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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.

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 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 Ukraine Energy Projects and Construction practice group is consistently recognised as being the leading energy practice in Ukraine by both international and local rating agencies (Chambers Europe 2012-2019, The Legal 500, 2015-2019 and Ukrainian Law Firms 2009-2019). 

We advise clients from across of the energy and climate change industry (power generation and oil & gas) on how to structure projects, offering not only legal expertise but also wide-ranging knowledge of the industry and its technical and physical characteristics. Our specialists also cover associated legal fields, including real estate law, construction law, infrastructure regulation, environmental law and corporate law.

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Our comprehensive expertise in the area of renewable energies is founded on decades of experience, which we have gained through our active involvement

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30/09/2021
Changes to Ukrain­i­an elec­tri­city mar­ket: Im­ple­ment­a­tion of new PSO mech­an­ism...
On 11 Au­gust 2021, the Cab­in­et of Min­is­ters of Ukraine ap­proved its Res­ol­u­tion No. 859 (PSO Res­ol­u­tion), which im­ple­ments a new mech­an­ism of pub­lic ser­vice ob­lig­a­tions (PSOs) in re­la­tion to the sup­ply...
30/09/2021
Ukraine to in­tro­duce reg­u­la­tion of bio­meth­ane
On 9 Septem­ber 2021 the Draft Law No. 5464 dated 5 May 2021 was ad­op­ted in the first read­ing , which, if ad­op­ted in full, will es­tab­lish reg­u­la­tion on bio­meth­ane in Ukraine. In or­der to enter in­to force...
17/09/2021
CMS ad­vises CWP on wind pro­ject ac­quis­i­tion in Ukraine
CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ky­iv has ad­vised CWP Europe (CWP) on the ac­quis­i­tion of 73MW wind pro­ject in de­vel­op­ment. The ac­quis­i­tion marks CWP’s first in­vest­ment in Ukraine.CWP Europe is...
13/09/2021
Ukraine con­siders feed-in-premi­ums to fur­ther sup­port re­new­able en­ergy...
On 26 Au­gust 2021, the Min­istry of En­ergy of Ukraine pos­ted on its web­site a draft law in­tro­du­cing a feed-in-premi­um (FIP) sup­port scheme for re­new­able pro­jects. This new policy in­stru­ment should help...
02/09/2021
Ukraine sim­pli­fies pro­ced­ures for con­nec­tion to elec­tric­al grids
On 15 Ju­ly 2021, the Ukrain­i­an par­lia­ment ad­op­ted draft Law No. 5009 “On Amend­ments to Cer­tain Le­gis­lat­ive Acts of Ukraine on Sim­pli­fic­a­tion of Con­nec­tion to Elec­tric Net­works”, which was cre­ated...
01/09/2021
Ukraine in­tro­duces draft laws fa­cil­it­at­ing use of elec­tric vehicles and...
In Ju­ly 2021, the Ukrain­i­an par­lia­ment ad­op­ted amend­ments to the Tax Code of Ukraine, which provide for cer­tain tax ex­emp­tions for im­ple­ment­a­tion of elec­tric vehicles (EVs) in Ukraine (EV Tax Amend­ments)...
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...
09/07/2021
Ukrain­i­an gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to in­tro­duce new pro­ced­ures for trade­mark...
Fol­low­ing the le­gis­lat­ive amend­ments re­lated inter alia to the reg­u­la­tion of trade­mark re­gis­tra­tion and pro­tec­tion ad­op­ted with­in the IP pat­ent re­form in 2020, the gov­ern­ment is now mov­ing for­ward with...
01/07/2021
CMS pro­motes three to coun­sel and seni­or as­so­ci­ate in Ky­iv
CMS Camer­on McK­enna Nabarro Olswang in Ky­iv is pleased to an­nounce the pro­mo­tion of three law­yers to Coun­sel and Seni­or As­so­ci­ate as of 1 Ju­ly 2021.Maryna Ilchuk (En­ergy) has been pro­moted to Coun­sel...
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...
04/06/2021
Ukraine: Law on Cer­ti­fic­a­tion of Elec­tri­city Trans­mis­sion Sys­tem Op­er­at­or...
On 15 April 2021, the Ukrain­i­an Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted the Law of Ukraine On Amend­ments to Cer­tain Le­gis­lat­ive Acts of Ukraine Con­cern­ing the Cer­ti­fic­a­tion of the Trans­mis­sion Sys­tem Op­er­at­or No. 1396-IX...