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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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31/08/2021
Re­ima­gin­ing Trans­port: Hy­dro­gen Trains
In the first in our Re­ima­gin­ing Trans­port series, we look at the po­ten­tial for hy­dro­gen powered trains to be­come a part of the rail net­work’s move to net-zero. Already in op­er­a­tion in se­lect rail lines...
03/08/2021
Oil & Gas – You re­ject if you want to, the Product is not for re­jec­tion!
The Com­mer­cial Court has de­cided that a Buy­er un­der the BP Gen­er­al Terms and Con­di­tions for Sales and Pur­chases of Crude Oil and Pet­ro­leum Products 2015 Edi­tion was not en­titled to re­ject off-spec Product...
23/07/2021
Fit for 55: A new cli­mate pack­age
On 14 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished the largest le­gis­lat­ive pack­age re­lated to the cli­mate and en­ergy: “Fit for 55”. The main as­sump­tion of the new pack­age is a re­duc­tion of 55% in...
06/07/2021
What to ex­pect from the European Com­mis­sion’s re­vised Cli­mate, En­ergy and...
On 7 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion has launched a pub­lic con­sulta­tion in­vit­ing in­ter­ested parties to com­ment on the draft Guidelines on state aid for cli­mate, en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and en­ergy...
16/06/2021
EDPB ap­proves first EU GDPR Code of Con­duct for Cloud Ser­vice Pro­viders
Fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion by the Bel­gian Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity, on May 19 the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) ap­proved the EU Cloud Code of Con­duct with sub­sequent fi­nal ap­prov­al by the Bel­gian...
15/06/2021
Road to COP 26: re­ima­gin­ing en­ergy: just trans­ition
As we ap­proach COP 26, there is ex­tens­ive dis­cus­sion of the shift to net zero and how it will be achieved; a large part of this will be the trans­ition from re­li­ance on fossil fuels to a more en­vir­on­ment­ally...
15/06/2021
New GDPR Code of Con­duct ap­proved for Cloud In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vice Pro­viders
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) and the French Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (CNIL) ap­proved the CISPE Data Pro­tec­tion Code of Con­duct of Cloud In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vice Pro­viders in Europe (CISPE...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
30/04/2021
Czech au­thor­it­ies to screen fu­ture for­eign in­vest­ments from 1 May
With ef­fect from 1 May 2021, a new law will en­able the Czech au­thor­it­ies to screen fu­ture for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ments in the Czech Re­pub­lic (FDIs). For­eign in­vestors will now have to con­sider the im­plic­a­tions...
23/04/2021
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...
15/04/2021
Law and reg­u­la­tion of con­sequen­tial dam­ages clauses in the en­ergy sec­tor...
1. Do the words “con­sequen­tial loss” have a giv­en mean­ing in law? Czech law does not re­cog­nize the term “con­sequen­tial loss” or any sim­il­ar term such as “in­dir­ect loss”. Un­der Sec­tion 2913(1)...
26/03/2021
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...