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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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    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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    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in the Re­pub­lic of...
    The new Welsh land­fill dis­pos­als tax
    The Welsh Gov­ern­ment is gear­ing up to in­tro­duce its own land­fill dis­pos­al tax (“LDT”) in 2018. This is part of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment's ‘To­wards Zero Waste’ strategy, which aims to make Wales a high re­cyc­ling na­tion by 2025 and a zero waste to land­fill na­tion.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Uganda
    Ofgem launch Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view on re­sid­ual net­work char­ging
    On Fri­day 4 Au­gust, Ofgem launched the Tar­geted Char­ging Re­view (“TCR”) Sig­ni­fic­ant Code Re­view (“SCR”), which will set out how it in­tends to al­ter ar­range­ments for re­sid­ual charges for elec­tri­city net­works, along­side oth­er mat­ters.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Malawi
    Fail­ure to de­liv­er: Is nom­in­a­tion of ves­sel a con­di­tion pre­ced­ent...
    In Vit­ol S. A. v Beta Renow­able Group S. A. [2017] EWHC 1734 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court con­sidered wheth­er a seller was re­lieved of its ob­lig­a­tions to de­liv­er bio­fuels when the buy­er did not nom­in­ate a ves­sel.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Libya
    OGA pub­lishes guid­ance on the de­vel­op­ment and use of Area Plans
    The com­ing in­to force of the MER UK Strategy (the “Strategy”) on 18 March 2016 brought with it the pos­sib­il­ity of “OGA Plans” (para­graphs 23 to 25 of the Strategy). OGA has the op­tion of de­ploy­ing these plans in or­der to set out its view on how any of the ob­lig­a­tions.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Kenya
    En­ergy Li­cence Modi­fic­a­tion Ap­peals: Pro­posed Change to Third Party...
    On 24 Ju­ly 2017, the Com­pet­i­tion and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (the “CMA”) pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on new rules of pro­ced­ure (and re­lated guid­ance) to be ap­plied in li­cence modi­fic­a­tion ap­peals un­der the Gas Act 1986, the Elec­tri­city Act 1989, the Elec­tri­city (North­ern.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Ben­in
    Oil & Gas: M&A Loan Note Guar­an­tee – Es­tab­lish­ing dis­charge by mis­rep­res­ent­a­tion
    In Ab­bot In­vest­ments (North Africa) Ltd v Nestoil Ltd [2017] EWHC 119 (Comm) a dis­pute arose con­cern­ing al­leged rep­res­ent­a­tions re­lat­ing to an oil rig owned by the tar­get com­pany pri­or to the sale of that tar­get com­pany to a new own­er.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Guinea
    Nor­way’s Court of Ap­peal up­holds valid­ity of new tar­iffs for the trans­port...
    The Court of Ap­peal in Nor­way has now pub­lished its highly an­ti­cip­ated rul­ing on the ‘Gassled’ ap­peal, fol­low­ing an un­suc­cess­ful chal­lenge to the valid­ity of tar­iffs for the trans­port of gas in the Dis­trict Court in Oslo.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in the Demo­crat­ic...
    OGA launches 30th Off­shore Li­cens­ing Round fo­cus­ing on ma­ture areas
    The UK’s Oil and Gas Au­thor­ity (“OGA”) launched the 30th Off­shore Li­cens­ing Round for the UKCS on 25 Ju­ly 2017. The Round has a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on ma­ture areas, with 813 blocks or part blocks on of­fer.
    9 February 2017
    Con­duct­ing oil and gas activ­it­ies in Ivory Coast
    Gov­ern­ment pro­poses de-rat­ing changes to the Ca­pa­city Mar­ket im­pact­ing...
    Fol­low­ing the re­lease of de­tails of the next Ca­pa­city Mar­ket auc­tions, the De­part­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy & In­dus­tri­al Strategy (“BEIS”) is pro­pos­ing a num­ber of changes to the Ca­pa­city Mar­ket (“CM”) Rules in a con­sulta­tion pub­lished on 24 Ju­ly 2017 (the “Con­sulta­tion”).