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Mónica Carneiro Pacheco


CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut
Rua Castilho 50
1250-071 Lisbon
Languages Spanish, English, Portuguese

Mónica Carneiro Pacheco has more than 25 years of experience and develops her activity in the area of Public Law, with a special focus on Energy Law, PPP Projects, Public Procurement, Concessions and Environment.

She provides legal advice to the main national and international players in the energy sector, accumulating a wide experience in the various areas of the sector, being involved in renewable energy projects (wind, solar photovoltaic and hydro), electricity, natural gas, cogeneration, innovation projects, privatizations, and mergers and acquisitions. In these projects she has been involved in installation, production, transmission, distribution, supply and grid connection in regulatory issues, licensing, contractual issues, litigation and dispute resolution.

She also has extensive experience in environmental issues, providing advice at various levels in this field, including environmental licensing, monitoring minimization measures and environmental impact compensation.

Mónica Carneiro Pacheco has been recognized by several renowned international directories as a leading Energy and Natural Resources lawyer.

Joined CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut in 2007.

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Mónica Carneiro Pacheco offers an impressive practice advising on a variety of mandates in the renewable sector. Clients profit from her expertise in solar, hydropower and wind related matters.

Chambers Europe 2021

Mónica Carneiro Pacheco was outstanding in every way in the work she carried out on our behalf. The level of preciseness and clear cut legal advice was exceptional. She is highly skilled and is a lawyer with great integrity.

Legal 500

Mónica Carneiro Pacheco manages a cohesive and balanced team, with areas of diversified expertise in the energy and natural resources sector. She is an excellent lawyer with a strong orientation towards the client. I would like to highlight Bernardo da Cunha Ferreira for the legal quality of his work and his attitude towards the client.

Legal 500

CMS is undoubtedly one of the most knowledgeable law firms in the energy sector. Mónica Carneiro Pacheco is our great reference for all regulatory and transactional matters.

Legal 500

Lawyer of the Year in Natural Resources Law in Portugal

Best Lawyers (2021)

Relevant experience

  • Junior Assistant Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Lisbon Law School (1991 - 1992)
  • Assistant at the Ministry of Public Works, Transport and Communications (1994 - 1995)
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 1991
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  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro; MAGALHÃES E MENEZES, António; MARQUES MENDES, João; CUNHA FERREIRA, Bernardo; DUARTE DA COSTA, Andreia, “Chapter 36 - Portugal”, em Financing Renewable Energy Projects – A Global Analysis and Review of Related Power Purchase Agreements, Volume 2, American Bar Association., 2019, pp 1325-1354
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro, (co-autoria com João Marques Mendes) - “Algumas notas sobre as relações triangulares nos setores regulados”, em Estudos em Homenagem a Rui Pena, Almedina, 2019, pp. 833 – 858
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro; MARQUES MENDES, João – capítulo “Portugal”, em Global Legal Insights 2019 – Energy, Seventh Edition, Global Legal Group, 2018, pp. 173 -182. (Mónica Carneiro Pacheco tem sido uma colaboradora regular desta publicação, tendo sido co-autora do capítulo português desde 2015 até ao presente)
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro; MARQUES MENDES, João, - capítulo “Portugal”, em Oil Regulation, pp 176-185, Law Business Research ltd., 2018. (Mónica Carneiro Pacheco também foi co-autora do capítulo português na edição de 2017)
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro; CUNHA FERREIRA, Bernardo - “Oil and gas regulation in Portugal: overview”, em Thompson Reuters Practical Law, Thompson Reuters, 2018
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - “Are we prepared for the near future?”, em Euromoney's Energy and Environment Expert Guide 2018, 2018
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro; CUNHA FERREIRA, Bernardo - “Portugal” chapter, em Gas Regulation, pp 114-119, Law Business Research ltd., 2018
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro; MARQUES MENDES, João - “CE obriga países a darem estabilidade ao investimento em Renováveis”, página 7, em Jornal de Negócios, 22 Dezembro 2016
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - “Solar Power in Portugal”, em Expert Guide - Energy & Natural Resources 2016, pp.40-43, Corporate Live Wire, September 2016
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - “Finalmente Energia Solar”, página 34, em Jornal de Negócios, 9 Agosto 2016
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - “Energy and the Sea - time to go forward”, pp-40-43, em Expert Guide - Energy & Natural Resources 2015, Corporate Live Wire, July 2015
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - “Back in Business?”, pp. 68-71, em Expert Guide - Energy & Natural Resources 2014, Corporate Live Wire, July 2014
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - “O fracasso na reforma do Mercado de Carbono”, página 37, em Revista Advocatus, July 2013
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - “Failure of the Carbon Market”, pp.18-19, em Expert Guide: Energy and Natural Resources 2013, Corporate Live Wire, 2013
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - “O futuro da eletricidade renovável em Portugal e na Europa”, pp.158-159, em APREN 1988-2013, 25 anos de eletricidade renovável em Portugal, APREN, 2013
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - " Changes in the Portuguese Energy Sector", pp.20-21, em Expert Guide - Energy & Natural Resources 2012, Corporate Live Wire, June 2012
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro; APOLINÁRIO, Marisa - “Portugal”, “Gas Regulation in 36 jurisdictions worldwide”, pp.173-178, em Law Business Research Ltd., 2011
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro - “The memorandum of understanding of the assistance plan between EU-IMF-ECB and Portugal and the Renewables Sector”, em Corporate Live Wire, 15 de Junho, 2011
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro; APOLINÁRIO, Marisa - “Portugal”, “Gas Regulation in 34 jurisdictions worldwide”, pp. 158-163, em Law Business Research Ltd., 2010
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro; APOLINÁRIO, Marisa; NOVAIS, João - “Portugal”, “Gas Regulation in 35 jurisdictions worldwide”, pp. 168-174, em Law Business Research Ltd., 2009
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro – participation in the article "Energy and Renewables Special Report", em Iberian Lawyer, May-June 2009, pp. 37-41 (Mónica Carneiro Pacheco tem sido uma colaboradora regular desta publicação, tendo sido co-autora do capítulo português desde 2009 até ao presente)
  • PENA, Rui; CARNEIRO PACHECO, Mónica; APOLINÁRIO, Marisa – “Legislação do Gás Natural – Bases Gerais Comentadas, Legislação do Sector Energético”, volume I, Coimbra, Almedina, 2008
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro, (co-autoria) - "Cumprir Quioto em Espanha e Portugal“, em Atualidade Jurídica U&M, 2005
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro (co-autoria) - “Portugal”, em The International Comparative Legal Guide to Pharmaceutical Advertising, London: Global Legal Group, 2004
  • PACHECO, Mónica Carneiro (co-autoria) -  "PPPs takeover in Portugal“, em Project Finance Internacional, 2004
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  • Law Degree, Faculdade de Direito, Universidade Católica Portuguesa
  • Advanced Management in Energy, AESE Business School
  • Public Procurement Course, Public Markets Forum
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23 April 2021
Meet the Law - Or­der nº 5/DGEG/2021, of 15th April
On April 15th, with­in the of­fi­cial web­site of the Dir­ect­or­ate Gen­er­al of En­ergy and Geo­logy (DGEG) was pub­lished Or­der no. 5/DGEG/2021, of April 15th, which es­tab­lishes the trans­ition rules for al­tern­at­ive...
06 April 2021
Meet the Law - Min­is­teri­al Or­der no. 76/2021, of April 1st
On April 1st, Min­is­teri­al Or­der no. 76/2021 was pub­lished in the Diário da República (the Of­fi­cial Por­tuguese Gaz­ette), which es­tab­lishes the in­struc­tion­al ele­ments for pro­duc­tion li­cense and op­er­at­ing...
29 January 2021
Món­ica Carneiro Pacheco signs art­icle in Jor­nal Ex­presso
Món­ica Carneiro Pacheco, part­ner of En­ergy & Cli­mate Change, writes an art­icle in Jor­nal Ex­presso about Green Hy­dro­gen.In the art­icle en­titled "Facts and opin­ions - the green hy­dro­gen", the CMS spe­cial­ist...
18 December 2020
Re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion in Por­tugal
1. Brief over­view of the re­new­ables sec­tor Por­tugal’s de­pend­ence on im­por­ted en­ergy has al­ways been high, since the coun­try does not pro­duce oil or nat­ur­al gas. However, due to an in­creas­ing amount...
16 December 2020
De­cree-Law no. 102-D/2020, of Decem­ber 10th
It was re­cently pub­lished on Por­tuguese Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette, the De­cree-Law no. 102-D/2020, of Decem­ber 10, which pro­ceed to a num­ber of sub­stan­tial changes to na­tion­al waste man­age­ment policies in view...
13 November 2020
Meet the Law - Des­pacho n.º 10835/2020, de 4 de novem­bro, do Dire­tor-Ger­al...
Or­der no. 10835/2020, of Novem­ber 4, of Dir­ect­or Gen­er­al of En­ergy an Geo­logy­Cur­tail­mentOn Novem­ber 4, was pub­lished on Diário da República, 2nd series, no. 215, the Or­der no. 10835/2020, of the Dir­ect­or...
23 October 2020
Meet the Law - De­cree-Law no. 92/2020, of Oc­to­ber 23rd
De­cree-Law no. 92/2020, of Oc­to­ber 23rd Pro­ceeds to the 12th al­ter­a­tion of the Gen­er­al Re­gime of Waste Man­age­ment, in­creas­ing the value of the waste man­age­ment feeThe ob­lig­a­tion to pay the waste man­age­ment...
19 October 2020
Meet the Law - Law Pro­pos­al No. 61/XIV - State Budget for 2021
Law Pro­pos­al No. 61/XIV - State Budget for 2021Main Changes in the En­ergy Sec­tor­Law Pro­pos­al No. 61/XIV was sub­mit­ted on Oc­to­ber 12 to the Pres­id­ent of the As­sembly of the Re­pub­lic. Such act marks the...
02 October 2020
Meet the Law - Up­dates in the En­ergy Sec­tor
De­cree-Law no. 79/2020, of Oc­to­ber 1stEx­ten­sion of the ap­plic­a­tion of the mech­an­ism for smooth­ing the cost of en­ergy ac­quired from spe­cial re­gime pro­du­cersDue to the pan­dem­ic crisis caused by COV­ID-19...
15 September 2020
Meet the Law
Amend­ment to the Leg­al Re­gime of Pro­duc­tion in Co­gen­er­a­tion and the Leg­al Re­gime of En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Co­gen­er­a­tionOn Septem­ber 10, it was pub­lished in Diário da República, the De­cree-Law no. 64/2020...
08 September 2020
Hy­dro­gen law and reg­u­la­tion in Por­tugal
1. CUR­RENT STATE OF HY­DRO­GEN PRO­JECTS IN POR­TUGAL  Hy­dro­gen is a key ele­ment in Por­tugal’s near term en­ergy trans­ition. There are already a num­ber of on­go­ing pro­jects con­cern­ing hy­dro­gen pro­duc­tion...
01 September 2020
Meet the Law
 De­cree-Law no. 62/2020, of Au­gust 28th was pub­lished today, es­tab­lish­ing the or­gan­iz­a­tion and func­tion­ing of the Na­tion­al Gas Sys­tem and its leg­al frame­work and also trans­pos­ing Dir­ect­ive 2019/692 of...