Basic facts about the department
- 27 partners
- 90 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London
What the team is known for Draws on an extensive global network of energy lawyers to offer a stellar service to clients in power, renewables, water and oil and gas matters. Offers expertise across a range of areas, including project finance, development, corporate issues and disputes. Also well respected for providing regulatory advice on a range of market reform and government incentives.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have significant depth and a breadth of clients. On the oil and gas projects side, they're up there and we see them on larger transactions."
"It's a very, very strong team. They are at the top of their game."
"The service at Linklaters is outstanding. They are incredibly professional and incredibly dedicated. They provide great commercial advice at the drop of a hat and they have a really deep team. They are all very enthusiastic, very energetic and very responsive. They know their sector inside out and if you choose them you're going to get a well-structured, sensible deal."
"They are very good across the jurisdictions. You get the same standard of work wherever you're dealing with them. They are seamless and collegiate."
"They are very client-friendly. They take a real interest in your business. They make you feel important and their breadth of knowledge is really good."
Work highlights Advised the Area 4 Partners on the development and project financing of a floating LNG project in Mozambique.
Dealt with the legal aspects of a USD5.7 billion acquisition of the entire share capital of RWE Dea at a private auction on behalf of LetterOne.
Represented a number of lenders from Europe and Japan in the financing of the 336 MW Galloper offshore wind farm project.
Acted for a sponsor, Dudgeon Offshore Wind, on the project financing for a 420 MW offshore wind farm off the coast of North Norfolk.
Worked on the funding of the 27.7 MWe Cramlington biomass heat and power plant on behalf of the sponsors.
Matthew Weiniger QC is an expert in energy disputes and regularly deals with international arbitrations. He is well versed in financial matters and market sources highlight his pragmatism and arbitration experience.
Jeremy Gewirtz heads the London projects, energy and infrastructure team. He is a highly respected and "well-known name" in the transactional power sector. He represents a broad range of clients in financings, including sponsors, lenders, investors and governmental organisations.
John Pickett has a wealth of expertise in energy work, particularly in power and renewables matters. He regularly undertakes project financing and M&A transactions, as well as advising on regulatory issues. Sources say: "He's an extremely intellectual man who loves the subject. He's extremely passionate and he knows both the law and the energy world. He is very commercially astute."
Richard Coar is "all over the detail" and "commands the room well," according to commentators. He offers advice on both traditional power and renewables work to sponsors, funders and governments. He works on a range of matters, including financing, development, regulatory and M&A issues.
Fiona Hobbs specialises in oil and gas and has experience across a broad range of work in the project development, M&A and finance spheres. She co-heads the oil and gas team and has represented a range of well-known companies, both domestic and international.
Julian Davies is "probably the most respected person in the water market," according to one source. Commentators speak of his enthusiasm for his work which covers a range of structured financings relating to utilities. He frequently acts on behalf of banks.
Mark Nuttall "demonstrates strong commercial skills" according to one impressed commentator. He advises on a host of complex matters, including in relation to utilities infrastructure and finance. "He's one of the strongest black-letter lawyers I have come across. He's technically excellent and brings people along with him," says a source.
Significant clients Thames Water, Ophir Energy, Eni, Gazprom, National Grid.