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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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    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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    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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    1 March 2017
    CMS advises Low Carbon on its joint venture with V...
    Awards announced for 29th Offshore Licensing Round
    The UK’s Oil and Gas Authority (“OGA”) has offered 25 licences to 17 companies covering 111 blocks or part blocks following its 29th Offshore Licensing Round. The Round was launched on 27 July 2016 and closed on 26 October 2016, attracting applications from.
    9 February 2017
    Conducting oil and gas activities in Egypt
    Environment: £20 million fine and costs
    On 2 February 2017 Thames Water Utilities Limited (“Thames Water”) was warned by a Crown Court Judge, when considering sentencing for water related environment offences that “The fine is going to be very substantial and the shareholders have got to get the.
    9 February 2017
    Conducting oil and gas activities in Guinea
    Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for data centres
    The European Commission has launched a project to develop Green Public Procurement (“GPP”) criteria for data centres, in order to provide guidance to public authorities on the criteria for environmentally friendly procurement regarding data centres.
    9 February 2017
    Conducting oil and gas activities in Malawi
    Due diligence and proportionality under scrutiny in latest ICSID...
    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, in Ampal-American Israel Corp.
    9 February 2017
    Conducting oil and gas activities in the Republic...
    Road to recovery
    This article was first published in Petroleum Review in March 2017 and licensed for print and electronic distribution to CMS and sites owned by CMS exclusively. Matthew Culver takes a closer look at some of the latest oil and gas developments in the Middle.
    9 February 2017
    Conducting oil and gas activities in Morocco
    OGA responds to fees and levy consultation
    On 10 March OGA published its response to the consultation on proposals to introduce new OGA fees and to amend the methodology to calculate the industry levy. ‘Part I’ of the consultation sought industry comment on plans to increase the number of activities.
    9 February 2017
    Conducting oil and gas activities in Uganda
    Budget 2017: Oil and Gas decommissioning tax relief
    Wednesday’s Budget brought potentially welcome news for those involved in the North Sea’s burgeoning decommissioning industry. A review of decommissioning tax relief was announced, which may remove an effective barrier to smaller specialists taking on late-life.
    9 February 2017
    Conducting oil and gas activities in Libya
    Business rates: Government response on Check, Challenge, Appeal c...
    On 8 March, the government made two announcements which will affect the business rates regime going forward: DCLG published its response to the consultation on implementation of the Check, Challenge, Appeal procedure; and the Chancellor announced additional.
    9 February 2017
    Conducting oil and gas activities in Kenya
    Campaign Decommissioning - Issues with Multi-operator Contracts
    Multi-operator decommissioning contracts could play an increasingly important role in the decommissioning of oil and gas assets. But the challenges and issues raised can be significant. In the UK, the OGA recently launched a search for operators to voluntarily.