Leigh Hancher is skilled in European competition and regulatory law. Over the past three decades, she has worked extensively on advising a wide range of clients in regards to European energy law, European state aid law and European health law.
She advises on both institutional and substantive EU legal issues and her practice includes advising clients before the European Commission and national competition and regulatory authorities, and in arbitration proceedings. Although not a member of the Dutch Bar, as a professor of law, she has a right of audience and she has also pleaded a number of cases before the Court of Justice as counselor, most recently in state aid litigation.
Leigh has most recently advised a number of clients involved in the mid and downstream energy sectors. She currently advises on regulatory frameworks for major pipeline and electricity interconnector projects across Europe. She has also been involved in a number of cases for clients in the financial community seeking redress for cancellation of national renewable tariffs. She has counselled a number of firms on the legality of long term power purchase agreements. She has also advised major exporters of LNG into EU markets.
Dr. Hancher is a Professor of European Law at the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands, and part time Professor responsible for EU Energy Law and Policy at the Florence School of Regulation, of the EUI, Florence, Italy. She is also a Research Associate at the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG), at the Judge Business School, Cambridge University.
She has recently been re-elected to the 'Mijnraad' - a body which advises the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs on various issues in the context of oil and gas exploration and production licensing.
Dr. Hancher held the Chair of European Public Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam from 1990 to 1998 and the Visiting Chair of Energy Resources Law at the University of Calgary, Canada in 1996. She was previously Head of Legal Affairs at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Belgium (1998-2000).
POLITICO Pro Fair Play
Wall Street Journal (EMEA) - Technology, The
S&P Global Market Intelligence - London, UK Bureau
Global Competition Review
Energy Transition Update
The Vienna Forum on European Energy Law Hors Série
Solidarity and Energy Law and Policy – a closer look at the AG ‘s Opinion on the OPAL case
Speeches & Presentations
Subsidy Control in the UK: Key Takeaways from the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the Recently Launched UK Government Public ConsultationClient Updates
European Commission Starts Process to Revise State Aid Guidelines on Environmental Protection and Energy and Launches ConsultationClient Updates
Antitrust & Competition Law Update
The crisis caused by the COVID - 19 pandemic led to a rapid response from the European Commission through changes to its State aid framework.
Further Extension of the EU State Aid Temporary Framework Allows for State Recapitalizations Under Strict ConditionsClient Updates
Antitrust and Competition Law Update
Avoiding the Pitfalls: What Companies Need to Know About EU State Aid Rules and the Commission's Temporary Framework During the Coronavirus CrisisClient Updates
Baker Botts Antitrust Update
The EU Court of Justice Reinforces Its Strict Approach and Holds that Alterations to an Approved Aid Scheme are to be Cleared by the CommissionExternal Article
EU General Court clarifies in Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler Finance cases how EU state aid rules apply to national tax rulingsClient Updates
Baker Botts Antitrust Update
Pratt's Energy Law Report
International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Update
Competition, State Aid and New Regulatory Initiatives: The EU’s Toolbox for the New Energy Market DesignSpeeches & Presentations
Baker Botts Partner Matthew Levitt and Special Advisor Dr. Leigh Hancher will be speaking at the University of Oslo on Energy Market Design.
Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute (EUI)
Baker Botts in partnership with Fingleton are delighted to invite you to our webinar on the design of a new system of subsidy control for the UK on Monday 15 March at 5pm (GMT).
Baker Botts is delighted to partner with Oxera on hosting a webinar discussing what the lessons are for State Aid Policy beyond the pandemic.
Baker Botts Energy Lunch: The Commission's Green Deal - an ambitious and radical agenda or too little too late?
On 11 December 2019, the European Commission launched the European Green Deal, with the aim of creating the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
Baker Botts is proud to sponsor GCR Live 4th Annual State Aid conference on Tuesday 17 September 2019.