Energy

Netherlands

We are the esteemed sparring partner of leading energy companies, regulators, public entities, large buyers and investors. Our energy team knows your sector: upstream and downstream oil and gas, electricity, onshore and offshore wind energy, solar energy and other (sustainable) energy sources such as warmth and biomass. We help to build legal frameworks for the energy sector. We understand the challenges in the industry and the importance of innovation and we lead when it comes to applying new developments locally and internationally. We are the legal linchpin at great energy projects and transactions. We can for example claim the first Dutch offshore wind tender and the acquisition, development and project financing of the largest solar energy park. In short, our experience, industry knowledge and creativity enable you to make your initiatives in this industry a success.

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"They have good co-ordination between the offices, in fact for most of the cross-border projects they are our number one choice."

Chambers Global, 2018

"They provide good service and are extremely reachable, we approach them when we have a problem and need fast action and support."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"They think through the details and when we receive advice, there are no mistakes. It has been really excellent."

Chambers Europe, 2018

With "good industry knowledge" and "a positive outlook", CMS’ department provides "useful, to-the-point advice".

The Legal 500, 2018

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    Energy - Contracts & Trade

    We specialize in advice on commercial contracts which are used in the energy sector, such as supply contracts for gas, electricity and heat, as well as connection and transport contracts.

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    Energy - Corporate

    We advise many parties on mergers and acquisitions, structurings and restructurings, privatizations, joint ventures and project structures within the energy and water sector. In addition, we have many years of experience in the area of upstream oil & gas transactions.

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    Energy - Projects & Finance

    Our Energy Team assists and advises in a wide range of energy and water projects, varying from the development and financing of conventional power stations, biomass power stations and wind farms (both onshore and offshore) to LNG terminals, biodiesel plants, water purification plants, gas storage facilities, FPSOs and interconnectors. We act on behalf of energy companies, banks, investment funds and project developers.

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    Energy - Regulatory

    Our specialists have broad experience and knowledge of European and Dutch competition law and in the area of regulated markets. We give advice on sector-specific regulations for the energy and water sector (such as gas, electricity, heat, mining and renewable energy), competition law and procurement law. We also act on behalf of parties in administrative and civil disputes.

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    CMS Guide to off­shore wind in North­ern Europe
    Mar 2018
    CMS Re­new­ables guide
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    De­liv­er­ing qual­ity ad­vice you can act on
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    12/10/2018
    Dutch ju­di­ciary com­pre­hens­ively re­jects gov­ern­ment’s cli­mate change...
    On 9th Oc­to­ber 2018, The Hag­ue Court of Ap­peal handed down its judg­ment in a long run­ning ap­peal brought by the Dutch gov­ern­ment against a judg­ment (dated 24th June 2015) of The Hag­ue Dis­trict Court. The earli­er judg­ment be­came fam­ous across the world, be­cause.
    April 2018
    CMS guide to Elec­tric Vehicles
    01/10/2018
    Dutch court al­lows Se­cur­it­ies claims against Brazili­an Pet­ro­bras and...
    On 1 Septem­ber 2018, a Rot­ter­dam court al­lowed a Dutch claim vehicle to sue the Brazili­an com­pany Pet­ro­bras, its Board of Ex­ec­ut­ive Of­ficers and its Dutch sub­si­di­ar­ies Pet­ro­bras Glob­al Fin­ance (PGF), Pet­ro­bras Oil and Gas (POG) and Pet­ro­bras In­ter­na­tion­al Bras­petro.
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    Mar 2018
    CMS Re­new­ables guide
    A Sec­tor In Trans­ition - #law­volu­tion
    25/09/2018
    In the Af­ter­math of Achmea – Does Vat­ten­fall En­sure the Fu­ture for...
    On 6 March 2018, the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) held in its Achmea rul­ing that dis­pute set­tle­ment pro­vi­sions provid­ing for ar­bit­ra­tion in in­tra-EU bi­lat­er­al in­vest­ment treat­ies (BITs) are in­com­pat­ible with EU law.
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    21/09/2018
    EU to define €100’s of bil­lions pa of sus­tain­able in­vest­ment
    It is easy to ask: what does sus­tain­able in­vest­ment mean? The an­swer is not simple even though a lot rides on it. In the EU cli­mate and en­ergy space alone, the EU es­tim­ates that ad­di­tion­al sus­tain­able in­vest­ment will need to rise to €180 bil­lion per an­num (on.
    31/07/2018
    The Dutch Cli­mate Agree­ment Pro­pos­al: en­vis­aged CO2 re­duc­tion and...
    On 10 Ju­ly 2018, a pro­pos­al for the key ele­ments of the Cli­mate Agree­ment went to the Dutch Min­is­ter of Eco­nom­ic Af­fairs and Cli­mate. This pro­pos­al sets out how the Neth­er­lands plans to meet the re­quire­ments of the Par­is Cli­mate Agree­ment through a 49% re­duc­tion.
    27/07/2018
    Oil and Gas - "Hanged on a Comma"? Punc­tu­ation in Fin­an­cing Agree­ments
    Sum­mary In Vit­ol E&P Lim­ited v New Age (Afric­an Glob­al En­ergy) Lim­ited [2018] EWHC 1580 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court was asked to con­sider the re­la­tion­ship between a cor­por­ate lend­ing fa­cil­ity and a re­serve based lend­ing fa­cil­ity.
    23/05/2018
    Oil & Gas: Im­plied con­tract for de­mur­rage out­side BP Terms
    In Glen­core En­ergy UK Ltd v OMV Sup­ply & Trad­ing Ltd [2018] EWHC 895 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court de­cided that an ex­change of emails between parties to an ex­ist­ing crude oil sales agree­ment was cap­able of giv­ing rise to a sep­ar­ate im­plied con­tract.
    14/05/2018
    En­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings and Brexit: the fi­nal cut (for now)
    In March 2018 we men­tioned the boost­ing of the con­struc­tion, tech­no­logy and elec­tric vehicle char­ging sec­tors by a pro­posed re­boot­ing of en­ergy per­form­ance of build­ings le­gis­la­tion. Today, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on an­nounced agree­ment on the fi­nal ver­sion.