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Clifford Chance LLP

Energy & Natural Resources

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What the team is known for

Go-to practice for financing, corporate and disputes work in the oil and gas, power and renewables sectors. Acts for a wide array of high-profile clients, including oil majors, power developers, lenders and private equity companies. Able to draw on an impressive international network of offices to provide an enviable level of service on complex matters. Also equipped to advise on matters involving infrastructure funds and joint venture platforms. Noteworthy reputation for advising on power transactions in Africa, particularly Egypt, Ghana and Nigeria.

Strengths

An impressed source says: "They are an absolutely fabulous firm and are one of the best for project finance transactions in the energy sector."

"Their service level is just excellent and everything is handled in a user-friendly way," remarks another interviewee, adding: "They're a pleasure to work with."

Interviewees reveal: "The team is commercially aware and really focuses on the needs of clients."

Work highlights

Represented Arctic LNG 2 and its principal shareholder on financing aspects of the development of an LNG liquefaction plant in Russia.

Advised Partners Group regarding its investment into Greenlink Interconnector, a 500 MW subsea and underground interconnector project due to run between Ireland and Great Britain.

Advised Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group on the project financing of EDF Renewable's 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm.

Notable practitioners

Alex Panayides has a strong practice handling arbitrations and other contentious matters for leading energy sector clients, including oil and gas majors. He is frequently involved in disputes involving assets in Africa and the Middle East.
"He's a clever lawyer who is good at cross-examination and is a very polished operator."

Audley Sheppard QC is co-head of the international arbitration group and possesses a wealth of experience in energy and infrastructure disputes. He frequently advises on claims arising out of investments in energy companies.
"He has a lot of gravitas as a lawyer."

James Pay receives plaudits for his practice advising on the acquisition, sale and project financing of significant renewable energy assets. He regularly assists infrastructure funds and project developers on transactions involving both domestic and international wind farms.
"He is a very thoughtful, methodical and calm lawyer. He's particularly good at weighing up commercial risks in the legal environment." "He is a good lawyer for financing transactions."

Jeremy Connick has a broad power sector offering which includes representing clients in project financing and acquisition transactions. He is held in particularly high regard for his presence in the African power market.
"He is unique in the amount of experience he has and in being able to find quick compromises. He doesn't debate for the sake of it and is more interested in getting stuff done."

John Wilkins is a power practitioner with a strong reputation for his expertise in relation to nuclear and CCGT power plants. He frequently assists with the financing of both domestic and international power projects.
"He is very down to earth, clear, focused and commercial in his advice."

Russell Wells is head of the firm's global energy and resources group. He maintains a highly regarded oil and gas practice, representing financial institutions on infrastructure projects.
"He's very efficient at driving projects through to the finish." "He is very practical, user-friendly and experienced."

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Energy & Natural Resources Department

Clifford Chance LLP

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10 Upper Bank Street

Canary Wharf

London

Greater London

UK

E14 5JJ

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UK-wide

Energy & Natural Resources: Disputes


Alex Panayides
Band 3
Audley Sheppard QC
Band 3

Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas


Russell Wells
Band 2

Energy & Natural Resources: Power


Jeremy Connick
Band 2
John Wilkins
Band 2

Energy & Natural Resources: Renewables & Alternative Energy


James Pay
Band 2