Fergus Devine


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Fergus is a Partner in William Fry's ProjectsConstruction Department and Head of our Energy & Natural Resources Group.  Fergus advises local and international power, oil, gas and commodities companies on major projects, transactions and regulatory matters.  He has particular expertise in advising new market participants, and those considering opportunities, in the energy sector in Ireland, including in relation to renewable energy and co-generation.  Fergus also advises procuring authorities, bidders, financiers, contractors and operators in relation to PPPs in highly regulated sectors.  Prior to joining William Fry, Fergus spent four years working as a projects and transactional lawyer in California, where notably he advised on wind and geothermal power generation and a major zinc refinery project.

Recent significant work includes advising ESB, Glanpower, Atlantic Petroleum, Gazprom, E.ON, Flogas, ConocoPhillips and Pratt & Whitney.  In addition Fergus has recently advised:

  • ESB on the acquisition of Northern Ireland Electricity plc (NIE), the Northern Ireland electricity transmission and distribution business of the Viridian Group
  • Aughinish Alumina Limited in relation to the gas, HFO and bauxite supply arrangements for its CHP plant and alumina refinery and related financial and physical sales contracts
  • RWE in its participation in the Irish energy market
  • UPMC in relation to its participation, as owner operator, in the development of three Co-Located Hospital PPP projects.

Fergus is lauded by an interviewee for his "deep knowledge of the energy sector and underlying commercial nous." Chambers Europe 2021

"Fergus Devine is a fantastic energy lawyer, very technically astute and has a deep industry understanding and awareness. He’s also very easy to work with on a project, and is able to quickly hone in on any key commercial negotiating points without getting bogged down in detail." Legal 500 EMEA 2021

One client said Fergus has "a particularly in-depth level of knowledge on the workings of the transmission and distribution network and the complex regulatory framework that comprises that SEM in Ireland. We found his advice to be timely, pragmatic and commercial." Another client added that they work with Fergus on a daily basis: "He is our go-to lawyer for all our important transactions and projects. We leverage his extensive legal knowledge of the energy and natural resources market to drive real value for our business. He continues to provide the best legal advice when we need it and is not afraid to give a view. He has a real affinity for this sector." Legal 500 EMEA 2020

In IFLR1000 2020 one client said “Fergus knows everything about energy contracts/regulations in Ireland...Fergus can speak the language of an energy trader and this is very useful when it comes to the detailed contract negotiations and drafting.” 

One source admires Fergus's "ability to make very complex regulations and legislation simple. He is very knowledgeable and commercially aware, whilst also ensuring that everyone involved is fully conversant with the issues at hand." Chambers Europe 2020

According to Legal 500 2020 Fergus was "available round the clock during the transaction" and "excellent at minimising the stress that accompanies a large scale PPP transaction working to a tight timeline."

Fergus Devine has two decades of experience, advising clients on a wide range of energy projects. "I have great respect for Devine," remarks one admiring market source, adding that "he's a brilliant energy lawyer." Chambers Europe 2019

"Strengths are numerous but outstanding leadership from Fergus Devine stands out the most." IFLR 1000 2019

Department head Fergus Devine is "very responsive, exceptionally pleasant and has a broad and in-depth knowledge of the energy sector," according to interviewees. Chambers Europe 2018

The "business-focused" Fergus Devine is highly active in the energy sector and is a "clear communicator". Legal 500 EMEA 2018

In Chambers Europe 2017, Fergus is praised for his "huge depth of knowledge and dynamism." According to Legal 500 EMEA 2017, ‘does not shirk the difficult messages’.

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