The energy and environmental sectors are in a constant state of flux. Changes in the underlying political, economic and legal environment pose new challenges for our clients. Valfor is a recognized market leader in the energy and natural resources sector. With its sector-specific expertise, the valfor team covers the full range of legal services relating to electricity, oil and gas, mining, water and renewables, including transactional work and regulatory advice.

Within the scope of our advisory activity, we provide cutting-edge industry-specific advice across the full spectrum of relevant disciplines, including energy regulation, regulatory management, regulatory reform and market design, energy supply, storage and trading (incl. emissions trading), grid access and use, competition and environmental issues, greenfield developments, M&A transactions, and the refinancing of equity assets or portfolios. Cantonal authorities, municipalities, local and regional utilities, energy groups, international trading companies, corporations, consumers and leading financial institutions count on our advice when it comes to keeping pace with market and regulatory developments or entering new markets, as well as in representing them in civil and administrative proceedings before Swiss courts and regulatory authorities.

Clients benefit from our multidisciplinary practice. Our energy and utilities lawyers work alongside specialists in corporate M&A, tax, banking and finance, competition, real estate & construction and litigation and arbitration. Our in-depth knowledge of environmental regulations is the key to success in environmental projects.

As the Swiss member of the Energy Law Group (ELG), we have access to the most extensive network of expert law firms in the energy and natural resources sectors worldwide.

Core Expertise

Our expertise includes:

  • Advising suppliers, distributors, consumers, corporate clients, and other market participants on regulatory and competition issues, incl. licenses and concessions;
  • Assisting national and international clients with investment transactions, joint ventures, public procurement, energy construction projects, financing, and related environmental and regulatory issues in the energy and natural resources sector;
  • Advising local and regional stakeholders on public-private partnership (PPP) projects;
    Representing clients in cutting edge litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings;
  • Drafting energy-related supply, transmission, distribution and other agreements;
  • Supporting clients in energy trading transactions, incl. trading in commodities, emissions and financial products.
We are now valfor

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the merger of BianchiSchwald, GHR Rechtsanwälte and PYTHON.

From July 1, 2024, we will operate as valfor. valfor stands for our continued commitment and our joint endeavor to offer our clients real added value – value beyond legal advice.

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