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Infrastructure & Projects

United Kingdom

As a sponsor, lender or public sector organisation, you require legal advisers who can help you successfully handle complex infrastructure and project financing transactions. Whether you are involved in public works programmes or private sector financing in the areas of transport, health, education, waste, energy, defence, IT/telecoms, leisure, custodial and justice, ports, rail, roads or water, you will get the legal advice you need from us.

Our secondary market lawyers have helped shape the PPP projects sector, ensuring quick deal completions on terms that optimise your returns. If you are facing a potential dispute, we can also support you through dispute resolution procedures or litigation action.

We have delivered deals with a combined value of more than GBP 16bn in the UK alone, advising on public private partnerships, construction and services, infrastructure investment, development and corporate finance. 

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The 'absolutely high-quality team' at CMS is 'strong in its experience, range of services and sector coverage', and provides 'direct, to-the-point technical advice'.

Legal 500, 2018

"They are a very strong team in the infrastructure space."

Chambers 2018

"They always deliver a professional production often in short and demanding timescales. CMS are particularly good at communicating internally - the finance specialists liaise with the projects team, bringing a multi-disciplined approach."

Chambers 2018

We were very happy working with them. They were really available, really efficient and very precise. A very good team that co-ordinated together very well.

Chambers and Partners, 2017

'consistently performs at a very high level, and is generous in ensuring that clients are properly advised.'

Legal 500, 2017

CMS ‘has an in-depth knowledge of the law and the industry context’, and the partners ‘are adept at ensuring the knowledge cascades down the team over time’.

Legal 500, 2017

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    Primary Markets

    As traditional sources of capital for public sector infrastructure projects become more constrained, the public and private sector are seeking out different funding solutions for the provision of essential infrastructure.

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    Secondary Markets

    Our PFI/PPP Secondary Markets Infrastructure Team advises buyers and sellers, including sponsors and specialised infrastructure and pension funds, on single asset or portfolio transactions. Our team is led by M&A lawyers who specialise in infrastructure and who work alongside our specialist PFI/PPP projects and finance lawyers.

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    Infrastructure M&A

    Global interest in infrastructure investments is growing, thanks to the generally stable nature of the asset class, new opportunities through disposals of non-core assets, privatisation programmes, and governments exploring alternatives to the traditional public modes of providing assets and services.

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    Infrastructure Funds

    There is a growing demand from institutional and other investors for opportunities to invest in infrastructure assets. Specialist infrastructure-focused fund managers provide investors with a growing number and range of opportunities through their funds, but have to contend with a tough and evolving regulatory environment, and ever more competitive investment conditions.

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    Munir Hassan
    March 2019
    En­ergy Stor­age
    In­fra­struc­ture for our 'Con­nec­ted Fu­ture'
    18/04/2019
    Mod­el­ling En­vir­on­ment in awards of Cent­ral Gov­ern­ment Con­tracts
    The Cab­in­et Of­fice and the De­part­ment for Di­git­al, Cul­ture, Me­dia & Sport is cur­rently con­sult­ing on a new eval­u­ation mod­el for in­cor­por­at­ing so­cial value, in­clud­ing en­vir­on­ment con­sid­er­a­tions, in­to awards of cent­ral gov­ern­ment con­tracts.
    Feb 2019
    Elec­tric vehicles and char­ging in­fra­struc­ture
    In­fra­struc­ture for our ‘Con­nec­ted Fu­ture’
    17/04/2019
    Tele­coms: cla­ri­fic­a­tion on neigh­bour­ing landown­ers’ rights to re­quire...
    The Up­per Tribunal has con­firmed that landown­ers can­not pro­cure the re­mov­al of elec­tron­ic com­mu­nic­a­tions ap­par­at­us in­stalled on neigh­bour­ing land where this did not in­ter­fere with a means of ac­cess to their prop­erty at the date of in­stall­a­tion.
    Paul Smith
    29/11/2017
    Glob­al In­fra­struc­ture In­vest­ments Op­por­tun­it­ies - CMS...
    16/04/2019
    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.
    29/11/2017
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Asia-Pa­cific Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Chin­a's Belt & Road - an in­vest­ment...
    12/04/2019
    The Frus­tra­tions of Brexit – Man­aging Risks in Con­struc­tion Con­tracts
    A re­cent judg­ment in the High Court has held that an EU agency’s lease of a Lon­don prop­erty would not be frus­trated as a con­sequence of the UK’s with­draw­al from the EU.   Whilst the case con­cerns a lease and is spe­cif­ic to its facts, it provides a use­ful re­mind­er.
    29/11/2017
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Africa Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Sol­ar PV take hold in Africa
    10/04/2019
    In­junc­tions against per­sons un­known: Get­ting it right
    Sum­mary The High Court had gran­ted in­junc­tions to In­eos Up­stream and oth­ers against per­sons un­known, who were thought to be likely to (but had not yet) be­come pro­test­ers at the claimants’ sites, which were used for frack­ing.
    29/11/2017
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Europe Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Europe Bounces Back
    08/04/2019
    Tele­coms: Op­er­at­or re­fused or­der con­fer­ring rights over land
    A landown­er has suc­cess­fully res­ist­ing an op­er­at­or seek­ing the con­fer­ral of Code rights on its land as the landown­er was not in oc­cu­pa­tion of the land so could not grant the re­ques­ted rights. The Up­per Tribunal held that it does not have jur­is­dic­tion to or­der.