Expertise

Energy, Utilities & Projects

Our firm is a market leader in advising on energy and infrastructure transactions in Ireland.

Our market-leading team advises a wide range of clients in the energy sector, including utilities, investors, developers, financiers and regulators. With expertise in key areas of law such as energy regulation and markets, construction, planning and environmental, real estate, banking and corporate law, we are well positioned to provide clients with the most comprehensive suite of legal advice available to the Irish energy sector.

We have acted on the project finance, development or acquisition of electricity generation – both thermal and renewable – having cumulative generation capacity in excess of 1.5GW. This includes advising on the largest Irish energy transaction of recent years, Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners, on its acquisition of the renewable energy assets of Bord Gáis Éireann.

We have also advised on transactions involving electricity and natural gas network assets, and petroleum exploration and extraction. We advised the Commission for Energy Regulation and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation on the development of the all-island Single Electricity Market (SEM).

As a strong pipeline of private sector investment in Irish energy continues to deliver, we advise the majority of the leading banks advancing credit for the project financing of energy projects in Ireland.

Our Services

Our Energy & Projects team combines experience from across the Banking, Construction, Corporate, Real Estate, Planning, Competition/Regulatory and Procurement practices in the firm. We advise clients in the following areas:

  • project finance;
  • project permitting, procurement, construction and development;
  • real estate and planning;
  • electricity and gas market regulation, and energy procurement and supply;
  • project interaction with the Single Electricity Market (the all-island wholesale electricity market);
  • renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT) eligibility or alternatively, merchant generation opportunities;
  • competition law;
  • corporate mergers, acquisitions and due diligence;
  • dispute resolution; and
  • tax structures.

Recommendations

Chambers Europe, 2016

"Amongst the top energy firms" 

Legal 500, 2016

‘always provides clear and contextualised advice’

Recent Work

  • Advised Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners in their successful bid for, and acquisition of, the renewable generation assets of Bord Gáis Éireann, and the subsequent financing of two portfolios of such assets (having combined operating and in-construction capacity of approximately 500MW).
  • Advised Hitachi in the negotiation and conclusion of the main Engineer Procure Construct (EPC) Contract for the Dublin Waste to Energy Plant (60MW) at Poolbeg. The EPC contract is a central element of the project, which has an overall value of approximately €450m and is one of the few PPP projects that reached financial close in Ireland during 2014.   
  • Advised Cloosh Valley Wind Farm Limited, a joint venture between SSE Renewables Ireland Limited and Coillte, in relation to the development of a 105MW wind farm forming part of the proposed Galway Wind Park, one of the largest on-shore wind farms to date in Ireland.
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