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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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"They're efficient and provide easy to use solutions and advice. They are modern, up to date with legal trends and very aware of their customers' needs."

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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    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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    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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    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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    14 November 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Ghana
    18/06/2019
    Aim­ing high­er: UK Gov­ern­ment sets its sights on net-zero emis­sions...
    As an­ti­cip­ated, on Wed­nes­day, 12 June 2019, the UK Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion com­mit­ting the UK to re­du­cing its net con­tri­bu­tion to green­house gas emis­sions to zero by 2050. Once en­acted, this law will trans­late the UK’s in­ter­na­tion­al treaty com­mit­ment.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Guinea
    05/06/2019
    OGA makes of­fer of awards for the UK's 31st Off­shore Li­cens­ing Round
    The UK’s Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity ("OGA") has offered for award 37 li­cence areas cov­er­ing 141 blocks or part blocks to 30 com­pan­ies in the 31st Off­shore Li­cens­ing Round for the United King­dom Con­tin­ent­al Shelf ("UKCS").
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Malawi
    23/05/2019
    Tack­ling single-use plastics: the ad­vent of many leg­al meas­ures which...
    Yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment that sub­ject to cer­tain ex­cep­tions plastic straws, plastic stemmed cot­ton buds and plastic bever­age stir­rers in Eng­land will be pro­hib­ited from sup­ply as of April 2020 has gained much me­dia at­ten­tion in the UK.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Uganda
    21/05/2019
    OGA: new Cor­por­ate Plan for 2019 - 2024 
    The Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity (“OGA”) has pub­lished a new Cor­por­ate Plan set­ting out its pri­or­it­ies and plans for 2019 - 2024 (the “Plan”). The full Plan can be found here. The Plan looks back at per­form­ance since the pub­lic­a­tion of the OGA’s 2016 - 2021 Cor­por­ate.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Kenya
    20/05/2019
    Tack­ling food waste – fu­ture meas­ures set to force change by FBOs
    There is grow­ing pres­sure on food busi­ness op­er­at­ors (“FBOs”) to re­duce food waste and to be more ac­count­able for the food waste they pro­duce. Last week, the Gov­ern­ment’s Food Waste Cham­pi­on, Ben El­li­ot, held a sym­posi­um to launch the new “Step up to the Plate”.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Libya
    20/05/2019
    Brazil: ANP res­ol­u­tion seeks to en­cour­age trans­fers of oil fields...
    On 16 May 2019, the ANP pub­lished Res­ol­u­tion Nº 785 (Res­ol­u­tion) in­tro­du­cing new rules aimed at pro­mot­ing the trans­fer of in­terests in oil and gas fields and re­serve based lend­ing. This is an im­port­ant de­vel­op­ment in cre­at­ing a more li­quid and di­verse mar­ket.