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Chairman: Cornelius Brandi
Executive Director: Matthias Lichtblau
Number of partners worldwide: ca. 1,000 Number of lawyers worldwide: ca. 4,500

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1999, with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries, CMS is one of the most global law firms in the AmLaw Global Top 100. More than 4,500 legal professionals across the world work in sector-based teams and are trained in project management. CMS offers specialist, business-focused advice in law and tax matters to clients operating in complex business and constantly changing regulatory environments. CMS lawyers focus on their clients and on providing the best possible service.
From major multinationals and mid-caps to enterprising start-ups, CMS provides the technical rigour, strategic excellence and long-term partnership to keep each client ahead whatever its chosen markets.

Main Areas of Practice:
At CMS, the firm recognises that its clients require sector-specific legal advice to achieve the best possible outcomes. To provide them with commercial, practical advice, CMS understands the markets within which they operate. CMS offers a wide range of expertise through nineteen practice area and sector groups, providing advice on local, national and international issues. These expert groups are firmly established across Europe.
■Banking & Finance
■Competition & EU
■Consumer Products
■Dispute Resolution
■Employment & Pensions
■Hotels & Leisure
■Infrastructure & Projects
■Intellectual Property
■Private Equity
■Public Procurement
■Real Estate & Construction
■Technology, Media & Communications
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CMS is proud to accept market recognition for its performance as a welcome indicator that it provides clients with the highest quality of service and advice. Recent awards include winning in the ‘Innovation in legal expertise: driving value’ category at The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe 2017 and ‘Private Equity Legal Adviser of the Year’ at the Mergermarket European M&A 2017 Awards.
CMS has chosen a single organisational structure that suits clients doing business in Europe. Each CMS office is tailored to its local market, ensuring that clients benefit from personal service and market sensitivities, while working together under a shared mission and governance structure.
Whether clients require advice and support in one jurisdiction, across the whole of Europe or beyond European borders, CMS has a shared culture and built-in processes to ensure they receive outstanding, seamless service. It is why many clients have been with CMS for decades. To ensure that it maintains strong client relationships, CMS constantly monitors its performance through a structured client feedback programme designed to identify what it does well and put in place a robust plan of action when it finds things it could do better.


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