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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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Chambers 2019

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

Legal 500, 2017

They are reliable and client-friendly and understand the value of being able to reach out to someone you know, for small issues, on a regular basis.

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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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    14 November 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Ghana
    18/01/2019
    Oil & Gas: Ab­sence of send-or-pay clause does not ne­ces­sar­ily avoid...
    In Feb­ru­ary 2018, al­most three and a half years after the Re­quest for Ar­bit­ra­tion was is­sued, an award was rendered in one of the most high value ar­bit­ra­tions this past year. The over 1,000-page award in SCC Ar­bit­ra­tion No.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Guinea
    18/01/2019
    Elec­tri­city stor­age: con­sent­ing clar­ity
    The plan­ning sys­tem’s treat­ment of elec­tri­city stor­age and co-loc­a­tion is com­plex, in part be­cause the frame­work was de­vised without stor­age tech­no­lo­gies in mind. Whilst stor­age tech­no­lo­gies may be stan­dalone or co-loc­ated with oth­er forms of gen­er­a­tion, the.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Malawi
    11/01/2019
    Gassled in the Su­preme Court: par­al­lels (and cau­tion­ary tales?) in...
    The Su­preme Court of Nor­way has con­firmed the State’s wide dis­cre­tion in ex­er­cising its reg­u­lat­ory au­thor­ity and up­held the valid­ity of the Nor­we­gi­an reg­u­lat­or’s de­cision to re­duce tar­iffs for the trans­port­a­tion of gas.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Uganda
    09/01/2019
    BEIS No-Deal BREXIT Le­gis­la­tion plans an­nounced
    As our pre­vi­ous LawNow men­tioned, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) re­leased a let­ter on 14 Decem­ber 2018 sum­mar­ising a num­ber of pro­posed SIs re­lat­ing to the en­ergy sec­tor.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Kenya
    08/01/2019
    BEIS is­sues draft guid­ance on as­sess­ing fin­an­cial cap­ab­il­ity of oil...
    BEIS-OPRED, the part of BEIS re­spons­ible for reg­u­la­tion of de­com­mis­sion­ing of off­shore oil and gas in­stall­a­tions and pipelines, is­sued new guidelines in May last year on de­com­mis­sion­ing – see our Law-Now here.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Libya
    03/01/2019
    No-Deal EU Exit: RE­MIT Con­tin­gency Ar­range­ments
    Our re­cent LawNow high­lighted the in­crease in the num­ber of fines pur­su­ant to the Reg­u­la­tion (EU) No 1227/2011 on Whole­sale En­ergy Mar­ket In­teg­rity and Trans­par­ency (“RE­MIT”) be­ing im­posed by Na­tion­al Reg­u­lat­ory Au­thor­it­ies (“NRAs”).