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    1. Davos: winning trust in a digitalised, connected world
    2. Using technology to serve our clients
    3. Finding the balance: human touch versus high tech
    4. Connected Future: a global infrastructure report
    5. ShopBack seals latest major fundraising in Singapore
    6. FinTech reshapes financial services as sector booms
    7. WeWork: pioneering a new way of office working
  2. Anticipation
    1. Tristan completes EPISO 5 fund raise amidst political turbulence
    2. New challenges in a changing world
    3. Portuguese renewable energy sector heats up with EUR 600m Novenergia sale
    4. Coty picks CMS as global adviser following beauty parade
    5. E-Procurement sets new commercial tone for EU contractors
  3. Supporting Growth
    1. Liberty sells European assets to Vodafone in EUR 18.4bn mega-deal
    2. Cinven acquires PPF as European pet food market flourishes
    3. Advent seals EUR 1.9bn Zentiva deal as healthcare booms
    4. Advance takes centre stage with theatre group acquisition
  4. Managing Risk
    1. Protecting trade marks across Europe
    2. Markel takes Hippo to task in complex insurance arrears dispute
    3. New lab services agreements for Honeywell following Homes spin-off
    4. Creating a tax-effective structure for a private equity investment
    5. Climate change liability – new litigation risks
  5. Inside CMS
    1. Facing the future
    2. CMS breaks ground with first global tech start up programme, equIP
    3. From China to Chile: cultural differences and the ties that bind
  6. CSR and Diversity & Inclusion
    1. Helping to achieve a better world
  7. Interviews
    1. Interview with Olga Belyakova
    2. Interview with Jeremy Tan
    3. Interview with Laura Houet
    4. Interview with Ramón Huapaya
    5. Interview with Daniela Murer
    6. Interview with Christopher Jordan
    7. Interview with Herman Boersen
    8. Interview with Sibylle Schnyder
    9. Interview with Clemens Grossmayer
    10. Interview with Robert Stephen
    11. Interview with Mary Allan
    12. Interview with Matias Somarriva
    13. Interview with Denis Redon
    14. Interview with Joaquim Sherman de Macedo
    15. Interview with Eleanor Lane
    16. Interview with Niklas Zaugg
    17. Interview with Joachim Kaetzler
    18. Interview with Andreas Otto

Connected Future: a global infrastructure report

"Governments, organisations and investors who understand the interaction between digital, EVs, energy storage and smart mobility will be the ones to capitalise on the opportunities presented by our connected future."
Partner Infrastructure & Projects CMS London

Technology-driven transformations are not only disrupting our everyday lives but also radically transforming the infrastructure around us. Across the sector, innovation is driving an upgrade of existing infrastructure and determining the emergence of new investment opportunities.

CMS has published Connected Future, a report examining how new asset classes are coming to the fore to respond to tech, government and consumer demand: energy storage, electric vehicles, digital infrastructure and smart mobility.

In the digital and broadband space, 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 range of innovation.

In the energy sector, storage technologies – particularly batteries – are providing a number of flexible services that are required in our increasingly decentralised, distributed and intermittent electricity systems.

Meanwhile in the transport sector, long considered a cornerstone of infrastructure investment, the smart mobility revolution  is gathering 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 cybersecurity is required, as transport infrastructure will become vulnerable to security attacks.

CMS London partner Kristy Duane said, “A radical transformation in the infrastructure sector is already under way. Governments, organisations and investors who understand the interaction between digital, EVs, energy storage and smart mobility will be the ones to capitalise on the opportunities presented by our connected future.”

As our report examines in detail, not all countries are receptive to technology innovations to the same degree. In Europe, the UK is securing its role as a centre of infrastructure innovation, thanks to its forward-looking regulatory framework; while in Asia, Singapore is becoming  a testing ground for new technologies, given its thriving start-up ecosystem and  its business-friendly legislation.

Key contacts

Kristy Duane
Kristy Duane
Co-Head of the CMS Infrastructure & Projects Group
T +44 20 7524 6568