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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 Energy Department and the Innovative Energy Department of the K&L Gates Warsaw office. Karol Lasocki represents leading energy companies in the process of planning, development, interconnection, financing and construction of energy sources, grids and other infrastructure. His expertise focuses on renewable energy sources, onshore as well as offshore, grids and competition protection. Significant areas of his activity regulatory issues and are also environmental, administrative and spatial planning disputes.

Karol Lasocki is a recommended legal expert in investment arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty and bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with respect to energy sector investments.

He advises Polish and foreign enterprises from all industry sectors with respect to legal compliance issues.

Achievements

  • Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources: 2017-2014 (Band 2); 2013 (Band 3)
  • Karol Lasocki is described by sources as "one of the leading renewables lawyers in Poland." Interviewees also say he is "creative and reliable" as well as a "pleasure to work with." (Chambers Europe 2017, Notable practitioner)
  • Karol Lasocki is the driving force of the firm’s energy practice and counts important figures in the renewable energy market as clients, including the Polish Wind Energy Association. The market regards him as “an expert in his field” and observes that he is “a skilled orator.” (Chambers Europe 2016, Notable practitioner)
  • Karol Lasocki is experienced in energy legislation and disputes, in particular relating to wind energy. "A natural choice," says a market commentator. (Chambers Europe 2015, Leading individual)
  • Legal 500 EMEA, Energy & Natural Resources, 2017-2013, Tier 2, Leading Individuals
  • K&L Gates LLP, practice head Karol Lasocki advised GEO Renewables on the construction of the 51.2MW Lubartow wind farm. Statkraft, Nordex and Iglotex are new client wins. (Legal 500 2017, Leading individual)
  • K&L Gates LLP’s energy and environmental protection practice is led by Karol Lasocki, who advised Bank Ochrony Środowiska on the due diligence and financing of two wind farms and Polish Wind Energy Association on the legislative process for the Renewable Energy Sources Act. (Legal 500 2016, Leading individual)
  • 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

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Lecturer of energy law, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW), Faculty of Production Engineering, Renewable Energy Technologies, 2010 - present
  • Conference Committee Member, IX Polish Wind Energy Association Conference and Exhibition, May 27-28, 2014, Serock, Poland
  • Conference Committee Member, XII Polish Wind Energy Association Conference and Exhibition, June 20-21, 2017, Serock, Poland
  • President, British Alumni Society, 2011 - 2015
  • Vice-President, British Alumni Society, 2009 - 2011
  • Membership Officer, British Alumni Society , 2007 - 2009

Speaking Engagements

Karol Lasocki is a frequent speaker at major energy market events: 
  • PWEA Conference and Exhibition 2017, speech on “The RES Act - the latest amendments”. Discussion of key legal dilemmas related to the operation of the auction scheme, June 20-21, 2017.
  • Auction system as a new model of support of Renewable Energy Sources, October 12-13, 2015, Warsaw. Speech on the auction system - entities and mechanism of operation
  • 3rd International Maritime Congress – panel discussion: Is energy at sea becoming an important element of the energy system?
  • Seminar “THE RES ACT - LEGAL ASPECTS IN PRACTICE” - a timely Seminar concerning the practical application of the RES Act organized by Polish Wind Energy Association together with K&L Gates law firm, with the aid of the Ministry of Economy and the Energy Regulatory Office, March 17, 2015, K&L Gates Warsaw office.
  • Fourth edition of Wind Energy Workshop, to cover: "Balancing the National Power System in the context of the increased share of changeable sources in the system", October 15, 2014.
  • Workshops on the “Problematic aspects of investing in a wind farm”, 25 – 26 June 2014, Warsaw. Speech: "The draft law on renewable energy and the development of investment in wind farms".
  • Conference of the Polish Association of the Wind Energy PWEA 2014, Conference and Fair, 27-28 May, 2014, Hotel Narvil, Serock.
  • Forum for Renewable Energy Sources 2014, April 23-24, 2014, Warsaw, speaker: Karol Lasocki.
  • 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.

Additional Information

Publications

He authored numerous articles on legal and practical aspects of investment processes in the energy sector. His doctoral thesis identifies administrative law factors of development of renewable energy sources in Poland and is based on practical experience.

  • “High bill for retreat from the wind”, commentary in the article, Puls Biznesu, October 17, 2017.
  • “RES: Wave of arbitration claims against Poland”, commentary in the article Rzeczpospolita, October 19, 2017.
  • “An American company claims 2.5 billion zloty from Poland. Will there be more lawsuits?”, commentary on the article posted on portal.pl, October 19, 2017.
  • "The most important issues of the draft amendment to the Energy Law presented today by the Ministry of Energy" published on the Energy Market Information Center portal, commentary on the article, June 29, 2017.
  • “Will tax on wind farms increase?”, commentary in the article, Rzeczpospolita, June 2017.
  • “PGE will dominate production and the state will dominate energy”, commentary in Rzeczpospolita, May 2017.
  • “The Provincial Administrative Court will adopt the current market value of a wind farm as the basis for calculation of a real estate tax from 2017.”, Legislative Newsletter, PWEA, March 2017.
  • “RES’ development will take more than one term of office”, commentary in the article, Teraz Środowisko, April 2017.
  • “Poland, RES and penalty”, commentary in the article, Puls Biznesu, April 2017.
  • Interview titled “Changes in Instructions for Traffic and Operation of the Transmission Network is throwing out the baby with the bath water”, gramwzielone.pl portal, August 5, 2015.
  • “Windmills fear PSE”, commentary in the article, Puls Biznesu, August 4, 2015.
  • “Can long-term agreements for purchase of green certificates be effectively terminated?” cire.pl, June 2, 2015“.
  • “There is a chance to complete wind farms”, commentary in the article, Rzeczpospolita daily, May 26, 2015.
  • “Half a certificate from April”, commentary in the article for cire.pl portal, March 19, 2015.
  • "Without indexation, funding for RES projects is at risk," commented at cire.pl, 28 January 2015.
  • “New penalties counted in millions”, commentary in the article, Rzeczpospolita, January 22, 2015.
  • “He who pays, demands. This is reflected in the quality of zoning plans”, commentary in the article, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, January 21, 2015.
  • “Legal donation for a local plan”, commentary in the article, Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, December 29, 2014.
  • “Difficulties and challenges of an Investment process”, commentary in the article Rzeczpospolita daily, December 17, 2014.
  • “Circumventing court judgments”, commentary in the article, Rzeczpospolita, September 23, 2014.
  • “Analysis of the Polish support system for the production of electricity from renewable energy sources in the form of Green Certificates under the law on state aid, CIRE.pl, September 8, 2014.
  •  “EU fines closer and closer”, commentary in the article, Rzeczpospolita, February 4, 2014.
  • Karol Lasocki, Conditions of Access of Energy Sources to the National Power Grid [in:] Strategic Sectors - Selected Infrastructural Issues, Toruń 2013, p. 250-281.
  • Karol Lasocki, "Can an energy company rescind the terms of connection", Rzeczpospolita, September 19, 2012.
  • "What You Will Not Find in The Draft Bill of The Law On Renewable Energy Sources", www.cire.pl, January 9, 2012.
  • "Qualification of A Renewable Energy Source As Public Purpose Investment Under The Draft Bill of The Law On Renewable Energy Sources", www.cire.pl, January 3, 2012.
  • "New Era for Offshore Energy or New Problem Areas? Amendment of May 26, 2011, to the Act on Maritime Areas of the Republic of Poland", www.cire.pl, June 21, 2011.
  • "Legal Possibilities of Refusal to Interconnect RES (renewable energy sources) to the Grid", Czysta Energia, April 2011.
  • "Support for RES (renewable energy sources)", Energia Gigawat, September 2010.
  • "The First Step Towards Offshore Electricity Generation in Poland", Czysta Energia, June 2010.
  • "New Interconnection Procedures for Electricity Generators", Czysta Energia, November 2009.
  • "System Operators' Tactics - Interconnection Conditions for Renewable Energy Sources", Czysta Energia, No. 2, 2009.
  • "Development of Renewable Energy", Dziennik, November 20, 2008.
  • "How to Secure Land Rights for a Wind Farm", Czysta Energia, No. 1, 2008.

Solar Power:

  • Advising Polish and foreign entrepreneurs on starting up their PV business in Poland.
  • Advising Polish and foreign investors on legal issues concerning auctions for the purchase of RES electricity.
  • Preparing interpretations of issues resulting from the Law on Renewable Energy Sources.
  • Representing investors and developers in solar M&A projects.

Wind energy:

  • Advising investors on utilizing the investment protection provided for by the Energy Charter Treaty and BIT treaties.
  • Providing legal consulting services on a variety of projects involving more than 50 wind farms with a combined capacity of over 4,000 MW.
  • Representing leading power producers in negotiations, administrative and court proceedings with respect to grid connection agreements, as well as agreements on transmission or distribution services, including the first successful case before the Supreme Court on the definition of costs of connection of energy sources to the electricity grid.
  • Representing dozens of investors of wind farms in M&As involving both shares and assets.
  • Advising with respect to negotiating and concluding a number of certificate and energy purchase agreements (CPA/PPA).
  • Representing over 30 investors before the President of the Energy Regulatory Office in administrative proceedings - disputes with power grid operators.
  • Preparing numerous long-term agreements to secure land rights for energy projects.
  • Preparing draft legislation for trade organizations and proposals for implementation of EU directives.

Power supply networks:

  • Providing consultancy for general contractors performing power grid construction contracts with PSE in terms of time-efficient and cost-effective solutions in the planning and construction phase.

Offshore power:

  • Consultancy for investors in the process of applying for permissions to locate wind farms at sea.
  • Advising an investor in the process of changing a permit for the location of wind farms at sea.
  • Preparing draft legislation for trade organizations and proposals for implementation of EU directives.

Clean conventional technologies:

  • Advising a European power company on the legal and environmental risks of building a gas power plant in Poland.

Competition protection:

  • Representing entrepreneurs in disputes before the President of the Competition and Consumer Protection Office in precedent cases involving abuse of dominant position and allegations of participation in a cartel.

Compliance:

  • Advising Polish and foreign enterprises from all industry sectors with respect to legal compliance issues.
  • Preparing and implementing compliance audits.