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Charles Peterson is highly regarded in the international nuclear power industry as a market-leading expert and deal-maker with extensive experience in managing a wide array of legal, technical, and business issues relating to nuclear power. He is one of the few lawyers whose credentials include having advised on the UAE and Saudi nuclear power development projects, which are two of the largest modern nuclear projects to-date. Over the course of his long professional career, he has been a chief engineer on nuclear submarines, nuclear power plant engineer, energy business executive, academic, and advisor to various government agencies. In addition to projects work, he has experience in litigation, arbitration, and mediation in the energy sector.

  • Acted as a legal advisor to the CEO of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation from 2006 to 2012. In this capacity, he represented ENEC and the Abu Dhabi government in the development of the UAE nuclear power project, a milestone project for the construction of four large nuclear reactors in the UAE that the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) won the right to construct. Mr. Peterson was chiefly responsible for developing the legal and contractual framework behind the project, which is now considered a benchmark model for future projects. Considering his extraordinary contribution to the project, Mr. Peterson was formally recognized for his work with a commendation from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
  • Acted as the legal advisor to King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (K.A.Care) for the development of Saudi Arabian nuclear power programs from 2014 to 2017. He assisted Saudi Arabia in efforts to negotiate a 123 Agreement with the United States and was involved in the development of the Saudi government’s nuclear power program.
  • Acted as the lead attorney for a group of international nuclear power plant operators in litigation over ownership of uranium where the powers of the EU’s European Supply Agency were in question. The ECJ’s Grand Chamber decided that the Supply Agency had only limited power to regulate uranium trade in Europe. As a result of the ruling, the European Commission began reforming the Supply Agency’s governing statutes, the first such rewrite in its 50-year history. This was one of a few private cases heard by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice.
  • Introduced the Little Willow NPP Project to MidAmerican Energy and participated in negotiating the Little Willow contract with KEPCO.
  • Advised a major Japanese trading company in assisting a group of major U.S.-based engineering firms that intend to bid to be the first major U.S. contractors to directly assist Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in decommissioning the Fukushima reactor site.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Instructor for the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Nuclear Energy Management course
  • Advisor to the Saudi National Atomic Energy Project
  • Member American Nuclear Society

Previous Experience

  • NUEXCO, Inc., President and CEO (1987-1995)
  • Cogema Inc., Executive Vice President (1983-1987)
  • General Electric’s Aircraft Equipment, Division, General Counsel (1978-1983)
  • General Electric’s Nuclear Fuel Department, General Counsel (1975-1978)
  • Chambers Global, Energy: Nuclear-Regulatory & Litigation (2008-2019)
  • Chambers USA, Energy: Nuclear-Regulatory—National (2005-2018)