Head of the CMS Energy Group
Head of the CMS Energy Group
78 Cannon Street
Munir Hassan is the Head of CMS Energy Group, a partner in the Energy & Utilities Team and is the Head of Clean Energy at CMS in the UK. 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. Munir is the editor of “Wind: Projects & Transactions” and also of the forthcoming “Power: A Practical Handbook”, both published by Globe Law & Publishing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- LLB (Hons) - University of Nottingham.