LINKLATERS

Comment: A highly recommended firm in energy law which, like Hengeler, mainly targets major M&A transactions. So it was no surprise that the mirror image to the RWE carve-out, the E.on restructuring, landed on its desk. The mammoth corporate instruction was steered from Düsseldorf, though the core energy team was closely involved from Berlin. Here, the flow of high-volume deals was strong: Linklaters advised Allianz Global Investors on buying a stake in a wind farm portfolio of PNE Wind, and Macquarie on the Thyssengas sale. The latter deal encompassed regulatory aspects like network charge regulation and unbundling. The practice is best known for its focus on renewable energies and often works in cooperation with the finance lawyers in Frankfurt. ?Environmental and planning law work, e.g. for Tennet regarding Suedlink, and the standout strength in arbitration round off the practice’s broad profile.
Recommended: Dr. Kai Uwe Pritzsche, Thomas Schulz, Dr. Detlev Schuster, Alexandros Chatzinerantzis (arbitration).
Practice: Advice to domestic and foreign energy utilities, as well as industrial and financial companies on energy law matters (electricity, gas, oil, district heating and renewable energies, esp. offshore wind projects). ?M&A and ?corporate such as restructuring, e.g. unbundling. Contracts and commercial, also work in energy-related tax law. Extensive privatization expertise, experience in project finance. Traditional energy law, ?antitrust, litigation and arbitration ( ?corporate litigation). (8 equity partners, 3 counsel, 7 managing associates, 2 of counsel)
Clients: ?? AGI on investment in wind farm portfolio from PNE Wind; ongoing advice to E.on regarding corporate restructuring; Macquarie on sale of gas network operator Thyssengas to consortium around EDF and DIF, esp. regulatory advice on network charge regulation and unbundling; Storengy against suit regarding gas storage contract and price adjustment before Berlin Regional Court (Landgericht); Tennet concerning SuedLink.
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