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As a private equity fund, investor or management team, you face daily pressures of valuations, performance, exit strategies and regulation. The relative availability of debt, together with significant levels of capital committed to the private equity industry or held on corporate balance sheets, has strongly impacted the competition for assets and pricing levels.

A cohesive private equity strategy will support you to ensure that you acquire the right assets and obtain maximum value from your portfolio. We are structured around your business sectors and those of your targets. This means we can advise you on all stages of a fund’s lifecycle, from formation and administration to the making of investments, portfolio monitoring and exiting.

Your deals are executed according to tight deadlines and complex regulatory constraints. Our multidisciplinary specialist teams in 65 offices globally can mobilise quickly, whatever the size and complexity of your transaction. The CMS UK Private Equity Team is based in the City and is very active across all sectors of the market. With anti-trust, tax, employment, banking, commercial and disputes expertise, we can also assist in the protection and growth of your funds and investments.

Whether your deal is in the upper or mid private equity or venture market, our specialist lawyers can guide you towards the best business outcome in your home markets and across multiple jurisdictions.

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The whole team provide a service beyond anything that I have experienced in over 15 years of doing deals.

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23 February 2021
CMS ad­vises on in­vest­ment in­to Dex­ters Lon­don
CMS has ad­vised the founder and man­age­ment team at Dex­ters Lon­don, Lon­don’s lead­ing in­de­pend­ent Chartered Sur­vey­ors and Es­tate Agents, on an in­vest­ment led by funds ad­vised by private equity firm Oakley...
12 November 2020
New man­dat­ory UK FDI re­gime to con­trol for­eign in­vest­ment
On 11 Novem­ber 2020, over two years after the White Pa­per on Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity and In­vest­ment in­tro­duced by Theresa May’s Gov­ern­ment, the UK Gov­ern­ment fi­nally pub­lished its long-awaited Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity...
16 July 2020
UK Su­preme Court sig­ni­fic­antly curbs the re­flect­ive loss prin­ciple in land­mark...
In­tro­duc­tion On 15 Ju­ly 2020, the Su­preme Court handed down its much-an­ti­cip­ated judg­ment in the case of Sevilleja v Marex Fin­an­cial Ltd [2020] UK­SC 31, sig­ni­fic­antly cut­ting back the scope of the “re­flect­ive...
1 July 2020
Syn­thet­ic W&I In­sur­ance for dis­tressed trans­ac­tions
CMS, Brock­well, and HWF have teamed up to cre­ate an off-the-shelf- solu­tion for dis­tressed deals.Syn­thet­ic W&I in­sur­ance can provide buy­ers with broad war­ranty cov­er­age to pro­tect them against his­tor­ic li­ab­il­it­ies...
24 June 2020
The UK ex­pands for­eign in­vest­ment con­trols
On 23 June 2020, the UK Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced a new pub­lic in­terest ground on which it can in­ter­vene in mer­gers: to main­tain UK cap­ab­il­ity to com­bat and mit­ig­ate pub­lic health emer­gen­cies. The UK joins...
28 April 2020
Cov­id-19 – Prac­tic­al tips for sign­ing Scots law doc­u­ments in cor­por­ate...
Home work­ing and so­cial dis­tan­cing meas­ures to ad­dress the spread of Cov­id-19 make it ne­ces­sary for law­yers and their cli­ents to find prac­tic­al solu­tions to en­able busi­ness to con­tin­ue. In this LawNow...
24 April 2020
UK Par­lia­ment­ary in­quiry ex­am­ines the role of the FCO in UK for­eign in­vest­ment...
The UK Par­lia­ment­ary For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee has opened an in­quiry in­to the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice (FCO)’s role in block­ing for­eign as­set strip­ping of UK com­pan­ies. The in­quiry comes as there...
31 March 2020
Mer­ger con­trol in the UK and COV­ID-19: where are we now?
Cor­rect as of 9am on  31 March 2020. This art­icle is  be­ing main­tained. As Europe re­sponds to the COV­ID-19 emer­gency, fast-mov­ing events are lead­ing to changes of ap­proach by com­pet­i­tion reg­u­lat­ors...
11 February 2020
CMS ad­vises ETL Sys­tems on in­vest­ment by CBPE Cap­it­al
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised ETL Sys­tems (ETL), a glob­al de­sign­er and man­u­fac­turer of lead­ing ra­dio fre­quency dis­tri­bu­tion equip­ment, and its man­age­ment share­hold­ers on the in­vest­ment in its...
10 October 2019
CMS ad­vises Koru Kids on £10m series A fund­ing
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised Koru Kids, a Lon­don-based start-up which helps find and man­age child­care, on its latest £10m Series A fund­ing round, led by European Ven­ture Cap­it­al firm Atomico...
06 June 2019
The Bribery Act 2010 in Scot­land: where are we now?
De­scribed earli­er this year by the House of Lords Se­lect Com­mit­tee as hav­ing cre­ated “an in­ter­na­tion­al gold stand­ard for anti-bribery and cor­rup­tion le­gis­la­tion”, the com­ing month will mark the eight...
21 January 2019
En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief: good news at last
In an at­tempt to con­tin­ue the sea­son­al spir­it, we have some good news in re­la­tion to En­tre­pren­eurs’ Re­lief (“ER”). There has been ma­jor con­cern that a lot of man­age­ment and em­ploy­ee share­hold­ers...