European Energy and Climate Change

European Union Regulatory Group

Key Contacts

Experience

  • European Energy Regulatory

    • Providing comprehensive legal advice to a leading energy company on the legality of the European Commission’s proposal for ownership unbundling under EU and German constitutional law.
    • Providing advice to a leading international gas company on the development of the EU gas regulatory framework.
    • Representing supra-regional gas pipeline operators before the German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) with regard to their application for exemption from cost-based network tariff regulation and in subsequent appeals.
    • Representing a leading European gas company in connection with its application for regulatory exemption for the onshore connection of the Nord Stream gas pipeline project, including subsequent court proceedings.
    • Advising a gas pipeline operator in connection with network connection negotiations and network access agreements for a new CCGT power plant.
    • Supporting a leading international gas company with respect to regulatory issues in connection with an application for exemption from the duty to grant third party access to a gas storage site in Austria.
    • Advising a leading international gas producer and supplier on questions concerning exploration licensing in Norway, regulation of Norwegian gas transportation and regulation of the transport of oil via pipeline in the Norwegian North Sea.
    • Advising a major European energy company on various EU law aspects related to the construction of a major offshore European interconnector.
    • Advising a consortium of companies with regard to EU energy, state aid and public procurement law in their tender for the construction of the first wind mill energy park off the Dutch coast.
    • Assisting a foreign investor specifically with regard to a revision of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act, including detailed discussions with government officials.
  • European Climate Change Policy and Legislation

    • Act as regular strategic and policy counsel to a coalition of leading US and European clean technology companies concerning key aspects of global climate change negotiations, including comprehensive advice on their EU, US and global public policy strategy.
    • Represented a leading European electricity generator before the European Courts in an application for annulment of the European Commission's approval of the German national allocation plan for greenhouse gas emission trading certificates.
    • Advised clients on the WTO consistency of various aspects of emissions trading systems in Europe, the US and elsewhere, including allocation mechanisms, possible future border tax systems and export remissions.
    • Advised an EU Member State’s environment ministry on the WTO compatibility of proposed EU bio-energy legislation.
    • Assisted a foreign investor with regard to revision of an EU Member State’s renewable energy legislation.