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Energy & Natural Resources

There is unprecedented domestic and international interest on the energy and resource sector on the island of Ireland. The next few years will undoubtedly see change, challenges and opportunities. This is driven by:

  • The sale of certain semi-state energy assets as part of a government programme
  • Impact of the EU Third Energy Package unbundling requirements on the semi-State electricity and gas operators and owners 
  • The need to meet Ireland’s 2020 binding renewables commitments, develop Ireland as a green energy exporter and secure a more flexible power generation mix
  • The move to implement the European Target Model Market and the effect on the all-island single electricity market
  • The drive to seek new indigenous resources reserves to reduce dependency on fossil fuel imports for powergen
  • International success of many Irish exploration companies
  • Government and private initiatives to further develop Ireland as an economic hub for green investment funds, carbon trading, manufacture and green financing 

From State asset privatisations to developments and financings of power generation, from complex EU regulation to offshore oil and gas exploration, the A&L Goodbody Energy and Resources group has the expertise, extensive sectoral market knowledge, industry relationships and a commercial approach which gives clients the leading edge in understanding and managing the challenge of the sector and successfully exploiting opportunities. 

Ranked in the top tier in the sector in all leading legal directories, we have been at the forefront of the significant developments in this dynamic and ever changing sector on the island of Ireland and have been involved in the most complex, demanding and innovative transactions.

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Advising utilities, international energy companies, financial institutions, private equity, infrastructure funds, sponsors and government, there are few firms on the island of Ireland that can match our track record, our integrated all-island offering, our market intelligence and commitment to practical, solution focussed advice. Expertise and areas of advice include:


  • Energy project finance
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and joint ventures 
  • Renewable (on-shore and offshore) and thermal power generation 
  • Electricity and gas markets and trading 
  • Electricity and gas transmission, distribution and interconnectors 
  • Power purchase, offtake and tolling arrangements 
  • Emissions trading, carbon reduction and CDM and JI projects 
  • Property, planning and environmental matters

Energy Utilities

  • Acquisitions and disposals including State/semi-State assets 
  • Electricity and gas unbundling, REMIT and the Single European Market 
  • Regulation and corporate governance 
  • Utilities financing

Oil and Gas

  • M&A and joint ventures 
  • Upstream exploration and operations authorisations 
  • Joint operating agreements, farm-in agreements, transportation and sales agreements 
  • Upstream infrastructure 
  • Environmental and health and safety regulation 
  • Maritime law 


  • M&A and joint ventures 
  • Mineral prospecting and extracting authorisations 
  • Environmental licensing and compliance and financial security
  • Mining health and safety compliance and regulatory investigations
  • Ore sales agreements

“A leader in energy transactions.”

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