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Whether you are launching, operating, lending or investing in a fund or alternative indirect investment vehicle, you must overcome legal hurdles which may be from a domestic and/or cross-border perspective.

Our funds group advises across your key asset classes, including private equity, real estate, infrastructure, hedge, venture capital, debt and exchange traded funds. We advise on all types of funds and other indirect structures and throughout the lifecycle. We can advise on the commercial, legal and tax aspects.

We are highly skilled in efficiency and provide commercial and pragmatic advice to reach successful deal conclusions quickly and with reasonable budgets.

We recognise the fast-moving regulatory climate and aim to simplify the legal minefield with CMS's expert funds guides. These cover developments such as those affecting passporting and private placement regimes and allow you to keep pace with key market changes.

"The combination of quality legal counsel with a strong business vision really sets this firm apart"

Chambers Latin America


10 key aspects of the notification form for concentrations under the Foreign...
On 10 July 2023, the European Commission adopted the Implementing Regulation and the notification form for concentrations under the Foreign Subsidies Regulation (EU) 2022/2560 (FSR), shortly before the...
ARTs in detail
EU regulation MICAR now regulates asset-referenced tokens1. DEFIN­I­TION OF ARTSMiCAR defines Asset-referenced tokens (ARTs) as a type of crypto-asset that is not an electronic money token and that purports...
The scope of application of the Markets in Crypto-assets Regulation
In April 2023, the Markets in Crypto-assets Regulation (MiCAR) was ratified becoming the first regulatory framework for crypto-assets with the strategic goals of protecting consumers, investors and market...
EU creates regulatory framework for crypto-asset service providers
The EU regulation on markets in crypto-assets (MiCAR) sets down a harmonised regulatory framework for service providers, known as crypto-asset service providers (CASPs), carrying out activities in relation...
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
Handling the new EU and UK sanctions against Russia
Since 2014, the EU and the UK have progressively imposed sanctions on Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine. Following the latest events, both the EU and the UK, as well as many other countries...
Time for transition: Energy M&A 2022. Dealmaking in the age of COVID, digital...
2021 was a stellar year for European energy M&A – the highest on record since at least 2006 – with power, renewables and electricity networks the number-one deal generator. And this strong activity...
CMS Funds Market Study 2021
Periodically, CMS takes soundings on the state of the market from our funds-related clients. Given the unprecedented nature of the last 12 months we thought this was an opportune time to look back over...
CMS Infrastructure Index shows markets are buoyant
New report CMS Infrastructure Index: Accelerating transformation examines the trends impacting the infrastructure sector, ranks 50 countries by attractiveness for infrastructure investment and analyses...
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...
Focusing on Funds – Merger Control: Part 1
This Focusing on Funds is topical for fund managers and investors as merger control enforcement continues to strengthen around the world and the number of jurisdictions where the issue is relevant continues...
Do earn-out clauses help with M&A transactions influenced by COVID-19?
In times of COVID-19, many transactions are difficult to negotiate, particularly when it comes to the purchase price. Can earn-out clauses be of any help? This is a question that needs to be answered...