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Lucille De Silva

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Work Department

Energy/renewables.

Position

Lucille De Silva is a partner in the energy, infrastructure and project finance department of Dentons. She has over 18 years' international energy, projects, regulation and privatisation experience including in downstream oil and gas, renewable and conventional electricity (in particular, solar), and petrochemicals. She has developed the firm's UK solar practice and has lead and closed over 100 large scale solar projects. She lead the power and ethanol aspects of the Addax biomass co-generation project in Sierra Leone (African project finance deal of the year) negotiating complex power arrangements with the government of Sierra Leone and cross border ethanol trading and long term storage arrangements, in the context of the Renewable Energy Directive and Reach. She is currently the deputy team leader on the department of energy and climate change's project to procure projects 2 to 4 of the UK’s carbon capture and storage demonstration programme. She is the author of the Solar Power legal issues chapter of Renewables: A Practical Handbook and regularly speaks and chairs solar conferences.

Career

Assistant lawyer Dentons (formerly SNR Denton) 1992-94, senior lawyer 1994-2000, partner 2000-present. Publications of note: "Legal issues: Renewables - a handbook," Global law and business, 2010 "The Carbon Reduction Commitment," New Power Journal, 2009 "Oil and Gas Production Contracts," Sweet & Maxwell, 2008 "REACH Registrations," International Energy Law Review, 2008 "The Carbon Reduction Commitment," International Energy Law and Taxation Review, 2007 "Singapore Gas Market," Paper for the Petroleum Economist World Gas Book "An international regulatory perspective - Singapore," Delivering a paper on Singapore's electricity and gas markets News Editor, International Energy Law and Taxation Review (previously the Oil & Gas Law and Taxation Review), Sweet & Maxwell. Delivering a paper on the legal aspects arising from the liberalisation of the gas industry in Hungary - Budapest, Hungary. Delivering a paper on the legal aspects of gas trading - Dusseldorf, Germany.

Education

King's College (LLB Hons 1990); College of Law, Guildford (Law Society Final Examinations 1991); University of Dundee (London-based energy law course 1995).


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Dentons is one client's 'go-to choice for financing mandates' and fields a 'huge team' which impresses through its 'excellent service, thoroughness and willingness to go the extra mile'. With a particular strength in the solar power space, the group continues to advise a leading international solar farm developers on its strategic partnership with an operator to accelerate the client's expansion overseas through the acquisition of assets across Europe; practice co-head Charles July also acted for Statoil in its first solar project development. Lucille De Silva teamed up with Candice Chapman to handle the acquisition of shareholding in UK renewable companies for a leading Asian utility provider, and the IFC appointed the group to oversee the implementation of its Scaling Solar Program in Ethiopia to support the local power utility in the selection of private sector partners to deliver 250MW of solar PV projects. The firm recently completed its merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens which significantly bolstered the firm's presence in the small to mid-scale projects space - particularly regarding onshore wind, hydroelectricity and combined heat and power generation - and in terms of energy regulation.

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