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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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