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Infrastructure & Projects

As a sponsor, lender or public sector organisation, you require legal advisers who can help you successfully handle complex infrastructure and project financing transactions. Whether you are involved in public works programmes or private sector financing in the areas of transport, health, education, waste, energy, defence, IT/telecoms, leisure, custodial and justice, ports, rail, roads or water, you will get the legal advice you need from us.

Our secondary market lawyers have helped shape the PPP projects sector, ensuring quick deal completions on terms that optimise your returns. If you are facing a potential dispute, we can also support you through dispute resolution procedures or litigation action.

We have delivered deals with a combined value of more than GBP 16bn in the UK alone, advising on public private partnerships, construction and services, infrastructure investment, development and corporate finance. 

"The CMS team have depth and strength across a key number of sectors and specialisms that can be relied upon to deliver in circumstances that are often challenging. Without doubt my go to organisation when looking at new and challenging projects."

Legal 500, 2022

"The CMS team has a can-do attitude, providing a balanced and considered opinion to get deals agreed."

Legal 500, 2022

"The team as a whole is friendly, efficient and made up of good lawyers. They are an excellent choice for complex construction matters."

Legal 500, 2022

"CMS always provide a very collaborative approach to commercial matters, ensuring areas of contention were resolved to our satisfaction."

Legal 500, 2022

"The firm 'goes the extra mile to make sure you understand what you're doing as far as contracts are concerned'."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"They've got a good team at senior and junior levels. They're all commercial and quick to turn things around."

Chambers and Partners, 2020

"What makes this practice unique is their awareness of the wider project's environment and their ability to problem-spot issues behind the limited scope of their engagement using wider market experience."

Legal 500, 2020

"It is a given that the team knows their stuff and can provide insightful advice, at the extreme edges of what is supposed to happen on infrastructure projects. What sets them apart is the fact that it is always fun to work with them, no matter how grim the circumstances."

Legal 500, 2020

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Infrastructure Funds
There is a growing demand from institutional and other investors for opportunities to invest in infrastructure assets. Specialist infrastructure-focus
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Infrastructure M&A
Global interest in infrastructure investments is growing, thanks to the generally stable nature of the asset class, new opportunities through disposal
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Primary Markets
As traditional sources of capital for public sector infrastructure projects become more constrained, the public and private sector are seeking out dif
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Secondary Markets
Our PFI/PPP Secondary Markets Infrastructure Team advises buyers and sellers, including sponsors and specialised infrastructure and pension funds, on
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