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.
Debevoise & Plimpton has advised EIG Global Energy Partners on its most recent flagship investment fund, EIG Energy Fund XVI.
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.
Ezra Borut, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, has been named recipient of Lawyers Alliance for New York’s 2013 Cornerstone Award.
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.
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.
Energy and resources industry group leader
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.
Debevoise & Plimpton has announced that Brandon C Gruner and Le V Lam have been named counsel to the firm effective 1 October 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.
DLA Piper’s Italian office has scooped a team of 20 lawyers for its Milan and Rome offices from defunct Italian domestic practice Grimaldi e Associati.
Paul Hastings has opened an office in Houston with the hire of three energy-focused transactional partners from leading local firms.
US aluminium group Alcoa has appointed Audrey Strauss as its new chief legal officer, succeeding retiring incumbent Kurt Waldo.
Vinson & Elkins and Brazilian law firm Machado, Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados have advised Sinopec on acquiring a 30 per cent stake in the Brazilian unit of Portuguese oil company Galp Energia for $5.16bn (£3.24bn).
French energy giant EDF has appointed Eric Thomas as its new group general counsel.
A raft of firms won roles advising on the establishment of a UK start-up designed to produce energy from organic waste.
Clifford Chance and Lawrence Graham (LG) have won roles advising on Royal Dutch Shell’s £992m bid for Africa-focused oil and gas group Cove Energy.
SNR Denton will launch a New Orleans office on 1 March, with the new base focusing on energy-related work.
Leading energy practitioners give their thoughts on the post-Fukushima nuclear landscape as well as shale gas, renewables and solar feed-in tariffs
SJ Berwin is set to make a further addition to its energy and infrastructure practice with the hire of Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) partner Stuart Jordan.
Ashurst is set to lose heavyweight City projects partner John Inglis to Shearman & Sterling in a move by the US firm to bolster its energy and resources practice.
DLA Piper has hired a five-partner energy team from Hogan Lovells in the US.
SJ Berwin has moved to bolster its energy practice with the hire of a senior City lawyer from Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) as part of the recruitment of four partners across Europe.
Leeds firm Walker Morris has appointed former Eversheds partner Stephen Cirell as a consultant to its renewables, energy and resources team.
Bennett Jones, Blake Cassels & Graydon and Vinson & Elkins took leading roles on Sinopec’s £1.88bn takeover of Canada’s Daylight Energy.
Infrastructure and finance company GE has promoted Marianna Nitsch to the role of European general counsel for its Global Growth & Operations (GG&O) division.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has continued its recent London growth spurt with the hire of Stephenson Harwood energy partner Marc Hammerson.
Monckton Chambers’ Piers Gardner has won a victory for the now defunct oil giant Yukos after the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the Russian government had breached its rights.
The London office of Mayer Brown has advised on a $4.2bn merger that has created a new oil and gas vehicle for former BP chief executive Tony Hayward.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken top roles advising on an Arctic exploration deal between Russian state oil company Rosneft and ExxonMobil.
Ashurst energy partner Anthony Patten has left the firm to return to Australia, where he will join the Perth office of Allens Arthur Robinson (AAR).
Stephenson Harwood has scooped Weil Gotshal & Manges energy and renewables head Andrew McLean for its corporate practice.
Petronas Energy Trading, the European arm of the Malaysian energy giant’s gas trading business, has appointed its first in-house lawyer.
Herbert Smith has strengthened its London construction and engineering practice with the hire of partner James Bremen from King & Spalding.
Norwegian oil company Statoil has revamped its in-house team, appointing SEB Enskilda CEO Hans Henrik Klouman as overall legal head.
International law firm Fasken Martineau has boosted its banking and corporate practices with the hire of a partner each from King & Spalding and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher.
LG has won a bid to become foreign legal advisor to Naftogaz, Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company.
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) general counsel Randal Barker has resigned from his position as boardroom turmoil rages over the mining company’s corporate governance.
GDF Suez is set to appoint its first-ever global panel of external law firms, having chosen until now to instruct lawyers on an ad hoc basis for deals such as its £17bn venture with International Power earlier this year.
Magic circle rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters have maintained top spots on BP’s new UK legal panel, which was announced today after a six-month review.
Norton Rose has further strengthened its Australasian practice with the relocation of an energy, mining and projects partner from Brisbane to Tokyo.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has powered up its project finance and renewable energy practice in Los Angeles with the hire of six partners, five counsel and five associates from Chadbourne & Parke.
Reed Smith has continued to expand its London energy and natural resources practice with a hire from SNR Denton.
Clyde & Co’s energy group has won a major mandate after being appointed to advise Lukoil Mid-East in support of the development of its West Qurna-2 oilfield in Iraq.
Russian oil producer Lukoil has appointed a three-firm panel for its upstream Middle East subsidiary Lukoil Middle East after winning a contract to develop a major Iraqi oilfield.
King & Spalding has opened a base in Moscow after hiring a team of lawyers from Hogan Lovells and White & Case.
Ashurst and SNR Denton have advised on a £2bn tie-up between British Gas parent company Centrica Energy and Qatargas.
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is to launch an office in the US oil and gas capital Houston later this year with a partner from Vinson & Elkins, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal.
BP is forbidding the firms vying for places on its upcoming panel from working with other oil companies, with its final roster expected to be in place by the end of this month.
Latham & Watkins has appointed Baker Botts corporate partner Ryan Maierson to its recently opened energy industry practice in Houston.
White & Case has continued its London investment with the capture of Linklaters project finance partner Caroline Miller Smith.
US firm Mayer Brown and Canadian outfit Heenan Blaikie have been appointed to a panel advising the Afghanistan government on the development of its hugely lucrative mining industry, which is estimated to have a potential value of $3tr (£1.85tr).
Bird & Bird has hired corporate and energy partners Matt Bonass and Michael Rudd to its international energy and utilities sector group.
Slaughter and May partner Sarah Cardell is to leave the firm after being appointed legal chief of energy watchdog Ofgem.
Waste to Energy specialist Covanta Energy has appointed Kim Humphreys as legal counsel.
Linklaters and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have taken the lead roles on the £4bn sale of E.ON’s UK electricity distribution business to Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL).
Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker’s European projects head is leaving the firm to join the City office of US outfit Hunton & Williams.
Italian independent Pavia e Ansaldo has hired a team focusing on renewable energy, led by a former of counsel from Carnelutti.
The Iraqi oil industry has faced many challenges in recent years, but Greg Hammond says the prospects are fast improving.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has replaced Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as one of two corporate advisers to National Grid after the utility giant reduced its roster of legal advisers by a quarter following a panel review.
Former Christie’s general counsel Nick Deeming is set to join offshore drilling contractor Transocean in one of the highest-profile recent in-house moves, The Lawyer understands.
Nabarro has set up a northshoring arrangement that will see it manage all strategic, legal and claims work related to sick coalminers from its Sheffield office.
Reed Smith has hired project finance energy partner Stefan Schmitz for its London energy and natural resources practice.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Herbert Smith’s German alliance firm Gleiss Lutz have acted on EDF’s €4.7bn (£3.98bn) sale of its 45 per cent stake in German energy company Energie Baden-Württember (EnBW) to the State of Baden-Württemberg.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has continued its international expansion, doubling its Singapore office through the hire of a team from Holman Fenwick & Willan.
Canadian firm Gowlings has hired a Simmons & Simmons partner as it continues to expand in London.
Linklaters partner and former Asia managing partner Andrew Roberts has left the firm to join energy company Fontenergy as in-house counsel.
Howard Kennedy has advised brewer Adnams and sister company Adnams Bio Energy (ABE) on their partnership with British Gas to supply renewable energy to the National Grid.
Allen & Overy is to relocate London infrastructure partner Andrew Fraiser to its New York practice.
Canadian firm Gowlings has continued its energy-focused hiring spree in London with the addition of a former Norton Rose partner.
Royal Dutch Shell has appointed a new legal director to take over from incumbent Beat Hess, who retires in January 2011.
Maclay Murray & Spens corporate partner Robbie Brown has left the firm to take up an in-house role at global energy business Wood Group.
Canadian firm Gowlings has embarked on an expansion of its London energy practice with the hire of former British Energy Group general counsel Robert Armour.
Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has advised Kazakhstan’s JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production (KMG EP) on its acquisition of a 35 per cent stake in North Sea oil and gas fields from BG Group.
Renewable energy initiatives have come under threat in Europe as governments renege on incentive schemes. Simon Currie and Tim Baines examine the likely impact on existing and proposed green initiatives
Centrica has appointed David Isenegger as general counsel to its Centrica Energy division.
With the closure of coal-powered energy stations, the proposed private sector-funded nuclear alternatives will be vital to meet the UK’s needs. But as Hamish Lal reports, the builds could be seriously delayed due to a lack of clarity on the part of the Government
Allen & Overy has hired an energy partner for its Australian operation, the 19th partner for its fledgling offices in Perth and Sydney.
The London office of Hogan Lovells has suffered its first high-level departure since the 1 May merger of Hogan & Hartson and Lovells, with partner Garry Pegg set to join US firm King & Spalding.
Three former Hunton & Williams partners have returned to the firm from its US rival Paul Hastings.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed a senior energy partner from Allen & Overy into its finance practice.
Jones Day has brought in Herbert Smith partner Laurent Vandomme to head its Paris energy practice.
Royal Dutch Shell has reduced its roster of external advisers after completing a major panel review.
EDF Energy has begun the search for a new general counsel following the resignation of Jean MacDonald.
Centrica is set to launch a tender for its first-ever legal panel.
The nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has appointed a streamlined panel, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons usurping Herbert Smith and Norton Rose for places on the roster, which has an annual legal spend of between £3m and £4m.
Hammonds has advised one of the world’s largest smart-meter companies in securing a contract agreement with British Gas.
Norton Rose has continued to add to its Australian practice following its tie-up with Deacons with the relocation of its climate change head from London to Sydney in addition to a local hire.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Baker & McKenzie bagged leading roles in the state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp’s (CNOOC) $3.1bn (£2.1bn) investment in Argentinian oil producer Bridas.
Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons have taken leading roles on the merger of parts of existing Swedish and UK oil and gas entities to form a new listed company, EnQuest.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lovells and White & Case have advised on a major deal that is set to transform the German energy market.
Denton Wilde Sapte has hired two leading nuclear specialists from Hammonds who will bring with them tier 1 clients in the nuclear sector.
Addleshaw Goddard, Cuatrecasas, Herbert Smith, Salans and Uría Menéndez have won mandates on HgCapital’s latest renewable energy investments.
Ashurst has bulked up its global energy team with the hire of Centrica Energy’s general counsel Peter Roberts.
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has hired DLA Piper partner Neil Upton to run its UK energy practice.
With the principles of the Kyoto Protocol due to be renegotiated before the end of the year, lawyers are in the position of having to provide just-in-time advice.
Fasken Martineau has boosted its London office after completing the hire of an eight-strong projects team from Howard Kennedy.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Slaughter and May are advising as talks continue between Centrica and North Sea gas producer Venture Production.
Simmons & Simmons has won a key role advising Iberdrola on its bid for land at Sellafield, as the Spanish utility seeks to avoid being left out in the cold in the UK’s new civil nuclear energy race.
Linklaters disputes partner Mark Humphries is to leave the firm to launch his own litigation boutique in Bristol. The niche firm, which will be known as Mark Humphries, will also offer advocacy services. Humphries, who is acting for energy giant Centrica on its £182m claim against consultancy group Accenture, resigned from Linklaters in 2008 but has remained at the firm to complete ongoing work. The ...
Spain has led the way in renewable energy, but the financial crisis coupled with regulatory change is having an impact. Will Spain’s ‘green’ commitment hold firm? asks Luke McLeod-Roberts
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and Slaughter and May have been appointed to advise on talks between Centrica and North Sea gas producer Venture Production.
The EU and UK need to implement new legislation if they want the latest CO2 storage technology to be a success
Denton Wilde Sapte, Hammonds, Linklaters and Pinsent Masons are advising the four bidding consortia on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's (NDA) £17bn winding-down ...
Norton Rose has scooped the advisory role for a multimillion-pound tie-up between the UK's National Grid and Dutch electricity supplier TenneT.
Herbert Smith has reaped around £5m in legal fees for its first 12 months of advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the £48bn nuclear clean-up programme.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC), the commercial law firm, advised Atlas Copco, the Sweden-based international industrial company on their purchase of Dundee-based Kolfor Plant Ltd.
A merry-go-round in the retail and energy sectors is in full swing as DIY giant Focus Wickes loses its head of legal to Drax Power, to be replaced by an in-house lawyer from Boots.
Costs totalling some £3m have been awarded to Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and its barrister Lindsay Boswell QC in the longest energy case ever heard before the Technology and Construction Court.
DLA has had its role on the high-profile Dabhol power project arbitration terminated. It is understood DLA’s instruction from the Indian government was cancelled earlier this month following a change in government and the appointment of the new Indian Attorney General Milon Banerjee.
Keating Chambers and Seven Bedford Row have snapped up two magic circle lawyers, the latest in a string of defections from top City firms to the bar.
Herbert Smith has successfully closed Russia’s largest debt financing this year, despite the deal sailing perilously close to the rocks after two of the three book runners pulled out.
Oil giant Shell has drafted in a second law firm to help fight off a huge class action brought against it by swathes of investors.
Paul Weiss Rifkin Wharton & Garrison (John Lange) advised TCL Communications Technology Holdings on its acquisition of Alcatel’s mobile handset R&D, manufacture and distribution business. The joint venture established to carry out the acquisition is owned 55 per cent by TCL and 45 per cent by Alcatel.
UK’s Dragon LNG terminal to use project finance techniques to fund development. By Joanne O’Connor
Simmons & Simmons has lost a fifth partner in a month, with US-qualified Christopher Lewis quitting for Thacher Proffitt & Wood.
Penningtons is advising the President of Equatorial Guinea on a civil action arising from an alleged conspiracy to overthrow the government of the oil-rich African state.
Herbert Smith has gained a further foothold in the private equity arena after winning Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund as a new client.
A courtroom clash between the titans of the commercial bar, Lord Grabiner QC and Jonathan Sumption QC, has been called off following a late settlement deal in the six-year long Metro Trading dispute.
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Tyco’s streamlining should have DuPont smiling
Shearman & Sterling has emerged as the adviser to British Energy rebel shareholder Polygon Investments.
Martineau Johnson has scooped its first major instruction for National Grid Transco’s (NGT) gas business since its merger with energy group Lattice.
Where have the Dutch power merchants gone? Weero Koster reveals all
Embattled oil giant to hack £54m legal spend; blue-chip panel to be slashed to five
Energy giant BP has extended the review of its UK law firms to cover the company’s overseas legal advisers.
Linklaters beats Camerons to National Grid acquisition" /Linklaters has elbowed CMS Cameron McKenna aside to scoop the first major corporate job for National Grid Transco (NGT) since its 2002 merger with energy group Lattice.
The battle surrounding embattled Russian oil giant Yukos has escalated, with its core shareholders instructing lawyers to act against the Russian authorities should the company be forced into bankruptcy.
Morgan Cole’s beleaguered London office has been hit by another partner departure in the shape of energy partner Oliver Drennan. He is due to join Collyer-Bristow as a partner on 28 June and is the third energy lawyer to quit Morgan Cole this year. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 23 June
Texas-based law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has raided US rival King & Spalding for a team of 10 energy lawyers.
Texas-based law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has raided US rival King & Spalding for a team of 10 energy lawyers.
Morgan Cole’s beleaguered London office has been hit by another partner departure.
In Putin’s battle with the oligarchs, the rule of law is looking increasingly fragile. By Joanne O’Connor
Linklaters cements oil link" /Linklaters has forged closer ties with the Brazilian state oil company Petrobras after winning two giant cases relating to the world’s former largest oil and gas rig.
Western law firms in Qatar are continuing to expand as Simmons & Simmons takes on a partner from leading local firm Gebran Majdalany.
Western law firms in Qatar are continuing to expand after Simmons & Simmons has taken on a partner from leading local firm Gebran Majdalany.
The Canadian lawyer representing imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is lobbying the EU in his latest bid to win the release of his client.
The Kurdistan government has appointed Clyde & Co to act on all negotiations and contracts with foreign companies investing in the one relatively safe region of Iraq.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Don Guiney) is advising Barclays Capital and HSBC as lead arrangers on a €10bn (£6.78bn) covered bond programme for Northern Rock. Dundas & Wilson ...
The Canadian lawyer representing imprisoned Russian oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky is set to lobbying the European Union (EU) in his latest bid to win the release of his client.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has boosted its energy practice with the hire of John Cogan from King & Spalding. Cogan will join the firm as head of Akin Gump’s global energy transactions practice and will be based in London and Houston. The move follows the arrival in March of Vinson & Elkins energy partner Douglas Glass to Akin Gump’s London office, together with two members of his team.
Latham & Watkins’ London office has helped secure the future of Atlantic Electric & Gas after pushing through the company’s sale just hours after it was put into receivership.
Shell has drafted in Cravath Swaine & Moore to fight off claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) – although the firm helped write the report that led to the regulator’s probe in the first place.
Alstom general counsel Andrew Hibbert will leave the French industrial giant this July following a disagreement with chief financial officer Phillipe Jaffre over what should be disclosed in Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
Morgan Cole has reconfigured its London operation after a slew of defections over the past 12 months. The office, now headed by partners Stephen Room and Leon Golstein, will now focus purely on property and property litigation services for property, energy and investment clients. It will also offer mediation and dispute resolution under partner Phillip Howell-Richardson. Commercial and corporate advice ...
Morgan Cole has reconfigured its London operation after a slew of defections over the last 12 months.
Eversheds has been appointed to advise Qatar Shipping Company (QSC), the world’s leading transporter of liquified natural gas (LNG).
White & Case has landed its first ever deal for MMC Norilsk Nickel, acting on the Russian mining group’s surprise $1.16bn (£958.7bn) purchase of Anglo American’s stake in Gold Fields.
Mining company Xstrata’s massive growth has created some groundbreaking deals that have kept the small legal team busy. Joanne O’Connor reports
The flailing London office of Morgan Cole has been depleted further with the departures of two energy heavy-hitters to Charles Russell.
AES Drax Power, the UK subsidiary of US energy group AES Corporation, has lost its only in-house lawyer less than a year after he was appointed.
Cobbetts AIM team has embarked on a marketing tour of Russia in the wake of a series of successful deals for Russian client Highland Gold, one of the largest mining companies in the world.
He survived the takeover of his company and now he’s become invaluable. Husnara Begum meets Petro-Canada’s Sean Rush
The UK’s largest class action has been overshadowed by calls for the Government to sue 18 claimant law firms, which have been involved in the case against British Coal.
Martineau Johnson energy specialist Paul Brennan has quit the Birmingham firm to pursue interests outside the profession of the law.
Linklaters (Alejandro Ortiz, Vinay Samani) advised Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria as lead arranger on the establishment and update of the €5bn (£3.37bn) repackaging programme of Atlanteo Capital. It is the first programme arranged by a Spanish bank. Ogier & Le Masurier acted for the special purpose vehicle on aspects of Jersey law.
Scotland is in an enviable position to take advantage of renewable energies such as wave and wind power. Nick Atkins gives the lowdown
Ofgem, the energy regulator, has made its general counsel redundant and restructured its 20-strong legal team as part of its ongoing mission to cut costs.
Oil giant Shell has brought in Debevoise & Plimpton instead of its traditional litigation lawyers Cravath Swaine & Moore to fight off a multibillion-dollar claim over alleged overstatement of oil and gas reserves.
Linklaters secures wind farm instruction from RWE Innogy" /Linklaters has cemented its number one position with RWE Innogy, winning one of the company’s first sizeable deals since RWE acquired Innogy in 2002.
Oil and gas company Eni UK is lucky enough to have an in-house legal team capable of seeing it through some hairy times recently. Husnara Begum gives the lowdown
The latest settlement in litigation over California's energy crisis includes tens of millions of dollars in attorneys' fees. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer's office announced that Houston-based El Paso Corp agreed to a settlement worth $1.6bn (£98m) in payouts. It includes up to $60m (£36.7m) for attorneys' fees and expenses for 11 plaintiffs' firms. The firms that will collect a share of the fees include Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Kiesel Boucher & ...
Senior in-house banking lawyers have been overtaken for the first time by their counterparts in the energy and utilities sector as the holders of the most lucrative in-house jobs.A Europe-wide in-house counsel survey produced by recruitment firm Laurence Simons revealed that, in the UK, senior counsel (with between seven and 10 years' post-qualification experience) in the energy and utilities sector brought in an average salary of e142,000 (£98,700) a year, compared with ...
Clydes beats the City with Iraqi launch as it stakes key claim to lucrative post-war reconstruction
Russian oil company Lukoil is setting up its first ever legal panel to regularise its process of firm selection for global work and reduce rates.
Regional firm Bond Pearce has gained a foothold with US oil and gas corporation Amerada Hess after hiring a senior legal counsel from its UK subsidiary.
Troubled energy company brings in new blood to negotiate rescue package
Holman Fenwick & Willan has elected partners for its restructured management group. This follows the election of Greg Gray to the firm’s new position of managing partner. Hugh Livingstone now heads the shipping group, Noel Campbell the commercial practice group, former member of the House of Lords Robin Byron leads the trade and energy group, and Paul Wordley insurance, professional negligence and environmental litigation.
Enthusiastic one minute and prickly the next, Davies Arnold Cooper's Daniel Gowan doesn't like to talk about the past. Julia Cahill reports
When International Power set out to revamp its in-house legal team, general counsel Rosemary Cook was given the task of overseeing the project. Vanessa Pawsey reports
San Francisco firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is bulking up its Washington DC energy practice with the hire of a partner from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.
Specialisation pays off for planning and environment head Trinick as companies flock for advice
GE Frankona Reinsurance has selected its first formal set of panels for legal services.
Shearmans loses out as Clifford Chance keeps mandate; Cherie Booth QC drafted in
Energy regulator Ofgem has made a series of changes to its in-house team following the return of seconded partner Charles Bankes to Simmons & Simmons.
ABB Equity Ventures, Tomen and Forum groups sell majority shareholding in electricity generator Humber Power to buyers that include TotalFinaElf and Centrica.
Sellers advised by Taylor Joynson Garrett (Dominic FitzPatrick). Humber advised by Clifford Chance and Clyde & Co. Centrica advised by Ashurst Morris Crisp. Forum advised by Herbert Smith on tax. TotalFinaElf advised by Denton Wilde ...
Innogy Holdings has dispensed with the services of the in-house counsel at Yorkshire Electricity following its acquisition of parent company Yorkshire Power Group.
Masons has hired its first corporate partner in Scotland from leading Scottish firm Dickson Minto.
The Lattice group may not be a sexy little dotcom newco or as high-profile as the likes of Virgin, but this solid multi-business gas distribution company is more like a firm's best friend. Abigail Townnsend reports
Created from the demerger of National Power, International Power's legal team has experienced massive change. Mary Murphy talks to the head of the two legal departments
Despite Innogy Holdings undergoing rapid upheavels and diversification, it still relies most heavily on its in-house legal team over ny external firm. And to good effect. Julia Cahill reports
Greek electricity transmission system restructures in compliance with EU Directive. Public Power Corporation of Greece advised by Norton Rose (Richard Metcalf, assisted by Jonathan Evans and Ioanna Stephanaki), ESB International from Ireland and Greek consultants LDK, led by National Economic Research Associates (NERA).
Allen & Overy and Slaughter and May are drafting in litigation heavyweights as the collapsed deal between engineering companies Lincoln Electric and Charter teeters on the brink of court action.
International Power, the recently demerged arm of National Power (NP), has undertaken a major restructuring of its in-house legal department while appointing Clifford Chance as its principal corporate adviser.
In 1998, BP stamped its authority on the energy industry with its £67.7bn acquisition of US energy giant Amoco - believed at the time to be the largest ever takeover.
The next two years are crucial for Powergen. The gas and electricity giant is planning to purchase a major US utility and has set aside £3.1bn to do so.
Last month, British Energy breathed a sigh of relief when its five-month bid for Welsh utility Hydra's subsidiary Swalec, the south-west retail gas and electricity supplier, was cleared by the Department of Trade and Industry.
Fiona Callister meets Cameron McKenna enery partner Martin Stewart-Smith, who is looking forward to spending more time across the Atlantic when he joins US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Centrica, the largest gas supplier in the US, is not a company normally associated with rescuing broken-down vehicles.
Ryan Dunleavy talks to John Southworth, a man who is making the unusual move from in-house to join a law firm as head of Nabarro Nathanson's upstream oil and gas team
National Grid Group is already, without doubt, a formidable company. From its privatisation in 1990, the group went on to float on the stock exchange in 1995, placing it at the forefront of the UK's energy sector.
Aa global brands go, Shell is one of the most familiar. But its simplicity and immediacy belies a complex group structure spann ing oil and gas businesses in 130 countries around the world.