work.
LK Shields Solicitors advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients in the areas of law relating to energy and natural resources.
LK Shields Solicitors advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients on all aspects of company and commercial law.
Walker Morris’s David Kilduff has addressed a collaboration of local authorities at the launch of APSE Energy in Parliament.
The US government has moved to act on carbon emissions by requiring US states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 per cent by 2030.
Onshore wind activity in Ireland download
Mergers and acquisitions in renewable energy projects in Ireland have been increasing steadily and this is expected to continue over the coming years.
The US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water has approved fiscal year 2015 funding for the DoE, the Corps of Engineers and related agencies.
French decree extends the number of sectors in which foreigners cannot invest without state authorisation download
On 14 May 2014, France issued a decree extending the number of sectors in which foreigners cannot invest without state authorisation.
BP’s ongoing panel review process is drawing to a close, with firms expecting to be told if they have scooped a UK panel place before the end of June.
Allen & Overy has advised on on the $5.5bn (£3.3bn) STAR Rafineri project financing — Turkey’s largest ever project financing.
Dani Kabbani has commented following news that a potential shortfall in oil investment in production in the Middle East could create a $15 spike in oil price by 2025.
The Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament on 4 June, outlining the intended legislative programme for the 2014–15 session.
DECC’s UK Solar PV Strategy Part 1: Roadmap to a Brighter Future sets out the strategy for the development of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy generation in the UK.
The UK’ s water industry watchdog Ofwat has appointed former Ofgem legal director Elizabeth Hillman as its first general counsel following a management reshuffle.
Queen’s Speech 2014 download
There are significant proposals this year on areas such as infrastructure, pensions, zero-hours contracts, ‘modern slavery’ and recall of MPs.
Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Osborne Clarke have won the main spots on Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) first formal panel.
The Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Bill 2014 (Qld) was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 5 June 2014.
David Feist has commented on the announcement in the Queen’s Speech ending the requirement to notify homeowners of drilling under their properties for shale gas.
The US DOE is proposing to change its rules and procedures for reviewing applications to export liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the US.
Queen’s Speech impacts developers download
The recent Queen’s Speech has several impacts for developers and property professionals.
Biomethane-to-grid technology involves producing biogas through anaerobic digestion (AD) of crops, waste, slurries or sewage feedstock.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its Clean Power Program, the cornerstone of the Obama administration’s Climate Change Action Plan.
Shale: a guide to tailoring legislation, SPAs, farm-in agreements and JOAs in developing basins download
This paper aims to provide governments, developers and investors with: an understanding of current regulatory and contractual practice in the UK and elsewhere.
The threat of blackouts and proposed price hikes in energy costs serves as a reminder that the UK’s energy policy continues its rise up the barometer of economic and political importance.
The EPA has announced long-awaited regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants pursuant to the Clean Air Act.
Memery Crystal LLP is acting for Mediterranean Oil & Gas Plc (MOG) in connection with its recommended takeover by Rockhopper Exploration plc
Budget 2014 limits the scope for obtaining tax relief on investments in renewables projects, but it also opens up a new relief, of which some renewables investors may be able to take advantage.
Baker Botts has returned to advise Russian state-owned energy giant Rosneft after adding former a former Linklaters lawyer and Rosneft contact to its team.
The latest changes to the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme came into effect on 1 April 2014.
The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 tidy up the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012.
On 21 May 2014 the European Commission adopted key measures as part of its State Aid Modernisation programme.
Former Ince & Co litigation partner Denys Hickey has quit the firm for the bar to join 39 Essex Street Chambers.
Pillsbury has announced that for 2014, Chambers USA has ranked 86 individual Pillsbury lawyers, with 12 partners recognised in two or more categories for a total of 98 individual lawyer rankings.
Eversheds has commented on the UK government’s proposed simplification of underground access for shale gas.
Eversheds has advised Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council on the variation of their £926m waste PPP.
DECC has published the ‘Consultation on Proposal for Underground Access for the Extraction of Gas, Oil or Geothermal’.
DECC has published a study by the British Geological Survey of the Jurassic shales of the Weald Basin in southern England.
Foresight is an easy-to-use legal calendar that outlines major cases, government policy and forthcoming legislation right through to 2017.
DLA Piper has advised Nam Kwong Group Company on the acquisition of a 90 per cent interest in Sino-French Energy Development Company (SFED).
Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the CBI Industrial Trends figures for May.
According to recent reports, Whitehall sources have indicated that the government plans to propose a new Infrastructure Bill in the Queen’s Speech in June.
Khaitan & Co has advised TIPVPL on an agreement entered into with regard to the Karcham-Wangtoo hydroelectric power plant and the Baspa II hydroelectric power plant.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided advice to Adenium Capital on a $26m solar investment by Adenium and Bright Group Investments in Jordan.
NCTM has acted as legal adviser for a project financing transaction related to a 9MW solar park in Vittoria, Sicily, developed by Cogip.
Eric Pickles has declared the proposed theme park development known as ‘London Paramount’ to be a development of national significance.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced that John Joyce has been elected managing partner for a term of three years, which took effect from 16 May 2014.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co partners Kieron Dwyer and David Ponsford have co-hosted an international webinar entitled ‘Update on shale gas exploration and development’.
Eversheds has won the Clean Energy Project of the Year 2013–14 award for its role in advising on Sierra Leone’s first independent power project.
The UK government has published its response to a consultation on the future management of the compulsory stocking obligation in the UK.
Allen & Overy has acted for the lenders consortium in a project to develop a 600MW offshore wind farm.
DECC has provided more detail of how the financial support that the government gives to renewable energy schemes will work going forward.
The US energy sector in the future may look dramatically different from how it looks today.
The directorate-general for competition recently published guidance on the new rules governing state aid for energy projects and environmental protection.
The US, Canada and the EU have designated a number of additional officials and companies as the unrest continues in eastern Ukraine.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has promoted director and energy specialist Gus Wood to partner in the energy team, effective from 1 May.
Soaring energy costs are forcing Sheffield manufacturers to close down their operations at peak times.
UK: Solar Banding Review for 2015–16 download
The DECC is consulting on a review of Renewables Obligation bands for solar PV.
The CRC is a mandatory emissions trading scheme administered by the Environment Agency.
It is just possible that solving global poverty may prove easier than securing a global response to climate change.
Allen & Overy is advising Eni SpA on the sale of Eni’s stake in the Czech Republic’s sole refinery, Ceská rafinérská, to Hungarian oil and gas group MOL.
NCTM has advised Enertronica on its mini-bond Enertronica SpA, a company operating in the sectors of renewable sources, energy efficiency and electromechanical systems.
Patton Boggs has handed over $15m to Chevron and issued a statement of regret, bringing to an end its high-profile legal battle with the oil giant.
This group advises on transactions, tenders, contracts and so on relating to power, renewable energy, natural resources, oil and gas and more.
Khaitan & Co specialises in environment-related litigation and dispute resolution, environmental audit, compliance and regulatory analysis/interpretation.
Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein will soon expand its China presence to Beijing on the back of increasing revenues from the jurisdiction.
For those involved in heavy engineering projects, choosing a form of contract that is most apt or suitable for the particular job is of fundamental importance.
The AEMC has released a consultation paper on a proposed rule change to the good-faith rebidding provisions in the National Electricity Rules.
Two Dentons clients were recognised for their innovation and leadership with respect to carbon-reduction activities during the recent North American Carbon World conference.
Dentons has advised the UK government on its funding of a FEED contract that has been awarded to Shell UK in relation to the Peterhead CCS project.
In this video, James Rubin examines the impact of the recent ruling upholding the Obama administration’s mercury and toxics standards.
Eversheds has advised Petrojetty Company on a PPP concession for the development and operation of a petroleum jetty in Sierra Leone.
DLA Piper global co-chief executive Nigel Knowles claims London’s highly regarded status as a litigation centre is under threat in The Lawyer’s new weekly industry leaders column launched today.
If shale gas can cut the UK’s energy dependence, we must jump hurdles to do it.
DLA Piper has represented Avalara in its acquisition of the line of Zytax energy-related tax automation solutions.
What comfort can the green economy take from the Energy Industries Council’s assessment of sector activity in the north east?
In last week’s newspaper in Amman, Jordan, it was reported that the government was going to issue a new licensing regulation for power companies.
Climate Change Newsletter: issue 4 — US: Supreme Court reviews greenhouse gas permitting rules download
On 24 February 2014, the Supreme Court heard argument on the ‘tailoring rule’, a key Obama climate change rule.
The South African government has announced it will delay introducing a carbon tax until 2016.
Climate Change Newsletter: issue 4 — Canada: the EU Fuel Quality Directive — signalling a change of course download
The EU is rethinking its proposed Fuel Quality Directive (FQD) — welcome news for Canada as the current FQD proposal contains some major flaws.
Climate Change Newsletter: Issue 4 — US: California Air Resources Board approves first forest carbon offset project download
The California Air Resources Board has issued its first-ever approval of a forest carbon offset project under the state’s cap-and-trade forestry offset protocol.
Tim Pole from No5 Chambers has appeared for the prosecution in a case that saw Steve Colson plead guilty to four offences of contravening the Health and Safety Act 1974.
Middle East: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority launches tender process for the Hassyan clean coal power project download
DEWA will be selecting a suitable developer or developer consortium to own 49 per cent of a project company to build and operate an independent power project.
From 1 April 2014, the ONR will operate as an independent body corporate (pursuant to Part 3 of the Energy Act 2013).
The Waste (England and Wales) Regulations require that, as from January 2015, there must be separate collections for paper, metal, plastic and glass where practicable.
Hogan Lovells has been shortlisted for 11 Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law awards.
Hogan Lovells’ tax team has been shortlisted in 11 categories of the International Tax Review (ITR) European Tax Awards.
Draft Law No. 2436a on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts brings about a significant reduction in the number of mandatory permit documents.
The African Business Group of Addleshaw Goddard has advised Seven Energy International in securing $255m of new equity capital.
In Legalease’s latest Legal 500 EMEA directory, Wierzbowski Eversheds has earned a number of recommendations.
Memery Crystal has acted for Mediterranean Oil & Gas in its application for indemnity costs following its successful defence of a fraud claim brought by Leni Gas & Oil.
Allen & Overy has marked the launch of Gas Price Arbitrations: A Practical Handbook with debate on merits of gas price arbitrations.
Jeffrey Sullivan, arbitration partner at Allen & Overy, was recently invited by the ICSID secretary-general to speak at the Energy Charter Treaty Conference.
Mourant Ozannes has advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group on all Guernsey-related aspects of its listing on the main market of London Stock Exchange.
Hogan Lovells has advised the Department for Transport on the financing of the £2.7bn East Coast phase of the UK’s Intercity Express (IEP) programme.
Hogan Lovells has been shortlisted for 11 Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
Generator Optional Firm Access rights — AEMC announces terms of reference for detailed design work download
On 6 March 2014, the AEMC released terms of reference to progress work on the Optional Firm Access (OFA) framework.
Team Australia has won the 2014 KPMG International Case Competition final.
Reports on growing demand for water and energy highlight urgency of co-ordinated policy approach download
The availability of an already scarce essential resource is sure to become a significant challenge for power producers and energy policymakers.
The promise of smart grids lies in the ability to gather more detailed data about the performance of the utility network.
The AVCA conference was held in Lagos, Nigeria, at the beginning of this month. Here are Dentons’ top five takeaways from the conference.
China’s energy revolution download
China’s sheer size — not only geographically but in terms of market share — means that its industry choices have a huge global effect.
In this video interview, Dentons energy partner Clint Vince discusses how developments and innovations in the energy sector are affecting companies.
The IMF has slashed its 2014 growth forecast for Turkey from 3.5 to 2.3 per cent. Investors are now hoping the aviation and energy markets will provide some comfort
An attack on a California electrical substation highlights the urgent need to protect the nation’s energy, communications and other critical infrastructure from threats.
In this video, Elizabeth Moeller discusses how developments in US water policy may lead to a new wave of investment spurred by public-private partnerships.
In February 2013, the European Commission released a draft Network and Information Security Directive.
The range and depth of capabilities of Minter Ellison’s team across Australia has been recognised by the 2014–15 list of Best Lawyers.
Use Dentons and work with lawyers who understand the energy industry — who see the opportunities within traditional sectors and within new technologies — and who can help shape the business you want.
DoE approves LNG exports to non-free trade countries — US foreign policy may be bigger factor moving forward download
The US DoE has issued an order granting approval to Jordan Cove to export LNG to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the US.
The Treasury and the Department of Industry have released a discussion paper setting out options for implementing the proposed scheme.
All the latest partner hires and other appointments within firms and offices in the Asia Pacific region.
NCTM has been reorganising the leadership positions for its departments, resulting in new co-ordinators for its 12 departments, with Vittorio Noseda as the overall leader.
New bill on renewable energy sources download
After years of legislative work on new regulations concerning renewable energy sources, the government has approved its bill on renewable energy sources.
The Department of Energy is to hold a public meeting to discuss and receive comments on issues related to the Quadrennial Energy Review.
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With the nuclear reactor development at Hinkley Point in Somerset forecast to cost around £20bn, there’s a superb opportunity for growth in the UK manufacturing sector.
Dentons is tying up with South African associate firm KapdiTwala to launch its own offices in South Africa.
Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten SA has received the Deal of the Year award in the project finance category from International Financial Law Review.
Wakefield Waste PFI has been shortlisted for the Best Waste/Energy/Water Project and the Best Project Team in the Partnership Awards. The team was advised by Walker Morris.
Sam Karim from Kings Chambers was part of a recent delegation on a business mission to Brazil to promote barristers’ expertise in international dispute resolution.
It can be an adventure in bureaucracy but the energy sector in turbulent Turkey offers lucrative and varied opportunities for investors
In the sphere of industry, we provide the highest-quality legal products and efficient business solutions.
GRATA is the leading independent legal consultant in the mining and natural resources sector in Central Asia.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised Seven Energy International on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of East Horizon Gas Company from Oando.
Walker Morris has advised the TEG Group, an AIM-listed green technology company, on its acquisition of a composting operation at Hillbarton, near Exeter.
Pillsbury has announced the opening of its Austin office as the next step in the firm’s strategic focus and its commitment to clients throughout the state of Texas and the Gulf Coast.
On 28 March 2014, three new EU public procurement directives were published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
DLA Piper has advised Halton Borough Council on the £600m Mersey Gateway Project, a major scheme to build a new six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey.
Where a buyer wrongfully neglects or refuses to accept and pay for goods, the seller may bring an action for damages for non-acceptance.
General counsel at Shell – “the best job in law” according to Peter Rees QC. So what prompted the silk to stand down two years ahead of schedule in November 2013?
Of particular interest to us UK-based competition lawyers, 31 March was the last day of trading for the UK’s Office of Fair Trading.
Allen & Overy advised Macquarie in a complex transaction that led to Macquarie being named winner of the Acquisition of the Year Energy & Natural Resources award.
Ofgem approves change to UK Gas Day download
Ofgem has approved UNC 461 that will align the Gas Day definition in the UNC with EU gas codes.
Vinson & Elkins’ (V&E) former China co-head and energy partner David Blumental has left the firm to join Latham & Watkins six months after the Huston-based energy firm closed its Shanghai office.
Clarke Willmott has been kicked off the Crown Estate’s rural panel in favour of a consolidated roster comprising Bond Dickinson and Burges Salmon.
The Energy Company Obligation Order provides a sizeable potential source of funding to developers carrying out redevelopment or improvement works on housing stock.
Mediterranean Oil & Gas successfully defended a fraud claim brought by Leni Gas & Oil against two of Mediterranean Oil & Gas’s subsidiaries.
Memery Crystal has acted for Mediterranean Oil & Gas in its successful defence of a fraud claim brought by Leni Gas & Oil.
Senior partner and advocate, GRATA Kazakhstan
Allen & Overy has advised on the financing of upgrades at the Patnów Power Plant I and the refinancing of Zespól Elektrowni Patnów-Adamów-Konin SA’s existing indebtedness.
Nigeria’s middle class boom is driving the entertainment sector and its legal development, says Adefunke Adeyeye, legal boss at media group Silverbird
Ofgem, OFT and CMA have been have been working to assess whether the market for supply of gas and electricity to households and small firms is sufficiently competitive.
DoE approves LNG exports to non-free-trade countries — US foreign policy may be bigger factor moving forward download
The DoE has issued an order granting approval to Jordan Cove Energy Project to export LNG to countries that do not have a free-trade agreement with the US.
Bristows associate Sophie Lawrance has commented following the announcement of the energy sector competition investigation.
Energy, waste and renewables lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Augean on the disposal of parts of its former Waste Network division.
FERC seeks to align natural gas pipeline scheduling and RTO and ISO generation despatch times download
FERC has issued a proposed rulemaking and two related orders designed to better align the scheduling of gas flows with the dispatch of electric generation.
Two Allen & Overy (A&O) partners are facing an SRA investigation over what their barrister called an “extraordinarily ill advised” meeting during a high-profile bribery trial against businessman Victor Dahdaleh.
Memery Crystal has acted for Gulf Keystone Petroleum in connection with its admission to the Official List and to trading on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.
Conyers Dill & Pearman’s British Virgin Islands office has recently added four attorneys to its corporate and litigation practices.
The Federal District Court in Washington DC has issued a lengthy ruling that appeared to substantially clear the way for Cape Wind.
DECC issues response to consultation on the transition between the Renewables Obligation and the Contracts for Difference regime download
The DECC has confirmed that fixed-price ROCs will be introduced from 1 April 2027 via the Fixed Price Certificate Scheme.
Allen & Overy has acted as Australian and international counsel to the export credit agencies and commercial lenders on the financing of the integrated Roy Hill iron ore project.
Budget 2014 download
Following the 2014 Budget, Taylor Wessing has set out a summary of some of the main announcements.
CMS Cameron McKenna and Dundas & Wilson have put 60 jobs at risk following their planned merger in five week’s time.
UK on-shore shale gas and land rights: can a so-called ‘legal block’ stop the UK shale play in its tracks? download
Last year was a year in which the UK environmental lobby began to mobilise against the UK unconventional gas industry.
BP has kicked off its first UK legal panel review since March 2011, as the current roster’s three-year mandate draws to a close.
Litigation update: High Court updates ‘reasonable endeavours’ — commercial interests vs an obligation owed download
The High Court has held that Woodside Energy and other gas suppliers in Western Australia did not breach their obligation under a gas supply agreement.
The Polish government has adopted a draft bill to amend the Geological and Mining Law and a draft Bill on Special Hydrocarbon Tax.
Ten practices and 24 Pillsbury attorneys have been ranked among the world’s top lawyers according to the 2014 Chambers Global guide.
In a move designed to bolster the firm’s presence in Japan, Pillsbury has announced that Anthony Raven and Simon Barrett will join the firm’s finance practice in Tokyo.
US firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has boosted its energy and projects practice in Japan with the hire of practice leaders from Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons.
DLA Piper advised BTG Pactual as arranger and placement agent of the $132.8m project bond offering by Eten to finance a thermal cold reserve power plant in Peru.
Allen & Overy claims it has completed a clean sweep of all overall legal adviser awards possible, in addition to topping the major league tables in 2013.
Taylor Wessing has advised Cahill Energy on its historic agreement with the Barbados government to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant on the island.
Karanovic & Nikolic recently created a platform that brought together industry players to discuss financing and the bankability of energy projects in the western Balkans.
Indonesia is likely to be the next target as Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) looks to expand its newly launched Asia network of independent law firms.
Dacheng senior partner Jiang Rongqing has advised relevant parties on PRC law, Indonesian law and British law respectively.
The National Grid has kicked Irwin Mitchell off its debt recovery panel and replaced it with Shakespeares ahead of a full-scale review to take place this summer.
Hogan Lovells has won Project Finance magazine’s Middle Eastern Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2013 award.
Stephenson Harwood has secured judgment in favour of the state-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) after a 10-year dispute in London with IPCO.
Atlanta and Washington DC-based US firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan is entering the UK market through a merger with London commodities boutique Arbis.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) will hold on to its contract to run Thames Water’s legal function until 2018, the firm announced today.
As of February 2014, amendments to the Gas Market Act have become applicable in Croatia. The act defines the new role of a wholesale supplier of natural gas.
DLA Piper has released Issue 15 of its Real Estate Gazette, which focuses on the topic of sustainability.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Foster Wheeler on its agreement to acquire MDM Engineering Group.
Stephenson Harwood has triumphed against Weightmans in batting a $152m fight between two Nigerian energy giants over an arbitration award out of the British legal system.
Scottish Power’s Glaswegian head of legal Marion Venman is driving an international agenda of integration, with language lessons at its core
BDK has extensive experience in the M&A sector in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina, both in the context of privatisation and private transactions.
BDK is a market leader in the field of energy and natural resources, having advised on the most prominent transactions in the region in various contexts.
Damages for non-acceptance of goods not covered by exclusion clause covering ‘loss of profits’ download
Where parties to a contract wish to exclude claims for damages under s50 Sale of Goods Act 1979, said contract must contain clear and specific wording to that effect.
The last Singapore-based partner of Australian firm Allens, Marae Ciantar, has joined local firm Rajah & Tann to head its energy and resource practice.
Minter Ellison is one of five international law firms named as winners of a China Business Law 2013 award for energy, projects and infrastructure.
The Court of Appeal case of RWE Npower Renewables Ltd v J N Bentley Ltd acts as a reminder to draftsman not to place too much reliance on these clauses.
We asked people across the European real-estate industry a series of questions about trends in sustainability, green certification and documentation.
CMS is launching its second Middle Eastern office in Oman following its September 2012 launch in Dubai.
Schoenherr’s regulatory expertise and longstanding experience is recognised as the standard bearer for regulatory-related advice.
Our core practice is advising and representing clients on transactions and complex corporate and commercial matters.
Latest update on the European Commission’s investigation into possible state aid for the Hinkley point nuclear new-build project download
The European Commission has decided to investigate alleged state aid by the UK into the nuclear new-build project at Hinkley point in Somerset. How has the UK responded?
DLA Piper has acted for Nord LB on the financing of Lilbourne wind farm, developed by Energiekontor.
This issue looks at some of the issues that will be prominent in the emerging financial environment and the developing products that are arising in the post recessionary global economy
Avoiding multimillion-dollar liability for de facto partnership breach under Texas law — one useful tip download
After a lengthy trial, a Dallas jury has found that a de facto partnership existed between Energy Transfers Partners and Enterprise Products Partners.
Wierzbowski Eversheds has signed an agreement to provide ongoing legal services to EDF Polska. The agreement is for three years.
Linklaters’ South African ally Webber Wentzel has made a raft of partner hires to strengthen its oil and gas team, picking up lawyers including Bond Dickinson partner Kenny Paton.
Stephenson Harwood has advised Soma Oil & Gas Holdings on an equity investment of $50m from private equity investment company Winter Sky.
The energy sector will play a leading role in the global M&A revival, according to wide-ranging research carried out by Hogan Lovells.
Another judicial challenge has resulted in the Outer House requiring to consider and rule on the very same point of law considered in the Shetland case.
Allen & Overy is to hold a debate and reception to celebrate the launch of the book Gas Price Arbitrations edited by Mark Levy, a partner in the firm’s arbitration group.
Minter Ellison’s international managing partner, Mark Green, has been elected chairman of the Australia-Mongolia Business Council.
NCTM have advised Tamini, a manufacturer of transformers for electrical networks, on the sale of its entire share capital to Terna Plus.
Shoosmiths considers exclusion clauses in sale-of-goods contracts in light of the recent Commercial Court decision of Glencore Energy Ltd v Cirrus Oil Services.
Mark Jones and David Moss of Hogan Lovells have commented following the publication of Sir Ian Wood’s ‘UKCS Maximising Recovery’ report.
Three partners from Covington & Burling, Jones Day and Shearman & Sterling are to join Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s London arbitration chief Constantine Partasides QC and ex-partner Jan Paulsson to launch an arbitration boutique.
Jason Lovell, an oil and gas expert at Eversheds, has said that the UK government needs to ‘equip the Department of Energy & Climate Change with the tools it needs’.
Phillip Tunney of Eversheds has commented on the importance of protecting IP for those in the chemical industry who are involved in collaborative R&D.
Video: Pillsbury 2013 highlight reel — achievements in the energy, financial services, real estate and technology sectors
Pillsbury has produced a three-minute video update featuring its most noteworthy engagements and achievements from 2013.
Allen & Gledhill has become the latest Singapore firm to establish a presence in Myanmar, after launching an associate firm in Yangon.
Clifford Chance, Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom and Australian firm Gilbert + Tobin have taken lead roles in Shell’s $2.6bn deal to offload its Australia downstream business to Vitol.
Eversheds partner Alison Oldfield has commented on the legal process of evicting protesters, after an application to evict protesters was adjourned for two weeks.
Mexico has recently adopted amendments to the Mexican Constitution that will profoundly change all aspects of the electric power sector in Mexico.
Hogan Lovells has advised Kuwait Petroleum International on the Italian Shell acquisition.
Following the completion of recent negotiations between Iran and the P5+1, an interim deal relating to sanctions against Iran was reached on 24 November 2013.
Shoosmiths has advised Singapore-based Freight Investor Services on the strategic sale of a majority shareholding in Cleartrade Exchange to European Energy Exchange.
Allen & Overy has advised the shareholders of Entelios on the sale of all shares to EnerNOC, a NASDAQ-listed provider of energy intelligence.
Stephenson Harwood has advised three separate companies on their recent secondary fundraisings, raising more than £60m in aggregate.
Norton Rose Fulbright is set to open its third Latin American base in Rio de Janeiro with the hire of a senior in-house lawyer from BP.
Minerals Matters — winter 2014 download
This issue contains articles relating to human rights in the mining industry, data protection issues, the ability to remove squatters and the crackdown on bribery and corruption.
The amount of capital funding an HEI receives from the Higher Education Funding Council for England depends on how much that HEI has reduced its carbon emissions.
Memery Crystal was named Dispute Resolution Team of the Year at the 2014 Legal Business Awards for its litigation success on behalf of Gulf Keystone Petroleum.
Shearman & Sterling has hired partner George Borovas in Tokyo from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman to launch its global nuclear power practice.
The government’s announcement in December 2013 that subsidies for solar energy are to decrease may have an impact on investment trends in the renewables market.
Allen & Overy partner Jeffrey Sullivan will be speaking at the International Energy Arbitration conference, which will take place on 20–21 February in Houston, Texas.
Members of 7KBW have featured on both sides of the dispute in Glencore Energy UK Ltd v Cirrus Oil Services Ltd  EWHC 87 (Comm).
This alert provides a preliminary assessment of the cybersecurity EO and observations that may be helpful in considering how new standards may affect your company.
The Crown Estate has launched a panel review of its rural roster which currently features Burges Salmon and Clarke Willmott.
The European Commission has announced that it intends to open a detailed investigation into possible state aid for the Hinkley point nuclear new-build project.
In this update, Stephenson Harwood highlights a number of issues that a developer should be aware of when a substation is required.
Welcome to Taylor Wessing’s analysis of clean energy investment activity in the fourth quarter of 2013.
JPM advises on the most significant and complex transactions in the gas and oil sector being realised in the Republic of Serbia.
JPM advises on all aspects of individual employment issues, as well as on collective bargaining agreements, redundancy plans and social and restructuring programmes.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed Sean Angle as a corporate and projects partner in its Dubai office. He joins the law firm from DLA Piper Middle East.
The European Commission has published the EU’s ‘2030 Framework for Climate and Energy’, setting out targets for greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change recently announced further revisions to the Consumer Credit Act 1974, as applicable to Green Deal plans.
DLA Piper has advised Bristow Helicopters on its acquisition of a 60 per cent interest in the privately owned Eastern Airways International.
Lafarge Tarmac has appointed Fiona Penhallurick as its new general counsel and company secretary, following the departure of its former legal head to Travis Perkins last month.
EU consultation: revision of state aid rules relating to public intervention in the energy market download
The guidelines will have a significant impact upon shaping energy regimes and their attractiveness to both industry and investors.
Royal Dutch Shell has appointed Donny Ching as its new legal director with immediate effect.
Ince & Co Singapore has represented Oro Negro in its international bond issuance, an offering of $725m notes due 2019. The transaction closed on 24 January 2014.
Allen & Overy has advised Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy Power Company and its sponsors in connection with the $1.02bn 410MW Xe-Pian and Xe-Namnoy cross-border hydropower project.
An emissions trading system (ETS) exists within the European Union, established by Directive 2003/87/EC.
A number of Hogan Lovells partners have been listed as All-Stars in the 2014 BTI Client Services All-Star report.
Royal Dutch Shell has handed interim responsibility of its legal function to its human resources and corporate officer Hugh Mitchell.
Building your business: a practical guide to international construction, engineering and infrastructure projects download
Taylor Wessing discusses the legal, technical and commercial issues of which you need to be aware when embarking on a project in some of the world’s largest construction markets.
Stay up to date with export controls download
Numerous recent developments in export controls highlight the importance of staying up to date from both a reputational and regulatory perspective.
Lisa Tye and Kathryn Jump have joined Shoosmiths’ Manchester office, where they will be working alongside Melaine Grimshaw and Marcus Woody.
In this update, Ince & Co sets out the latest developments regarding the EU sanctions against Iran.
Conyers has acted for Compañía Española de Petróleos (CEPSA) and Strategic Resources (Global) (SRG) in connection with their acquisition of Coastal Energy Company.
NCTM has represented the management of Gas Energia Pluriservizi in the acquisition of 100 per cent of outstanding shares of the company.
In the five years following the introduction of competition into retail energy markets in 1999, the number of energy suppliers fell from 15 to six.
NCTM Studio Legale Associato has been chosen as the winner of the ‘Prize for Innovation’ award at the Legalcommunity 2014 Energy Awards.
Ogier has advised Infinity Cross Border Acquisition Corporation on the BVI legal aspects of its proposed business combination transaction with Glori Energy.
The DC Circuit has upheld the FAA’s 2012 determination of no hazard, clearing the construction of the 130-wind turbine Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.
This client alert provides an overview of some of the key developments in the natural gas sector in Tanzania.
Hogan Lovells has outlined the impact of this development on US companies and on foreign companies that are not ultimately owned or controlled by US persons/entities.
Hogan Lovells has advised EDF in relation to its 100-year bond issue in pound sterling, which enabled EDF to raise £1.35bn.
Nuclear energy policy update: key recommendations from the Conference on Nuclear Third-Party Liability and Insurance download
The Conference on Nuclear Third Party Liability and Insurance took place on 20–21 January 2014.
The investment landscape in Africa has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Not only have the demographics of the continent altered, but so has its constitution.
Hogan Lovells has announced that Bruce Oakley, a partner in the litigation practice, was recently named managing partner of the firm’s Houston office.
Taylor Wessing has advised HSH Nordbank in connection with the financing of three wind parks located in Burgundy, France, consisting of 13 wind turbines.
Allen & Overy’s Jeffrey Sullivan is speaking at the Energy Charter Treaty Conference, ‘20 Years of the Energy Charter Treaty’, on 7 March in Paris.
In this update, Walker Morris sets out the latest developments regarding the EU sanctions against Iran.
On 20 January 2014, the US Treasury and state departments took steps to implement temporary and limited changes to US sanctions policy for Iran.
NCTM has acted as legal adviser to Gruppo Green Power, an Italian company in the renewable energy sector, in its listing on AIM Italia.
On 12 January 2014, the ban on the export of unprocessed mineral ores came into effect in Indonesia.
Shoosmiths takes a look at the changes that anyone working in real estate can expect to see in 2014.
Western oil majors have worked hard to get their foot back into the door of the petroleum sector in the Middle East. But now this is set to change.
Tax support for the UK onshore shale gas industry: an innovative approach to an unconventional fuel reserve download
The government is ambitious to support industry in its exploitation of shale gas as a new source of energy supply.
Reed Smith has become the latest international firm to open an office in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
Mayer Brown is advising on the $1.2bn restructuring and $133m sale of ATP Oil & Gas UK to Alpha Petroleum, the UK subsidiary of private equity house Petroleum Equity.
Oil giant likely to look within for replacement law boss after Rees walkout shocker
According to KPMG, today’s energy and natural resources organisations may be unprepared to meet the ever-growing array of risks now present in the market.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Premier Oil on the establishment of its £500m euro medium-term note programme.
Appleby has advised China Hydroelectric Corporation in its merger with CPT Wyndham Holdings and CPT Wyndham Holding Sub.
Dentons has advised French energy giant Total on becoming the first oil company to invest in Britain’s nascent shale sector.
The government will double the amount of tax that local councils in England can retain which is raised from shale gas sites.
On 2 January 2014, FERC and CFTC signed two MoUs, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Nabarro has released its Real Estate Newletter for January 2014, which includes articles on the ‘Green Deal’ and capital gains tax for non-UK resident investors.
Elizabeth Shepherd, renewable energy expert at Eversheds, has commented on the UK government’s latest announcement on shale gas incentives.
Mills & Reeve has acted for Low Carbon Innovation Fund on a series of investments totalling approximately £12.5m in just nine months.
The close of last year saw the commencement date for section 122 of the Localism Act 2011.
BCIPA does apply to construction work on a mining lease — J&D Rigging Pty Ltd v Agripower Australia Ltd download
Once again, contractors can use the BCIPA process to seek payment for work done on a mining lease.
Shell legal director Peter Rees QC has left the oil giant, just three years after joining the company.
Several legal novelties have come into force in Croatia. The most important is the new law on oil and the oil derivatives market.
Italy energy update — January 2014 download
On 24 December, 2013, the Decree n. 145, which provides for a package of measures aimed at the economic development known as ‘Destination Italy Plan’ entered into force.
Mourant Ozannes has acted for Premier Oil, a FTSE 250-listed international oil and gas exploration and production company, on the Jersey aspects of its recent fundraisings.
Allen & Overy has advised NEXI and a syndicate of commercial banks on the $1.43bn debt financing of the Az Zour North IWPP.
The Health and Safety Executive is consulting on changes to legislation concerning the storage of petrol with the aim of simplifying and modernising it.
There was little mention made in the autumn statement of the CRC scheme, but the government did announce that it would introduce a CCA for the data centre sector by the end of 2013.
Gowlings former head of energy and infrastructure David Shasha has joined Watson, Farley & Williams as a senior consultant to its London office.
Ince & Co’s London corporate energy team has advised Houston-based Newpark Resources on its acquisition of Oxfordshire-based Terrafirma Roadways.
Conyers has advised Headland Capital and CHAMP Private Equity on the $500m privatisation of Miclyn Express Offshore (MIO) from the Australian Stock Exchange.
Clifford Chance has been criticised for producing “voluminous and interminable” correspondence which was “in some circumstances highly aggressive and in others unacceptable” in the failed $1.6bn oil case for client Excalibur.
Eversheds has advised Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority on a 30-year waste treatment PPP contract worth more than £1bn.
Former Dewey & LeBoeuf chairman Steve Davis has won a new job, as chief legal adviser to the United Arab Emirate Ras al Khaimah.
DLA Piper has been recommended as a leading law firm in various practice areas by ‘50 Leading Law Firms in Ukraine 2013’.
DLA Piper has served as sole international counsel on the $1.1bn (£667m) offering by Power Grid Corporation of India, the largest power transmission company in India.
Senate finance committee chairman Max Baucus has issued a sweeping energy tax reform proposal.
Hogan Lovells has advised the Shah Deniz Consortium as project counsel for the Stage 2 development of the Shah Deniz gas field in the Caspian Sea.
Hogan Lovells has advised Japanese companies Mitsubishi Corporation and GS Yuasa International on the formation of a joint venture with Robert Bosch.
This autumn, the people of Australia elected a new federal government, presenting a number of potential opportunities for investor-state arbitration in Australia.
The treasurer has announced his conditional approval of a $7.5bn foreign investment application from State Grid Corporation of China.
King & Wood Mallesons has expanded its Western Australia practice with the appointment of energy and resources partner Shaun McRobert.
The energy reform proposed by Mexico’s Peña Nieto administration has been approved by the Mexican Congress and by a majority of the Mexican state legislatures.
Michelle T Davies, head of Eversheds’ clean energy and sustainability team, has been named as one of the most influential people in the wind energy industry for the second year running.
The High Court has confirmed that the NPPF did not change substance of planning policy and clarifies what information must be advertised for EIA.
With the Autumn Statement confirming plans that could make the UK tax regime for shale gas the most competitive in Europe, the spotlight is again on this hotly debated topic.
CRC was first put into operation in the UK on 1 April 2010. It is a mandatory scheme, aimed at large public and private sector organisations.
Hogan Lovells has advised the Alstom-Drax-BOC consortium, Capture Power, on the FEED contract awarded to the White Rose carbon capture and storage project.
Hogan Lovells has advised MOL Group on its agreement to acquire the entire issued share capital of Wintershall (UK North Sea) for a base consideration of $375m.
The government has announced a series of measures designed to reduce consumers’ energy bills. These include streamlining the Green Deal and some changes to ECO.
Further to Walker Morris’s Energy Update last month, there have been a number of recent announcements worthy of note.
On 4 December 2013, the government published the latest version of the National Infrastructure Plan, which was referred to by the chancellor in his Autumn Statement the following day.
Commercial common sense has prevailed after a long trial of Excalibur’s opportunistic claims against Gulf Keystone, with the Commercial Court dismissing all claims against Gulf Keystone.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK government initiative to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from organisations meeting certain qualification criteria.
King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin (KWMSJB) has extended its footprint in the Middle East, through an exclusive association with the Law Office of Majed Almarshad in Riyadh.
Justice Greenwood has dismissed allegations that Cement Australia (Queensland) Propriety and Pozzolanic Enterprises Propriety had misused their market power in acquiring flyash.
George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement that the government will introduce a climate change agreement for the UK data centre sector by the end of 2013.
In order to encourage investment in low-carbon technologies and reduce the UK’s carbon emissions, the government is aware of the need to provide predictable revenue streams to investors.
Australia treasurer Joe Hockey has announced the removal of foreign investment conditions placed on Yanzhou in relation to its holding in Yancoal.
Cross-border investment and M&A between China and Europe in the clean energy sector was quiet in 2013.
The High Court has issued a stinging judgment against Clifford Chance client Excalibur, ordering it to to surrender the £17.5m it put up as security for costs to its courtroom opponents, Texas Keystone and Gulf Keystone, as an interim payment.
Eversheds has advised Southwark council on London’s first district heating system, harnessing energy from waste, to heat 2,500 homes.
Over the last few years, major power projects such as offshore wind and nuclear new build have increasingly been procured on a multi-contract basis. With this in mind, here are ten things that a developer should be aware of when drafting and negotiating contracts for a multi-contract project.
CMS Cameron McKenna and Dundas & Wilson partners have said yes to a £277m-tie-up that will go live in May 2014.
DLA Piper has advised BTG Pactual as arranger and placement agent of a $132.8m project bond offering by Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten.
A KPMG survey indicates that while many large companies acknowledge corporate responsibility risks, their executives are not incentivised to manage these effectively.
Nabarro has advised on Jordans first utility-scale onshore wind farm amid growing demand for energy in the region.
Autumn Statement 2013 download
Following the release of the Autumn Statement, Taylor Wessing has summarised some of the main announcements.
Eversheds has commented following the UK chancellor’s announcement in the Autumn Statement on further tax incentives for shale gas investments.
Conyers has advised BW LPG on the Bermuda law aspects of its initial public offering and listing on the Oslo Stock Exchange in November 2013.
Martin Carter from Kings Chambers has defended the refusal of planning permission for a six-turbine wind farm.
Water and sewerage regulator Ofwat is holding interviews this week for its newly created general counsel role.
While this agreement is undoubtedly an historic diplomatic coup for the western diplomacy, the interim Geneva deal remains limited.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is a UK government initiative to reduce CO2 emissions from organisations meeting certain qualification criteria.
The government has announced a series of measures designed to reduce energy bills.
Co-head of Pillsbury’s energy industry team, Robert A James, authored this chapter in the publication The Oil and Gas Law Review.
Dentons has added two new partners to its Paris energy team to focus the firm on growing its Francophone Africa energy strategy.
Hogan Lovells has advised EDF in relation to the issue of green bonds for a total value of €1.4bn (£1.2bn) — the first green bond ever issued by a corporate.
Hogan Lovells has advised EDF in relation to the sale of its minority stake of 49 per cent in SSE to EPH.
King & Wood Mallesons has acted for a syndicate of five international and domestic banks on the $450m refinancing of Collgar Wind Farm.
The transitional arrangements that will apply once legislative amendments to the overlapping tenure framework are introduced in mid-2014 have been confirmed.
In today’s fast-moving commercial world where email negotiations abound, it is all too easy for parties to become inadvertently bound to unsuitable contracts.
Australia and New Zealand are ideally positioned to take advantage of the strong demand for energy from Asia.
What next for Iran and sanctions? download
Talks took place in Geneva between Iran and high level delegates from the US, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China, facilitated by the European Union.
Redefinition of the guaranteed minimum prices for electricity production plants up to 1MW powered by renewables sources download
An AEEG consultation document redefines the guaranteed minimum prices for electricity production plants up to 1MW powered by renewables sources.
This update outlines what has stayed the same under the limited merits review regime, what has changed and the developments during the SCER’s consultation on the NEL and NGL amendments.
DECC has issued a consultation seeking industry opinion on a tidy-up of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme on two issues.
Australian firm Minter Ellison has hired a partner each from US firm Winston & Strawn and Gide Loyrette Nouel to strengthen its Greater China capability.
The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has appointed a new general counsel and company secretary to replace outgoing Steven Phillips who retires this year.
Despite confusing media reports, the interim nuclear deal reached by Iran and the P5+1 would change very little in US and multilateral sanctions policy.
Recent changes on the renewable energy sector introduced under Royal Decree-Law 9/2013 of 12 July download
Royal Decree-Law 9/2013 adopting urgent measures in order to ensure financial stability of the electricity system was published in the Official Spanish Gazette in July.
Over recent weeks, the P5 1 have been engaged in discussions with Iran with the aim of reaching an agreement over Iran’s nuclear programme.
Dr Michael Krämer, senior associate and energy specialist at Taylor Wessing, Dubai, outlines where he sees opportunities for the solar sector in the UAE.
Walker Morris will be at the LGG Annual Governance Conference 2013, held at County Hall, London, on 26–28 November 2013.
As more details of the Contracts for Difference scheme become available, Walker Morris compares some of the key risks under each scheme.
There will be a period of time in which developers will have a choice of which scheme to seek support under.
On 5 November, the European Commission published a communication, ‘Delivering the internal electricity market and making the most of public intervention’.
DECC published two policy papers on 31 October 2013: its Annual Energy Statement 2013 and the Statutory Security of Supply Report 2013.
The Department of Energy & Climate Change has published a response to its consultation on the implementation of the Recast WEEE Directive 2012
Over 16 law firms are advising on the new Nine Elms regeneration area on the South Bank marking one of the biggest redevelopment projects to hit London in recent years.
Registration requirements for the initial phase — which runs from April 2014 to March 2019 — are different to those for the first phase of CRC.
Hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, to extract shale gas from deep rock formations, has recently been much in the news in Europe.
Hogan Lovells and South African law firm Routledge Modise have announced the approval of their respective partnerships to combine their firms.
Eversheds’ Michelle T Davies has been named as the sector’s Woman of the Year at the Middle East Solar Energy Association’s annual solar awards presentation.
2013 Warsaw Climate Change Conference: international negotiations seek to raise ambition to combat climate change download
International climate change negotiations are now under way at the 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw.
Mark Jones will be joining Hogan Lovells’ antitrust, competition and economic regulation (ACER) practice as a partner in the London office.
For the first time since the 2003 modernisation, the Italian Antitrust Authority puts under scrutiny vertical restraints.
New York insurers’ investments in firms engaged in Iranian energy sector activities treated as ‘nonadmitted’ download
New York has enacted Chapter 481 of the Laws of 2013, which adds a new section 1415 to the New York Insurance Law effective 11 February 2014.
According to statistics released by China’s Ministry of Commerce, Chinese outbound investment will continue its robust upward trend during the latter half of 2013.
On 8 November 2013, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s proposed new greenhouse gas permitting rules were published in the Texas Register.
Registration fees and levies under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 (Cth) (OPGGS Act) have recently undergone changes.
Partner Greg Hammond believes the deal brings potential gains for both parties.
Minter Ellison has continued to ‘reduce, recycle and reuse’ during the past 12 months, according to the Australian Legal Sector Alliance’s (AusLSA) 2012–13 report.
Allen & Overy partner Jeffrey Sullivan and counsel Prof Leigh Hancher are set to speak at the EUI Florence School of Regulation 2013 Forum.
Paul Wootton, head of energy at Eversheds, has commented following the publication of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook report.
Welcome to Taylor Wessing’s analysis of clean energy investment activity in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13).
KPMG Capital is an investment fund created to accelerate innovation in data and analytics that will help clients of member firms unlock tangible value of their big data.
Energy giant BG Group has cut its panel to three after dropping Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) from the roster.
Joe Hockey and Arthur Sinodinos have announced that the federal government will not proceed with a number of the 92 unlegislated tax and superannuation initiatives.
Baker Botts, Travers Smith and Maclay Murray & Spens have acted on GDF Suez’s recent entry into the UK onshore shale gas market.
Energy company KCA Deutag has appointed Pinsent Masons to its panel for employment and property across three jurisdictions in the first step of an ongoing panel review process.
The Leeds office of law firm Addleshaw Goddard has advised John Laing on a deal that will see a major onshore wind farm delivered.
Addleshaw Goddard has appointed energy, shipping and international trade expert Mike Melwood Smith as a consultant to the firm’s Singapore practice.
Dentons nuclear specialist Rupert Cowen has left the firm, with his destination yet unknown.
Hogan Lovells has recruited environmental, health and safety partner Louise Moore into its London environmental team.
Miloš Vuckovic, senior partner at Karanovic & Nikolic, has participated in the Third International Conference on Mineral Resources in the Republic of Serbia.
Bracewell & Giuliani has raided Clifford Chance for energy construction partner Tracy London, marking the US firm’s eighth partner hire this year in London.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) environmental partner Louise Moore has quit the firm to rejoin Hogan Lovells.
The 2014 edition of Chambers UK has recognised Pillsbury’s outsourcing and information technology practice and several partners.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2013 recently came into force with the intention of simplifying the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme.
Walker Morris and the Association for Public Service Excellence have developed a partnership to help APSE support its members in driving forward initiatives related to the renewables and energy agenda.
PwC is delighted to support this latest survey of corporate counsel on their experience of and views on international arbitration.
The UK is under pressure to harness more renewable energy. How does this interact with local planning considerations?
DLA Piper has boosted its Austria office with the hire of Nabucco International Gas Pipeline’s chief legal counsel Andreas Gunst.
DLA Piper has announced that Teri Donaldson has joined the firm’s litigation practice as a partner in the Houston office.
Changes to legislation aimed at providing incentives for hydrocarbon production at offshore deposits download
On 30 September 2013, Russia’s President signed into law Law No. 268-FZ, which amends the Tax Code, the Customs Duties Law and the Continental Shelf Law, with the aim of providing incentives for hydrocarbon production at subsoil sites.
Shell legal director Peter Rees is switching litigation control away from external counsel to a unified global team of in-housers
On 23 October 2013, the TCEQ voted to approve the publication of the proposed stationary-source greenhouse gas rules and to invite public comment.
DLA Piper has appointed energy lawyer Andreas Gunst as a partner in the finance and projects group and energy sector team.
Canadian firm Gowlings’ EMEA head of energy, infrastructure and mining David Shasha has left the firm (1 November).
Big data in the energy sector download
Structuring, storing and processing massive volumes of data is problematic.
The Africa renewable power story is continuing to gather pace, according to Eversheds partner Howard Barrie.
The ‘cut-off’ date for registering manorial rights has now passed.
Kevin Cooper and Estelle Pattard have relocated to Ince & Co’s Monaco office to meet the demands of shipping, yacht, offshore energy and international trade clients.
Western Australian Court takes a new, more commercial, approach to consequential loss exclusions download
The law surrounding consequential loss remains complex and unclear following a recent decision in the Western Australian Supreme Court.
Karanovic & Nikolic has participated at the World Services Group 2013 Energy Group Seminar.
Ince & Co recently represented Vitol Asia and Vitol SA before the Court of Appeal in the matter of the Crudesky.
On 15 October 2013, the recently elected federal government released a consultation paper and exposure draft legislation to repeal the carbon pricing mechanism.
The DMP has highlighted that it will focus on investigating serious incidents with a view to potential prosecutions and 10 key areas in the 2013–14 year.
Washington DC firm Patton Boggs is understood to be in merger talks with US firm Locke Lord.
Conyers Dill & Pearman provided Cayman Islands law advice to Kawa Capital Management in connection with its acquisition of certain units of Conergy.
David Kilduff of Walker Morris will be speaking at APSE’s lunchtime briefing session on the vision of municipalised energy.
Former minister for mines and petroleum, fisheries and electoral affairs The Hon Norman Moore has joined Minter Ellison as a consultant.
Many new developments include communal boiler systems or energy centres, which are used to supply hot water and/or electricity to individual homes.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Weatherford International, an oil and natural gas service company, on the sale of its 38.5 per cent equity interest in Borets International.
Update on electricity market reform download
In the next decade, a fifth of existing UK generating capacity will come offline. DECC estimates electricity demand growth of 30–100 per cent by 2050.
Litigation funder Vannin Capital has stepped up to fund a High Court battle between the owner of the largest oil and gas project in Azerbaijan and Credit Suisse International (CSI).
Michelle Davies of Eversheds, has commented following reports from the Climate Policy Initiative think tank showing global investment in renewables fell by one per cent last year.
The long-standing general counsel of French oil giant Total SA, Peter Herbel, is to retire in December with oilfield services heavyweight Maarten Scholten stepping into the role.
The Energy Bill will introduce contracts for different to replace renewable obligations certificates.
Cyber-security energy infrastructure download
Cyber security is increasingly becoming a key issue for those who own, manage and operate any sort of infrastructure.
Pillsbury today announced that Matthew Morrison has joined the firm’s Washington, DC office as a partner in the environment, land use and natural resources practice.
Hogan Lovells has hired partner Eduardo Ustaran to join its global privacy and information management practice.
Veton Qoku spoke at the Energy Market South East Europe conference, which was organised by Evroenergie and took place in Prishtina, Kosovo, on 10–11 October 2013.
Josip Marohnic, an attorney at law in co-operation with Karanovic & Nikolic, spoke at the sixth annual Balkan Energy Finance Forum in Zagreb on 16–17 October 2013.
Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Slaughter and May have taken lead roles on French Energy company EDF’s investment for Hinkley Point C nuclear project.
In this alert we highlight some of the key messages for business arising from the government’s proposals.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) is one of the eight key renewable energy technologies put forward by the government as part of the solution to create a clean, balanced UK energy mix
Lukasz Jankowski and Jakub Kasnowski joined Wierzbowski Eversheds in Poland in mid-October and are hoped to strengthen and develop the energy law practice.
Eversheds is advising the government of Uganda on the procurement of a lead investor and operator for the development and operation of the country’s first oil refinery.
Legal 500 UK 2013 has recommended Ince & Co as a top-tier law firm in shipping and corporate and commercial.
Shoosmiths has announced the appointment of Rory Tait as a partner to head its energy group.
The Energy Act 2011 could have far reaching implications for owners of commercial property.
Solar photovoltaic projects in China download
Although China has been initially slow in developing its own solar market, the start of 2010 saw the solar energy market start to gather momentum.
Taylor Wessing has announced the hire of Matthew Jones to its construction and engineering group.
Head of tax division
UK companies struggling with energy and emissions monitoring and reporting obligations should be aware that more obligations are coming.
Jason Lovell, partner and oil and gas expert at Eversheds, has responded to a report that the US shale gas revolution will see it become the world’s largest oil producer.
Jack Smyth of No5 Chambers has represented South Holland District in a recovered decision by the secretary of state.
The DoE has not issued a schedule indicating when funding will run out, but it seems clear that some programmes have far more limited ‘carryover’ funding than others.
Mills & Reeve publishes third edition of Farm Tenancies book.
The necessary wayleave regime is a procedure allowing a statutory undertaker to apply for a wayleave where there is a proposed new power line, or a landowner has served notice to remove an existing power line.
Our attorneys have advised all types of players on virtually all aspects pertaining to energy and natural resources.
DLA Piper has represented Miller Energy Resources Inc in the dismissal of two consolidated shareholder derivative suits.
11 KBW has secured an injunction for Covanta Energy preventing Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) from going ahead with a £1.2bn contract with rival waste management company SITA.
This financial institutions e-briefing from Eversheds includes an update on the Green Deal, revisions to the Land Registry’s practice guidelines and case law updates.
DLA Piper has advised ECT on its acquisition of Matrix, which provides energy management and energy efficiency services for commercial buildings.
KPMG hosted its third annual GCC energy conference titled ‘Unconventional — Shaping the Future of GCC Energy?’ on 1 October in Abu Dhabi.
The government has announced a £6m grant funding programme to help local authorities to develop new heating and cooling networks and expand existing networks.
The Eversheds infrastructure group comprises in excess of 150 lawyers across our international offices.
Walker Morris and accountancy network BDO will be hosting free seminars on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and heat networks.
Minter Ellison’s environment and planning team is renowned for its depth of expertise and comprehensive on-the-ground resources throughout Australia and in New Zealand.
Vodafone’s corporate and external affairs director Justine Campbell is leaving the company to take up the re-created GC role at British Gas.
Karanovic & Nikolic has released the September 2013 issue of its Regional Energy News publication.
On 2 May 2013, the Brussels Capital Region Parliament adopted the Brussels Code on Air, Climate and Energy Management.
Allen & Overy has advised Saudi Arabian solar company Sun & Life on the acquisition of the insolvent solar division of the Flabeg Group.
Pinsent Masons has scooped the mandate to be the sole legal provider for Eon over 40 other firms, taking on responsibility for the energy company’s day-to-day work on a fixed-fee basis.
Memery Crystal has improved on its rankings in the latest UK Legal 500, which was released on 26 September 2013.
Conyers has advised TEN on its public offering of up to $50m of 8–7/8 per cent Series C cumulative redeemable perpetual preferred shares.
The Queensland state government has given the green light for uranium mining tenure applications to be processed as early as July 2014.
The Gloucester Coal merger with Yancoal Australia — on which Minter Ellison advised — has been recognised as a deal of the year by China Law & Practice.
Sintons has been recognised by The Legal 500 for its excellence and in-depth expertise across a range of legal disciplines.
Shale gas extraction is the hot environmental issue of the moment, offering great opportunities but meeting stubborn opposition
Hogan Lovells has advised Barwa Bank on a $125m Islamic facility made available to Topaz Energy and Marine.
It is becoming more and more common to see solar panels on the roofs of houses and other buildings.
Dentons has launched its 79th office worldwide, relocating a team of lawyers from Dallas and Washington DC to open in Houston.
Helen G Cook, special legal consultant at Pillsbury, has written The Law of Nuclear Energy (First Edition).
DLA Piper advised a consortium of banks under the leadership of UniCredit Bank Austria on the funding of a hydroelectric power station in the Tyrolean valley Stanzertal.
Corporate and finance lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Finance Yorkshire on a loan with profit participation investment in Chameleon Technology.
Karanovic & Nikolic hosted a working breakfast focused on PPA and energy finance at its offices on Resavska 23 for financiers, regulators and industry figures.
DLA Piper has published its first Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy and Climate Change Group Legal Update.
Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has successfully defended a professional negligence claim in the High Court brought against it by energy investment company Petrocapital Resources over a share transaction.
This alert examines whether (and when) the new government can repeal the Clean Energy Act.
Stevan Dimitrijevic and Petar Mitrovic from Karanovic & Nikolic presented on energy financing at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Many countries hold emergency supplies of petroleum products that can be released onto the market in the event of supply disruptions.
Allen & Overy has advised CPI International Minerals on the conclusion of the mining convention for its world-scale alumina project in the Republic of Guinea.
The Commercial Court has given judgment in Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone & Ors, which concerns interests in four large oilfields in Iraqi Kurdistan.
President Enrique Peña Nieto has submitted a sweeping Energy Reform Bill (ERB) to Mexico’s Congress.
Another former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) big-hitter has arrived at a rival firm, with the former Managed Legal Services head Patrick Somers joining DLA Piper today.
Texas firm Andrews Kurth, one of the latest US oil and gas players to have targeted the UK market, has raided Chadbourne & Parke for a three-person arbitration team in London.
King & Spalding has made its sixth partner hire in Paris with the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner Mehdi Haroun, formerly head of the firm’s North Africa practice.
This 10-week consultation runs until 22 October 2013.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a former investor relations officer at First Solar, Inc with violating Regulation Fair Disclosure (Regulation FD).
It is a common feature with new developments that combined heat and power systems may be included.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Topaz Oil and Gas in connection with its sale by Renaissance Services to Interserve.
This update highlights key changes in the AER’s approach to determining the rate of return as proposed in the AER Draft Guideline
Shell UK, the British arm of Royal Dutch Shell Group, has completed a top-level reshuffle of its global legal team, naming Michael Coates as its new head of legal in the UK.
Allen & Overy has advised FMO on a $90m loan facility to China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings.
Tax incentives and the holding off of new exploration regulations mean fracking will soon get off the ground
DLA Piper has released the third edition of Renewable Energy in the Asia Pacific. This edition provides a comprehensive renewable energy profile for 15 countries across the region.
Allen & Overy has advised the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on the commercial agreements related to the development of Aura Solar I.
Allen & Overy has advised BNP Paribas, London branch, in relation to the Lighthouse Trade Finance transaction.
Appleby has acted as Bermuda and British Virgin Islands counsel for FMO on its participation in a syndicated loan of $90m to China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings.
Walker Morris will be attending and exhibiting at the 2013 APSE annual seminar and exhibition at St George’s Hall, Liverpool, on 4–5 September 2013.
Walker Morris lawyers have acted on behalf of FCC Environment UK in the Court of Appeal to defend a legal challenge to the planning permission for its EfW facility at Greatmoor.
In an effort to resolve an anticipated trade war, the EC has adopted a decision to accept a price undertaking proposed by China.
Defra has published its 2012–13 annual report on its Anaerobic Digestion Strategy and Action Plan.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has brought proceedings against three individuals under the Bribery Act 2010.
Pillsbury has been named by the Chevron Law Function as a recipient of its ninth annual Law Firm Diversity Recognition Award.
Stephenson Harwood has advised Soma on its agreement with the Somalian government to assist in the development of the country’s hydrocarbons sector.
The Queensland Supreme Court has ruled that mining leases are not ‘land’ for the purposes of section 10(1) of BCIPA.
Ince & Co has advised Golar on the completion of a floating storage and regasification unit time charter with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Jordan.
Welcome to Taylor Wessing’s analysis of European clean energy investment activity in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13).
Pillsbury’s Robert James shakes up accepted wisdom and puts to the torch a few cherished myths about the aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
Legal ease: sun and wind power download
Plans for renewable energy in the Middle East should provide considerable opportunities for private sector investment in the future.
Allen & Overy has advised Banco Santander, which acted as lead arranger of the €1.4bn project bond to finance the Castor underground gas storage facility in Spain.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has (almost) confirmed its plans for amendments to Part L of the Building Regulations (Conservation of Fuel and Power).
China, due in no small part to heavy demand from its massive manufacturing and textiles sectors, is home to the world’s largest and fastest–growing petrochemicals market.
Ince & Co has appointed lawyer Dimitris Seirinakis as a consultant based in the firm’s Shanghai office.
The new Brussels Air, Climate and Energy Code (the COBRACE) was published in the Belgian State Gazette on 21 May 2013.
The existing support for new large-scale renewable projects under the Renewables Obligation will be replaced by Feed-in Tariff contracts for difference.
The government has committed to issue Delivery Plans every five years under Electricity Market Reform.
The government continues to strengthen its policy on combined heat and power schemes in a persistent attempt to drive up efficiency.
On 19 July 2013, HM Treasury published a consultation on a new fiscal regime for shale gas.
UK government sets out its support for energy intensive businesses ahead of Electricity Market Reform
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has issued a consultation on the eligibility for exemptions for energy intensive industries from the costs of Contracts for Difference.
The UK remains proactive in the renewables sector illustrating a significant determination to meet the renewables targets.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change is currently consulting on proposals for a new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme.
Specialist waste lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Energos on a renewable energy project in Milton Keynes.
The London office of K&L Gates has made its second lateral partner hire in less than a month with the addition of energy disputes lawyer Mike Stewart from Pinsent Masons.
Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised The Parkmead Group plc (Parkmead), an independent oil and gas company, on its £14.5m takeover of Lochard Energy Group plc (Lochard).
On 27 June, governor Jerry Brown signed SB 73 into law as part of the state budget package. The bill established a Clean Energy Job Creation Fund.
In a near-record time from media statement to draft legislation, the Australian government has released draft bills to accelerate its policy of floating the carbon price.
The government is making available £20m of funding for ‘innovative and ambitious’ Green Deal projects put forward by local authorities.
The Serbian Ministry of Energy has finally adopted the official model PPA and preliminary PPA.
Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Star Energy Geothermal on the issue of $350m senior secured notes.
CBP publishes final rule to refuse importation or conditionally release consumer products and industrial equipment noncompliant with energy conservation or labelling standards download
On 5 July 2013, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule that amends the CBP regulations.
Our focus is on representation before courts and arbitration courts, enforcement of rulings, recovery of assets, alternative dispute resolution, intra-company investigations and defence of class actions.
Addleshaw Goddard has accelerated its investment in its London energy offering with two new partner appointments.
Setting the carbon price free download
Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd has announced that a Labor government will move towards an ETS for the financial year beginning 1 July 2014.
The DECC intends to expand the RHI to homeowners, private and social landlords, third-party owners of heating systems and people who build their own homes.
Partners from Shoosmiths were among the guests invited to the opening of the UK’s largest biorefinery.
As part of its push for energy efficiency, DECC has begun consultation on its proposals for new energy-saving assessments.
Sidley Austin has becoome the first firm to benefit from the imminent closure of Vinson & Elkins’ (V&E) Shanghai office, picking up energy partner Tju Liang Chua.
DLA Piper in Ukraine has been highly ranked in a number of sectors by legal magazine Gvardia.
Portuguese-led alliance Miranda has added its tenth African office, tying up with Cameroon’s Abeng Law Firm as it continues to expand across the continent.
The wider Gulf Cooperation Council region is getting more and more attention from the solar industry these days.
King & Wood Mallesons has advised a syndicate of banks providing project financing for the first stage of the development of the 113MW Boco Rock wind farm.
The Green Deal was launched on 28 January 2013.
We now look set to have a market for power that is fragmented along technological lines.
Nabarro has retained its role as lead adviser to UK Coal after the struggling company filed for administration, with administrators at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) turning to Addleshaw Goddard.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher has made its first Singapore partner lateral hire following obtaining a Qualifying Foreign Law Practice in the city state earlier this year.
KWM’s Hong Kong office has advised CAA Resources on its HK$487.5m IPO.
Hogan Lovells presents the first edition of its joint publication with Jakarta-based Hermawan Juniarto, entitled Doing Business in Indonesia.
We act for clients involved in power generation and transmission, gas transportation, electric and gas marketing, oil and gas exploration, production and refining, as well as for municipal interests, trade associations, and for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.
Should the government do more beyond its current precautionary approach to accelerate the commercial exploitation of shale gas reserves?
Ece Gürsoy, legal officer at solar power generator Lightsource, jumped ship from private practice in search of professional fulfilment – and found it
Pillsbury has advised on precedent-setting energy industry deals and projects in 75 countries worldwide.
The US District Court has vacated the SEC’s resource extraction rule.
Pillsbury’s business practices advise emerging, middle-market, institutional and multinational clients on all types of corporate, securities, finance and intellectual property transactions.
Ofgem has published its Electricity Capacity Assessment Report showing reduced margins in the middle of the decade and an increased risk of electricity customer disconnections.
DECC has released detailed design proposals for the Capacity Market together with a ‘strawman’ of the Capacity Market design.
A recent British Geological Survey report has heralded positive news for the UK shale gas industry.
Contracts for difference will replace the renewables obligation as the key support mechanism for low-carbon electricity generation.
President Barack Obama has announced Power Africa, a new initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa.
Covington & Burling has hired energy partners Ben Holland and Jeremy Wilson from CMS Cameron McKenna after an increase in instructions from energy clients in London and Washington.
Hogan Lovells has welcomed the UK government’s recent announcement on strike prices for renewables.
Dr George Pamboridis was the panel co-ordinator of the Ambassadors’ Debate at the 2nd Cyprus Natural Gas Conference on 20–21 June 2013.
Dr George Pamboridis was a speaker and discussion panellist at the 2nd Mare Forum Cyprus 2013 — Eastern Mediterranean Oil and Gas.
Large extractive industries and primary forest logging companies registered in the European Economic Area will soon have to disclose payments made to government entities anywhere in the world.
The charity Carbon Leapfrog, which works with a range of top 100 UK law firms on renewable energy projects, has spoken out against the British Government’s backing this week of the shale gas industry.
The notion of the state sharing production of oil and gas with companies as part of a commercial enterprise was first developed in Bolivia in the 1950s.
Houston firm Bracewell & Giuliani has appointed three energy partners to its London office, poaching associates from firms including Linklaters and Allen & Overy (A&O).
Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters are among at least eight law firms advising on the high-profile bidding to take Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) private.
Ofgem has set out its plans to create effective competition within the electricity wholesale market.
From June 2013 there will be increased compliance obligations for wind farms and other renewables generators.
Members of the CMS network and Loyens & Loeff have won roles advising on the first major continental European acquisition by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-Shing’s Cheung Kong Group.
In July 2012, the government consulted on proposals for a system of budget management in the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Ince & Co has advised Gunvor Singapore Pte Ltd on its $850m syndicated revolving credit facility.
In the construction industry, it is common for principals to appoint a third-party EPCM contractor to carry out engineering and procurement and to manage construction of major projects.
New developments in oil and gas download
From 2014 some areas selected for the annual Acreage Release will be considered through a competitive cash bidding process.
DLA Piper has represented Brisbane-based Bothar Boring & Tunnelling in a major investment into Australia’s LNG industry.
Hogan Lovells has been recommended by the Legal 500 US 2013 edition in 35 practice areas, including seven rankings in the Tier-1 category.
The government has released a response to its ‘Onshore wind: call for evidence’, which was published in September 2012.
A game changer for competitive M&A transactions? Federal Court passes judgment on bidding tactics download
Federal Court decision contains some important lessons for investment banks and private equity firms involved in competitive sale processes.
It has been anticipated that the EC will look to impose a substantial duty on all Chinese solar products imported into the EU.
An EPC is a contractual and funding mechanism that provides energy efficiency retrofit to a building to improve its energy performance while minimising risk to the building’s owner.
Significant opportunities exist for developers and financiers looking to participate in the modernisation of Mongolia’s energy sector.
Hogan Lovells has announced that it has been named in the National Law Journal’s 2013 Appellate Hot List.
DLA Piper has advised BP on the more than $2.4bn sale of its southern California refining and marketing business to Tesoro.
Project Finance Newswire — June 2013 download
The June 2013 edition of Chadbourne & Parke’s Project Finance Newswire is available now.
Chadbourne & Parke has represented Google in a $12m investment in the Jasper Power Project, a 96MW solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa.
The Gasfields Commission Queensland has been formally established by the government.
If the oil companies are found to have fixed prices, it won’t prove to be a rich seam for civil claimants
As head of legal, Jeremy Cross is guiding eco-energy specialist Anesco through its growing pains - and it is growing fast
No tie-up: Linklaters knows Canada is a different kettle of fish from SA and Oz
NCTM has assisted EEEF in the financial closing of a project with ISOM for a hospital energy-efficiency upgrade.
Chambers USA 2013 recognises Hogan Lovells’ practice areas and lawyers.
Addleshaw Goddard is increasing its capability across the Arabian Gulf and targeting further growth with the addition of a new office in Qatar.
DLA Piper has received 177 individual lawyer and 64 practice rankings in the latest annual Chambers USA.
Bring Your Own Device Guidance issued by ICO. Walker Morris continues to invest in specialist expertise with partner and director promotions
Linklaters has taken the lead role for Glencore Xstrata on its first post-merger bond issue, confirming the magic circle firm as the combined group’s primary adviser following the $64bn (£42bn) mining tie-up.
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.
xThe 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.
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.
While acknowledging the potential for work from Cyprus’s gas discovery, the republic’s ties to Greece are a big cause for concern
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 ...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.