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Leading the energy transition to a net-zero future


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

EDF SA, EDF Energy and NNB Generation Company Limited (a subsidiary of EDF)

Advising on the development of new nuclear generating stations in the UK, including planning, real estate, the income support mechanism, financing, corporate, regulatory and construction and on its four joint ventures for nuclear new build with a Chinese consortium led by China Guandong Nuclear (CGN)

Nord Stream 2 AG

Advising Nord Stream 2 AG, the project company (100% owned by Gazprom) on the gas transportation agreement and financing aspects of the €9.9 billion Nord Stream II sub-sea gas pipeline running between Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea (through Russia, Finnish, Swedish, Danish and German territorial waters)

Origin Energy

Advising on the sale of its conventional upstream oil & gas business Lattice Energy to Beach Energy for $1.585 billion. Lattice's assets comprise a portfolio of conventional upstream assets in Australia and New Zealand, including interests in the Otway, BassGas, HBWS, Kupe, Cooper Basin and Perth Basin gas projects


Advising on the acquisition of interests in the Race Bank and the Galloper wind farm projects 

Vitol SA

Advising on the project finance and commercial aspects of its US$7 billion oil and gas project in Ghana with ENI supplying gas for power generation, reportedly the largest single project Foreign Direct Investment inflow to Ghana since Independence


Advised Aquind, developer of the Aquind electricity interconnector, on its successful appeal before the General Court of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators’ (“ACER”) decision to reject an application for exemption pursuant to Article 17 of Regulation (EC) No 714/2009. The judgment has EU-wide implications as it clarifies EU law in a point of importance to all EU interconnectors. In addition, it also clarifies the scope of the Board of Appeal of the European regulator, ACER.

Insights and updates

7th June 2023
The ability to store electricity that is produced by renewable energy projects is crucial to...
27th June 2023
ILS’s 6th Annual Conference on Energy Arbitration and Dispute Resolution in the Middle East and...
26th May 2023
On 24 May 2023, the Australian Government tabled a report outlining recommendations for reform of...
6th April 2023
With Brussels becoming more interventionist to subdue soaring energy costs, we explain the legal issues

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