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Global demand for power continues to rise at a spectacular rate driven by a combination of the growing world population, increased standards of living and wealth, as well as the related surge in consumption.

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The power industry is crucial to the functioning of every economy, household and individual. It is also extremely heavily regulated: energy companies, governments and grid operators all have a myriad of issues to consider every day to ensure the entire system works properly.

The industry players are faced with a number of challenges, including capital expenditure requirements, complex technology, long construction periods, regulatory requirements and regulator involvement bringing new power plants online.

Our power specialists regularly advise governments, corporates, funders, suppliers, traders and manufacturers in the sector. We combine years of experience in M&A, project development, finance, regulatory and environmental compliance and dispute resolution with deep industry knowledge to serve clients in the power industry.

DWF maintains a strong nuclear practice, offering a 360-degree view of the nuclear project cycle driven from the experience of supporting clients in all aspects of their business from feasibility studies for a new nuclear plant development, financing and construction, to operational issues, uranium mining, fuel fabrication, storage, trading and transportation, as well as waste disposal and decommissioning.

Our thermal and nuclear power experts have a wealth of industry and sector expertise; many of whom have worked in the sector for a number of years. We have experience of developing, financing, commissioning and addressing operational issues associated with power plants and associated fuel and logistics issues. We can offer advice and support to developers or funders of IPP projects on a global scale; whether CCGT, conventional thermal or nuclear power generation. In particular, we have significant experience of advising developers, investors and operators in connection with the development of new nuclear build projects internationally; having advised on over $200bn of investment in new nuclear power plants.

Our specialists also have unrivalled experience in the waste management and decommissioning sector having been involved in this area for over 24 years. Issues associated with regulatory compliance and meeting international safety and non-proliferation treaty obligations is an area of particular expertise. We are also used to supporting clients to understand the regulated and de-regulated electricity markets in their operating jurisdictions. With significant electricity market reforms affecting power generation, transmission, distribution and sales; it is of great importance for our energy experts to be ahead of their competition in understanding and horizon scanning for threats and opportunities for our clients' business operations and aspirations.

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