Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s energy regulation, markets and enforcement team represents a range of participants in the international energy market, including foreign governments, regulatory bodies and energy producers, transporters and consumers on a variety of international energy regulation and policy issues. Our experience with respect to international energy regulation and policy is complemented by Akin Gump’s broader energy industry experience and related practice areas, including public law and policy, global project finance and environment and natural resources.
Examples of our international energy regulation and policy experience include:
- developing a coalition of U.S. oil companies interested in Iraq oil policies
- advising the government of Brazil on formation and operation of electricity bid-based markets
- advising China’s energy regulators on U.S. state and federal natural gas infrastructure regulation and history with natural gas commodity regulation and deregulation
- advising Swedish electricity regulators on implementation of a mandatory electric reliability standards regime
- advising Norway's energy regulators on U.S. natural gas pipeline and LNG import facilities certification processes and real-time electricity markets
- advising a large industrial natural gas consumer in New Brunswick, Canada, on gas pipeline rate regulation issues
- advising Saudi Arabia’s electricity company in the creation of a competitive electricity market
- advising an electricity and water company in Abu Dhabi on policy, regulatory and commercial issues relating to electric generation, transmission and distribution, and water desalination and distribution
- representing an independent producer of electricity in a 500 MW co-generation project in the Netherlands, providing public policy support and strategic advice regarding a controversial investment project
- advising major oil companies in connection with international negotiations concerning the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- developing global environmental excellence plans, environmental audit and environmental compliance policies for multi-national corporations to harmonize pollution control and waste minimization activities among facilities located around the world
- performing environmental due diligence in connection with multi-national corporate transactions, including privatization of energy production, sale of pipelines and construction of electric generating facilities
- representing a New Zealand publicly listed electricity distributor in its disputes with an embedded generator over cost recovery relating to avoided costs of transmission, and the national price path threshold regime.
Our lawyers have addressed international audiences in Hong Kong, Singapore, Amsterdam, Brussels, Berlin, São Paulo, Leiden, London, Montreal, Ottawa and Cuernavaca about comparative U.S. and international natural gas and electric industry regulation.