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Energy, Renewables & Natural Resources


Alex is Head of the Energy, Renewables & Natural Resources Group and a member of the Arthur Cox CSR Advisory Board, with particular responsibility for the firm’s Pro Bono practice.


Alex has a broad based infrastructure and utilities practice, with particular expertise in renewables, energy and natural resources law. Alex has almost twenty five years energy regulatory, transactional and major projects experience in Ireland and Australia and has been centrally involved in the liberalisation of the energy markets in both jurisdictions. He has extensive experience acting for government, regulators, financiers, market participants and customers, both on the island of Ireland and internationally, and combines broad industry expertise with a strong background in energy regulation and reform.


Member of the Executive Committee of the Energy Law Group, an association of leading independent energy law firms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Non-resident Fellow of the Payne Institute, an energy and environmental institute at the Colorado School of Mines.


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).

Lawyer Rankings

Northern Ireland > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy

Arthur Cox Belfast is known for its strength in advising on large energy sector M&A, particularly cross-border transactions, financing for conventional and renewable energy projects, and energy regulation. The team has been particularly active advising on onshore wind projects across the island of Ireland, and also assists with natural resources issues such as mining. The practice is led by chairman Alan Taylor and Dublin-based Alex McLean, and also includes Paul McBride.

Ireland > Projects and PPP

(Leading individuals)

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Arthur Cox‘s projects and PPP team advises on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Ireland. Testament to this was the firm’s advice to National Broadband Ireland on the largest infrastructure concession ever tendered in Ireland and its assistance to Intel with the planned expansion of its Leixlip site. Clients include contractors, state bodies, banks, and large corporations. On the project finance side, it has been kept busy handling large-scale project refinancings. The combined infrastructure, construction, and utilities group is led by Alex McLean, who is highly experienced in energy projects. Aaron Boyle is particularly active in procurement, PPP/PFI and project finance and Karen Killoran is also noted. Senior associate Niamh McGovernacts across energy, construction and projects.

Ireland > Energy and natural resources

(Hall of Fame)

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The ‘phenomenal’ energy and natural resources team at Arthur Cox has vast experience handling energy regulation, M&A, project finance, conventional power, renewable energy, upstream petroleum, downstream gas and energy disputes. The ‘approachable and pragmatic’ Alex McLean leads the team and specialises in infrastructure and construction with an energy aspect. He also has a strong regulatory background and is widely regarded as ‘the leading expert in his field of expertise’. Senior associate Niamh McGovern is another name to note at the firm, with strength in the renewable energy sector.

Ireland > Public sector

Arthur Cox‘s ‘knowledgeable‘ team has a strong track record for representing regulatory bodies in statutory investigations. It has particular expertise in the healthcare sector, where clients include the Health Service Executive, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and the Mental Health Commission. Other areas of strength include the education sector, where the team advises a number of universities on their statutory functions, and significant infrastructure projects. Practice head Joanelle O’Cleirigh has extensive experience representing state entities in public inquiries, while Aaron Boyle specialises in procurement and infrastructure and Alex McLean has notable expertise in energy sector projects. Senior associate Kate O’Donohoe is also recommended for her advice to statutory bodies.