Matheson


Energy and Natural Resources

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Expertise

"With excellent capabilities across the board, this team remains a leading player in energy and is recommended for complex, high-profile mandates."
Chambers Europe

Matheson is recognised as a market-leading advisor with energy and natural resources lawyers who are recognised as leaders in their field and who act for domestic and international clients on all aspects of energy law, including renewable energy, energy-related mergers and acquisitions, energy regulation, development and/or project finance of energy projects, electricity and gas networks, mining, and oil and gas exploration.

We pride ourselves in being able to provide legal advice covering the entire lifespan of an energy or natural resource project, from planning approval to decommissioning. Additionally, our practice has the depth of resource and personnel to be able to lead complex and extensive energy-related transactions and our dedicated energy lawyers fully understand the technical and commercial issues in this regulated and complex sector.

Our energy sector specialists have extensive experience in oil and gas field development, electricity generation and supply projects, electricity and gas networks, renewable energy, market structures, regulatory reform and privatisation. Our lawyers have played a leading role in the establishment of the Single Electricity Market (SEM) as well as the implementation of EU legislation impacting on the energy sector in Ireland, in particular the Third Energy Package, the Renewables Directives and the Energy Efficiency Directive.

Experience Highlights

A selection of some of the recent energy–related projects that lawyers in the Energy and Natural Resources team have been involved in is set out below.

Electricity Regulatory

Electricity Renewable Generation

Electricity Thermal Generation

Electricity Supply

Electricity Technology

Offshore Oil and Gas

Gas Regulatory

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Gas Supply

Gas Transportation

Gas Connection

Climate Change

Mining

Energy Mergers & Acquisitions

Energy Project Finance

 

Electricity Regulatory

Our market leading regulatory team has advised key electricity market issues including:

  • advising market participants on the implementation of the EU Target Model
  • advising regulators in relation to legislation for the Single Electricity Market
  • advising regulators in relation to the licensing and transition aspects of Single Electricity Market
  • advising electricity businesses on the Electricity Directive 2009/72/EC
  • advising generators and suppliers in relation to licensing issues
  • advising renewable generators on priority dispatch and rules concerning constraints and curtailment and the implementation of Directive 2009/28/EC
  • advising generators in relation to grid connection issues (including advising on splitting and merging grid capacity for renewable developers)
  • generators on the regulatory and commercial aspects of putting in place “supplier lite” arrangements
  • advising electricity businesses on their dealings with the regulator with respect to regulated supply contracts

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Electricity Renewable Generation

Our involvement in the renewable energy sector dates back to the earliest wind development projects. Recent mandates have included:

  • advising a bidder in relation to all aspects of its bid for Bord Gáis Éireann’s energy business (which includes one of Ireland’s largest wind farm portfolios)
  • advising a closed-ended investment fund in relation to the Irish law aspects of its £300 million IPO listing on the London Stock Exchange. This was the largest flotation of a dedicated UK-based renewable energy company
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the development and construction of a 37MW wind farm (including EPC and O&M contracts, and owner’s engineer appointments)
  • advising a turbine supplier in connection with its TSA and O&M for a 38MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the construction and project financing of a 27MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 41MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the development and construction of a 12MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 37.7MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 13.2MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to the re-financing of a 15.18MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 10MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the development and financing of an electricity generation biomass gasification plant
  • advising a developer in relation to the first offshore wind farm constructed in Ireland
  • advising a number of developers in relation to their offshore wind farm projects
  • advising a developer in relation to its renewable export project

Return to Top

 

Electricity Thermal Generation

We have advised on the development, financing, construction and operation of some of Ireland’s largest thermal power plants. Our experience includes:

  • advising a bidder in relation to the acquisition of a 1,300MW portfolio of generating assets and the subsequent disposal of those assets
  • advising a purchaser on all aspects of acquisition of peat fired power station
  • advising a successful bidder in relation to the Capacity 2005 Generation Project
  • advising developers in relation to all aspects of the development, construction and financing of 400MW CCGT Power Plant
  • advising lenders in relation to Project Financing of 343MW Power Plant
  • advising a borrower in relation to refinancing of 400MW CCGT Power Plant
  • advising generators in relation to Power Purchase Agreement and Cfd’s in Irish Market
  • advising generators in relation to Gas Supply and Tolling arrangements in Irish Market
  • advising generators in relation to competitions to procure O&M service providers
  • advising generators in relation to Emissions Trading
  • advising EPC contractors in relation to EPC contracts for major generation facilities
  • advising the State on a competition to design, build, finance and operate a power station
  • advising a vendor in relation to sale of shares in 400MW IPP
  • advising several developers in relation to development and financing of on-shore and off-shore wind farms
  • advising a lender in relation to financing of a CHP project
  • advising developers in relation to development and financing of CHP projects
  • advising developers in relation to grid connection for several large generation projects
  • advising developers in relation to CER licensing process for generation plant
  • advising renewable generators in relation to AER and REFIT competitions
  • advising on and preparing a report for 400 MW CCGT power plant in relation to the impact of transitioning to the Single Electricity Market
  • advising a generator in relation to all aspects of its waste to energy project
  • advising a generator in relation to all aspects of the development of an electricity generation gasification plant
  • advising a generator in relation to the re-development of an oil-fired power station into a CCGT
  • advising an EPC contractor in relation to the construction of a 500MW HVDC interconnector
  • advising a generator in relation to a 325MW power plant
  • advising a generator on all aspects of a 431MW CCGT plant

Return to Top

 

Electricity Supply

Recent mandates on the supply side of the Single Electricity Market have included:

  • advising developers on the establishment of “supplier lite” structures
  • advising numerous companies in relation to electricity supply contracts
  • advising a government department in relation to a competition for electricity supply
  • advising electricity supply businesses in relation to their regulated / unregulated terms and conditions of supply
  • advising an electricity supply business in relation to licensing matters
  • advising generators in relation to Trading and Settlement Code
  • advising a lender in relation to financing of a CHP project
  • advising developers in relation to development and financing of CHP projects
  • advising generators and suppliers in relation to their merchant, in-market and out-of-market PPAs

Return to Top

 

Electricity Technology

We have advised developers, turbine suppliers and lenders in relation to turbine supply and related construction contracts across all major technologies. Our experience includes:

  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of drafting and negotiation of an EPC contract for a 400 MW CCGT Plant
  • advising several developers in relation to TSAs, EPCs, O&Ms, BOPs, civils and electrical work contracts for wind farms
  • advising a developer in relation to equipment supply and installation for CHP plants
  • advising lenders in relation to EPC contracts and turbine supply contracts in the context of project financing

Return to Top

 

Offshore Oil and Gas

Our lengthy involvement in this sector both in Ireland and internationally means that our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the sector. Our recent experience includes:

  • advising exploration companies on numerous farm-in arrangements and liaising with the PAD for required consents, including in respect of the 2011 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round
  • advising a multinational energy company on joint operating agreements (including JOA operatorship principles) and construction contracts for onshore / offshore infrastructure relating to upstream development
  • advising on offshore exploration and production authorisations, including advising on the Licensing Terms for Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Development & Production 2007 and the previous Licensing Terms for Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Development & Production 1992
  • advising numerous clients on decommissioning agreements, drilling contracts and oil field services arrangements
  • advising operators in relation to various offshore procurement contracts
  • advising lenders in relation to project financing of offshore gas developments
  • advising international clients on disputes regarding offshore oil and gas interests and licences
  • advising numerous clients in relation to international treaties and conventions as relevant to their upstream businesses

Return to Top

 

Gas Regulatory

Our team has significant experience advising on gas regulatory matters. Recent experience includes:

  • advising on the implementation of the Third Energy Package in Ireland
  • advising on a major judicial review of gas tariff arrangements
  • advising a gas networks business on licensing issues
  • advising a gas supply business on licensing issues
  • advising gas businesses on the Gas Directive 2009/73/EC
  • advising on the regulatory aspects of investment in gas supply business
  • advising various parties on the off-shore and on-shore regulatory framework in gas sector
  • advising developers in relation to regulatory framework for a Liquefied Natural Gas Project
  • advising on the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators’s (ACER) framework guidelines and network codes.
  • advising gas supply businesses on their dealings with the regulator with respect to regulated supply contracts

Return to Top

 

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

We have advised on all aspect of the development of Ireland’s only proposed LNG facility. Our role has included:

  • advising on the regulatory framework for LNG in Ireland
  • advising on planning and permitting for the terminal and 26 km gas pipeline
  • advising on the EU RTPA exemption
  • advising on permitting of an associated 450MW CHP plant

Return to Top

 

Gas Supply

Our experience of gas supply arrangements includes:

  • advising a generator on gas supply and tolling arrangements for a 400MW Power Plant
  • advising lenders in relation to gas supply and tolling arrangements for a 343MW Power Plant
  • advising a generator in relation to gas supply contract for a CHP Plant
  • advising a generator in relation to a NBP gas trading contracts
  • advising gas supply businesses on their regulated / unregulated terms and conditions of supply

Return to Top

 

Gas Transportation

Our experience in gas transportation matters includes:

  • advising electricity generators in relation to gas transportation issues in Ireland and UK
  • advising several generators in relation to Transmission Code of Operations and related industry agreements
  • advising lenders in relation to the project financing of an off-shore gas pipeline spur
  • advising a gas networks business on pipeline procurement for pipelines
  • advising a gas networks business on the implementation of the Second and Third Energy Packages
  • advising on the conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks, in particular Regulation 715/2009

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Gas Connection

Our experience advising on gas connection matters includes:

  • advising a generator in relation to gas connection aspects of a 400MW Power Plant
  • advising lenders in relation to gas connection aspects of a 343MW Power Plant
  • advising several end-users in connection with gas connection arrangements

Return to Top

 

Climate Change

We act for a wide range of clients in different sectors including some of the world’s leading players in the expanding emissions market. Recent experience includes:

  • advising an international financial institution on the implementation of European legislation relating to emissions trading
  • advising an Asian investment company on the clean development mechanism relating to emissions trading
  • advising an investment fund on various carbon compliance issues
  • advising generators on emissions allowances trading agreement based on standard form IETA documentation
  • advising a purchaser on all aspects of its emissions trading obligations resulting from its acquisition of a power plant
  • advising developers on the legislative regime applicable to carbon emissions in Ireland
  • advising an emissions trading company on IETA documentation
  • advising various companies on establishment in Ireland and on registration with the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to emissions trading accounts
  • advising a private company on carbon procurement facility arrangements

Return to Top

 

Mining

Our lawyers have specialist expertise of the mining sector. Recent experience includes:

  • advising a mining conglomerate in connection with a $3 billion merger
  • advising a developer in relation to its application for mining licences
  • advising a developer in relation to fund raising for mining operations
  • advising mining companies in relation to operational agreements including participation agreements and profit sharing agreement
  • conducting a full due diligence on mining operation for a purchaser
  • advising a mining and exploration company in relation to its proposed acquisition of a portfolio of mining assets (some of which were located in Ireland)

Return to Top

 

Energy Mergers & Acquisitions 

In recent years we have advised on the majority of significant M&A transactions that have completed in the Irish Market. Recent experience includes advising:

  • advising a bidder in relation to all aspects of its bid for Bord Gáis Éireann’s energy business
  • advising a bidder in relation to its acquisition of and subsequent disposal of a 1,300MW portfolio of generating assets
  • advising an acquiror in relation to all aspects of the purchase of 120MW power station
  • advising a vendor in relation to sale of its substantial stake in 400MW CCGT plant
  • advising an acquirer in relation to the buy out of a shareholding in wind farm portfolio
  • advising international investors in relation to the investment in an off-shore wind farm project
  • advising the State in relation to the sale of Whitegate Oil Refinery and Bantry Storage Terminal
  • advising a developer on the buy out of a shareholding in an energy company
  • advising the underbidder in relation to a €1.8 billion disposal of an energy business
  • advising on the Irish aspects of the acquisition of a 98.6MW wind farm
  • advising the underbidder in relation to its proposed acquisition of a large portfolio of renewable generation assets
  • advising an oil company in relation to its acquisition of an interest in an offshore gas field in Ireland as well as all aspects of the construction and development of the project
  • advising in relation to a €14 million equity investment in a tidal energy development company
  • advising in relation to the acquisition of a majority shareholding in a 105MW wind farm project
  • advising in relation to the acquisition of a shareholding in a 367MW offshore wind farm project

Return to Top

 

Energy Project Finance

We have advised on all significant project financing in this sector since the process of liberalisation commenced. This experience includes:

  • advising a borrower on all aspects of project financing of a 400MW CCGT power plant
  • advising a borrower on all aspects of the refinancing of a 400MW Power Plant
  • advising a lender on project financing a 343MW Power Station
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the construction and project financing of a 27MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 41MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 37.7MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 13.2MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to the re-financing of a 15.18MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 10MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the development and financing of an electricity generation biomass gasification plant
  • advising a lender in relation to project financing of a CHP plant
  • advising a lender in relation to project financing of an off-shore gas spur pipeline
  • advising a lender in relation to project financing of an off-shore gas field

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Accolades

"I see them as the premier law firm in Ireland."
Chambers Europe 2016

"Leading energy lawyers within the Irish market – fantastic customer centric business model."
IFLR1000 2017

"We found the Matheson team as a whole to be very professional and committed. The firm was an all-round excellent performer." 
Chambers Europe 2016

"Brings a lot of domestic knowledge and international experience together."
Chambers Europe 2016

The team is known for its significant expertise in renewable energy and offshore oil and gas, and for its high-quality regulatory advice.
Chambers Europe 2015

Matheson has experience in the full spectrum of planning, transactional and project-related matters.
European Legal 500 2015

"We have found this firm to be responsive, efficient and solution-focused."
Chambers Europe 2014

With excellent capabilities across the board, this team remains a leading player in energy and is recommended for complex, high-profile mandates. It has notable expertise in renewables, and has recently been visible on M&A, wind farm developments and financing and regulatory work in this area.
Chambers Europe 2013

"I really trust the lawyers' judgment. They are never wrong and the advice is definitive and reliable. Their knowledge of the energy sector is always up to date."
Chambers Europe 2013

"The team is full of personable, smart people who you can tell really want to help. If necessary, it will tell us what we don't want to hear."
Chambers Europe 2012

"With excellent capabilities across the board, this team remains a leading player in energy and is recommended for complex, high-profile mandates."
Chambers Europe

Matheson is recognised as a market-leading advisor with energy and natural resources lawyers who are recognised as leaders in their field and who act for domestic and international clients on all aspects of energy law, including renewable energy, energy-related mergers and acquisitions, energy regulation, development and/or project finance of energy projects, electricity and gas networks, mining, and oil and gas exploration.

We pride ourselves in being able to provide legal advice covering the entire lifespan of an energy or natural resource project, from planning approval to decommissioning. Additionally, our practice has the depth of resource and personnel to be able to lead complex and extensive energy-related transactions and our dedicated energy lawyers fully understand the technical and commercial issues in this regulated and complex sector.

Our energy sector specialists have extensive experience in oil and gas field development, electricity generation and supply projects, electricity and gas networks, renewable energy, market structures, regulatory reform and privatisation. Our lawyers have played a leading role in the establishment of the Single Electricity Market (SEM) as well as the implementation of EU legislation impacting on the energy sector in Ireland, in particular the Third Energy Package, the Renewables Directives and the Energy Efficiency Directive.


A selection of some of the recent energy–related projects that lawyers in the Energy and Natural Resources team have been involved in is set out below.

Electricity Regulatory

Electricity Renewable Generation

Electricity Thermal Generation

Electricity Supply

Electricity Technology

Offshore Oil and Gas

Gas Regulatory

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Gas Supply

Gas Transportation

Gas Connection

Climate Change

Mining

Energy Mergers & Acquisitions

Energy Project Finance

 

Electricity Regulatory

Our market leading regulatory team has advised key electricity market issues including:

  • advising market participants on the implementation of the EU Target Model
  • advising regulators in relation to legislation for the Single Electricity Market
  • advising regulators in relation to the licensing and transition aspects of Single Electricity Market
  • advising electricity businesses on the Electricity Directive 2009/72/EC
  • advising generators and suppliers in relation to licensing issues
  • advising renewable generators on priority dispatch and rules concerning constraints and curtailment and the implementation of Directive 2009/28/EC
  • advising generators in relation to grid connection issues (including advising on splitting and merging grid capacity for renewable developers)
  • generators on the regulatory and commercial aspects of putting in place “supplier lite” arrangements
  • advising electricity businesses on their dealings with the regulator with respect to regulated supply contracts

Return to Top

 

Electricity Renewable Generation

Our involvement in the renewable energy sector dates back to the earliest wind development projects. Recent mandates have included:

  • advising a bidder in relation to all aspects of its bid for Bord Gáis Éireann’s energy business (which includes one of Ireland’s largest wind farm portfolios)
  • advising a closed-ended investment fund in relation to the Irish law aspects of its £300 million IPO listing on the London Stock Exchange. This was the largest flotation of a dedicated UK-based renewable energy company
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the development and construction of a 37MW wind farm (including EPC and O&M contracts, and owner’s engineer appointments)
  • advising a turbine supplier in connection with its TSA and O&M for a 38MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the construction and project financing of a 27MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 41MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the development and construction of a 12MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 37.7MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 13.2MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to the re-financing of a 15.18MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 10MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the development and financing of an electricity generation biomass gasification plant
  • advising a developer in relation to the first offshore wind farm constructed in Ireland
  • advising a number of developers in relation to their offshore wind farm projects
  • advising a developer in relation to its renewable export project

Return to Top

 

Electricity Thermal Generation

We have advised on the development, financing, construction and operation of some of Ireland’s largest thermal power plants. Our experience includes:

  • advising a bidder in relation to the acquisition of a 1,300MW portfolio of generating assets and the subsequent disposal of those assets
  • advising a purchaser on all aspects of acquisition of peat fired power station
  • advising a successful bidder in relation to the Capacity 2005 Generation Project
  • advising developers in relation to all aspects of the development, construction and financing of 400MW CCGT Power Plant
  • advising lenders in relation to Project Financing of 343MW Power Plant
  • advising a borrower in relation to refinancing of 400MW CCGT Power Plant
  • advising generators in relation to Power Purchase Agreement and Cfd’s in Irish Market
  • advising generators in relation to Gas Supply and Tolling arrangements in Irish Market
  • advising generators in relation to competitions to procure O&M service providers
  • advising generators in relation to Emissions Trading
  • advising EPC contractors in relation to EPC contracts for major generation facilities
  • advising the State on a competition to design, build, finance and operate a power station
  • advising a vendor in relation to sale of shares in 400MW IPP
  • advising several developers in relation to development and financing of on-shore and off-shore wind farms
  • advising a lender in relation to financing of a CHP project
  • advising developers in relation to development and financing of CHP projects
  • advising developers in relation to grid connection for several large generation projects
  • advising developers in relation to CER licensing process for generation plant
  • advising renewable generators in relation to AER and REFIT competitions
  • advising on and preparing a report for 400 MW CCGT power plant in relation to the impact of transitioning to the Single Electricity Market
  • advising a generator in relation to all aspects of its waste to energy project
  • advising a generator in relation to all aspects of the development of an electricity generation gasification plant
  • advising a generator in relation to the re-development of an oil-fired power station into a CCGT
  • advising an EPC contractor in relation to the construction of a 500MW HVDC interconnector
  • advising a generator in relation to a 325MW power plant
  • advising a generator on all aspects of a 431MW CCGT plant

Return to Top

 

Electricity Supply

Recent mandates on the supply side of the Single Electricity Market have included:

  • advising developers on the establishment of “supplier lite” structures
  • advising numerous companies in relation to electricity supply contracts
  • advising a government department in relation to a competition for electricity supply
  • advising electricity supply businesses in relation to their regulated / unregulated terms and conditions of supply
  • advising an electricity supply business in relation to licensing matters
  • advising generators in relation to Trading and Settlement Code
  • advising a lender in relation to financing of a CHP project
  • advising developers in relation to development and financing of CHP projects
  • advising generators and suppliers in relation to their merchant, in-market and out-of-market PPAs

Return to Top

 

Electricity Technology

We have advised developers, turbine suppliers and lenders in relation to turbine supply and related construction contracts across all major technologies. Our experience includes:

  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of drafting and negotiation of an EPC contract for a 400 MW CCGT Plant
  • advising several developers in relation to TSAs, EPCs, O&Ms, BOPs, civils and electrical work contracts for wind farms
  • advising a developer in relation to equipment supply and installation for CHP plants
  • advising lenders in relation to EPC contracts and turbine supply contracts in the context of project financing

Return to Top

 

Offshore Oil and Gas

Our lengthy involvement in this sector both in Ireland and internationally means that our lawyers have an in-depth understanding of the sector. Our recent experience includes:

  • advising exploration companies on numerous farm-in arrangements and liaising with the PAD for required consents, including in respect of the 2011 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round
  • advising a multinational energy company on joint operating agreements (including JOA operatorship principles) and construction contracts for onshore / offshore infrastructure relating to upstream development
  • advising on offshore exploration and production authorisations, including advising on the Licensing Terms for Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Development & Production 2007 and the previous Licensing Terms for Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration, Development & Production 1992
  • advising numerous clients on decommissioning agreements, drilling contracts and oil field services arrangements
  • advising operators in relation to various offshore procurement contracts
  • advising lenders in relation to project financing of offshore gas developments
  • advising international clients on disputes regarding offshore oil and gas interests and licences
  • advising numerous clients in relation to international treaties and conventions as relevant to their upstream businesses

Return to Top

 

Gas Regulatory

Our team has significant experience advising on gas regulatory matters. Recent experience includes:

  • advising on the implementation of the Third Energy Package in Ireland
  • advising on a major judicial review of gas tariff arrangements
  • advising a gas networks business on licensing issues
  • advising a gas supply business on licensing issues
  • advising gas businesses on the Gas Directive 2009/73/EC
  • advising on the regulatory aspects of investment in gas supply business
  • advising various parties on the off-shore and on-shore regulatory framework in gas sector
  • advising developers in relation to regulatory framework for a Liquefied Natural Gas Project
  • advising on the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators’s (ACER) framework guidelines and network codes.
  • advising gas supply businesses on their dealings with the regulator with respect to regulated supply contracts

Return to Top

 

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

We have advised on all aspect of the development of Ireland’s only proposed LNG facility. Our role has included:

  • advising on the regulatory framework for LNG in Ireland
  • advising on planning and permitting for the terminal and 26 km gas pipeline
  • advising on the EU RTPA exemption
  • advising on permitting of an associated 450MW CHP plant

Return to Top

 

Gas Supply

Our experience of gas supply arrangements includes:

  • advising a generator on gas supply and tolling arrangements for a 400MW Power Plant
  • advising lenders in relation to gas supply and tolling arrangements for a 343MW Power Plant
  • advising a generator in relation to gas supply contract for a CHP Plant
  • advising a generator in relation to a NBP gas trading contracts
  • advising gas supply businesses on their regulated / unregulated terms and conditions of supply

Return to Top

 

Gas Transportation

Our experience in gas transportation matters includes:

  • advising electricity generators in relation to gas transportation issues in Ireland and UK
  • advising several generators in relation to Transmission Code of Operations and related industry agreements
  • advising lenders in relation to the project financing of an off-shore gas pipeline spur
  • advising a gas networks business on pipeline procurement for pipelines
  • advising a gas networks business on the implementation of the Second and Third Energy Packages
  • advising on the conditions for access to the natural gas transmission networks, in particular Regulation 715/2009

Return to Top

 

Gas Connection

Our experience advising on gas connection matters includes:

  • advising a generator in relation to gas connection aspects of a 400MW Power Plant
  • advising lenders in relation to gas connection aspects of a 343MW Power Plant
  • advising several end-users in connection with gas connection arrangements

Return to Top

 

Climate Change

We act for a wide range of clients in different sectors including some of the world’s leading players in the expanding emissions market. Recent experience includes:

  • advising an international financial institution on the implementation of European legislation relating to emissions trading
  • advising an Asian investment company on the clean development mechanism relating to emissions trading
  • advising an investment fund on various carbon compliance issues
  • advising generators on emissions allowances trading agreement based on standard form IETA documentation
  • advising a purchaser on all aspects of its emissions trading obligations resulting from its acquisition of a power plant
  • advising developers on the legislative regime applicable to carbon emissions in Ireland
  • advising an emissions trading company on IETA documentation
  • advising various companies on establishment in Ireland and on registration with the Environmental Protection Agency in relation to emissions trading accounts
  • advising a private company on carbon procurement facility arrangements

Return to Top

 

Mining

Our lawyers have specialist expertise of the mining sector. Recent experience includes:

  • advising a mining conglomerate in connection with a $3 billion merger
  • advising a developer in relation to its application for mining licences
  • advising a developer in relation to fund raising for mining operations
  • advising mining companies in relation to operational agreements including participation agreements and profit sharing agreement
  • conducting a full due diligence on mining operation for a purchaser
  • advising a mining and exploration company in relation to its proposed acquisition of a portfolio of mining assets (some of which were located in Ireland)

Return to Top

 

Energy Mergers & Acquisitions 

In recent years we have advised on the majority of significant M&A transactions that have completed in the Irish Market. Recent experience includes advising:

  • advising a bidder in relation to all aspects of its bid for Bord Gáis Éireann’s energy business
  • advising a bidder in relation to its acquisition of and subsequent disposal of a 1,300MW portfolio of generating assets
  • advising an acquiror in relation to all aspects of the purchase of 120MW power station
  • advising a vendor in relation to sale of its substantial stake in 400MW CCGT plant
  • advising an acquirer in relation to the buy out of a shareholding in wind farm portfolio
  • advising international investors in relation to the investment in an off-shore wind farm project
  • advising the State in relation to the sale of Whitegate Oil Refinery and Bantry Storage Terminal
  • advising a developer on the buy out of a shareholding in an energy company
  • advising the underbidder in relation to a €1.8 billion disposal of an energy business
  • advising on the Irish aspects of the acquisition of a 98.6MW wind farm
  • advising the underbidder in relation to its proposed acquisition of a large portfolio of renewable generation assets
  • advising an oil company in relation to its acquisition of an interest in an offshore gas field in Ireland as well as all aspects of the construction and development of the project
  • advising in relation to a €14 million equity investment in a tidal energy development company
  • advising in relation to the acquisition of a majority shareholding in a 105MW wind farm project
  • advising in relation to the acquisition of a shareholding in a 367MW offshore wind farm project

Return to Top

 

Energy Project Finance

We have advised on all significant project financing in this sector since the process of liberalisation commenced. This experience includes:

  • advising a borrower on all aspects of project financing of a 400MW CCGT power plant
  • advising a borrower on all aspects of the refinancing of a 400MW Power Plant
  • advising a lender on project financing a 343MW Power Station
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the construction and project financing of a 27MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 41MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 37.7MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 13.2MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to the re-financing of a 15.18MW wind farm
  • advising a lender in relation to the project financing of a 10MW wind farm
  • advising a developer in relation to all aspects of the development and financing of an electricity generation biomass gasification plant
  • advising a lender in relation to project financing of a CHP plant
  • advising a lender in relation to project financing of an off-shore gas spur pipeline
  • advising a lender in relation to project financing of an off-shore gas field

Return to Top

"I see them as the premier law firm in Ireland."
Chambers Europe 2016

"Leading energy lawyers within the Irish market – fantastic customer centric business model."
IFLR1000 2017

"We found the Matheson team as a whole to be very professional and committed. The firm was an all-round excellent performer." 
Chambers Europe 2016

"Brings a lot of domestic knowledge and international experience together."
Chambers Europe 2016

The team is known for its significant expertise in renewable energy and offshore oil and gas, and for its high-quality regulatory advice.
Chambers Europe 2015

Matheson has experience in the full spectrum of planning, transactional and project-related matters.
European Legal 500 2015

"We have found this firm to be responsive, efficient and solution-focused."
Chambers Europe 2014

With excellent capabilities across the board, this team remains a leading player in energy and is recommended for complex, high-profile mandates. It has notable expertise in renewables, and has recently been visible on M&A, wind farm developments and financing and regulatory work in this area.
Chambers Europe 2013

"I really trust the lawyers' judgment. They are never wrong and the advice is definitive and reliable. Their knowledge of the energy sector is always up to date."
Chambers Europe 2013

"The team is full of personable, smart people who you can tell really want to help. If necessary, it will tell us what we don't want to hear."
Chambers Europe 2012



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