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The Energy, Environment and Natural Resources area of CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut has, through the Lawyers who integrate same, decades of accumulated expertise, which is acknowledged in Portugal as leader in this area.

We have an expertise team, with professionals with an extensive legal experience; within such a complex sector in permanent evolution such as the energy sector, and such fact allows us to understand our clients’ needs and to contribute to their activity and to participate in their projects as a partner with a strategic thought and with a deep specific knowledge of this issue.

The area of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources of CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut has been involved in the legal handling of the most relevant and innovating energetic developments and infrastructures, having participated in the draw up of national legislation on natural gas, energy and oil, and has a particular expertise in projects within the area of renewable energy (hydroelectric power stations, onshore and offshore wind energy, biomass and solar energy), including pilot projects in the area of technological innovation.

Our clients include some of the major national and international players in this sector, with activity in the areas of oil and gas, energy and renewable energy. We provide legal assistance to our clients on a daily basis and in all kinds of procedures by public organisms, by the regulatory entities and by the courts.

We do believe that we have a good understanding of the legal issues that may arise within the ambit of complex projects, and we have the capacity to assign our resources to provide an assistance of quality on an efficient, practical, dynamic way and with efficient costs. In spite of the specialisation and focus, we believe that some operations require an integrated approach, counting with the contribution of other areas of practice related with our clients’ projects.

Acknowledgement

Band 1: "The lawyers are extremely available to discuss propositions with the client and dominate energy matters."
Chambers & Partners 2015
Band 1
Legal 500 2015

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09/12/2016
Are we wit­ness­ing the rise of su­per level eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risks?
In a few years’ time we may look back and say that it was in 2015/2016 when leg­al pro­ceed­ings and re­cent policy changes com­bined to pro­duce mani­fest ser­i­ous trans­fron­ti­er and trans-sec­tor com­mer­cial and eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risk.
30/11/2016
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping: Ex­clud­ing ‘con­sequen­tial loss’ can re­strict...
The Com­mer­cial Court was re­cently asked to con­sider the cor­rect con­struc­tion of the phrase “con­sequen­tial or spe­cial losses or ex­penses” in a clause that dis­trib­uted (and lim­ited) li­ab­il­ity and rem­ed­ies between parties (Star Po­lar­is LLC v HH­IC-Phil Inc [2016].
04/11/2016
Oil & Gas: De­fault Gas ex­clus­ive rem­edy in nat­ur­al gas sale agree­ment...
The Eng­lish Court of Ap­peal has up­held the Com­mer­cial Court de­cision that a De­fault Gas rem­edy in a nat­ur­al gas sale and pur­chase agree­ment was the sole and ex­clus­ive rem­edy for un­der­deliv­er­ies to a buy­er caused by a shut-in for the pur­poses of con­struct­ing.
14/09/2016
What fu­ture for en­vir­on­ment taxes?
On 6th Septem­ber 2016 the European En­vir­on­ment Agency, an agency of the European Uni­on tasked to provide “sound, in­de­pend­ent in­form­a­tion on the en­vir­on­ment” pub­lished a re­port on En­vir­on­ment­al tax­a­tion and EU en­vir­on­ment­al policies.
01/09/2016
CMS launches e-guide on en­ergy stor­age
En­ergy stor­age of­fers a range of op­por­tun­it­ies for stan­dalone de­velopers, gen­er­at­ors, net­work op­er­at­ors and con­sumers (ran­ging from large en­ergy users through to do­mest­ic con­sumers) and oth­er elec­tri­city sec­tor par­ti­cipants and is an in­creas­ing fo­cus due to.
10/08/2016
Europe con­sults on emis­sions and ef­fi­ciency per­form­ance of road trans­port...
On the 20th Ju­ly 2016 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a short Com­mu­nic­a­tion en­titled “A European Strategy for Low-Emis­sion Mo­bil­ity” (see pre­vi­ous Law-Now). Along­side this Com­mu­nic­a­tion the Com­mis­sion an­nounced two pub­lic con­sulta­tions on curb­ing fuel con­sump­tion.