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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.

Highlights of our experience in Equity Capital Markets
Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund (SEQI) on a £300m placing, open offer and offer for subscription and further £300m share issuance programme. Primary Health Properties plc on its c.£140m...
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CMS European M&A Study 2024: Optimism for M&A amid evolving market trends
The CMS Corporate/M&A Group is pleased to launch the 16th edition of the European M&A Study.It's been a wild ride for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) around the world this year. Yet, despite the turbulence...
CMS European M&A Study 2024
The CMS Corporate/M&A Group is pleased to launch the 16th edition of the European M&A Study
CMS advises Flagstone on £108m investment from Estancia Capital Partners
International law firm CMS has advised fintech company Flagstone on a £108m investment from US private equity firm Estancia Capital Partners. Launched in 2015, Flagstone has grown to become the UK’s...
CMS advises BBC Studios on the acquisition of ITV’s stake in BritBox
International law firm CMS has advised long standing client BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial content studio and media and streaming business, on the acquisition of ITV’s 50% stake in BritBox International...
CMS advises TDR Capital on its investment in Jollyes
International law firm CMS has advised TDR Capital on its investment in pet shop chain Jollyes. TDR Capital is a leading European private equity firm with over €15 billion of assets under management...
CMS advises Fremantle on the acquisition of Asacha Media Group
International law firm CMS has advised long standing media client, Fremantle, on its acquisition of Asacha Media Group, a leading European TV production group with TV production businesses: Kabo, Srab...
CMS advises August Equity on sale of Agilio Software
International law firm CMS has advised longstanding client August Equity on the sale of Agilio Software to Five Arrows and TA Associates. August Equity is a private equity firm that invests in high quality...
Vermilion: A Noble Cause or a Taxing Problem?
Background In 2006, Vermilion Holdings Ltd (“Vermilion” or “the Company”) carried out a funding exercise as part of which Quest Advantage Limited (“Quest”) was appointed to produce a business...
EU's Cross-Border Overhaul: Unveiling the Legal obligations and Initial...
Directive 2019 /2121 governing cross-border reorganisation operations (mergers, demergers, transfers of registered offices) was implemented during 2023 into the domestic laws of the various countries...
CMS advises Aldar Properties on London Square acquisition
International law firm CMS has advised Aldar Properties PJSC (Aldar), the leading real estate developer, investor, and manager in the UAE, on its acquisition of London Square Developments for an enterprise...
CMA goes green with guidance supporting collaboration between businesses...
With ESG firmly on the corporate agenda, recent guidance from the CMA is intended to give businesses confidence to collaborate across industries and sectors to support sustainability objectives without...
You cannot outrun a "bad ESG diet"
The proposed Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive in an M&A context | 5 min read The Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive ("CSDDD") imposes a duty upon companies to identify, prevent, bring to an end, mitigate and account for potential and actual adverse human rights and environmental impacts arising from their business activities, as well as those of their subsidiaries and value chains. The final text of the CSDDD is only expected in early 2024 and Member States will have a further two years to implement the CSDDD into national law. However, as the saying goes, you cannot outrun a bad diet (or in this case, poor governance and ESG hygiene), and companies should not expect to be able to wait until the last minute to review their ESG health, hoping for "crash diet" success, particularly in the context of M&A.