The growth and expansion of renewable generation globally has been one of the energy sector’s greatest successes over the last decade. However, with this success comes the challenge of maintaining efficient and effective power grids by properly integrating variable renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. As the penetration of renewable energy increases, maintaining grid reliability becomes ever more challenging and costly.
Our report highlights key opportunities and challenges for the energy storage sector both from a global perspective and from the perspective of several key jurisdictions, and the significance of its role in enabling the energy transition.
Stan is a partner practicing primarily in the areas of infrastructure projects and finance. He serves as counsel in a broad range of complex transactions with both sponsors and lenders on all aspects of energy and infrastructure projects' development, project financing, investments, joint ventures, operations, asset management, acquisitions, divestitures and corporate structuring. Stan has been trained as a lawyer under common law and civil law systems.
Neil Donoghue is a partner in the Firms’ Energy Mining and Infrastructure Practice with over 30 years of experience throughout Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Neil is Head of Baker McKenzie’s Global Nuclear Energy Practice.
Naoaki Eguchi is a partner of the Banking & Finance Group and a co-head of the Firm's Renewable and Clean Energy Group in Tokyo. He has been recognized for his work on Goldman Sachs' TOB of Universal Studios Japan, which was named the Debt Market Deal of the Year at the 2010 ALB Law Awards and on Fukushima Soma LNG power project finance of 1180 MW with USD 1.2 billon, which was named the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year at the 2018 ALB Law Award. Naoaki has advised many foreign companies investing in Japan, especially renewable companies these days.
Andrew Hedges is a climate change and clean energy lawyer based in London. He works on a range of transactions driven by the ongoing transition to a low carbon economy. His expertise spans the development of renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, sustainable energy procurement (including long term corporate PPAs) and carbon finance. Andrew also provides regulatory advice impacting on the design of a range of energy transactions.
Andrew is ranked as a Band 1 individual by Chambers Global.
Ean Mac Pherson is a partner of the Finance & Projects Group and a co-head of the Renewable and Clean Energy Group in Tokyo.
As the co-head of the Renewable and Clean Energy Group, he regularly presents at leading industry conferences. Together with his fellow Tokyo office partners, he has published regular newsletters and updates on Japanese renewable energy law changes to help guide foreign companies investing in the Japanese market. He is particularly active in offshore wind industry conferences and events, and he has issued a number of detailed publications on the development of this sector in Japan.
Prior to joining Baker McKenzie's Tokyo office, Ean worked for the litigation and arbitration practice group in the Baker McKenzie Bangkok office between 1995 and 1998 and the major projects/corporate practice group at Baker McKenzie Sydney office between 1999 and 2003.
Whilst working in the Baker McKenzie Sydney office, Ean was seconded to act as Australian General Counsel for the Australian division of a major Japanese trading house with extensive interests in the Australian mining, forestry, commodities trading and energy sectors.
During his time in the Baker & McKenzie Tokyo office, he spent three years on part time secondment to one of Japan's largest power utilities.
Carlos Suarez is an associate in the Major Projects Group practice since 2018. He joined Baker McKenzie's Madrid office in 2010 and completed a one-year associate training program in Baker McKenzie's Houston office in 2016. Carlos has developed his career in the area of mergers and acquisitions, advising on a wide range of transactional matters with a focus on energy and infrastructure assets.
Masahiro Tanabe is a member of the Projects Group in the Firm's Tokyo office. He has over 15 years of legal experience in Japan and overseas. He is admitted to practice law in both Japan and New York. He was raised in the United States and is fluent in English.
Vivien Vacha is a Senior Associate in Baker McKenzie's Berlin office and member of the Energy & Infrastructure team.
Prior to joining the Firm, Vivien practiced in another international law firm's Banking & Finance department from 2015 to 2018, advising clients in energy and infrastructure related finance transactions. From 2009 to 2015, besides her legal studies and her legal clerkship, she worked as a research assistant for another international law firm's M&A/corporate department with a focus on energy and infrastructure law.
Mariana Villegas Mendoza is an associate in Baker McKenzie's Bogota office. She joined Baker Mckenzie in 2012 as a member of the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure group in Bogota, and she has also been a member of the Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group.
In 2011, she received the Germán Cavelier prize, for an essay titled, "El Tratado De Libre Comercio Entre Estados Unidos Y Colombia: La Diferencia De Alcances Jurídicos En Uno Y Otro País."