Energy

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“There is a driving force more powerful than steam, electricity and nuclear power: the will”. Albert Einstein

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Over the coming years, the Spanish energy sector, which has traditionally been dependent on the use of fossil fuels such as coal or oil, must take on the significant challenges posed by decarbonising the economy, which not only affect activities carried out for the supply of electricity and liquid and gaseous fuels, but also other highly important business activities such as industry, transport or construction. 

At Ramón y Cajal we have a multidisciplinary team of lawyers with over twenty years of experience in the energy sector. They are able to provide comprehensive and innovative legal advice in this area to energy companies, industry associations, financial institutions and investors or large industrial consumers, both national and foreign. 

The Energy practice offers the following services: 

a) Energy regulation 

  • Legal advisory services, in particular in relation to the development of new energy projects. 
  • Acting in proceedings for drawing up general provisions. 
  • Due diligence in both greenfield and brownfield projects.
  • Acting in administrative proceedings, including in disputes concerning access and connection.   
  • Legal defence in contentious-administrative proceedings. 

b) Financing

  • Financing projects carried out by means of auctions, on an arm’s length basis or by entering into long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).  
  • Transactions for the alternative financing of energy projects via capital markets (project bonds, corporate bonds, IPOs or crowdfunding platforms), including green financing. 

c) Acquisitions and contracts 

  • Negotiation and execution of transactions for the purchase of energy assets or companies of the sector.
  • Partnership and joint venture agreements.
  • Agreements between developers that share the use of connection infrastructure. 
  • Agreements related to the purchase and development of new projects for electricity generation using renewable technologies (PPAs, DSAs, PDAs, EPCs, TSAs and O&M agreements, etc.) or for the upgrading of existing facilities, for storage or for the production of hydrogen and synthetic fuels.  
  • Agreements related to the activity of sale of electricity and gases. 

d) Legal and arbitration proceedings in this regard.

"Team of highly trained people, with deep knowledge of the sector and good teamwork and communication skills". Chambers and Partners, 2021

“The RyC project and energy team is very competent, proactive, they show absolute availability and great commercial spirit”. Legal 500, 2021

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