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As a sponsor, lender or public sector organisation, you require legal advisors 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 & justice, ports, rail, roads or water, you will get the legal advice you need from us. With over 200 lawyers working in this sector, we can support your transaction in virtually any part of the world including the UK, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, India, Africa, Asia and the Americas.

We have delivered deals in the social, economic and energy sectors with a combined value of many billions of euros, advising on public private partnerships, energy and renewables projects, including the largest offshore wind farms in Europe, infrastructure and utilities investments and a range of other development and corporate finance transactions. If you are an investor selling or buying an interest in a concession, a utility business or a PPP deal, you need expert guidance through the complex bidding process. Our lawyers have helped shape transactions across these sectors, ensuring quick deal completions on terms that optimise your returns. The success of project finance is all down to good transaction documents. We will make sure that all documents are carefully and precisely formulated. And if you are facing a potential dispute, we have the experts to support you through dispute resolution procedures or litigation action. Whatever your situation, we have the track record and the people to help.

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The firm's "network in Europe is one of its strengths."

Chambers Global, 2020

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IFLR1000, 2019
March 2019
En­ergy Stor­age
It is re­cog­nised that flex­ib­il­ity in the elec­tri­city sys­tem will be­come in­creas­ingly valu­able in the com­ing years as the wider en­ergy trans­ition, in­clud­ing the great­er pen­et­ra­tion of in­ter­mit­tent, dis­trib­uted...
Nov 2018
Con­nec­ted Fu­ture
Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing...
June 2019
CMS In­fra­struc­ture & Pro­jects Glob­al Bro­chure
To meet do­mest­ic and glob­al growth ex­pect­a­tions a huge amount of in­fra­struc­ture will need to be built, re­built, re­fur­bished or ret­ro­fit­ted. The scale and in­vest­ment re­quired to plug this in­fra­struc­ture...

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09 February 2021
BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled – What next?
On 27 Janu­ary 2021 the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on de­clared the so-called BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled. It is worth con­sid­er­ing what this rul­ing really means and what it...
14 January 2021
The rise of the glob­al ex­pert ser­vices prac­tice: Court of Ap­peal guid­ance...
A Court of Ap­peal de­cision earli­er this week has up­held an in­junc­tion gran­ted by the TCC pre­vent­ing an in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert ser­vices firm from act­ing for more than one party to an in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion...
23 October 2020
The EU FDI Reg­u­la­tion be­comes fully ap­plic­able
The EU FDI Reg­u­la­tion, which came in­to force in April 2019, in­tro­duces a frame­work for screen­ing FDI in­to the EU. It is not a sep­ar­ate new screen­ing tool at EU level, but a frame­work for co­oper­a­tion and...
07 August 2020
Treaty claims for can­celled or mod­i­fied in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in the...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has denied an in­vestor’s claim con­cern­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an air­port pro­ject in Latvia. The in­vestor was un­able to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of its pro­ject due to nu­mer­ous...
07 May 2020
The use of ex­perts in in­ter­na­tion­al con­struc­tion dis­putes: con­flicts of...
A re­cent de­cision of the Tech­no­logy and Con­struc­tion Court ap­pears to be the first re­por­ted Eng­lish de­cision to up­hold a fudi­ciary duty of loy­alty in an ex­pert wit­ness ap­point­ment. The find­ing in this...
07 May 2020
GRESB 2020 – It’s Ques­tion Time!
GRESB has launched its 2020 Real Es­tate As­sess­ment. GRESB is the lead­ing glob­al En­vir­on­ment­al, So­cial and Gov­ernance (ESG) bench­mark for the real es­tate and in­fra­struc­ture in­dus­tries. It is a vol­un­tary...
30 March 2020
EU Com­mis­sion calls for closer scru­tiny of for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment
Non-EU in­vestors may be con­fron­ted with more ri­gid clear­ance pro­cesses when at­tempt­ing to ac­quire EU com­pan­ies as a res­ult of an un­pre­ced­en­ted call for ac­tion by the European Com­mis­sion. In a policy pa­per...
11/03/2020
Pub­lic private part­ner­ships: Fin­an­cing PPP pro­jects by Paul Smith and Jonath­an...
What are the fin­an­cial as­pects of a PPP con­tract? Paul Smith, Part­ner CMS UK, Head CMS En­ergy, Pro­jects and Con­struc­tion Group and Jonath­an Dames, Part­ner CMS UK will be dis­cuss­ing learn­ings of fin­an­cing...
04/03/2020
Pub­lic private part­ner­ships: Ex­per­i­ences of a mar­ket party by Theo Winter...
What chal­lenges do mar­ket parties ex­per­i­ence in pro­cur­ing and ex­ecut­ing PPP pro­jects? As a rep­res­ent­at­ive of a con­tract­ing party, Theo Winter (Mem­ber of the Board of Dir­ect­ors of Dura Ver­meer) will dis­cuss...
26/02/2020
Pub­lic private part­ner­ships: Rel­ev­ant ex­per­i­ence in the UK by Graeme Young...
How to get the two stage ten­der­ing mod­el in­to big­ger PPP con­tract? Graeme Young, Part­ner Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment of CMS in the UK, will dis­cuss dif­fer­ent leg­al scen­ari­os and ten­der­ing mod­els for PPP pro­jects...
24/02/2020
Leg­al scen­ari­os for PPP pro­jects by Chris Jansen (Vrije Uni­versity Am­s­ter­dam)
What is two-stage ten­der­ing about? Chris Jansen is a Pro­fess­or of Private Law at Vrije Uni­versiteit Am­s­ter­dam and the Chair­man of the Dutch Com­mis­sion of Pro­cure­ment Ex­perts. He dis­cusses po­ten­tial leg­al...
19/02/2019
CMS re­leases pod­cast series on pub­lic private part­ner­ships (PPP)
CMS is re­leas­ing a pod­cast series on pub­lic private part­ner­ships (PPP) in in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects and po­ten­tial ways of im­prov­ing such part­ner­ships in the Neth­er­lands, as well as across Europe.The series...