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Nuclear

Gowling WLG is at the forefront of the nuclear industry's revitalisation, advising on sophisticated new build projects and decommissioning programmes around the world.

Supporting clients throughout the lifecycle of nuclear projects, our advice encompasses finance and structuring, project documentation (including EPC contracts, fuel supply agreements, spent fuel agreements, and operations and maintenance agreements), power purchase agreements, mergers and acquisitions, licensing and regulatory compliance, nuclear liability and insurance, nuclear governance, construction delay, claims management and dispute resolution, intellectual property protection and technology transfer agreements, nuclear waste management, decommissioning and environmental assessment and compliance, uranium mining and fuel manufacturing.

Providing practical legal advice and strategic guidance, our international team of top-ranked legal professionals understands the highly competitive and dynamic nature of the nuclear sector and the issues facing its stakeholders.

With experience across multiple jurisdictions, we've acted for a wide range of clients all over the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Many of us are involved with - and in some cases, founding members of - global industry organisations, such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, Nuclear Energy Agency, International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation, International Nuclear Law Association, Canadian Nuclear Law Organisation, World Nuclear Association, Women in Nuclear and the Nuclear Industry Association.

Nuclear programme & policy development

Our senior nuclear advisors have developed international guidance on nuclear programme policy and implementation supports, advised governments on nuclear programme and project development, and led nuclear market restructuring and consolidation initiatives. Our team has the bandwidth and experience to advise on nuclear policy and programme development, whether to develop a nuclear programme from the ground up or to leverage indigenous nuclear technology to maximise the national economic benefits of the nuclear sector.

New-build projects

Working with governments, financiers, technology vendors, contractors, exporters, owners, operators, and nuclear liability insurers, we've advised on some of the largest and most ambitious new-build projects in the world, helping clients navigate risks to ensure project viability and success.

Nuclear finance

Regardless of its size, complexity or location, our nuclear finance lawyers can help you lay a strong financing foundation for your project. We provide international reach through our global offices and have acted on major nuclear financings around the world.

Nuclear regulation & compliance

We advise clients on a range of regulatory matters, including the design of regulatory systems, the development of laws and regulations, and the navigation of licensing approvals and compliance matters. We also advise on nuclear organisation governance, using international guidance as a good practice benchmark.

Intellectual property (IP) protection & technology transfer

We provide IP protection services on nuclear reactor core design; reactor, fuel route and safety systems; fuel design, production and enrichment, nuclear waste, storage and clean up solutions; and related conventional plant designs. We also advise on technology transfer policies and contract terms.

Nuclear technological innovation

We have advised clients engaged in developing new nuclear technologies and new applications for existing technologies, as well as in commercializing those developments. Our experience includes research reactors, medical and industrial radioisotopes production, contracting, supply, and mergers and acquisitions, and supporting a wide range of small modular reactor (SMR) technology developers and vendors.

Operating facilities and nuclear utilities

Over several decades, our team has provided support to operating facilities and nuclear utilities on a wide range of matters, including: structuring nuclear utilities and their financing arrangements, nuclear organization governance, safety culture and management system compliance, regulatory compliance, operational compliance contingency funding, nuclear licensing and environmental permitting, investigations and prosecutions, procurement and contracting, labour relations, intellectual property management, policy development and advocacy, and claims management and dispute resolution.

Decommissioning

Nuclear decommissioning is a complex discipline requiring specialist expertise. With significant and diverse experience we provide counsel on contracting models and terms as well as the regulatory requirements for reactor defueling, deconstruction, interim storage and nuclear facility decommissioning. We also provide operational support to organizations managing legacy facilities and decommissioning programmes. This enables our team to provide a comprehensive, multi-faceted advisory approach that enables our clients to deliver complex, policy-focused, and commercially-oriented solutions to decommissioning challenges.

Waste management

We advise on the establishment of new waste storage facilities and the operation and management of existing facilities, including procurement, contracting, regulatory approvals and compliance, licensing and environmental impact assessments.

Export controls

We help to manage compliance around the contractual arrangements for the import, export and logistics for nuclear and dual use components and information

Advocacy, claims management & dispute resolution

We provide strategic litigation advice and representation in legislative hearings and committees, administrative tribunals, civil, criminal and administrative judicial proceedings, negotiation and mediation, arbitration, and other modes of alternative dispute resolution situations inside and outside the courtroom.

Nuclear liability, insurance & indemnities

With a comprehensive experience with all nuclear liability conventions and a wide range of nuclear liability and insurance legislative regimes, we are well-positioned to help our clients undertake comprehensive assessments of nuclear liability risks and to develop and implement balanced and effective risk mitigation tools, including legislative development, the parameters of insurance coverage, and the design and use of nuclear liability indemnities.

Defence

We advise defence clients on nuclear licensing and indemnities, within the context of major defence procurements.

Uranium & nuclear fuel supply

We have a thriving mining practice and advise uranium mining companies on listings, capital raises and contractual matters. We have also advised a number of the largest fuel manufacturers and suppliers in the world.
To find out how we can help you with your nuclear enterprise and projects, please get in touch with a member of our team.

Key Contacts

Ahab Abdel-Aziz
Ahab Abdel-Aziz

Andrew Newbery
Andrew Newbery

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