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David McGowan


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 West Regent Street
G2 1AP
United Kingdom
Languages English

David McGowan is a partner specialising in corporate and commercial law. He has a wide experience of power projects and oil and gas projects.

David has advised utilities, independent developers, lenders and contractors for over 15 years on conventional and renewable energy projects and oil and gas contracts. David advises on corporate acquisitions and disposals of energy projects as well as the drafting and negotiation of the key project contracts.

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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“the ability to focus on the bits that matter”.

UK Legal 500, Energy

Relevant experience

  • The power purchaser on the PPA for the output from Millennium and Kilbraur Wind Farms.
  • The power purchasers on new PPAs from Barking Power (1000MW CCGT).
  • EDF Energy Renewables on the acquisition of several renewable energy projects including the Fallago Rig and Barmoor wind farm projects.
  • EDF Energy in relation to gas storage projects.
  • Developers of offshore wind projects including Beatrice Offshore Wind Limited and Inch Cape Offshore Wind Limited.
  • Eirgrid in relation to the UK regulatory aspects of the East West electricity interconnector.
  • SSE in relation to the disposal of a package of operational onshore wind farms to Infinis (GBP 173m).
  • Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi on the monetisation of npower's wind farm portfolio (Scottish wind farms). 
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  • David is listed in Legal Business' publication "Legal Experts" for Energy and Natural Resources.
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Lectures list

  • Speaker, Scottish Arbitration Centre, Energy Arbitration Conference, 2015
  • Speaker, ecoConnect Forum  "Funding the pathways to 2030: Turning Low Carbon Targets into Economic Realities", 2014
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  • 1987 - Dip LP, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
  • 1986 - LLB (Hons) European Law, University of Glasgow, Glasgow
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