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Charging Infrastructure

Using 'alternative fuels' means we need to develop new ways of powering and recharging the solutions we develop. These may be on-the-street EV charging stations; at home power sources or larger scale hydrogen storage facilities. Each one of these brings with it, its own unique set of regulatory, financing and development challenges.

Linklaters has been working with clients at the forefront of new developments in this fast moving space. A combination of our Energy & Infrastructure, Environmental, IP, Technology and Corporate lawyers have been advising clients including energy companies, lenders and financial investors on financing and development, strategic M&A and joint ventures and policy and regulation.

We provide a full-service legal solution for battery and storage assets to corporates, lenders, investors and regulatory bodies

Financing and development

We have advised a variety of market players on the financing and development of charging infrastructure, including:

  • on a pan-European project for the construction, operation and maintenance of EV charging points;
  • on the €150m innovative debt financing arrangement made available to the Allego group, the first-of-a-kind financing in an infrastructure asset class of the future;
  • ASG on the high speed charging of buses and taxis in London;
  • on the placement of new ordinary shares in a Netherlands-based international provider of energy solutions in the field of electric vehicle charging, energy storage and smart grid solutions by way of accelerated bookbuild offering.

Strategic M&A & JVs

The route into this asset class for many is via strategic M&A or joint venture. We have experience of advising on all routes to market. Examples include advising:

  • Meridiam, on the creation of a JV with Casino Group for the design construction and operation of a network of EV charging stations in France;
  • FRV on its investment into a Tesla powered storage facility and development of EV charging points; - ESB on establishing Stichting Open Charge Alliance;
  • Engie on its acquisition of EV-Box; and
  • a European energy company on the acquisition of an EV charging company in China.

Policy and regulation

Each country has its own set of regulations for charging infrastructure and navigating this globally requires a global law firm. Linklaters has advised on a range of policy and regulation requirements including advising:

  • National Grid on its policy position relating to the development of charging infrastructure;
  • a battery swapping company on the regulation of alternative fuel infrastructure in the UK and Spain; and
  • a US OEM on regulatory issues relating to licensing for charging systems in China.

Our charging infrastructure expertise

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