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Mergers & Acquisitions lawyers

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.

As a seller, buyer, financial investor or a company’s management team, we can advise you on all aspects of your transaction (public or private) involving the sale or acquisition of a company or business, both domestically in the UK or internationally. Consistently ranked by Mergermarket as the top Mergers & Acquisition law firm by deal count in Europe, our partner-led teams are structured and trained according to the industries our clients operate in.

With the resources of over 700 corporate lawyers in over 42 countries, over 120 of whom are based in the UK, we can advise you in all aspects of your Mergers & Acquisition transactions.

Whatever your size, whether you are a large publicly listed company or a small privately owned business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost-effective solution for you. Covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, PFI, outsourcing, group restructurings and privatisations, Our cross-border teams consist of experts from all practice areas and sectors including financial services, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, healthcare & life sciences, real estate, hotels & leisure and technology, media & telecommunications. This allows us to pinpoint your real commercial issues and risks, and provide you with relevant commercial advice in context, saving you time and money.

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Amanda Howard
Amanda Howard
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Amanda heads the firm’s Funds and Indirect Real Estate Assets team. She specialises in structuring, equity raisings and restructurings for real asset funds, complex joint ventures for investment and...
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James Grimwood
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Private Equity Group
United Kingdom, London
James Grimwood is Head of the CMS Private Equity Group.James has extensive experience in advising on a wide range of corporate work, including M&A, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. As Head...
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Chris Watson
Part­ner
Head of the CMS TMC Group
United Kingdom, London
Chris Watson is Head of the CMS Technology, Media and Communications Group. In this position, he leads an international team of over 100 lawyersHe focuses on international commercial matters in the technology,...
Thomas Page
Thomas Page
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Hotels & Leisure Group
United Kingdom, London
Thomas Page is Head of the CMS Hotels & Leisure Group. In this position, he leads an international team of over 100 specialists.With experience across Europe, Middle East, South East Asia and Africa,...
Frances Reilly
Frances Reilly
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Frances advises clients in relation to all oil and gas matters including M&A transactions, development projects, decommissioning/security arrangements, supply chain/procurement contracts, and North Sea...
Laura McIntosh
Laura McIntosh
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Laura is a partner in the Corporate Group with over 14 years of experience in corporate law matters.Laura specialises in M&A and private equity transactions and has acted on a large number of high value...
Caroline Newsholme
Caroline Newsholme
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Caroline is a partner in our Corporate Team at CMS London. She specialises in corporate M&A transactions including acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses and joint ventures. She has a...
Iain Newman
Iain Newman
Part­ner
Co-head of Corporate, UK
United Kingdom, London
Iain is a Partner and co-leader of the Corporate team, with over 25 years of experience.His clients include UK and international companies and institutions. Focus areas include advising on acquisitions,...
Ben Hendry
Benjamin Hendry
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Sheffield
Ben has advised on corporate finance transactions of numerous shapes and sizes.He acts for a variety of clients, from SME's to major PLC’s and has had exposure to both private and public sector deals....
Nick Crosbie
Nick Crosbie
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Nick is a Corporate Partner, based in London and advises on deals in the Hotels & Leisure, Media, Sport and Technology sectors. Nick advises his clients on acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures,...