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We are the esteemed sparring partner of leading energy companies, regulators, public entities, large buyers and investors. Our energy team knows your sector: upstream and downstream oil and gas, electricity, onshore and offshore wind energy, solar energy and other (sustainable) energy sources such as warmth and biomass. We help to build legal frameworks for the energy sector. We understand the challenges in the industry and the importance of innovation and we lead when it comes to applying new developments locally and internationally. We are the legal linchpin at great energy projects and transactions. We can for example claim the first Dutch offshore wind tender and the acquisition, development and project financing of the largest solar energy park. In short, our experience, industry knowledge and creativity enable you to make your initiatives in this industry a success.

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The firm's "network in Europe is one of its strengths."

Chambers Global, 2020

"The team at CMS is especially active on renewable energy mandates."

The Legal 500, 2019

"The lawyers give us an excellent understanding of local regulations and consequently facilitate our critical decision-making process within the project."

Chambers Global, 2019

"They are able to meet deadlines even in cases where they have been provided with little time."

Chambers Global, 2019

"The firm has the right type of people and processes in place to serve major international clients on mega projects with national and international significance."

Chambers Europe, 2019

"Good quality and hands-on mentality."

Chambers Europe, 2019

In M&A the firm has a good reputation for working in the hospitality, life sciences and oil and gas sectors.

IFLR1000, 2019

"They provide good service and are extremely reachable, we approach them when we have a problem and need fast action and support."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"They think through the details and when we receive advice, there are no mistakes. It has been really excellent."

Chambers Europe, 2018

With "good industry knowledge" and "a positive outlook", CMS’ department provides "useful, to-the-point advice".

The Legal 500, 2018

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    Energy - Contracts & Trade

    We specialize in advice on commercial contracts which are used in the energy sector, such as supply contracts for gas, electricity and heat, as well as connection and transport contracts.

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    Energy - Corporate

    We advise many parties on mergers and acquisitions, structurings and restructurings, privatizations, joint ventures and project structures within the energy and water sector. In addition, we have many years of experience in the area of upstream oil & gas transactions.

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    Energy - Projects & Finance

    Our Energy & Climate Change Team assists and advises in a wide range of energy and water projects, varying from the development and financing of conventional power stations, biomass power stations and wind farms (both onshore and offshore) to LNG terminals, biodiesel plants, water purification plants, gas storage facilities, FPSOs and interconnectors. We act on behalf of energy companies, banks, investment funds and project developers.

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    Energy - Regulatory

    Our specialists have broad experience and knowledge of European and Dutch competition law and in the area of regulated markets. We give advice on sector-specific regulations for the energy and water sector (such as gas, electricity, heat, mining and renewable energy), competition law and procurement law. We also act on behalf of parties in administrative and civil disputes.

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