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Chambers USA 2017

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.

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 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.

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