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The life of a business never remains static. Corporate activity drives the business world and attracts ever increasing scrutiny and regulation. Whether your corporate strategy is to expand by growth or to diversify into new sectors and markets, to exit investments or to divest of non-core activities, to raise funds or to list on the public markets, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and commercial advice. Our international team of more than 700 corporate lawyers in over 65 offices worldwide, of whom over 120 are based in the UK, can assist you in all aspects of corporate law, both domestically and internationally.

We advise on M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, joint ventures and corporate advisory issues.

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One of the things that stands out is the quality of their senior associates. We have a good working relationship with the partner and excellent support from their senior associates.

Chambers UK, 2016

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    Equity Capital Markets

    Navigating the world of equity capital markets can be complex. Whether you are looking to take your company public, raise capital or simply keep up with the maze of rules and regulations inherent with running a listed company, our highly experienced experts can help you.

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

    The successful execution of a Mergers & Acquisition transaction, whether sell-side or buy-side, requires lawyers who understand their clients` businesses and markets, including the risks associated with their sector and how they can be mitigated in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner. Our M&A team is structured according to our clients’ sectors and will work with you and your other advisers to produce innovative structures and solutions that address the risks and challenges faced in your M&A transactions.

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    31 August 2017
    CMS ad­vises on $22.7m IPO of My­an­mar Stra­tegic Hold­ings
    14 Nov 17
    Spot­light Series: Build­ing bet­ter Joint Ven­tures (Glas­gow)
    The ap­plic­a­tion of EU mer­ger con­trol cla­ri­fied: no EC no­ti­fic­a­tion...
    In the first ever pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing on the EU mer­ger con­trol re­gime, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on ("CJEU") brought much needed clar­ity on wheth­er the shift from sole con­trol to joint con­trol in an ex­ist­ing un­der­tak­ing is covered by the EU Mer­ger.
    24 July 2017
    CMS ad­vises Bot­tega on €220m ac­quis­i­tion of Get­ron­ics...
    09 Nov 17
    Spot­light Series: Build­ing bet­ter Joint Ven­tures (Ab­er­deen)
    Gov­ern­ment Cor­por­ate Gov­ernance Pro­pos­als – Ex­ec­ut­ive Re­mu­ner­a­tion...
    On 29th Au­gust 2017, the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished its pro­posed im­prove­ments to the cor­por­ate gov­ernance re­gime in the UK, fol­low­ing a con­sulta­tion pa­per is­sued in Novem­ber 2016. Over­all, the pro­pos­als it now in­tends to im­ple­ment - wheth­er on re­mu­ner­a­tion or oth­er­wise.
    CMS ad­vises Su­per­y­acht firm on AIM list­ing
    07 Nov 17
    Spot­light Series: Build­ing bet­ter Joint Ven­tures (Ed­in­burgh)
    “Phantom” float­ing charges still have teeth
    Ad­min­is­trat­ors can be val­idly ap­poin­ted to a com­pany by the hold­er of a float­ing charge which was giv­en by the com­pany in breach of a neg­at­ive pledge in fa­vour of an ex­ist­ing se­cured cred­it­or and even if, both at the time of the pur­por­ted cre­ation of that float­ing.
    13 July 2017
    CMS ad­vises on ad­vises on in­vest­ment in Gate­Way Edu­ca­tion...
    02 Nov 17
    Spot­light Series: In­nov­a­tion in North Sea M&A (Ab­er­deen)
    Ger­man In­vestor Re­quire­ments for Real As­set Funds
    The second of our on-go­ing series of fund man­ager roundtables looked at vari­ous ways in which fund man­agers can ac­com­mod­ate the par­tic­u­lar quirks of Ger­man in­sti­tu­tion­al in­vestors. We have picked out high­lights be­low.
    10 July 2017
    CMS acts on £22m pla­cing for Fu­ture plc to part fund...
    Fund vehicles in Lux­em­bourg and France
    The first in our on-go­ing series of fund man­ager roundtables looked at the latest in fund struc­tur­ing tech­no­logy in France and Lux­em­bourg. We have picked out high­lights be­low. Lux­em­bourg’s RAIF – what is it good for? What is a RAIF? The “Re­served AIF” is a.
    6 July 2017
    CMS acts on £200 mil­lion pla­cing, up to £15m of­fer...
    CP17/18 and In­vest­ment Trust gov­ernance - coals to New­castle?
    On 28 June 2017, the FCA pub­lished its long an­ti­cip­ated Fi­nal Re­port (the “Fi­nal Re­port”) on the As­set Man­age­ment Mar­ket Study (the “Mar­ket Study”). The Fi­nal Re­port fol­lows on from the in­ter­im re­port pub­lished in Novem­ber 2016 and sets out the FCA’s fi­nal.
    12 June 2017
    CMS ad­vises 32Red plc on its sale to on­line gam­ing...
    The new Pro­spect­us Reg­u­la­tion: good news for com­pan­ies
    As a res­ult of the pub­lic­a­tion in the Of­fi­cial Journ­al on 30 June 2017 of the new EU Pro­spect­us Reg­u­la­tion (2017/1129), sig­ni­fic­ant im­prove­ments will be made to the EU pro­spect­us re­gime over the next two years.