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Eversheds Sutherland Lawyers ranked in top 100 Legal Power List 2020

  • United Kingdom
  • Energy and infrastructure - Clean energy

10-07-2020

A Word About Wind ranks four members of the Eversheds Sutherland Clean Energy and Sustainability team in the Legal Power List 2020 – the third edition of an independent power book that showcases the 100 most influential lawyers in global wind.

A Word About Wind have ranked the top 100 brightest and best legal minds working in the global wind industry across in-house counsel and at law firms. Michelle T Davies, International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability, Dorothy Franzoni, US Head of Renewable Energy and Alternative Energy, Jason Lovell, Partner and Indraj Mangat, Partner have been announced as some of the most influential people in the wind energy industry.

Recent years have seen the focus of international investors and developers shift to the opportunities presented by the emerging and maturing offshore wind markets. Favorable auctions in the UK have driven an increase in construction and M&A activity, solidifying the country’s status as the world’s leading offshore market by installed capacity. Likewise, supportive state policies across the likes of Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island have upped the pace of the energy transition in the US, presenting investors and developers with the opportunity to tap into an emerging market and build at scale.

Meanwhile, offshore wind in Asia-Pacific has soared. In the last 12 months, the offshore capacity forecast for the region has quadrupled to 43GW by 2027, as Japan followed in the footsteps of Taiwan in securing financing for its first large-scale offshore wind project, as well as several pilot floating offshore wind projects across the region. However, political and regulatory risks, alongside a lack of local infrastructure and a supply chain that remains under development, mean that challenges remain across these regional markets.

In light of this, and given wider regulatory risks and dips in public and political support threatening wind energy projects in the Nordics, investors and developers will continue to rely heavily on legal advisors – not only for creating watertight contracts in the initial stages, but, if necessary, to take legal challenges to the courts.

To download a copy of the report, please visit A Word About Wind.