Energy networks play a pivotal role in the global economy, as an essential enabler of security of supply and the integration of renewable energy.

The European Commission has estimated that €180 billion of investment is needed in the EU's energy networks before 2030 so that they can deliver these objectives. These infrastructure investments are accompanied by new technology and new rules for system and market operation.
Commercial agreements (and in particular EPC contracts) in this area are correspondingly complex. Equity investment and project finance in energy infrastructure are gaining momentum.

Transmission system as well as distribution system owners and operators, market operators, regulators, investors, suppliers, grid users and other stakeholders in this fast-evolving field all rely on our team. We combine commercial, legal and regulatory expertise to advise on:
  • infrastructure projects such as
    • interconnectors,
    • offshore grid connections (HVDC and HVAC) and
    • onshore transmission lines (HVDC and HVAC),
  • the development of system and market rules,
  • regulatory issues such as network tariffs, authorisations and unbundling,

as well as newer issues such as
data ownership and security,
intellectual property,
blockchain,
smart metering and
eMobility, including electric vehicle integration.

Our energy network and transmission lawyers are known across Europe and beyond for their thought leadership. 

We are accustomed to working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with in-house lawyers, project managers, regulatory teams, market experts and power systems engineers. We add real value to the projects on which we work alongside you.

Our energy network lawyers are regularly called on to speak at influential European conferences and events.

If you'd like to know more about how we can help, please get in touch with Peter Willis in London or Lars Kyrberg in Hamburg.