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As a key driver of the global economy, the energy sector faces tough regulatory, political and financial pressures. Energy markets are undergoing greater integration, both vertical and horizontal, and you require advisors who understand your industry. Our teams span more than 40 countries and work within every part of the energy sector, including upstream oil & gas, power generation (conventional and renewable), oil & gas and electricity networks,  wholesale and retail,  as well as cleantech. Over the last 20 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 government, utility, independent systems operator, power exchange, financial institution, public or private company, we have the energy specialists to meet all your strategic challenges, in Europe and beyond. Our multidisciplinary teams were among the first to advise on power projects in Europe, to establish a single electricity market in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, lead historic electricity industry reform in Mexico and work on renewable energy projects globally. 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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CMS Ex­pert Guide to Con­sequen­tial Loss in the En­ergy...
18 Apr 19
BARE­CON - The Im­port­ance of Class
In the re­cent case of Sil­ver­burn Ship­ping (IoM) Ltd -v- Ark Ship­ping Com­pany LLC [2019] EWHC 376 (Comm), the High Court ruled that an ob­lig­a­tion in a charter­party to keep a ves­sel in class is both an...
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Re­new­able En­ergy
14 Mar 19
Ship­ping and car­bon: EU and IMO sys­tems to align
On 4 Feb­ru­ary 2019 the European Com­mis­sion (EC) tabled a pro­pos­al con­cern­ing the amend­ment of Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 2015/757 on the mon­it­or­ing, re­port­ing and veri­fic­a­tion of car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions from mari­time...
31 Jan 19
Com­mis­sion­ing a scrub­ber sys­tem by 31 Decem­ber 2019 is not suf­fi­cient...
Ship own­ers, ship op­er­at­ors and ship man­agers who are busy pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing high sul­phur fuel oil (“HSFO”) ban which enters in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2020 will be fa­mil­i­ar with the op­tion...
22 Nov 18
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...
13 Apr 18
The Acon­cagua Bay – “al­ways ac­cess­ible”
On 26 March 2018 the Com­mer­cial Court ruled, in an ex­tremely suc­cinct de­cision, that a war­ranty in a voy­age charter­party that a berth is “al­ways ac­cess­ible” en­com­passes both entry to and exit from...
11 Jan 18
Bare­con 2017 - Ringing in the Changes
BIMCO re­cently pub­lished an up­dated ver­sion of their widely-used BARE­CON 2001. Whilst it largely fol­lows the same format, BARE­CON 2017 takes ac­count of a num­ber of leg­al and com­mer­cial changes and has...
19 Dec 17
Oil & Gas Ship­ping: a Venezuelan de­ten­tion
In ST Ship­ping and Trans­port PTE Ltd v Space Ship­ping Ltd [2017] EWHC 2808 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court re­jec­ted an ar­bit­ra­tion ap­peal that sought to ar­gue that the ac­tions of the Venezuelan courts, in...
14 Dec 17
Oil & Gas: Off-spec de­liv­er­ies – up­hold­ing the con­trac­tu­al mech­an­ism
In Trafigura Be­heer BV v Ren­brandt Ltd (2017) EWHC 3100 (Comm) the Com­mer­cial Court provided some winter com­fort to pur­chasers and sellers that are seek­ing to rely on con­clus­ive evid­ence clauses as to...
28 Mar 17
On the road to autonom­ous vehicles
Con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicle (“CAV”) tech­no­lo­gies are set to have a pro­found so­cial and eco­nom­ic im­pact world­wide and con­tin­ue to ac­cu­mu­late a great weight of ex­pect­a­tion. Ad­voc­ates ar­gue that...
20 Mar 17
Due di­li­gence and pro­por­tion­al­ity un­der scru­tiny in latest IC­SID li­ab­il­ity...
Sum­mary In a de­cision dated 21 Feb­ru­ary 2017, a tribunal act­ing un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tion­al Centre for Set­tle­ment of In­vest­ment Dis­putes (“IC­SID”), the World Bank’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tion,...