Alex McLean

Alex McLean | Procurement Lawyer | PPP | Energy Law | Arthur Cox
  • Alex McLean
  • +353 1 920 1195
  • Arthur Cox, Ten Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 T380, Ireland


Alex is Head of the Arthur Cox Infrastructure, Construction and Utilities Group. He has a broad based infrastructure and utilities practice, with particular expertise in renewables, energy and natural resources law. Alex has more than twenty years energy regulatory, transactional and major projects experience in Ireland and Australia and has been centrally involved in the liberalisation of the energy markets in both jurisdictions. He has extensive experience acting for government, regulators, financiers, market participants and customers, both on the island of Ireland and internationally, and combines broad industry expertise with a strong background in energy regulation and reform. Prior to joining Arthur Cox, Alex spent six years in the Projects Group of a leading Australian law firm.

In 2016, Alex was ranked as a star individual by Chambers Europe for the eight consecutive year and one of the Top 30 Energy & Natural Resources lawyers in the world by Expert Guides: The World’s Leading Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers, Best of the Best.


Alex’s experience includes:

  • Conventional Power Projects, including the 343MW CCGT Huntstown Phase I Power Project (first IPP in Ireland); the 401.5MW CCGT Huntstown Phase II Power Project; the 445MW CCGT Whitegate Power Project; and the 431MW CCGT Great Island Power Project.
  • Renewable Power Projects including the €500M Dublin Waste to Energy PPP; multiple onshore wind projects and CHP projects totalling over 700MW; and advising the State in relation to the consenting of all offshore wind projects in Ireland.
  • Electrical Interconnectors, including advising Moyle Interconnector Limited on its ownership, operation and funding of the 500MW HVDC Moyle Interconnector; and EirGrid on the €150 million Phase 1 and €600 million Phase 2 funding of the 500MW HVDC East West Interconnector .
  • Upstream gas including advising the State in connection with the consenting and regulation of upstream petroleum including all offshore consents for the Corrib Gas Field and the CER on development and implementation of the Petroleum Safety Framework.
  • Downstream gas including advising on the Islandmagee Gas Storage Project; the Scotland to Northern Ireland Gas Pipeline; and the CER in relation to downstream gas regulation including establishment of an all-island system operator; implementation of Entry/Exit; development of the Unified Code of Operations and licensing of gas storage.
  • Energy Market Reform, including advising government, regulators and market participants in relation to the implementation of I-SEM (Ireland and NI), the Common Arrangements for Gas (Ireland and NI); the Single Electricity Market (Ireland and NI); MAE (Ireland); BETTA (GB); the National Electricity Market (Australia); Gas Entry/Exit (Ireland); NTS Exit Reforms (GB); and Gas Retail Market Implementation (Australia).
  • Mergers & Acquisitions totalling in excess of €4 billion, including Arcapita in respect of its disposal of Viridian Group to I-Squared Capital, Gas Natural Fenosa on its acquisition of Vayu and Centrica in respect of its acquisition of Bord Gais Energy.
  • Energy Sector Financings totalling in excess of €3 billion.
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, 1995, UTS
  • BComm, LL.B, 1993, University of New South Wales
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland, 2004
  • Admitted as a solicitor in Ireland, 2003
  • Admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand (non-practising), 2002
  • Admitted as a legal practitioner in New South Wales (non-practising), 1995