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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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27 September 2018
CMS ad­vise on over £1.6 bil­lion of fun­drais­ings for...
16/11/2018
Brexit up­date for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms - week end­ing 9th Novem­ber...
The week in out­line: In the fin­an­cial ser­vices (FS) sec­tor, the flow of pub­lic­a­tions on ‘no deal’ pre­par­a­tions con­tin­ues apace (see Doc­u­ments 1 to 5 be­low and most of the ad­di­tion­al pub­lic­a­tions in sec­tion 2).
21 June 2018
CMS ad­vises AXA In­vest­ment Man­agers - Real As­sets on...
08/11/2018
Brexit up­date for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms - week end­ing 2 Novem­ber...
The week in out­line: UK con­tin­gency plan­ning for a non-deal scen­ario con­tin­ued this week with more ma­ter­i­al on ‘Na­tion­al­ising the Ac­quis’ (NtA) un­der the European Uni­on (With­draw­al) Act 2018 (EU­WA).
28 July 2017
CMS ad­vises Land­sec on sale of stake in Lon­don’s land­mark...
06/11/2018
Brexit up­date for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms - week end­ing 26 Oc­to­ber...
The week in out­line: This week saw the pub­lic­a­tion of an­oth­er mass of fin­an­cial ser­vices (FS) re­lated ma­ter­i­al as part of the UK’s pre­par­a­tions in case the UK exits the EU without the With­draw­al Agree­ment (WA) and the pro­posed Trans­ition­al Peri­od (TP) (‘no-deal’).
1 May 2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
30/10/2018
Cap­it­al al­low­ances and Budget 2018
In his Budget speech on 29 Oc­to­ber the Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­chequer, Philip Ham­mond, an­nounced sig­ni­fic­ant changes to the UK’s cap­it­al al­low­ance re­gime.   Briefly, these changes were: The in­tro­duc­tion of a new Struc­tures and Build­ings Al­low­ance giv­ing tax.
22 February 2017
Nabarro ad­vises Great Port­land Es­tates on £435m sale...
23/10/2018
CMS - Fo­cus­ing on Funds - AIFMD pre-mar­ket­ing pro­pos­als
This Fo­cus­ing on Funds up­date looks at the hot top­ic of funds mar­ket­ing and pro­pos­als for a pre-mar­ket­ing re­gime for al­tern­at­ive in­vest­ment funds. This is an area we are of­ten asked to ad­vise on as vari­ous forms of “soft mar­ket­ing” activ­ity trig­ger reg­u­lat­ory.
13 December 2016
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang con­firm Prac­tice and Sec­tor...
17/10/2018
Brexit up­date for fin­an­cial ser­vices firms - week end­ing 12 Oc­to­ber...
The week in out­line: The head­lines were dom­in­ated again by spec­u­la­tion about the fate of the With­draw­al Agree­ment (WA). The draft WA does not have spe­cif­ic pro­vi­sions for the fin­an­cial ser­vices (FS) sec­tor.