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CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo has advised on virtually all of the largest domestic and international energy transactions of recent years, and is the leading law firm in the electricity and renewable energy sectors in Spain.  

Our specialist energy team comprises regulatory, dispute resolution and corporate law experts who are able to provide comprehensive advice both locally and internationally on all types of transactions and activities in the energy sector, as well as on matters subject to litigation. We have been involved in the key proceedings relating to regulatory amendments in the electricity sector over recent years, as well as some of the most significant corporate transactions in this field. 

The strategic importance and complexity of the energy sector require constant contact with energy companies and regulatory authorities based on sound knowledge of the market. We provide a proactive service which anticipates problems and offers solutions tailored to our clients’ specific needs. 

Our energy team spans 44 countries and provides advice in all areas of the energy sector, including petroleum, gas and electricity at all stages (generation, networks, wholesale and retail markets and nuclear and renewable energy).

Over the last 25 years, our experts have helped shape the sector by creating the legal framework upon which the majority of markets are based.

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