Global changes are taking place in the way energy is created, stored and used, in buildings, transport and industry and in the home. The need to meet the projected rise in global demand for energy and natural resources, the legally binding targets to cut greenhouse gases, the transition to a low carbon economy, and the focus on sustainability and ensuring security of supply means that major investment is required in new technologies, exploration and energy infrastructure.

We've been working with energy companies, governments, NGOs and investors in the energy sector for over 50 years and we can help you navigate your way through this constantly changing industry.

From oilfields, gas transportation, mines, refineries, storage facilities, power stations, power transmission infrastructure and pipelines to hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking"), carbon capture, wind farms, biomass plants and solar PV systems, we understand the energy and natural resources markets and can offer expert advice on every aspect of these highly regulated industries.

A number of members of our energy team have worked for regulators too, giving us a better understanding of the approach and priorities of competition officials, policymakers and enforcers.

We will support your project from initial feasibility report to completion, management and decommissioning. Our proactive approach ensures you received tailored, constructive advice, enabling you to effectively manage the various risks associated with energy or natural resources projects.

Our expertise is demonstrated by the clients we act for. They include the likes of BP, British Pipeline Agency, ESBI, Gulfsands Petroleum, Idemitsu, InfraStrata, Interconnector (UK), JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Petroleum, National Grid, Perenco, President Energy, Southern Gas Networks, Trap Oil and Wales & West Utilities.

 

Notable deals / highlights

  • Advised LNG producer RasGas, a global energy supplier, on the implications of the EU regulation on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency.

  • Advised the UK Government on the sale of its stake in British Energy to EdF, including handling the complex state aid issues.

  • Acted for a cross-border interconnector joint venture on corporate and commercial matters, including structural issues arising from the Third Energy Package and the terms of its gas transportation agreements.

  • Advised Avocet Mining, the gold mining and exploration business, on its listing on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of £450m and the associated disposal of its South East Asian assets for $200m.

  • Advised BP Exploration on the sale of the largest onshore oil-field in Western Europe and the divestment of its southern North Sea      gas assets. These deals involved dealing with onshore and offshore pipeline assets, wells, terminals and processing plants, dealing with third party and regulatory consents, and planning and environmental matters.

  • Advising Trap Oil on its AIM listing and placing raising £60m with a market capitalisation on admission of £80 million. Trap Oil holds oil and gas licences in the UK’s North Sea.

  • Advised the SSE and SGN teams on protecting its gas and electricity infrastructure as part of a Transport and Works Act Order for the Northern Line Extension by TFL.

  • Advised JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production, one of the largest oil and gas producers in Kazakhstan, on a number of transactions including the acquisition of a 50% interest in Mangistau Investments for $330m with associated debt of $1.3 billion from the China Export-Import Bank, and the sale of its 49% indirect interest in JSC Karpovskiy Severniy, holder of an oil and gas exploration license in Kazakhstan, to MOL.

  • Advised ESBII UK  (a wholly owned subsidiary of the Electricity Supply Board  of the Republic of Ireland) on the real estate aspects of the disposal of its shareholding in Marchwood Power Limited to German firm Munich Re.

  • Advised Mitra Energy in relation to the issue of convertible bonds, raising US$40 million for the company. Mitra Energy is an independent oil and gas exploration company focusing on exploration assets in the Asia Pacific.

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