Our clients include, among others, public utilities, integrated oil companies, state-owned entities, independent power producers, independent oil and gas companies, petrochemical companies, refiners and marketers, project developers, financial institutions and private equity firms, service companies, and government—including U.S. Department of Energy—contractors. They depend on our sophisticated understanding of the energy industry and our practical guidance to achieve their business objectives involving such matters as:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Development and financing of projects, ranging from small-scale upgrades to greenfield projects running into the tens of billions of dollars
- Joint ventures and cross-border investment structuring
- Regulatory compliance and licensing
- Investigations and enforcement
- Strategic planning and corporate restructuring
- Complex and traditional debt and equity securities issuances
- Commercial agreements
- Transmission access
- Energy marketing and trading
- Utility ratemaking
Our teams handle sophisticated energy transactions and regulatory matters around the globe on the full range of inbound and outbound legal issues. We also engage with national regulatory authorities, such as, on the electric power side, the British Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM), the Office for Nuclear Regulation, and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. On the oil and gas side, we engage with the energy ministries and national oil companies of most major jurisdictions, including Russia, China, Brazil, Mexico, UAE, and elsewhere. Additionally, we provide advice regarding competition law in the European Union, China, and other jurisdictions, and the application of such statutes as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act.
Morgan Lewis lawyers throughout the firm represent clients before numerous U.S. government agencies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and state public utility commissions, and in court proceedings at the state and federal levels in the United States.