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The financial crisis and its aftermath have had a considerable impact on the financial markets. There have been significant changes in the practice and regulation of capital markets, derivatives and structured finance products. Whether you are an issuer, product manufacturer, sell-side institution, corporate counterparty or investor, our dedicated Capital Markets and Derivatives team offers a wide range of transactional and advisory services for all aspects of capital markets, derivatives, structured products and structured finance transactions.

We have an extremely strong and well-balanced client base which includes leading investment banks, clearing banks and asset and investment managers, as well as a large variety of institutional and corporate clients, trustees and pension schemes. The team forms a part of CMS’ International Capital Markets practice comprising more than 100 lawyers across multiple jurisdictions.

We have expertise in the following product areas: eurobonds, securitisations, high-yield bonds, project bonds and CDOs; securitised derivatives and structured products; OTC derivatives; clearing; repos and stock lending; strategic equity derivatives and equity financing; proprietary indices; insurance risk and capital hedging of bank lending and securitisation transactions; financial guarantees; regulatory advice and regulatory capital; restructuring and insolvency; master agreement negotiations; prime brokerage; finding and liquidity transactions; and repackagings. 

“They are very responsive, client-centric and attuned to the commercial drivers and risk tolerances of the business.”

Chambers UK 2022, Capital Markets
De­liv­er­ing true depth of ex­pert­ise and re­sources across the globe
Con­tacts Book
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Cap­it­al Mar­kets & De­riv­at­ives in the UK
A US in­vest­ment bank on a wide range of re­tail struc­tured product trans­ac­tions linked to a num­ber of un­der­ly­ing as­set classes.A large European cor­por­ate on a range of com­plex struc­tured equity de­riv­at­ives...
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CMS broadens Cap­it­al Mar­kets and De­riv­at­ives of­fer­ing with spe­cial­ist hire
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CMS UK launches Brexit check­lists
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CMS ac­ted for long stand­ing cli­ent, Kul­czyk In­vest­ments, on the sale of 24 mil­lion or­din­ary shares in SAB­Miller plc (rep­res­ent­ing ap­prox­im­ately 1.5% of SAB­Miller’s share cap­it­al), via an ac­cel­er­ated...
CMS com­pletes En­ter­prise Inns re­fin­an­cing and new bank fa­cil­ity
CMS in Lon­don has ad­vised En­ter­prise Inns plc (“ETI”) on a sub­stan­tial re­fin­an­cing trans­ac­tion which com­pleted today. The re­fin­an­cing in­volved:A tender of­fer by ETI in re­spect of its £600m se­cured...