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The energy sector is now faced with changes of unprecedented speed and requirement, some of which are disruptive and some beneficial. Climate change and competitiveness, competition and state aid, rising retail prices and falling wholesale prices, huge investment needs and lack of long-term economic signals, European interconnections and diverging national policies, industrial sluggishness and disruption brought about by new technologies, the simultaneous development of self-consumption and elimination of consumption ... A profound change is underway, which is now referred to as an "energy transition." As a public or private player in the sector, you are necessarily faced with energy issues that may be of strategic importance, but which still require extensive industry knowledge and an understanding of the requirements. From a legal perspective, there are overlapping issues of public law, regulations, competition law, tax law, property law, company law, business law and employment law, at national and international level.

Our approach is based on a demonstrated understanding of the industry and on our multi-disciplinary team of fifteen specialists working closely with lawyers in Africa, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We can therefore provide support with all issues: advice and assistance on the implementation of the law and regulations; contribution to feasibility studies and assistance with projects of all sizes (mergers, acquisitions, classic or innovative partnerships, construction of hydraulic, thermal and renewable production facilities); advice and assistance on national or EU mergers, antitrust and state aid; support in negotiations between concessionary authorities and distributors and between regulated operators and businesses using infrastructure open to third parties; legal assistance with start-ups and innovative initiatives relating to the development of standards, technological changes and environmental issues; assistance with proposed changes to legal form in the public sector and implementation of privatisation laws; optimisation of tax and social security schemes; litigation and dispute resolution; etc.
The technical excellence of our lawyers enables us to provide dynamic, long-term solutions, alongside other professionals where necessary.

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31/08/2015
CMS pub­lishes com­pre­hens­ive European elec­tri­city guide
22/11/2018
New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
30/10/2018
Car­riage ban on mar­ine fuels with sul­phur con­tent above 0.50% form­ally...
On 26 Oc­to­ber 2018, dur­ing its 73rd ses­sion on 22 - 26 Oc­to­ber, the Mar­ine En­vir­on­ment Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee (‘MEPC73’) of the In­ter­na­tion­al Mari­time Or­gan­iz­a­tion (the ‘IMO’) form­ally ad­op­ted the car­riage ban on mar­ine fuels with sul­phur con­tent above 0.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.