Economic or Utility Regulation

Linklaters recognises the special challenges relevant to the control of economic power in utility and other regulated businesses.

Our regulatory and competition team is at the cutting edge of regulatory developments, advising clients, regulators and governments in the gas, electricity, telecoms, water and rail industries. The team has advised on price controls, market access and liberalisation for utilities companies, as well as on the regulatory issues arising in the context of mergers and acquisitions and financing/restructuring transactions.

On the regulatory side, we have been involved in many major privatisations, acting either for Governments or for the privatised entities. In addition to initially assisting in designing and putting into place the regulatory frameworks, we have subsequently been involved in the development of those regulatory structures and interplay between the sectoral regulators and the regulated utilities subsequent to privatisation. We have developed significant expertise in the areas of economic regulation, quality regulation, licence enforcement and value creation.

With such a background, we are able to provide cutting edge advice on regulatory issues specific to these sectors including:
  • securing regulatory consents/approvals in the context of M&A activity;
  • securing successful outcomes in relation to complex merger investigations;
  • advising in relation to re-financings and securitisations;   
  • advising in relation to regulatory investigations; and
  • advising on transaction structures that minimise regulatory risks and scrutiny.

We are also at the forefront of the convergence of regulatory practice and the application of competition law.