Michelle DaviesInternational Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland
Michelle set up the International Clean Energy and Sustainability Group 17 years ago which has advised on over 40GW of clean energy projects. She is actively involved in the clean energy sector both in the UK and globally and advises across all renewable technologies including offshore and onshore wind, biomass, solar, hydro and biofuels. Michelle's focus is on corporate strategy within the sector including M&A, equity raising and investment and exit mechanisms. Michelle's clients range from utilities to IPPs, private equity and infrastructure funds, institutional investors, banks and governments. Michelle has personally advised on over 10GW of renewable energy projects principally providing advice on M&A, investments and joint venture transactions and clients she has advised include Blackrock, PiP, EDF EN, Forewind, RWE, CGN, SSE, Statkraft, Centrica, Marubeni, Sojitz, Scatec plus many others. Michelle is actively involved in policy and regulation on clean energy. She is an advisory Board Member of the Middle East Solar Industry Association and is a founding member of the MESIA Women in Solar Group. She is also on the policy strategy group of the Saudi Arabia Solar Industry Association, is the Deputy Chair of the Ruk Offshore Strategy Group in the UK, was the only lawyer on the UK Government’s Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force, is on the Advisory Board of the Climate Bond Initiative, PLC Environmental and the CBI Climate Change Working Group (London). Michelle is also on the board of the British Photovoltaic Association and is a founding member if the REA Finance Steering Group. She is on the Board of the Egypt British Business Council and has recently was asked to join the Dii Desert Energy Advisory Board. She was awarded “Solar Woman of the Year for the Middle East” by MESIA in 2015 for the second year running, and Eversheds was awarded “Middle East Law Firm of the Year”. Michelle has been selected by the UK Government (BEIS) to be on the POWERful Women Group and is a winner of the Energy & Natural Resources Global Awards 2016. Michelle is qualified as a lawyer in the UK and the US and has a First Class Degree from the University College London and a Masters Degree from UC Berkeley. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a John Rankin Scholar.