- Capital Markets
- Commodities, Futures & Derivatives
- Credit & Leveraged Finance
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Equity
- Project Development & Finance
S&C has played a significant role in the growth of companies in the energy and natural resources sectors by providing strategic advice on capital raising transactions. Clients benefit from our creative problem solving and depth of experience and understanding across every phase of a transaction, from due diligence and pre-structuring advice through to execution and ongoing disclosure and reporting requirements, including in relation to environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters. Using our broad knowledge of global debt and equity markets and our cross-border expertise, we assist our clients to access the capital markets, taking an integrated approach that is always guided by our deep understanding of the financing needs of companies active in the sector. This experience extends to work on numerous secured project bonds, including for projects in the emerging markets, as well as many green, social and sustainability-linked bonds, ETFs and other capital markets products.
Commodities, Futures & Derivatives
S&C has deep experience advising commercial and investment banks, hedge funds, utilities and industrials in connection with the structuring, offering and trading of commodity and derivative products. Our lawyers are adept at advising on the development of new technologies, financial indices, electronic trading systems, exchanges and clearing houses in the oil and gas, power, mining and other energy sectors. In this context, we advise on regulatory and litigation matters relating to our energy and mining clients' businesses in commodities, futures and derivatives.
Credit & Leveraged Finance
S&C's Credit & Leveraged Finance practice is highly integrated with the rest of the Firm's practices and is comprised of lawyers with broad transactional expertise advising borrowers, sponsors, principals, lenders and private equity participants in acquisition finance, leveraged finance, distressed debt, restructuring and other structured finance matters in the energy, mining and other natural resource sectors. The practice is familiar with the full range of products in today's market, including green and sustainability-linked loans, and other green and social credit products, term loans A and B, first lien and second lien term loans, revolving credit facilities, securitizations, bridge loans, mezzanine financings and high-yield bonds. This breadth ensures that we can and efficiently and effectively develops novel solutions to meet our clients' commercial objectives in these sectors.
S&C is a recognized leader in infrastructure investment and finance in the energy and natural resources space. In recent years the Firm has acted for a variety of players, including strategic operators, public companies, global investors and infrastructure funds, in the acquisition, design, development and expansion and/or financing of major infrastructure involving upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas assets, mines and smelting and refining facilities, and traditional and alternative power generation, transmission and distribution assets.
Our Litigation Group has diverse and exceptional experience advising energy and mining sector companies in commercial disputes, securities litigation and international arbitration matters, as well as in anti-corruption matters arising from the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practice Act (FCPA) and related international laws. We have similar experience advising natural resources companies in disputes with host governments. The group also benefits from deep experience litigating significant environmental matters that often accompany the risks associated with doing business in the oil and gas and other energy sectors.
Mergers & Acquisitions
S&C is one of the leading law firms advising on significant mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and dispositions involving portfolios of renewables assets, electric and gas utilities, oil and gas companies, energy infrastructure companies (including pipeline operators), mine operators and other strategic investors. We also advise on environmental, social and governance (ESG) due diligence and mergers and acquisitions of green, social and sustainable assets. Clients regularly choose S&C because our deep sector knowledge, combined with our leading Credit & Leveraged Finance practice, allows us to develop novel approaches to our clients' most important M&A matters.
S&C has extensive experience advising on all sides of private equity matters, including significant investments and exits, involving important renewable, oil and gas, LNG, traditional power and mining infrastructure assets. The group works closely with lawyers in the M&A and Corporate and Finance groups, allowing clients to benefit from our lawyers' ability to execute highly tailored and novel financings, often critical to the success of private equity transactions.
Project Development & Finance
S&C has leading experience advising on transformative energy and natural resources projects worldwide, including upstream oil and gas, pipelines, LNG and petrochemical facilities, power (including wind, solar and other renewables) projects, and mine and smelter projects. Our lawyers are experienced advising sponsors and lenders on all financing sources and structures, including banks, ECAs, MLAs and project bonds. We have experience working with clients to address governmental, sponsor and lender ESG requirements and policies. We also advise on joint venture, commercial and foreign investment agreements, including consortium/shareholder agreements, EPC/M agreements, sale/offtake agreements—such as power purchase agreements and LNG sale and purchase agreements—pipeline agreements, and operating agreements, among others.
S&C has an unrivaled restructuring practice and has been the firm of choice for many energy and mining companies seeking restructuring arrangements due to changes in the commodity markets and otherwise. We also advise lenders, bondholders and their creditors on restructurings in this sector. Comprised of finance, corporate, litigation and tax lawyers, our Energy & Natural Resources Group's restructuring lawyers have played a major role advising clients as they refinance or reorganize their businesses to meet current market conditions.
Tax Equity and Other Tax Matters
S&C's tax lawyers work closely with lawyers in the Firm's Energy & Natural Resources Group to provide tailored advice on the unique business needs of our energy sector clients. In the renewable and clean technology sectors in particular, we regularly work with clients to structure strategic tax equity investments involving a variety of wind, solar and other assets. Composed of lawyers intimately familiar with tax issues in the United States, United Kingdom and France, S&C's tax lawyers work together with our transactional lawyers to advise on tax issues related to all aspects of transactions in this industry sector.