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Allen & Overy LLP - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Market-leading expertise in matters relating to oil and gas, renewables and thermal and nuclear power. Adept at handling regulatory and contentious elements of energy mandates in addition to high-profile project finance deals, regularly acting for leading financial institutions and government and corporate organisations. Market-leading UK team strengthened by expertise from the French, German and Spanish offices. Also boasts a notable CEE presence.

Strengths Sources suggest the team is "very comfortable" handling multi-jurisdictional matters, with sources also noting that cross-border matters are "co-ordinated excellently."

Additional interviewees comment on the "profound expertise, ability to work hard under pressure and responsiveness" of the lawyers, suggesting they are "outstanding professionals who are always ready to help in any situation, any time."

Work highlights Acted for Trans Adriatic Pipeline on all aspects of the development, construction and financing of a EUR5 billion gas pipeline crossing Greece, Albania and Italy.

Represented Total in the EUR180 million acquisition of Belgian natural gas and renewable power supplier, Lampiris.

Significant Clients Shell, Murphy Oil, Hitachi, ENGIE, AREVA.

Notable practitioners

Co-heads of the global energy group Jeremy Parr and Gareth Price, who also leads the global projects team, are key contacts from the London office. London-based David Lee, head of the global infrastructure group, is another point of contact for enquiries. Further key individuals include Warsaw-based Dan Cocker, who heads the CEE and SEE international projects practice, and Alexander Ancel, leader of the Paris energy team.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Outstanding multi-jurisdictional practice advising on the full spectrum of transactional and regulatory energy and natural resources matters, including oil and gas, power, renewables and mining. Offers further experience in regulatory matters, construction and infrastructure projects. Noted for its pan-European capabilities, particularly in the UK, France, Spain and Germany, where it acts for a diverse client base of lenders, sponsors and government entities. Recent experience includes advising on restructuring mandates in Russia and a variety of disputes, especially involving Spain.

Strengths Interviewees enthuse about the cross-border capabilities of the team: "They have the capacity to call up collaborators in different countries, with an excellent knowledge of the national laws. Thanks to their international presence, they are always able to suggest the best solutions."

Clients appreciate the team's expertise across the energy sector, particularly pointing out: "They are really involved in financial matters at a European level and are aware of every update."

Further sources highlight the integrated co-operation demonstrated by the lawyers: "They are incredibly sophisticated, always on time and on target. They accommodated every request and performed good work as a cohesive team. They are all stars."

Work highlights Assisted Deutsche Bank and CaixaBank as joint lead managers with the EUR404.4 million project bond issuance by Vela Energy Finance, used to refinance 35 photovoltaic projects across Spain.

Acted for HSBC as arranger and co-ordinator on the EUR350 million PPP project for building, financing, operating and maintaining a hospital in Turkey.

Advised Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe on the EUR50 million project financing for two solar parks in England.

Significant Clients Enel Green Power, Iberdrola, EQT Infrastructure, Amprion, EBRD.

Notable practitioners

Russell Wells heads the London projects team, as well as co-leading the international global projects group, and David Préat leads the Paris PPP practice. Additional contacts in the region include Düsseldorf-based Björn Heinlein, head of the German energy and infrastructure group, and Juan José Lavilla who leads the energy practice in Madrid.

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Linklaters - Projects & Energy Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned for its expertise across the energy sector, including thermal and nuclear power, renewables and oil and gas. Remarkable European coverage, with leading teams in the UK, France, Germany, Portugal and Russia and particular knowledge of African jurisdictions. Frequently acts on high-end cross-border project financings, in addition to advising on energy regulatory issues. Acts for lenders, sponsors and renewable energy clients, and is particularly experienced in advising international banking syndicates and financial institutions on financing matters.

Strengths Clients admire the range of expertise the firm demonstrates, saying: "The strengths of an office such as Linklaters is that it is made up of a multidisciplinary and multinational team, able to cover the main areas of activity and support its clients competently, regardless of the topic."

Additional sources laud the international nature of the practice: "The key strengths include the breadth of experience of the team across a number of locations."

Work highlights Advised Intesa Sanpaolo and SACE on the USD25 billion project financing for the Yamal LNG project in Russia.

Acted for Deutsche Bank on the financing to Renovalia Energy Group for its acquisition of a portfolio of Spanish solar projects.

Acted for HSBC as the agent for the senior finance parties on the EUR550 million restructuring of the Rijnmond II CCGT plant in the Netherlands.

Significant Clients ENGIE, Ophir, Vela Energy, BNP Paribas, ERG.

Notable practitioners

London-based John Pickett is the co-head of the global energy and utilities sector group, while Jeremy Gewirtz is the head of the projects, energy and infrastructure team in London. Further key regional contacts are Tessa Lee, based in Milan, who runs the Italian energy team, and Matthew Keats who leads the energy practice in Moscow.

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White & Case LLP - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Standout European practice covering high-end project financing and development, construction mandates and related disputes. Broad regional expertise with particularly strong offices in the UK, France and Germany, as well as offering notable experience across the CEE region. Highly skilled in acting for major lenders, corporates and public entities on transactions relating to oil and gas, mining, power and renewables, and transportation. Significant recent experience in infrastructure financings and acquisitions.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's regional strength, saying: "They have a very good European network and are very well connected in Eastern Europe."

Further sources indicate the firm's advantages as its "deep business understanding" and "client-oriented" nature.

Work highlights Advised the Slovak Republic on the EUR1.7 billion PPP project for the construction, financing, operation and maintenance of the D4 Highway and the R7 Expressway.

Acted for Basalt Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of 100% ownership interest in COMAX France from US power producer Maxim Power Corp.

Significant Clients Intertoll, LG Chem, Emerging Capital Partners, Crédit Agricole, European Investment Bank.

Notable practitioners

London-based Jason Kerr is a key contact for the team as head of the EMEA infrastructure, project and asset finance group. Further points of contact include Paule Biensan and Igor Ostapets, who lead teams in Paris and Moscow respectively.

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CMS - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Respected energy practice with experience in transactional, regulatory and contentious mandates spanning the oil, gas, power and renewables sectors. Noted in particular for its significant footprint in the CEE region, with additional strength in its UK and German offices. Acts for project developers, international banks and a range of energy companies. Particularly active of late for clients involved in wind energy.

Strengths Clients particularly appreciate the cross-border capabilities of the firm. "One of their greatest strengths is their broad stretch across the region, and Europe," sources comment, adding: "They have good co-ordination between the offices, in fact for most of the cross-border projects they are our number one choice."

Further interviewees highlight the firm's availability, noting that "they provide good service and are extremely reachable, we approach them when we have a problem and need fast action and support."

Work highlights Acted for National Grid on the EUR600 million IFA2 electricity interconnector project between the UK and France.

Assisted WIRCON Group with the opening of Sunport Delfzijl, a solar park in the Netherlands.

Significant Clients Iberdrola, BP, PGNiG, Statoil, Rosneft.

Notable practitioners

Head of the CMS energy group Robert Lane is a key contact in London. Also in London, Paul Smith leads the firm's infrastructure and project finance group, whilst Munir Hassan leads the clean energy practice. Kostadin Sirleshtov leads the CEE energy group from Sofia and Varinia Radu heads the CEE oil and gas team from Bucharest.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Strong coverage across Europe with reputable practices in Germany and Russia, as well as a sound UK offering. Highly skilled in oil and gas, power and renewables transactions, in addition to high-end utilities and infrastructure projects. Additional prowess in handling nuclear and mining matters and environmental regulatory issues. Regularly acts for a range of lenders, sponsors and energy companies. Recognised for its experience in infrastructure projects.

Strengths Sources are impressed by the cross-border experience of the firm, citing its "international knowledge and flexibility in supporting the client" as key strengths.

Clients say they turn to the team for the "challenging and complex legal work, where we can draw on their extensive experience, business acumen and technical excellence, all of which make them indispensable."

Work highlights Assisted Société Générale, Bank of Valletta, HSBC and KfW with the EUR450 million financing of a greenfield LNG-to-power project in Malta.

Advised Fraport Greece as the concessionaire for the refurbishment, redevelopment and operation of 14 regional airports in Greece.

Significant Clients DONG Energy, E.ON, RWE, EBRD, Horizon.

Notable practitioners

Laurie McFadden, head of the global energy and natural resources group, is based in London and is a key contact for the team. Further points of contact include the co-head of the global infrastructure and transport sector team Martin Nelson-Jones from London and Moscow-based Sergei Diyachenko, who leads the Russian and CIS energy and natural resources practice.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Healthy reputation across the region with particular strength in energy mandates. Offers top-rated departments in the UK, France and Russia. Acts on a wide range of matters including M&A, project financing and disputes. Advises clients from the oil and gas, nuclear, renewable energy and mining sectors. Also active in infrastructure matters, dealing with construction companies, developers and financial institutions.

Strengths Sources say the firm's strength lies in its ability to combine its practices, adding: "Their international network is also an important factor."

Work highlights Advised DSK Avtoban as the concessionaire on all aspects of the RUB84 billion project for Section 3 of the Moscow central ring road.

Acted for E.ON on the sale of its UK and Norwegian subsidiaries to Premier Oil.

Significant Clients EDF, BP, Norilsk Nickel, Ancala Partners, First State Investments.

Notable practitioners

Key contacts for the team include Paris-based Stéphane Brabant, who co-leads the global mining practice, and Patrick Mitchell from the London office, who is the UK and EMEA head of the infrastructure practice.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Projects & Energy Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong profile across Europe with well regarded teams in the UK, France and Russia. Regularly acts on outbound investments to Africa. Advises lenders, investors and developers on energy matters in renewables, oil and gas and mining, as well as infrastructure projects.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the make-up of the team, noting its collaborative, business-oriented approach.

Work highlights Acted for a banking consortium, including CaixaBank, DZ Bank, Development Bank of Japan, European Investment Bank and KfW IPEX-Bank, on the PPP financing for the expansion of a section of the A7 motorway in Germany.

Acted for BP on the establishment of a joint venture with Rosneft for the exploration of the Yenisey-Khatanga basin and the North-West Margin of Siberia.

Significant Clients Balfour Beatty, HOCHTIEF, EBRD, Natixis, Shell.

Notable practitioners

Klaus Bader leads the European energy team from Munich. London-based Charles Whitney, head of the EMEA Energy team, and Anne Lapierre, head of energy in Paris and for Francophone Africa, are additional key contacts. Further points of contact include Munich-based Dirk Trautmann, who heads the European infrastructure, mining and commodities group, and Chris Brown, who leads the London energy, infrastructure and natural resources practice.

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Ashurst - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Solid teams in the UK, Italy and Spain covering a wide range of energy and project finance matters, with particular knowledge of oil and gas, power, renewables and alternative energy. Acts for sponsors and lenders on major infrastructure projects, also experienced in bond issues and regulatory matters.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's cross-border capabilities and note that it is "a top international firm with multi-jurisdictional capacity and technical expertise that enables them to provide an international perspective, coupled with an understanding of local client needs."

Further interviewees are particularly impressed with the responsiveness of the team, saying: "They go that extra mile, almost reading what we are trying to do and getting there before us. They are very good to work with."

Work highlights Advised European Investment Bank on its EUR2 billion project financing of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project.

Assisted Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas with their bid for the EUR350 million Belgrade municipal waste treatment and disposal PPP project.

Significant Clients ERG Renew, EDF, Uniper, Crédit Agricole, China General Nuclear Power Group.

Notable practitioners

London-based Philip Vernon leads the EMEA projects and energy group. Further key contacts from the London office include Philip Thomson, who is the co-head of the global oil and gas group, and David Wadham, the global head of utilities. Additional points of contact include Manuel López who leads the Madrid infrastructure practice and Franco Vigliano from Milan.

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Dentons - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Significant projects and energy presence in CEE, alongside well-known UK, Russian and Polish teams. Covers a wide range of oil and gas, power and renewable energy transactions. Provides further experience in development projects, financing matters and regulatory issues, plus competition-related matters.

Strengths Clients describe this practice as a "very hard-working team; they can dig into documentation very fast and were extremely helpful."

Work highlights Advised OMV on the EUR1.368 million sale of its shares in OMV Petrol Ofisi to Vitol Group.

Acted for Total on the sale of a 20% stake in the Kharyaga oilfield to Russian state-owned Zarubezhneft.

Significant Clients Halliburton, Gazprom, EDF, Enbridge, E.ON.

Notable practitioners

Co-heads of the European energy practice, Arkadiusz Krasnodębski, James Hogan and Javier Lasa are key contacts, based in Warsaw, Baku and Madrid respectively. Christopher McGee-Osborne, who leads the UK energy practice from London, is another point of contact.

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The European energy sector is fast-moving, capital intensive, strictly regulated and highly competitive. Market players face not only commercial challenges, but also environmental and climate change implications. Our Energy team in Europe provides comprehensive strategic advice to help our clients achieve their business goals in this dynamic and complex market. We provide real time know-how and updates on all developments in the sector through a wide range of services.

Oil majors, independents, transportation companies, power generators, utilities, gas and power distribution and transmission system operators, financial institutions and other players rely on our European Energy team to provide legal advice on transactions, project development and finance, regulatory and environmental law and dispute resolution. Our team across Europe advises governments on energy-market reform and major project procurement.

We advised on a number of landmark transactions and project developments in Europe, including Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE), the Polish electricity Transmission System Operator, on the construction of a cross-border power grid interconnection with Lithuania (LitPol Link), which will integrate the Baltic States Power system with the Electricity System in Continental Europe.

Recently in 2016 we advised Enbridge on its acquisition of a 49.89% stake in the 497 MW offshore windfarm “EnBW Hohe See”, one of the largest wind farms in Europe.


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DLA Piper LLP - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Considerable experience handling energy transactions across Europe and further afield, with particularly notable offices in Spain, Italy, Hungary and Germany. Advises on oil, gas, thermal power and renewables projects, also regularly handling litigation and arbitration in the sector. Further expertise in infrastructure projects, acting for a diverse client base of public entities and private lenders and sponsors. Recent experience in PPP projects concerning the school, healthcare and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Clients highlight the "very good impression" they have of the team, describing the lawyers as "hard-working, competent, reliable and detailed in providing information."

Clients further note: "The service is exceptional - full availability, focused on meeting clients' needs and distinguishing the important from the superfluous."

Work highlights Acted for Skanska Infrastructure Development on the sale of its 30% stake in the A1 motorway project in Poland to a consortium of DIF Infrastructure and Swiss Life.

Advised UBI Banca on the EUR5.3 million financing of two photovoltaic plants in Abruzzo, owned by Ecoram.

Significant Clients Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners, ERG, Abengoa, Thesan, Union Fenosa.

Notable practitioners

Francesco Novelli co-leads the global energy group from Rome and Cologne-based Michael Cieslarczyk is the head of the EMEA energy group. Additional key points of contact include Natasha Luther-Jones, who heads the EMEA renewable energy team from Leeds, and Colin Wilson, who leads the London projects practice.

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Hogan Lovells - Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Respected practice offering projects and energy expertise in a number of European markets, with key offices in the UK, Germany, France and Russia. Significant strength in high-profile project finance and PPPs in the fields of energy and infrastructure. Experienced in handling various aspects of transactions, including M&A, dispute resolution and regulatory issues. Represents a wide range of clients, including conventional energy companies, financial institutions and public entities.

Strengths Clients are pleased with the firm's "great international reach," stating: "The team overall has vast experience, supported where necessary by the firm's international offices."

Further sources praise the "very good advice" provided by the department and say: "It is a marvellous firm - competent and pragmatic, with good ideas and a global vision of problems."

Work highlights Acted for Merkur Offshore on the EUR1.6 billion project financing of the Merkur offshore wind farm.

Significant Clients BP, Mitsubishi, European Investment Bank, Bechtel, Crédit Agricole.

Notable practitioners

Adrian Walker co-heads the global infrastructure, energy, resources and projects group from London and is a key contact for the team, while Bruno Cantier leads the department in Paris and Alexander Dolgov heads the Moscow practice. Hamburg-based Matthias Hirschmann, head of the German energy and renewable resources department, is another point of contact.

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