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Thomas Herman

Thomas Herman

Associate

Thomas is an associate in the Paris Energy & Infrastructure team.

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Experience

Thomas is a French-qualified associate who works within our energy & infrastructure team in Paris.

Thomas works with a broad range of French and international clients on contractual arrangements and regulatory issues relating to the development, construction, financing, acquisition, transfer of projects and other transactions in France and Sub-Saharan and North Africa (in particular Algeria), mainly in the power (conventional and renewables) and upstream oil & gas sectors.

Of French mother tongue, Thomas is fluent in English.

Thomas's experience includes advising: 

  • a confidential client on the drafting and negotiation of a gas sales agreement and related ancillary facilities construction contracts with Sonatrach in Algeria, including negotiations on the ground in Algeria
  • Alkion Terminals France SAS, a subsidiary of InfraVia Capital Partners, on its acquisition of French, Portuguese and Spanish bulk liquid storage facilities from LBC Tank Terminals 
  • a confidential European energy client on the potential acquisition of a large portfolio of renewable power plants (solar, onshore wind, hydraulic, biogas etc) in operation or under development in France
  • a major steel producer on the negotiation and drafting of project agreements (EPC, O&M, Offtake, Fuel Supply agreements) for the revamping and construction of a new unit of a gas based power generation facility in France (on-going)
  • The Dutch Infrastructure Fund on the planned divestment of a portfolio of 48 European PPP / PFI and renewable energy assets, including assets in France 

Publications

Co-author of "Legal Aspects of EU Energy Regulation", Second Edition, Edited by Peter Cameron and Raphael Heffron, Oxford University Press, 27 October 2016 

Co-author of "Vent de colère – wind feed-in tariff order 2008: illegal state aid interest recovery", Case Commentaries, Environmental Liability – Law, Policy and Practice, Lawtext Publishing, Issue 1 Volume 24 2016.

Co-author of "Recent developments in the French energy market" and "Overview of the legal and regulatory framework for energy in France" (Herbert Smith Freehills, European Energy Handbook 2012 to 2017)

 

Background

Thomas holds a Master's Degree in Business Public Law from the University of Sorbonne Paris, a Master's Degree in Public Contracts from the Institute of Politics Studies (Sciences Po) of Lyon and a Bachelor Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Bergen (Norway).

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