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Infrastructure & Projects

United Arab Emirates

As a sponsor, lender or public sector organisation, you require legal advisors who can help you succeed in complex infrastructure and project financing transactions. Whether you are involved in public works programmes or private sector financing in the areas of transport, health, education, waste, energy, defence, IT/telecoms, leisure, custodial & justice, ports, rail, roads or water, you can depend on the leading lawyers in major infrastructure projects and related project financing throughout the world.  CMS has valuable experience across the Middle East region of the successful procurement and implementation of infrastructure projects, including providing key advice on procurement, project documents and financing strategy.  

We have delivered deals in a range of sectors with a combined value of many billions of dollars, advising on public private partnerships, energy and renewables projects, including large offshore wind farms, infrastructure and utilities investments and a range of other development and corporate finance transactions. If you are an investor selling or buying an interest in a concession, a utility business or a PPP deal, you need expert guidance through the complex bidding process. Our lawyers have helped shape transactions across these sectors, ensuring quick deal completions on terms that optimise your returns. And if you are facing a potential dispute, we have the experts to support you through dispute resolution procedures or litigation action. Whatever your situation, we have the track record and the people to help. With over 200 lawyers working in this sector, we can support your transaction in virtually any part of the world including the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, India, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in In­fra­struc­ture & Pro­jects...

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1 February 2018
CMS in the MENA Re­gion
19/07/2019
Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples and re­spons­ible ship fin­an­cing
On 18th June 2019, 11 banks with col­lect­ively over $100bn in as­sets and rep­res­ent­ing nearly 20% of the glob­al ship fin­ance signed a glob­al frame­work agree­ment, called the Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples. These are dir­ec­ted to­wards meet­ing the Par­is Agree­ment’s tar­get of.
03/07/2019
UAE up­date: re­lax­a­tion of for­eign own­er­ship re­stric­tions
In 2018 the UAE passed the For­eign Dir­ect In­vest­ment Law (the “FDI Law’), which was in­ten­ded to pave the way to re­lax­ing for­eign own­er­ship re­stric­tions on com­pan­ies re­gistered “on­shore” in the UAE.
24/05/2019
FID­IC claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­vi­sions: Hong Kong High Court guid­ance
A re­cent de­cision of the Hong Kong High Court has con­sidered the ef­fect of claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­vi­sions which re­quire a con­tract­or to state the con­trac­tu­al basis of a claim. Such a re­quire­ment now forms part of the stand­ard FID­IC claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­ced­ure.
14/03/2019
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 trans­port (the “EU MRV Reg­u­la­tion”).
13/03/2019
Con­nec­ted Fu­ture - En­ergy Stor­age
It is re­cog­nised that flex­ib­il­ity in the elec­tri­city sys­tem will be­come in­creas­ingly valu­able in the com­ing years as the wider en­ergy trans­ition, in­clud­ing the great­er pen­et­ra­tion of in­ter­mit­tent, dis­trib­uted gen­er­a­tion and more pro­act­ive con­sumers, across.
27/02/2019
Elec­tric Vehicles: in­fra­struc­ture for our con­nec­ted fu­ture
The up­take of elec­tric vehicles (EVs) has soared in re­cent years (al­beit from a very low base), with jur­is­dic­tions such as Nor­way and The Neth­er­lands cur­rently lead­ing the pack. However, in or­der for a coun­try to be­come a glob­al EV lead­er, it is vi­tal to con­sider.
31/01/2019
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 to in­stall Ex­haust Gas Clean­ing Sys­tems (EGC­Ss) oth­er­wise known.
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.
19/07/2018
Shar­jah be­comes latest Emir­ate of the UAE to of­fer oil and gas li­cens­ing...
On 26 June, the Pet­ro­leum Coun­cil of Shar­jah, one of the sev­en Emir­ates in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates, an­nounced its first ever on­shore oil and gas li­cen­cing round. The gov­ern­ment owned oil com­pany, Shar­jah Na­tion­al Oil Cor­por­a­tion (“SNOC”), has been tasked with.