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Michelle T Davies

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Eversheds Sutherland

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 Michelle T Davies heads the Eversheds Clean Energy and Sustainability Group and advises with the team across all clean energy and sustainability projects. 

Examples of Michelle's recent renewable energy experience include:

  • Advising developers and debt and equity funders across all technologies including on shore and offshore wind, biomass, biofuels, geothermal, solar, hydro, tidal and wave. 
  • Advising on some of the market's largest renewable energy transactions.
  • Providing advice on numerous onshore wind farm transactions.
  • Providing advice on equity investments for various private equity investors and sponsors in relation to their equity fund raising for wind, solar and biomass projects.
  • Advising on clean energy projects in the emerging markets including China, India, the Philippines, Thailand and Africa. 
  • Providing advice to numerous clients in the sector on competitive and non competitive acquisitions and disposals.

Michelle writes regularly on the opportunities and challenges facing the sector and is a regular speaker at conferences including the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi RenewableUK, REFF India, REFF China, BGCC Biomass conference, IMECHE Renewables Conference, REA biomass conference, Financing Carbon (London), Climate Finance (London), Environmental Green Bonds Conference, Westminster Energy Forum and Government Round Tables.

Michelle is also actively involved in policy and regulation on clean energy and is Chair of the REA Finance Group which brings together lenders investing and developers.  Michelle is on the Panel of CBI Climate Change London, is a member of the Consultation Board of PLC Environment and is a member of the RenewableUK Offshore Strategy Group and the RenewableUK Finance sub-group.  Michelle is also a member of the Low Carbon Economy Advisory Group, is on the Advisory Panel to the Climate Bonds Initiative and has recently been appointed to the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force.

Michelle has been appointed to the board of the Emirates Solar Industry Association (ESIA), being the first woman to serve as a board member.

Michelle is rated as one of the leading lawyers in the renewable energy sector in Chambers  as "rounding out the renewable energy practice with her corporate finance skills" and is held out by commentators as a "market leader".  Michelle is also listed as "a leader in renewables" by The Lawyer Hot 100 Lawyers 2012. Michelle is also qualified in New York and is a Fulbright Scholar.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'strong support in the specialist area of procurement and real estate', according to one client. In recent highlights, CGN Europe - a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned utility - instructed a team led by Jason Lovell to oversee its acquisition of onshore wind assets in Ireland, and the group is currently leading the advice to National Grid on a complex business separation and subsequent sale proceedings. Cardiff-based  Iwan Walters assisted EDF with the disposal of five onshore wind assets to Greencoat UK Wind, and Birmingham's David Jones is currently intervening in the EPC contract negotiation ownership, EPC and cabling arrangements with regards to a major interconnector project between the UK and mainland Europe. The team's construction and engineering arm was recently bolstered by the arrival of Richard Streeter from CMS and the corporate offering benefited from James Vernon 's hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Michelle T Davies heads the firm's clean energy practice and co-heads the team with Robert Pitcher who spearheads the international infrastructure and energy outfit.

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