Whether you are establishing, managing, investing in or lending to a fund, you need experienced advisers who have done it before.

Our specialist funds group has expertise in all fund types: open or closed-ended, institutional or retail, private or listed, partnership or corporate, authorised or unauthorised. The UK-based team is part of CMS’ global funds group. We advise clients wherever they are operating and can efficiently assist in co-ordinating your international distribution strategy.

As well as deep regulatory and taxation expertise, we bring practical advice based on long experience. We are recognised experts in fund formation and also advise on debt finance; fund mergers and restructuring; carry restructuring; secondary transfers; and regulatory affairs.

As well as technical expertise, your advisers should add practical value. We consciously cultivate relationships with regulators, depositaries, administrators and placing agents, which facilitates smooth transactions.

Knowledge of the asset class can be essential to a successful fund launch. CMS’ sector-driven approach allows us to offer asset-class expertise, particularly for real estate, private equity, infrastructure, energy and clean energy, transport, life sciences & healthcare and pharmaceuticals, and TMC.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Funds in the UK
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19 March 2019
CMS ad­vises on form­a­tion of ‘Cherry Park Part­ner­ship’...
Brexit news for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms – from 26 April 2019 to 9...
1.  HoC European Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee: 64th Re­port of  Ses­sion 2017-19 Sec­tion 7 of the re­port dis­cusses re­cent de­vel­op­ments with re­gard to the powers of the EU’s su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies. Al­though the mat­ter is no longer un­der scru­tiny by the Com­mit­tee, it has.
11 February 2019
CMS ap­points new part­ner to strengthen in­ter­na­tion­al...
Brexit news for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms from 13 April 2019 to 25...
1. FCA: The Fu­ture of Fin­an­cial Con­duct Reg­u­la­tion A speech de­livered by An­drew Baily on 23 April 2019 dis­cuss­ing, amongst oth­er things, Brexit. The full speech can be ac­cessed here. “Our reg­u­lat­ory land­scape can be viewed as com­pris­ing two spaces, an EU and.
27 September 2018
CMS ad­vise on over £1.6 bil­lion of fun­drais­ings for...
Brexit up­date for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms - week end­ing 12 April...
In out­line: On 11th April the EU pub­lished the text of the de­cision of the European Coun­cil in re­sponse to the UK’s re­quest for a fur­ther ex­ten­sion of the Art­icle 50 no­tice peri­od (see Doc­u­ment 1 be­low and the UK ac­cept­ance at Doc­u­ment 2 be­low).
21 June 2018
CMS ad­vises AXA In­vest­ment Man­agers - Real As­sets on...
The new EU frame­work for screen­ing for­eign in­vest­ment is now in force
On 10 April 2019, the EU frame­work for screen­ing for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) came in­to force, al­low­ing the European Com­mis­sion and Mem­ber States un­til 11 Oc­to­ber 2020 to put in place mech­an­isms and re­sources to com­ply.
28 July 2017
CMS ad­vises Land­sec on sale of stake in Lon­don’s land­mark...
Meet­ing the Fund­ing Gap: UK Mu­ni­cip­al Bonds Agency & Pub­lic Works...
Ac­cord­ing to the Loc­al Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­ation (LGA), by 2020 loc­al au­thor­it­ies will have lost 60p in every £1 they were al­loc­ated by cent­ral gov­ern­ment a dec­ade ago. Not­with­stand­ing this re­duc­tion in fund­ing, the de­mands to provide so­cial care and in­fra­struc­ture.
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
Warn­ing to firms op­er­at­ing in the gen­er­al in­sur­ance sec­tor
On 10th April 2019, the FCA is­sued three pub­lic­a­tions con­cern­ing the gen­er­al in­sur­ance (“GI”) sec­tor along­side a warn­ing to firms op­er­at­ing with­in this sec­tor. The clear mes­sage from the FCA is that it will not hes­it­ate to in­ter­vene where it con­siders that.