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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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    15 April 2020
    CMS an­nounces 41 new part­ners in 2020 glob­al pro­mo­tions
    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.
    04 June 2020
    High Court quashes screen­ing dir­ec­tion which re­lied on as­sump­tions about...
    Sum­mary In R (on the ap­plic­a­tion of Swire) v Sec­ret­ary of State for Hous­ing, Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment [2020] EWHC 1298 (Ad­min), the High Court con­sidered what the cor­rect ap­proach to EIA screen­ing...
    12 March 2020
    Scot­land can lead the world on en­ergy stor­age
    En­ergy stor­age – cap­tur­ing en­ergy pro­duced at a cer­tain time for later use - has a vi­tal role to play in meet­ing this dead­line, and try­ing to ef­fect­ively tackle cli­mate change across the board. That’s why en­ergy stor­age will be one of the key areas of dis
    04 June 2020
    West­ferry Print­works – Get­ting pur­chases con­di­tion­al on plan­ning right
    In May, the High Court quashed hous­ing sec­ret­ary Robert Jen­rick’s con­tro­ver­sial de­cision to grant con­sent for the 1,524-home West­ferry Print­works pro­pos­al in Lon­don's Dock­lands. This has re­ceived at­ten­tion...
    9 March 2020
    Be­ne­fits of smarter mo­bil­ity in con­nect­ing Scot­tish cit­ies
    While space travel might be­come the norm for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, people are gen­er­ally more in­ter­ested in the best way to get around their loc­al area and how to get to work without be­ing stuck in traffic or on delayed trains.
    27 May 2020
    High Court dis­misses chal­lenge to Drax Power Sta­tion DCO
    Sum­mary The High Court has dis­missed Cli­ent Earth’s leg­al chal­lenge to the Sec­ret­ary of State’s de­cision to grant de­vel­op­ment con­sent for the con­struc­tion of new gas-fired units at the Drax Power...
    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
    21 May 2020
    Emer­gency Le­gis­lat­ive Amend­ments her­ald key changes to Stu­dent Ac­com­mod­a­tion...
    The Back­ground The Coronavir­us (Scot­land) (No.2) Bill (the Bill) makes sig­ni­fic­ant amend­ments to pro­tect stu­dents in Scot­land from hav­ing to pay for ac­com­mod­a­tion they can­not now oc­cupy. However, these...
    January 2020
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    In this re­port, we high­light the themes that emerged from those dis­cus­sions, in­clud­ing how the par­ti­cipants feel that reg­u­lat­ors and in­vestors can work to­geth­er and are re­spond­ing to those chal­lenges and op­por­tun­it­ies, to­geth­er with their pre­dic­tions for
    21 May 2020
    Play nicely: Cab­in­et of­fice and in­dustry guid­ance aimed at fa­cil­it­at­ing...
    Re­cent Cab­in­et Of­fice Guid­ance has strongly en­cour­aged parties to act re­spons­ibly and fairly in the per­form­ance and en­force­ment of con­tract ob­lig­a­tions. In the con­text of the con­struc­tion in­dustry this...
    26 November 2019
    Bridging Con­tin­ents - In­fra­struc­ture In­dex 2019
    20 May 2020
    En­vir­on­ment­al Chal­lenge to The Gov­ern­ment’s En­ergy Na­tion­al Policy State­ments
    A leg­al chal­lenge to the Sec­ret­ary of State’s al­leged fail­ure to re­view the suite of en­ergy na­tion­al policy state­ments (En­ergy NPSs) has been is­sued by Dale Vince, George Mon­bi­ot and the Good Law Pro­ject...