Charles Verhaeghe is a Vice President at Compass Lexecon, based in Paris.
As a regulatory and market design expert with 15 years of experience, he has handled numerous assignments, in France and in other European countries, as well as in developing countries, related to the regulation of infrastructures, to the analysis and design of power and gas markets, including the wholesale, retail, balancing and capacity markets.
He worked with numerous companies, investment funds, regulatory authorities or professional associations on policies and regulations, on business strategy definition, due diligence, competition cases, State aid cases etc. For example, Charles advised the CDC on the due diligence of RTE, the French transmission system operator, supported a gas producer on a suspected abuse of dominance, accompanied start-ups on the definition of their business models, worked with IFC-World Bank on the definition of regulatory frameworks in Tunisia.
Previously, Charles worked for the French energy regulator. He was the head of the electricity transmission department, in charge of the definition of network tariffs, investment plans, interconnection investments and grid access conditions. Before that, he was the head of the cross-border trading and balancing market department. In that position, he took an active role in the implementation of market coupling in Europe, the drafting of EU network codes and guidelines or the definition of a legal and regulatory framework for demand response in France. He worked in close cooperation with other EU energy regulators and ACER.
Charles holds a MSc in engineering from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech and a MSc in economics. He speaks French, English and Spanish.