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Private Equity

As a private equity fund, investor or management team, you face daily pressures of valuations, performance, bolt-ons, 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. Coupled with an often difficult differential in valuations between sellers and investors, common across the Middle East, and a resistance to assuming liability, can make acquisitions in the Middle East particularly challenging. A cohesive private equity strategy, together with an expertise in value-enhancing matters such as Warranty & Indemnity Insurance, will support you to help unlock difficult transactions and ensure that you acquire the right assets and obtain maximum value from your portfolio. We are structured around your business sectors and that 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.

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

Private equity funds and financial institutions look to CMS for our ability to mobilise large international specialist teams in a seamless and coordinated manner across multiple jurisdictions. Our team has a long-standing and close relationship with the private equity industry around the world. You benefit from uniquely connected lawyers (both internationally and in their respective local markets) providing clients with access to the latest market information and opportunities as well as helpful introductions to industry contacts. 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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14/09/2021
CMS ex­pands Middle East trans­ac­tions prac­tice with 4-strong team hire
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of a part­ner, two seni­or as­so­ci­ates and a seni­or paralegal to the firm’s trans­ac­tions team in Dubai. Cor­por­ate M&A spe­cial­ist Pat­rik...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
20/08/2019
Brave new world - eco­nom­ic sub­stance re­quire­ments in­tro­duced in the UAE
New reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance (Cab­in­et of Min­is­ters Res­ol­u­tion No.31 of 2019) (the “Reg­u­la­tions”) have been im­ple­men­ted in the UAE. The Reg­u­la­tions in­tend that all in-scope UAE en­tit­ies...
01/05/2017
CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete ground­break­ing mer­ger
Lon­don, 1 May. CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang today an­nounce the com­ple­tion of their trans­form­a­tion­al mer­ger, cre­at­ing the 6th largest law firm glob­ally by head­count. Trad­ing as CMS, and with 70 of­fices...
07/03/2016
CMS builds Is­lam­ic Fin­ance Prac­tice with new part­ner ap­point­ment
CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Sha­keel Adli as a part­ner to the firm’s Bank­ing and Fin­ance prac­tice. He joins from Norton Rose Ful­bright.Sha­keel will be based in the Dubai of­fice and...