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  • Energy & Resources

The global energy and resources group at Clifford Chance is a multi-disciplinary team of highly-experienced lawyers who provide innovative legal advice, with expertise in Capital Markets, Corporate, Construction, Environment, Litigation, PFI/PPP, Project Finance, Restructuring, Real Estate and Tax.

Our broad international network which covers Africa, Asia Pacific, the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, specialises in the particular requirements of the global energy and resources sector, specifically within the mining and metals, oil and gas, power and renewables sectors. The global energy and resources group is committed to helping you keep pace with market and regulatory developments, as well as enabling you to enter new markets, protect your interests, manage risk and strengthen your business.

Legal services to meet the needs of the energy and resources sector

We help our clients respond effectively to the changing shape of the energy and resources sector. We can assist you by providing top tier legal advice combined with industry knowledge.

Mining & metals

Our global Mining & Metals group comprises lawyers from across our international network of offices who advise a broad range of companies in the mining and metals sector including major mining companies, junior mining companies, development banks, international financial institutions, commercial banks, ECA's, contractors and governments across the full range of issues that apply to the sector.

Oil & gas

Our global Oil & Gas group is made up of acknowledged legal experts in the oil and gas industry, offering depth of resource, local expertise and commitment to the key oil and gas players across the globe. We advise on the complex legal, financial and commercial issues associated with upstream, midstream and downstream developments worldwide.


We provide top-tier legal expertise in the power sector, including conventional power, renewables and nuclear, for global clients around the world through our offices in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the Americas – a network that few firms can match.

Client experience

  • Royal Dutch Shell: advised Shell on its US$6.7 billion acquisition of a portfolio of LNG assets from Repsol S.A., including plant capacity and supply positions in Peru and Trinidad and Tobago, a 5% stake in a power plant in Spain and a material LNG marketing and trading operation
  • Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Morgan Stanley & Co. Limited as joint sponsors in connection with the merger of Glencore International plc and Xstrata plc as well as the syndicate of banks acting as underwriters on the  US$10 billion dual listing of Glencore on the London and Hong Kong stock exchanges
  • GDF SUEZ Energy International: advised GDF SUEZ Energy International (formerly International Power) on its £18 billion combination with GDF SUEZ, and on the subsequent £6.4 billion minority buy-out by GDF SUEZ of the remaining 30% stake, to give GDF SUEZ 100% ownership
  • Azura Edo IPP, Nigeria: advised on the financing and construction of a greenfield gas-fired power Independent Power Project in Nigeria - the first IPP under Nigeria's new power program
  • Helios Investment Partners: advised Sub-Saharan focussed private equity firm Helios on its participation in a joint venture with Vitol, which acquired Shell's African downstream petroleum business for approximately US$1 billion
  • Apache Corporation: advised in the successful defence of a prosecution relating to the explosion at Apache’s gas processing plan on Varanus Island which occurred in June 2008. The prosecution was high-profile due to the significant impact the explosion had on the Western Australian economy. The Western Australian State discontinued the prosecution in 2012. We are also acting for Apache defending civil claims for compensation arising from the explosion
  • PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited (PNGSDP), a Singapore incorporated company, in an ICSID arbitration against the Independent State of Papua New Guinea arising from the State's expropriation of PNGSDP's share in the Ok Tedi mine, a gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea. The amount in dispute is in excess of US$2 billion. The dispute has also spawned legal proceedings in the courts of Papua New Guinea, as well as in the Singapore High Court, where Cavenagh Law LLP (Clifford Chance's FLA partner in Singapore) is acting for PNGSDP
  • Bank Al Jazira, Banque Saudi Fransi, Riyad Bank, The National Commercial Bank and The Saudi Investment Bank on the financing for the Ma'aden and Alcoa development of a US$5.01 billion aluminium smelter plant and casthouse, a US$2.52 billion aluminium rolling mill and a US$3.58 billion bauxite mine and an associated alumina refinery, forming part of what will be the largest fully integrated aluminium complex in the world
  • E.ON Energy from Waste, Germany: advised EQT on its acquisition of a 51% stake in E.ON Energy from Waste, an energy-from-waste company with assets in Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands
  • Chaglla hydroelectric project, Peru: advised IDB and a group of commercial banks on the financing of the US$1 billion Chaglla hydroelectric project, which is being developed by Odebrecht
  • APA Group, Australia: advised APA Group on development of the Diamantina Power Station in Queensland. The Diamantina Power Station is being developed to meet the long-term power needs of Xstrata Mount Isa Mines, as well as to supply electricity to the town of Mount Isa