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Energy and Natural Resources Law Definition

The development of energy projects is becoming increasingly complex, multijurisdictional in scope, and often involves multi-year, multi-billion dollar financings. The term “Energy Law” typically covers the full spectrum of energy sectors, including electricity generation and transmission, oil and gas, pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, renewable energy, and of increasing importance, environment and climate change.

Energy Law litigators’ expertise focuses on several major energy sectors:

  1. Oil & Gas: upstream (sometimes referred to as the exploration and production (E&P) sector, which includes searching for oil and gas and subsequently drilling wells to bring the oil/gas to the surface), midstream (involving the transportation, storage, and wholesale marketing of crude oil), downstream (the refining and processing of crude oil and natural gas) and oilfield service activities (namely, the provision of services to the E&P industry);
  2. Power/electricity;
  3. Renewable energy (wind, hydro, solar, biomass); and
  4. Climate change.

Clients in the energy industry include oil & gas E&P companies, oilfield service companies, independent power producers, public utilities, manufacturers, project developers, hedge funds, commodity traders, lenders, landowners and local stakeholders, and governments/governmental bodies.

Global energy projects and transactions require skilled expertise in a full range of legal services including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), commercial law, environmental law, utilities regulation, review and advice on ownership structures, real estate and construction, infrastructure and public-private partnerships (PPP), debt and project finance, regulatory (including stock exchange rules for listing, de-listing, and ongoing compliance), energy trading, project siting and permitting, tax, Aboriginal/local stakeholder consultation and business arrangements, and dispute resolution. A large energy project will involve clients and their counterparties, plus each of their lawyers, accountants, tax advisors, financiers and other advisors, potentially across numerous jurisdictions, time zones, and language and cultural borders, so a key part of any transaction is facilitating the relationship between all these parties to achieve a smooth completion.

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