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Munir Hassan

Partner
Head of the CMS Energy & Climate Change Group

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

Munir Hassan is the Head of CMS Energy & Climate Change Group. The Clean Energy practice at CMS is the market leader in the renewables sector in Europe, with a vast portfolio of low carbon projects and transactions across all technologies, particularly offshore wind, onshore wind and solar, and across legal disciplines from M&A and financings through to commercial and regulatory issues and disputes. The practice is also world renowned for its depth in electricity market reform, restructurings, privatisations and reforms of regulatory frameworks.

Munir advises on all aspects of electricity power generation, particularly in the renewables sector, including the securing of the project opportunity (whether merchant or government procured), permitting, dealing with the challenges of a constantly changing commercial and regulatory environment on a national and international level, the commercial arrangements for projects, the subsidy arrangements, the project contracts and construction arrangements.  The team provides the sectoral expertise on M&A transactions, project financings and disputes across the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Munir is the editor of “Wind: Projects & Transactions” and the CMS Renewables Guide covering 37 jurisdictions.

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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"He 'knows so much about the industry', 'He understands what keeps us awake at night'."

Legal 500, 2020

"He is very insightful when it comes to advice and he always provides practical solutions that are tailored to our specific business."

Chambers, 2019

"He knows the offshore wind market exceptionally well." A client said: "His advice was of the best quality, it was on time and it was to the point."

Chambers, 2015

Relevant experience

  • Offshore wind: Advising on most of the UK’s offshore wind projects and transactions, including Moray Firth, Dudgeon, Sheringham Shoal, Forewind, Gwynt y Mor Njord, Heron and other SMart Wind projects, Blyth, Navitus Bay, Rhyl Flats, First Flight Wind project in Northern Ireland, Hywind, Galloper and Triton Knoll.
  • Onshore wind: Advising on a significant number of projects and transactions, including Scout Moor, Little Cheyne Court, Tir Mostyn, Lake Turkana (Kenya), Singida (Tanzania) and Tesla / Dolovo (Serbia).
  • Other technologies: Advising on conventional gas and coal fired power projects, biomass projects, tidal and wave projects (including the first tidal barrage, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon), a large number of solar projects and transactions, energy from waste projects, district heating, energy storage projects and on the White Rose, Humber, Longannet and Kingsnorth carbon capture and storage projects.
  • Nuclear power: Advising the shareholders in Horizon Nuclear Power on Nuclear New Build; RWE Npower on new nuclear power stations proposed in the UK on two sites at Anglesey  and Gloucestershire; Vattenfall in relation to its bid for British Energy; on the drafting of new nuclear decommissioning fund legislation in Slovakia.
  • Electricity market reforms: utility restructurings and privatisations: Advising on successive reforms in the UK electricity market since the New Electricity Trading Arrangements in 1999, CFDs for Dudgeon, Heron, Njord and CCS, on the Capacity Market arrangements, and on market reforms and restructurings in Mexico, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, seven countries in South East Europe and Ireland. Also advised on retail market reform in Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia
  • Reform of regulatory frameworks: Advised on the establishment of a new legal and regulatory framework in Saudi Arabia, Botswana and South Africa.
  • Energy networks: Drafted the Grid Code or Connection and Use of System Codes for England & Wales (now extended to GB), Northern Ireland, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Italy and advised TSOs and TNOs in a number of jurisdictions.
  • Commercial, project and regulatory advice: Advising on commercial and regulatory arrangements on power projects, including offtake (PPA) agreements, grid connections, offshore and onshore leases, regulatory compliance, fuel supply arrangements, EPC and O&M arrangements, TSAs and decommissioning arrangements.
  • Other utility sectors: Advising in other regulated sectors such as gas (including multi-utility arrangements), water (bid for Thames Water), rail (establishment of Network Rail) and airports (bid for Gatwick Airport).
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Awards & Rankings

  • Word About Wind - Offshore Wind Deal of the Year 2021 for Empire & Beacon Wind in New York.
  • M&A Today - Energy & Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year 2021 (UK).
  • Leaders in Law Global - Energy Lawyer of the Year 2021 (UK).
  • Corporate America Today - Energy & Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year 2021.
  • Global Law Experts - Energy Lawyer of the Year 2021.
  • IFLR1000 - Highly Regarded in Energy in 2021.
  • Lawyer International Legal 100 - Energy & Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year 2021.
  • The Lawyer Network - Energy & Natural Resources Lawyer of the Year 2021 (UK).
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Education

  • LLB (Hons) - University of Nottingham.
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15/12/2021
A role for coal?
The Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact is the first COP de­cision to men­tion coal. This has been widely viewed as a real achieve­ment. Even cam­paign­ers who slam the word­ing of the Pact tend to see the in­clu­sion of coal...
13/12/2021
Green­house gas re­movals: new tech­no­lo­gies and new mar­kets
“Keep 1.5 de­grees alive” was a com­mon slo­gan at COP26. The Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact which con­cluded the con­fer­ence re­af­firmed the goal, set in the Par­is Agree­ment, to “pur­sue ef­forts to lim­it the tem­per­at­ure...
06/12/2021
CMS ad­vises Equi­nor and SSE Re­new­ables on third phase of world's largest...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ac­ted as leg­al ad­viser to SSE Re­new­ables and Equi­nor in re­la­tion to Dog­ger Bank C, the third phase of what will be the world’s largest off­shore wind farm when com­plete...
30/11/2021
The Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact and the road to COP27
COP26 ended with the agree­ment of the Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact by all the 197 na­tions at the con­fer­ence. Ac­cord­ing to the UK Pres­id­ency’s press re­lease, the pact will “keep 1.5C alive and fi­nal­ise the out­stand­ing ele­ments of the Par­is Agree­ment.”COP pres­id­ent Alok Sharma de­scribed the pact as a “fra­gile win.” He em­phas­ised that its long-term suc­cess will re­quire coun­tries to “meet and de­liv­er on the com­mit­ments” they have agreed.As has been widely re­por­ted, the pact has left many na­tions un­happy, not least be­cause of a last-minute change of the draft­ing on coal and fossil fuel sub­sidies. The fact that they were pre­pared to en­dorse it re­flects the gen­er­al sense of the con­fer­ence that an agree­ment – even if clearly im­per­fect – was vi­tal.
29/11/2021
A role for coal?
The Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact is the first COP de­cision to men­tion coal. This has been widely viewed as a real achieve­ment. Even cam­paign­ers who slam the word­ing of the pact tend to see the in­clu­sion of coal...
29/11/2021
Fin­an­cing COP 26 out­comes
It was a wa­ter­shed mo­ment, ac­cord­ing to Mark Car­ney. The UN Spe­cial En­voy for Cli­mate Ac­tion and Fin­ance was in­tro­du­cing the Glas­gow Fin­an­cial Al­li­ance for Net Zero (Gfanz): over 450 banks, as­set man­agers...
29/11/2021
Green­house gas re­movals: new tech­no­lo­gies and new mar­kets
“Keep 1.5 de­grees alive” was a com­mon slo­gan at COP26. The Glas­gow Cli­mate Pact which con­cluded the con­fer­ence re­af­firmed the goal, set in the Par­is Agree­ment, to “pur­sue ef­forts to lim­it the tem­per­at­ure...
24/11/2021
CMS Ex­pert Guide to hy­dro­gen en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion
Hy­dro­gen guide 2021 – in­tro­duc­tion The im­port­ant role that low-car­bon hy­dro­gen will play in de­car­bon­ising our en­ergy us­age is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly widely re­cog­nised. Its ver­sat­il­ity and broad range...
28/10/2021
Off­shore Trans­mis­sion Net­work Re­view: fur­ther de­tail on en­dur­ing re­gime...
In­tro­duc­tion In sup­port of the UK Gov­ern­ment’s off­shore wind and net zero am­bi­tions, the Off­shore Trans­mis­sion Net­work Re­view (the “OT­NR”) aims to de­liv­er im­prove­ments in the way that off­shore gen­er­a­tion...
27/10/2021
Archive news from COP26
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27/10/2021
Cli­mate Risk re­port
The world is pre­par­ing for COP26, and as it does so we see in­sti­tu­tion after in­sti­tu­tion mak­ing stronger com­mit­ments to what is now broadly seen in most coun­tries as a com­mon goal: to re­duce glob­al car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions. In­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial law­yers have a cru­cial role to play in the de­bate. Not only in terms of how we con­duct our own op­er­a­tions but also by be­ing guard­i­ans of the rule of law and fa­cil­it­at­ors of busi­ness and trade. We are at the centre of dis­cus­sions on what our cli­ents are re­quired to do, and also on what they should do in light of wider so­ci­et­al and repu­ta­tion­al con­sid­er­a­tions. It is in our cli­ents’ in­terests that we guide them to­ward out­comes in line with wider so­ci­et­al am­bi­tions. To do oth­er­wise would, among oth­er things, risk pla­cing them at a com­pet­it­ive dis­ad­vant­age as the world pivots to­ward a clear­er cli­mate mit­ig­a­tion agenda.Cli­mate Risk is a broad term and cov­ers a mul­ti­tude of con­cepts. This re­port fo­cuses in on three dis­crete risks. First, of fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions hold­ing cor­por­ates to ac­count over per­ceived cli­mate risks. Second, the risk to cor­por­ates on what they do and say about the im­pact on their busi­ness from (or from their busi­ness on) cli­mate change. Fi­nally, risk of lit­ig­a­tion against cor­por­ates re­lat­ing to cli­mate change.As law­yers, what we see is broadly a great de­sire among our cli­ents to be part of the solu­tion on cli­mate change. Al­most all ma­jor cor­por­ate cli­ents that we speak to wish to take pos­it­ive steps that are in line with the de­sire for cli­mate ac­tion, and also to cap­it­al­ise on the op­por­tun­it­ies presen­ted as we trans­ition to a net zero eco­nomy. We find that, among the in­vest­ment com­munity, vast cap­it­al is ready and avail­able to be de­ployed on in­fra­struc­ture and oth­er pro­jects that will push the agenda for­ward. The ques­tion is wheth­er there is suf­fi­cient clar­ity on the agenda, the rules and the risks in­volved.As this re­port shows, a key driver of Cli­mate Risk for cor­por­ates re­volves around in­form­a­tion. Both quan­ti­fi­able in­form­a­tion about the po­ten­tial dir­ect im­pacts of cli­mate change on par­tic­u­lar sec­tors and busi­nesses. And also con­sist­ent, com­par­able and re­li­able in­form­a­tion about the com­pan­ies them­selves. Com­pan­ies are pro­du­cing re­ports that are de­lu­ging in­vestors on how they are meas­ur­ing and man­aging their im­pact on and from cli­mate change. However, there is some dis­tance to go be­fore in­vestors can com­pare the in­form­a­tion across the eco­nomy to make in­formed de­cisions.Or­gan­isa­tions such as Baringa, who have kindly con­trib­uted to this re­port, sup­port the same cli­ents from a par­al­lel per­spect­ive. They help in­vestors and cor­por­ates to as­sess cli­mate risk ex­pos­ure by us­ing Baringa’s Cli­mate Change Scen­ario Mod­el­ling. Tools such as these are in­valu­able for mak­ing the best de­cisions from the in­form­a­tion avail­able on risks to com­pan­ies and the cred­ib­il­ity of their ad­apt­a­tion and trans­ition plans.On cli­mate lit­ig­a­tion, this is a dir­ect and grow­ing risk to cor­por­ates who fall un­der the spot­light of a vari­ety of po­ten­tial claims against an in­creas­ing num­ber of po­ten­tial claimants. It is prudent to act­ively man­age this risk through dis­pute avoid­ance strategies, hav­ing plans in place to deal quickly and ef­fect­ively with the situ­ation where a claim is brought, and un­der­stand­ing the key fea­tures that are typ­ic­ally at play in such lit­ig­a­tion.Cor­por­ates are well aware that cli­mate risks are an in­teg­ral fea­ture of their busi­ness plan­ning. What some oc­ca­sion­ally cri­ti­cise is the lack of long term cer­tainty. Mak­ing knee jerk de­cisions based on woolly polit­ic­al sen­ti­ments that could change to­mor­row rarely makes good busi­ness sense. Clear­er long term policy state­ments from gov­ern­ments and inter-gov­ern­ment­al in­sti­tu­tions can help on this, as well as clear­er policies on how gov­ern­ments see the shape of the fu­ture zero car­bon eco­nomy, and the path­ways to it. All eyes will be on COP26 over the com­ing weeks to see wheth­er the gov­ern­ments of the world com­mit to de­liv­er that clar­ity. Not­with­stand­ing the out­come of COP26, we an­ti­cip­ate that the is­sue of Cli­mate Risk will con­tin­ue to rise and rise up board­room agen­das.
20/10/2021
UK En­ergy Sec­tor: Sum­mer of Change
The sum­mer of 2021 may well shape the UK en­ergy sec­tor (and the re­lated sec­tors it im­pacts) for many years to come. Ofgem and BEIS re­leased over forty con­sulta­tions from June to Septem­ber. Some of these...