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Primary Markets lawyers

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.

Having advised on projects with a combined value of over GBP 16bn in the UK alone, our top-tier Infrastructure & Project Finance Group has been at the forefront of the industry for over 20 years. Advising on ground-breaking projects , our 200 lawyers work on projects in the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, India, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

We work closely with sponsors, lenders and the public sector in projects across all types of infrastructure. This spread of clients ensures our practice is market leading - particularly in the fields of PFI, PF2, PSBP, PPP, NPD, construction and services, infrastructure investment, development, finance and M&A.

The CMS UK team acts on some of the most challenging, high profile projects in Europe and Africa (e.g. Thames Tideway, Mersey Gateway and the Azura-Edo IPP in Nigeria). Our experience in emerging markets assists clients as they develop new markets.

Working together with clients, we are at the forefront of project structure and funding solutions, including social infrastructure, renewable energy, energy storage and economic infrastructure space. Experience of traditional project finance solutions and more innovative approaches means we can advise on all infrastructure projects regardless of complexity or challenges.

Once a deal has reached close we maintain relationships with our clients based on an understanding of the original documents and the construction and operational issues that may arise. This continuity of advice means that we have extensive experience of advising in relation to operational matters, including voluntary and negotiated terminations, variations and disputes.

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Ailsa Ritchie
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Glasgow
Ailsa Ritchie is a partner with over 20 years’ experience advising on high value, large scale complex public procurement and joint ventures, infrastructure projects structured to extract added value...
Jenny Walker
Jenny Walker
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Jenny is a partner in the Projects Team.
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Robert Gray
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Rob Gray is a partner in the Infrastructure & Project Finance Group with over 17 years of experience of advising on infrastructure projects all over the world.The breadth of Rob’s experience in advising...
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Bill Carr
Part­ner
Head of India Desk
United Kingdom, London
Bill Carr is a partner in our Corporate team. His main focus is on infrastructure and energy projects and corporate real estate transactions. Bill is an active member of the CMS Corporate group and regularly...
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Jonathan Dames
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Jonathan has been a partner since 2007.  Jonathan’s practice has traditionally been split between energy project financing and infrastructure project finance. Jonathan has a wealth of experience in...
David Moore
David Moore
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
David is a partner in the Infrastructure & Projects Team.  David specialises in the development and operation of transport infrastructure and is a specialist in the rail sector. He advises both in the...
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Paul Smith
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction Group and Co-head of Infrastructure & Projects Group.
United Kingdom, London
Paul Smith is Head of the CMS Energy, Projects and Construction (EPC) Group and Co-head of the firm’s Infrastructure & Projects Group. He leads an international team of over 200 lawyers.He has extensive...
Joanna Buttivant
Joanna Buttivant
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Joanna trained at CMS and is now a Senior Associate in the Infrastructure and Projects Team.  She has particular experience in the healthcare, education and transport sectors having advised project sponsors...
Toby Commander
Toby Commander
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, London
Toby is a Senior Associate in the infrastructure and project finance team. He works in all areas of infrastructure with a particular focus on the transport and renewable energy sectors both in the UK...
Fiona Scott
Fiona Scott
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Fiona is a Senior Associate in EPC - IPF.