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Energy

Energy is one of the most important and fast changing industrial sectors.

The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, growing global demand, security of supply and ageing energy assets mean that governments and energy companies globally are faced with some of the most complex and challenging decisions that will have an impact not only on economic prosperity, but also on the long-term health of the environment.

All these factors make this an exciting industry to work in, and one that requires its advisers to have sector–specific knowledge backed up by a global resource capability.

Allen & Overy's global Energy team is at the forefront of this sector, providing clients with advice on matters relating to power and utilities (including IWPPs), transmission and distribution, carbon capture and storage, oil & gas (up, mid and downstream and LNG) and climate change.

Allen & Overy provides pioneering advice on the entire lifecycle of these assets, from the consenting and planning process, through to the construction, financing, operation, maintenance and ultimately their refinancing or sale. We advise sellers and acquirers (on M&A transactions), project sponsors, corporates, financial/passive investors, suppliers, manufacturers, governments and debt funders (including banks, bond arrangers, ECAs, DFIs and multilaterals) on energy transactions globally. These transactions are supported by our specialists in areas such as environmental, regulatory, antitrust, tax, employment and planning law.

The energy market is global, with many deals crossing borders. Allen & Overy is one of the few firms that can leverage a truly global network and deliver an absolutely seamless service across the UK, Europe, CIS, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Australia, the United States and Latin America. Our global exposure and experience is highly valued by our clients. 

News & insights

News: 25 MARCH 2020

A&O Appoints Jean Lee as Managing Partner of Washington, D.C. Office

Allen & Overy LLP has appointed Jean Lee as managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Jean has spent eight years at A&O in roles both in the U.S. and in Seoul, South Korea, where she helped establish the firm’s office. 

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Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2020

Oil and gas joint venture parties not bound by good faith or rationality when discharging operator

Parties to an unincorporated oil and gas joint venture were free to act in their individual best interests in deciding whether to discharge another party from its operator role.  No duty of good faith or rationality applied: (1) Taqa Bratani Ltd; (2) Taqa Bratani LNS Ltd; (3) JX Nippon Exploration and Production (UK) Ltd; and (4) Spirit Energy Resources Ltd v Rockrose UKCS8 LLC [2020] EWHC 58 (Comm).

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News: 06 FEBRUARY 2020

Allen & Overy advised APICORP on two facilities for an aggregate value of USD250m

Allen & Overy advised The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development financial institution, on two facilities for an aggregate value of USD250m to Sonatrach Petroleum Investment Corporation (SPIC), a subsidiary of Sonatrach S.p.A., the Algerian state-owned national oil company.

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China removes barriers

Publications: 26 JULY 2019

China removes more barriers to market entry

The pledge by President Xi at the G20 Summit in Osaka that China would continue to liberalise market access has seen immediate progress in the form of a new update to the Catalogue of Encouraged Industries for Foreign Investment (the Industries Catalogue) and the publication of two revised negative lists governing foreign investment.

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