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The energy sector, a key driver of the global economy, is affected by and affects global geopolitics, economics and regulation. You require advisors who not only understand your industry but also work on cutting edge issues with leaders of energy companies, regulators, governments, industry bodies and investors.

Our team works globally within every part of the energy sector, including upstream and downstream oil and gas, electricity in all its forms, including generation, networks, wholesale and retail markets, and nuclear and renewables, including solar and other green energy and clean tech. Over the last 25 years, our experts have helped shape the sector by creating the legal frameworks upon which many of your markets are based.

Whether you are a NOC, IOC, independent, electricity company, investor, government or financial institution, or contractor, we have the energy specialists to meet all your strategic challenges globally. Our multi-disciplinary team has helped shape the legal framework for the oil and gas industry in many jurisdictions and was among the first to advise on industry-shaping reforms such as the historic energy sector restructuring in Mexico. We also work on M&A, projects and financings in the oil and gas, power and renewables sectors across the globe. This collective experience means we can pre-empt and provide answers to the commercial, risk and regulatory issues you face in the energy sector.

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'superb range and depth of expertise, which inspires confidence that one is working with an industry-leading team'.

Legal 500, 2017

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Chambers UK, 2016

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    Clean & Alternative Energy

    CMS is at the forefront of clean and alternative energy, a continually evolving and cutting edge industry. The high number of projects and transactions on which we advise gives us a role as both advisers to the sector and in shaping the future direction of the industry. 

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    Energy Disputes

    International energy companies operate in complex and challenging environments. Investments in the energy sector are often high-value, high-risk transactions involving projects that rely on cutting edge technology. When disputes occur, energy companies expect their lawyers to be true specialists that understand the industry. The CMS Energy Disputes Team focuses entirely on advising and representing clients in the energy sector.

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    Planning

    We are one of the largest planning energy & infrastructure consenting teams in the UK with over 30 specialist lawyers. We are motivated by a passion to help to create exceptional places and environments and deliver essential infrastructure to meet the UK's demographic and development needs.

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    Oil & Gas

    The oil and gas industry is a challenging and exciting sector which has far reaching effects on the world we live in. The top tier CMS Oil & Gas Team is the largest UK based team dedicated to this industry, providing advice to clients all round the world, guiding them through all the problems and pitfalls they face. We advise on all aspects of the industry.

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    Power Projects

    In the power sector, CMS advises on high value projects, financings, disputes and transactions internationally, as well as service the daily needs of the industry.

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    Water

    We have worked on water projects around the world and bring our core experience of commercial and regulatory frameworks operating across regulated industries. We have advised on some of the largest and most complex transactions within the utilities sector.

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    Radivoje Petrikić
    31/08/2016
    E-guide on En­ergy Stor­age
    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.
    03/06/2015
    Does your com­pany com­ply with the EU en­ergy ef­fi­ciency...
    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.
    Helen Johnson
    18/10/2013
    CMS Min­ing group
    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.
    01/01/2013
    De­liv­er­ing En­ergy Ex­pert­ise
    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.
    14/06/2018
    In­ter­na­tion­al PPAs: High Court pro­tects ar­bit­ra­tion pro­cess
    In At­las Power Ltd v Na­tion­al Trans­mis­sion and Des­patch Com­pany Lim­ited [2018] EWHC 1052, the Eng­lish High Court gran­ted an anti-suit in­jec­tion to a group of in­de­pend­ent power pur­chasers in Pakistan (“IPPs”) to pre­vent a col­lat­er­al at­tack against an ar­bit­ral.
    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.