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International Funds lawyers

Our global network of leading funds lawyers gives us a worldwide body of cutting-edge local knowledge of the latest trends in fund terms, taxation, regulation and markets.

Mixed with a culture of clarity and pragmatism, this allows us to offer effective, bespoke solutions to the very different needs of our diverse base of international manager and investor clients.

We are experts on all strategies and structures:

  • Institutional and retail funds
  • Private and listed structures
  • Real estate, debt, infrastructure and PE
  • Start-ups, global managers and institutions
  • Co-investment and segregated accounts

Local tax and regulatory expertise:

  • UK (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow)
  • EU (France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and more)
  • Africa (South Africa)
  • Asia (Singapore, Hong Kong and China)
  • USA (a permanent regulatory presence)

Our specialised funds lawyers not only understand clients’ business and requirements, but also the funds landscape and its markets – established and emerging, global and local.

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Matthew Nortcliff
Head of Funds and Indirect Real Assets, Asia
Matthew heads CMS’ Funds and Indirect Real Assets team in the APAC region, having been based in Singapore since 2010.Matthew advises on fund formation, fund investments and fund closings and on related...
Milton Osborn | Head of Funds | South Africa
Milton Osborn
Head of Funds
South Africa, Johannesburg
Milton is a corporate, funds and banking and finance lawyer with previous experience at international law firms in South Africa, the United Kingdom and China.Milton has broad experience advising financial...
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Cathy Pitt
United Kingdom, London
Cathy Pitt is a partner in our Corporate department. Cathy’s practice is focussed on the investment management sector and encompasses fund structuring and fundraisings for domestic and international...
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Ash Saluja
Head of Financial Services & Products
United Kingdom, London
Ash Saluja has over 20 years of experience advising clients on regulatory and commercial matters.Clients include banks, broker-dealers, funds, investment managers and advisers, exchanges, platforms and...
Jan Schepke
Dr. Jan Schepke
Germany, Hamburg
Born in 1967 in Detmold/Germany. Traineeship at Deutsche Bank. Studied law at Universities of Hamburg and Freiburg. Academic Assistant Max-Planck-Institute for foreign and international private law. Doctorate...
Kai-Guido Schick
Dr. Kai-Guido Schick
Germany, Stuttgart
Kai-Guido Schick is a corporate and real estate law expert who advises his clients on setting up businesses and joint ventures as well as on acquiring and selling companies. His practice also covers advising...
Stella Situma
Stella Situma
Kenya, Nairobi
Stella is a Partner in the Property & Real Estate Department of the Firm. She is a qualified Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Stella obtained her LLB (Hons.) from the University of Nairobi in 2009...
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Reinout Slot
Netherlands, Amsterdam
Reinout Slot practices corporate and securities law, with particular expertise in completing deals that are affected by complex regulatory environments. ​His expertise includes advising on acquisitions...
Geoff Smith
Geoff Smith
Head of Real Estate
United Arab Emirates, Dubai
Geoff Smith is a partner and head of the Real Estate Team in Dubai. He advises on all forms of real estate in the UAE and Middle East, with particular focus on large scale development and investment transactions...
United Arab Emirates
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Christopher Southorn
United Kingdom, London
Chris Southorn is a partner in the CMS UK Corporate Team. He has extensive experience in all areas of company law and in advising institutional investors. He advises on the full spectrum of domestic and...