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Water and Waste

Allen & Overy advises across the complete spectrum of international water matters.

The number and variety of deals that we are involved in and the breadth and depth of our client base, geographical coverage and expertise distinguish our practice from other firms in the market.

We have wide experience of acting for sponsors, banks and governments and utilities operators on mergers and acquisitions (both public and private), funding (equity and debt), litigation, competition and regulatory matters.

As well as offering sound commercial advice, we recognise the ethical dimensions critical to the water sector and the need to promote sustainability at all levels. We regularly advise on the commercial implications of environmental legislation worldwide, as well as advising governments on the development of protection frameworks to preserve aquatic environs and mitigate anthropogenic impact.

We also have specific experience relating to multi-faceted and highly specialised waste transactions. Our extensive waste management and power experience enables us to provide a unique depth of specialist knowledge in all relevant areas, including waste supply, construction, operations and maintenance and electricity (including interconnection and market trading strategies), as well as procurement, planning and environmental law and alternative financing structures.

News & insights

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Publications: 16 MARCH 2020

Airline insolvencies in Germany: Questions and challenges for aircraft lessors

Airlines under pressure The market for airlines is under extreme competitive pressure. We have seen some recent examples of European airlines that have gone into insolvency proceedings (Air Berlin, Condor, Germania, Monarch, Small Planet, Flybe). Airlines are struggling with volatile commodity markets and political instabilities (trade wars, protectionism). In addition, the Covid-19-Crisis (‘Coronavirus’) is leading to further distress.

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Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2020

Time limits for damages claims based on public law breaches during rail franchise procurement

This case highlights the very different, and often very strict, time limits that apply in different private law and public law claims.  Rejecting the Secretary of State’s attempt to strike out part of the claims against it, the Court of Appeal confirmed that the six-year time limit for damages claims applies to a procurement conducted outside the Public Contracts (and similar) Regulations.  However, the three- month judicial review time limit may apply to other private law claims in this context.  The decision highlights the importance of considering time limits when challenging, or defending, public body decision-making.  Where the public law act engages private law rights, damages and other remedies may still be available where the time limits for judicial review have passed – provided that judicial review is not being sought by the back door: Secretary of State for Transport v Arriva Rail East Ltd & ors [2019] EWCA Civ 2259.

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News: 25 FEBRUARY 2020

Allen & Overy assists City of Hamburg in buy-back of waste incineration plant

Allen & Overy has advised Stadtreinigung Hamburg (SRH) on the takeover of all shares in the Rugenberger Damm waste incineration plant (MVR).

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News: 03 FEBRUARY 2020

Top rankings for A&O’s Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group

A&O’s global Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group has finished top of the IJGlobal and Dealogic league tables, making 2019 another highly successful year. 

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