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Opportunities and Challenges in New Markets for Offshore Wind
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Global offshore wind capacity reached 29GW in 2019, a tenfold increase since 2010. While Europe has been the focus of the offshore market, competing without subsidies and floating into deeper waters, offshore wind is rapidly expanding to new markets as technology costs decrease and profit margins for onshore projects become squeezed by tenders and fluctuating power prices. In this webinar, our practitioners discuss the risks and opportunities faced by offshore wind and the development potential in new markets.

Antitrust Compliance in the EMI Sector
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This webinar covers the most important compliance and enforcement trends that affect the energy, mining and infrastructure sector.

Distressed M&A and Restructuring & Insolvency
In partnership with the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), we held webinars in relation to:

  • Distressed Oil & Gas Acquisitions: A Look at the US – As Oil & Gas sector companies continue to mitigate a complex market reality and investors begin to explore potential acquisitions, this webinar focuses on how to maximize value in acquisitions when dealing with distressed targets and parties. Access webinar
  • Eastern & Southern African Oil & Gas Markets: Financing the Recovery – Oil & Gas companies are on the search for banking and financial support in the East & Southern African Oil & Gas sector as they try to alleviate market challenges, this webinar aims to explore the role of Private Equity and other lenders in supporting economic recovery with solutions to finance and support recovery and ensure future sector growth. Access webinar
  • Looking Past COVID-19: An Asian View of the LNG Industry – LNG companies are exploring their options in this complex market. This webinar centers on a forward-looking view of the LNG industry, touching on the market situation and project developments in Asia and the need to maximize value and minimize risk in a post-COVID-19 world. Access webinar

The Rise of Hydrogen: Policy, Practice and Projects
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The transition of the global energy sector from fossil-based fuels to zero carbon has been at the top of the agenda for many governments and market players around the globe for the past few years. In this webinar, the discussion touched upon the role of hydrogen in the context of energy transition; government support of “green” hydrogen industry; and opportunities for first movers into the new decarbonized hydrogen market. It also includes case studies of hydrogen projects we’ve been involved in.

Corporate Sourcing of Renewable Energy
In partnership with the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Global Solar Council (GSC) and RE100, we have organized a webinar series on how corporate sourcing of renewable energy in emerging wind and solar markets is transforming energy systems around the world, focusing on the following high-impact markets:

Tips for Oil & Gas Transactions in the Current Global Market
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With the oil and gas industry currently in a challenging state, this webinar explores insights into current global oil and gas transactions. We take a look at getting deals done in the current global market environment; approaches toward pricing, valuations and post-closing adjustments; force majeure considerations specific to oil and gas contracts; capex and financing implications for the industry; and an update on clean energy development, acquisitions and divestitures.

COVID-19 Effects on Large Project Transactions
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In this webinar, our industry-focused practitioners explored navigating the COVID-19 implications for major projects by providing practical tips on what we were seeing in the global markets. The discussion includes commercial and finance documentation considerations for existing and new projects; enhanced due diligence and other considerations for M&A transactions; and supply chain issues.

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James P. O’ Brien chairs the Firm’s Global Projects Practice Group. He serves as counsel in major project and infrastructure transactions such as power generation and waste recycling facilities. Both on behalf of project sponsors and lenders, Mr. O’Brien has led moving complex projects through development, project financing and operation. He has also been lead counsel on limited recourse project financings, using traditional bank debt, leveraged leases and Rule 144A capital markets issues. And during project development, he has successfully managed complex siting, permitting and transaction issues.

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Karoline Phillips is an associate in the EU, Competition and Trade department of Baker McKenzie's office in London, with wide-ranging experience advising clients in the consumer goods, energy, pharmaceutical and agro-chemical industries on merger control and conduct-related competition issues. She has been recognized by Legal 500 for EU & Competition law (2017). Prior to joining Baker McKenzie in October 2018 from another global law firm, she acted for Monsanto Company in its USD 66 billion acquisition by Bayer, assisting in obtaining merger control clearances from the European Commission and other regulators outside North America. She has also assisted pharmaceutical company clients in investigations by dawn raid carried out by the Competition and Markets Authority and advised extensively on competition law compliance, with a particular focus on pricing and distribution.

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Paul Keenan is a partner with the Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group based in the Firm's Miami office. His practice includes the representation of foreign and domestic corporate debtors and creditors in out-of-court restructurings, bankruptcy cases, receiverships, assignments for the benefit of creditors, distressed asset sales, corporate wind downs and UCC foreclosures. Paul has been recognized by Chambers & Partners in corporate restructurings every year since 2014.

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Denmon chairs the Firm’s North American Oil & Gas Practice. She is a top-rated energy attorney whose practice concentrates on complex, frequently cross-border, transactions involving the oil and gas, midstream, refining, chemical, petrochemical and energy industry more broadly, including public and private company mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. She also advises clients on corporate governance matters. Denmon is a member of the Firm’s Texas Offices Management Team and chairs the Houston office chapter of BakerWomen.

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Kieran Whyte is a partner in the Baker McKenzie's Johannesburg office. He has over 25 years' experience working in South Africa and Africa, with particular focus on energy and infrastructure projects. Kieran represents project sponsors, developers, contractors and lenders in complex greenfield and brownfield developments, advising on citing, permitting and regulatory concerns. He has advised on numerous first-in-kind projects associated with the South African government's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme. Kieran is experienced in all aspects of project development and is recognized in his field by legal directories including Chambers and Legal 500.

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Emeka Chinwuba is a partner in the New York office of Baker McKenzie and a member of the Banking, Finance and Major Projects Group. His experience includes general bank finance transactions (including acquisition financings, investment grade financings and asset-based lending transactions), project finance transactions in infrastructure and power projects including for renewable energy projects, brownfield asset acquisition transactions, parking and toll road concession transactions and US public private partnership transactions. In 2010, Emeka served as a volunteer prosecution attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in connection with the trial of genocidiares involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

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Christopher Jones is a Principal for Energy, regulatory and Antitrust in the European Competition Law Practice Group in the Brussels office. He joined Baker McKenzie in 2018. Christopher's career has spanned more than 30 years at the European Commission. He was previously Deputy Head of Cabinet for the Energy Commissioner and spent 18 years designing and implementing Europe's energy policy. Christopher has significant experience in competition policy, having spent 11 years in the field including responsibility for antitrust and mergers in the Cabinet of the Energy Commissioner, and as personal Policy Assistant to two Directors' General. He is also a leading academic in the competition and energy areas, editing and co-authoring the standard text books on Competition Law and Energy Markets, the Internal Energy Market, and EU Renewable Law and Policy, as well as books on merger control and the standard competition law reference work, the EU Competition Law Handbook.

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Bee Chun Boo is a partner in the Firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions group and practices mainly in the areas of M&A, venture capital and private equity. Prior to joining Baker McKenzie’s Beijing office in 2007, Ms. Boo served as a partner in the Firm’s Singapore office. She is listed as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000 in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, private equity and project finance.

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Kate Corby is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Dispute Resolution team in London. She has substantial experience of representing clients in complex litigation and arbitration, with a focus on construction and engineering disputes. She also has significant experience in advising on product liability, safety and regulatory compliance.

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Martin David is a principal in the Finance and Projects Practice Group at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow and heads the Projects practice in Asia and Singapore.

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Michael Kunstler is a partner in the Sydney of Baker McKenzie. He is a leading infrastructure and energy lawyer, advising governments and key industry participants on mergers and acquisitions. Michael has led a range of major trade sale transactions in Australia, the US and Europe.

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Natalya Bremen is a Lead Knowledge Lawyer in Baker McKenzie London office.