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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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    26 March 2018
    In­fra­struc­ture & Pro­ject Fin­ance
    In­tel­li­gent Trans­port - Data
    In­tel­li­gent Trans­port is no longer an as­pir­a­tion but a real­ity. Busi­ness has been quick to identi­fy com­mer­cial goals such as faster ship­ping, more ef­fi­cient trans­port op­er­a­tions and safer jobs, while con­sumers in­creas­ingly ex­pect door-to-door round-the-clock.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex
    A New Dir­ec­tion
    Com­mu­nic­a­tions in­fra­struc­ture fin­ance: catch­ing up to the speed of...
    Earli­er this week, bid­ding began in the UK for a share of newly re­leased spec­trum to provide the back­bone for the next gen­er­a­tion of net­work and data con­nectiv­ity, 5G ser­vices. With the usu­al sus­pects vy­ing for a chunk of the 40MHz and 150MHz avail­able spec­trum.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Asia-Pa­cific Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Chin­a's Belt & Road - an in­vest­ment...
    SIT up and pay up: the Gov­ern­ment's pro­posed changes to CIL
    Last week, the Gov­ern­ment pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on pro­posed changes to the cur­rent sys­tem of de­veloper con­tri­bu­tions (‘Sup­port­ing hous­ing de­liv­ery through de­veloper con­tri­bu­tions’ 5 March 2018) in­clud­ing to the Com­munity In­fra­struc­ture Levy (“CIL”).
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Africa Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Sol­ar PV take hold in Africa
    Gov­ern­ment must trans­form in­fra­struc­ture de­cision-mak­ing, ac­cord­ing...
    The Gov­ern­ment’s cur­rent de­cision-mak­ing pro­cess has failed to de­liv­er des­per­ately needed in­fra­struc­ture, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port pub­lished by the In­sti­tute for Gov­ern­ment. Whilst high qual­ity in­fra­struc­ture is es­sen­tial to al­le­vi­ate na­tion­al chal­lenges,.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Middle East Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Middle East Pipeline Prom­ise
    When is a Mast a Mast?
    The High Court has held that tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions ap­par­at­us in­stalled was a “mast” with­in the defin­i­tion of the Town and Coun­try Plan­ning (Gen­er­al Per­mit­ted De­vel­op­ment) (Eng­land) Or­der 2015 (the GP­DO) and the ap­par­at­us there­fore did not be­ne­fit from per­mit­ted.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Europe Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Europe Bounces Back
    Busi­ness rates in multi-oc­cu­pied prop­er­ties: pro­pos­als to end "the...
    The De­part­ment for Com­munit­ies and Loc­al Gov­ern­ment’s con­sulta­tion on le­gis­lat­ive changes to re­in­state the pre-Maz­ars meth­od of as­sess­ing “hered­it­a­ments”, in­clud­ing back­dat­ing pro­vi­sions, is due to end shortly and all re­sponses should be sub­mit­ted by 23 Feb­ru­ary.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Amer­ica Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Canada forges ahead in the Amer­icas
    Con­struc­tion Act ad­ju­dic­a­tion on power gen­er­a­tion pro­jects: new TCC...
    A de­cision of the TCC last week has provided im­port­ant cla­ri­fic­a­tion as to the ex­tent to which the power gen­er­a­tion ex­emp­tion in the Con­struc­tion Act ap­plies to ad­ju­dic­a­tion pro­ceed­ings un­der hy­brid con­tracts.
    1 May 2017
    CMS, Nabarro and Olswang com­plete largest ever mer­ger...
    Cre­at­ing a new fu­ture-fa­cing firm
    New in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in Croa­tia
    In early 2018, the Croa­tian Gov­ern­ment passed a de­cision on pro­mot­ing sev­er­al in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies to a “stra­tegic pro­jects” cat­egory, mak­ing them eli­gible for sim­pli­fied and speedy pro­ced­ures.
    22 February 2017
    Nabarro ad­vises Great Port­land Es­tates on £435m sale...
    Off­shore re­new­ables: pro­posed up­dates to the BEIS de­com­mis­sion­ing...
    The gov­ern­ment De­part­ment of Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­tri­al Strategy (BEIS) pub­lished a con­sulta­tion on Wed­nes­day 7 Feb­ru­ary pro­pos­ing amend­ments to its guid­ance for de­velopers and op­er­at­ors of off­shore re­new­able gen­er­at­ing sta­tions and trans­mis­sion as­sets.