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Leading the energy transition to a net-zero future

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Energy is the life-blood of our global economy.  The system for delivering energy to the world is changing in the face of growing demand and the challenges of climate change.  The energy transition is underway, enabled by technology, human creativity and bold decision-making.

Our mission is to bring the full capabilities of our firm to support our clients in the energy sector to succeed long into the future. 

We are committed to helping our clients enter and thrive in the brave new world of energy, and to give them the confidence to continue to provide the capital needed to meet growing demand and to undertake the energy transition. 

Herbert Smith Freehills has been involved in the energy sector for decades and we have accumulated vast experience across all aspects of the industry.  We work with our clients to assess and manage the risks associated with the large scale investments needed to deliver energy to the world, to finance the projects and to enforce the bargains that underpin the investment decisions. 

We have captured this strong sense of purpose in our vision for the Herbert Smith Freehills global energy sector team: Lead the transition, energise the world, support the change.

Recent Experience

BP

Advised longstanding client bp on its move into offshore wind for the first time with a new strategic partnership with Equinor.

National Grid

Advised on its £7.8 billion acquisition of Western Power Distribution, a transformational deal to help deliver the UK’s net zero targets.

Origin

Advised on its strategic partnership with fast-growing UK energy retailer and advanced technology provider, Octopus Energy. Origin has acquired a 20% equity interest in Octopus Energy and a licence to use Kraken, Octopus Energy’s leading customer technology platform, in Australia. 

EDF

Advised on the project to build a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C in the UK.

AUSTRALIAN RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY (ARENA)

Advised on its grant funding of A$47 million in relation to the Kidston Pumped Hydro Energy Storage project.

INVESTEC BANK, PLC

Advised on the project financing of Nexif Energy’s 154 MW Snapper Point Power Station in South Australia.

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