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Real Estate Investment

United Kingdom

With demand for prime assets higher than ever, real estate investment is becoming an increasingly global market. Being able to respond quickly to investment opportunities, in whatever jurisdiction they present themselves, is essential. Whether you are looking to make your first investment in the UK or adding to a growing portfolio across Europe, at CMS we have a team of lawyers with exceptional experience across the full range of investment sectors, including the more specialist alternative asset classes.

We are working with the most active funds across the UK, together with a range of private equity and individual investors, helping them acquire and realise the best returns on a wide range of investment assets including retail, leisure, hotels, office, industrial, residential and student accommodation.

We build long-standing relationships with our clients, large and small, to understand their strategy and priorities as an investor. For example, we have exclusive mandates on the M&G Property Portfolio fund and Aberdeen Property Trust - currently the two largest real estate funds of their kind in the UK. We also have exclusive mandates on the Akzo Nobel, Siemens and Thames Water pension schemes, funds which focus on smaller investment properties. We have acted for these funds for over 20 years, dealing with all portfolio matters from multi million pound acquisitions and disposals to licences to assign and rent review memoranda.

In addition to our UK work, we have European-wide relationships with investors like Pramerica who we have acted for in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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