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A key driver of the global economy, the energy 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. Feras Al Shawaf in association with CMS is the leading firm in the energy sector globally, boasting an internationally integrated practice providing services to energy companies operating around the world. We have helped to shape the sector by advising on some of the most high-profile and ground-breaking projects and transactions over many years both in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Our dedicated energy 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 and renewable projects in the Middle East and around the world, including advising on historic electricity industry reform in Mexico and on the establishment of a single electricity market in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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July 2018
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in En­ergy
Elec­tri­city Reg­u­lat­ory Au­thor­ity of the King­dom of Saudi Ar­a­bia on:the es­tab­lish­ment of a re­struc­tured elec­tri­city sys­tem;draft­ing primary le­gis­la­tion to reg­u­late the elec­tri­city sec­tor and provide: (a) con­sumer pro­tec­tion; (b) qual­ity of ser­vice stand­ards; (c) in­de­pend­ent gen­er­a­tion; (d) sep­ar­a­tion of trans­mis­sion, dis­tri­bu­tion and sup­ply from gen­er­a­tion; and (e) powers to the reg­u­lat­or and the Gov­ern­ment;con­duct­ing a sec­tor as­sess­ment com­par­is­on and pro­du­cing an ex­tens­ive re­port on the de­vel­op­ment of lib­er­al­ised sys­tems in oth­er states to in­form the re­devel­op­ment of the elec­tri­city sys­tem with­in the King­dom of Saudi Ar­a­bia;the de­vel­op­ment of a reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for de­sal­in­a­tion, in co­oper­a­tion with the Saudi Min­istry of Wa­ter and Elec­tri­city.Saudi Ar­a­bi­an EPC con­tract­or in re­la­tion to its claims against its joint ven­ture part­ner arising out of the design and con­struc­tion of a com­bined cycle power plant in Saudi Ar­a­bia.Sum­itomo Cor­por­a­tion/Malakoff In­ter­na­tion­al Lim­ited/Al­jo­maih on the US$ 7 bil­lion Ras Azzour IWPP in Saudi Ar­a­bia.A glob­al pump­ing solu­tions com­pany in mul­tiple dis­putes in re­la­tion to a pet­ro­chem­ic­al plant pro­ject in Yanbu, Saudi Ar­a­bia.Hen­kel on the ac­quis­i­tion of a SAR 120 mil­lion ma­jor­ity stake in a Saudi chem­ic­al in­dustry en­tity; and ad­vising on the ter­min­a­tion of its dis­tri­bu­tion ar­range­ments in KSA.Power dis­putes on 16 sep­ar­ate Power dis­putes in re­la­tion to claims val­ued in ex­cess of US$50 mil­lion con­cern­ing a num­ber of power sta­tions in KSA.


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10 April 2018
CMS named as Middle East’s ‘En­ergy, Min­ing & Util­it­ies Law Firm of the...
CMS has been crowned ‘En­ergy, Min­ing & Util­it­ies Law Firm of the Year’ at the 2018 Mer­ger­mar­ket Middle East M&A Awards. Read more here.
30 January 2018
CMS ad­vises Uni­on Prop­er­ties on the sale of stake in Emi­cool to Dubai In­vest­ments...
CMS has ad­vised UAE prop­erty de­veloper Uni­on Prop­er­ties PJSC (UP) on the sale of its en­tire 50% stake in dis­trict cool­ing ser­vices pro­vider Emi­cool to Dubai In­vest­ments PJSC for AED500m. Dubai In­vest­ments PJSC is now the sole own­er of Emi­cool, hav­ing alre