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As a key driver of the global economy, the energy sector faces tough regulatory, political and financial pressures. Energy markets are undergoing greater integration, both vertical and horizontal, and you require advisors who understand your industry. Our teams span more than 40 countries and work within every part of the energy sector, including upstream oil & gas, power generation (conventional and renewable), oil & gas and electricity networks,  wholesale and retail,  as well as cleantech. Over the last 20 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 government, utility, independent systems operator, power exchange, financial institution, public or private company, we have the energy specialists to meet all your strategic challenges, in Europe and beyond. Our multidisciplinary teams were among the first to advise on power projects in Europe, to establish a single electricity market in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, lead historic electricity industry reform in Mexico and work on renewable energy projects globally. 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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10/08/2022
En­ergy – pun­it­ive in­terest where there is “Sig­ni­fic­ant Con­nec­tion with...
Sum­mary The Late Pay­ment of Com­mer­cial Debts (In­terest) Act 1998 im­plies a term in Eng­lish law con­tracts for the sup­ply of goods and/or ser­vices in the event of late pay­ment by the pur­chaser.  This ‘stat­utory...
20/07/2022
Re­cent De­vel­op­ments with China’s Reg­u­la­tions on Cross-bor­der Trans­fer of...
With the en­act­ment of China’s Per­son­al In­form­a­tion Pro­tec­tion Law (PIPL) from 1 Novem­ber 2021, many glob­al com­pan­ies do­ing busi­ness in China are con­cerned about how to con­duct cross-bor­der trans­fers...
04/07/2022
Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and Re­act­ive Leg­al Lim­it­a­tions Per­vade the...
On 24 June 2022, the 53 Con­tract­ing Parties of the En­ergy Charter Treaty (ECT), a key mul­ti­lat­er­al treaty pro­tect­ing cross-bor­der en­ergy in­vest­ments that was ori­gin­ally con­cluded in 1991, reached a tent­at­ive...
01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
20/05/2022
Amended IC­SID Rules to enter in­to force on 1 Ju­ly 2022
On 21 March 2022, the Mem­ber States of the In­ter­na­tion­al Centre for Set­tle­ment of In­vest­ment Dis­putes (IC­SID) ad­op­ted a com­pre­hens­ive set of amend­ments to IC­SID ar­bit­ra­tion and con­cili­ation rules (“IC­SID...
22/04/2022
Do Chinese sub­si­di­ar­ies of EU share­hold­ers and EU na­tion­als in China have...
Re­cently the EU im­posed ad­di­tion­al sanc­tions on Rus­sia and Rus­si­an com­pan­ies and in­di­vidu­als. For for­eign in­ves­ted en­ter­prises with EU share­hold­ers and EU na­tion­als in China, the ques­tions arises wheth­er...
21/04/2022
En­ergy: Con­sequences of not ex­er­cising an op­tion
In Thurcroft Power Lim­ited v. Volta En­ergy Group Lim­ited [2022] EWHC 338 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court de­cided that an op­tion agree­ment con­cern­ing the early stages of a bat­tery stor­age de­vel­op­ment did...
22/03/2022
SPC Is­sues Ju­di­cial In­ter­pret­a­tion on Sev­er­al Is­sues Con­cern­ing the Ap­plic­a­tion...
On 24 Feb­ru­ary 2022, the Su­preme People's Court (“SPC”) of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) pro­mul­gated the In­ter­pret­a­tion on Sev­er­al Is­sues Con­cern­ing the Ap­plic­a­tion of the Gen­er­al Part...
21/03/2022
SPC Is­sues Ju­di­cial In­ter­pret­a­tion on Sev­er­al Is­sues Con­cern­ing the Ap­plic­a­tion...
On 24 Feb­ru­ary 2022, the Su­preme People's Court (“SPC”) of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) pro­mul­gated the In­ter­pret­a­tion on Sev­er­al Is­sues Con­cern­ing the Ap­plic­a­tion of the Gen­er­al...
16/03/2022
APAC IP Up­date – Winter 2021-2022
China CNIPA re­leases the Amended Meas­ures for Re­gis­tra­tion of Pledge of Pat­ent Rights On 16 Novem­ber 2021, the China Na­tion­al In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CNIPA) re­leased the amended “Meas­ures...
15/03/2022
New Ju­di­cial In­ter­pret­a­tion Strengthens Pro­tec­tion of On­line Con­sumers
The Pro­vi­sions on Sev­er­al Is­sues Con­cern­ing the Ap­plic­a­tion of Law in Hear­ing Cases In­volving On­line Con­sumer Dis­putes (I) (the “Pro­vi­sions”), pro­mul­gated by the Su­preme People’s Court, come in­to...
05/01/2022
New Amend­ments to the PRC Civil Pro­ced­ure Law
On 24 Decem­ber 2021, the 32nd ses­sion of the 13th Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tion­al People's Con­gress (“NPC”) of the People's Re­pub­lic of China ("PRC") ap­proved amend­ments to the PRC Civil Pro­ced­ure...