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Chambers Review

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Investment Funds: Real Estate - UK-wide
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Band 1
What the team is known for

Strong real estate funds practice, regularly called upon by its international client base to advise on high-profile fundraisings and investments. Also has an impressive offering in terms of authorised and retail funds as well as quoted investment trusts. Complex secondary offerings, IPOs and other securities work form the basis of the listed funds practice, and fund mergers and formation and UCITS advice comprise the group's open-ended offering. Maintains longstanding relationships with leading asset managers, particularly those based in Scotland, and continues to advise them on a number of investment fund products. Able to draw on expertise from its international offices to assist in cross-border work.

Strengths

Sources note: "CMS does an excellent job of marrying up the various practices into a streamlined offering, bringing in expertise where necessary."

Clients say: "The team has a strong can-do ethos, with a willingness to share ideas and knowledge to shape a project."

"The partners work collegiately together and have great legal skills along with a commercial approach to deals," clients note.

Work highlights

Advised Tristan Capital Partners on the second tranche fundraising of its flagship pan-European fund, CCP5.

Notable practitioners

Amanda Howard leads the funds practice at CMS. She advises leading fund managers on the formation of European-focused real estate funds.
"She is incredibly experienced, responsive and thorough."

Karagh Gilliatt specialises in acting for asset management firms and investment banks on open-ended fund matters. She is valued for her deep knowledge of the Scottish market.
"She is very thorough in her approach, exceptionally helpful and provides an invaluable amount of support and expertise to our team." "She is highly responsive, develops great client relationships and has the ability to come up with pragmatic and commercial solutions."

Victoria Henry is experienced in assisting investment management firms on their investments, as well as on the formation of real estate funds.

Laura Houët provides fund formation, structuring and regulatory advice to asset managers. She has experience advising clients on ESG-focused funds.
"She is incredibly easy to deal with and breaks down complex concepts to make them understandable."

Cathy Pitt regularly advises investment banks on substantial closed-ended fund matters. Her areas of work include fund IPOs, as well as assisting with management and regulatory matters.
"She is a very experienced lawyer and her advice is always on the mark." "She is very good - commercial, sensible and bright."

European real estate funds form the core of Darren Stolzenberg's practice. He advises clients from beginning to end on matters including formation, restructuring and closure.
"Darren is knowledgeable, highly responsive, commercially minded and very easy to work with." "He is nimble, sharp and commercial."

Patrick Groves is well respected for his practice advising large real estate funds on a range of mandates, including closed and open-ended fund launches and restructuring.
"Patrick is always responsive, diligent and gives good advice." "He gives great advice, and has the ability to deal with deadlines and coordinate complicated projects."

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Investment Funds: Closed-ended Listed Funds

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Cathy Pitt
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Investment Funds: Open-ended Funds

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Karagh Gilliatt
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Laura Houët
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Investment Funds: Real Estate

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Amanda Howard
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Darren Stolzenberg
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Victoria Henry
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Patrick Groves
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