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Mergers & Acquisitions

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The successful execution of a Mergers & Acquisition transaction, whether sell-side or buy-side, requires lawyers who understand their clients` businesses and markets, including the risks associated with their sector and how they can be mitigated in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner. Our M&A team is structured according to our clients’ sectors and will work with you and your other advisers to produce innovative structures and solutions that address the risks and challenges faced in your M&A transactions.

As a seller, buyer, financial investor or a company’s management team, we can advise you on all aspects of your transaction (public or private) involving the sale or acquisition of a company or business, both domestically in the UK or internationally. Consistently ranked by Mergermarket as the top Mergers & Acquisition law firm by deal count in Europe, our partner-led teams are structured and trained according to the industries our clients operate in.

With the resources of over 700 corporate lawyers in over 42 countries, over 120 of whom are based in the UK, we can advise you in all aspects of your Mergers & Acquisition transactions.

Whatever your size, whether you are a large publicly listed company or a small privately owned business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost-effective solution for you. Covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, PFI, outsourcing, group restructurings and privatisations, Our cross-border teams consist of experts from all practice areas and sectors including financial services, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, healthcare & life sciences, real estate, hotels & leisure and technology, media & telecommunications. This allows us to pinpoint your real commercial issues and risks, and provide you with relevant commercial advice in context, saving you time and money.

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High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Equity Cap­it­al Mar­kets
Blue Prism on an AIM IPO and >£200m sub­sequent fun­drais­ings.City­Fibre on a £200m fun­drais­ing and sub­sequent £538m takeover.John La­ing In­fra­struc­ture Fund on >£750m fun­drais­ings and a sub­sequent £1.45bn takeover.Su­per­mar­ket In­come RE­IT – on an IPO and
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21 September 2020
CMS ad­vises on £300m fun­drais­ings for lis­ted in­vest­ment funds
CMS is ad­vising AER­IF on a pla­cing pro­gramme and of­fer for sub­scrip­tion to en­able the com­pany to con­tin­ue to ac­quire re­new­able en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments
27 August 2020
CMS ad­vises RWS on pro­posed takeover of SDL
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is ad­vising RWS Hold­ings plc on the re­com­men­ded all-share com­bin­a­tion between RWS and SDL plc.
5 August 2020
CMS ad­vises Or­bit­al Wit­ness on £3.3m fun­drais­ing
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Or­bit­al Wit­ness, a UK-based Leg­al­Tech start-up, on its £3.3 mil­lion seed in­vest­ment fund­ing round. Read more here.
5 August 2020
CMS ad­vises Auto­lom­ous on fun­drais­ing
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Auto­lom­ous on its seed fund­ing round led by a US-European in­vestor con­sor­ti­um. Read more here.
8 July 2020
CMS ad­vises Fund­ment on £3.375m in­vest­ment from ET­FS Cap­it­al
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Fund­ment, the lead­ing next gen­er­a­tion in­vest­ment plat­form for fin­an­cial ad­visers and wealth man­agers, on its £3.375 mil­lion in­vest­ment from ET­FS Cap­it­al, which will fund its UK ex­pan­sion.
6 July 2020
CMS ad­vises Aquam Cor­por­a­tion on di­vestit­ure of Aquam Wa­ter Ser­vices and...
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Aquam Cor­por­a­tion, a lead­er in wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture solu­tions, on the sale of Aquam Wa­ter Ser­vices Ltd (AWS) and Or­bis In­tel­li­gent Sys­tems to Ca­dence Equity Part­ners.
6 July 2020
CMS designs in­nov­at­ive resti­tu­tion scheme for Red­centric
A cross-prac­tice team at in­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has de­signed an in­nov­at­ive resti­tu­tion scheme to com­pensate share­hold­ers in re­la­tion to ac­count­ing ir­reg­u­lar­it­ies at Red­centric plc, a lead­ing UK pro­vider of man­aged IT ser­vices to pub­lic and private sec
10 June 2020
CMS ad­vises RWS on two ac­quis­i­tions
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised RWS Hold­ings plc (RWS), one of the world's lead­ing lan­guage, in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty sup­port ser­vices and loc­al­isa­tion pro­viders, on its ac­quis­i­tions of (i) Icon­ic Trans­la­tion Ma­chines, Ltd (Icon­ic), for US$10m with ad
7 May 2020
CMS ad­vises FTSE 250 RE­IT Lon­don­Met­ric on £120m pla­cing
CMS has ad­vised FTSE 250 RE­IT Lon­don­Met­ric Prop­erty Plc on a £120 mil­lion pla­cing which the lis­ted com­pany in­tends to use to fund fur­ther dis­tri­bu­tion and long in­come ac­quis­i­tions.
4 May 2020
CMS ad­vises fintech Flag­stone on sig­ni­fic­ant in­vest­ment from OMERS Ven­tures
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Flag­stone, de­veloper of the UK’s largest cash de­pos­it mar­ket­place, on its $15m ven­ture cap­it­al in­vest­ment led by Ca­na­dian in­vestor OMERS Ven­tures and sup­por­ted by ex­ist­ing in­vestors in­clud­ing Kindred Cap­it­al and Mone
27 April 2020
Lead­ing ECM law­yer joins CMS as part­ner in Lon­don
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Charles Howarth as a part­ner in the firm’s Cor­por­ate team based in Lon­don. Charles joins from Her­bert Smith Free­hills where he led the equity cap­it­al mar­kets (ECM) prac­tice. Read more he
15 April 2020
CMS ad­vises on the sale by KKR to AXA and Ac­ciona
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised on the ac­quis­i­tion of At­lanta Re­new­ables S.à r.l. – a spe­cial pur­pose vehicle hold­ing a 33% in­terest in a joint ven­ture with Ac­ciona En­er­gía S.A – from KKR At­lanta Ag­greg­at­or L.P.