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Energy & Climate Change

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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29/02/2024
Renewable energy in Romania
1. Introduction The last three years put Romania back on the map of the RES investments with an unprecedented appetite from global investors ( IPPs, PE funds, infra funds, institutional investors, utilities...
23/02/2024
The CBAM – what is it and how will it affect the market?
Regulation (EU) 2023/956 establishing a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) entered into force on 17 May 2023. The implementation of the CBAM has been divided into a transitional period (from 1...
12/02/2024
Romania announces public consultation for ESCO contract models
The Ministry of Energy has put the ESCO framework contracts for industry and local authorities into public consultation until 12 of February 2024.The draft contracts represent an integrant part of the...
25/01/2024
Emerging Europe M&A Report 2023/2024
Despite geopolitical tensions, fears of recession and strong inflationary pressures across the EU, as well as the fiscal tightening needed to contain them, M&A in the CEE region has remained reasonably buoyant. Findings from the CMS Emer­ging Europe M&A 2023/24 report, published in cooperation with EMIS, demonstrate the resilience of the Emerging Europe deals market as activity holds firm against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions and strong inflationary pressures. Welcome to the 2023/24 edition of the Emerging Europe report.
22/01/2024
New Romanian energy investment opportunities supported by Mon­dern­isa­tion...
The Ministry of Energy has initiated public consultations for two guidelines pertaining to the Modernisation Fund (MF) until 18 February. The consolidated guidelines are expected to be published in late...
19/01/2024
Greenwashing: Stricter EU rules on environmental marketing ban misleading...
On 17 January 2024, the European Parliament voted to adopt the Directive on Empowering Consumers for the Green Transition (the ECGT Directive), which seeks to protect consumers from various misleading...
19/01/2024
A new chapter for the Romanian NRRP: RES acceleration zones and One Stop...
The Romanian Council of Ministers for Economic and Financial Affairs (ECOFIN) has assessed the amendment of Romania's National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) and the Council of the European Union...
19/01/2024
CBAM: Just over a week to comply
As the deadline for the first Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) report approaches on January 31st, it is crucial for undertakings engaged in importing relevant goods into the European Union to...
19/01/2024
CMS facilitates financing for Comcris Energy's solar project in Sărmășag...
International law firm CMS has advised UniCredit Bank SA, on the EUR39.3m financing for Comcris Energy S.R.L, a subsidiary of Enery group, for the construction of a solar ground-mounted photovoltaic project...
22/12/2023
New OFFSHORE WIND law in Romania
 On December 21, the Romanian Government approved the draft Law on offshore wind operations in the Black Sea („the Offshore law”).  Once approved, the Offshore law will go through the Parliamentary...
20/12/2023
COP28 Update – 20 December 2023
COP28 has seen a host of pledges and agreements, and the CMS team has been reflecting on the announcements and sharing their experiences of COP28 on the CMS COP28 Hub. Here, we roundup the latest commentary...
15/12/2023
Oil & Gas Disputes Survey 2023
Our Oil and Gas Disputes Survey 2023 has highlighted that regulator activity, environmental issues and global economic and political challenges are seen by those in the oil & gas industry to be driving...