Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

Energy & Natural Resources Department

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What the team is known for Respected energy practice with a strong reputation for regulatory work in the power and renewables sectors. Expertise includes corporate, financing and regulatory work. Significant experience in project development and management, including in nuclear, solar and energy storage projects. Represents a wide array of clients in both the public and private sectors, including regulators and utility companies. Advises clients in a number of jurisdictions, including the UK, Africa and North America.

Strengths One client says:"The energy industry is a complex web of regulation - the team has a mastery of that sticky web and possesses sound commercial judgement."

Market sources describe Gowling WLG as "an entrepreneurial and nimble firm with a strong sense for long-term client relationships."

An interviewee notes that the team possesses "a good depth of knowledge across all disciplines."

Work highlights Advised Statkraft Markets in relation to a number of power purchase agreements for battery storage and gas-powered electricity generation projects.

Acted for AGES Energy in relation to contractual, governance and funding aspects of its development of a 25 MW solar farm in Sierra Leone.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Newbery
is experienced in advising clients on the financing and development of power and utility infrastructure. He is noted for his representation of sponsors and lenders on transactions in Asia and Africa.
"He is very good on the financing side of projects."

Gareth Baker
regularly represents energy clients in various corporate matters, including disposals, acquisitions and portfolio reorganisations. His diverse practice covers transactions involving wind, solar and waste-to-energy developments.
"He is a highly articulate lawyer who stays on top of his clients' needs. He ensures his clients receive detailed technical expertise while maintaining a commercial view on all issues." "He is dedicated to getting deals done and thoroughly works his way through the issues."

Gus Wood
counsels clients on regulatory and commercial matters relating to the generation and storage of electricity. He has a strong knowledge of power purchase and export arrangements.
"He is extremely knowledgeable about the industry, immensely practical in his advice and always calm under pressure."

John Cooper
focuses his energy practice on providing power sector clients with regulatory advice.
"He has an excellent reputation - he lives and breathes regulatory law, works hard and is very passionate."