Energy and environment


Pinsents holds on to Eon work after sole provider review

Pinsent Masons will remain Eon’s sole UK legal provider until at least 2023 after the energy supplier renewed its five-year deal with the firm for a second time. This is the second prominent sole provider model that the firm has retained in 2018 following its March announcement that Balfour Beatty would be retaining its services […]


Ashurst hones in on project finance with White & Case hire

Ashurst has nabbed White & Case partner Matthew Wood for its Africa-specific project finance practice, ending his 16-year stint at the US firm. Wood has been drafted in by Ashurst to lead the firm’s operations in the region and will relocate from the UAE to the London office. He has spent his entire career at White & […]

Oil rig

Oil and gas giant Petrochina completes inaugural panel

Chinese oil and gas company PetroChina International and its London-based subsidiary Petroineos Trading have completed their first ever legal panel, with over ten firms making the cut. The new global full services panel spans Europe, Russia/CIS, Africa and China, and will cover the following specific areas: commodity trading; regulatory and compliance; shipping and shipping dispute resolution; corporate: midstream […]


Magic circle duo win panel places for National Grid spin-off

Six firms have won places on the inaugural roster of Cadent Gas, its first since the company was separated from National Grid in a £14bn deal. Cadent Gas was formed last year following the 2016 separation of National Grid’s gas business and sale to a consortium comprised of CIC and Macquarie. As a result, the […]

Hogan Lovells joins magic circle firm on £2bn energy project

Linklaters, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose Fulbright have sealed the construction of Triton Knoll, a major offshore wind farm which will provide 800,000 households with renewable energy. Led by projects partner Richard Coar and energy partner John Pickett, Linklaters acted for Triton Knoll on the project financing work. The pair were supported by counsel Andrew Penfold and […]


Sky HQ

Four things the Comcast deal tells us about City M&A

Over the weekend, nearly two years of tussling for UK media giant Sky came to an end when Comcast’s £30bn bid trumped 21st Century Fox.

But while magic circle firms maintain only they can act on big-ticket M&A, the variety of advisers on call was striking. Here’s what we learned.

Featured Briefings

Rules and weightings for 4th Dutch Offshore Wind tender (HKZ III&IV)

By Roland de Vlam, Redmar Damsma With the tender for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III & IV offshore wind sites in Q1 2019 rapidly approaching, potential contesters and other interested parties are awaiting the publication of the definitive version of the Ministerial Regulation holding the rules and weightings related to the tender procedure and criteria […]

Use of plastic in the food and drink industry

With the coming to prominence of environmental concerns around plastic – particularly single-use and difficult-to-recycle plastic – the food and drink sector is already being challenged to review its use of plastic. Further challenge is brought by a wave of regulation. Shortly after the European Commission proposed the introduction of a Single Use Plastic Directive, […]

The Oil & Gas Offshore Law: A Romanian Odyssey

Debate is raging about the Romanian “offshore” law setting out the legal framework for oil & gas exploration and production in the Black Sea offshore perimeters, fuelling political turmoil and deterring investment. After a failed attempt to pass the Offshore Law in summer, there are signs of much needed stability. In July 2018, the Romanian Parliament approved […]

Uzbekistan market – An insight

Uzbekistan has joined the Paris agreement on climate change. The signing ceremony took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York on 19 April 2017. On 27 September 2018, the Senate Oliy Majlis approved the law on ratification of the Paris agreement (Paris, 12 December 2015). The Paris agreement is a document adopted within […]

Government of Canada to apply federal carbon pricing system in 2019

By Liane Langstaff On October 23, 2018, the Government of Canada announced the next steps in its climate action plan and reaffirmed its commitment to apply a federal carbon pricing system (the “Federal Backstop”) in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in 2019. In so doing, the federal government has doubled down on imposing carbon pricing […]

Podcast – Battery storage

Welcome to Inspiratia’s latest webcast. This is the first in a new series looking at battery storage in partnership with the law firm Gowling WLG. I’m Alex Blackburn and I lead Inspiratia’s renewables coverage in London. For this episode I’m joined by Helen Emmerson, a partner in Gowling’s real estate team, and Roberto Castiglioni, a […]

Ukraine promotes construction of renewable energy facilities

On 4 September 2018, the Ukrainian parliament passed law No. 2517-VIII On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine On the Investment Attractiveness of the Construction of Renewable Energy Facilities (the “RE Law”), which simplifies the process of building renewable energy (“RE”) facilities. The RE Law was to come into force on 4 October 2018. […]

Mining Law- Portugal

By Manuel Protásio, Catarina Coimbra The Portuguese legal system is integrated in the civil/continental law system, which means that the majority of the legal provisions are comprised and enacted by statutes, written law being its primary source. The legal system is structured hierarchically and the Constitution is the leading legal instrument. The political bodies empowered to pass […]

Renewable energy projects – next destination for investments in Kazakhstan

Renewable energy development has recently become hot topic in Kazakhstan that is actively being discussed among market existing and potential participants, relevant state bodies including the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (the “MoE”), international development institutions and other stakeholders. In 2017, Kazakhstan has introduced auction mechanism for the selection of eligible RES […]

How to start investing in clean energy

By Nick Rains Since the withdrawal of subsidies from all solar projects built after March 2017, barely a day has gone by without new thought piece on where the next big investment opportunity will be within the clean energy sphere. Whilst the M&A market remains buoyant across clean energy technologies and funds are also keeping […]

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