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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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"Really strong in oil and gas with penetration into the major oil companies," and "CMS is very impressive and client-focused, providing pragmatic and practical advice."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"CMS is a strong all-around firm, with a good balance of corporate, financing and projects expertise."

Legal 500, 2020

"The team are very knowledgeable and work with their clients to deliver clear and concise advice and outputs in line with our needs. They are also able to readily access other financial market expertise from within the group and manage their input to deliver an efficient service. We have used CMS for many years and have benefited from their consistently high quality advice."

Legal 500, 2020

"I have always found CMS's team to be both highly skilled but perhaps most importantly, highly personable and pragmatic. They are always prepared to take a sensible commercial view."

Legal 500, 2020

"The team is very strong and knowledgeable about the market and the technical aspects of energy projects."

Legal 500, 2020

"Their practical approach to legal matters sets the oil and gas lawyers at CMS apart. They are mindful of cost efficiencies and very fast to respond. They provide advice in line with the latest trends."

Legal 500, 2020

"They're efficient and provide easy to use solutions and advice. They are modern, up to date with legal trends and very aware of their customers' needs."

Chambers 2019

'superb range and depth of expertise, which inspires confidence that one is working with an industry-leading team'.

Legal 500, 2017

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.

Chambers UK, 2016

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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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    Planning

    We are one of the largest planning energy & infrastructure consenting teams in the UK with over 30 specialist lawyers. We are motivated by a passion to help to create exceptional places and environments and deliver essential infrastructure to meet the UK's demographic and development needs.

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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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    Water

    We have worked on water projects around the world and bring our core experience of commercial and regulatory frameworks operating across regulated industries. We have advised on some of the largest and most complex transactions within the utilities sector.

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