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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.

A key driver of the global economy, the energy and climate change sector is affected by geopolitical, economic and regulatory pressures. You require advisors who understand your industry and work with leaders of energy companies, regulators, governments, industry bodies and investors on the cutting edge of commercial, regulatory and risk issues in the sector. Based across 15 jurisdictions in Central and Eastern Europe, we have been active in CEE since the beginning of the privatisation and liberalisation of the energy and climate change sector across the region.

We have helped to shape the sector by advising on the most high-profile and ground-breaking projects and transactions over many years. In Romania, CMS most recently helped re-shape the oil & gas specific tax law, successfully advocating for a reform in the way the oil & gas industry is recognised for tax purposes in Romania.

Our dedicated energy and climate change lawyers in Romania work in every part of the sector, covering the whole chain of the energy cycle, including upstream, midstream and downstream regulatory matters in the oil&gas sector and from greenfield projects to distribution, trading and supply in the electricity sector, as well as nuclear and renewables. Whether you are a NOC, IOC, independent, electricity company, investor, government or financial institution, we have the energy specialists to meet all your strategic challenges globally.

Our multi-disciplinary teams were among the first to advise on ground-breaking global oil & gas M&A and on power projects in Europe, to establish a single electricity market in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, lead historic electricity industry reform in Mexico, and work on renewable energy projects globally. We cover the full range of practice areas that you may require as an energy businesses - from regulatory and transactional support, to procurement, tax, environmental, disputes, employment, technology and competition assistant.


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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
26/05/2022
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...
20/05/2022
Amended IC­SID Rules to enter in­to force on 1 Ju­ly 2022
On 21 March 2022, the Mem­ber States of the In­ter­na­tion­al Centre for Set­tle­ment of In­vest­ment Dis­putes (IC­SID) ad­op­ted a com­pre­hens­ive set of amend­ments to IC­SID ar­bit­ra­tion and con­cili­ation rules (“IC­SID...
21/04/2022
En­ergy: Con­sequences of not ex­er­cising an op­tion
In Thurcroft Power Lim­ited v. Volta En­ergy Group Lim­ited [2022] EWHC 338 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court de­cided that an op­tion agree­ment con­cern­ing the early stages of a bat­tery stor­age de­vel­op­ment did...
19/04/2022
Ro­mania amends for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment con­trol re­gime
What sec­tors are caught by the new for­eign in­vest­ment con­trol? Pur­su­ant to the GEO, in­vest­ments im­pact­ing the fol­low­ing eco­nom­ic sec­tors will be sub­ject to the CEISD’s re­view: Se­cur­ity of...
13/04/2022
Fol­low­ing the green line – the green mort­gage
Wel­come to the next edi­tion of our ‘Re­ima­gin­ing CEE’ series, reg­u­lar Law-Now e-alerts dis­cuss­ing ESG-re­lated up­dates with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on the im­pact on busi­nesses across Cent­ral and East­ern...
08/04/2022
The Pro­posed Dir­ect­ive on Cor­por­ate Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Due Di­li­gence – a step...
The Pro­posed Dir­ect­ive on Cor­por­ate Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Due Di­li­gence (the “CSDD Pro­pos­al”), pub­lished on 23 Feb­ru­ary 2022, aims to im­pose ob­lig­a­tions on com­pan­ies, their sub­si­di­ar­ies and their value chains...
05/04/2022
Ro­mania opens call for Euro 595m in green en­ergy pro­jects
On 31 March 2022, Ro­mani­a's Min­istry of European In­vest­ments and Pro­jects (MI­PE) launched a plat­form for the sub­mis­sion of in­vest­ment pro­jects fin­anced with­in the Na­tion­al Re­cov­ery and Re­si­li­ence Plan...
23/03/2022
Ro­mania ex­tends meas­ures against high elec­tri­city and gas prices
Fur­ther to the de­cision to sub­sid­ise rising elec­tri­city and gas prices pri­or to the cold sea­son (Ro­mania caps elec­tri­city gas prices im­poses wind­fall tax for pro­du­cers (cms-lawnow.com)), which was re­vised...
01/03/2022
Pro­posed man­dat­ory cor­por­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity due di­li­gence re­quire­ments...
On 23 Feb­ru­ary 2022, the European Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted a long-awaited pro­pos­al for a Dir­ect­ive on cor­por­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity due di­li­gence for widely-defined spe­cified “com­pan­ies”. The pro­pos­als are wide...
23/02/2022
Ro­mania re­vises leg­al pro­vi­sions for so­cial pro­tec­tion of en­ergy con­sumers
In re­sponse to the rising cost of in­ter­na­tion­al elec­tri­city and gas mar­kets and their ef­fects, the Ro­mani­an gov­ern­ment is­sued Emer­gency Or­din­ance 3/2022  (GEO 3), pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Gaz­ette no...