Garret is a partner and head of the Energy and Infrastructure Group. He advises on all aspects of projects and project financing, from PPPs to privately-financed electricity, oil, and gas field developments and privatisations as well as electricity, gas and telecommunications network infrastructure. Garret's experience includes electricity and gas market regulation and trading, project development, M&A and financing in the conventional and renewable electricity sectors as well as the mining and upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. Garret has extensive experience in the renewables energy sector (with a particular focus on wind farms), and is one of the leading lawyers in Ireland in this sector, having advised on the financing, sale and purchase of onshore and offshore wind farms in Ireland, Great Britain and Europe for over ten years. Garret is consistently mandated on the largest and most complex renewable energy M&A transactions, having advised on the sale and purchase of over 800MW of assets in the last two years alone.
Matheson's Energy and Infrastructure Group has the leading energy regulatory practice in the market, advising on energy and natural resources regulation and market design in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Our leading position in the market is evidenced by (1) our mandate to advise EirGrid plc and SONI Limited (the Irish and Northern Irish transmission system operators) in relation to all aspects of the re-design of the all-island electricity market as mandated under European regulation (this is the largest and most complex energy regulatory project in Ireland for the past 10 years), (2) extensive advice to Woodside Energy on the regulation of the Irish offshore oil and gas market on their entry to the Irish market in 2015 (as well as a number of other international oil and gas majors) and (3) advising a number new mining companies establishing in Ireland on the regulatory framework for mining companies in Ireland.
Garret and his specialist team provide legal advice covering the entire lifespan of an energy or natural resource project, from planning approval to decommissioning. Additionally, the Energy and Infrastructure Group has the depth of resource and personnel (having the largest dedicated practice of its kind in Ireland) to be able to lead complex and extensive energy-related transactions and our dedicated energy lawyers fully understand the technical and commercial issues in this regulated and complex sector.
Garret is a frequent speaker at Energy and Natural Resources conferences and regularly contributes articles to specialist publications.
Garret Farrelly is "the best energy lawyer in the Irish market". – IFLR1000 2017
Garret Farrelly is praised by clients for his "professionalism" and the way in which he can "cut through the complex legal matters" in order to help the client focus on the "core issues". – Chambers Europe 2016
Clients say Garret Farrelly's "technical knowledge and client service are exceptional. He is detail-oriented, and really takes ownership of projects". – Chambers Europe 2016