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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.

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‘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

"Good quality and hands-on mentality."

Chambers Europe, 2019

In M&A the firm has a good reputation for working in the hospitality, life sciences and oil and gas sectors.

IFLR1000, 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 as connection and transport contracts.

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    Energy - Corporate

    We advise many parties on mergers and acquisitions, structurings and restructurings, privatizations, joint ventures and project structures within the energy and water sector. In addition, we have many years of experience in the area of upstream oil & gas transactions.

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    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 conventional power stations, biomass power stations and wind farms (both onshore and offshore) to LNG terminals, biodiesel plants, water purification plants, gas storage facilities, FPSOs and interconnectors. We act on behalf of energy companies, banks, investment funds and project developers.

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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 sector-specific regulations for the energy and water sector (such as gas, electricity, heat, mining and renewable energy), competition law and procurement law. We also act on behalf of parties in administrative and civil disputes.

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    08 September 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Hy­dro­gen
    A con­sensus is fast emer­ging that hy­dro­gen will play a key role as an en­ergy vec­tor and a pil­lar in the on­go­ing en­ergy trans­ition. It prom­ises to ac­cel­er­ate trans­form­at­ive changes across many sec­tors, most not­ably en­ergy and trans­port. This guide dra
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    April 2020
    CMS En­ergy Glob­al Bro­chure
    The en­ergy sec­tor is used to change, but has nev­er faced great­er change than it does todayThe biggest me­di­um and long-term is­sue of our time is how to meet our en­ergy needs in a way that sus­tains the fu­ture of the plan­et, while also sus­tain­ing the se

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    22/09/2020
    Res­ults SDE+ 2020 spring round
    08 September 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to Hy­dro­gen
    07 August 2020
    Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – Com­mer­cial Court Ex­am­ines Leg­al Ef­fect of “Sub­ject...
    In the con­text of a crude oil voy­age charter, the Com­mer­cial Court has provided guid­ance on the leg­al ef­fect of “sub­ject to” pro­vi­sions in con­tracts.  In do­ing so, the Com­mer­cial Court noted that,...
    29 July 2020
    CMS En­ergy & Cli­mate Change Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence
    With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its Lon­don centre of ex­cel­lence, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.CMS teams now work in every corner of the sec­tor across the globe to help it meet the de­mands of cli­mate change, tech­no­lo­gic­al dis­rup­tion, urb­an­isa­tion in de­vel­op­ing eco­nom­ies, so­cial con­cerns and polit­ic­al agen­das.Be­low you will find some of our ex­per­i­ence across the globe. Please get in touch with our ex­perts in your jur­is­dic­tion.Please also see our Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition pub­lic­a­tion.
    08 July 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to cli­mate change tax re­forms and in­cent­ives
    28 July 2020
    En­ergy Reg­u­la­tion - RE­MIT: Fur­ther clar­ity on what con­sti­tutes in­side in­form­a­tion
    In re­cent months the Agency for the Co­oper­a­tion of En­ergy Reg­u­lat­ors (“ACER”), the EU agency which over­sees the Reg­u­la­tion on Whole­sale En­ergy Mar­ket In­teg­rity and Trans­par­ency (“RE­MIT”), has...
    29 July 2020
    Hot Top­ics for the En­ergy Trans­ition
    With more than 450 en­ergy and cli­mate change law­yers, in­clud­ing over 100 part­ners, the CMS En­ergy and Cli­mate Change prac­tice is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Led from its centres of ex­cel­lence such as Lon­don and Ab­er­deen, the prac­tice works across 75 of­fices glob­ally.Our early work in design­ing and im­ple­ment­ing mod­ern en­ergy mar­kets and sub­sequently guid­ing the sec­tor in the push to de­car­bon­isa­tion means CMS is not only a trans­ac­tion­al or pro­ject ad­viser to the sec­tor, but uniquely placed to help shape its present and fu­ture. We can help by giv­ing you our ad­vice and com­pre­hens­ive know­ledge on the top­ics lis­ted be­low.Please also see our CMS En­ergy Glob­al Ex­per­i­ence pub­lic­a­tion.
    15 May 2020
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion
    Are you look­ing for in­form­a­tion on re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
    13 July 2020
    De­vel­op­ing a European Hy­dro­gen Eco­nomy – a Roadmap
    On the 8th Ju­ly 2020 the European Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) pub­lished their much awaited Hy­dro­gen Strategy for a Cli­mate-Neut­ral Europe (the “Strategy”). Fol­low­ing on the heels of a num­ber...
    26/06/2020
    Leg­al com­plic­a­tions of fin­an­cing and de­vel­op­ing sol­ar pan­els on com­mer­cial...
    22 June 2018
    CMS Ex­pert Guide to off­shore wind law in North­ern Europe
    Are you look­ing for leg­al in­form­a­tion on off­shore wind en­ergy? This CMS Ex­pert Guide provides you with everything you need to know.
    02 July 2020
    ICAO agrees to ad­just COR­SIA baseline for CO2 emis­sions for avi­ation in...
    On 30 June 2020, the Coun­cil of the In­ter­na­tion­al Civil Avi­ation Or­gan­iz­a­tion (ICAO) ad­op­ted a de­cision ad­just­ing the peri­od to be used as the baseline for meas­ur­ing the growth of CO2 emis­sions un­der...