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The energy sector, a key driver of the global economy, is affected by and affects global geopolitics, economics and regulation. You require advisors who not only understand your industry but also work on cutting edge issues with leaders of energy companies, regulators, governments, industry bodies and investors.

Our team works globally within every part of the energy sector, including upstream and downstream oil and gas, electricity in all its forms, including generation, networks, wholesale and retail markets, and nuclear and renewables, including solar and other green energy and clean tech. Over the last 25 years, our experts have helped shape the sector by creating the legal frameworks upon which many of your markets are based.

Whether you are a NOC, IOC, independent, electricity company, investor, government or financial institution, or contractor, we have the energy specialists to meet all your strategic challenges globally. Our multi-disciplinary team has helped shape the legal framework for the oil and gas industry in many jurisdictions and was among the first to advise on industry-shaping reforms such as the historic energy sector restructuring in Mexico. We also work on M&A, projects and financings in the oil and gas, power and renewables sectors across the globe. This collective experience means we can pre-empt and provide answers to the commercial, risk and regulatory issues you face in the energy sector.

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They are reliable and client-friendly and understand the value of being able to reach out to someone you know, for small issues, on a regular basis.

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    Clean & Alternative Energy

    CMS is at the forefront of clean and alternative energy, a continually evolving and cutting edge industry. The high number of projects and transactions on which we advise gives us a role as both advisers to the sector and in shaping the future direction of the industry. 

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    Energy Disputes

    International energy companies operate in complex and challenging environments. Investments in the energy sector are often high-value, high-risk transactions involving projects that rely on cutting edge technology. When disputes occur, energy companies expect their lawyers to be true specialists that understand the industry. The CMS Energy Disputes Team focuses entirely on advising and representing clients in the energy sector.

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    Oil & Gas

    The oil and gas industry is a challenging and exciting sector which has far reaching effects on the world we live in. The top tier CMS Oil & Gas Team is the largest UK based team dedicated to this industry, providing advice to clients all round the world, guiding them through all the problems and pitfalls they face. We advise on all aspects of the industry.

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    Power Projects

    In the power sector, CMS advises on high value projects, financings, disputes and transactions internationally, as well as service the daily needs of the industry.

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    1 May 2017
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
    Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
    28/03/2017
    On the road to autonom­ous vehicles
    Con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicle (“CAV”) tech­no­lo­gies are set to have a pro­found so­cial and eco­nom­ic im­pact world­wide and con­tin­ue to ac­cu­mu­late a great weight of ex­pect­a­tion. Ad­voc­ates ar­gue that CAV tech­no­lo­gies will im­prove road safety, ease con­ges­tion and.
    27 March 2017
    CMS Po­land re­tains top po­s­i­tion in Po­land’s en­ergy...
    20/03/2017
    Due di­li­gence and pro­por­tion­al­ity un­der scru­tiny in latest IC­SID li­ab­il­ity...
    Sum­mary In a de­cision dated 21 Feb­ru­ary 2017, a tribunal act­ing un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tion­al Centre for Set­tle­ment of In­vest­ment Dis­putes (“IC­SID”), the World Bank’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tion, in Am­pal-Amer­ic­an Is­rael Corp.
    Robert Lane
    05/09/2014
    State Aid in the en­ergy sec­tor
    Cur­rent is­sues - Sum­mer 2014
    10/02/2017
    In­dia Budget 2017 - 2018
    On 1 Feb­ru­ary, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Ar­un Jait­ley presen­ted In­dia’s an­nu­al Uni­on Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fisc­al year be­gin­ning 1 April 2017. The cent­ral aim in this year’s Budget ap­pears to fo­cus on the most vul­ner­able with in­creased spend­ing.
    01/01/2013
    De­liv­er­ing En­ergy Ex­pert­ise
    02/02/2017
    Gov­ern­ment con­sults on pen­al­ties for non-com­pli­ance with EU ship emis­sions...
    On 1 Janu­ary 2018, sub­ject to a few ex­clu­sions, ships over 5000 gross ton­nage (“Rel­ev­ant Ships”) will be sub­ject to mon­it­or­ing and re­port­ing re­quire­ments on car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions (CO2), fuel con­sump­tion and cargo car­ried.
    09/12/2016
    Are we wit­ness­ing the rise of su­per level eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risks?
    In a few years’ time we may look back and say that it was in 2015/2016 when leg­al pro­ceed­ings and re­cent policy changes com­bined to pro­duce mani­fest ser­i­ous trans­fron­ti­er and trans-sec­tor com­mer­cial and eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment risk.
    30/11/2016
    Oil & Gas / Ship­ping: Ex­clud­ing ‘con­sequen­tial loss’ can re­strict...
    The Com­mer­cial Court was re­cently asked to con­sider the cor­rect con­struc­tion of the phrase “con­sequen­tial or spe­cial losses or ex­penses” in a clause that dis­trib­uted (and lim­ited) li­ab­il­ity and rem­ed­ies between parties (Star Po­lar­is LLC v HH­IC-Phil Inc [2016].
    04/11/2016
    Oil & Gas: De­fault Gas ex­clus­ive rem­edy in nat­ur­al gas sale agree­ment...
    The Eng­lish Court of Ap­peal has up­held the Com­mer­cial Court de­cision that a De­fault Gas rem­edy in a nat­ur­al gas sale and pur­chase agree­ment was the sole and ex­clus­ive rem­edy for un­der­deliv­er­ies to a buy­er caused by a shut-in for the pur­poses of con­struct­ing.
    14/09/2016
    What fu­ture for en­vir­on­ment taxes?
    On 6th Septem­ber 2016 the European En­vir­on­ment Agency, an agency of the European Uni­on tasked to provide “sound, in­de­pend­ent in­form­a­tion on the en­vir­on­ment” pub­lished a re­port on En­vir­on­ment­al tax­a­tion and EU en­vir­on­ment­al policies.
    01/09/2016
    CMS launches e-guide on en­ergy stor­age
    En­ergy stor­age of­fers a range of op­por­tun­it­ies for stan­dalone de­velopers, gen­er­at­ors, net­work op­er­at­ors and con­sumers (ran­ging from large en­ergy users through to do­mest­ic con­sumers) and oth­er elec­tri­city sec­tor par­ti­cipants and is an in­creas­ing fo­cus due to.
    10/08/2016
    Europe con­sults on emis­sions and ef­fi­ciency per­form­ance of road trans­port...
    On the 20th Ju­ly 2016 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a short Com­mu­nic­a­tion en­titled “A European Strategy for Low-Emis­sion Mo­bil­ity” (see pre­vi­ous Law-Now). Along­side this Com­mu­nic­a­tion the Com­mis­sion an­nounced two pub­lic con­sulta­tions on curb­ing fuel con­sump­tion.
    21/07/2016
    Europe con­firms course to low-emis­sion trans­port
    Yes­ter­day the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a short Com­mu­nic­a­tion en­titled “A European Strategy for Low-Emis­sion Mo­bil­ity”. For those fa­mil­i­ar with the Europe’s de­vel­op­ments in trans­port sec­tor law and policy over the last few years (and in par­tic­u­lar since.