Smart Energy

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The global power industry is transforming; supply crunches, consumer demands for lower cost, regulatory pressures for green generation and a push to harness energy in the most efficient way are all driving a seismic shift for developers, utilities and investors active in the energy industry.

These shifts are the driving forces behind the rise of innovative technologies that aim to boost and safeguard supply as well as satisfy the increasingly tech-savvy consumer. Products such as smart meters and battery storage are becoming an everyday feature for the commercial and residential consumer, while global energy companies adapt their business models to create a more reliable, resilient and sustainable industry.

For these businesses and energy-focused investors, the opportunity is significant. Engaging with the smart energy revolution as it gathers pace offers a new era of energy provision that incorporates a fresh, technology-driven approach to generation and distribution.

With opportunity, of course, comes risk and in the race to steal market share, energy companies and investors must do their due diligence to ensure any investment will support their move into the smart energy world.

As the industry changes, so does the role of its legal advisors. Standard contract and deal solutions are no longer sufficient to respond to the demands of the new energy landscape. At Pinsent Masons, innovation forms the backbone of our approach to our delivery of legal services. As such, we can help you navigate during this period of transformation through the complex web of consents and policy/regulatory pressures that go hand in hand with adapting any business.

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In H1 2017, Mergermarket surveyed 250 senior level executives drawn from 200 businesses (including both energy generation and distribution companies) with revenues over US$1bn, and 50 investment entities, including PE, investment banks, multilateral development banks and sovereign wealth funds. The respondent pool was split evenly between the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions.

The survey included a combination of qualitative and quantitative questions, and all interviews were conducted over the telephone by appointment. Results were analysed and collated by Mergermarket and all responses are anonymised and presented in aggregate.