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Dalia Majumder-Russell

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages Ukrainian, Russian, French, Bengali, English

Dalia is a partner in the CMS Energy Projects & Construction group in London. As part of the CMS Energy & Climate Change team she specialises in complex process energy projects, including in relation to renewable energy transactions, commercial agreements and the regulatory frameworks within which such projects operate. She is passionate about the decarbonisation agenda across the energy, heat and transport sectors. For over 10 years she has advised on the commercial arrangements for renewable projects and continues to work on a number of carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen developments. She has advised governments, lenders and sponsors in Europe, Africa and North America and across the project lifecycle. Dalia regularly contributes to internal publications and is a co-author on a number of book publications including the “Power purchase agreements and subsidy arrangements” chapter in Wind: Projects and Transactions and chapters in Power: A Practical Handbook, which is a guide to understanding the commercial, economic and legal principles that underpin the power sector. 

With more than 450 energy and climate change lawyers, including over 100 partners, the CMS Energy and Climate Change practice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of excellence such as London and Aberdeen, the practice works across 75 offices globally. Building on 40 years of experience advising on power, oil & gas and renewables through to energy disputes, emerging areas and Energy Transition, CMS is uniquely placed to ensure clients receive advice best suited to their commercial needs and to our collective future.

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Relevant experience

Decarbonised electricity

  • Lenders or sponsors on the M&A and financings of onshore/offshore and floating wind farms in the UK and Europe. Advised on many pioneering corporate PPAs enabling the equity and debt financing of such projects.
  • Various solar PV clients on solar projects on matters ranging from regulatory advice to M&A and financings of complex portfolios to litigation in the context of RO audits. 
  • Sponsors on hydrogen projects including in the transport, gas networks, renewables and water sectors. Member of government and industry groups focused on development of hydrogen projects. Sponsors on the Net Zero Teesside, Acorn and Captain Clean carbon capture usage and storage (“CCUS”) projects. Advised National Grid Carbon on its UK CCUS projects, including the White Rose CCS project.

Market reforms programmes

  • UK industry on the GB electricity market reforms designed to procure least cost low carbon power generation and the development of a capacity mechanism to procure capacity during system stress. Subsequently have advised a number of offshore wind developers on each of the allocations of Contracts for Difference. 
  • The OPEC Fund for International Development on strengthening legal and policy frameworks for energy in Africa
  • The Government of Malawi on the preparation of tender documentation for the public procurement of a number of power projects.
  • TNB in Malaysia on the revision of and implementation of the new energy dispatch arrangements to develop a competitive day ahead trading market.
  • The Mexican Secretary of Energy and the regulator (CRE) on the legislation, regulation, restructuring, market design and privatisation of its state-owned electricity industry.

Interconnector projects 

  • UK Government (BEIS) on the EU and UK legislative framework for the trading of gas and electricity between the UK and EU via interconnectors post-Brexit, and advised FABLink Limited on their unincorporated joint venture for the development of the interconnector between France, Alderney and Britain.

Decarbonised transport

  • Various clients on their commercial arrangements and investments into the electrical vehicles (“EV”) sector. Advising on development of hydrogen fuelled transport in the UK.

Renewable heat

  • Sponsors and lenders on various heat generation facilities, biomass CHP, district heating and subsidised heat decarbonisation schemes. 
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Memberships & Roles

  • Law Society of England & Wales
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Education

  • 2009 - Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, UK 
  • 2008 - Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, UK 
  • 2005 - BScH Biology; second major English, Acadia University, Canada 
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