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Karol Lasocki

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Karol Lasocki PhD is a member of the global energy and environmental protection practice as well as the global competition practice. He heads the innovative energy and environmental protection team in Warsaw. Karol represents leading energy companies in the process of planning, development, interconnection, financing and construction of energy sources. His expertise focuses on renewable energy sources, clean conventional technologies, grids (grid access and construction) and competition matters (cartels and abuse of dominant position), including precedent-setting disputes. Significant areas of Karol’s activity are also environmental, administrative and spatial planning disputes.

Professional Background

Karol Lasocki is admitted to the Regional Chamber of Legal Advisors in Warsaw and serves as President of the British Alumni Society.

Achievements

  • Legal 500 EMEA, Energy & Natural Resources, 2013-2016, Tier 2, Leading Individuals
  • Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources: 2016 (Band 2); 2015 (Band 2); 2014 (Band 2); 2013 (Band 3)
  • Forbes, Lawyers – Leaders of Tomorrow 2012 - ranking of young, successful lawyers with a bright future in the legal industry, Dr. Karol Lasocki, 3rd position
  • Recognized in Chambers Europe - Europe's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011 and 2012) for energy and natural resources in Poland as a talented lawyer with particular expertise in the renewable energy field
  • Scholar of the Shell Centenary Scholarship, University of Oxford, 2005-2006

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Conference Committee Member, IX Polish Wind Energy Association Conference and Exhibition, May 27-28, 2014, Serock
  • President, British Alumni Society, 2011-present
  • Lecturer of energy law, Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Faculty of Production Engineering, Renewable Energy Technologies, 2010-present
  • Vice-President, British Alumni Society, 2009-2011
  • Membership Officer, British Alumni Society , 2007-2009

Speaking Engagements

Karol is a frequent speaker at major energy market events including:
  • Conference "Developing renewable energy sources – an opportunity for Poland", November 27, 2013, Warsaw, Ministry of Economy. Panel discussion “Opportunities and barriers to renewable energy development”.
  • Offshore 2013 Conference, Polish Wind Energy Association, 2-3 October 2013, Sopot. Panel discussion “Jointly Facing Offshore Wind Energy in Poland”.
  • EWEA Annual Event, Prelekcja "New Support System for RES in Poland. How Will It Affect Investment Opportunities?", Vienna, February 5, 2013
  • “What does the Renewable Sources of Energy Act (RES Act) change in practice?”, seminar "RES Act - analysis of new regulations", Warsaw, November 13, 2012.
  • "K&L Gates' Second Annual Oil & Gas Conference in Cooperation with the Warsaw Stock Exchange: Shale Gas 2012 – Legal, Environmental, Regulatory and Financing Issues in Shale Gas Exploration and Production in the Central and Eastern Europe", Environmental panel "Environmental Rules May be Getting Even Tougher? ", Warsaw, November 8, 2012.
  • “The draft RES Act and development of wind farm investments”, conference MM Conferences “Problematic aspects of wind farm investments – overcoming location-, environmental- and social barriers”, Warsaw, October 29-30, 2012. 
  • "Selected Aspects of Permissions to Locate Offshore Wind Farms", spoke on the legal aspects in the process of obtaining Offshore permission in particular competitive proceedings issues at the first Offshore Conference & Exhibition organized by the Polish Wind Energy Association, Sopot October 10 - 11, 2012.
  • “How to lead a dispute with grid a operator”, spoke on practical aspects of interconnection disputes, Interconnection Conference, MMC Conferences, Warsaw, May 28, 2012.
  • “Financing of RES under the new RES law”, spoke of the framework of RES financing under the amended rules to be introduced by the new RES law, Polish Wind Energy Association Conference, Ożarów Mazowiecki, May 22-23, 2012.
  • "RES as the Future of the Modern Economy", spoke on new offshore wind legal framework, Most Wanted Conferences, Warsaw, September 22-23, 2011.
  • "Investment in Offshore Wind Farms", led three workshops on successful application for offshore permits, environmental decisions and grid interconnection, MM Conferences, Warsaw, September 13-14, 2011.
  • "Wind Energy Market in Poland", spoke on environmental aspects of wind farm investment and, in another panel, on offshore wind, Polish Wind Energy Association Conference, Ożarów Mazowiecki, April 12-14, 2011.
  • "Wind Energy Market in Poland", spoke on Transposition of Directives 2009/28/EC and 2009/72/EC to Polish law, Polish Wind Energy Association Conference, Warsaw, April 19, 2010.
  • "Gaining Knowledge in the Rapidly Developing CEE Wind Energy Market", CEE Wind Energy Forum, presentation, Warsaw, June 29-30, 2009.
  • Investments in the Energy Sector, workshop leader, Warsaw, June 4-5, 2009.
  • "Wind Energy Market in Poland", spoke on offshore wind opportunities in a legal and practical context, Polish Wind Energy Association Conference, Ożarów Mazowiecki, April 21-22, 2009.
  • CEE Wind Power Conference, delivered a presentation on developments in energy law, Warsaw, July 4, 2008.
  • Energy Forum 2008, delivered a presentation on wind farm investment process, Warsaw, December 12-14, 2007.
  • Acted for electricity grid construction companies (general contractors), finding time and cost saving solutions to legal problems during planning and construction phase.
  • Represented investors applying for offshore permits under the new Maritime Areas Act and advised during a competitive procedure where more than one applicant was interested in the same maritime area.
  • Counseled a major European energy company on the legal risks and environmental aspects of constructing a gas-fired power station in Poland.
  • Worked on a whole variety of matters related to more than 50 wind farm projects with a combined capacity of approx. 4000 MW.
  • Represented a major cement producer in the biggest cartel case so far in Poland.
  • Represented energy companies in negotiations, administrative proceedings and litigation in relation to interconnection and transmission arrangements (more than 30 cases), including a successful representation in the first case before the Supreme Court in 2011 that defined the costs of interconnection of energy generators to the grid.
  • Acted for numerous wind farm investors in transactions of sale and acquisition of wind farm projects, including share and asset transactions and long-term success fee development agreements.
  • Participated in negotiations of two multi-million hard coal and brown-coal long term supply agreements. Advised in coal concessionary matters.
  • Represented a sponsor in financing of a 460 MW power plant and prepared project agreements.
  • Provided advice to energy companies on a broad range of environmental issues involving environmental impact assessments and decisions, as well as disputes regarding infrastructure projects, including power offshore projects.
  • Drafted model forms of long-term lease agreements aiming to secure land rights for wind farms.
  • Acted as counsel to an Austrian RES company in relation to interconnection of several wind farm projects in Poland.
  • Advised a major Portuguese RES utility on a proposed acquisition of over 20 wind farms under development and off-shore wind power projects.
  • Served as counsel to a major Danish utility in respect of PPAs, as well as interconnection and other project development matters related to several wind farms.
  • Advised a Romanian company on the acquisition of a wind farm under development.
  • Provided counsel to an Irish company in relation to a planned development of energy sources in Poland.
  • Advised a major Polish listed company on several wind farms’ development, including representing the client's project companies in ground-breaking procedures against a distribution system operator before the Energy Regulatory Office and the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (the antimonopoly authority).
  • Represented the Polish Wind Energy Association in several matters related to development of wind farms, covering environmental law, energy law, real estate and land zoning.
  • Represented major Polish RES companies in numerous administrative and judicial proceedings in respect of issuance of environmental decisions by local government and environmental authorities.