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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 that 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 multi-disciplinary specialist teams across 32 countries globally can mobilise quickly, whatever the size and complexity of your transaction. 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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June 2019
CMS Private Equity Glob­al Bro­chure
Private equity in­vestors face daily pres­sures of ori­gin­a­tion, valu­ations, ex­e­cu­tion, per­form­ance, exit strategies, fund rais­ing and reg­u­la­tion. At CMS, our private equity strategy is de­signed around our...
Feb 2018
CMS Private Equity Ex­pert­ise
CMS boasts an in­ter­na­tion­al group of like-minded private equity law­yers across Europe (and bey­ond) able to provide a ‘total private equity’ ser­vice of­fer­ing. Our spe­cial­ists as­sist cli­ents through...
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14 January 2021
Belt and Road videocasts
Go to BRI homepage Wel­come to the CMS videocasts on Belt and Road The series ex­plores the top­ics that have been iden­ti­fied in our glob­al re­search study as be­ing top of mind for par­ti­cipants in BRI pro­jects...
01 December 2020
PRC Su­preme People's Court Is­sues Draft of In­ter­pret­a­tions Ap­plic­able to...
On 9 Novem­ber 2020, the PRC Su­preme People's Court ("SPC") pro­mul­gated the In­ter­pret­a­tions Ap­plic­able to Se­cur­ity-re­lated Parts of the Civil Code of the People's Re­pub­lic of China (Draft for Com­ment)...
13 November 2020
BRI - View from CEE
China’s Belt and Road ini­ti­at­ive has the po­ten­tial to help na­tions across Cent­ral and East­ern Europe meet their di­verse and grow­ing in­fra­struc­ture needs. Nearly every coun­try in the re­gion has signed a Belt and Road agree­ment with China, and most are on the trade routes that China plans to en­hance. But after ini­tial op­tim­ism the re­gion has lagged be­hind oth­ers in de­vel­op­ing Belt and Road pro­jects, with vari­ous polit­ic­al, eco­nom­ic and op­er­a­tion­al is­sues slow­ing pro­gress.The latest in a series of Belt and Road re­ports from CMS ex­am­ines the sen­ti­ment in the re­gion to­wards BRI, the chal­lenges that ex­ist, and the steps Belt and Road par­ti­cipants can take to achieve suc­cess. ht­tp://view.cer­os.com/cms-em­bed/bri-cee-sec­tor-high­lights/p/1750560left­fal­seTop­ics covered in the re­port in­clude:Belt and Road 2.0 – a more sus­tain­able ap­proach to de­vel­op­mentThe sec­tors at­tract­ing most in­terest among Belt and Road par­ti­cipant­sThe ef­fects of Cov­id-19 on Belt and Ro­ad­Mit­ig­at­ing Belt and Road risk and man­aging dis­pute­sAs well as look­ing at Belt and Road across CEE, we ex­am­ine at its im­pact to date in Ukraine and Rus­sia, and their po­ten­tial for fu­ture in­vest­ment.
30 November 2020
CMS, China Guide on New PRC Civil Code
On 28 May 2020, the Civil Code of the People's Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC Civil Code”), which is the People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, has been ad­op­ted...
02 October 2020
Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive
China’s Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve, of­fer­ing new op­por­tun­it­ies for na­tions, com­munit­ies and busi­nessesIt is now ex­pli­citly aligned with many areas that are in­creas­ing pri­or­it­ies for in­ter­na­tion­al busi­nesses, such as ESG prin­ciples and sus­tain­ab­il­ity. But in 2020 it faces un­pre­ced­en­ted head­winds, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and trade dis­putes.As a lead­er in many Belt and Road sec­tors, CMS has polled and in­ter­viewed over 500 BRI par­ti­cipants around the world, about their cur­rent think­ing on BRI and the pro­spects they see for it.  Our find­ings from China, Asia Pa­cific and Cent­ral and East­ern Europe re­gion are avail­able now.Re­ports on the Middle East, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica will be pub­lished in the com­ing months.me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um­me­di­um
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...
02 October 2020
BRI - View from APAC
The Asia-Pa­cific re­gion (APAC) has seen ex­tens­ive Belt and Road (BRI) in­vest­ment already, and prom­ises much more.But our sur­vey of BRI par­ti­cipants in APAC re­veals un­ex­pec­ted levels of am­bi­val­ence about some as­pects of BRI pro­jects.Can these po­ten­tial dif­fi­culties be tackled in a way that will ad­dress con­cerns about is­sues such as trans­par­ency and sus­tain­ab­il­ity, and en­cour­age the great­er in­volve­ment of in­ter­na­tion­al busi­nesses that China hopes to see? And how are the un­pre­ced­en­ted prob­lems of 2020, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and trade dis­putes, af­fect­ing the pro­spects of BRI?Our APAC re­port looks at is­sues in­clud­ing:Dif­fi­culties in BRI pro­jects ex­per­i­enced by APAC par­ti­cipants, and the po­ten­tial for resolv­ing these.The ef­fects of Cov­id-19 on BRI.Mit­ig­at­ing BRI risk and man­aging dis­putes.Po­ten­tial trends in the fin­an­cing of BRI pro­jects.The sec­tors at­tract­ing the most in­terest among BRI par­ti­cipants.The im­pact of BRI 2.0.
13 August 2020
Over­view on Key Is­sues of the Tort Li­ab­il­ity Part of Chin­a's First Civil...
The People’s Re­pub­lic of China’s (“PRC”) first com­bined co­di­fic­a­tion of the civil law ever, i.e. the PRC Civil Code (“PRC Civil Code”) which was ad­op­ted on 28 May 2020 and which will enter...
28 September 2020
BRI - View from China
The Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve. Its par­ti­cipants are in­creas­ingly look­ing to meet the trends of the fu­ture. Af­ford­able pro­jects, em­bra­cing mod­ern tech­no­lo­gies and meth­ods, as well the “open, green and clean” ap­proach of BRI 2.0, will of­ten be those that stand the greatest chance of suc­cess – a point un­der­lined by China’s re­cently an­nounced tar­get for car­bon neut­ral­ity and Pres­id­ent Xi Jin­ping’s call for a green re­cov­ery of the world eco­nomy.But how are the un­pre­ced­en­ted dif­fi­culties of 2020, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and trade dis­putes, af­fect­ing the pro­spects of BRI?Wel­come to the first of a series of re­ports that as­sess the chal­lenges for BRI and the steps that BRI par­ti­cipants can take to achieve both suc­cess for them­selves and a pos­it­ive fu­ture for BRI. This re­port is in­ten­ded primar­ily for a Chinese read­er­ship and is there­fore avail­able in both Eng­lish and Chinese.The re­port ex­am­ines:Why Chinese par­ti­cipants in BRI are more gen­er­ally pos­it­ive about it than non-Chinese par­ti­cipants, and how this may be re­solved.The ef­fects of Cov­id-19 on BRI, and new en­thu­si­asm for the Health Silk Road.How to mit­ig­ate BRI risk and man­age dis­putes.Po­ten­tial trends in the fin­an­cing of BRI pro­jects.The im­pact of BRI 2.0.
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...
31 July 2020
An­nu­al Re­view 2019 – 2020
We are liv­ing in tur­bu­lent times, char­ac­ter­ised by polit­ic­al, cli­mate and health crises. The most acute of these – the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic – has clearly shown how in­ter­con­nec­ted our eco­nom­ies are: travel, com­merce and sup­ply chains world­wide have been im­pacted. No in­di­vidu­al or busi­ness has re­mained totally un­af­fected by it.As a glob­al or­gan­isa­tion, with a pres­ence in key busi­ness hubs around the world, we are wit­ness­ing the im­pact of the pan­dem­ic firsthand. Our teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and Lat­in Amer­ica are help­ing cli­ents deal with this un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation. Un­fold­ing in dif­fer­ent in­tens­it­ies in dif­fer­ent parts of the world at dif­fer­ent times, our teams are in the for­tu­nate po­s­i­tion of be­ing able to con­nect with and learn from each oth­er. This en­ables us to sup­port our cli­ents in a mean­ing­ful way, listen­ing to and un­der­stand­ing their con­cerns and provid­ing them with busi­ness-rel­ev­ant ad­vice that draws on in­sights from our ex­perts world­wide.In this crisis, we, as a so­ci­ety, are at a cross­roads. What is cer­tain is that for in­di­vidu­als and busi­nesses (ours in­cluded) there will be no ‘back to busi­ness as usu­al’. Things need to (and will) change. How we shape the ‘new nor­mal’ is up to us. In this An­nu­al Re­view, we look at some key de­vel­op­ments that are in­creas­ingly im­pact­ing busi­ness suc­cess. Com­pan­ies need to take these in­to con­sid­er­a­tion when ad­apt­ing their op­er­a­tions to the new busi­ness en­vir­on­ment.The months ahead will be chal­len­ging for us all. Busi­nesses will need to think stra­tegic­ally and po­s­i­tion them­selves for suc­cess in the new nor­mal. We at CMS see it as our task to guide our cli­ents through this chan­ging busi­ness land­scape.Mat­thi­as Licht­blau (Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or) Pierre-Sé­bas­tien Thill (Chair­man) Duncan We­st­on (Ex­ec­ut­ive Part­ner) CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
01 July 2020
PRC Su­preme People's Court An­nounces Guid­ing Opin­ions (III) on Tri­al of...
On 08 June 2020, the Su­preme People's Court (“SPC”) of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) pro­mul­gated the Guid­ing Opin­ions (III) on Sev­er­al Is­sues Con­cern­ing Law­ful and Prop­er Tri­al of Civil...