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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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The 'absolutely high-quality team' at CMS is 'strong in its experience, range of services and sector coverage', and provides 'direct, to-the-point technical advice'.

Legal 500, 2018

"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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    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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    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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    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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    March 2019
    En­ergy Stor­age
    In­fra­struc­ture for our 'Con­nec­ted Fu­ture'
    Pay­ing sub­con­tract­ors dir­ectly: stormy wa­ters for em­ploy­ers
    A re­cent Com­mer­cial Court de­cision has con­sidered the abil­ity of an em­ploy­er to re­cov­er pay­ments made dir­ectly to sub­con­tract­ors from its main con­tract­or. The de­cision raises in­ter­est­ing ques­tions as to the ex­tent to which an em­ploy­er must prove li­ab­il­ity as.
    Feb 2019
    Elec­tric vehicles and char­ging in­fra­struc­ture
    In­fra­struc­ture for our ‘Con­nec­ted Fu­ture’
    Aim­ing high­er: UK Gov­ern­ment sets its sights on net-zero emis­sions...
    As an­ti­cip­ated, on Wed­nes­day, 12 June 2019, the UK Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion com­mit­ting the UK to re­du­cing its net con­tri­bu­tion to green­house gas emis­sions to zero by 2050. Once en­acted, this law will trans­late the UK’s in­ter­na­tion­al treaty com­mit­ment.
    Paul Smith
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    Scot­tish In­fra­struc­ture - What's Next?
    Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has pre­vi­ously stated that an­nu­al in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture in Scot­land will be 1. 56 bil­lion high­er in 2025/25, than the £5. 2 bil­lion be­ing in­ves­ted in 2019/20. Tasked with ex­amin­ing the op­tions for de­liv­ery of in­fra­struc­ture, Scot­tish.
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    In­fra­struc­ture Fin­ance Re­view
    On 13 March 2019, HM Treas­ury and the In­fra­struc­ture and Pro­jects Au­thor­ity, pub­lished a con­sulta­tion to kick-start the “In­fra­struc­ture Fin­ance Re­view” (the “Con­sulta­tion”) to as­sess the fu­ture of in­fra­struc­ture fin­ance in the UK and the chal­lenges it faces.
    In­fra­struc­ture In­dex - Asia-Pa­cific Over­view
    A New Dir­ec­tion: Chin­a's Belt & Road - an in­vest­ment...
    FID­IC claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­vi­sions: Hong Kong High Court guid­ance
    A re­cent de­cision of the Hong Kong High Court has con­sidered the ef­fect of claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­vi­sions which re­quire a con­tract­or to state the con­trac­tu­al basis of a claim. Such a re­quire­ment now forms part of the stand­ard FID­IC claims no­ti­fic­a­tion pro­ced­ure.
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    A New Dir­ec­tion: Europe Bounces Back
    Gov­ern­ment Fund to re­place un­safe ACM clad­ding
    The Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced it will provide fund­ing of £200m to meet the costs to re­place Gren­fell Tower type clad­ding on an es­tim­ated 170 high-rise private blocks in Eng­land. High-rise in this con­text means a build­ing above 18 metres high.