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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.

The team is formed by specialists from different disciplines, with deep knowledge and experience of the industry.

The Legal500 EMEA, 2022

At CMS you can be confident that you will receive high-quality work and expert service, at a fair price.

The Legal500 EMEA, 2022

Highly capable, with a wide range of knowledge on regulatory practice.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2021

‘CMS has one of strongest teams for renewable energy/energy related topics. From regulatory and tax to finance and transactional topics, CMS provides a high quality of services. They are unique in having done some of the premier deals in the Dutch market to date.‘

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

Well versed in the renewable energy sector, including wind and solar energy, as well as non-renewable power.

Chambers Europe, 2020

Delivers what is needed on time and in a manner that always brings the deal forward, and not in a deadlock.

Chambers Europe, 2020

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

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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 a
Energy - Corporate
We advise many parties on mergers and acquisitions, structurings and restructurings, privatizations, joint ventures and project structures within the
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 conve
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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 sect
Time for trans­ition: En­ergy M&A 2022
Deal­mak­ing in the age of COV­ID, di­git­al dis­rup­tion and en­ergy trans­ition.
24/11/2021
CMS Ex­pert Guide to hy­dro­gen en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion
 Hy­dro­gen guide – in­tro­duc­tionThe im­port­ant role that low-car­bon hy­dro­gen will play in de­car­bon­ising our en­ergy us­age is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly widely re­cog­nised. Its ver­sat­il­ity and broad range of ap­plic­a­tions render it uniquely placed to re­duce emis
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14/11/2022
En­ergy stor­age trends – Spot­light on the Neth­er­lands
In or­der to meet its am­bi­tious CO2 re­duc­tion tar­gets and min­im­ise the coun­try’s de­pend­ence on Rus­si­an fossil fuels, the Neth­er­lands is now more fo­cused than ever in the de­vel­op­ment of bat­tery elec­tri­city...
11/11/2022
Dutch court dis­misses ex­cep­tion for the as­sess­ment of ni­tro­gen im­pact in...
Nature re­serves in the Neth­er­lands are over­loaded with ni­tro­gen, due to ni­tro­gen emis­sions caused by, among oth­er things, live­stock farms and traffic ex­haust fumes. In or­der to pro­tect nature re­serves...
03/11/2022
Case law alert: Ni­tro­gen ex­cep­tion for the con­struc­tion phase was un­law­ful
Nature re­serves in the Neth­er­lands are over­loaded with ni­tro­gen, due to ni­tro­gen emis­sions caused by, among oth­ers, live­stock farms and traffic ex­haust fumes. In or­der to pro­tect nature re­serves, European...
12/10/2022
Com­mis­sion pro­poses land­mark new rules on li­ab­il­ity for AI sys­tems
On 28 Septem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pro­posed the draft AI Li­ab­il­ity Dir­ect­ive (AILD Draft) on ad­apt­ing non-con­trac­tu­al civil li­ab­il­ity rules to ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence as a po­ten­tial solu­tion...
29/09/2022
European Com­mis­sion pro­poses emer­gency mar­ket in­ter­ven­tion to tackle high...
On 14 Septem­ber 2022, the European Com­mis­sion (“Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished a pro­pos­al for a Coun­cil Reg­u­la­tion on an emer­gency in­ter­ven­tion to ad­dress high en­ergy prices (“Pro­pos­al”). This emer­gency...
13/09/2022
UPC Rules of Pro­ced­ure go in­to force with judg­ments to be made pub­lic
The entry in­to force of the Rules of Pro­ced­ure is part of the fi­nal pre­par­a­tions for the United Pat­ent Court (UPC), which is cur­rently ex­pec­ted to start work in early 2023. After the bod­ies of the UPC...
07/09/2022
Neth­er­lands to de­vel­op na­tion­al le­gis­la­tion for the Dutch hy­dro­gen mar­ket
At this mo­ment about 165 pro­jects for green hy­dro­gen are un­der de­vel­op­ment in the Neth­er­lands, which – ac­cord­ing to TKI New Gas – is an in­crease of 25% com­pared to last year. As a res­ult, pro­ject...
10/08/2022
En­ergy – pun­it­ive in­terest where there is “Sig­ni­fic­ant Con­nec­tion with...
Sum­mary The Late Pay­ment of Com­mer­cial Debts (In­terest) Act 1998 im­plies a term in Eng­lish law con­tracts for the sup­ply of goods and/or ser­vices in the event of late pay­ment by the pur­chaser.  This ‘stat­utory...
07/07/2022
CMS European Class Ac­tions Re­port 2022
Data driv­en in­sights in­to  class ac­tion risk across Europe, a key con­cern for ma­jor cor­por­ates
04/07/2022
Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals and Re­act­ive Leg­al Lim­it­a­tions Per­vade the...
On 24 June 2022, the 53 Con­tract­ing Parties of the En­ergy Charter Treaty (ECT), a key mul­ti­lat­er­al treaty pro­tect­ing cross-bor­der en­ergy in­vest­ments that was ori­gin­ally con­cluded in 1991, reached a tent­at­ive...
24/06/2022
Reg­u­la­tion on for­eign sub­sidies is head­ing for the fin­ish line - European...
Since 5 May 2022, EU tri­logue ne­go­ti­ations have been un­der­way on the first Reg­u­la­tion to lim­it the ef­fect of sub­sidies from third coun­tries to com­pan­ies act­ive in the EU. That an agree­ment will be reached...
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