Private Equity


Over the years, the importance of private equity has grown considerably. Solid legal knowledge and experience is essential on all aspects of private equity fund structuring, formation, fundraising, operation and investment activities.

CMS advises and represents private equity funds, institutional investors, corporate venturers, management teams and the companies in which they invest. Funds represented include early, middle and late stage investors, and independent, captive and semi-captive funds. We represent emerging growth companies in all aspects and phases of the corporate life cycle, from angel and start-up funding to follow-on transactions to its IPO and beyond.

We have vast experience in all services concerning private equity across a wide range of market sectors. Our transactional lawyers work together with specialists from across all our practice areas and locations. We can assist you on private equity matters concerning finance, tax, corporate and M&A, as well as employee benefits, real estate, competition, banking and IP/IT. With our colleagues in CMS we advise on private equity transactions throughout Europe and beyond.

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Clients praise the firm's negotiation skills, saying: "The lawyers are resourceful and very well versed in dealing with the intricate details and pitfalls that come with negotiations. They also have strong cross-border capabilities."

Chambers Europe, 2017

Clients were impressed by the firm's network, saying: "It was useful in that they were able to coordinate with the people in the UK, it was seamless."

Chambers Europe, 2017

“The advice is pragmatic and of high quality, and provides a European angle. You get a high level of partner involvement.”

Chambers Europe, 2016
September 2017
CMS European M&A Out­look 2017
A study of European M&A activ­ity
An In­tro­duc­tion