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Alan Bissett

Partner

E: Alan_Bissett@jmckee.co.uk
T: 028 9023 2303
M: 075 0104 0717

Practice Areas

Energy and Renewables

Education

1992 Guilford College of Law – Law Society Finals Course
1986 University of Essex – LLB (Hons) Law

Profile

One of the leading corporate/commercial and energy lawyers in Northern Ireland. Alan has over 20 years’ experience in a wide range of corporate and commercial matters and has advised clients in relation to mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, management buy outs and venture capital at leading firms in London and Belfast. In relation to energy matters, his experience includes advising on all aspects of project development and finance, power generation agreements, renewables, energy trading and dispute resolution by way of expert determination. Alan has particular expertise in regulatory, competition, public procurement and EU law matters in the energy sector. He has had several articles published and have presented to national and international conferences on numerous issues. Recent presentations have been given in relation to the implications of Brexit, infrastructure development and corporate governance.

Relevant Representative Experience

  • Leading the Northern Ireland local counsel team acting for Viridian and simultaneously advising on a bond issue, the accordion refinancing of a number of wind farm projects and the sale of Viridian to I Squared Capital for a reported sum of £785m. This matter completed in March 2016. In addition to leading on all corporate and commercial aspects, Alan’s role involved project management of the large team involved and all client liaison.

  • Leading the Northern Ireland local counsel team that acted for Centrica on its acquisition of the assets of Bord Gáis Energy on the island of Ireland. Alan successfully coordinated the various workstreams involved and delivered the work on-budget. The purchase price was a reported £920m and the matter completed in mid-2014.

  • Acting for the Mutual Group during 2015/16 to update its gas transmission network codes to provide for the introduction of entry capacity into the NI gas transmission regime in line with the EU Third Energy Package, together with advising on the development of a Single Network Code for gas transmission in NI. Code work of this nature had never previously been conducted by an NI lawyer and involved protracted negotiations with BGE and British Gas.