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Energy & Climate Change

Germany

For many sectors worldwide, smart management of energy and raw materials is a factor which drives innovation and growth. Market players are faced with politically motivated measures and regulatory requirements as well as geopolitical risks and new technologies.

Our Energy team combines comprehensive know-how in all relevant legal areas with profound, real-world industry knowledge. This enables us to provide our clients with proven expertise across the entire spectrum of the energy sector. Our lawyers are familiar with the specific challenges around energy in all areas from upstream to downstream. Furthermore, CMS was one of the very first law firms to engage with the emerging fields of smart energy and eMobility and has advised some of the leading players on pilot projects and new business models.

We liaise closely with our clients to ensure that innovative products are legally compliant, to handle investments, optimise structures from a tax perspective, manage risks and resolve conflicts. Our pragmatic and cost-effective advice has earned us a reputation as a pioneer in energy law.

Comprehensive support

Our clients rely on the advice provided by our interdisciplinary team across many different areas, including in particular:

  • Plant construction
  • Mining law
  • Climate change (fossil fuel phase-out, network expansion, etc.)
  • Digitisation and decentralisation (smart energy)
  • eMobility
  • Energy trading & energy contracts
  • Energy competition law
  • Energy regulation
  • Energy storage
  • Energy law
  • Renewable energy projects, incl. project finance
  • Concession contracts
  • Alliances, mergers and acquisitions, the sale of companies and holdings, etc.
  • Power purchase agreements
  • District and neighbourhood solutions
  • Environmental and planning law
  • Procurement law

In addition, the Energy team in Germany is part of CMS’ international Energy team. This provides access to extensive expertise and allows cross-border collaboration in all areas of the energy and climate change sector.

Meet our experts for energy and climate change here.

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Mai 2020
Block­chains in der En­er­giewirtschaft
Block­chains und an­dere so­genan­nte Dis­trib­uted-Ledger-Tech­no­lo­gi­en (DLT) bi­eten eine völ­lig neue Art der Daten­ver­arbei­tung. Durch den Ver­zicht auf den In­ter­mediär und durch die dezen­t­rale Speicher­ung von Daten führen sol­che Tech­no­lo­gi­en zu mehr Ver­tra
17/03/2020
En­ergy for your suc­cess
For many sec­tors world­wide, smart man­age­ment of en­ergy and raw ma­ter­i­als is a factor which drives in­nov­a­tion and growth. Mar­ket play­ers are faced with polit­ic­ally mo­tiv­ated meas­ures and reg­u­lat­ory re­quire­ments as well as geo­pol­it­ic­al risks and new te

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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
04 September 2020
Ger­many: Min­istry's draft bill for Pat­ent Law Mod­ern­isa­tion Act in­cludes...
Is this the end of "auto­mat­ic in­junc­tions" for pat­ent in­fringe­ment in Ger­many? On 1 Septem­ber 2020, the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Justice and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion presen­ted the min­istry's draft bill (Ref­er­enten­ent­wurf)...
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
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...
April 2020
CMS En­ergy Glob­al Bro­chure
27 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to con­sequen­tial loss in the en­ergy sec­tor
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on con­sequen­tial loss in the en­ergy sec­tor? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
28 July 2020
En­ergy Reg­u­la­tion - RE­MIT: Fur­ther clar­ity on what con­sti­tutes in­side in­form­a­tion
In re­cent months the Agency for the Co­oper­a­tion of En­ergy Reg­u­lat­ors (“ACER”), the EU agency which over­sees the Reg­u­la­tion on Whole­sale En­ergy Mar­ket In­teg­rity and Trans­par­ency (“RE­MIT”), has...
17/03/2020
En­ergy for your suc­cess
For many sec­tors world­wide, smart man­age­ment of en­ergy and raw ma­ter­i­als is a factor which drives in­nov­a­tion and growth. Mar­ket play­ers are faced with polit­ic­ally mo­tiv­ated meas­ures and reg­u­lat­ory re­quire­ments as well as geo­pol­it­ic­al risks and new
15 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion
Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
13 July 2020
De­vel­op­ing a European Hy­dro­gen Eco­nomy – a Roadmap
On the 8th Ju­ly 2020 the European Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished their much awaited Hy­dro­gen Strategy for a Cli­mate-Neut­ral Europe (the “Strategy”). Fol­low­ing on the heels of a num­ber...