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Clare Hatcher

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Clare Hatcher

Clare Hatcher

Consultant

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Clare has worked on a number of ground breaking projects in the energy space.  She also has considerable experience of regulation including international sanctions and anti-corruption compliance.  Clare was formally legal director of a commodity trader and has direct commercial experience of trading. 

She is listed in Legal 500 and was awarded a UK Client Choice Award in the Energy and Natural Resources sector, the only lawyer to be nominated in the UK. 

Clare is a member of the London based Futures Industry Association Energy and Emissions Trading Committee, the Energy Institute and the CLLS Energy Committee.  She speaks regularly at conferences on commodities and energy related matters and has lectured on sanctions and energy derivatives for the Oxford Princeton Programme for the College of Petroleum and Energy Studies.

Experience
  • Advising Total on all aspects of the long term sale of marine LNG to CMA CGM including reviewing HOAs, drafting a bespoke long term contract for the supply of marine LNG incorporating the HOAs and a template customer contract and advising on marine and pollution liability, insurance and competition.
  • Advising an international trading company on EFET contracts for trading gas at a number of European hubs with global counterparties.
  • Advising a European listed utility on an operation and maintenance contract for a 70MW peat fired power plant in Rwanda including negotiating shareholder agreements for a joint venture with sponsors and direct agreements and credit support with lenders.
  • Advising SIMEC on the sale of Uskmouth power plant (SUP) to Atlantis Resources (ARL) for a 49.99% stake in ARL.  This included negotiation of a fuel supply agreement for pellets for SUP and fixed price and floating price PPAs for offtake from SUP.
  • Advising Energy UK on behalf of the UK gas and power supply industry on the creation of a Central Delivery Body for Smart Metering and associated regulatory issues including SMICOP code of conduct.
  • Advising a global commodity trader on their gas trading contracts including ISDA and EFET master netting agreements, adapting them to incorporate changes in the underlying market and advising on potential market entry into the French market at the PEG Nord virtual trading hub.
  • Advising a waste company on the development, construction and ownership of an anaerobic digestion plant to generate biomethane for injection in the Grid.  This included the negotiation and drafting of a carbon reduction agreement, negotiation of property rights through an agreement to lease and long-term leasing arrangement, advice on planning consents, and advice on various construction and supply agreements related to the plant and equipment.
  • Advising project sponsors in relation to the first LNG import terminal in sub-Saharan Africa involving the export of LNG from Trinidad and Tobago for delivery ex-ship at Port Tema, Ghana, including negotiation of the SPAs for LNG and drafting of the gas sales agreement with the Government of Ghana.

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Expertise

Clare has over 20 years experience advising clients in the oil and gas and power project and trading sectors and acts for state owned and private energy companies, trading companies, banks and insurers. She works across the sustainable and renewable energy sector and is also experienced in derivatives, regulation and compliance.

Offices & Regions covered