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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 low carbon 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 is very insightful when it comes to advice and he always provides practical solutions that are tailored to our specific business."

Chambers, 2019

"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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March 2019
En­ergy Stor­age
In­fra­struc­ture for our 'Con­nec­ted Fu­ture'
19/04/2019
Ofgem an­nounces fi­nal pro­pos­als for sup­pli­er li­cens­ing re­form
Ob­tain­ing a li­cence to sup­ply elec­tri­city or gas in Great Bri­tain (GB) is set to get more dif­fi­cult fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment, on 11 April 2019, of Ofgem’s fi­nal pro­pos­als on new entry li­cens­ing re­quire­ments.
1 March 2019
Count­down to Brexit
A No Deal Check­list for busi­ness
13/03/2019
Con­nec­ted Fu­ture - En­ergy Stor­age
It is re­cog­nised that flex­ib­il­ity in the elec­tri­city sys­tem will be­come in­creas­ingly valu­able in the com­ing years as the wider en­ergy trans­ition, in­clud­ing the great­er pen­et­ra­tion of in­ter­mit­tent, dis­trib­uted gen­er­a­tion and more pro­act­ive con­sumers, across.
Feb 2019
Elec­tric vehicles and char­ging in­fra­struc­ture
In­fra­struc­ture for our ‘Con­nec­ted Fu­ture’
12/03/2019
The Fu­ture of Reg­u­la­tion – NIC Con­sulta­tion
On 18 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion (the “NIC”) pub­lished a con­sulta­tion titled “The Fu­ture of Reg­u­la­tion Study Call for Evid­ence” (the “Con­sulta­tion”) by re­quest of the Chan­cel­lor to as­sess what changes might be ne­ces­sary to the ex­ist­ing.
January 2019
Our glob­al in­fra­struc­ture and en­ergy prac­tice
12/03/2019
Off­shore Wind Sec­tor Deal aims for a third of UK en­ergy from off­shore...
On 7 March 2019, Clean Growth Min­is­ter Claire Perry an­nounced the launch of the new joint gov­ern­ment-in­dustry Off­shore Wind Sec­tor Deal. Over­seen by the gov­ern­ment-in­dustry body, the Off­shore Wind In­dustry Coun­cil, the sec­tor deal forms part of the wider UK.
Nov 2018
Con­nec­ted Fu­ture
Glob­al in­fra­struc­ture re­port
01/03/2019
Count­down to Brexit: A No Deal Check­list for busi­ness
The UK is due to leave the EU in just 28 days' time, with or without a Brexit deal. It is pos­sible that the UK and EU27 gov­ern­ments will agree an ex­ten­sion to the dead­line, but this is not cer­tain. If it does hap­pen, it might come as late as the last week.
Mar 2018
CMS Re­new­ables guide
A Sec­tor In Trans­ition - #law­volu­tion
27/02/2019
Elec­tric Vehicles: in­fra­struc­ture for our con­nec­ted fu­ture
The up­take of elec­tric vehicles (EVs) has soared in re­cent years (al­beit from a very low base), with jur­is­dic­tions such as Nor­way and The Neth­er­lands cur­rently lead­ing the pack. However, in or­der for a coun­try to be­come a glob­al EV lead­er, it is vi­tal to con­sider.