Energy and environment

Twelve firms on the radar in National Grid panel review

National Grid has launched its first panel review in four years with the energy provider seeking an “unparalleled” service from its prospective legal advisers. Any firms wishing to pitch for the work has until late March. Firms will be expected to cover at least 12 listed practices. The business last renewed its panel firms in […]

Nuclear power station

Clifford Chance among firms advising on halted nuclear project

Japanese firm Hitachi has suspended its £20bn nuclear power plant project in Anglesey, a construction deal that had been overseen by magic circle firm Clifford Chance and Burges Salmon. A Clifford Chance team led by partner Nigel Howorth, who works on areas including planning, energy and environment, was involved as an advisor to Horizon Nuclear […]


Dechert’s former Dubai co-head moves to new firm in London

Dechert’s former Dubai co-managing partner Gavin Watson has left the firm for Pillsbury, where he will work as a partner in its London office. Watson has relocated from the Middle East to London, with a focus on cross-border corporate transactions in the oil and gas space. He joined Dechert in 2012 from defunct firm Dewey & […]

Gowling WLG advises Alectra Utilities in the merger of two electricity distribution utilities

On Jan. 1, 2019, Alectra Utilities Corporation and Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. completed the merger of their two electricity distribution utilities. Alectra  is now the largest municipally-owned electric utility in Canada  by customer base, serving more than one million homes and businesses in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe area. Gowling WLG advised Alectra Utilities Corporation […]

Gowling WLG represents the Canadian Public Health Association in Saskatchewan climate change reference case

By Michael Finley, Jennifer L. King, Liane Langstaff Last week, the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), represented by environmental lawyers from Gowling WLG, successfully moved for intervenor status in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal reference case examining the constitutionality of the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act – one of the most important environmental and public […]


Centrica names new GC as longstanding chief retires

Centrica’s deputy general counsel Justine Campbell has been named as the company’s new legal head following the retirement of its longstanding chief Grant Dawson. Campbell joined Centrica in 2013 as general counsel of its British Gas business, before rising through the ranks to the role of Centrica’s general counsel for UK and Ireland and then […]

Schoenherr advises Wieland Ventures on acquisition of stake in UrbanGold

By Florian Kusznier, Helen Nassey Schoenherr has advised Wieland Ventures GmbH (Wieland) on the acquisition of a 22.1 % stake in UrbanGold GmbH (UrbanGold), an innovative start-up that developed a technology to recycle valuable metals from electrical and electronic waste. The terms and conditions of the transaction remain confidential. UrbanGold was founded in 2014 as a start-up […]

TLT advises Blackfinch and Santander on wind acquisition

By Gary Roscoe TLT has reunited with clean energy investor Blackfinch Investments and Santander to complete the acquisition and project funding for two additional onshore wind turbines. The turbines – each with a 500kW generation capacity and located near Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire – were acquired through Blackfinch’s renewable energy investment entity, Sedgwick Trading. The deal […]

Ogier advises Transocean in the acquisition of Ocean Rig UDW

By Bradley Kruger, Cynthia Anandajayasekeram, Ross Wilding Ogier has advised Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG) on the Cayman law aspects of its successful acquisition of Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) valued at approximately $2.7 billion, inclusive of Ocean Rig UDW Inc.’s net debt. The transaction completed on 5 December 2018. Transocean Ltd. is a leading international provider of […]

Ashurst and Freshfields face off in battle for British oil company

Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and K&L Gates are advising on the £608m hostile takeover offer of British oil and gas company Faroe Petroleum by a Norwegian rival. At the end of November, Norwegian company DNO ASA swooped in amid the slide in the price of oil to announce its firm intention to make an offer for Faroe Petroleum, […]

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