Providing a "superb service" (Legal 500 2012) and working "above and beyond the call of duty" (Chambers UK 2013), Wragge & Co's Energy and Resources team offers clients proactive, commercially-focused and innovative solutions - wherever they are in the world.
The team has vast experience across the whole sector and an industry leading reputation in UK and international energy transactions, structured financing, regulation and energy trading.
With an extensive client base including governments and regulators, developers, financial institutions, upstream oil and gas companies, generators, network operators and energy suppliers and traders, both in the UK and overseas, the team has experienced the sector from all angles. Whatever their business, our clients get the benefit of that holistic experience.
In-depth expertise in all areas gives the team an edge. Head of energy Derek Goodban "really knows his stuff" while director Gus Wood is "an up-and-comer in the power space". London-based Kieron Dwyer, who leads the firm's international energy practice, "adds considerable fire power to the firm's armoury".
Regulatory specialist John Cooper is "an excellent energy lawyer" and adding further strength-in-depth, Jonathan Brufal is described by Chambers Middle East as "impressive, confident, articulate and knowledgeable."
Many of our legal experts have worked at leading energy companies, or have completed secondments in-house. This enables the team to provide specialist industry knowledge which is backed up with a genuine drive to meet commercial objectives.
Innovation and expertise
At a time of dramatic change, the team has been at the forefront of many of the market transformation programmes undertaken in the energy sector. Highlights include its strategic role in advising the Regulatory Bodies on the establishment of the Single Electricity Market on the island of Ireland and its work advising the UK Government on the implementation and rollout of its £11 billion smart metering programme.
Our experts understand energy regulation, having advised on many aspects of it. They apply this unparalleled understanding and knowledge when advising sector participants - both in the UK and internationally.
The team's commercial offering extends to all aspects of energy, irrespective of technology. From conventional gas and coal projects (many team members were involved in the last dash for gas in the UK and have advised on international projects including the procurement of the 2250MW IPP in Dairut), to renewables (wind, solar, wave and tidal, biomass and hydro), energy from waste and landfill gas. Our service is cradle to grave - from consenting through to development - and incorporates significant mergers and acquisitions experience. Internationally we have a strong focus on Africa.
With an in-depth understanding of the regulatory framework and a creative approach, the team has advised on some of the most innovative transactions in the sector. These range from the first and largest solar bonds issued in the UK, to the US$500 million reserve based lending facility to Petroceltic. And having advised extensively on some of the most ground-breaking and largest power purchase agreements financed in the UK market, including the first biomass power purchase agreement, Wragge & Co's specialists have a standout energy trading offering.
Clients benefit from a single sourced solution - our experts cover real estate and planning, construction, finance, corporate and commercial energy contracts (including power purchase agreements, fuel supply arrangements, energy trading documentation and connection agreements). These are all provided alongside a specialist regulatory offering.
In the international sphere, our experts specialise in transactions with a high degree of political risk. Having advised on a number of highly innovative RBL structures, including structures designed to facilitate the acquisition of upstream assets, we have a significant presence in the upstream oil and gas space.
Spanning a range of legal disciplines, the energy and resources team members are committed to the sector. These specialist energy lawyers provide first-class advice, whatever the requirement.