CMS

Corporate M&A (International & Cross-Border) Department

UK
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What the team is known for Regarded as a highly capable global practice, CMS provides a comprehensive service to international clients in areas such as M&A, dispute resolution and banking and finance. The sector-oriented London team exhibits real strength advising clients from the energy, insurance, technology and life sciences spaces. Cross-border mandates are often coordinated from the UK, but the firm also stands out for its excellent network of offices throughout continental Europe, which is strengthened by its presence in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The firm has grown its presence and reputation as trusted advisor for multi-jurisdictional M&A, taking on mandates involving jurisdictions across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Maintains a solid reputation for pan-European transactional work, with a noted expertise and presence in the CEE region. The London team represents an attractive proposition for clients in the energy sector seeking to engage in cross-border M&A transactions, where the firm combines sector expertise with broad geographic scope to cater for the global needs of the industry.

Strengths On working with the London team in relation to a joint venture in the Middle East, one client praises the team as "very responsive, friendly and professional," also singling out the team's strong negotiation skills.

Clients frequently note the firm's reputation in work related to Eastern Europe and praise the "legal knowledge and commercial acumen" of the London team’s lawyers in that regard. One interviewee praises the firm’s "good combination of capital markets and corporate" work, noting its "increased UK heft and drift to Europe," adding that it is a firm particularly visible in CEE markets.

Notable practitioners

Charles Currier serves as co-head of the corporate group, and is described by a client as being "commercially very astute and a real help in working through practical options in a deal." His practice is concentrated on significant transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

London-based Éva Talmácsi is triple-qualified in the UK, the US and Hungary. She regularly assists Hungarian banks with strategic expansion in CEE, handling acquisitions of subsidiary businesses spread across the region.