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Charles Currier

Partner
Co-head of Corporate, UK

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

Charles is the Co-head of Corporate at CMS UK. For nearly 20 years he has advised utilities, generators, developers, funds and other financial investors on transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Charles has advised on some of the highest value and most complex transactions in the energy sector, and for many years he has been recognised as one of the leading energy and infrastructure lawyers in the UK. He has advised on transactions with a cumulative value in excess of £100bn.

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a "strong corporate law partner who provides impressive commercial support and brings a common sense attitude to getting a deal done."

Chambers, 2019

"He is 'commercially very astute and a real help in working through practical options in a deal'."

Legal 500, 2020

Relevant experience

  • A consortium of infrastructure investors, led by AMP Capital, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Angel Trains, the UK’s largest railing leasing company, for an enterprise value of over £3.5 billion.
  • National Grid on a number of transactions that have helped shape the energy sector in the UK, including the restructuring of Great Britain’s gas distribution industry and the GBP 5.9bn auction and sale of a number of National Grid’s gas distribution networks, the GBP 14.8bn recommended merger with Lattice Group Plc and the USD 3bn acquisition of Niagara Mohawk.
  • CKI and Power Assets Holdings (formerly Hong Kong Electric) on the acquisition of Wales & West Utilities, the gas distribution network in the UK, for an enterprise value in excess of GBP 2bn.
  • Arcapita Bank on its acquisition of Freightliner, the UK freight rail business.
  • NIE on the sale of SONI Limited to EirGrid Plc.
  • CKI, CKH and PAH on the EUR 940m acquisition of AVR Afvalalwerking B.V., the largest energy from waste business in the Netherlands, from a consortium of funds.
  • National Grid on its joint venture with Statnett to develop, construct and operate the UK/Norway interconnector.
  • National Grid, SSE and Scottish Power on their joint venture to develop the Eastern Link transmission project.
  • A consortium comprising Borealis Infrastructure and SSE on their proposed acquisition of EDF’s UK electricity transmission networks.
  • RWE on the disposal of its 50% stake in Horizon Nuclear Power, its joint venture with E.ON to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK, to Hitachi for GBP 696m. Charles had advised RWE on the formation of the joint venture in 2009 and its successful participation in the auction process to acquire nuclear sites from the NDA and EDF.
  • CKI, CKH and PAH on their bid to acquire Fortum’s electricity distribution network in Finland.
  • Vattenfall on its GBP 12bn bid to acquire British Energy, the UK nuclear generation company, in a consortium with RWE.
  • RWE Innogy on the sale of stakes in the EUR 2bn Gwynt y Mor offshore wind farm project to Stadtwerke Munchen GmbH and Siemens AG and on the resulting joint venture.
  • AMP Capital on its acquisition of a 49% stake in Newcastle Airport from Macquarie and on the resulting joint venture with the LA7.
  • Siemens and Mainstream Renewable Power on the disposal of the Hornsea Zone 3 offshore wind projects.
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Education

  • 1995 – LLB, King’s College, London
  • 1996 – LPC, College of Law, London
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Publications

  • Charles contributed the chapter on M&A in the book “Wind: Projects & Transactions” published by Globe Law & Publishing.
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16 September 2020
CMS ad­vises Equi­nor on its part­ner­ship with BP in US off­shore wind
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is de­lighted to an­nounce its role as leg­al ad­viser to Equi­nor on its agree­ment with BP to sell 50% of its non-op­er­ated in­terests in the Em­pire Wind and Beacon Wind as­sets on...
1 May 2020
CMS ad­vises Oc­topus En­ergy on 20% stake by Ori­gin En­ergy
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Oc­topus En­ergy, the UK en­ergy tech­no­logy group, in re­la­tion to a 20% in­vest­ment in the com­pany by Aus­trali­an en­ergy com­pany Ori­gin En­ergy. The deal val­ues Oc­topus...
18 December 2019
CMS ad­vises GLIL In­fra­struc­ture on ac­quis­i­tion of 49% stake in op­er­a­tion­al...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised GLIL In­fra­struc­ture LLP (GLIL), the £1.8bn in­fra­struc­ture fund backed by North­ern LG­PS and Loc­al Pen­sions Part­ner­ship, on its 49:51 equity part­ner­ship with glob­al...
13 December 2019
CMS ad­vises ESB on ac­quis­i­tion of 50% stake in £2bn off­shore wind farm
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised lead­ing Ir­ish en­ergy com­pany Elec­tri­city Sup­ply Board (ESB) on its 50:50 equity part­ner­ship with EDF Re­new­ables to jointly de­vel­op the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe (NnG)...
06 November 2019
CMS Re­new­ables We­bin­ar: Where next for Sec­ond­ary Mar­ket Deals
Fol­low­ing our very suc­cess­ful sem­in­ar held in Lon­don on Septem­ber 11th and due to pop­u­lar de­mand, we are run­ning the sem­in­ar as a we­bin­ar for those that were un­able to join.The CMS re­new­ables we­bin­ar...
30 July 2019
CMS ad­vises Equitix and Kan­sai-led con­sor­ti­um on ac­quis­i­tion of 50% stake...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ac­ted for Equitix and a con­sor­ti­um com­pris­ing Kan­sai Elec­tric Power Co. Inc., Daiwa En­ergy & In­fra­struc­ture Co. Ltd (DEL) and Mit­subishi UFJ Lease & Fin­ance Com­pany lim­ited...
9 July 2019
CMS ad­vises Brook­field Re­new­able on KKR part­ner­ship for X-Elio sol­ar in­vest­ment
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Brook­field Re­new­able Part­ners (“Brook­field Re­new­able”), on its defin­it­ive agree­ment with KKR to form a 50/50 joint ven­ture to ac­quire X-Elio, one of the world’s...
1 February 2019
CMS ad­vises SSE on £635m dis­pos­al of stake in two wind farms
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised SSE on the sale of a 49.9% stake in its Stronelairg and Dun­ma­glass wind farms to Green­coat UK Wind Plc in part­ner­ship with a ma­jor UK pen­sion fund whose in­vest­ment...
4 May 2018
CMS ad­vises Main­stream on high-level dis­pos­al of £2bn Neart na Gaoithe...
CMS has ac­ted for Main­stream Re­new­able Power (“Main­stream) on the dis­pos­al of the 450MW Neart na Gaoithe off­shore wind farm pro­ject to the EDF Group, via EDF Re­new­ables in the United King­dom, a joint...
25 April 2018
De­liv­er­ing first-class ex­pert­ise to the wa­ter sec­tor
We have worked on wa­ter pro­jects around the world and bring our core ex­per­i­ence of com­mer­cial and reg­u­lat­ory frame­works op­er­at­ing across reg­u­lated in­dus­tries. We have ad­vised on some of the largest and...
19 December 2017
CMS ad­vises on ac­quis­i­tion of stake in Angli­an Wa­ter
Lon­don, 19 Decem­ber 2017. In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised a con­sor­ti­um com­pris­ing fund man­age­ment com­pany, Dal­more Cap­it­al (Dal­more), and GLIL In­fra­struc­ture LLP (GLIL), an in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment...
11 April 2017
Su­preme Court rules again on in­ter­pret­a­tion of con­tracts: busi­ness com­mon...
In Wood v Cap­ita In­sur­ance Ser­vices Lim­ited [2017] UK­SC 24, the Su­preme Court has sought to re­con­cile the ap­proaches to con­trac­tu­al con­struc­tion and in­ter­pret­a­tion ad­op­ted by the Su­preme Court in in Rainy...