Our energy and resources team brings together lawyers with experience in energy, oil and gas, mining and renewables, both in the UK and overseas across a range of legal disciplines including commercial contracts, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, construction and engineering contracts, and projects. We have particular experience of sector-related transactions in Africa and eastern Europe.
Capital Markets & Contracts
We have advised on numerous corporate finance and M&A transactions for energy and resources companies, including flotations and secondary fundraisings on the AIM market, where we have acted both for companies and nominated advisers/brokers.
Renewables, Projects & Construction
We have considerable expertise in advising on the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector, both in the UK and internationally. Acting for investors, developers and contractors, we have completed successfully some significant projects including in:
We provide advice at every stage of these projects, from asset acquisition, through development and construction, to sale or further investment into completed and ongoing projects. This encompasses:
We also have extensive experience in the nuclear industry, from new build to decommissioning both in the UK and internationally. We have advised on contracts for use in nuclear-licensed sites, on international nuclear law and on insurance provisions on nuclear sites.
Through our extensive relationships with law firms around the world, our clients gain access to teams of lawyers worldwide with a deep understanding of the legal issues faced by businesses in the energy and resources sectors.
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Advises on engineering, building and development projects, alongside disputes. Significant and expanding focus on renewable energy projects, including issues relating to wind, solar and waste to energy. “They compare very favourably against other firms in regard to value for money and level of service.”
Fladgate LLP’s practice handles a range of cross-border work; consultant Neil Vickers acts for clients such as KazakhGold, Sinochem and Aurora Russia. In addition, Avram Kelman specialises in Anglo-Israeli capital markets transactions, while Paul Airley and Nigel Gordon are particularly experienced in Anglo-Canadian matters. David Robinson has been instrumental in increasing the firm’s links with Asia-based clients. On the domestic front, in 2016, Airley was the lead adviser to Angus Energy on its AIM admission and £3.5m placing. In a separate matter, Vickers acted for Shore Capital (as NOMAD and broker) on the AIM admission and placing of Yü Group. Grant Gordon leads the team.
Fladgate LLP’s Paul Airley heads the firm’s natural resources team while Nigel Gordon is head of mining. The practice recently acted for Beaumont Cornish as nomad and UK broker on the admission to AIM of lithium exploration and development company European Metals. Steven Mash continues to advise Rimbal on the exploitation of its Rare Earth mine in Greenland and quartz mine in Iceland, and Nigel Gordon assisted Xtract Resources with the acquisition of 100% of the Manica gold project in Mozambique from Auroch. Key contacts also include…Neil Vickers, who has strong experience in international equity markets as well as public and private M&A transactions.
Energy and mining expert Nigel Gordon is ‘exceedingly diligent’.
‘Response times and value-for-money are very good’ at Fladgate LLP, where the team continues to undertake a range of instructions in key sectors such as renewable energy. David Weare assisted Hitachi Zosen Inova with an EPC contract to deliver an energy-from-waste facility on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Digby Hebbard and David Weare were also active in contentious matters, where work included representing contractors on various energy-from-waste project disputes, and acting for John Laing Investments on potential claims relating to the design and upgrade of Aylesbury Park railway station. International construction specialist Barry Hembling is another key contact.
Fladgate LLP’s 12-strong team was strengthened by the arrivals of Chris Chrysanthou and Nigel Gordon from Fasken Martineau LLP. Gordon jointly leads the team and advised Xtract Resources on its $13m acquisition of the Manica Gold project in Mozambique from Auroch Minerals. Fellow joint head Paul Airley is also recommended.
Fladgate LLP bolstered its [capital markets] practice with the arrivals of Nigel Gordon and life sciences and natural resources expert Chris Chrysanthou from Fasken Martineau LLP.
Fladgate LLP’s ‘cerebral and dedicated’ [construction] practice … has expertise in renewable energy and is acting for BTS Biogas on the construction of an anaerobic digestion plant in south Yorkshire. Gillian Birkby and Alan Woolston head the practice and handle a mix of contentious and non-contentious work.
Renewable energy projects are Fladgate LLP’s forte. The group defended Hitachi Zosen Inova against a £1.8m claim by a contractor relating to an energy-from-waste plant. Gillian Birkby leads the practice. Fladgate “always provides good service on competitive terms”. The “diligent, tenacious and practical” David Robinson has “a very deep understanding of commercial and legal issues”, and recently advised BidTimes on its re-admission to AIM as Powerhouse Energy Group.
This firm is expanding further into the energy sector. The team receives instructions on a number of wind, biomass and waste-to-energy projects. The firm’s top-level clients include Weltec Biopower and Hitachi Zosen Inova. Alan Erwin is described by clients as “exceedingly conscientious, even with very complicated matters”. He has particular experience acting for German, Austrian and Swiss clients on such matters as biomass plants, waste sorting plants and prefabricated houses. The “absolutely superb” Gillian Birkby heads the firm’s construction team. Her recent work includes advice on the design and construction of a number of high-value waste-to-energy projects across the UK.
Has a good reputation on cross-border M&A transactions and expertise in the hotel and leisure, energy and publishing sectors. Strengths: Clarity: “The advice is clear, accurate and dynamic.” Client service: “In one word: excellent!” Represented Touchstone Gold on its business combination with Atlantis Gold Mines and on its re-domiciliation from the British Virgin Islands to Ontario, Canada.