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Mónica Carneiro Pacheco


CMS Portugal
Rua Castilho 50
1250-071 Lisbon
Languages English, Portuguese, Spanish

Mónica Carneiro Pacheco has more than 25 years’ 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 has been recognized by several renowned international directories as a leading energy and natural resources lawyer.

Joined CMS Portugal 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 (2021)

Mónica Carneiro Pacheco is Lawyer of the Year 2020 in Natural Resources Law

Best Lawyers (2020)

Energy team of the Year

Iberian Lawyer (2021)

Mónica Carneiro Pacheco is recognised for her standout expertise in energy and natural resources. She offers an especially impressive practice in relation to renewables, with clients benefiting from her comprehensive knowledge of solar, hydropower and wind projects. Interviewees characterise her as "a very accessible lawyer, who is knowledgeable of the sector and has a business mindset.“

Chambers Europe (2022)

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
  • Member of Associação Portuguesa de Energia
  • Member of Associação Portuguesa do Direito da Energia
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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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Meet the Law - Pub­lic Con­sulta­tion
Pub­lic Con­sulta­tion - Sim­pli­fic­a­tion of li­censes and pro­ced­ures for com­pan­ies in the en­vir­on­ment­al area A draft of a law set­ting out meas­ures to re­duce the bur­den and sim­pli­fy ad­min­is­trat­ive pro­ced­ures...
Meet The Law - Up­dates in the En­ergy Sec­tor - Dead­line ex­ten­sions and claw­back
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Meet The Law -DGEG’s Or­der – Ad­mis­sion Con­tract Draft – Elec­tri­city In­tens­ive...
On May 13 it was pub­lished in the Por­tuguese Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette the Or­der no. 5975-B/2022, of the Dir­ect­or­ate-Gen­er­al for En­ergy and Geo­logy (DGEG), which ap­proves the ad­mis­sion con­tract draft to ob­tain...
On-site power solu­tions
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Meet The Law - DGEG - De­cree Rec­ti­fic­a­tion & Cla­ri­fic­a­tion
Rec­ti­fic­a­tion – De­cree – Li­cens­ing of private ser­vice power linesOn 21 April 2022, the Dir­ect­or­ate-Gen­er­al for En­ergy and Geo­logy (DGEG) pub­lished a rec­ti­fic­a­tion of De­cree no. 5/2022, of 22 Feb­ru­ary...
Meet the Law - Reg­u­la­tion of the PPR al­loc­a­tion for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency in...
On 7 of April, it was pub­lished in the Por­tuguese Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette the Min­is­teri­al Or­der no. 136-A/2022, which reg­u­lates the in­cent­ive sys­tem from the al­loc­a­tion of the Re­cov­ery and Re­si­li­ence Plan ("PPR")...
Meet the Law - Joint De­cree of the Por­tuguese En­vir­on­ment Agency and the...
On 15 March 2022, the Por­tuguese En­vir­on­ment Agency (“APA”) and the Dir­ect­or­ate-Gen­er­al for En­ergy and Geo­logy (“DGEG”) signed a joint de­cree re­gard­ing the ap­plic­ab­il­ity of the leg­al re­gime for...
Meet the Law - Elec­tri­city In­tens­ive Cus­tom­er Status – Min­is­teri­al Or­der...
On 14 of March, it was pub­lished in the Por­tuguese Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette the Min­is­teri­al Or­der no. 112/2022, which reg­u­lates the Elec­tri­city In­tens­ive Cus­tom­er Status (“ECE”), in­tro­duced by De­cree-Law...
Meet the Law - DGEG – Cla­ri­fic­a­tion – Over­power­ing re­gime pur­su­ant to De­cree-Law...
On Feb­ru­ary 23, 2022, the Dir­ect­or­ate-Gen­er­al for En­ergy and Geo­logy (DGEG) pub­lished a cla­ri­fic­a­tion on the re­power­ing re­gime in­tro­duced by De­cree-Law no. 15/2022, of Janu­ary 14 (DL 15/2022).Pur­su­ant...
Meet the Law - De­cree-Law no. 15/2022, of Janu­ary 14
It was pub­lished today in Diário da República, the dip­loma that es­tab­lishes the or­gan­isa­tion and func­tion­ing rules of the Na­tion­al Elec­tric Sys­tem (SEN), in­cor­por­at­ing in a single le­gis­lat­ive in­stru­ment...
Meet the Law - Law no. 98/2021, of Decem­ber 31th
It was re­cently pub­lished on Por­tuguese Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette, the Law no. 98/2021, of Decem­ber 31, that ap­proves the Cli­mate Basis Law.The main high­lights re­gard­ing the bases of cli­mate policy are the fol­low­ing:Gen­er­al...
Meet the Law | Tender pro­ced­ure – al­loc­a­tion of in­jec­tion ca­pa­city re­serve...
On 25 of Novem­ber 2021, the As­sist­ant Sec­ret­ary of State and En­ergy de­term­ined the open­ing of the tender pro­ced­ure for the al­loc­a­tion of in­jec­tion ca­pa­city re­serve in the Pub­lic Ser­vice Elec­tri­city Net­work...