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As a private equity fund, investor or management team, you face daily pressures of valuations, performance, exit strategies and regulation. The relative availability of debt, together with significant levels of capital committed to the private equity industry or held on corporate balance sheets, has strongly impacted the competition for assets and pricing levels.

A cohesive private equity strategy will support you to ensure that you acquire the right assets and obtain maximum value from your portfolio. We are structured around your business sectors and those of your targets. This means we can advise you on all stages of a fund’s lifecycle, from formation and administration to the making of investments, portfolio monitoring and exiting.

Your deals are executed according to tight deadlines and complex regulatory constraints. Our multidisciplinary specialist teams in 65 offices globally can mobilise quickly, whatever the size and complexity of your transaction. The CMS UK Private Equity Team is based both in the City and Mayfair and is very active across all sectors of the market. With anti-trust, tax, employment, banking, commercial and disputes expertise, we can also assist in the protection and growth of your funds and investments.

Whether your deal is in the upper or mid private equity or venture market, our specialist lawyers can guide you towards the best business outcome in your home markets and across multiple jurisdictions.

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The whole team provide a service beyond anything that I have experienced in over 15 years of doing deals.

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16 Nov 16
Private Equity Watch
06 Jun 19
The Bribery Act 2010 in Scot­land: where are we now?
De­scribed earli­er this year by the House of Lords Se­lect Com­mit­tee as hav­ing cre­ated “an in­ter­na­tion­al gold stand­ard for anti-bribery and cor­rup­tion le­gis­la­tion”, the com­ing month will mark the eight...
19/01/2016
Emer­ging Europe M&A Re­port 2015/16
21 Jan 19
En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief: good news at last
In an at­tempt to con­tin­ue the sea­son­al spir­it, we have some good news in re­la­tion to En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief (“ER”). There has been ma­jor con­cern that a lot of man­age­ment and em­ploy­ee share­hold­ers...
01 Nov 18
Budget 2018: Re­form of the UK cor­por­a­tion tax in­tan­gibles re­gime
The World In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Or­gan­iz­a­tion has re­cently sug­ges­ted that one third of the value of the products that con­sumers buy is de­rived from in­tan­gibles such as tech­no­logy and brand­ing. With the...
30 Oct 18
Budget 2018: Changes to En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief
In yes­ter­day’s Budget, the Chan­cel­lor in­tro­duced a num­ber of changes to En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief which may have im­me­di­ate, sig­ni­fic­ant and ex­pens­ive im­plic­a­tions for any­one who is hop­ing to qual­i­fy for...
22 Jan 18
In­nov­ate or your deal could die
Any com­pany or law­yer that has ever been in­volved in any kind of mer­ger or ac­quis­i­tion trans­ac­tion will know one thing for sure – a deal typ­ic­ally in­volve hours of leg­al work, in­clud­ing of­ten mundane,...
09 Jan 18
Gambling Com­mis­sion in­vest­ig­ates on­line casi­nos
The UK Gambling Com­mis­sion (the “Com­mis­sion”) an­nounced last week that it has writ­ten to all on­line casino op­er­at­ors which it reg­u­lates rais­ing con­cerns about the op­er­at­ors’ ap­proach to anti-money...
08 Aug 17
Cur­rent BEPS Ac­tion Items for As­set Man­agers
For as­set man­agers in­clud­ing man­agers of Al­tern­at­ive In­vest­ment Funds ("AIFs") the Base Erosion and Profit Shift­ing pro­ject ("BEPS") is a par­tic­u­lar is­sue.  Many out­comes will likely af­fect this in­dustry,...
06 Apr 17
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...
24 Jan 17
Lim­ited Part­ner­ships: UK Gov­ern­ment call for evid­ence on Re­view of...
Read­ers may be for­giv­en for think­ing that Gov­ern­ment re­views of lim­ited part­ner­ship law are much like the pro­ver­bi­al bus, you wait ages (dec­ades even) for one to come along and then two come at the same...
23 Jan 17
The new private fund lim­ited part­ner­ship vehicle
UK lim­ited part­ner­ships are one of the most com­mon and pop­u­lar vehicles for in­vest­ments in vari­ous sec­tors in Europe, in­clud­ing private equity, real es­tate and in­fra­struc­ture, of­fer­ing a flex­ible, tax-trans­par­ent...