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31 juli 2020
An­nu­al Re­view 2019 – 2020
We are li­ving in tur­bu­lent ti­mes, charac­te­ri­sed by po­li­ti­cal, cli­ma­te and he­alth cri­ses. The most acu­te of the­se – the CO­VID-19 pan­de­mic – has clear­ly shown how in­ter­con­nec­ted our eco­no­mies are: tra­vel, com­mer­ce and sup­ply chains world­wi­de ha­ve been im­pac­ted. No in­di­vi­du­al or bu­si­ness has remai­ned to­tal­ly un­af­fec­ted by it.As a glo­bal or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on, with a pre­sen­ce in key bu­si­ness hubs around the world, we are wit­nes­sing the im­pact of the pan­de­mic first­hand. Our teams in Asia, Eu­ro­pe, Af­ri­ca and La­tin Ame­ri­ca are hel­ping clients deal with this un­pre­ce­den­ted si­tu­a­ti­on. Un­fol­ding in dif­fe­rent in­ten­si­ties in dif­fe­rent parts of the world at dif­fe­rent ti­mes, our teams are in the for­tu­na­te po­si­ti­on of being ab­le to con­nect with and learn from each other. This ena­bles us to sup­port our clients in a me­a­ning­ful way, lis­te­ning to and un­der­stan­ding their con­cerns and pro­vi­ding them with bu­si­ness-re­le­vant ad­vi­ce that draws on in­sights from our ex­perts world­wi­de.In this cri­sis, we, as a so­ci­e­ty, are at a cross­roads. What is cer­tain is that for in­di­vi­du­als and bu­si­nes­ses (ours in­clu­ded) the­re will be no ‘back to bu­si­ness as usu­al’. Things need to (and will) chan­ge. How we sha­pe the ‘new nor­mal’ is up to us. In this An­nu­al Re­view, we look at so­me key de­vel­op­ments that are in­cre­a­sin­gly im­pac­ting bu­si­ness suc­cess. Com­pa­nies need to ta­ke the­se in­to con­si­de­ra­ti­on when adap­ting their ope­ra­ti­ons to the new bu­si­ness en­vi­ron­ment.The months ahead will be chal­len­ging for us all. Bu­si­nes­ses will need to think stra­te­gi­cally and po­si­ti­on them­sel­ves for suc­cess in the new nor­mal. We at CMS see it as our task to gui­de our clients through this chan­ging bu­si­ness lands­ca­pe.Mat­thi­as Licht­blau (Exe­cu­ti­ve Di­rec­tor) Pier­re-Sé­bas­tien Thill (Chair­man) Duncan Wes­t­on (Exe­cu­ti­ve Part­ner) CMS Exe­cu­ti­ve Team
22 juli 2020
CMS Ex­pert Gui­de to e-sig­na­tu­res in com­mer­ci­al con­tracts
This CMS Ex­pert Gui­de fo­cu­ses on com­mer­ci­al con­tracts whe­re elec­tro­nic sig­na­tu­res are used. It in­clu­des an over­view that com­pa­res the dif­fe­rent legal si­tu­a­ti­ons and uses of e-sig­na­tu­res across each of the in­ter­na­ti­o­nal ju­ris­dic­ti­ons.
13 augustus 2020
Sustai­na­ble food pro­gress may clo­se glo­bal re­gu­la­to­ry gap
In­no­va­ti­on in the sustai­na­ble food sec­tor is for­ging ahead at a re­mar­ka­ble pa­ce. Our cur­rent food sour­ces ac­count for ne­ar­ly one-third of glo­bal GHG emis­si­ons whi­le con­su­mers are in­cre­a­sin­gly bet­ter edu­ca­ted...
29 juli 2020
CMS Ener­gy & Cli­ma­te Chan­ge Glo­bal Ex­pe­rien­ce
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 Lon­don cen­tre of ex­cel­len­ce, the prac­ti­ce works across 75 of­fi­ces glo­bally.CMS teams now work in eve­ry cor­ner of the sec­tor across the glo­be to help it meet the de­mands of cli­ma­te chan­ge, tech­no­lo­gi­cal dis­rup­ti­on, ur­ba­ni­sa­ti­on in de­vel­o­ping eco­no­mies, so­ci­al con­cerns and po­li­ti­cal agendas.Be­low you will find so­me of our ex­pe­rien­ce across the glo­be. Plea­se get in touch with our ex­perts in your ju­ris­dic­ti­on.Plea­se al­so see our Hot To­pics for the Ener­gy Tran­si­ti­on pu­bli­ca­ti­on.
08 juli 2020
CMS Ex­pert Gui­de to cli­ma­te chan­ge tax re­forms and in­cen­ti­ves
13 augustus 2020
Ar­bi­tral ru­les – The start of a sea­son of chan­ge: LCIA Up­da­te
The LCIA has laun­ched its new ar­bi­tra­ti­on and me­di­a­ti­on ru­les, which co­me in­to for­ce on 1 Oc­to­ber 2020. This is the first de­vel­op­ment in a pe­ri­od in which we are ex­pec­ting up­da­tes to ar­bi­tral ru­les from...
29 juli 2020
Hot To­pics for the Ener­gy Tran­si­ti­on
CMS Ener­gy and Cli­ma­te Chan­ge ear­ly work in de­sig­ning and im­ple­men­ting mo­dern ener­gy mar­kets and sub­se­quent­ly gui­ding the sec­tor in the push to de­car­bo­ni­sa­ti­on means we are not on­ly a trans­ac­ti­o­nal or...
09 juni 2020
CMS Ex­pert Gui­de to in­sol­ven­cy in La­tin Ame­ri­ca
CMS Ex­pert Gui­de to In­sol­ven­cy in La­tin Ame­ri­ca has been pre­pa­red in or­der to pro­vi­de an in­tro­duc­ti­on and brief ex­pla­na­ti­on of cer­tain in­sol­ven­cy is­sues that ha­ve be­co­me re­le­vant in the cur­rent con­text in the fol­lo­wing ju­ris­dic­ti­ons:  Chi­le, Co­lom­bia, Mexi­co and Pe­ru.
07 augustus 2020
Tre­a­ty claims for can­cel­led or mo­di­fied in­fra­struc­tu­re pro­jects in the...
A re­cent IC­SID tri­bu­nal has de­nied an in­ves­tor’s claim con­cerning the de­vel­op­ment of an air­port pro­ject in Lat­via. The in­ves­tor was una­ble to pro­ceed with the con­struc­ti­on of its pro­ject due to nu­merous...
July 2020
La­wy­ers on Whis­t­le­blo­wer Pro­tec­ti­on and In­ter­nal In­ves­ti­ga­ti­ons
02 juni 2020
CMS Ex­pert Gui­de to in­ter­na­ti­o­nal ar­bi­tra­ti­on
This CMS Ex­pert Gui­de con­tains an over­view of in­ter­na­ti­o­nal ar­bi­tra­ti­on prac­ti­ce and chap­ters on the law and prac­ti­ce of ar­bi­tra­ti­on in the ju­ris­dic­ti­ons co­ver­ed.
07 augustus 2020
Oil & Gas / Ship­ping – Com­mer­ci­al Court Exa­mi­nes Legal Ef­fect of “Sub­ject...
In the con­text of a cru­de oil voy­a­ge char­ter, the Com­mer­ci­al Court has pro­vi­ded guid­an­ce on the legal ef­fect of “sub­ject to” pro­vi­si­ons in con­tracts.  In do­ing so, the Com­mer­ci­al Court no­t­ed that,...