Our clients range from the largest global sponsors, lenders, developers and funds to new market entrants and government entities. This depth of industry experience, coupled with our distinct commitment to innovation, allows us to provide strategic, efficient advice on engagements across the full energy spectrum. Covering all renewable energy sources, oil and gas and electric power, we work seamlessly across 25 markets worldwide.
Orrick is one of the few global energy firms that checks all the boxes when it comes to helping our clients achieve creative results. We bring forward-thinking strategies with emphasis on client-focused innovation, including advising:
While global demand for energy continues to rise, increasing pressure from governments, investors and consumers to support the decarbonization of the industry has commanded sweeping changes.
At the intersection of Orrick’s three main sectors of Energy, Technology and Finance, we advise oil and gas majors, renewable energy companies, investors and technology companies on the frontline of emerging cleaner technologies. From innovations in renewable and conventional energy and critical infrastructure developments to advancements in electric vehicles and battery storage technology, our lawyers are involved in all aspects of energy and infrastructure transformations and advancements.
Orrick is deeply familiar with the global legal, commercial and tax issues associated with geothermal, hydro, fuel cell, wave, and other alternative energy transactions, having handled many first-of-a-kind transactions in this field. Our hydrogen task force is hyper-focused on the future of this promising energy source. We work with our clients to identify opportunities and develop industry best practices in this space.
Our global M&A team not only understands the legal aspects of renewable energy, oil and gas and electric power projects and transactions but also is deeply familiar with the key commercial issues that drive our clients’ businesses and success. We advise industry participants on all aspects of energy mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of companies, assets and portfolios of assets of both development-stage and completed projects; joint ventures, partnership structures and other strategic business combinations; auction sales; distressed M&A transactions; highly structured equity investments; and issuances of equity securities.
Named Project Finance Law Firm of the Year by Law360 seven times, including in 2020, Orrick is a go-to firm for industry leaders in renewable energy, oil and gas and electric power, including sponsors, lenders, borrowers, equity investors, lessors, governments and others. We have advised on some of the largest and most complex finance and project finance transactions worldwide. Our lawyers combine strong industry, market and practice knowledge to advise on all types of debt and equity transactions, including equity placements, tax equity financings, nonrecourse construction and term debt, lease financings, taxable and tax-exempt debt, private offerings, private placements and Rule 144A offerings. We also have extensive experience representing multilateral and bilateral development organizations, export credit agencies, regional development banks and other government-owned or -controlled financing parties on project financings and fund transactions.
For decades we have been the firm of choice for prominent industry participants across the renewable energy, oil and gas and electric power sectors because of the innovative ways in which we design legal structures, draft project documents and manage complicated transactions. Our client work has earned us Band 1 recognition by Chambers USA 2020 for PPP, Renewables & Alternative Energy and Power & Renewables: Transactional.
Orrick’s clients cover the complete range of direct participants in a project, from developers to investors to manufacturers and utilities, giving us a deep understanding of the key drivers on all sides, a leg up in performing due diligence and an ability to bridge efficient solutions in all kinds of energy industry transactions. While we represent all parties in the development chain, our developer/sponsor focus makes us particularly attuned to developer issues and ensuring optimal investment and financing options for a project. We cover all of the development specialties for energy, including major project agreements, such as PPAs (including energy hedges), interconnection agreements, O&M agreements, EPC and BOP contracts and equipment supply agreements (including wind turbine and module supply agreements and energy storage arrangements). As a full-service firm, we also have seasoned real estate, environmental and permitting, and federal and state regulatory lawyers on our project development team.
Orrick are top-notch for responsiveness and subject matter expertise. The team are truly excellent at coming up with creative solutions that work for both parties.Chambers USA, 2023
A team capable of advising its clients on all aspects of transactions in the energy sector. The corporate aspects including competition law and taxation are perfectly mastered, as are the regulatory and public law aspects.The Legal 500 EMEA, 2023
The Orrick team is outstanding. They are able to navigate complex issues with efficiency.Chambers USA, 2023
They're brilliant lawyers and know the ins and outs of renewables and offshore wind.Chambers UK, 2023
Chambers USA 2023
Chambers Global and USA, 2023 (4 and 5 years ranked, respectively)
The Legal 500 USA 2023
Chambers Global and USA, 2023 (14 and 15 years ranked, respectively)
IJGlobal Awards, 2022
The Legal 500 EMEA 2023
Tamarindo Wind Investment Awards 2023
The Legal 500 UK 2024