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The transition to a carbon-neutral economy is a seismic shift on a global scale, leaving no sector untouched. The urgent strategic, operational and reputational challenges are considerable, but so are the opportunities for growth.

Baker McKenzie is at the forefront of market-leading deals in the renewable energy and clean technology sector, and have long been advising, structuring, and supporting the development of the carbon markets, projects and carbon credits trading across key markets.

We are happy to invite you to

Transform Powerfully: Baker McKenzie Energy Transition Dialogue
Navigating your energy transition journey: Opportunities and challenges for suppliers, industrials and other market players

Thursday, 7 March 2024, 12:00 pm to 7:30 pm CET
Baker McKenzie, Neuer Zollhof 2, 40221 Dusseldorf, Germany

 

We would like to share with you our know-how, best practices and practical insights from our energy transition work in various focus sessions, drawing from our experts across our local and EMEA network. We will be dealing with energy and infrastructure projects from a project development, merger control and antitrust, tax, IP and data perspective.

In order to organize your participation flexibly, you may attend the whole event or only specific sessions. Please register accordingly to the given time slots via this registration button.


You may select sessions from the following Energy Transition Menu that best fit to your energy transition journey. Please note that two sessions will always be held in parallel.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Sign up for any of these sessions that best fit your energy transition journey:

Revolutionizing energy management: Lichtwiese Campus Case Study – pioneering sustainable energy management with the technology of digital twins

Speaker: Christopher Ripp (TU Darmstadt / I3DEnergy GmbH, Frankfurt)

The Technical University of Darmstadt investigated how digital twins and AI can address current challenges in energy management. This session discusses the complexities of modern energy management and reveals the project's outcomes, highlighting how digital twins contribute to establishing sustainable energy management. The project resulted in a state-of-the-art energy management platform that manages extensive data collection of 380 million data points per day, employs advanced visualization standards, and features automated CO2 accounting while AI is used to suggest a cost and CO2 minimal energy supply continuously.

Key regulatory issues when investing in hydrogen/sustainable fuels

Speakers: Christopher Jones (Baker McKenzie, Brussels), William-James Kettlewell (Baker McKenzie, Brussels)

This session will cover key issues to consider from a regulatory perspective when investing in hydrogen/sustainable fuels projects. We will explore what are the key requirements applicable to the producer, and what are the legislation and support schemes aiming to make such projects bankable.

Common pitfalls in energy transition development projects

Speakers: Maximilian Voll (Baker McKenzie, Berlin), Heiko Alexander Haller (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

Many energy transition projects are greenfield projects and require comprehensive project development. This session will deal with the most common pitfalls in development contracts and the project set-up causing delays, cost increases and disputes and how to avoid them.

Antitrust and consumer protection in the energy space: Boundaries to information sharing and marketing

Speaker: Anika Schürmann (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

The session will focus on the boundaries set by antitrust and consumer protection laws to sharing information with competitors, suppliers and customers, taking into account the envisaged EU directive against greenwashing.

Investing in renewables and battery storage projects to gain flexibility and security in energy supply

Speakers: Holger Engelkamp (Baker McKenzie, Berlin), Guido Prearo (Tages Capital SGR S.p.A., Milano), Giorgio Telarico (Baker McKenzie, Rome)

This session will give a market overview of renewables and battery storage investment opportunities in Europe with a focus on Germany and Italy. Also, the session will give practical insights for the development of battery storage projects.

Energy price limits: Current structure and antitrust risks

Speakers: Jan Kresken (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf), Ricarda Brandhorst (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

This session will describe the current structure of energy price limits used in the energy markets (e.g., in Germany) as well as their impact on the European market and discuss potential antitrust risks for companies exceeding the limits.

Onsite Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (CPPA) projects – a sustainable and reliable option for energy procurement

Speakers: Daniel Bork (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf), Claire Dietz-Polte (Baker McKenzie, Berlin)

Renewable PPAs are one of the key decarbonization pathways for energy-intensive corporates across all industries. This session deals with onsite CPPA projects as one option for a more sustainable and secure energy supply and provides practical insights how to set-up and implement such projects.

The limits of joint ventures: Antitrust restrictions to collaboration with competitors, suppliers, and customers

Speaker: Nicolas Kredel (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

The transformation of the European economy, including the development of new markets, e.g., for hydrogen, require massive investments. Therefore, many companies are looking for partners to jointly develop new business. This session deals with the merger control and antitrust issues that could arise out of such partnering concepts.

Virtual Power Purchase Agreements – hedging against future energy fluctuations

Speakers: Manuel Somacarrera (Baker McKenzie, Madrid), Giorgio Telarico (Baker McKenzie, Rome)

Virtual power purchase arrangements are increasingly utilized because they enable the procurement of large volumes of renewable energy on a cross-border basis (e.g., for operations all over Europe) in a single transaction. This session deals with this special form of CPPA, as under such agreement no energy is physically transferred, but only green certificates. In fact, these agreements are purely financial transactions whereby certain particularities need to be considered.

Technology and IP challenges when collaborating across industries

Speaker: Patrick H. Wilkening (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

Collaborating across industries brings up, for example, questions on dividing up IP contributions and newly created IP (co-ownership, allocation by industry/use case) and how to deal with eventualities in a long-term relationship (exit management, liability). This session deals with typical IP issues and resolution paths in the collaboration/JV context.

Access to new energy infrastructure – Can third parties request access to new energy infrastructure, such as hydrogen networks and carbon storages?

Speaker: Jan Kresken (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

This session will deal with the antitrust risks related to providers of energy infrastructure, i.e., whether those providers can be obliged to grant access under the recent antitrust laws, and, if yes, under which conditions the access needs to be granted.

New business models in the energy sector from a tax perspective

Speaker: Rabea Pape-Lingier (Baker McKenzie, Dusseldorf)

This session will cover key issues to consider from a direct tax perspective in the context of selected new business models in the energy sector.

The New EU Data Act – Smart devices and data access in the energy industry

Speaker: Michaela Nebel (Baker McKenzie, Frankfurt)

Data is becoming more relevant for energy management. In this session, we want to look at how the EU Data Act may create a data economy around smart energy devices and if it may also become relevant for network devices.

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm   Registration 
12:30 pm – 01:30 pm  

Keynote speech and case study with lunch 

  • Welcome and keynote speech: “Transform Powerfully: Navigating Your Energy Transition Journey,” Claire Dietz-Polte, Baker McKenzie
  • Case study: "Revolutionizing Energy Management: The Lichtwiese Campus Case Study – Pioneering Sustainable Energy Management with the Technology of Digital Twins," Christopher Ripp, TU Darmstadt/CEO I3DEnergy
01:30 pm  3:20 pm  

First round of sessions 

01:30 pm – 02:00 pm   Key regulatory issues when investing in hydrogen/sustainable fuels Common pitfalls in energy transition
02:10 pm – 02:40 pm    Antitrust and consumer protection in the energy space: Boundaries to information sharing and marketing Investing in renewables and battery storage projects to gain flexibility and security in energy supply
02:50 pm – 03:20 pm    Energy price limits: Current structure and antitrust risks  Onsite Corporate Power Purchase Agreement (CPPA) projects – a sustainable and reliable option for energy procurement  
03:20 pm  03:40 pm   Coffee break
03:40 pm  05:30 pm  

Second round of sessions

03:40 pm – 04:10 pm   The limits of joint ventures: Antitrust restrictions to collaboration with competitors, suppliers and customers  Virtual Power Purchase Agreements – hedging against future energy fluctuations
04:20 pm – 04:50 pm   Technology and IP challenges when collaborating across industries  Access to new energy infrastructure 
05:00 pm – 05:30 pm    New business models in the energy sector from a tax perspective  The New EU Data Act – Smart Devices and Data Access in the Energy Industry 
05:30 pm  07:30 pm   Get-together with an appealing musical accompaniment