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Real Estate Investment

United Kingdom

With demand for prime assets higher than ever, real estate investment is becoming an increasingly global market. Being able to respond quickly to investment opportunities, in whatever jurisdiction they present themselves, is essential. Whether you are looking to make your first investment in the UK or adding to a growing portfolio across Europe, at CMS we have a team of lawyers with exceptional experience across the full range of investment sectors, including the more specialist alternative asset classes.

We are working with the most active funds across the UK, together with a range of private equity and individual investors, helping them acquire and realise the best returns on a wide range of investment assets including retail, leisure, hotels, office, industrial, residential and student accommodation.

We build long-standing relationships with our clients, large and small, to understand their strategy and priorities as an investor. For example, we have exclusive mandates on the M&G Property Portfolio fund and Aberdeen Property Trust - currently the two largest real estate funds of their kind in the UK. We also have exclusive mandates on the Akzo Nobel, Siemens and Thames Water pension schemes, funds which focus on smaller investment properties. We have acted for these funds for over 20 years, dealing with all portfolio matters from multi million pound acquisitions and disposals to licences to assign and rent review memoranda.

In addition to our UK work, we have European-wide relationships with investors like Pramerica who we have acted for in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

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High­lights of our Ex­per­i­ence in Real Es­tate In­vest­ment in the UK
Stand­ard Life In­vest­ments on the ac­quis­i­tion, joint de­vel­op­ment fund­ing and let­ting of 3-8 St An­drew Square, Ed­in­burgh.  Val­ued at around GBP 75m, the 108,000 square foot deal is the biggest pre-let of of­fice space in Ed­in­burgh for a dec­ade.Ham­mer­son on leas­ing and as­set man­age­ment of their one mil­lion square feet shop­ping centre at Sil­ver­burn, Glas­gow, in­clud­ing ad­vising on a re­cent leis­ure ex­ten­sion to provide a cinema and new ca­ter­ing units.IVG on the sale of 60 Lon­don Wall (ING’s former HQ) to La Salle In­vest­ment Man­age­ment for GBP 198m.M&G Real Es­tate:the pur­chase of Bed­font Lakes Busi­ness Park, just a mile from Heath­row air­port – one of the biggest busi­ness parks in west Lon­don and one of the largest in­di­vidu­al as­sets owned by the Fund.sale and Act­ing on be­half of long-stand­ing cli­ent M&G on a sale-and-lease­back deal in­volving 44 health and rac­quet clubs owned and op­er­ated by Dav­id Lloyd Leis­ure.The pur­chase of Bridgend De­sign­er Out­let Centre in Wales and on the ap­point­ment of McAr­thurGlen as Centre man­ager. The Centre is the lead­ing de­sign­er out­let centre in Wales with over 90 well known de­sign­er and high street re­tail brands and a mul­ti­plex cinema. Ab­er­deen As­set Man­age­ment’s Ab­er­deen Prop­erty Trust on one of the largest ever single pur­chases of ex­ist­ing stock in the PRS in the UK – the GBP 60m ac­quis­i­tion of 180 Strat­ford High Street.Please down­load the print ver­sion be­low.
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April 2020
CMS Guide to Real Es­tate Trans­ac­tion Costs and Taxes in Europe
4 October 2017
CMS ad­vises Pr­op­Tech com­pany Brick­Vest on latest stra­tegic fun­draise
CMS has ad­vised Lon­don-based on­line real es­tate in­vest­ment plat­form Brick­Vest on its latest fun­drais­ing round. The fun­draise, which raised £7m, rep­res­ents one of the largest series A fun­draise in the prop­erty tech (“Pr­op­Tech”) sec­tor.
7 March 2017
Nabarro ad­vises Kish El­ev­en on sale of his­tor­ic In­dia Build­ings
25 November 2016
Olswang ad­vises Ben­son El­li­ot on its pur­chase of Slough Re­tail Park
14 June 2016
Ciaran Carvalho ap­poin­ted as new IPF Chair­man
11 April 2016
Nabarro acts for Ask Real Es­tate on Bauer Mil­lett ac­quis­i­tion
2 June 2015
Nabarro ad­vises Uni­on on first UK JV to ac­quire 50% in­terest in Wa­ter­mark...