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The energy sector is now faced with changes of unprecedented speed and requirement, some of which are disruptive and some beneficial. Climate change and competitiveness, competition and state aid, rising retail prices and falling wholesale prices, huge investment needs and lack of long-term economic signals, European interconnections and diverging national policies, industrial sluggishness and disruption brought about by new technologies, the simultaneous development of self-consumption and elimination of consumption ... A profound change is underway, which is now referred to as an "energy transition." As a public or private player in the sector, you are necessarily faced with energy issues that may be of strategic importance, but which still require extensive industry knowledge and an understanding of the requirements. From a legal perspective, there are overlapping issues of public law, regulations, competition law, tax law, property law, company law, business law and employment law, at national and international level.

Our approach is based on a demonstrated understanding of the industry and on our multi-disciplinary team of fifteen specialists working closely with lawyers in Africa, Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia. We can therefore provide support with all issues: advice and assistance on the implementation of the law and regulations; contribution to feasibility studies and assistance with projects of all sizes (mergers, acquisitions, classic or innovative partnerships, construction of hydraulic, thermal and renewable production facilities); advice and assistance on national or EU mergers, antitrust and state aid; support in negotiations between concessionary authorities and distributors and between regulated operators and businesses using infrastructure open to third parties; legal assistance with start-ups and innovative initiatives relating to the development of standards, technological changes and environmental issues; assistance with proposed changes to legal form in the public sector and implementation of privatisation laws; optimisation of tax and social security schemes; litigation and dispute resolution; etc.
The technical excellence of our lawyers enables us to provide dynamic, long-term solutions, alongside other professionals where necessary.

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Chambers Global & Europe

Projects & Energy : Domestic

CMS boasts a noted projects team with strong capabilities in the infrastructure, energy and transportation sectors. The team demonstrates notable experience in the development of energy projects, with particular strength in solar, offshore wind and natural gas. The lawyers are additionally well versed in infrastructure mandates, primarily acting for both public and private French companies. The law firm also frequently advises on regulatory issues.
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