Energy networks

A&O Shearman's energy networks team advises on the sector’s full spectrum of assets, including electricity and gas transmission and distribution networks, metering asset and district heating. 

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The sector attracts equity investors (both specialist infrastructure funds and multi-strategy investors) seeking stable returns from assets with a high barrier to entry. 

We help our clients navigate the complex and evolving challenges facing the sector, advising on issues including the growing global demand for energy and the need to integrate new low-carbon sources, replacing aging infrastructure with smarter and more efficient systems, and regulatory changes requiring unbundling of network, generation, and supply activities. 

Our global network of energy lawyers are at the forefront of the latest developments, advising clients across the industry, including lenders, sponsors, buyers, sellers, utilities, suppliers, manufacturers, and governments. 

We leverage our expertise in areas such as environmental law, regulatory, tax, and planning to provide comprehensive and innovative solutions for our clients. 

Representative matters

  • 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 €3.5 billion 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, bringing energy to people through the adoption of new sustainability-oriented technologies. 
  • Saudi Electricity Company on a $500 million united green financing facility signed with JBIC to support renewable interconnection, reliability, and energy efficiency projects in transmission and distribution networks. 
  • 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. 

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