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CMS European Real Es­tate Deal Point Study 2018
The European in­vest­ment mar­ket once again had a very strong year. At EUR 234 bn, total in­vest­ment volume was only 3% be­low the re­cord level seen in 2015. This fig­ure also rep­res­ents an in­crease of 7% year-on-year.In ad­di­tion to the on­go­ing lack of al­tern­at­ive in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies, along with fa­vour­able fin­an­cing con­di­tions, the pos­it­ive eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment in Europe was the primary reas­on be­hind the high de­mand for real es­tate in­vest­ment. Fall­ing un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures, buoy­ant con­sumer sen­ti­ment and rising GDP boos­ted con­fid­ence in 2017, par­tic­u­larly among in­ter­na­tion­al in­vestors, and drove up their in­vest­ment activ­ity. Des­pite the un­cer­tain out­come of the on­go­ing EU exit ne­go­ti­ations, the UK also re­mained at­tract­ive for in­vestors. Lim­ited sup­ply ac­ted as a con­straint, how­ever. The res­ult­ing fur­ther in­crease in real es­tate prices has led to his­tor­ic­ally low yields in some cases. Rather than caus­ing in­vestors to aban­don the real es­tate mar­ket, the fo­cus has switched to spe­cial­ist prop­er­ties which of­fer high­er yields than tra­di­tion­al of­fice and re­tail as­sets. In par­tic­u­lar, health­care fa­cil­it­ies, ho­tels and stu­dent apart­ments have all come to the fore. The ex­ist­ing ex­cess de­mand also triggered a sig­ni­fic­ant rise in the num­ber of trans­ac­tions in­volving de­vel­op­ment pro­jects.The con­sist­ently pos­it­ive trend has con­tin­ued in 2018. The latest fig­ures from the first half of the year sup­port the view that des­pite the trade dis­pute with the US and a pos­sible end to low in­terest rates, a down­turn in the European in­vest­ment mar­ket is un­likely this year. The con­fid­ence of in­vestors in real es­tate as an in­vest­ment re­mains in­tact.The new CMS European Real Es­tate Deal Point Study 2018 now in­cludes more than 1,300 trans­ac­tions. Com­pil­ing the study in­volved com­par­ing the trans­ac­tions on which we ad­vised in the peri­od 2010 to 2017, en­abling us to high­light de­vel­op­ments and trends.Down­load the ex­ec­ut­ive sum­mary or re­quest a copy of the full study be­low.360px360pxht­tps://­ al­ways
Nov 2018
Con­nec­ted Fu­ture
560340ht­tps://me­dia.cmsleg­­dia/em­bed?key=a8d8553d4185acef53d102b90db01f48&unique_key=8885df075a330c452b818560c155d609&width=720&height=405&auto­play=false&auto­light­soff=false&loop=false&clean1al­wayseznode://499625Kristy Duane - Con­nec­ted Fu­tureeznode://469975Tech­no­logy-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 in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it is de­term­in­ing the emer­gence of new as­set classes like char­ging points for elec­tric vehicles.The start­ing point of our jour­ney will be di­git­al, which is provid­ing the back­bone for di­git­al­isa­tion of the eco­nomy. While 4G – the fourth gen­er­a­tion of mo­bile phone tech­no­logy – has already wit­nessed ro­bust deal flow, the ad­vent of 5G is set to lay the found­a­tions for a huge range of in­nov­a­tion.Mov­ing to en­ergy, stor­age tech­no­lo­gies, par­tic­u­larly bat­ter­ies, are provid­ing a wide range of flex­ible ser­vices re­quired in our in­creas­ingly de­cent­ral­ised, dis­trib­uted and in­ter­mit­tent elec­tri­city sys­tems.Mean­while in the trans­port sec­tor, long held as a corner­stone of in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment, the smart mo­bil­ity re­volu­tion gath­ers pace. The rise of elec­tri­fied, con­nec­ted and autonom­ous vehicles is likely to rep­res­ent the most sig­ni­fic­ant trans­form­a­tion of trans­port since the in­ven­tion of steam lo­co­mot­ives and in­tern­al com­bus­tion en­gines in the 19th cen­tury. In­vest­ment in cy­ber se­cur­ity is re­quired, as trans­port in­fra­struc­ture will be­come vul­ner­able to se­cur­ity at­tacks. As our re­port ex­am­ines in de­tail, not all coun­tries are re­cept­ive to tech­no­logy in­nov­a­tions to the same de­gree, thereby of­fer­ing few­er op­por­tun­it­ies. In Europe, the UK is firmly se­cur­ing its role as a glob­al hot­bed of in­fra­struc­ture in­nov­a­tion, thanks to its for­ward-look­ing reg­u­lat­ory frame­work. While in Asia, Singa­pore is already be­com­ing a test­ing ground for new tech­no­lo­gies, giv­en its thriv­ing start-up eco­sys­tem and its con­du­cive le­gis­la­­di­umme­di­umme­di­umme­di­umme­di­umme­di­um
April 2020
CMS Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion Glob­al Bro­chure
As the fifth-largest glob­al law firm and the largest real es­tate team in Europe with more than 800 ded­ic­ated law­yers, CMS com­bines loc­al know­ledge with in­ter­na­tion­al strength and ex­per­i­ence. Our in­teg­rated teams of­fer you the best com­mer­cial guid­ance for highly com­plex, stra­tegic in­ward in­vest­ment trans­ac­tions in­to ma­jor European gate­way cit­ies and bey­ond. CMS is also well-es­tab­lished in Africa, China, South Amer­ica, the Middle East and Asia. We ad­vise on the full range of real es­tate ser­vices, in­clud­ing fin­an­cing, struc­tur­ing, as­set man­age­ment, tax, cor­por­ate-wrapped and dir­ect in­vest­ments. We provide the full range of de­vel­op­ment ad­vice with sup­port from our spe­cial­ist plan­ning, en­vir­on­ment and con­struc­tion teams.


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03 December 2019
Guide to Con­tract Al­li­an­cing in Con­struc­tion
Joint CMS and Ar­cadis pub­lic­a­tion cap­tures the key as­pects of this form of con­tract­ing and presents the cur­rent take-up of Al­li­an­cing around the world.
Neth­er­lands: Con­struc­tion & En­gin­eer­ing Law 2019
CMS The Neth­er­lands Real Es­tate & Con­struc­tion Cap­ab­il­ity State­ment
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CMS as­sists Qbuzz with suc­cess­ful ap­plic­a­tion for trans­port con­ces­sion
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CMS as­sists RWE with con­tract­ing met­eor­o­lo­gic­al masts at see
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New mem­ber of Land­lord and Ten­ant Law team at CMS
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