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Funds lawyers

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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Cathy Pitt
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Cathy Pitt is a partner in our Corporate department. Cathy’s practice is focussed on the investment management sector and encompasses fund structuring and fundraisings for domestic and international i...
Pippa Tasker
Pippa Tasker
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Pippa is a partner in the Regulatory Financial Markets & Pensions Team. She advises on a wide range of regulatory and commercial issues affecting financial service providers and institutional...
Nick Burt
Nick Burt
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Nick is a Partner in our Tax team with experience in advising on all aspects of tax planning and structuring for corporate clients in relation to mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations and joint...
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Chris Southorn
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Chris Southorn is a partner in the CMS UK Corporate Team. He has extensive experience in all areas of company law and in advising institutional investors. He advises on the full spectrum of domestic...
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Wendy Colquhoun
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Wendy Colquhoun is a Corporate partner with over 25 years of experience, gained in London and Edinburgh. She has particular expertise in the financial services sector acting for banks, insurers,...
Helen Johnson
Helen Johnson
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Helen Johnson advises on a wide range of corporate transactions. She advises on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, secondary fundraisings, public takeovers and private equity work,...
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Colin Lawrie
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Colin Lawrie advises on the establishment, investment in and debt finance of unregulated funds, primarily in private equity and real estate asset classes, helping clients harness the benefits of...
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Jan Burgess
Part­ner
Head of Health & Safety
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
United Kingdom, London
Jan Burgess heads the Health and Safety team covering the whole of the UK, is a solicitor-advocate, and has practised as a litigator for over 20 years – the vast majority of that has been dedicated t...
Sandra Rafferty
Sandra Rafferty
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Sandra Rafferty has been a partner in the Corporate group at CMS UK since 2001, and specialises in the infrastructure, energy and renewable sectors. She advises a mixture of public and private ...
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Bill Carr
Part­ner
Head of India Desk
United Kingdom, London
Bill Carr is a partner in our Corporate team. His main focus is on infrastructure, projects and corporate real estate transactions. Bill is an active member of the CMS Corporate group and regularly...