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We help you identify risks and opportunities arising from the increasing focus on clean energy, the environment and climate change

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With more than 450 lawyers in 75 offices across the globe, our Energy & Climate Change Group is one of the largest of its kind, covering most of CMS’s practices, geographies and sectors.

We have established an outstanding reputation through our ground-breaking work designing and implementing modern energy markets. Now we are at the heart of the transition to a decarbonised economy based on renewable energy, to help the world address the climate crisis.

Our work encompasses both strategic and operational challenges including climate change strategy, new technologies, risk and disputes, environmental regulation and major infrastructure projects, focusing primarily on the following areas:

  • Renewable energy
  • Carbon capture, use and storage
  • Hydrogen
  • Corporate net zero strategies
  • Sustainable finance
  • Electric vehicles and decarbonisation of the transport sector
  • Circular economy
  • Energy transition
  • Industrial decarbonisation

As a climate change law firm, our experts advise clients on the tax perspectives of financing and optimising structures, as well as help them manage environmental risks and liabilities and resolve conflicts. At all times, we focus on solutions that are commercially sound and legally compliant.

By taking an international perspective, combining local expertise and cross-sectoral knowledge, we tailor our advice closely to clients’ needs, while staying aligned with the bigger, global climate change picture.

Please contact any of our Clean Energy, Environment & Climate Change lawyers to find out how we can help you.

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At CMS, we are committed to running our business ethically and sustainably. We are diverse, supportive and inclusive, creating a culture of sustainability in which all our people, whatever their background, can maximise their potential and thrive.

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Munir Hassan
Energy & Climate Change
London
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Dalia Majumder-Russell
Energy & Climate Change
London
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Aurore-Emmanuelle Rubio
Energy & Climate Change
Paris
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Christophe Barthélemy
Energy & Climate Change
Paris
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Döne Yalçın
Corporate/M&A
Istanbul
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Olivia Jamison
Environment
London
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28/09/2022
CMS Green Globe
Stay in­formed about the latest sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims trends and de­vel­op­ments CMS Green Globe is an in­ter­act­ive plat­form that al­lows busi­nesses and cli­ents to stay aware and duly in­formed about all the main rap­idly chan­ging trends and de­vel­op­ments re­lated to sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims across the world.Here you will find in­form­a­tion on reg­u­la­tion and de­vel­op­ments you need to know when ad­vert­ising and mar­ket­ing your busi­ness or product by us­ing sus­tain­ab­il­ity claims as well as our key ex­perts to sup­port you in nav­ig­at­ing the world of such claims.CMS Green Globe helps you to avoid gre­en­wash­ing your con­sumer in your jur­is­dic­tion as well as across the globe. Dis­cov­er CMS Green Globe Best ex­plored on desktop
01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
07/12/2021
Spot­light on Sus­tain­ab­il­ity II Decem­ber 2021 - Con­sumer Products News­let­ter
Wel­come to the Decem­ber 2021 edi­tion of the CMS Con­sumer Products News­let­ter!
24/11/2021
CMS Ex­pert Guide to hy­dro­gen en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion
Hy­dro­gen guide – in­tro­duc­tion The im­port­ant role that low-car­bon hy­dro­gen will play in de­car­bon­ising our en­ergy us­age is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly widely re­cog­nised. Its ver­sat­il­ity and broad range of...
11/2021
Ad­vising the Board on En­vir­on­ment­al Law Risk in CEE
Dir­ect­ors’ risk re­port En­vir­on­ment­al law is firmly and un­doubtedly a board-level is­sue and all busi­nesses need to fo­cus on how it im­pacts their activ­it­ies. En­vir­on­ment­al au­thor­it­ies ex­pect dir­ect­ors...
25/11/2021
Tak­ing stock of hy­dro­gen de­vel­op­ments 2020-2021
With de­vel­op­ments in the low car­bon hy­dro­gen space pro­lif­er­at­ing and gov­ern­ments cre­at­ing new policies to reg­u­late these de­vel­op­ments, join CMS ex­perts to ex­plore the key changes over the last 12 months...
01/11/2021
New man­dat­ory cli­mate re­lated fin­an­cial re­port­ing for UK busi­nesses
On 28 Oc­to­ber 2021, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (BEIS) pub­lished the UK gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse to their spring 2021 con­sulta­tion on pro­pos­als to in­tro­duce man­dat­ory cli­mate-re­lated...
27/10/2021
Cli­mate Risk re­port
At COP26 in­sti­tu­tion after in­sti­tu­tion came for­ward to make stronger com­mit­ments to what is now broadly seen in most coun­tries as a com­mon goal: to re­duce glob­al car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions. In par­tic­u­lar, the private sec­tor stepped up to the plate. For ex­ample, the Glas­gow Fin­an­cial Al­li­ance for Net Zero pos­ited a po­ten­tial USD 130tn of private cap­it­al to ac­cel­er­ate the green trans­ition. COP26 also es­cal­ated the role of cli­mate dis­clos­ures in achiev­ing net zero. To achieve glob­al com­par­ab­il­ity, the In­ter­na­tion­alSus­tain­ab­il­ity Stand­ards Board (ISSB) is to de­liv­er a glob­al baseline that gives in­vestors in­form­a­tion about the cli­mate and sus­tain­ab­il­ity risks in re­la­tion to com­pan­ies they (may) in­vest in. Fur­ther, the UK in­tro­duced re­quire­ments for all lis­ted com­pan­ies to pro­duce net-zero trans­ition plans by 2023. These are seen as drivers for achiev­ing cli­mate-pos­it­ive in­vest­ing.In­ter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial law­yers have a cru­cial role to play in nav­ig­at­ing and im­ple­ment­ing the frame­works that emerge from COP26. Be­ing guard­i­ans of the rule of law and fa­cil­it­at­ors of busi­ness and trade, law­yers will be at the centre of dis­cus­sions on what our cli­ents are re­quired to do, and also on what they should do in light of wider so­ci­et­al and repu­ta­tion­al con­sid­er­a­tions. It is in our cli­ents’ in­terests that we guide them to­ward out­comes in line with wider so­ci­et­al am­bi­tions. To do oth­er­wise would, among oth­er things, risk pla­cing them at a com­pet­it­ive dis­ad­vant­age as the world pivots to­ward a clear­er cli­mate mit­ig­a­tion agenda. Cli­mate Risk is a broad term and cov­ers a mul­ti­tude of con­cepts. This re­port fo­cuses on three leg­al risks. First, of fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions hold­ing cor­por­ates to ac­count over per­ceived cli­mate risks. Second, the risk to cor­por­ates on what they do and say about the im­pact on their busi­ness from (or from their busi­ness on) cli­mate change. Fi­nally, risk of lit­ig­a­tion against cor­por­ates re­lat­ing to cli­mate change.As law­yers, what we see is broadly a great de­sire among our cli­ents to be part of the solu­tion on cli­mate change. Al­most all ma­jor cor­por­ate cli­ents that we speak to wish to take pos­it­ive steps that are in line with the de­sire for cli­mate ac­tion, and also to cap­it­al­ise on the op­por­tun­it­ies presen­ted as we trans­ition to a net zero eco­nomy. We find that, among the in­vest­ment com­munity, vast cap­it­al is ready and avail­able to be de­ployed on in­fra­struc­ture and oth­er pro­jects that will push the agenda for­ward. The ques­tion is wheth­er there is suf­fi­cient clar­ity on the agenda, the rules and the risks in­volved.As this re­port shows, a key driver of Cli­mate Risk for cor­por­ates re­volves around in­form­a­tion. Both quan­ti­fi­able in­form­a­tion about the po­ten­tial dir­ect im­pacts of cli­mate change on par­tic­u­lar sec­tors and busi­nesses. And also con­sist­ent, com­par­able and re­li­able in­form­a­tion about the com­pan­ies them­selves. Com­pan­ies are pro­du­cing re­ports that are de­lu­ging in­vestors on how they are meas­ur­ing and man­aging their im­pact on and from cli­mate change. However, there is some dis­tance to go be­fore in­vestors can com­pare the in­form­a­tion across the eco­nomy to make in­formed de­cisions. Or­gan­isa­tions such as Baringa, who have kindly con­trib­uted to this re­port, sup­port the same cli­ents from a par­al­lel per­spect­ive. They help in­vestors and cor­por­ates to as­sess cli­mate risk ex­pos­ure by us­ing Baringa’s Cli­mate Change Scen­ario Mod­el­ling. Tools such as these are in­valu­able for mak­ing the best de­cisions from the in­form­a­tion avail­able on risks to com­pan­ies and the cred­ib­il­ity of their ad­apt­a­tion and trans­ition plans.On cli­mate lit­ig­a­tion, this is a dir­ect and grow­ing risk to cor­por­ates who fall un­der the spot­light of a vari­ety of po­ten­tial claims against an in­creas­ing num­ber of po­ten­tial claimants. It is prudent to act­ively man­age this risk through dis­pute avoid­ance strategies, hav­ing plans in place to deal quickly and ef­fect­ively with the situ­ation where a claim is brought, and un­der­stand­ing the key fea­tures that are typ­ic­ally at play in such lit­ig­a­tion.Cor­por­ates are well aware that cli­mate risks are an in­teg­ral fea­ture of their busi­ness plan­ning. What some oc­ca­sion­ally cri­ti­cise is the lack of long term cer­tainty. Mak­ing knee jerk de­cisions based on woolly polit­ic­al sen­ti­ments that could change to­mor­row rarely makes good busi­ness sense. Clear­er long term policy state­ments from gov­ern­ments and inter-gov­ern­ment­al in­sti­tu­tions can help on this, as well as clear­er policies on how gov­ern­ments see the shape of the fu­ture zero car­bon eco­nomy, and the path­ways to it. Quite apart from the out­comes of COP26, with the private sec­tor com­mit­ting en masse to the cli­mate agenda and the abil­ity to scru­tin­ise the private sec­tor’s re­sponse through cli­mate dis­clos­ures, net zero plans and oth­er ac­tions they take, we an­ti­cip­ate that the is­sue of Cli­mate Risk will con­tin­ue to rise up board­room agen­das.
04/11/2021
Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Claims and Gre­en­wash­ing we­bin­ar
Join CMS we­bin­ar on Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Claims and Gre­en­wash­ing, which will be presen­ted by the CMS Con­sumer Products Sec­tor Group mem­bers Nikolas Gregor from our Ger­man prac­tice, Stu­art Helmer from our UK...
30/09/2021
Net Zero and European Green Deal
Join CMS we­bin­ar on Net Zero and the European Green Deal, which will be presen­ted by Olivia Jam­is­on and Dalia Majum­der – Rus­sell from CMS UK, Ag­nieszka Skorupińska from CMS Po­land and Siobhan Kah­mann...
30/07/2021
Plastics and pack­aging laws in the European Uni­on
1. What is the gen­er­al le­gis­lat­ive frame­work reg­u­lat­ing pack­aging and plastic waste in your jur­is­dic­tion? Gen­er­al waste man­age­ment con­trols in the EU that ap­ply to pack­aging and plastics waste are found...
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30/06/2021
CMS Funds Mar­ket Study 2021
Peri­od­ic­ally, CMS takes sound­ings on the state of the mar­ket from our funds-re­lated cli­ents. Giv­en the un­pre­ced­en­ted nature of the last 12 months we thought this was an op­por­tune time to look back over the last few years. This study ana­lyses the key mar­ket trends in fund doc­u­ment­a­tion of over 300 funds es­tab­lished in Europe, Asia, USA and off­shore jur­is­dic­tions ad­vised on by CMS of­fices through­out 2017 to 2020. We have also con­duc­ted cli­ent in­ter­views, which are high­lighted in this re­port, and con­duc­ted a se­lect­ive sur­vey of our in­ter­na­tion­al cli­ent base.We trust this CMS Funds Mar­ket Study will be a use­ful guide for both man­agers and in­vestors this year. The size of our deal sample and the range of coun­tries in­volved means that the study should be a uniquely valu­able and rich re­source for man­agers and in­vestors. Our re­search in­dic­ates that funds in­dustry play­ers are clear on how to move for­ward and that, while strategies may have shif­ted, there are reas­ons for op­tim­ism and bullish­ness, un­like the gloom that des­cen­ded after the glob­al fin­an­cial crisis in 2008.Look­ing for­ward we see an act­ive funds mar­ket, with Lux­em­bourg be­ing the jur­is­dic­tion of choice for European funds. ESG is now a key fo­cus for in­vestors. This mar­ket im­petus and reg­u­lat­ory drivers are mov­ing sus­tain­able in­vest­ment from a niche fo­cus in­to the main­stream for in­vestors and man­agers alike. We also see man­agers in­creas­ingly look­ing at the be­ne­fits and im­pact of AI and tech­no­logy with the token­isa­tion of as­sets and the use of block­chain. We see this pace of change ac­cel­er­at­ing.If you have any feed­back or ques­tions, we would love to hear from you.