Energy & Utilities

Energy & Utilities

Navigating the regulated energy and utilities sector

In industry sectors as heavily regulated as energy and utilities, understanding how the legal framework impacts on business goals is critical.

Our law firm’s experience in energy and utilities covers a range of asset classes and includes a close working relationship with regulators. King & Wood Mallesons can support you to navigate the complex regulation, address market developments and access finance.

Our lawyers advise all key industry players, from investors to distributors, on:

  • Regulatory and environmental compliance 
  • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals
  • Project development
  • Farm-in, farm-out and capital finance arrangements
  • Commercial contracts
  • Capital market transactions, fundraisings, multi-source project finance, structuring and securitisation
  • Group reorganisations and reconstructions
  • Services and infrastructure procurement
  • Anti-trust and regulatory matters
  • International arbitration and dispute resolution.

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Our experience includes advising:

  • Shenhua Clean Energy Holdings on all aspects of its acquisition of a 75% share in two wind farms in northwest Tasmania from Hydro Tasmania
  • APA and AGL consortium on the development of the 242MW gas-fired Diamantina power station at Mount Isa, Queensland
  • Alinta Energy's AUD 2.9 billion deleveraging transaction – the most complex restructuring in Australian corporate history
  • Infigen and Suntech on their bid for funding for Australia's first commercial-scale solar power plants, and on several wind farms
  • NEMMCO on the procurement and implementation of a wind energy forecasting system.
  • Energías de Portugal (EDP) on the IPO and listing (in Eurolist by Euronext Lisbon) of its Spanish renewable energy subsidiary, EDP Renováveis, S.A.
  • Nuevas Energías de Occidente (NEO) on the acquisition of the 100% of the Spanish Wind Farm division of Nuon International Renewables Projects
  • On the acquisition by Naturgás Energía Group of the entities owning Gas Natural’s gas supply and gas distribution business in Murcia and Cantabria (Spain) and additional high-pressure distribution assets in Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country
  • EDP on the sale of its gas transmission business in Spain (developed through Naturgas Energía Transporte, S.A.) to Enagás, S.A. Divestment – under the gas networks unbundling measures imposed by Directive 2009/73/CE.
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