Real Estate

We offer the benefit of longstanding experience in the real estate and construction market. In an increasingly active property market, we can advise you on complex cross-border property portfolio sales and acquisitions across the region and we can provide industry-specific advice such as leasing agenda, construction and development projects and construction litigation. Whether you are in the logistics, retail, office, residential, hotels, infrastructure or renewable energy sectors, we have the specialists to help.

We work for governments and other public bodies, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professionals, banks and financial institutions on a wide variety of different projects. This means we understand the issues from all perspectives and can identify solutions quickly.

Through decades of experience of doing deals across the world, our multi-jurisdictional teams adhere to the same templates, processes and standards, including project management. This means we can deploy specialist teams to advise you immediately, irrespective of where the real estate assets are. If you are launching or operating a real estate fund or setting up a real estate related joint venture, our funds and corporate experts can give you country-specific support. Our construction team works for governments and other public bodies, developers, contractors, sub-contractors, professionals, banks and financial institutions on a wide variety of different projects. This means we understand the issues from all perspectives and can identify solutions quickly. We can also introduce specialists from related areas such as construction insurance, environmental law, planning, public procurement, health and safety, PFI/PPP and secondary markets.

High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion in UAE
Al Fahim on prop­erty ac­quis­i­tions, dis­pos­als and man­age­ment ar­range­ments for a pro­posed equity des­tin­a­tion club.An Abu Dh­abi-based in­vest­ment house on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of a tour­ism real es­tate pro­ject...

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01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
23/05/2022
CMS ad­vises on launch of Al­dar Lo­gist­ics
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Al­dar In­vest­ment, the in­vest­ment busi­ness of Al­dar Prop­er­ties PJSC, on its ac­quis­i­tion of a 70% equity in­terest in Abu Dh­abi Busi­ness Hub, val­ued at more than AED...
20/05/2022
Amended IC­SID Rules to enter in­to force on 1 Ju­ly 2022
On 21 March 2022, the Mem­ber States of the In­ter­na­tion­al Centre for Set­tle­ment of In­vest­ment Dis­putes (IC­SID) ad­op­ted a com­pre­hens­ive set of amend­ments to IC­SID ar­bit­ra­tion and con­cili­ation rules (“IC­SID...
03/03/2022
The DI­AC Rules 2022
In­tro­duc­tion Fol­low­ing the con­sol­id­a­tion of the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre (“DI­AC”) as the sole ar­bit­ra­tion centre in Dubai (as re­por­ted here), a new set of ar­bit­ral rules was pub­lished...
22/02/2022
New FID­IC Green Book Re­leased: a rival to the First Edi­tion Red and Yel­low...
FID­IC has re­cently pub­lished the second edi­tion of its Short Form of Con­tract, the “Green Book”, as an up­date to the 1999 edi­tion. This re­lease is im­port­ant not only in terms of the re­vised or new...
23/09/2021
DI­AC takes it all: the in­teg­ra­tion of Dubai’s ar­bit­ra­tion in­sti­tu­tions
In­tro­duc­tion On 14 Septem­ber 2021 De­cree No. 34 of 2021 (the “De­cree”) was is­sued in Dubai in re­spect of the Dubai In­ter­na­tion­al Ar­bit­ra­tion Centre (“DI­AC”); com­ing in­to force on 20 Septem­ber...
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...
28/04/2021
Chal­len­ging bond calls on in­ter­na­tion­al pro­jects: Eng­lish courts vs Emer­gency...
A re­cent de­cision of the Eng­lish Com­mer­cial Court has re­fused an ap­plic­a­tion for an in­junc­tion re­quir­ing a be­ne­fi­ciary un­der an on-de­mand bond to with­draw its de­mand and re­frain from mak­ing fur­ther de­mands...
09/03/2021
Ser­vice Charges: a tug of war between man­age­ment com­pan­ies and prop­erty...
In­tro­duc­tion Dubai Law No. 6 of 2019 with re­spect to Own­er­ship of Jointly Owned Prop­er­ties in the Emir­ate of Dubai (the “Law”) was in­tro­duced in Septem­ber 2019,which re­pealed in full Law No. 27 of...
21/01/2021
CMS ad­vises Al­dar Prop­er­ties on sale of Abu Dh­abi Golf Com­plex
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Al­dar Prop­er­ties PJSC on the sale of The West­in Abu Dh­abi Golf Re­sort and Spa, in­clud­ing the West­in Hotel and the Abu Dh­abi Golf Club, to a private in­vestor for...
14/01/2021
The rise of the glob­al ex­pert ser­vices prac­tice: Court of Ap­peal guid­ance...
A Court of Ap­peal de­cision earli­er this week has up­held an in­junc­tion gran­ted by the TCC pre­vent­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert ser­vices firm from act­ing for more than one party to an in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion...
27/08/2020
Tail­ings Man­age­ment and New Stand­ards of Reg­u­la­tion
Tail­ings dam fail­ures have put the min­ing in­dustry in the head­lines for the wrong reas­ons in re­cent years. Dam fail­ures can have dis­astrous con­sequences in terms of loss of life and en­vir­on­ment­al dam­age...