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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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06 May 2021
High­lights on New Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al...
On 18 March 2021, the State Coun­cil pro­mul­gated the Reg­u­la­tions on Su­per­vi­sion and Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Med­ic­al Devices (Re­vised in 2021), which will take ef­fect on 1 June 2021 (the "New Med­ic­al Device Reg­u­la­tions")...
23 April 2021
The Road to COP26: Our 101 on COP26
COP26 is sched­uled to take place from Monday 1st Novem­ber – Fri­day 12th Novem­ber 2021 in Glas­gow. It was ori­gin­ally in­ten­ded to take place last Novem­ber but was post­poned due to COV­ID-19.  It brings...
21 April 2021
BRI - View from LatAm
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) is where some of the key is­sues of our time in­ter­sect, in­clud­ing glob­al­isa­tion, sus­tain­ab­il­ity, the mod­ern­isa­tion of in­fra­struc­ture, new tech­no­logy and health­care. But it also marks the con­ver­gence of some ser­i­ous con­cerns, such as en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion, in­ter­na­tion­al debt, the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic and, in­creas­ingly, geo­pol­it­ic­al ten­sions between the US and China.Our new re­port shows that sen­ti­ment to­wards BRI in Lat­in Amer­ica re­mains re­l­at­ively pos­it­ive, des­pite such head­winds. From the in­volve­ment of Chinese busi­nesses in Panama Canal ports to Chinese in­vest­ments in lith­i­um min­ing and re­new­able en­ergy, trans-Pa­cific con­nec­tions between Lat­in Amer­ic­an eco­nom­ies and China’s Asi­an power­house con­tin­ue to grow.China’s am­bi­tions to ad­vance Belt and Road co­oper­a­tion high­light the po­ten­tial for BRI to help na­tions in Lat­in Amer­ica bridge the re­gion’s massive in­fra­struc­ture gap and re­cov­er from the ter­rible dam­age of the pan­dem­ic, as well as of­fer­ing many new op­por­tun­it­ies for re­gion­al busi­nesses and in­vestors. 
21 April 2021
Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve and of­fer op­por­tun­it­ies for na­tions, com­munit­ies and busi­nesses. But it is not without con­tro­versy in areas such as en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and in­ter­na­tion­al debt.As a lead­er in many Belt and Road sec­tors, CMS has polled and in­ter­viewed over 500 BRI par­ti­cipants around the world, about their cur­rent think­ing on BRI and the pro­spects they see for it. This series of re­ports ana­lyses sen­ti­ment around the world, con­siders what BRI means for each re­gion, shines a spot­light on dif­fer­ent na­tions and high­lights leg­al con­sid­er­a­tions. Our find­ings from China, Asia Pa­cific, Cent­ral and East­ern Europe, Middle East, North Africa re­gion and Lat­in Amer­ica are avail­able now.Re­port on Africa will be pub­lished in the com­ing months.me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um
22 April 2021
What does Chin­a's Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive mean for Lat­in Amer­ica?
The Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) is China’s in­fra­struc­ture and fin­an­cing ini­ti­at­ive, de­vel­op­ing glob­al land and sea trade routes around the world. Many Lat­in Amer­ic­an na­tions have signed agree­ments...
26 March 2021
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – The Ever Giv­en
The Suez Canal opened in 1869. Along with the Panama Canal, it is one of the most im­port­ant mari­time “short­cuts” ever built. Today, the canal is 193km (120 miles) long and is one of the busiest wa­ter­ways...
09 March 2021
Chinese Tax Reg­u­la­tion Up­date - Janu­ary & Feb­ru­ary 2021
The latest de­vel­op­ment in China Tax Reg­u­la­tion mainly in­cludes: Cai Guan Shui [2020] No. 54 Caishui [2021] No. 3 Please click here to read the full art­icle.
01 March 2021
The Glob­al Sul­phur Ban – One Year On
Since 1 March 2020 all mar­ine ves­sels have been sub­ject to a ban from car­ry­ing on board high sul­phur mar­ine fuel oil (“HSFO”) with sul­phur con­tent great­er than 0.50% un­less they have a ‘scrub­ber’...
18 December 2020
Re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion in China
1. Brief over­view of the re­new­ables sec­tor En­ergy pro­duc­tion is key to China’s eco­nom­ic de­vel­op­ment. Coal and oil-based en­ergy con­sump­tion has raised ser­i­ous en­ergy se­cur­ity and en­vir­on­ment­al con­cerns...
09 December 2020
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – Black Holes and Rev­el­a­tions
In Dr Jones Yeovil Ltd v The Step­ping Stone Group Ltd [2020] EWHC 2308 (TCC), the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court has raised the  spectre of oil and gas com­pan­ies not be­ing able to re­cov­er full dam­ages...
03 December 2020
An over­view on cash pool­ing in China
Cash pool­ing en­ables cor­por­ate groups to min­im­ize bank­ing fa­cil­it­ies ex­pendit­ure through eco­nom­ies of scale. However, cash pool­ing agree­ments must be care­fully struc­tured in or­der to min­im­ize the risks...
02 December 2020
Chinese Tax Reg­u­la­tion Up­date - Novem­ber 2020
The latest de­vel­op­ment in China Tax Reg­u­la­tion mainly in­cludes: An­nounce­ment [2020] No. 42 jointly re­leased by the Min­istry of Fin­ance (“MOF”), the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Tax­a­tion (“SAT”)...