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Arthur Cox

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Alex McLean

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Arthur Cox

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Projects, energy & natural resources.


Head of the Infrastructure, Construction and Utilities Group. Alex has a broad based infrastructure and utilities practice with particular expertise in the energy sector. Extensive experience of conventional and renewable power, upstream and downstream gas, regulatory and market reform, corporatisation and privatisation, energy M&A and financing. Alex was centrally involved in the liberalisation of the Australian electricity sector and almost every major development in the Irish energy sector since 2001.


BComm, LLB, 1993, University of NSW. Admitted in New South Wales (1995) (non-practising); New Zealand (2002) (non-practising); Ireland (2003) and Northern Ireland (2004).


Energy and natural resources

Within: Leading individuals

Alex McLean - Arthur Cox

Within: Energy and natural resources

Arthur Cox’s Alex McLean leads the practice and is considered ‘the leading energy law expert in the country, who is vastly experienced across all areas including energy markets, renewable support schemes, contracts and industry codes’. In addition to advising several lenders on a number of wind farm financings, McLean assisted Covanta with its acquisition of BlackRock’s minority stake in the Dublin Waste to Energy project and the ensuing creation of a joint venture with Green Investment Group. The ‘very hard-working’ and ‘hands-onFlorence Loric is ‘exceptional in her field of European competition law, energy and litigation’.

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Projects and PPP

Within: Leading individuals

Alex McLean - Arthur Cox

Within: Projects and PPP

Arthur Cox has particular strength in projects in the energy, transport, communication and health sectors. Aaron Boyle’s highlights included assisting the joint venture between BAM PPP and PGGM with the new wave of PPP projects in the social housing, justice and education sectors, and advising on all aspects of the state-led National Broadband Plan. Practice head Alex McLean advised developers and lenders on the financing, development and construction aspects of various wind farm projects. Niamh McGovern is also recommended.

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Public sector

Within: Public sector

Arthur Cox specialises in regulatory law, with extensive experience advising regulatory bodies on statutory investigations. The team is particularly active in the healthcare sector; Gavin Woods is representing the Mental Health Commission in a number of ongoing judicial review proceedings, and Joanelle O’Cleirigh is advising the Irish Blood Transfusion Service on issues arising from defects in a device used before blood donations. Aaron Boyle is also assisting the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board with procurement matters concerning the building of a new children's hospital. Danielle Conaghan and Alex McLean handle environmental and energy-related matters.

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Northern Ireland: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Arthur Cox Belfast’s energy practice represents energy clients in transactions and financings across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The group is adept at handling mandates covering both the traditional and renewable energy sectors, with gas-related instructions a notable area of strength. Dublin-based Alex McLean heads up the group and led advice to the Energia Group on the development and financing of five wind farms in Northern Ireland; the transaction was successful. In another highlight, Belfast-based Alan Taylor led advice to Mutual Energy on the development of the new single NI Network Gas Transmission Code, and is assisting Premier Transmission with amendments to an existing tripartite agreement with National Grid and Gas Networks Ireland regarding arrangements at the interconnection point between their gas pipelines in Scotland to ensure gas continues to be delivered to Northern Ireland from the UK following changes to Northern Ireland’s gas industry.

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