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Energy & Climate Change

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.

A key driver of the global economy, the energy and climate change 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.

Based across 17 jurisdictions in Central and Eastern Europe, we have been active in CEE since the beginning of the privatisation and liberalisation of the energy and climate change sector across the region. We have helped to shape the sector by advising on the most high-profile and ground-breaking projects and transactions over many years.

Our dedicated energy and climate change 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 & gas M&A and 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.

Our team in Prague has been actively participating in the energy and climate change sector ever since the market liberalisation. We have advised both state entities and foreign investors on the privatisations of electricity, heating and mining companies, as well as buyers and sellers in subsequent transactions. The team has also been heavily involved in the development of the Czech renewable sector, advising investors on the development, acquisition and financing of solar, wind and biomass energy projects, including all regulatory aspects.

Highlights of our experience in Energy in Czech Republic
International oil company on the acquisition of 208 filling stations in Central Europe, including 125 filling stations based in the Czech Republic.Various international energy companies on the application...

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29/02/2024
Renewable energy in Czech Republic
1. Introduction After several ineffectual years which followed the “solar boom” in 2009-2010, it is safe to say to that renewable energy and in particular photovoltaic has been experiencing a renaissance...
23/02/2024
The CBAM – what is it and how will it affect the market?
Regulation (EU) 2023/956 establishing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) entered into force on 17 May 2023. The implementation of the CBAM has been divided into a transitional period (from 1...
25/01/2024
Emerging Europe M&A Report 2023/2024
Despite geopolitical tensions, fears of recession and strong inflationary pressures across the EU, as well as the fiscal tightening needed to contain them, M&A in the CEE region has remained reasonably buoyant. Findings from the CMS Emer­ging Europe M&A 2023/24 report, published in cooperation with EMIS, demonstrate the resilience of the Emerging Europe deals market as activity holds firm against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions and strong inflationary pressures. Welcome to the 2023/24 edition of the Emerging Europe report.
19/01/2024
Greenwashing: Stricter EU rules on environmental marketing ban misleading...
On 17 January 2024, the European Parliament voted to adopt the Directive on Empowering Consumers for the Green Transition (the ECGT Directive), which seeks to protect consumers from various misleading...
19/01/2024
CBAM: Just over a week to comply
As the deadline for the first Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) report approaches on January 31st, it is crucial for undertakings engaged in importing relevant goods into the European Union to...
20/12/2023
COP28 Update – 20 December 2023
COP28 has seen a host of pledges and agreements, and the CMS team has been reflecting on the announcements and sharing their experiences of COP28 on the CMS COP28 Hub. Here, we roundup the latest commentary...
15/12/2023
Oil & Gas Disputes Survey 2023
Our Oil and Gas Disputes Survey 2023 has highlighted that regulator activity, environmental issues and global economic and political challenges are seen by those in the oil & gas industry to be driving...
14/12/2023
COP28 Update – 14 December 2023
COP28 has seen a host of pledges and agreements, and the CMS team has been reflecting on the announcements and sharing their experiences of COP28 on the CMS COP28 Hub. Here, we roundup the latest commentary...
08/12/2023
COP28 Update – 8 December 2023
COP28 has seen a host of pledges and agreements, and the CMS team has been reflecting on the announcements and sharing their experiences of COP28 on the CMS COP28 Hub. Here, we roundup the latest commentary...
16/11/2023
New Czech Legislation Limits Development of Agricultural Land
The Czech Republic is introducing changes to environmental legislation that will make the development on agricultural land harder. The legislation, which is currently pending parliamentary approval, will...
12/10/2023
Energy Transition, Minerals and the Circular Economy
The ongoing energy transition requires a large-scale and accelerated switch to renewable energy generation and the electrification of transportation and industry, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions...
31/08/2023
Deep sea mining: navigating in murky waters
On 9 July 2023, the latest deadline for finalising the draft exploitation regulations for deep sea mining in international waters expired without agree­ment.1 This deadline resulted from a letter from...