Robert Lane

United Kingdom

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Robert Lane is Head of the Regulated Industries Team, and has been advising in the energy sector for over 20 years.

Robert has worked extensively on the England & Wales electricity reforms and on the Northern Ireland restructuring including the recent introduction of the Single Electricity Market. This involved developing the design with the Regulator and Government, and designing the detailed documentary matrix. He regularly advises in relation to utility related M&A transactions, with recent transactions including a bid for United Utilities Electricity, and taking part in the auction for the new nuclear sites in the UK. He also acted for a potential bidder for British Energy.

External activities include:

  • Chairman of the UK Government’s Power Sector Advisory Group
  • Executive Member of the Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies
  • Board Member of the British Electricity Association
  • Board Member of the Energy Industries Club
  • Chairman of the Energy Committee of the City of London Solicitors Company
  • Appointed CBE in 2001 for services to trade and business.
CMS Cameron McKenna doesn’t just participate in the energy industry: it has been shaping it for over 20 years. Our energy team brings together legal experts who have advised on every tier of the energy sector, from upstream oil & gas and power generation, through to network, wholesale and retail businesses and strategic investors and specialist players. We advise on a variety of matters on a daily basis, including on commercial arrangements, M&A, financing, trading, and dispute resolution.

From working on the largest and most complex oil and gas deals in the sector and being among the first legal advisers to advise on power projects in Europe, to establishing a single electricity market in Northern Ireland and Ireland and working on renewable energy projects throughout Europe, we have an unrivalled breadth of knowledge and considerable experience of working on the full range of energy matters.

We have developed an understanding of the practical and commercial issues specific to the energy sector that impact our clients, and we at all times seek to ensure that the advice we provide meets those commercial and practical requirements.

At CMS, we immerse ourselves in our clients’ business. This enables us to deliver the most effective legal and tax solutions. Both leading domestic and major global corporations work with our 2,800 lawyers across our 56 offices in Europe, Russia, China, North Africa, the UAE and South America.

Clients select CMS because we have the most extensive footprint in Europe of any firm. We provide local and industry sector insight, global project management and our specialist teams work hard to add value to their projects, wherever they are taking place.

Each CMS firm is well-established in its own jurisdiction and is well-versed in collaborating with colleagues on multi-jurisdictional projects. Our clients expect the best, and we focus on delivering the best. It is all part of creating and maintaining strong relationships built on trust.

Robert Lane, known by some in the industry as “Mr Grid Code,” has been advising National Grid on the electricity market reform proposals. One observer comments on his obvious gravitas: “Robert is a real leader – a natural spokesperson for a group.”
Chambers Europe, 2013