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Ignacio Grangel


CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo
Paseo de Recoletos 7–9
28004 Madrid
Languages Spanish, English

Ignacio Grangel heads up the Public Law & Regulated Sectors department at CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo. As a State Attorney, he boasts a lengthy track record in all areas related to public authorities and regulated sectors, most notably energy.

A particular highlight of his work in the regulatory field was his involvement in drafting the recent Spanish energy regulation and its application in the corporate sector and acting as Chief of Staff between 2012 and 2015 for successive Secretaries of State for Energy. In his role as head of the legal department or board member of leading companies, he has provided legal and strategic advice in a number of transactions involving electricity and gas assets.

Moreover, for nine years he acted as counsel before all types of courts and in investment arbitration proceedings, as a State Attorney for Spain’s High Court in relation to regulated sectors, energy, telecommunications and procurement.  

He is currently an Independent Board Member of Enagás and Member of the Committee of Experts on Energy Transition, a group created by way of a Council of Ministers resolution on 7 July 2017. Moreover, he is also a former Chairman of the Iberian Electricity Market Operator. He joined CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo as Partner in September 2019.

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"Ignacio Grangel stands out, whose main qualities would be: reliability, extensive experience in the sector, total availability".

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"The lawyer Ignacio Grangel is a great expert in energy regulation, daring in his approaches but rigorous. Fully recommended in conflicts or in-depth legal analysis".

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"Deep knowledge of the energy sector, with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors".

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Relevant experience

  • Board Member of Empresa Nacional de Residuos Radioactivos, Corporación de Reservas Estratégicas de Productos Petrolíferos, the companies that manage the gas market in Spain (MIBGAS and MIBGAS Derivatives) and the Port Authority of Castellón.
  • Director of Legal Services, Vice secretary General and Member of the Executive Committee at Red Eléctrica de España.
  • Executive Board Member, Chairman and Vice chairman of the five companies responsible for operating the electricity markets in Spain and Portugal (OMEL, OMIE, OMIP, OMICLEAR and OMEL Diversificación).
  • Independent Board Member of Enagás and Member of its Appointments, Remuneration and Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.
  • Member of the Committee of Experts on Energy Transition created by way of a Council of Ministers resolution on 7 July 2017.
  • State Attorney for Spain's High Court and Senior State Attorney for the provinces of Castellón and Segovia.
  • State Attorney responsible for coordinating legal assistance of the Telecommunications Market Committee, the Port Authority of Castellón, state-owned company Remolques Marítimos, S.A. and the Solicitor General's Office.
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  • Ignacio has written numerous articles and pieces on administrative law, including five publications on administrative liability, sanctioning proceedings, compulsory purchase orders and reviews of tax notices published by the Ministry of Justice and Thomson Reuters Aranzadi between 2005 and 2019.
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Lectures list

  • Ignacio has been invited to speak at countless courses and conferences for public (INAP, CGPJ, CIFSE, etc.) and private organisations.
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  • 2011 - Advanced Course on Energy Law, Instituto de Empresa, Madrid (Spain).
  • 2004 - Member of the State Attorneys Corps (on professional leave).
  • 1995 - Graduate of Law, Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain).
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On-site power solu­tions
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Ur­gent meas­ures for the pro­tec­tion of con­sumers and the in­tro­duc­tion of...
On 27 Oc­to­ber 2021, Roy­al De­cree-Law 23/2021, of 26 Oc­to­ber, on ur­gent meas­ures for the pro­tec­tion of con­sumers and the in­tro­duc­tion of trans­par­ency in the whole­sale and re­tail elec­tri­city and nat­ur­al...
Meas­ures to mit­ig­ate the im­pact of the rise in nat­ur­al gas prices on the...
On 15 Septem­ber 2021, the Of­fi­cial State Gaz­ette pub­lished Roy­al De­cree-law 17/2021 on ur­gent meas­ures to mit­ig­ate the im­pact of rising nat­ur­al gas prices on the re­tail gas and elec­tri­city mar­kets. This...
Reg­u­la­tion of the auc­tions and the Eco­nom­ic Re­gime for Re­new­able En­ergy...
The re­cent en­ergy policy in Spain is aimed at the ad­op­tion of reg­u­lat­ory meas­ures to achieve the de­car­bon­isa­tion of its eco­nomy and en­sure com­pli­ance with the ob­lig­a­tion to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions...
Ana­lys­is of Spain's Cli­mate Change and En­ergy Trans­ition Act 7/2021
Spain's Cli­mate Change and En­ergy Trans­ition Act 7/2021 was ap­proved on 13 May 2021, pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial State Gaz­ette on 21 May 2021 and be­came law the fol­low­ing day.  Over the past few years...
Re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion in Spain
1. Brief over­view of the re­new­ables sec­tor The pro­duc­tion of elec­tri­city from re­new­able sources rep­res­ents 49.3% of Spain's power gen­er­a­tion ca­pa­city, with over 108,000MW in­stalled. Of the 261,020GWh...
Reg­u­la­tion of auc­tions and the Eco­nom­ic Re­gime of Re­new­able En­ergy after...
Our ex­perts ana­lyze the  Reg­u­la­tion of auc­tions and the Eco­nom­ic Re­gime of Re­new­able En­ergy after the pub­lic­a­tion of the call to the first auc­tion by Res­ol­u­tion dated 10 Decem­ber 2020
Ana­lys­is of Roy­al De­cree-law 23/2020 of 23 June ap­prov­ing en­ergy-re­lated...
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