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Frederic May

Freddie May


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Freddie is an Associate in the Energy Team and has been with CMS for four years. Having trained with the firm, he qualified as a solicitor in February 2018 and has gained broad experience in the Energy sector, advising clients on transactional, project and regulatory matters and building on experience gained during his training contract. 

Freddie has gained broad expertise in a number of different areas within the Energy sector. Aside from working on some significant renewable M&A transactions (advising the likes of SSE, ESB, Aviva Global Investors, Arjun Infrastructure Partners, InfraRed Capital Partners, The Renewables Infrastructure Group, Anesco and John Laing), Freddie has particular strength in advising on power purchase agreements, advising both corporate buyers (such as McDonalds and Signify), utilities (such as SmartestEnergy and Power NI) and developers (such as Encavis and SolarCentury). Freddie also has growing expertise in the area of electric vehicles, advising on transactions in the sector (for example, in relation to Legal & General’s investment in PodPoint, one of the UK’s largest EV charging point providers), on licensing and regulatory issues and also on a number of collaboration, revenue share and other agreements between CPOs, vehicle manufacturers and other stakeholders. 

Freddie has recently undertaken a part-time secondment at SSE for over a year, advising on various commercial issues in relation to numerous thermal and wind assets. During his training contract, Freddie also undertook a six-month client secondment at the North Sea headquarters of ConocoPhillips UK Ltd.

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Relevant experience

  • Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited, a subsidiary of Statoil, Statkraft and Masdar, on the completed sale of its OFTO assets in in OFTO tender round 5, including in relation to regulatory matters and the O&M and interface arrangements.
  • Encavis/SolarCentury on two virtual PPAs in relation to two solar projects in Spain with a total of 500MW capacity, one of which the largest solar park in Europe to be backed by a long term unsubsidised PPA. 
  • ESB on its acquisition of a 50% stage in EDF's 450-MW NnG offshore wind project, including due diligence into the grid connection arrangements, PPA, generation licence and the OFTO regime.
  • Power NI on various commercial matters in relation to its renewable power purchase agreements, including a suite of novations in relation to the introduction of the wholesale electricity market for the island of Ireland.
  • J-Power and DBJ on the acquisition of a 25% stake in the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project from Innogy, including in relation to regulatory matters, due diligence of the project documents and transactional processes.
  • SSE plc in relation to the Dogger Bank offshore wind project, including on strategic CfD advice and “good neighbour” and interface agreements with a neighbouring project.
  • Severn Trent on its renewable generation portfolio, including advising on AD plants, renewable generation, Ofgem audits, subsidy regimes and power purchase arrangements. 
  • ESB on its acquisition of a 50% stake in EDF's 450-MW NnG offshore wind project, including due diligence into the grid connection arrangements, PPA, generation licence and the OFTO regime.
  • National Grid on the development phase of the IFA2 electricity interconnector project which is to connect GB to France, including on: regulatory matters; joint venture arrangements; EPC contracting issues, including interface arrangements for different works packages and procurement strategy.
  • The developers Element Power on the procurement and development stage of the Greenlink electricity interconnector project due to connect GB to Ireland, including on regulatory matters, the legal document suite, EPC contracting issues and engagement with tenderers. 
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  • 2015 – Legal Practice Course (Distinction), University of Law, Moorgate, London.
  • 2014 -Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law, Guildford.
  • 2013 –BA (Hons), History (1st Class Honours and Highest Average in Year), University of Nottingham.
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