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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

Alinta Energy owner, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises

Advising on the acquisition of the 1,000MW Loy Yang B Power Station located in Victoria, Australia 

Aquind Limited

Advising in relation to the development of  a 2000MW UK - France Interconnector 

BP

Advising on its first major investments in Mauritania and Senegal through a US$1 billion deal with Kosmos Energy to acquire interests in offshore gas exploration blocks

Chevron

Advising on the disposal of its geothermal assets and related power business interests in Indonesia and the Philippines to Star Energy, AC Energy and Electricity Generating Public Company

China National Petroleum Corporation

Advising on its investment in the development of Phase 11 of the South Pars gas project. This marks the first foreign oil and gas contract signed in Iran since economic sanctions were lifted in 2016

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Advising on the acquisition and development of four biomass fuelled power plants in the UK, including through joint venture, with a total investment value of c£600 million together with the holdco refinancing of its interest in the first two operating plants

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