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Munir Hassan

Partner
Head of Clean Energy

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu

Munir Hassan is a partner in the Energy & Utilities Team, and is the Head of Clean Energy at CMS in the UK.  The Clean Energy practice at CMS is the market leader in the renewables sector in Europe, with a vast portfolio of projects and transactions across all technologies, particularly offshore wind, onshore wind and solar, and across legal disciplines from M&A and financings through to commercial and regulatory issues and disputes.  The practice is also world renowned for its depth in electricity market reform, restructurings, privatisations and reforms of regulatory frameworks.

Munir advises on all aspects of electricity power generation, particularly in the renewables sector, including the securing of the project opportunity (whether merchant or government procured), permitting, dealing with the challenges of a constantly changing commercial and regulatory environment on a national and international level, the commercial arrangements for projects, the subsidy arrangements, the project contracts and construction arrangements.  The team provides the sectoral expertise on M&A transactions, project financings and disputes. Munir is the editor of “Wind: Projects & Transactions” and also of the forthcoming “Power: A Practical Handbook”, both published by Globe Law & Publishing.

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"He knows the offshore wind market exceptionally well." A client said: "His advice was of the best quality, it was on time and it was to the point."

Chambers, 2015

Relevant experience

  • Nuclear power: Advising the shareholders in Horizon Nuclear Power on Nuclear New Build; RWE Npower on new nuclear power stations proposed in the UK on two sites at Anglesey  and Gloucestershire; Vattenfall in relation to its bid for British Energy; on the drafting of new nuclear decommissioning fund legislation in Slovakia.
  • Offshore wind: Advising on most of the UK’s offshore wind projects and transactions, including Moray Firth, Dudgeon, Sheringham Shoal, Forewind, Gwynt y Mor Njord, Heron and other SMart Wind projects, Blyth, Navitus Bay, Rhyl Flats, First Flight Wind project in Northern Ireland, Hywind, Galloper and Triton Knoll.
  • Onshore wind: Advising on a significant number of projects and transactions, including Scout Moor, Little Cheyne Court, Tir Mostyn, Lake Turkana (Kenya), Singida (Tanzania) and Tesla / Dolovo (Serbia).
  • Other technologies: Advising on conventional gas and coal fired power projects, biomass projects, tidal and wave projects (including the first tidal barrage, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon), a large number of solar projects and transactions, energy from waste projects, district heating, energy storage projects and on the White Rose, Humber, Longannet and Kingsnorth carbon capture and storage projects.
  • Electricity market reforms: utility restructurings and privatisations: Advising on successive reforms in the UK electricity market since the New Electricity Trading Arrangements in 1999, CFDs for Dudgeon, Heron, Njord and CCS, on the Capacity Market arrangements, and on market reforms and restructurings in Mexico, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, seven countries in South East Europe and Ireland. Also advised on retail market reform in Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia
  • Reform of regulatory frameworks: Advised on the establishment of a new legal and regulatory framework in Saudi Arabia, Botswana and South Africa.
  • Energy networks: Drafted the Grid Code or Connection and Use of System Codes for England & Wales (now extended to GB), Northern Ireland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Italy and advised TSOs and TNOs in a number of jurisdictions.
  • Commercial, project and regulatory advice: Advising on commercial and regulatory arrangements on power projects, including offtake (PPA) agreements, grid connections, offshore and onshore leases, regulatory compliance, fuel supply arrangements, EPC and O&M arrangements, TSAs and decommissioning arrangements.
  • Other utility sectors: Advising in other regulated sectors such as gas (including multi-utility arrangements), water (bid for Thames Water), rail (establishment of Network Rail) and airports (bid for Gatwick Airport).
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Education

  • LLB (Hons) - University of Nottingham.
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Mar 2018
CMS Re­new­ables guide
A Sec­tor In Trans­ition - #law­volu­tion
13/11/2018
Pro­gress, but still much to do: An up­date on the Smart Sys­tems and...
On 16 Oc­to­ber 2018, the gov­ern­ment De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) and Ofgem re­leased a pro­gress up­date (the “Up­date”) in re­la­tion to their Ju­ly 2017 joint pa­per Up­grad­ing Our En­ergy Sys­tem: Smart Sys­tems and Flex­ib­il­ity Plan.
31/08/2016
E-guide on En­ergy Stor­age
19/10/2018
RE­MIT Up­date: French reg­u­lat­or im­poses € 5 mil­lion for mar­ket ma­nip­u­la­tion
Reg­u­la­tion (EU) No. 1227/2011 on whole­sale en­ergy mar­ket in­teg­rity and trans­par­ency (RE­MIT) pro­hib­its mar­ket ab­use in re­la­tion to wholse­sale en­ergy products, re­quires ef­fect­ive and timely pub­lic dis­clos­ure of in­side in­form­a­tion by mar­ket par­ti­cipants and ob­liges.
20/06/2016
CMS An­nu­al Re­view 2015-2016
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21/08/2018
Is the Ca­pa­city Mar­ket fit for pur­pose?: BEIS is­sues Ca­pa­city Mar­ket...
On 8 Au­gust 2018, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) pub­lished a call for evid­ence for its re­view of the Ca­pa­city Mar­ket (“CM”) five years on since the le­gis­la­tion in­tro­du­cing the CM, the En­ergy Act 2013, was passed (“Call.
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15/08/2018
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On 9 Ju­ly 2018, the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its long awaited Road to Zero Strategy (“Strategy”), set­ting out plans to in­crease clean road trans­port in­fra­struc­ture across the coun­try, re­duce vehicle emis­sions, and drive the com­mit­ment to zero emis­sion vehicles.
18/02/2015
CMS ad­vises Siemens and Main­stream on dis­pos­al of re­main­ing...
30/07/2018
And it all starts again: De­tails of the next Ca­pa­city Mar­ket auc­tion...
Whilst it feels like the dust has scarcely settled on the 2017 CM auc­tions held in Janu­ary & Feb­ru­ary 2018 (dis­cussed in our pre­vi­ous law now), the De­part­ment of Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) has con­firmed the para­met­ers for both the T-4.
13/02/2015
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19/07/2018
UK Gov­ern­ment to seek broad en­ergy co­oper­a­tion with the EU
The UK Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its long-awaited white pa­per, “The fu­ture re­la­tion­ship between the United King­dom and the European Uni­on” on 12 Ju­ly 2018, out­lining its vis­ion for a prin­cipled and prac­tic­al Brexit.