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The real estate finance market has undergone significant change in recent years, with increased regulation, the entrance of more categories of lenders and changes to documentation. At CMS, we understand the challenges that these changes pose for you, having acted for lenders, developers, borrowers, sponsors, hedge counterparties and others on a wide range of investment and development transactions.

We helped to create the industry standard documentation on which most deals are based, and have helped clients like you fund assets such as commercial and residential real estate, ground rent investments, hotels, healthcare assets, theatres, logistics portfolios, shopping centres, house building and supermarket developments.

As an international law firm with cross-border transactional experience, our cohesive international team is able to deliver complex trans-European property portfolio financings.

Our clients include funds, property companies, family offices, universities and UK and international banks and financial institutions, and we are experienced in acting for both senior and mezzanine lenders.

“The team are very responsive and proactive and act as an extra limb. They help us practically and with all aspects of the deals.”

Chambers UK 2022, Real Estate Finance

"They are very easy to work with, proactive and personable. We have excellent communications with them and they help matters go smoothly."

Chambers UK, 2016
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Real Es­tate Fin­ance in the UK
Lenders Aareal Bank AG on the fin­an­cing of the cor­por­ate ac­quis­i­tion by SGRF and a privately held hos­pit­al­ity group of a  port­fo­lio of ho­tels across Ger­many, France, Spain, Lux­em­bourg and Switzer­land. Deutsche...
Law-Now: Real Es­tate Fin­ance
Vis­it Law-Now for leg­al know-how and com­ment­ary
Ad­vising the Board


ESG themes in Real Es­tate Fin­ance
Re­flect­ing on the last roundtable in Ju­ly 2020 (note pro­duced from that meet­ing avail­able here)  the fol­low­ing de­vel­op­ments and themes were re­cently dis­cussed by at­tendees from the in­dustry body, Com­mer­cial...
CMS ad­vises AD­IB on fin­an­cing for land­mark ac­quis­i­tion in North­ern Ire­land
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Abu Dh­abi Is­lam­ic Bank (AD­IB), a lead­ing Shari­ah com­pli­ant fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tion, in provid­ing struc­tured Is­lam­ic fin­an­cing for Al­b­il­ad Cap­it­al, an in­vest­ment arm...
A sus­tain­able fu­ture for Real Es­tate Fin­ance
Re­cently, CRE­FC Europe and CMS brought to­geth­er real es­tate fin­ance lenders and prop­erty own­ers from the UK and US, along with the Green Fin­ance In­sti­tute, to dis­cuss their ex­per­i­ences and thoughts in...
Is ESG driv­ing valu­ation and/or fin­an­cial de­cision mak­ing in the real es­tate...
En­vir­on­ment­al, so­cial and gov­ernance (ESG) factors are now an in­creas­ingly im­port­ant con­sid­er­a­tion amongst com­pan­ies and in­vestors. Evid­ence in­dic­ates that ESG in­teg­ra­tion of­fers a com­pet­it­ive ad­vant­age...
Care­Markets - Eth­ic­al Prac­tices In­vest­ing in ESG
This item first ap­peared in Care­Markets, Feb­ru­ary 2019.Mike Delaney writes an art­icle on "Eth­ic­al Prac­tices In­vest­ing in ESG"
CMS UK launches Brexit check­lists
With only a month to go un­til the ref­er­en­dum on Bri­tain’s mem­ber­ship of the EU, the polit­ic­al de­bate is in­tensi­fy­ing as both the re­main and leave groups put for­ward their cases.Today, we are launch­ing...
Nabarro acts for Ask Real Es­tate on Bauer Mil­lett ac­quis­i­tion
This art­icle was pro­duced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.Nabarro has ac­ted for Ask Real Es­tate on its ac­quis­i­tion of the Bauer Mil­lett site in cent­ral Manchester, its first new pro­ject...
GPE ex­changes con­tracts on two cent­ral Lon­don deals with Deka Im­mob­i­li­en...
This art­icle was pro­duced by Nabarro LLP, which joined CMS on 1 May 2017.Nabarro has ad­vised Great Port­land Es­tates (GPE) on the sim­ul­tan­eous ex­change of con­tracts on two sep­ar­ate cent­ral Lon­don deals...
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...