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Energy Transition

Sustainable Future

The energy transition is one of the greatest industrial challenges of the 21st century.

In order to achieve net-zero carbon targets, massive structural changes will be needed across the global energy value chain.

The world’s energy transition is vital for achieving ambitious climate change goals, but for it to be successful there will need to be considerable technological advancement, significant private and public sector investment, and the buy-in of the global population.

Freshfields can support you through your entire journey as you navigate these critical changes. We advise the world’s leading companies and investors on the key issues in their transition to a more sustainable future.

With a wealth of experience across sectors, practices and jurisdictions, we provide strategic legal advice to support clients through their most critical changes.

Helping them seize opportunities and manage risks as they transition to a more sustainable and profitable future, we handle everything from complex corporate transactions and multi-jurisdictional regulatory processes, to some of the highest-profile energy disputes in the world.


The investment in renewable energy and emerging technologies will involve collaboration with joint venture partners, including financial sponsors, renewable operators, tech companies/founders and vehicle manufacturers. Our strengths across complex M&A, major projects and strategic joint ventures means we are well placed to advise on the unprecedented nature of the investment needed across multiple sectors.


Our teams regularly run parallel multi-jurisdictional regulatory clearance processes, with sector, merger control and, increasingly, foreign investment regulators, where co-ordination and efficiency are critical in ensuring joined-up messaging provides the best chance of efficient clearances. Our Antitrust, Competition and Trade group collaborate with agencies globally to shape law and policy (in respect of merger control and collaborations) which can help companies and organisations bring about more sustainable outcomes.


Freshfields’ dispute resolution practice boasts in-depth experience in energy disputes, both in litigation and arbitration. We regularly advise on a wide range of disputes, from pricing, volumes, and claims of hardship and changed circumstances, to cost recovery and end-of-PSA issues, investment protection and jurisdictional disputes. Moreover, our teams have specialist knowledge of the rapidly emerging litigation trends and market practice in the areas of climate change litigation, investor activism, regulatory and shareholder disclosure obligations, along with softer law concepts of business and human rights.


The energy transition requires increased spending on infrastructure projects and supply chains across multiple regions to ensure carbon targets are met. Transforming the energy sector and boosting investment in efficient use of clean electricity are key pillars of sustainable development. From planning and structuring to procurement, construction, operation and decommissioning, we can help you navigate risks covering the whole lifecycle of your energy investments projects across the private and public sectors.


The operating environment for multinational companies is more complex than ever. Rising wealth inequality, the fallout from the pandemic, and climate change have put pressure on the relationship between business and society. By drawing on our experience across practices, sectors and jurisdictions, we provide strategic legal advice to support clients transition towards a more sustainable and profitable future. We help them seize the opportunities and manage the risks of their environmental, social and governance performance, handling everything from advanced due diligence around corporate transactions to some of the highest-profile climate change-related lawsuits in the world.



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