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We offer the benefit of longstanding experience in the real estate and construction market. In an increasingly active property market, we can advise you on complex cross-border property portfolio sales and acquisitions across the region and we can provide industry-specific advice such as leasing agenda, construction and development projects and construction litigation. Whether you are in the logistics, retail, office, residential, hotels, infrastructure or renewable energy sectors, we have the specialists to help.

We work for governments and other public bodies, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professionals, banks and financial institutions on a wide variety of different projects. This means we understand the issues from all perspectives and can identify solutions quickly.

Through decades of experience of doing deals across the world, our multi-jurisdictional teams adhere to the same templates, processes and standards, including project management. This means we can deploy specialist teams to advise you immediately, irrespective of where the real estate assets are. If you are launching or operating a real estate fund or setting up a real estate related joint venture, our funds and corporate experts can give you country-specific support. Our construction team works for governments and other public bodies, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professionals, banks and financial institutions on a wide variety of different projects. This means we understand the issues from all perspectives and can identify solutions quickly. We can also introduce specialists from related areas such as construction insurance, environmental law, planning, public procurement, health and safety, PFI/PPP and secondary markets.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion in UAE
Al Fahim on prop­erty ac­quis­i­tions, dis­pos­als and man­age­ment ar­range­ments for a pro­posed equity des­tin­a­tion club.An Abu Dh­abi-based in­vest­ment house on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of a tour­ism real es­tate pro­ject in Mar­rakech.Do­maine Palm Mar­rakech on leg­al an

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19 December 2018
The Real Deal - 12 ques­tions on Real Es­tate in Dubai
Dubai’s real es­tate mar­ket is set to gath­er mo­mentum after the volume and value of sales trans­ac­tions rose in the third quarter of 2018. The total value of real es­tate sales trans­ac­tions in Dubai was up 56 per cent year-on-year to Dh15.7 bil­lion in Q3, an
06 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 im­pact on con­struc­tion in­dustry
As the en­tire eco­nomy has been hit hard by the out­break of the COV­ID-19, also the con­struc­tion in­dustry is cur­rently fa­cing dra­mat­ic and dis­rupt­ive chal­lenges re­gard­ing fin­an­cial pres­sure, la­bour short­ages and sup­ply chain is­sues. In or­der to help our cli­ents, we have pro­duced a fre­quently up­dated, com­par­at­ive guide over the im­pact the COV­ID-19 has on the con­struc­tion sec­tor across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions.
07 August 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...
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger
CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang today an­nounce the com­ple­tion of their trans­form­a­tion­al mer­ger, cre­at­ing the 6th largest law firm glob­ally by head­count. Trad­ing as CMS, and with 70 of­fices across 39 coun­tries, the new firm blends scale with an ex­cep­tion­al dep
31 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 im­pact on lease agree­ments
COV­ID-19 is dom­in­at­ing the glob­al news and af­fect­ing all areas of busi­ness life. For both land­lords and ten­ants, the ques­tion arises as to the im­pact of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on their lease re­la­tion­ships. In this guide you will find a use­ful over­view of the im­pact COV­ID-19 has on leases across vari­ous jur­is­dic­tions. Please note that this com­par­at­ive ana­lys­is is based on our cur­rent eval­u­ation and is a sub­ject to fur­ther up­dates and amend­ments.
05 June 2020
Ad­vance pay­ment bonds: “step­ping down” pro­vi­sions and more guid­ance on...
Last month we re­por­ted on a TCC de­cision which con­sidered the re­quire­ments for mak­ing and re­ject­ing a de­mand un­der an ad­vance pay­ment bond sub­ject to the URDG. Very sim­il­ar is­sues have now been con­sidered...
08 November 2016
CMS ap­points new Leg­al Dir­ect­or for Real Es­tate in Dubai
CMS Dubai is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Geoff Smith as a Leg­al Dir­ect­or in its Real Es­tate team.
03 June 2020
Land­mark Court de­cision re­lat­ing to UAE Fed­er­al Tax Au­thor­ity pen­al­ties
Since the in­tro­duc­tion of VAT in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates on 1 Janu­ary 2018, there have been some dif­fer­ing opin­ions with in­ter­pret­a­tion and ap­plic­a­tion of the ap­plic­able VAT laws and reg­u­la­tions. This...
07/03/2016
CMS builds Is­lam­ic Fin­ance Prac­tice with new part­ner ap­point­ment
03 June 2020
UAE Eco­nom­ic Sub­stance No­ti­fic­a­tion
The dead­lines for fil­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance no­ti­fic­a­tions are on the ho­ri­zon (or in­deed just passed). In or­der to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced on 1 Janu­ary 2019 con­cern­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance...
07 May 2020
GRESB 2020 – It’s Ques­tion Time!
GRESB has launched its 2020 Real Es­tate As­sess­ment. GRESB is the lead­ing glob­al En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Gov­ernance (ESG) bench­mark for the real es­tate and in­fra­struc­ture in­dus­tries. It is a vol­un­tary...
07 May 2020
The use of ex­perts in in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion dis­putes: con­flicts of...
A re­cent de­cision of the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court ap­pears to be the first re­por­ted Eng­lish de­cision to up­hold a fudi­ciary duty of loy­alty in an ex­pert wit­ness ap­point­ment. The find­ing in this...