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Real Estate Finance lawyers

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.

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

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.

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Shakeel Adli
Shakeel Adli
Part­ner
Head of Islamic Finance
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Shakeel Adli is the Head of Islamic Finance at CMS. He specialises in advising lenders, borrowers, sponsors and security providers, whether Shariah compliant or not, on structuring, negotiating and documenting...
Andrew Besser
Andrew Besser
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
With over 25 years' experience, Andrew has advised on all aspects of banking law and has particular expertise in acting for lenders and large property companies involved in complex real estate financings...
Colin Brett
Colin Brett
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Colin is a Partner in the Real Estate team in London. Colin advises clients on commercial real estate in relation to the investment, management, development and financing of diverse real estate assets...
Michael Delaney
Mike Delaney
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Mike is a partner in our Finance and Restructuring team. He advises lenders and borrowers on a wide range of transactions and has particular experience in real estate finance and structured finance in...
Alan Fulton
Alan Fulton
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Alan Fulton is a partner in our Finance team, having been with the firm since qualification. He acts for lenders, sponsors and borrowers, and is recommended for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the banking...
Neil Hamilton
Neil Hamilton
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Neil Hamilton is a Capital Markets partner with over 20 years' experience in securitisation and structured finance.Neil acts for arrangers, originators, collateral managers and servicers and has extensive...
Simon Johnston
Simon Johnston
Part­ner
Co-head of Real Estate Finance Group
United Kingdom, London
Simon Johnston is a partner in the CMS Finance Group and Co-head of the Real Estate Finance Group.He heads CMS' London’s Real Estate Finance practice. As well as regularly acting for borrowers and financial...
Ruth Marken
Ruth Marken
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Manchester
Ruth Marken is a partner in the Banking & International Finance Team at CMS Manchester.  Ruth advises on the full range of financing transactions, with expertise in acting for corporate, fund and lender...
Ian McCann
Ian McCann
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Ian McCann advises on all aspects of non-contentious construction and engineering law, providing advice in both the public and private sectors from inception to completion.Dual qualified in Scottish and...
Ian McGarr
Ian McGarr
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Ian McGarr is a partner in the Real Estate Finance team.He focuses on the hotel financing sector and is a key member of the market leading CMS Hotels & Leisure sector group. He also works across various...