Energy Regulatory & Markets

Energy companies look to Latham & Watkins’ preeminent Energy Regulatory and Markets Practice for assistance with all aspects of commercial and regulatory issues.

Why Latham

Latham’s energy regulatory and markets lawyers utilize their detailed knowledge of energy regulation and markets to meet clients’ business objectives with respect to the development, regulation and commercialization of energy assets, renewable energy and emerging technologies projects and related government incentive programs.

Latham’s Energy Regulatory and Markets Practice represents companies involved in electric generation and transmission, natural gas transportation and storage, energy and related commodity trading as well as institutional lenders and private equity sponsors funding energy projects.

Comprehensive Expertise

Clients rely on the firm’s extensive experience in the development, structure and design of the rules and transactions in US energy markets. Latham lawyers achieve high rates of success representing industry participants in controversy and policy matters before The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the US Department of Energy (DOE), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other governing agencies. The group’s expertise includes assistance with:

  • Energy-related aspects of the Commodities Exchange Act
  • Federal antitrust and trade competition laws
  • The Federal Power Act
  • The Interstate Commerce Act 
  • The Natural Gas Act
  • The Natural Gas Policy Act
  • The Public Utility Holding Company Act of 2005
  • The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act
  • Various state public utility laws

In Europe, the group’s lawyers help clients comply with national energy regulations governing:

  • Antitrust claims both at a national level and before the European Commission
  • Internal market infringements by member states and CO2 emission cases
  • Merger clearance and government investigations
  • State aid matters

Lawyers in this group regularly collaborate with colleagues in project finance, corporate finance, M&A, tax and environmental law to assist clients with both the regulatory and transactional aspects of acquisitions, divestitures and financings, as well as the development, siting and interconnection of energy projects.

Awards & Rankings

  • Global Chair Named NLJ Energy & Environmental Trailblazer - March 08, 2018
  • Latham Again Named Law360 “Law Firm of the Year” - December 21, 2014
  • “Globally Renowned Energy Practice” and Projects Practice Rank Tier 1 - June 30, 2014
  • Chambers Names Latham a Leading Firm for Energy and Projects - June 30, 2014
  • Firm Partners Recognized for Client Service Excellence - February 03, 2014

Latham is a “distinguished international firm” that “provides clients with a committed regulatory offfering.”
Chambers USA 2017

Media Coverage

Energy & Environmental Trailblazer: Janice Schneider$39M Deal Ends ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66 MTBE ClaimsRising Star: Latham's Natasha Gianvecchio


Global Chair Named NLJ Energy & Environmental TrailblazerLatham Advises Sponsors on $1.74 Billion Financing of Cirebon ProjectLatham Launches We've Got Washington Covered Resource Center

Thought Leadership

Emissions Trading: EC Proposes Key Amendments to the Auctioning RegulationCEQA Case Report: Understanding the Judicial Landscape for Development — Full Report2012 German Law on Renewable Energy Does Not Constitute State Aid

Webcasts & Podcasts

CEQA Developments: How New Proposed Regulations and Streamlined Legislation Will Impact California Projects