Rob Broom is an associate in the Energy & Natural Resources Practice based in London. Rob’s practice focuses on advising utilities, governments, sponsors, borrowers and financial institutions on all aspects of the energy sector, including renewable and thermal power development, electricity and gas regulation, electricity transmission and distribution, energy trading (both OTC and exchange) and supply, and general commercial advice across the energy spectrum covering wind, solar, district heating, CHP, smart meters, smart grids, networks for electricity, gas (both regulated and private), AD and biogas to grid. He has both private practice experience and in-house experience having done a 10-month secondment to an electricity supplier – Smartest Energy, and a seven-month secondment to the Commodities Legal Team at EDF Trading.

    Rob has been named as a “Rising Star” by The Legal 500 2021 for work in Energy and as a “real standout” in The Legal 500 2020 for Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables).

    Rob has experience advising on energy and infrastructure projects across the UK, Europe and Africa, advising sponsors, investors, project companies and lenders on structures, regulation, financing and commercial agreements for acquisitions, disposals, financings and development of international infrastructure, power (conventional and renewable) and upstream/midstream oil and gas projects.

    Rob has particular expertise in the UK electricity market and its regulatory framework, and commodity trading. He advises on energy sector commercial contracts, including Energy Trading Services Agreements (ETSAs), power purchase agreements (PPAs), Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) and Renewable Energy Guarantees Origin (REGO) Trading Master Agreements, ISDAs, EFETs (Gas & Power), CSAs, Netting Agreements, Cross-Product Master Agreements, Gas Netting Agreements and Gas Trading & Shipping Services Agreements. He was part of a team that drafted the industry standard REGO Trading Master Agreement template and has advised the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) on the establishment of a demand side response (DSR) Code of Conduct ahead of the launch of a voluntary Code Compliance Scheme for DSR aggregators called "Flex Assure", and sits on the Oversight Committee of the Scheme.

    Rob is very familiar with the Contract for Difference (CFD), Capacity Market, Feed-in Tariff (FiT), Renewables Obligation (RO) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes. He is the author of several published articles on renewable energy development and regulation, as well as a frequent presenter on these issues. Rob is also the co-author of the 2020 Lexology “Getting The Deal Through” Renewable Energy Report on Poland.

    Prior to becoming a lawyer, Rob worked for the commodities energy (Oil, Gas & Coal) risk desk at a leading investment bank for two years. Rob also worked as a contract officer (associate) for a leading global investment manager.

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    • Advising a Fortune 500 global manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products in relation to (i) a long-term virtual power purchase agreement and (ii) a Guarantee of Origin (GoO) Certificate Delivery Agreement.
    • Advising EDF Group on energy regulatory matters concerning battery storage sites, private wire arrangements and infrastructure for electric vehicle charging, in relation to EDF’s October 2019 acquisition of British start-up Pivot Power, a company specialising in developing high-voltage transmission system connected battery storage sites over an extensive portfolio of projects, across more than 40 locations throughout England – with a total capacity of up to 2 GW.
    • Advising an international energy conglomerate in respect of its divestment of a 49% equity stake relating to a portfolio of nuclear power assets in the UK
    • Advising a leading FTSE 100 company on the division of its subsidiaries’ retail and wholesale businesses, including the negotiation of two trading services agreements incorporating restrictions over the subsidiaries’ business commensurate with the credit line to be afforded to it under a secured loan agreement, and advising on electricity and gas regulatory issues linked to the division.
    • Advising Gravis Capital Partners in relation to its financing of an electricity supplier, including advising on the bankability of the supplier’s contractual arrangements with a third party intermediary, a platform provider and trading arrangements with a counterparty pursuant to gas and electricity EFET agreements.
    • Advising a UK electricity and gas supplier on a bespoke wholesale energy (electricity and gas) trading agreement (WEA) with a trading credit line of £40 million. Negotiating a ROC Trading Master Agreement, EFETs, CSAs, MNA and Security Package, underpinning the trading arrangements in the WEA.
    • Advising Calon Energy Limited in its successful intervention in support of the UK government to win the European Commission’s approval of the British Capacity Market Scheme under EU state aid rules.
    • Undertaking a seven-month secondment to EDF Trading (one of the most powerful players in the European wholesale markets for electricity and gas), sitting in the Commodities Legal Team, providing advice to the Credit Team and traders/originators (and directly negotiating with counterparties) on a range of energy trading agreements, including Trade Finance Facilities, EFETs (Gas & Power), ISDAs (1992 & 2002), Master Agreements for Financial Derivative Transactions (Rahmenvertrag für Finanztermingeschäfte) including Annex for Commodity Transactions (Anhang für Rohwarengeschäfte), IETA Emissions Trading Master Agreements, Renewable Certificate Trading Agreements, Master Agreements for the sale and purchase Carbon Certificates, Propane Term Sales Contracts, EMIR Risk Mitigation Techniques Agreements, EMIR Reporting Delegation Agreements, Netting Agreements, Cross-Product Master Agreements, Credit Support Annexes, Netting Agreements and Credit Support Documents.
    • Advising Mercia Power on its trading and optimisation agreement covering different technology class generators.
    • Undertaking a 10-month secondment to an electricity supplier – Smartest
      Energy, during which Rob provided day to day advice to the commercial and legal teams on a range of issues, e.g. trading contracts, IT contracts, services contracts, electricity supply contracts between Smartest Energy and its customers, power purchase agreements between Smartest Energy and generators from which it purchases power and also on a range of electricity regulatory and licence issues and advising on renewable incentive schemes including the UK Renewables Obligation scheme and Feed In Tariff Scheme, alongside corporate and commercial work.
    • Advising Social Energy Limited on the establishment of a battery aggregation business (via its AI-powered platform), as well as the establishment of an electricity supply business in the UK – including advising on sale of goods agreements, various services agreements/arrangements, energy trading agreements, metering agreements and electricity supply terms and conditions.
    • Advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the Capacity Market rules and regulations in relation to a prospective entrant to the Capacity Market scheme.
    • Advising Calon Energy on its proposed 2,200 MW portfolio sale of CCGT natural gas power plants at Baglan Bay, Sutton Bridge and Severn in the UK.
    • Advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on certain equity, financing/refinancing, commercial and regulatory aspects regarding its acquisition and on-going operation of the Baglan Bay (525 MW), Sutton Bridge (819 MW) and Severn (720 MW) CCGT power stations in the UK.
    • Advising the government of Fiji on the establishment of the legislative and regulatory regime required to corporatize the Fiji Electricity Authority to enable the government’s partial divestment of the Fiji Electricity Authority and establish an independent electricity regulator and appropriate regulatory regime whilst ensuring that an a conducive environment exists to attract and promote private/foreign investment in the energy sector.
    • Advising a developer on the project development and financing of gasifier power plants in the UK with a project pipeline of 500 MW of assets across a number of consented sites.
    • Advising Calon Energy on its obligations under key electricity, gas and allowance trading contracts, including Energy Management Services Agreements and underpinning ISDA Agreements, CSAs and Master Netting Agreements.
    • Advising a renewable energy investment fund on the development and financing of the 50 MW Chania onshore wind farm in Kenya, including the provision of debt finance from a consortium of commercial lenders.
    • Advising Power Dot in relation to UK regulatory compliance under the Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018, Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (Directive 2014/94/EU, Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulations 2017 (SI 2017/897)), Electricity Act 1989 and related Class Exemptions Order 2001, in respect of electric vehicle/ultra low emission vehicle (EV) charge points.
    • Advising the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) on a demand-side-response (DSR) energy services Code of Conduct and providing guidance in establishing a governance structure to administer a compliance scheme for the Code of Conduct.
    • Advising the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda on the establishment of various electricity licences in Bermuda and the development of the surrounding legislative and regulatory framework.
    • Advising the Bermudan electricity regulator (the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda) on its powers and duties under electricity legislation in Bermuda and on the development of electricity licences (Bulk Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Retail licences) in Bermuda.
    • Advising Selfridges on its electricity supply agreement with Scottish Power in respect of its electricity supply to all of its premises.
    • Advising a developer on the sale of a majority interest in several project companies with rights to develop c.200 MW of battery storage projects in the UK.
    • Advising Calon Energy on the financing and development of a 1,500 MW CCGT power project in the UK.
    • Drafting a (i) Power Purchase and End User Agreement and (ii) Project Assessment, Installation and O&M Agreement for GreenFin Capital in relation to its inside-the-fence energy supply (from CHP) for industrial customers.
    • Advising a trading development and finance company on prospective entrance to the UK Renewables Obligation scheme for its planned biodiesel plant.
    • Advising prospective entrants to the Capacity Market in respect of a portfolio of CHP plants and Battery Storage Units.
    • Advising a major biomass and coal-fueled electrical power generation company on its subsidiary electricity supplier’s obligation to supply an Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)-sanctioned and COMAH top tier classified crude oil refinery, including the renegotiation of the electricity supply arrangements and advising on the supplier’s rights arising under a deemed supply contract.
    • Advising a UK developer on the sale of a (distribution system) electricity connection agreement in respect of a site housing waste-to-energy and gas peaking plants, as well as negotiating an option agreement for allocating MW capacity from the connection agreement to an incoming third-party purchaser.
    • Advising Toto Energy Limited in respect of its obligations under a Network Metering Equipment Agreement and liability for charges pursuant thereto.
    • Drafting an electricity supply agreement for Baglan Operations Limited in respect of a private supply to multiple commercial customers on a single site, and advising on applicable electricity supply licence class exemptions.
    • Advising Pall Mall Oil & Gas on its Free-on-Board (FOB) Crude Oil Sales Agreement.
    • Assisting in advising the governments of Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya on the proposed development of an interconnector electricity transmission line system and the ancillary trading platform across the three jurisdictions.
    • Assisting in advising a telecoms operator on the raising of finance for the creation of a mobile voice and data network in an African country.

    Education

    • Heriot-Watt University, M.Sc., Renewable Energy Development (Ongoing)
    • University of Law, L.P.C., Commendation, 2015
    • King's College, London, LL.M., International Financial Law, Merit, 2012
    • City University, LL.B., 2010

    Admissions

    • England and Wales

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • Rob sits on the Oversight Committee of the Association of Decentralised Energy’s (ADE) “Flex Assure” Scheme for Demand Side Response (DSR) Aggregators

    Languages

    • English
    • Polish
    • Named as a “Rising Star” by The Legal 500 2021 for work in Energy
    • Recognised as “a real standout” in The Legal 500 2020 for Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
    • EEC Accredited Green Energy Consultant Expert Certificate Achiever, 2019
    • Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) – Renewable Energy Management and Finance
    • Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) – Wind Power
    • Galileo Master Certificate (GMC) – Energy Storage

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    Publications

    Speaking Engagements

    • Presenter, “Delivering Net Zero and the New Energy Economy”, Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) and Squire Patton Boggs co-hosted Conference, 27 February 2020.
    • Panelist, “What does Brexit mean for the future of UK renewables?” CEPEC Showcase Green Investors’ Conference, 25 February 2020.
    • Presenter, “An update on the UK Capacity Market suspension following the European General Court judgment in Case T-793/14 (Tempus Energy v European Commission)”, 12th CEPEC Showcase Green Investors' Conference, 14 December 2018.
    • Presenter, “Developments in UK Capacity; is the Capacity Market delivering or is it ‘Incapacitated’?” Sentri – Think Tank, London, 18 May 2018.
    • Presenter, “Recent and proposed changes in regulation and impacts on new technologies”, 11th CEPEC Showcase Green Investors' Conference, 23 March 2018.

    Interviews

    • “Day in the Life of a Trainee in Energy & Natural Resources”, Lex 100, 1 October 2017. 
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