Energy and environment



Magic circle duo lead on £2bn Vivo Energy IPO

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Clifford Chance have taken the lead roles on the stock market listing of Vivo Energy. Vivo provides energy across Africa, running nearly 2,000 Shell-branded service stations. Freshfields won the top role for the company, with a team led by London partners Julian Makin and Sam Newhouse. The pair are co-heads of […]

Shearman raids three firms for Houston launch

Shearman & Sterling has opened its second Texas office, bringing in six partners to Houston in a strategic bid to bolster its oil and gas transactions and projects work. Senior partner David Beveridge has been keen to cultivate Shearman’s corporate presence in the US since he took the role at at the beginning of March. […]

Nuclear power station

Four firms gain spots on Nuclear Decommissioning Authority panel

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has appointed Eversheds Sutherland, Linklaters, Pinsent Masons, and Gowling WLG to its reviewed legal panel, The Lawyer can reveal. All of the firms on the present lineup have advised the NDA on previous panels according to data from The Lawyer, except Gowling WLG, which is a new addition. The only firm […]


Eight firms win EDF panel spots as roster drops 50%

Energy company EDF Energy has completed its panel review, cutting its roster down by nearly 50 per cent to eight firms. Freshly-merged firms Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang are new additions to the panel, The Lawyer can reveal. When the wheels of the review were still in rotation, BCLP […]


Featured Briefings

Angola enacts Marginal Fields Decree

Presidential Legislative Decree 6/18, of 18 May 2018 (“PLD 6/18”) enacted the Marginal Fields Decree. Broadly speaking, Marginal Discovery is the discovery of one or more deposits which cannot be economically exploited under the current regulatory/fiscal and market conditions. The following are indicators that a deposit is marginal…

Serbia: Transfer of licences in the context of asset privatisations in the mining sector

The current Serbian privatisation framework was established in August 2014 through the adoption of a new privatisation law (“Privatisation Law”) and subsequent introduction of all relevant secondary legislation. Although the phase of the mandatory privatisation of the so­called socially-­owned companies (which comprised a special feature of the pre­privatisation system in Serbia) was finalised on 31 […]

Statutory incompatibility and village greens

Walker Morris’ Town and Village Green experts Andrew Beck and Erin Keating explain a recent case in which the Court of Appeal has re-examined, and provided further clarification on, the use of the statutory incompatibility argument as tool to defeat a Town or Village Green (TVG) application. In July 2016 Walker Morris reported on the decision of Lancashire […]

Recent unreported case provides three key points of clarity for environmental offences

In a recent unreported decision, the Courts gave some helpful guidance on the interpretation of the Environmental Offences Sentencing Guidelines (EOSG). The case concerned a discharge of sodium hydroxide solution into a river. As a result, around 30,000 fish were killed and the pollution negatively impacted the invertebrate community down the river for a distance […]

Tax changes proposed for oil and gas companies in the Dutch North Sea

The Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (hereinafter: ‘the Minister’) submitted a letter (in Dutch only) to Parliament on 30 May 2018 on the safety (risks) of natural gas production from the ‘small fields’ in the Netherlands in relation to the energy transition. In this letter, the Minister also announced his intention to change the current […]

Ukraine energy digest May 2018 in review

Ukraine’s State Service on Geology and Mineral Resources (“Derzhgeonadra”) has announced on its website plans to auction the rights to 40 new oil and gas fields. Specifically, the announcement relates to: (i) 22 promising offshore areas located on the shelf of the Black Sea or Azov Sea; (ii) the Chernytska Oil and Gas Field and […]

Dutch coal exit proposed by new draft bill

On 19 May 2018 the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (hereinafter: ‘the Minister’) published its draft bill (in Dutch only) on the Prohibition of the use of coal by power producers for public consultation (hereinafter: ‘the draft bill’). The basis of the draft bill derives from international (the Paris Agreement in 2015) and national (the […]

Angola: Natural gas legal framework

Presidential Legislative Decree 7/18, of 18 May 2018 (“PLD 7/18”) enacted the Angola Natural Gas Framework Law, which lays down the legal and tax principles applicable to the activities of prospecting, exploration, appraisal, development, production and sale of natural gas in Angola…

Can Islamic finance solve Kazakhstan renewable energy growth problems?

By Shaimerden Chikanayev So far, the largest wind and solar projects developed in Kazakhstan (eg the Yereymentau wind farm in north-central Kazakhstan and the Burnoye solar power plant in southern Kazakhstan) have been financed by Kazakh state companies and international development banks. One may argue that as long as commercial lenders and investors (ie lenders and institutional […]

Timor-Leste oil and gas: New maritime treaty with Australia

On 6 March 2017, in New York, delegations of both countries signed, before the United Nations’ Secretary-General and Portugal’s former Prime-Minister, António Guterres, the “Treaty Between the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and Australia Establishing Their Maritime Boundaries in the Timor Sea”. The new maritime boundaries between the two countries represent, after almost 50 years, Australian’s […]

Portugal: Exploitation of lithium

Lithium minerals have seen a rise in demand and price since 2011, which became even greater in 2016, and the expectation is that this rise will continue along with the growing demand for electric vehicles. Lithium supply security has become a top priority for technology companies in the United States and Asia and, worldwide, lithium […]

Angola: New rules for tenders in petroleum sector

Presidential Decree no. 86/18 was published on 2 April. This Presidential Decree approves the Rules and Procedures for Tenders to Acquire the status of Associate of the National Concessionaire and for Procurement of Goods and Services in the Petroleum Sector. Like Decree no. 48/06 of 1 September, which is now repealed, this new piece of […]

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