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An integral part of the firm's business concerns assisting European Union institutions, governments and energy companies in their power generation, oil, gas and electricity projects within Greece and SE European countries. Rokas provides legal advice on the full range of energy regulatory matters in the area of its network, regarding, among others, electricity trading and supply, gas supply, energy tariff issues, liberalisation of energy markets, competition and state aid issues, access to energy networks, renewable energy sources projects, hydrocarbons exploration and exploitation, certificates and authorisations, joint ventures etc.. The firm cooperates at high level with the public sector in Greece, it has gained unique experience in renewable energy sources (licensing, operation, project finance) and it is highly ranked among law firms in Greece.

In particular, we have in-depth knowledge of the Greek private and public law and the Greek and European energy and competition law. Numerous litigation cases on matters related to energy law have been successfully carried out by us. Our energy, natural resources and environment team consists of known and successful professionals and is supported by lawyers of our firm from other areas such as experts for competition and state aid, financing and capital markets, arbitration and dispute resolution, administrative, labour and taxation law. Members of our respective team have delivered speeches at international conferences and have published energy-related articles in international publications. Τhe monthly newsletter “Rokas Energy Newsflash” is being regularly distributed to thousands of recipients with updated energy law news from the SEE region and has gained acclaim over a larger geographic territory.

Practice highlights refer to:

  • legal issues relating to the development of the electricity market in Greece and SE Europe;
  • the implementation of the EU Directives on the Internal Electricity Market and Energy Union as well as development of the Energy Target Model;
  • different regulatory issues such as licensing, tariff negotiation and regulated charges;
  • issues related to trade and supply of electricity and gas including drafting and negotiating of power trade (such as EFET based) and supply agreements, drafting of other documents accompanying these agreements;
  • advising energy companies on different issues of competition and state aid;
  • establishment of power generation projects, including advising on, drafting and negotiating of agreements on construction (such as FIDIC based agreements);
  • joint ventures with governments and companies for the purpose of transporting, selling and commercializing gas to European and SE European countries;
  • privatizations and unbundling in the energy sector;

On the EU level, our firm has been a project leader or member of consortia in various institutionally funded projects concerning the strengthening, modernising and regulating of the energy sector. We have been awarded projects such as the PHARE Programmes (European Agency for Reconstruction) regarding the provision of technical assistance for energy efficiency improvement in the Romanian district heating system, the establishment and operation of the Serbian Energy Regulatory Agency (SEA) and the development of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) in FYR of Macedonia. Another indicative such project completed by our firm was the USAID Programme on institutional and regulatory assistance in the development of Regional Electricity Market in SE Europe (Croatia, Serbia). Recently we performed a legal study for the implementation of the RES Directive in 8 countries of SEE for the Energy Community Secretariat.

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