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Alasdair Steele
Solicitor
CMS
Andrew Taplin
Partner
CMS
Annie Harvey
Professional Support Lawyer, Finance Practice Group (Transactional Teams)
CMS
Cathryn Hopkins
Solicitor
CMS
Charles Kerrigan
Partner
CMS
Chris Ransom
Associate
CMS
Claudia Nagy
Senior Associate
CMS
Cristina Ciomos
Associate
CMS
Dilpa Raval
Associate
CMS
Emma Burnett
Partner
CMS
Faye Ellis
Associate
CMS
Graham Muir
Partner
CMS
Horea Popescu
Partner
CMS
Jeremy Mash
Partner
CMS
John Staheli
Of Counsel, CMS
CMS
Julian Turner
Consultant
CMS
Julie Gattegno
Partner, CMS
CMS
Kai Neuhaus
Partner
CMS
Kate Richards
Partner
CMS
Kirsten Thompson
Senior Associate
CMS
Kushal Gandhi
Senior Associate
CMS
Lorenzo Bocedi
Lawyer
CMS
Luis Felipe Arze
Solicitor
CMS
Marianne Mudd
Professional Support Lawyer, Finance PG (Transactional teams)
CMS
Mark Davison
Solicitor
CMS
Martin Evans
Solicitor
CMS
Pete Coyne
Partner
CMS
Rebekah Hayes
Partner
CMS
Richard Bamforth
Head of International Litigation
CMS
Ruth Marken
Partner
CMS
Sarah Wright
Partner
CMS
Stephanie Woods
Solicitor
CMS
Tim Stansfeld
Solicitor
CMS
Victoria Peckett
Partner, CMS
CMS
Contributions by CMS

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Advantages and disadvantages of BIM
Advantages and disadvantages of BIM
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the advantages and disadvantages of adopting building information modelling (BIM) on a construction project.

Algeria merger control
Algeria merger control
Practice notes

A conversation with Amine Sator, local partner at Algerian law firm CMS BFL on key issues on merger control in Algeria. This is part of our collection of over 125 maintained national merger control guides.

Construction insolvency—how to spot problems and how to protect yourself—consultants
Construction insolvency—how to spot problems and how to protect yourself—consultants
Practice notes

This Practice Note is intended to provide advice to consultants on how to spot problems with insolvent clients (which, for the purposes of this note may mean employers or contractors) and how the consultant can take steps to protect itself. It deals with the consultant’s right to suspend and/or terminate under an appointment, the measures which a consultant might implement at pre-contract stage or in the appointment terms and conditions in order to protect itself and the differences where a novation situation exists.

Construction insolvency—how to spot problems and how to protect yourself—contractors
Construction insolvency—how to spot problems and how to protect yourself—contractors
Practice notes

This Practice Note is intended to provide advice to contractors on how to spot problems with insolvent employers and how the contractor can take steps to protect itself in advance. It deals with the contractor’s right to suspend and/or terminate under a construction contract, the measures which a contractor might implement at pre-contract stage in order to protect itself including direct payments from a bank, project bank accounts and guarantees and the practical issues which arise following an insolvency.

Construction insolvency—how to spot problems and how to protect yourself—employers
Construction insolvency—how to spot problems and how to protect yourself—employers
Practice notes

This Practice Note is intended to provide advice to employers on how to spot problems with insolvent contractors and how the employer can take steps to protect itself. The note deals with the employer’s right to terminate under a construction contract and the steps which an employer might take, particularly at pre-contract stage, in order to protect itself.

Construction insolvency—how to spot problems and how to protect yourself—sub-contractors
Construction insolvency—how to spot problems and how to protect yourself—sub-contractors
Practice notes

This Practice Note is intended to provide advice to sub-contractors on how to spot problems with insolvent contractors and how the sub-contractor can take steps to protect itself in advance. It deals with the sub-contractor’s right to suspend and/or terminate under a sub-contract and the measures which a sub-contractor might implement, particularly at pre-contract stage, in order to protect itself.

Contractual implications of BIM
Contractual implications of BIM
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers how construction contracts (building contracts, sub-contracts, consultant appointments etc) may need to be drafted/amended where building information modelling (BIM) is being used on a project. It looks at the contractual implications of BIM at different stages of a construction project: the design phase, construction phase and operation phase. It also looks at the approach to BIM of the JCT and NEC standard form building contracts.

Enforcement options in respect of real estate finance transactions
Enforcement options in respect of real estate finance transactions
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the key issues to consider before enforcement and the most typical enforcement options for a lender—share charge enforcement, quasi-enforcement through voting rights and enforcement pursuant to a debenture.

Film finance
Film finance
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the key assets that exist in a film, the different methods of structuring a typical film finance transaction, the key financing terms and budget for financing a film, the key parties involved, the typical conditions precedent, the main methods used to take security over the film and related assets and the important commercial arrangements required for generating and distributing any proceeds realised

State aid and infrastructure
State aid and infrastructure
Practice notes

This Practice Note reviews the application of State aid rules (under Article 107 TFEU) to the financing of infrastructure projects.

State Aid and public procurement
State Aid and public procurement
Practice notes

State aid and public procurement are areas of law that, despite having separate rules, significantly overlap. It is important for contracting authorities to take account of this when awarding public contracts. This Practice Note focuses on circumstances and conditions which the contracting authority should consider to limit the risks of masked granting of State aid in the process of awarding public contracts.

State aid and SGEI
State aid and SGEI
Practice notes

Services of general economic interest (SGEI) are activities that are of particular importance to the public and would not be supplied (at least not under the same conditions) if the state did not intervene. It is important to consider the application of the State aid rules to SGEIs; if a SGIE meets the conditions set out by the Court of Justice in the Altmark case, the State aid rules will not apply.

State aid and the market economy operator principle
State aid and the market economy operator principle
Practice notes

Economic transactions carried out by Member States do not confer an advantage in favour of an undertaking, and therefore do not constitute State aid under EU law, if they are carried out in line with normal market conditions. The European Commission has established the ‘market economy operator principle’ or MEOP to assess whether, in similar circumstances, a private investor of a comparable size operating in normal market economy conditions would have made the same investment. This Practice Note looks at the application of the MEOP to investments made by Member States.

State aid procedure
State aid procedure
Practice notes

This Practice Note summarises the procedure for State aid investigations, including for notified aid, unlawful aid, misused aid and existing aid.

State aid under the General Block Exemption Regulation
State aid under the General Block Exemption Regulation
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides a basic framework for assessment under the General Block Exemption Regulation (GBER) and its current scope. It provides an overview of the general approach of the GBER and also specific provisions relating to different types of State aid. Also, the practical implications of the revised GBER, the pitfalls and opportunities.

What is State aid
What is State aid
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an overview of the EU State aid rules, and specifically what constitutes ‘aid’ for the purposes of Article 107(1) TFEU.

Letter to tribunal requesting corrections to award under the Arbitration Act 1996, s 57(3)(a)
Letter to tribunal requesting corrections to award under the Arbitration Act 1996, s 57(3)(a)
Precedents

This is a Precedent letter requesting corrections to an arbitral award under section 57(3)(a) of the Arbitration Act 1996.

Letter to tribunal responding to a request for corrections to award under the Arbitration Act 1996, s 57(3)(a)
Letter to tribunal responding to a request for corrections to award under the Arbitration Act 1996, s 57(3)(a)
Precedents

This is a Precedent letter responding to an application by an opponent for corrections to an arbitral award under section 57(3)(a) of the Arbitration Act 1996. The letter covers the timetable for responding and the possible responses of no correction needed, agreeing to proposed correction and opposing proposed correction.

Other Work
Checklist for reviewing a foreign law legal opinion
Checklist for reviewing a foreign law legal opinion

This checklist contains a summary of the main points to consider when acting for the lender in reviewing a draft legal opinion prepared by overseas counsel in relation to a financing transaction which involves obligors which are incorporated in, and/or documentation which is governed by the laws of, an overseas jurisdiction

Contributions by CMS Experts

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Amending the amendment power in a pension scheme and making retrospective amendments
Amending the amendment power in a pension scheme and making retrospective amendments
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the legal issues raised when seeking to amend/alter/modify a pension scheme’s power of amendment. It also looks at the circumstances in which it may or may not be possible to make retrospective changes to a pension scheme’s trust deed and rules.

An introduction to corporate governance and share schemes
An introduction to corporate governance and share schemes
Practice notes

This Practice Note introduces the concept of corporate governance and in particular the UK approach to corporate governance in relation to share schemes. This Practice Note examines both the regulatory approach to corporate governance in the UK and the institutional guidelines issued by some of the main bodies including the Investment Association (IA), the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) (formerly called the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) and the Pensions & Investments Research Consultants (PIRC). Finally the Practice Note looks at how companies monitor their compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code and how the corporate governance regime differs in the UK for financial services firms. This Practice Note is written in partnership with Graham Muir and Dilpa Raval of CMS.

An introduction to Enterprise Management Incentive options for corporate lawyers
An introduction to Enterprise Management Incentive options for corporate lawyers
Practice notes

Produced in partnership with Graham Muir and Dilpa Raval of CMS. This Practice Note on share incentives (also known as share schemes) gives an introduction to Enterprise Management Incentive options (EMI options).

An introduction to tax-advantaged Share Incentive Plans for corporate lawyers
An introduction to tax-advantaged Share Incentive Plans for corporate lawyers
Practice notes

Produced in partnership with Graham Muir and Dilpa Raval of CMS. This Practice Note on share incentives (also known as share schemes) gives an introduction to HMRC approved Share Incentive Plans (SIPs).

An introduction to tax-advantaged share option schemes for corporate lawyers
An introduction to tax-advantaged share option schemes for corporate lawyers
Practice notes

Produced in partnership with Graham Muir and Dilpa Raval of CMS. This Practice Note on share incentives (also known as share schemes) gives an introduction to tax-advantaged share option schemes.

Corporate issues in relation to share incentives
Corporate issues in relation to share incentives
Practice notes

Produced in partnership with Graham Muir and Dilpa Raval of CMS. This Practice Note focuses on corporate issues that arise in the context of share incentives (also known as share schemes).

Disguised remuneration and its relevance to employee share incentives—a guide for corporate lawyers
Disguised remuneration and its relevance to employee share incentives—a guide for corporate lawyers
Practice notes

Produced in partnership with Graham Muir and Dilpa Raval of CMS. This Practice Note refers to the aspects of disguised remuneration legislation which apply to employee share incentives (also known as share schemes).

Doing business in: Chile
Doing business in: Chile
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out some of the key considerations for a business before it decides to commence business operations in Chile.

England and Wales—cross border banking and finance guide
England and Wales—cross border banking and finance guide
Practice notes

This cross border Banking & Finance guide provides a summary of the key issues for lenders providing commercial loan facilities in England and Wales including loan markets and recent developments, lending, security and guarantees, enforcement, intercreditor issues and governing law and disputes

Equitable remedies in contractual disputes
Equitable remedies in contractual disputes
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the equitable remedies potentially available in contractual disputes, including the remedies of specific performance, declaratory relief, claims for rectification, for rescission, when injunctive relief may be available and when the court may award restitutionary damages.

Flexible apportionment arrangements
Flexible apportionment arrangements
Practice notes

This Practice Note focuses on flexible apportionment arrangements (FAA) and in particular the requirements prescribed by the Occupational Pension Schemes (Employer Debt) Regulations 2005 SI 2005/678, reg 6E. This Practice Note also considers timing issues relating to flexible apportionments, the funding test to satisfy, ways in which flexible apportionments differ from scheme apportionments and issues relating to scheme rules, trustee costs, notifiable events and clearance.

Group personal pensions
Group personal pensions
Practice notes

This Practice Note explores the key features of group personal pension (GPP) schemes (a type of defined contribution (DC) scheme often referred to as a contract-based scheme), including their distinction from occupational pension schemes and other personal pension schemes and the advantages and disadvantages to employers of using such schemes for the provision of pension benefits for employees.

Group restructurings and section 75—the general and de minimis easements
Group restructurings and section 75—the general and de minimis easements
Practice notes

This Practice Note focuses on the group restructuring exemptions provided by the Occupational Pension Schemes (Employer Debt) Regulations 2005, SI 2005/678, regs 6ZA to 6ZD. namely the general easement and the de minimis easement. In particular, this note looks at the steps to follow for such easements to apply, the liabilities to be taken into account, the six-year look back period and issues relating to trustee costs.

Interpretation of restrictions on pension scheme amendment powers
Interpretation of restrictions on pension scheme amendment powers
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the different types of restrictions under an occupational pension scheme's power of amendment which may impact upon the ability of trustees and sponsoring employers to make changes to the scheme's trust deed and/or rules. It considers the common type of restrictions and the impact of scheme wind up on the power of amendment.

Investment-regulated pension schemes (IRPS)
Investment-regulated pension schemes (IRPS)
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at investment-regulated pension schemes (IRPSs), a particular category of registered pension schemes introduced by the Finance Act 2004 that are subject to additional controls on the asset classes that can be held as investments. In particular, this Practice Note covers what an IRPS is, the meaning of taxable property (residential property and tangible moveable property), the circumstances in which taxable property is held directly and indirectly, the circumstances in which indirect holdings constitute genuinely diverse commercial vehicles, and the tax charges that apply where an IRPS acquires a direct or an indirect holding in taxable property which is not held through a genuinely diverse commercial vehicle.

Investments for personal pensions
Investments for personal pensions
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the framework surrounding investments in personal pension schemes (sometimes referred to as contract-based schemes). In particular, this note looks at the tax treatment of investment income and gains, and tax-related investment restrictions, including the impact of provisions relating to unauthorised member payments.

Lugano Convention 2007—general provisions in relation to jurisdiction
Lugano Convention 2007—general provisions in relation to jurisdiction
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the general provisions in the Convention on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters signed at Lugano on 30 October 2007 (the Lugano Convention 2007). It sets out the background to the convention, when it applies and the contracting states to the Convention. It explains the relevance to understanding the Convention of the case law construing both the Convention on Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters signed at Brussels on 27 September 1968 (the Brussels Convention) and Regulation (EC) 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters (Brussels I). The Practice Note then covers the scope of the Convention, the general rule in relation to jurisdiction and exceptions to that rule.

Lugano Convention 2007—insurance, consumer and employment claims
Lugano Convention 2007—insurance, consumer and employment claims
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the provisions in the Convention on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters signed at Lugano on 30 October 2007 (the Lugano Convention 2007) dealing with issues of insurance, consumer and employment claims.

Lugano Convention 2007—jurisdiction agreements and entering an appearance
Lugano Convention 2007—jurisdiction agreements and entering an appearance
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the general provisions in the Convention on Jurisdiction and the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters signed at Lugano on 30 October 2007 (the Lugano Convention 2007). It looks at the effects of a jurisdiction agreement under Article 23 and then sets out the requirements for a valid jurisdiction agreement under Article 23. It then goes on to specifically consider the requirement for the agreement to be in writing or evidence in writing as well as situations in which the jurisdiction agreement is in a form which accord with the parties’ established practices or is in a form which accords with a widely known usage. The Practice Note considers exclusive and non-exclusive jurisdiction agreements and what parties must prove when seeking to rely on a jurisdiction agreements. Protection for weaker parties in insurance, employment and consumer contracts are also covered along with the position when dealing with trusts and also the position under Article 24 where a defendant enters an appearance before a Member State court. Finally, this Practice Note discusses the implications for the application of Article 23 and 24 (which apply regardless of domicile of the parties) once the UK is no longer bound by the convention as a result of its membership of the EU and is a so called third state for the purposes of the application of the convention.

Lugano Convention 2007—multiple proceedings
Lugano Convention 2007—multiple proceedings
Practice notes

This Practice Note considers the rules in the Lugano Convention 2007 relating to multiple proceedings. This covers both parallel and related proceedings and considers the approach where other proceedings have been commenced in a non-convention state.

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