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Energy & Climate Change

Slovakia

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.

Our dedicated energy and climate change lawyers work in every part of the sector, including upstream and downstream oil & gas, electricity, nuclear and renewables. Whether you are a NOC, IOC, independent, electricity company, investor, government or financial institution, we have the energy and climate change specialists to meet all your strategic challenges globally. Our multi-disciplinary teams were among the first to advise on ground-breaking global oil and 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.

Our team has acquired expertise and knowledge on a wide range of energy projects in Slovakia and can provide you with extensive advice on all aspects of the energy project you are involved in, whether it be related to renewable energy, traditional energy production or nuclear power. We support our clients in regulatory issues, in acquiring licenses and in gaining permissions for the planning, construction and operation of power plants. You can also rely on the experience of the experts at our Bratislava office in matters regarding communication with regulatory bodies, other bodies in Slovakia or international organisations.

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23 April 2021
The Road to COP26: Our 101 on COP26
COP26 is sched­uled to take place from Monday 1st Novem­ber – Fri­day 12th Novem­ber 2021 in Glas­gow. It was ori­gin­ally in­ten­ded to take place last Novem­ber but was post­poned due to COV­ID-19.  It brings...
26 March 2021
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – The Ever Giv­en
The Suez Canal opened in 1869. Along with the Panama Canal, it is one of the most im­port­ant mari­time “short­cuts” ever built. Today, the canal is 193km (120 miles) long and is one of the busiest wa­ter­ways...
31 March 2021
CMS CEE Ger­man Desk: Waste man­age­ment in Cent­ral and East­ern Europe
As ever more waste is pro­duced, many coun­tries face new chal­lenges:What are the cur­rent de­vel­op­ments in the CEE coun­tries?How does waste man­age­ment dif­fer between EU and non-EU coun­tries?What prob­lem-solv­ing...
19 March 2021
News­let­ter 1 I Spot­light: Changes in the leg­al land­scape that af­fect your...
New ob­lig­a­tions for com­pan­ies The year 2021 sees new com­pany law ob­lig­a­tions for com­pan­ies. We out­line some of these here.  Please note that some new ob­lig­a­tions need to be ful­filled im­me­di­ately and...
18 March 2021
The Value and In­teg­ra­tion of Biod­iversity in Busi­ness De­cision Mak­ing
The Re­view of The Eco­nom­ics of Biod­iversity by Pro­fess­or Sir Partha Dasgupta com­mis­sioned by the UK Treas­ury was pub­lished on 2 Feb­ru­ary 2021[1]. The Re­view was tasked to as­sess the eco­nom­ic be­ne­fits...
01 March 2021
The Glob­al Sul­phur Ban – One Year On
Since 1 March 2020 all mar­ine ves­sels have been sub­ject to a ban from car­ry­ing on board high sul­phur mar­ine fuel oil (“HSFO”) with sul­phur con­tent great­er than 0.50% un­less they have a ‘scrub­ber’...
09 February 2021
BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled – What next?
On 27 Janu­ary 2021 the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on de­clared the so-called BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled. It is worth con­sid­er­ing what this rul­ing really means and what it...
21 January 2021
Life after Brexit – Im­plic­a­tions for the up­stream oil and gas sec­tor
Now that the dec­or­a­tions are packed away and the Christ­mas cake crumbs swept up, we are turn­ing our at­ten­tion to the out­come of the last minute agree­ment of the Trade and Co-op­er­a­tion Agree­ment (TCA)...
13 January 2021
EU­'s Por­tuguese pres­id­ency re­leases new draft of ePri­vacy Reg­u­la­tion
On 5 Janu­ary 2021, the Coun­cil of the EU – with Por­tugal serving as the Pres­id­ent-in-Of­fice – re­leased a new draft ver­sion of the ePri­vacy Reg­u­la­tion, which is meant to re­place the ePri­vacy Dir­ect­ive...
18 December 2020
Re­new­able en­ergy law and reg­u­la­tion in Slov­akia
1. Brief over­view of the re­new­ables sec­tor Key stat­ist­ics Ac­cord­ing to stat­ist­ics pub­lished in June 2020 by the Slov­ak Reg­u­lat­ory Of­fice for Net­work In­dus­tries, elec­tri­city con­sumed from re­new­able en­ergy...
15 December 2020
Five years after Hua­wei ZTE FRAND li­cens­ing ob­lig­a­tions again be­fore the...
On 26 Novem­ber 2020, the Düs­sel­dorf Re­gion­al Court an­nounced that it would sus­pend a pat­ent in­fringe­ment pro­ceed­ing and refer key ques­tions on com­puls­ory li­cens­ing of stand­ard es­sen­tial pat­ents (SEP)...
09 December 2020
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – Black Holes and Rev­el­a­tions
In Dr Jones Yeovil Ltd v The Step­ping Stone Group Ltd [2020] EWHC 2308 (TCC), the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court has raised the  spectre of oil and gas com­pan­ies not be­ing able to re­cov­er full dam­ages...