Carbon capture and storage

A&O Shearman has one of the world’s leading carbon capture and storage practices. 

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Our lawyers combine deep technical expertise with extensive experience advising clients on all aspects of CCS projects, including integrating emerging low-carbon technologies into their strategies, developing bankable and successful projects, and closing strategic transactions.

We act for a diverse range of clients including sponsors, financial institutions, multilateral organizations, non-government organisations (NGOs), and governments. 

Our team combines market-leading capabilities in project development and finance, environmental regulation, corporate and M&A, litigation, arbitration, and tax, with deep knowledge of CCS technology, market dynamics, and global policy and regulatory frameworks. 

This combination enables us to deliver innovative and practical solutions, whatever challenges and opportunities our clients face.

 Representative matters

  • Summit Carbon Solutions in connection with the structuring and financing of a $4.5 billion operation consisting of a portfolio of emitters (and associated CCS technologies), pipelines and sequestration facilities. 
  • Two major U.S. financial institutions in connection with developing a program for lending to CCS ethanol and hydrogen projects on the sponsor and sequestration side; discussing “direct pay” implications in the event of a legislative change. 
  • A leading publicly traded oilfield services provider in negotiating the purchase and implementation of a pioneering carbon capture and electricity production project in California. 
  • A Middle East company on developing a CO2 capture and transportation project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the first CO2 grid in the country. 
  • An international synthetic fuels company on the Carbon Capture and Storage Regulatory Environment Review, including reviewing the legislative and regulatory environment for carbon capture and storage in each of the EU, U.K., France and Germany. 
  • SK E&S on the development and operation of the Caldita-Barossa LNG Project and Darwin LNG back-fill and tie-in project, including in relation to the proposed development and operation of an associated CCS project utilising the (depleted) Bayu-Udan gas field and associated qualification for, and utilization of, carbon credits. 

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