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A key driver of the global economy, the energy sector is affected by geopolitical, economic and regulatory pressures. You require advisors who understand your industry and work with leaders of energy companies, regulators, governments, industry bodies and investors on the cutting edge of commercial, regulatory and risk issues in the sector. As the leading firm in the sector, CMS is the leading firm in the energy sector globally, boasting an internationally integrated practice providing services to energy companies operating around the world. We have helped to shape the sector by advising on some of the most high-profile and ground-breaking projects and transactions over many years both in UAE and the Middle East.

Our dedicated energy lawyers work in every part of the sector, including upstream and downstream oil & gas, electricity, nuclear and renewables.  Whether you are a NOC, IOC, independent, electricity company, investor, government or financial institution, we have the energy specialists to meet all your strategic challenges globally. Our multi-disciplinary teams were among the first to advise on ground-breaking global oil and gas M&A and on power and renewable projects in the Middle East and around the world, including advising on historic electricity industry reform in Mexico and on the establishment of a single electricity market in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in En­ergy in UAE
Abu Dh­abi Wa­ter and Elec­tri­city Au­thor­ity in re­la­tion to its US$ multi-mil­lion as­set pur­chase of power gen­er­a­tion and trans­mis­sion as­sets across the United Ar­ab Emir­ates.BP in a deal with TAQA in re­spect...

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29 July 2020
CMS En­ergy & Cli­mate Change Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence
With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its Lon­don centre of ex­cel­lence, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.CMS teams now work in every corner of the sec­tor across the globe to help it meet the de­mands of cli­mate change, tech­no­lo­gic­al dis­rup­tion, urb­an­isa­tion in de­vel­op­ing eco­nom­ies, so­cial con­cerns and polit­ic­al agen­das.Be­low you will find some of our ex­per­i­ence across the globe. Please get in touch with our ex­perts in your jur­is­dic­tion.Please also see our Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition pub­lic­a­tion.
08 September 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Hy­dro­gen
Down­load our ded­ic­ated "Hy­dro­gen guide" pdf by click­ing on the link be­low Hy­dro­gen guideA con­sensus is fast emer­ging that hy­dro­gen will play a key role as an en­ergy vec­tor and a pil­lar in the on­go­ing...
12 October 2020
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping: what loss does de­mur­rage li­quid­ate?
In K Line Pte Ltd v. Pri­minds Ship­ping (HK) Co Ltd (Etern­al Bliss) [2020] EWHC 2373 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court has taken the op­por­tun­ity to re­solve a “long-stand­ing un­cer­tainty on a point of law”...
29 July 2020
Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition
With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of ex­cel­lence such as Lon­don and Ab­er­deen, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.Our early work in design­ing and im­ple­ment­ing mod­ern en­ergy mar­kets and sub­sequently guid­ing the sec­tor in the push to de­car­bon­isa­tion means CMS is not only a trans­ac­tion­al or pro­ject ad­viser to the sec­tor, but uniquely placed to help shape its present and fu­ture. We can help by giv­ing you our ad­vice and com­pre­hens­ive know­ledge on the top­ics lis­ted be­low.Please also see our CMS En­ergy Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence pub­lic­a­tion.
08 July 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to cli­mate change tax re­forms and in­cent­ives
There is strong evid­ence that the cli­mate is warm­ing.  The Par­is Agree­ments on Cli­mate Change puts the re­spons­ib­il­ity on gov­ern­ments to lim­it glob­al warm­ing and they are ex­pec­ted to un­der­take sig­ni­fic­ant...
27 August 2020
Tail­ings Man­age­ment and New Stand­ards of Reg­u­la­tion
Tail­ings dam fail­ures have put the min­ing in­dustry in the head­lines for the wrong reas­ons in re­cent years. Dam fail­ures can have dis­astrous con­sequences in terms of loss of life and en­vir­on­ment­al dam­age...
26 November 2019
Bridging Con­tin­ents - In­fra­struc­ture In­dex 2019
The CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex ana­lyses data across 50 jur­is­dic­tions against six cri­ter­ia to cre­ate a guide to the most at­tract­ive des­tin­a­tions for in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment.In Bridging Con­tin­ents, the 2019 CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex, we see that in­fra­struc­ture is con­nect­ing people world­wide at an un­pre­ced­en­ted pace. De­vel­op­ing eco­nom­ies are in­vest­ing heav­ily in roads, rail and air­ports to drive eco­nom­ic growth and bring them closer to in­ter­na­tion­al trad­ing part­ners and the rol­lout of 5G and build­ing of smart cit­ies are cre­at­ing new di­git­al high­ways. Ger­many has taken top spot.  Ger­many’s fo­cus on sus­tain­ab­il­ity and in­nov­a­tion is the driv­ing force be­hind its po­s­i­tion. The coun­try is aim­ing to make cli­mate ac­tion part of the Ger­man na­tion­al iden­tity and sup­port­ing this through a num­ber of off­shore wind pro­jects, con­struc­tion of a fourth elec­tri­city high­way and an ex­tens­ive EV char­ging pro­gramme. The UK’s story is not so pos­it­ive.  We see the UK fall from fourth in 2017 to ninth in 2019.  The Brexit-ef­fect.  There is a steady pipeline in some in­fra­struc­ture sec­tors, for ex­ample rolling stock re­new­als in Eng­land and trans­port in Scot­land.  There is also a shift from primary to sec­ond­ary in­vest­ments. However, un­sur­pris­ingly the polit­ic­al un­cer­tainty has led to delays on flag­ship pro­jects (e.g. HS2 and Heath­row air­port) and a de­crease in lend­ing to UK pro­jects. An­oth­er coun­try to note is China, which has ris­en by 10 points since the 2017 in­dex and is now in 18th po­s­i­tion.  5G is in­stru­ment­al in China’s in­creased rank­ing, due in part to ma­jor cor­por­a­tions such as Hua­wei and ZTE ; over 10 mil­lion ad­vance or­ders for 5G data plans were sub­mit­ted to China’s three mo­bile op­er­at­ors, and they will de­ploy a total of 130,000 stan­dalone 5G base sta­tions across the coun­try by the end of 2019. As the world fo­cuses on cli­mate change and sus­tain­ab­il­ity, we see this trans­fer­ring to the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor too.  In­fra­struc­ture as­sets have a vi­tal role in cli­mate change mit­ig­a­tion and eco­nom­ic, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) cri­ter­ia are an in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar way for in­vestors to eval­u­ate com­pan­ies in which they might want to in­vest.  However, the sec­tor is fa­cing a num­ber of chal­lenges, in­clud­ing lack of gov­ernance, an ab­sence of ob­ject­ive stand­ards and as a res­ult, no reg­u­la­tions on how to re­port and meas­ure per­form­ance.  Reg­u­lat­ors glob­ally are work­ing to cre­ate their own reg­u­la­tions in this area but with each coun­try cre­at­ing its own stand­ards, in­ter­na­tion­al op­er­at­ors will face a com­plex mat­rix of re­quire­ments for dif­fer­ent pro­jects around the world. In this year’s re­port, we see some very strong rep­res­ent­a­tion from the Amer­icas. Lat­in Amer­ica has some mega in­ter­con­nectiv­ity pro­jects, present­ing some ex­cit­ing de­vel­op­ments.  Ex­amples in­clude a 3,500km-long sub­mar­ine fibre op­tic net­work from the north to the south of Chile and the re­cently com­pleted 10,000km sub­sea cable con­nect­ing Cali­for­nia to Chile.  On the oth­er side of the con­tin­ent, Brazil is work­ing on the in­nov­at­ive 9,300km El­laLink sub­sea cable sys­tem bridging between the Amer­ic­an (Brazil) and European con­tin­ents (Por­tugal and Spain).Over­all, the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor presents a pos­it­ive pic­ture in an un­cer­tain world.  Gov­ern­ments glob­ally are in­vest­ing heav­ily in in­fra­struc­ture as­sets to stim­u­late their eco­nom­ies.  On the flip side, there is sup­ply of cap­it­al as in­vestors look for long-term in­vest­ments.  
27 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to con­sequen­tial loss in the en­ergy sec­tor
The CMS Ex­pert Guide to con­sequen­tial loss in the en­ergy sec­tor (the “Guide”) provides a sum­mary of the ap­proach to con­sequen­tial loss in over 30 jur­is­dic­tions. The Guide ap­proaches this com­plex...
07 August 2020
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – Com­mer­cial Court Ex­am­ines Leg­al Ef­fect of “Sub­ject...
In the con­text of a crude oil voy­age charter, the Com­mer­cial Court has provided guid­ance on the leg­al ef­fect of “sub­ject to” pro­vi­sions in con­tracts.  In do­ing so, the Com­mer­cial Court noted that...
5 September 2019
CMS ap­points con­struc­tion dis­putes ex­pert in Dubai
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Court­ney Roth­ery who joins the firm as a Leg­al Dir­ect­or in the In­fra­struc­ture, Con­struc­tion and En­ergy (ICE) Dis­putes team in Dubai...
15 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion
You can down­load our ded­ic­ated "Re­new­ables guide" pdf from here. In­tro­duc­tion This guide in­cludes con­tri­bu­tions from some of the most act­ive re­new­ables law­yers in the sec­tor across the globe. What...
03 June 2020
Min­istry of En­ergy of Uzbek­istan is­sues the “Concept Note” for en­sur­ing...
Last month, the Min­istry of En­ergy of Uzbek­istan up­dated Concept Note (“Concept Note”), set­ting new tar­gets for sol­ar, hy­dro, wind and nuc­le­ar power gen­er­a­tion by 2030. This art­icle provides a sum­mary...