STRATEGIC SECTORS

There are two areas in which the firm has built up considerable experience: infrastructure regulation and management (all types of public works and all types of contracts for their construction and maintenance) and the regulation of strategic sectors (petroleum and petroleum derivatives, gas, electricity, transport and communications, land and housing, water).

 

In recent years various members of the firm have been working in these sectors and we have also issued many publications about them. In both fields the firm can:

Come up with innovative forms of infrastructure finance and management

Renegotiation of concessions, use of new types of contracts, tolls and fees for the use of financing and management of highways, oil or gas pipelines, organisation and availability of spaces in ports and airports and, in general, management and operation of infrastructure of all kinds and PPP contracts.

Clarify the new concepts that apply to infrastructure today
 

The "public service – public property" pairing no longer holds good. Nowadays much of the infrastructure is privately owned but of public interest, attached to the specific function for which it is used. The legal system applicable to public spaces, facilities and equipment has had to be redesigned, as they can now be built and operated under a public-private regime.

Help companies that are subject to energy regulation to operate

 

The firm has sound and proven experience in the field of electricity, gas and petroleum. This covers the construction of energy facilities and the transport and distribution of energy as well as mergers and acquisitions of companies and the commissioning of new products; understanding and being able to manage the extensive regulation that applies may be the difference between the success or failure of the operation. It is this understanding of the sector and its regulation that we make available to our clients.

Anticipate regulatory changes in the telecommunications and audiovisual sectors
 

We have continually monitored regulatory trends in both sectors for many years. We have analysed draft rules, and on occasions have helped to draw them up; we have been involved in the largest disputes, with in-depth application of administrative law applicable to the sector and competition law; in short, we have observed again and again the effects of the convergence between telecommunications and audiovisual media and the conflicts between the rules and regulations that this causes. Digital television; audiovisual content, interconnection of networks or telecommunications tariffs are not unfamiliar to us, nor is the new role of the state in these sectors. This all places us in the best possible position to understand and resolve our clients' needs.

Reducing legal uncertainty

In the sectors that we have mentioned and in other highly regulated sectors (water, transport, planning and the like) the continual changes in the rules and regulations and the new technological projects give rise to a certain degree of uncertainty about the law that makes many business initiatives difficult, or even prevents them altogether. Our knowledge of the forces behind the regulation and the technical details of it means that we can reduce this uncertainty and therefore offer significant added value to business activities in regulated sectors.

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