A number of factors are driving increasing interest in energy networks (electricity & gas transmission and distribution):
- forecast growth in the demand for energy globally;
- the need to support new low-carbon generation capacity;
- the need to replace dated infrastructure to improve demand management (smartgrids & smartmeters);
- regulatory pressure in some jurisdictions to separate transmission, generation, supply; and
- distribution businesses and increasing investor appetite for a stable regulated income stream.
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 sale or refinancing. We are at the forefront of the energy networks market, advising debt funders (including banks, bond arrangers, ECAs, DFIs and multilaterals), sellers and acquirers (on M&A transactions), sponsors, corporates (including large vertically integrated utilities), suppliers, manufacturers and governments on market leading projects and transactions globally. These transactions are supported by our specialists in areas such as environmental law, regulatory, tax and planning.
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OMERS Infrastructure, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and SSE on the sale of MapleCo, a leading Smart Meter Asset Provider in the UK, to Equitix.
Ardian on the acquisition of Finnish state-owned utility Nevel. Nevel operates more than 130 energy production sites with 40 district heating networks.
Enel Group, a Rome-based electricity and gas conglomerate on the EUR3.5bn sustainability-linked note offering with proceeds aimed to finance the Group’s financing needs and the partial repurchase of old series of outstanding conventional bonds. Enel Group operates in more than 30 countries, brining energy to people through the adoption of new sustainability-oriented technologies.
The lender on the acquisition of a 22.69% stake in Spain’s publicly traded Naturgy Energy.
The funders to a bidder on the acquisition and on the subsequent bank and bond refinancing of NET4GAS, the gas transmission system operator in the Czech Republic.
Best EMEA Smart Meter Acquisition by IJInvestor Awards 2021
Best EMEA District Heating Acquisition by IJInvestor Awards 2021
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News: 13 March 2023
A&O advises the underwriters on the USD2.5bn IPO and listing of ADNOC Gas on the ADX - Abu Dhabi’s largest-ever market debut and the largest IPO globally to date this year
Allen & Overy has advised the underwriters on the initial public offering (IPO) and listing of ADNOC Gas Plc (ADNOC Gas) on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX).
Publications: 09 January 2023
The UK Electricity Generator Levy
Electricity Generation Levy Update.
Publications: 03 November 2022
Long-overdue reform of U.S. interconnection rules set to boost renewable power
The existing U.S. interconnection regime is decades old and ill-equipped to bring large amounts of new renewable power on to the grid. Thankfully that looks set to change.
Publications: 13 July 2022
The FERC (Inter)connection: PJM files for and FERC issues proposed reforms of the interconnection process
June was an interconnection milestone. On June 14, PJM Interconnection, L.L.C. (“PJM”) filed a “comprehensive reform” of the interconnection process set forth in its Open Access Transmission Tariff…