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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.

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

"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 a
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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 - 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
14/06/2021
En­ergy Trans­ition: The evolving role of oil & gas com­pan­ies in a net-zero...
After an ex­traordin­ary year of health and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges, the glob­al oil and gas sec­tor has an es­sen­tial role to play in the eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery. The same could how­ever be said of any eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery and ex­pan­sion over the past 100 years – dur­ing this time oil and gas com­pan­ies have provided most of the primary en­ergy that has fuelled huge eco­nom­ic growth. But this time does look dif­fer­ent. The oil and gas sec­tor will power eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery not just through oil and gas ex­plor­a­tion and pro­duc­tion, but also (and per­haps counter-in­tu­it­ively to some) through fa­cil­it­at­ing the trans­ition to a lower-car­bon eco­nomy and even­tu­ally a net zero fu­ture. This re­port presents a wide-ran­ging re­view of the role of oil and gas com­pan­ies in that fu­ture.
08/09/2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to hy­dro­gen en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion
 Down­load our ded­ic­ated "Hy­dro­gen guide" pdf by click­ing on the link be­lowHy­dro­gen guideA 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 trans
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31/08/2021
Re­ima­gin­ing Trans­port: Hy­dro­gen Trains
In the first in our Re­ima­gin­ing Trans­port series, we look at the po­ten­tial for hy­dro­gen powered trains to be­come a part of the rail net­work’s move to net-zero. Already in op­er­a­tion in se­lect rail lines...
03/08/2021
Oil & Gas – You re­ject if you want to, the Product is not for re­jec­tion!
The Com­mer­cial Court has de­cided that a Buy­er un­der the BP Gen­er­al Terms and Con­di­tions for Sales and Pur­chases of Crude Oil and Pet­ro­leum Products 2015 Edi­tion was not en­titled to re­ject off-spec Product...
23/07/2021
Fit for 55: A new cli­mate pack­age
On 14 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished the largest le­gis­lat­ive pack­age re­lated to the cli­mate and en­ergy: “Fit for 55”. The main as­sump­tion of the new pack­age is a re­duc­tion of 55% in...
06/07/2021
What to ex­pect from the European Com­mis­sion’s re­vised Cli­mate, En­ergy and...
On 7 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion has launched a pub­lic con­sulta­tion in­vit­ing in­ter­ested parties to com­ment on the draft Guidelines on state aid for cli­mate, en­vir­on­ment­al pro­tec­tion and en­ergy...
16/06/2021
CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex: Ac­cel­er­at­ing trans­form­a­tion
The in­fra­struc­ture mar­ket has re­mained re­si­li­ent in the face of COV­ID-19. The CMS In­fra­struc­ture In­dex has ranked 50 coun­tries by their at­tract­ive­ness for in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment and it paints a very pos­it­ive pic­ture. Singa­pore tops the lead­er board, bolstered by the un­veil­ing of its Green Plan 2030 which aims to ad­vance sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and re­duce the coun­try’s car­bon foot­print. There are big spend­ing plans in every re­gion as gov­ern­ments seek to close in­fra­struc­ture gaps, re­cov­er from the pan­dem­ic and stim­u­late their eco­nom­ies.   Please click through the re­port or down­load the pdf ver­sion at the bot­tom of this page.
16/06/2021
CMS European Class Ac­tions Re­port 2021
First re­port on the true pic­ture of European class ac­tion risk, a key con­cern for ma­jor cor­por­ates 
16/06/2021
EDPB ap­proves first EU GDPR Code of Con­duct for Cloud Ser­vice Pro­viders
Fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion by the Bel­gian Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity, on May 19 the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) ap­proved the EU Cloud Code of Con­duct with sub­sequent fi­nal ap­prov­al by the Bel­gian...
15/06/2021
New GDPR Code of Con­duct ap­proved for Cloud In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vice Pro­viders
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) and the French Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (CNIL) ap­proved the CISPE Data Pro­tec­tion Code of Con­duct of Cloud In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vice Pro­viders in Europe (CISPE...
15/06/2021
Road to COP 26: re­ima­gin­ing en­ergy: just trans­ition
As we ap­proach COP 26, there is ex­tens­ive dis­cus­sion of the shift to net zero and how it will be achieved; a large part of this will be the trans­ition from re­li­ance on fossil fuels to a more en­vir­on­ment­ally...
14/06/2021
En­ergy Trans­ition: The evolving role of oil & gas com­pan­ies in a net-zero...
After an ex­traordin­ary year of health and eco­nom­ic chal­lenges, the glob­al oil and gas sec­tor has an es­sen­tial role to play in the eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery. The same could how­ever be said of any eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery and ex­pan­sion over the past 100 years – dur­ing this time oil and gas com­pan­ies have provided most of the primary en­ergy that has fuelled huge eco­nom­ic growth. But this time does look dif­fer­ent. The oil and gas sec­tor will power eco­nom­ic re­cov­ery not just through oil and gas ex­plor­a­tion and pro­duc­tion, but also (and per­haps counter-in­tu­it­ively to some) through fa­cil­it­at­ing the trans­ition to a lower-car­bon eco­nomy and even­tu­ally a net zero fu­ture. This re­port presents a wide-ran­ging re­view of the role of oil and gas com­pan­ies in that fu­ture.
03/06/2021
The im­pact of a re­volu­tion­ary Dutch Cli­mate Change Judg­ment on com­pan­ies...
In­tro­duc­tion: re­volu­tion­ary judg­ment for mul­tina­tion­als in all sec­torsLast week a re­volu­tion­ary cli­mate change judg­ment was rendered with po­ten­tially great im­pact on com­pan­ies world­wide, es­pe­cially on...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...