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Ecological Transition

Discover our multidisciplinary and global offer designed for the long term

Environmental issues have become increasingly important over the last thirty years. Yet the signing of the Paris Agreements in 2015 marked a break with the past. It has reflected a shift in thinking in favour of a global ecological transition, taking into account global issues and the needs of future generations.

These issues, which have become universal, cross-cutting and a priority, are stakes for the vast majority of our firm’s clients: reinvention of the energy model, development of renewable energy sources, transformation of industrial tools, massive renovation plans for service sector buildings, development of the circular economy, rise of green finance, frustrated birth of ecological taxation, switch from all-oil transport to clean mobility, etc. No economic sector is immune from these upheavals and the demands of social and environmental responsibility are creating a form of urgency where the pressure did not use to appear to be so strong.

Our firm, a player in this transition, has recognised multidisciplinary expertise, which enables it to understand the issues and to serve the objectives pursued by its clients in this demanding context.

Supporting you at every stage of your issues in relation to ecological transition

Our lawyers who specialise in ecological transition can support you on the following aspects and offer you relevant and innovative solutions, adapted to your ambitions and to your constraints: Energy, Environment, Green financing and sustainable investments, Environmental, social and governance criteria (ESG), CSR and extra-financial reporting, Corporate law and ethical CSR, Public law, Customs and competition, Taxation, Project finance, State aid, Property.

Sustainable development, the transition to a new economic and social model, the evolution of our forms of producing, consuming and working and living together are at the heart of our commitments. True to the firm’s culture, our lawyers are there to support you over the long term, to help you adapt to the policies, regulations and requirements of your partners and clients, in France and internationally, at the service of your projects and your organisations.


In order to help you conduct your projects successfully, the following teams are at your disposal:

Adapted to all of your needs;

Supported by doctrine teams and cutting-edge knowledge managers;

Working in collaboration with referring institutions, financial institutions and consultancy firms, etc.;

International, thanks to the presence of the 4,800 lawyers of the CMS network, spread over more than 70 offices around the world.


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Energy transition
Supporting economic players with their energy transition
Energy supply security
Helping you to reconcile the ecological transition and supply security
Circular Economy
Understanding a product throughout its life cycle, from conception to disposal
Sustainable infrastructure
Supporting you in the ecological transition of your infrastructure projects
Sustainable Property
Conceiving and designing the responsible property of tomorrow
Ethics and CSR
Our lawyers support you with your strategy
Sustainable finance
Our firm’s offer in the field of financing tools and instruments that help to achieve the green transition
Environmental taxation
A vital tool in the ecological transition


Anti-Wastage and Circular Economy Law
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Anti-wastage and circular economy law (AGEC law) : consumer information...
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New obligations to inform consumers
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Combating plastic: what the Anti-Wastage & Circular Economy Law says
In order to meet the requirements set at European level1 for reducing plastic, the Anti-Wastage & Circular Economy Law lays down the principle according to which France has set itself the objective of...
Measures relating to wastage in the Anti-Wastage & Circular Economy Law
The Anti-Wastage & Circular Economy Law complements the existing measures in the combat against food wastage and introduces new ones for non-food products. Reinforcement of measures to combat food wastage...
Measures relating to waste in the Anti-Wastage & Circular Economy Law
Reinforcement of waste management obligations  "Waste" should be understood to mean "any substance or any object, or more generally any movable good, which the holder disposes of or which he intends...
Anti-waste and circular economy law strengthens extended producer responsibility
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Reinforcement and extension of the extended producer responsibility (EPR)
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Offshore wind turbines
Considering the energy crisis emergency deriving from the war in Ukraine and its impacts on the supply networks of fossil energy products, oil and natural gas, Europe has no choice but to diversify its...
Sustainable Bond of the Development and Investment Bank of Türkiye
Türkiye Kalkınma ve Yatırım Bankası A.Ş. (TKYB) (Development and Investment Bank of Türkiye), the development finance institution, 99.08% owned by the Ministry of Treasury and Finance, has successfully...
FM Holding Corporate issues a €124,200,000 sus­tain­ab­il­ity-linked Euro PP
CMS Francis Lefebvre advised FM Holding Corporate on the issue of its first sus­tain­ab­il­ity-linked Euro PP. The bonds were issued for a total amount of €124,200,000 in three tranches, with maturities...
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