Volatile oil prices and the depletion of traditional hydrocarbon energy sources have made an already competitive industry even more complex. At the same time energy suppliers provide essential public services, and political pressures add another layer of complexity, as governments and regulators seek energy security and demand both price stability and cleaner energy supplies.
In a market that is fast-changing and under pressure from a variety of different directions, you need a firm that is immersed in energy markets and is innovative and agile in driving and achieving your business goals. Dentons gives you that support, with enormous experience across the energy sector and around the world. This includes providing strategic assistance to clients encompassing the entire energy value chain from oil majors, independents, transportation companies, power generators and utilities, financial institutions and large customers. Dentons lawyers work for more than 40 governments on energy-market reform and major project procurement, which adds a depth of perspective rare amongst law firms.
Use Dentons and work with lawyers who understand the energy industry—who see the opportunities within traditional sectors and within new technologies—and who can help shape the business you want. Upstream or downstream, from exploration to marketing, and from generation to retail, Dentons can give you the innovative advice and insight you need globally.
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- Abu Dhabi National Oil Company: Advising on one of the world’s largest petrochemicals projects: the multibillion-dollar expansion of the Borouge plant at Ruwais in Abu Dhabi. We drew on the combined skills of our energy and technology teams, one of the largest and longest established practices in the Emirate and the Middle East region. Borouge is a joint venture of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Austrian petrochemicals giant Borealis.
- Babcock Dounreay Partnership: Advising a joint venture of Babcock International, URS and CH2M HILL in its bid for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) Tier 1 management and operation contract, to operate and decommission the Dounreay nuclear site. Our unrivalled experience in this highly specialized market was employed to cement our client's winning position. This is the third NDA Tier 1 contract to be awarded in the UK’s program of privatizing nuclear decommissioning. Our nuclear team has advised all previous successful bidders in this program, including for the £17 billion Sellafield contract. Our legal support was decisive in establishing a contractual model for completing the decommissioning of the Dounreay facility by 2021, several years earlier than previous forecasts and using innovation in areas such as waste packaging to reduce costs. This experience demonstrates how we can help meet the challenges that will face the nuclear industry as the first generation of reactors are retired.
- BP Canada: Advising on the sale of Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) business to Plains Midstream Canada ULC, a wholly owned subsidiary, for $1.67 billion. This is the most recent of several billion-dollar-plus transactions where Dentons has partnered with BP. The NGL business owns, operates and has contractual rights to a wide range of assets from both production and distribution functions, from extraction though to wholesale distribution of NGL products across Canada and in the Midwest United States.
- BRE Bank (Commerzbank Group), PKO BP, BZ WBK (Santander Group), BOŚ, BGK, Investkredit, Raiffeisen: Advising a syndicate of seven banks in the financing of the largest wind-farm project in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), with planned final installed capacity of 250 MW and an aggregate first and second phase value of over PLN 1 billion (approximately €250 million). The deal was very complex because it involved a portfolio of seven different borrowers, which were both power producers and operators of the common power distribution grid. The obligations of all borrowers were cross-defaulted and cross-collaterized within each phase.
- Capital Power: Advising on the completed sale of 9.2 million common shares of Capital Power to EPCOR at an offering price of C$24.40 per common share for aggregate gross proceeds to EPCOR of C$224,480,000. The aggregate offering was comprised of an offering of 8.2 million common shares at C$24.40 per share together with the underwriters’ exercise of an over-allotment option for the sale of an additional one million common shares at C$24.40 per share. The underwriting syndicate for the offering was co-led by CIBC World Markets Inc. and RBC Capital Markets. EPCOR’s wholly owned subsidiaries build, own and operate electrical transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and infrastructure in Canada and the US. EPCOR is headquartered in Edmonton, AB. Capital Power is a growth-oriented North American power producer, also headquartered in Edmonton, AB. The company develops, acquires, operates and optimizes power generation from a variety of energy sources. Capital Power owns more than 3,300 megawatts of power generation capacity at 16 facilities across North America. An additional 487 megawatts of owned wind generation capacity is under construction or in advanced development in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario.
- Capital Power Income L.P.: Advising on Atlantic Power Corporation’s (Atlantic Power), acquisition of all of the outstanding partnership units of CPILP held by unitholders of Capital Power Income LP (CPILP) other than Capital Power Corporation (CPC) and the acquisition of all of the shares of CPI Investments Inc. (an entity jointly owned by EPCOR Utilities Inc. and CPC) which entity owned approximately 29% of the outstanding units of CPILP, pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act. The partnership units were acquired for $19.40 in cash or 1.3 Atlantic Power common shares for a purchase price of approximately $1.1 billion which was satisfied by the payment of $506.5 million of cash and the issuance by Atlantic Power of approximately 31.5 million common shares. In connection with the closing of the acquisition, CPILP sold its two North Carolina biomass plants to CPC for a purchase price of approximately $121 million, certain CPC employees, including those working at the CPILP plants became employees of Atlantic Power and management contracts whereby subsidiaries of CPC provided management services to CPILP were cancelled.
- Council of the City of New Orleans, LA: Serving as lead regulatory counsel for nearly 30 years, we have defeated significant class action litigation against the city of New Orleans, and as part of an interdisciplinary regulatory advisor team have achieved an unprecedented fourth consecutive rate reduction for the city’s ratepayers, and assisted in the massive effort to rebuild the city’s entire electric and natural gas system following the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Our team is currently handling more than 50 matters at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Courts of Appeals and at the retail regulatory level, including the divesture of Entergy Corporation’s entire transmission system and the company’s decision to join the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc.
- EDF EN Canada Inc.: Advising on the sale to Enbridge Inc. of a 50 percent undivided interest in the 300 MW Lac Alfred wind project. The project, which will entail investments of approximately $700 million by both co-owners, is located 400 kilometers north east of Québec City in Québec’s Bas-Saint-Laurent region and will consist of 150 wind turbines supplied by REpower Systems SE. EDF EN Canada Development Inc. will lead and manage the construction phase under a fixed price, turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement. EDF EN Canada Inc.’s operation and maintenance affiliate, enXco Service Canada Inc., will provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) services to the project. Hydro-Québec will buy the power under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) and construct the 30 km transmission line to connect the project to the grid under an interconnection agreement.
- Enbridge Inc.: Advising on its agreement to transfer its Canadian liquids pipelines business, held by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. and Enbridge Pipelines Athabasca Inc., and certain Canadian renewable energy assets to a subsidiary of Enbridge Income Fund for consideration, including assumption of debt, valued at CA$30.4 billion.
- Multinational natural resources company: Advising on a loan financing facility from Sberbank of Russia, including the review of the facility agreement and a number of issues connected with the guarantees to be provided by two Kazakh entities in support of the loan. The issue of corporate guarantees was complicated by the fact that the two proposed guarantors were recorded as “natural monopolists” in Kazakhstan (though, not in their primary field of activities, but something unrelated) and the legislation imposes burdensome procedures for a large variety of actions of natural monopolists, including, arguably, the issue of guarantees above certain thresholds.
- PSE Operator: Advising on the €120 million acquisition of a power interconnection between Poland and Sweden (SwePol Link) by PSE Operator (50 percent) and Svenska Krafnat (50 percent). The facilities consist of converter stations in Sternö (Karlshamn, Sweden) and Slupsk (Poland), as well as a submarine pole cable and return cables. The capacity of the link is 600 megawatts. The interconnection was initially operated by special purpose companies and following acquisition by PSE Operator and Svenska Krafnat became an inter-TSO project improving power grid stability in Poland and Scandinavia.
- Solarwatt AG: Advising one of the leading German manufacturers of high-quality crystalline solar modules as well as a provider of innovative complete photovoltaic packages and energy management systems, on a petition for a protective shield proceeding as a debtor-in-possession, pursuant to section 270b of the German Insolvency Directive.
- Total, SA: Advising on the acquisition of ExxonMobil's downstream assets in 14 African countries (Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea (Conakry), Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe).
- Turkey's first liquefied petroleum-gas distributor: Advising on the negotiation and signing of the Asset Purchase Agreement related to Ipragaz's acquisition of the cylinder and bulk LPG businesses of Shell Gas in Turkey. With this acquisition,the client becomes the second biggest company in LPG sales in Turkey, following Aygaz.
- UK Government, Department of Energy and Climate Change: Advising on the Government's program to commercialize carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. This is a substantial project of international significance, at the leading edge of the development of this new global industry. The Government seeks to establish a cost-competitive CCS industry in the 2020s through up to £1 billion of capital funding and additional operational support. Our team is working with in-house colleagues on the competitive procurement of projects to develop the capture of CO2 from power generation, its transport offshore and permanent subsea storage. The project includes working with an entirely new regulatory framework. This comprises new legislation, the design and market testing of novel contracts for capital support, working with new contracts for difference under the Government’s wider Energy Market Reform program and the implementation of the European Union CCS Directive.
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June 9, 2015
Dentons was ranked as a top tier firm by the IFLR1000 in the third annual edition of its Guide to Energy and Infrastructure. The publication identifies top law firms operating in the energy and infrastructure sector in a number of strategic regions. Read more
May 27, 2015
Dentons was named “Professional Services Company of the Year 2015 – Legal” in the CEE energy sector at the CEE Energy Awards Gala held in Warsaw on 28 May 2015. Read more
Dentons was named the "Energy Firm of the Year" at the Who's Who Legal Awards 2015 held in Washington, DC. Read more
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September 30, 2015
September 22, 2015
On 26 September 2015 the President of Poland signed the amendment to the Energy Law Act of 10 April 1997. This act introduces measures necessary for the application of Regulation no. 1227/2011 of the European Parliament and the Council of 25 October 2011 on the wholesale energy market integrity and transparency, OJ L 326, 8.12.2011 (“REMIT Regulation”). The date of publication in the Official Journal of Law has not yet been set. Read more
September 17, 2015
From cyber threats to natural disasters, energy companies deal with a significant amount of risk each day. How each anticipates, plans for and mitigates those risks provides a window into a company's future success or failure. Read more
Proponents of lifting the US ban on crude oil exports have made significant progress in recent weeks. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill today to lift the decades-long statutory prohibition. This follows a vote in late July by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in favor of similar legislation. Advocates for lifting the ban have been encouraged by studies supporting their argument that allowing exports will not result in higher US gasoline prices and would even reduce the price at the pump. But the issue still divides members of Congress largely along party lines, complicating the prospects for enacting a bill without some significant compromise that gains bipartisan support, particularly in the Senate, for ending or modifying the ban. Read more
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September 24, 2015
September 24, 2015
Dentons is pleased to announce the expansion of its German team with Thomas Schubert, who will join its Corporate practice as partner in Berlin on October 1. He joins from Olswang, where he was partner. Read more
August 13, 2015
Dentons announced today that Evgenia Laurson has joined its Banking and Finance and Energy and Natural Resources practices as partner in the Moscow office. Laurson's practice focuses on representing major domestic and international banks and corporations on complex, cross-border financings in a wide range of sectors, including oil & gas and metals & mining. Read more
The global law firm Dentons today named Glenn Ballard, a past president of the Houston Bar Association, as Managing Partner of the Firm's Houston office. Ballard joins Dentons following a notable career as a litigator with another law firm for more than 30 years. Read more
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