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The CMS Leisure practice has tremendous experience acting on the sell and buy side of gym operators and private equity investors in the gym and personal fitness sector. We also have deep experience working alongside franchise based gym businesses, whether acting for the franchisor or helping franchisees to grow.

CMS not only offers a full menu of legal services but also can provide access to an unrivalled network of contacts of owners, executives, investors and funders. Thus, whether you are a buyer and seller of a gym chains, the franchise owner of gym concepts, a property developer investing in the fitness sector, a private investor looking to grow a business in the gym and fitness space, the founder looking for advice on the establishment of a new gym or fitness business, a service provider delivering outsourced management services to the gym and fitness sector, someone needing advice on trademark brand protection and helping clients with their dispute issues – CMS has the team for you.

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CMS advises fitness app Runna on Seed+ fundraise round
International law firm CMS has advised the creators of personalised running coaching app and EquIP member Runna on a Seed+ fundraising round led by JamJar, the Innocent Drinks founders’ venture capital...
Highlights of our experience in Gyms 2022
Gym highlights Gymbox - A significant amount of portfolio and financing legal services over the years. Graphite - Investment in upmarket gym group The Third Space and the sale of The Third Space to Encore...
CMS Hospitality Bitesize series - The growth in popularity of Management...
A lively panel discussion on the growing popularity of management agreements outside of the traditional hotel industry – where the restaurants, gyms, bars, members clubs and the wider leisure sector...
Novel coronavirus and the hotel sector
Global tourism and hotel revenues are currently being severely affected as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in late 2019. Protecting staff and guests The World Health Organization...