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Infrastructure & Projects

United Kingdom

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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"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

We were very happy working with them. They were really available, really efficient and very precise. A very good team that co-ordinated together very well.

Chambers and Partners, 2017

'consistently performs at a very high level, and is generous in ensuring that clients are properly advised.'

Legal 500, 2017

CMS ‘has an in-depth knowledge of the law and the industry context’, and the partners ‘are adept at ensuring the knowledge cascades down the team over time’.

Legal 500, 2017

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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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    A New Dir­ec­tion
    New FID­IC Second Edi­tions: re­vamped claims and dis­pute res­ol­u­tion...
    The much awaited Second Edi­tions of the FID­IC Yel­low, Red and Sil­ver Books were un­veiled yes­ter­day at the FID­IC Users’ Con­fer­ence in Lon­don. The new ver­sions con­tain ex­tens­ive amend­ments and are an at­tempt to mod­ern­ise the FID­IC form 18 years after the First.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Africa Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Sol­ar PV take hold in Africa
    Hous­ing De­liv­ery and the Budget
    Against a long-stand­ing back­ground of a fail­ure in Eng­land to de­liv­er suf­fi­cient new homes, Philip Ham­mond sought in his budget to pave the way for a bright­er fu­ture with a wide-ran­ging series of meas­ures.
    Amir Kordvani
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Middle East Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Middle East Pipeline Prom­ise
    EU Ex­pert Group pub­lishes re­port on elec­tri­city in­ter­con­nec­tion tar­gets
    The European Com­mis­sion’s Ex­pert Group on elec­tri­city in­ter­con­nec­tion tar­gets has pub­lished its re­port “To­wards a sus­tain­able and in­teg­rated Europe” (the “Re­port”). Ac­know­ledging that the stand­ing 10% tar­get has giv­en a key sig­nal to the in­teg­ra­tion of the.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Asia-Pa­cific Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Chin­a's Belt & Road - an in­vest­ment...
    The Lob­by­ing (Scot­land) Act 2016
    The Lob­by­ing (Scot­land) Act 2016 re­ceived Roy­al As­sent on 14 April 2016 and comes fully in­to force in Scot­land on Monday 12 March 2018. The Act cre­ates a “lob­by­ing re­gister”, which will provide more clar­ity to the gen­er­al pub­lic on the lob­by­ing of vari­ous in­di­vidu­als.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Europe Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Europe Bounces Back
    The Auto­mated and Elec­tric Vehicles Bill: the fu­ture of UK road trans­port...
    The long awaited Auto­mated and Elec­tric Vehicles Bill (the “Bill”), an­nounced in the Queen’s Speech earli­er this year, had its first read­ing in the House of Com­mons on Wed­nes­day 18 Oc­to­ber and passed its second on Monday 23 Oc­to­ber.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Amer­ica Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Canada forges ahead in the Amer­icas
    Re­peat ad­ju­dic­a­tions: ab­use of pro­cess and breach of timetable agree­ments
    A re­cent TCC de­cision has con­sidered the prin­ciples in play where an ad­ju­dic­a­tion is with­drawn and re-com­menced in re­la­tion to the same claim. Whilst such tac­tics are gen­er­ally per­miss­ible as long as they do not be­come op­press­ive, the re­fer­ring party in this.
    1 May 2017
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
    Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
    New rights to con­vert light in­dus­tri­al build­ings to res­id­en­tial
    Cre­at­ing more hous­ing re­mains Gov­ern­ment’s top pri­or­ity. To en­cour­age this from 1 Oc­to­ber 2017, a new per­mit­ted de­vel­op­ment right al­lows con­ver­sion of light in­dus­tri­al (class B1(c)) to res­id­en­tial (class C3) without plan­ning per­mis­sion.
    Caroline Maude
    22 February 2017
    Nabarro ad­vises Great Port­land Es­tates on £435m sale...
    MIM’s the word
    With a total cap­it­al value of over £1bn, the three schemes set to be pro­cured by the Welsh Gov­ern­ment through its Mu­tu­al In­vest­ment Mod­el are catch­ing the eye, es­pe­cially in the ab­sence of a pipeline of PF2 schemes.
    22 February 2017
    Fu­ture of en­ergy: the bal­ance of power
    Low-cost, low-car­bon solu­tions: op­por­tun­it­ies for the UK en­ergy sec­tor...
    On Fri­day 13 Oc­to­ber, the Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­ture Com­mis­sion (“NIC”) pub­lished its draft Na­tion­al In­fra­struc­ture As­sess­ment (“NIA”) for 2018 for pub­lic con­sulta­tion. The re­port is wide-ran­ging, ad­dress­ing sys­tem­ic de­fi­cien­cies in areas in­clud­ing hous­ing, trans­port,.