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Infrastructure & Projects

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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. 

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"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

The 'absolutely high-quality team' at CMS is 'strong in its experience, range of services and sector coverage', and provides 'direct, to-the-point technical advice'.

Legal 500, 2018

"They are a very strong team in the infrastructure space."

Chambers 2018

"They always deliver a professional production often in short and demanding timescales. CMS are particularly good at communicating internally - the finance specialists liaise with the projects team, bringing a multi-disciplined approach."

Chambers 2018

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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-focused fund managers provide investors with a growing number and range of opportunities through their funds, but have to contend with a tough and evolving regulatory environment, and ever more competitive investment conditions.

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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 disposals of non-core assets, privatisation programmes, and governments exploring alternatives to the traditional public modes of providing assets and services.

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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 different funding solutions for the provision of essential infrastructure.

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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 single asset or portfolio transactions. Our team is led by M&A lawyers who specialise in infrastructure and who work alongside our specialist PFI/PPP projects and finance lawyers.

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    11 August 2020
    An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments 2020
    CMS An­nu­al Re­view of Eng­lish Con­struc­tion Law De­vel­op­ments sum­mar­ises key de­vel­op­ments in Eng­lish con­struc­tion law over the pre­vi­ous year. Find out more now.
    07 September 2020
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    Changes to the Use Classes Or­der for Eng­land came in­to ef­fect on 1 Septem­ber 2020 [see 1 be­low] (see our re­cent Law-Now art­icles here and here). The changes in­cluded a new “Class E” which cap­tures...
    23 July 2020
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    03 September 2020
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    In the re­cent ju­di­cial re­view ap­peal of Guild v An­gus Coun­cil [2020] CSIH 50, the In­ner House con­sidered the ap­plic­a­tion of sec­tion 104 of the Com­munity Em­power­ment (Scot­land) Act 2015, which deals with...
    15 April 2020
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    In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the pro­mo­tion of 41 new part­ners glob­ally in 2020, span­ning 15 cit­ies across Europe, Lat­in Amer­ica and Africa. The UK ac­counts for just un­der half of glob­al pro­mo­tions with 18 new part­ners ap­poin­ted.
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    12 March 2020
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    25 August 2020
    Good­bye, Sec­tion 106?
    The Plan­ning White Pa­per (PWP) pro­poses to do away with sec­tion 106 agree­ments and the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy at a loc­al au­thor­ity level (the PWP sug­gests that CIL charged by Lon­don/re­gion­al May­ors...
    9 March 2020
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    20 August 2020
    UK Gov­ern­ment con­sults on re­vised EIA Reg­u­la­tions for Off­shore Oil and...
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    5 March 2020
    Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: Scot­land
    In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS, in part­ner­ship with The Times and Sunday Times (Scot­land), is bring­ing a range of thought-lead­ers to Glas­gow this spring to scan the ho­ri­zon for del­eg­ates at the first ‘Con­nec­ted Fu­ture’ event to be held in Scot­land. CMS is con
    19 August 2020
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