Following the boom in renewable energies this past decade, the electricity sector in Spain is faced with a point of inflexion in light of the relaxed rhythm of investment in these types of facilities. To a large extent, governmental measures have entailed a stoppage in the sector. The incentives for clean generation of electricity have been cut back, due to the effort to achieve a balanced budget. This change in perspective has triggered an intense debate in various political, economic and legal forums.
Companies and private investors in the sector are exposed to a dangerous transitory set of circumstances, requiring specialized advice both in order to readjust to current regulations in force in the case of projects already operational, as well as to advance with security in the development of future operations.
In a strategic sector whose regulation is profuse and ever-changing, protection against uncertainty which a leading firm such as Gómez-Acebo & Pombo offers is indispensable. Our firm includes in its portfolio extensive experience thanks to its participation in numerous projects in all areas of energy: wind, photovoltaic and thermal, solar, traditional hydraulic and mini-hydraulic, wave or tidal power, biomass and waste, combined cycle, co-generation and oil.
Therefore, operations in the field of energy carry with them, today more than ever, the difficulty of coordinating a varied range of legal actions which must be articulated harmoniously in order to achieve the success of the project.
Furthermore, our clients’ current needs are increasingly directing our activities to multi-disciplinary study of matters that arise from investments and management projects in the energy field.
Hence, firm attorneys specializing in regulatory matters, competition, financing, urban planning and the environment are integrated to form a working team that provides a response to the complexity of all types of projects and investments. In turn, this permits the development of individual channels with which to adapt to problematic issues of any specific case.
The following are included within the range of projects for which we have been responsible:
"I think very highly of Gómez-Acebo & Pombo. The team has been responsive and has demonstrated an unparalleled knowledge of locally applicable law and complex matters in the electricity sector."
The Chambers Europe 2016. Energy and Natural Resources
"The team is resourceful and able to select lawyers with the best skills for each issue."
The Chambers Europe 2015. Energy and Natural Resources - Portugal
"One of the best firms for the capacities of individual partners and for the interaction between different departments; it can operate as a one-stop shop."
The Chambers Europe 2015. Energy and Natural Resources
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has the best energy team one can expect.
The Legal 500 2015. Projects and Energy
"A deep understanding of the energy market".
The Chambers Europe 2014. Energy and Natural Resources
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has a long-established reputation in the energy market.
The Legal 500 2014. Projects and Energy
Acting for public and private sector clients, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados has extensive transactional experience in the energy sector.
The Legal 500 2014. Energy and Environment - Portugal
Sources say: "The lawyers are flexible, know the political aspects of the business and spare no expense when it comes to providing a quality service".
The Chambers Europe 2013. Energy and Natural Resources
"The lawyers really get involved and provide tailored advice".
The Chambers Europe 2013. Energy and Natural Resources - Portugal
This flourishing Iberian firm enters the rankings following strong recommendations from interviewees. The ten-lawyer team has enjoyed a busy year, handling real estate, energy and infrastructure projects in Portugal and abroad.
Sources say: "The lawyers understand our identity as a company and provide tailored advice. They are experienced and available 24/7".
The Chambers Europe 2013. Projects - Portugal
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados is "among the most prominent firms for energy law".
The Legal 500 2013. Projects and Energy
This ten-strong multidisciplinary team offers expertise within all areas of energy and natural resources. Despite the adverse market conditions, the firm continues to receive mandates from prominent new clients such as Naturener Solar and the Instituto Cántabro de Finanzas.
Sources say: "These lawyers don't beat around the bush – they go straight to the point and explain things clearly. They understand our needs perfectly and fight hard in negotiations".
The Chambers Europe 2012. Energy and Natural Resources
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados’ team of "highly qualified professionals" is "clearly a sure bet when requesting legal advice".
The Legal 500 2012. Projects and Energy
This Spanish firm has been in Lisbon since 2010 and maintains a strong level of service. The skilful energy team is highly experienced in the fields of renewable energy and mining, and acts for a wide range of clients, such as energy-related companies and banks financing projects in the area. Sources say: "The team clearly has knowledge of the market, is commercially oriented, gives practical advice instead of theoretical answers, and above all offers very good value for money".
The team provides "excellent service" and "timely, balanced advice" to clients.