Andrzej, admitted to legal practice in Poland and in the State of New York USA, is a counsel in the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction Department.
From 2007 through April 2015 Andrzej coordinated the Energy practice in Central & Eastern Europe, with direct responsibility for Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. Effective of May 2015 Andrzej relocated to Beijing to focus on the Energy practice in China and South East Asia, as part of the “Energy Asia-Pacific Network” (EAN) initiative. Andrzej graduated from Warsaw University where he taught civil law for several years before joining private practice. He also holds a Yale Law School degree. From 1992 to 2013, he worked for international law firms in New York, Washington and London. Since 1995, Andrzej has specialised in energy and infrastructure projects.
He has been involved in numerous conventional (fossil fuel-fired) power projects undertaken in Poland over the past two decades including the first project-financed coal-fired power plant in the country and several coal- and gas-fired power plants for AES, EDF, KGHM and others. He assisted several generators, who were parties to long term power purchase agreements in the process of terminating the agreements (as mandated by the European Union) and participated in the creation of a stranded cost compensation system compliant with the European legislation. Andrzej was also involved in multiple renewable energy projects, primarily wind farms.Outside of the electricity sector, Andrzej specialises in providing legal assistance to large investment projects in the petroleum sector and other industries.
Andrzej led the legal team advising on the major expansion of the Gdansk refinery for Grupa Lotos, an award-winning project which was among the largest industrial undertakings in Central Europe in recent years. He was also involved in the construction of a new copper smelter facility for KGHM (one of the world’s leading copper and silver producers). He continues to advise on the development of off-shore oil and gas exploration in the Baltic Sea area; including acquisition of a drilling rig and conversion of another drilling rig into a floating production facility.The latest edition of Chambers Global, a leading guide to the legal profession, ranked CMS, as well as Andrzej Blach as an individual, in Band One in the “CEE Projects and Energy” category.
1990 - Master of Laws degree, Yale Law School.
1989 - PhD in legal studies, Warsaw University, Warsaw.
1981 - Degree, Warsaw University, Warsaw.