DLA Piper Global Law Firm
Sustainability and ESG
Carbon Trading: Advising the European Commission under two multi-annual frameworks on implementation and amendments to the Auctioning Regulation and other related EU ETS Regulations, as well as the negotiations with EEX/EEC as EU ETS Common Auction Platform operator and clearing entity.
Corporate Power Purchase Agreement: advising DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale as lenders on a complex dual-PPA structure for a 254 MW wind park located in Sweden, involving two power purchase agreements – one with Google and the other Holmen.
Corporate Power Purchase Agreement: Advising Unilever
on their PPA documentation and precedent international solar PPA for use across multiple jurisdictions including seven private wire PPAs across the US, Middle East and Africa.
Electricity and water: As a result of the work we have done for the Government of Iraq, we are the leading international legal practice operating inside Iraq. This includes representation of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity in its negotiations to acquire more than US$5 billion in electricity generation equipment, to procure engineering services and construction contracts and to secure water and fuel supplies. We have also helped the Ministry of Water Resources with large-scale infrastructure projects.
Oil and gas: We represented BP as principal counsel for the US$2.4 billion sale of its southern California refining and marketing business, formerly known as ARCO, to San Antonio-based Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company. The contract was signed in August 2012, and the deal closed on June 1, 2013, after receiving clearance from both federal and California regulators.
Renewable energy: Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme Matters, South Africa. On completion, this will be the largest renewable energy project in the world. Our lawyers in Australia, Hong Kong and London advised more than half of the successful bidders for Phase 1 and 2 of this solar, wind, hydro, biomass and biogas project. We are also acting for bidders and lenders providing project finance for a number of projects in Phase 3. The goal of this landmark project is to generate 42% of all new electricity in South Africa from renewable energy sources over the next 20 years.
Power: For China Hydroelectric Corporation’s successful US$96 million NASDAQ IPO, we advised on the pre-IPO financing and the acquisition of hydropower plants in China. We also provided structuring advice for its operations, implemented a corporate reorganisation and advised on CDM eligibility.
Nuclear: We act for virtually all of the site licensee companies (SLCs) in the UK, as well as for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and other parent body organizations to the SLCs. We are principal advisers to Sellafield Limited, Magnox Limited, International Nuclear Services Limited and are instructed by Westinghouse, DSRL, LLWR and NNL.
Energy disputes: We achieved a victory for Central New York Oil and Gas Company in a case that cleared the way for development of the US$257 million Marcellus Shale gas pipeline project. The case was one of first impression on the degree to which federal agencies and private pipeline and energy companies must account for the impacts of Marcellus Shale well drilling when reviewing the environmental effects of pipeline projects.
Water and wastewater: Represented United Water, a subsidiary of Suez Environnement, in its joint venture with KKR & Co. to acquire a 40-year water and wastewater concession from Bayonne, New Jersey. The concession requires more than US$300 million of capital improvements, one of the first water and wastewater concession deals completed in the US.