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CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut strengthens Energy & Climate Change department

29 July 2020

Manuel Cassiano Neves is the firm's most recent hire, joining the Energy & Climate Change team as a co-Managing Associate, practice area led by Mónica Carneiro Pacheco, Partner at CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut.

Internationally and nationally recognized, the Energy & Climate Change practice area is one of the main areas of the firm, strongly valued for its dynamism, technical knowledge, unparalleled quality, and excellence in monitoring with its Clients.
With an increasingly international, competitive and demanding market, the firm reinforces and reorganizes the Energy & Climate Change area, thus having two Managing Associates: Manuel Cassiano Neves and Bernardo Cunha Ferreira.

With over 15 years of legal practice, Manuel Cassiano Neves returns to CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut. Manuel Cassiano Neves has extensive experience in the areas of Energy and Environment, with special focus on the Natural Gas and Electricity sectors, namely in regulatory matters, execution of public service concession contracts and energy supply.

Throughout his professional life, Manuel Cassiano Neves has regularly accompanied relevant players in the value chain of the electricity and natural gas sectors, from energy producers, public service concessionaires, to large consumers in the most varied matters of public law and its energy sub-sector. He has also been involved in materially relevant transactions in these markets, such as the purchase of shares in public service concessionaires, execution of solar and wind projects, electric mobility, among others.

Bernardo Cunha Ferreira joined CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut in 2012 and is praised for his expertise and management skills, as well as his deep knowledge of the area. Bernardo Cunha Ferreira advises several national and international players in the energy sector, particularly in the areas of renewable energy (wind, solar photovoltaic and hydro), namely advising on the execution and monitoring of transactions and due diligence in the areas of energy (solar and wind projects), regulatory, industrial licensing and environment, as well as monitoring of contracts, litigation, misdemeanour proceedings, among others.

"We are in a very interesting phase. Our clients, namely the main international players, have challenged us for increasingly larger and more demanding projects. This is a complex area because, in addition to the daily challenge that these projects constitute, we feel that we contribute, albeit indirectly, to the climate future of the planet" stresses Mónica Carneiro Pacheco.

The Energy & Climate Change practice area currently consists of a team of 13 members.