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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.

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CMS Ex­pert Guide to Elec­tri­city
22 Jan 20
Oil & Gas/Ship­ping - Time bars and sup­port­ing doc­u­ments in de­mur­rage...
In Tankreederei GmbH & Co KG v. Marubeni Cor­por­a­tion (the “Amalie Ess­ber­ger”) [2019] EWHC 3402 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court de­cided that the Own­er of a Ves­sel was not time barred from bring­ing a de­mur­rage...
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Re­new­able En­ergy
06 Jan 20
Land­mark cli­mate change judg­ment: Dutch gov­ern­ment again com­pre­hens­ively...
On 20 Decem­ber 2019, the highest court (Su­preme Court) in the Neth­er­lands dis­missed the Dutch Gov­ern­ment’s fi­nal ap­peal in the land­mark cli­mate change case, Ur­genda Found­a­tion v The Neth­er­lands. This...
11 Dec 19
Czech leg­al loop­hole places in­solv­ent dir­ect­ors at risk
In the Czech Re­pub­lic, en­force­ment of claims against dir­ect­ors or oth­er cor­por­ate bod­ies by way of a form­al pro­ced­ure such as ex­e­cu­tion or dis­charge of debts is rarely dis­cussed, but ma­jor dif­fer­ences...
11 Dec 19
Should dir­ect­ors be loy­al to their com­pan­ies 24/7? Czech law and the...
Ima­gine a com­pany be­ing party to a lease con­tract with its dir­ect­or and the dir­ect­or (as a lessor) not be­ing paid rent by the com­pany as a less­ee. Then ima­gine this dir­ect­or with­draw­ing from the con­tract...
11 Dec 19
De­mer­ger of a busi­ness and the stat­utory guar­an­tee
When op­tim­iz­ing your busi­ness struc­ture, you may con­sider de­mer­ging cer­tain (non-core) activ­it­ies. While this may im­prove your bal­ance sheet and fin­an­cial per­form­ance of your (core) busi­ness, it is im­port­ant...
11 Dec 19
A huge mo­ment for busi­ness: European Green Deal
After much an­ti­cip­a­tion and am­bi­tious prom­ises from the in­com­ing EU Com­mis­sion Pres­id­ent Ur­sula von der Ley­en, the European Com­mis­sion today an­nounced the con­tent of its European Green Deal. No one should...
20 Nov 19
Oil and Gas / Ship­ping: The leg­al rem­ed­ies for breach of a re­strict­ive...
Sum­mary In Priy­anka Ship­ping Lim­ited v. Glory Bulk Car­ri­ers Pte Lim­ited (the “Lory”) [2019] EWHC 2804 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court was asked to con­sider the rem­ed­ies avail­able to ad­dress a breach...
15 Nov 19
Brexit and data pro­tec­tion: what to do next (when you don’t know what’s...
Whilst the threat of a no-deal Brexit has been aver­ted for now, the fu­ture is by no means cer­tain. We have high­lighted some of the key is­sues for UK-based or­gan­isa­tions, and the EEA or­gan­isa­tions that...
05 Nov 19
Whis­tleblow­ing Dir­ect­ive ad­op­ted by the EU Coun­cil
On 7 Oc­to­ber 2019, the EU Coun­cil ap­proved the word­ing of the "Dir­ect­ive of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil on the pro­tec­tion of per­sons who re­port breaches of Uni­on law", also known as the...
08 Oct 19
Latest po­s­i­tion on EU tax­onomy reg­u­la­tion re sus­tain­able fin­ance
On 24 Septem­ber 2019, the EU Coun­cil pub­lished this 'I' Item Note giv­ing its ma­jor­ity ap­prov­al to pro­ceed with the next stage in the le­gis­lat­ive jour­ney of the “Tax­onomy Reg­u­la­tion”, be­ing in­vit­ing...