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The life of a business never remains static. Corporate activity drives the business world and attracts ever increasing scrutiny and regulation. Whether your corporate strategy is to expand by growth or to diversify into new sectors and markets, to exit investments or to divest of non-core activities, to raise funds or to list on the public markets, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and commercial advice. Our international team of more than 700 corporate lawyers in over 65 offices worldwide, of whom over 120 are based in the UK, can assist you in all aspects of corporate law, both domestically and internationally.

We advise on M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, joint ventures and corporate advisory issues.

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One of the things that stands out is the quality of their senior associates. We have a good working relationship with the partner and excellent support from their senior associates.

Chambers UK, 2016

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    Equity Capital Markets

    Navigating the world of equity capital markets can be complex. Whether you are looking to take your company public, raise capital or simply keep up with the maze of rules and regulations inherent with running a listed company, our highly experienced experts can help you.

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

    The successful execution of a Mergers & Acquisition transaction, whether sell-side or buy-side, requires lawyers who understand their clients` businesses and markets, including the risks associated with their sector and how they can be mitigated in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner. Our M&A team is structured according to our clients’ sectors and will work with you and your other advisers to produce innovative structures and solutions that address the risks and challenges faced in your M&A transactions.

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    12 June 2017
    CMS advises 32Red plc on its sale to online gaming...
    23/06/2017
    Brexit one year on: Financial services
    Since the Brexit referendum, the UK’s financial services sector has moved relatively quickly to close out the risks to its business and clients. In stark contrast there has been little, if any, progress (despite much debate) in clarifying what will happen to.
    31 May 2017
    CMS advises equIP member RAVN Systems on its acqui...
    23/06/2017
    Brexit one year on: Financial services
    Since the Brexit referendum, the UK’s financial services sector has moved relatively quickly to close out the risks to its business and clients. In stark contrast there has been little, if any, progress (despite much debate) in clarifying what will happen to.
    18 May 2017
    CMS advises on six Capital Markets transactions in...
    20/06/2017
    Extension of "PSC" transparency rules: No news is not good news!
    In our previous briefing, we reported that the UK is due to extend its “persons with significant control" (PSC) rules on transparency of corporate ownership with effect from Monday 26 June. Click here for our briefing on the proposed changes.
    3 May 2017
    CMS advises Stifel Nicolaus Europe on a £125m plac...
    01/06/2017
    Main Market companies: get your Legal Entity Identifier before 1...
    From 1 October 2017 all issuers of securities admitted to an EU regulated market, such as companies with a premium or standard listing on the UK Main Market, will need to have a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) in order to make valid regulatory announcements to.
    2 May 2017
    CMS advises on Manchester’s groundbreaking £1bn No...
    31/05/2017
    UK to extend “PSC” transparency rules
    Further to the EU’s Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive, the UK is about to extend its “persons with significant control" (PSC) rules on transparency of corporate ownership. The PSC regime will cover more entities, in particular Scottish limited partnerships.
    1 May 2017
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang complete largest ever mer...
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    11/04/2017
    Supreme Court rules again on interpretation of contracts: busines...
    In Wood v Capita Insurance Services Limited [2017] UKSC 24, the Supreme Court has sought to reconcile the approaches to contractual construction and interpretation adopted by the Supreme Court in in Rainy Sky v Kookmin Bank [2011] UKSC 50 and Arnold v Britton.
    18 April 2017
    Nabarro advises Chinese property developer R&F Pro...
    06/04/2017
    The UK's new fund vehicle – will it work for real assets?
    This article was produced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017. Today, the UK marked the 110th anniversary of the birth of the UK limited partnership by introducing a new LP vehicle designed specifically for the 21st century funds industry.
    David Day
    30 March 2017
    CMS advises BGF and Volantis on £19m investment in...
    31/03/2017
    Tesco DPA reveals how need to announce price sensitive informatio...
    Following Tesco PLC’s announcement to the London Stock Exchange on 28 March, the SFO has confirmed that it has, in principle, reached a DPA with Tesco Stores Limited (“TSL”) regarding an accounting scandal in 2014, which resulted in the business overstating.
    27 March 2017
    Nabarro advises on £235m in equity
    27/02/2017
    Asymmetric jurisdiction clauses upheld by Commercial Court
    The English High Court has held that asymmetric jurisdiction clauses are valid and are exclusive jurisdiction clauses for the purposes of Brussels 1 Recast overriding previous uncertainty following a decision of the French courts.