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Dispute Resolution


Our clients acknowledge our commitment in always obtaining the best solution to their respective commercial interests, whether within the ambit of negotiation or of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), avoiding the recourse to Court, and whether they already are within the ambit of litigation or arbitration.

Our wide experience allows us to advise in all areas of dispute resolution. We are accustomed to search for innovating solutions and to define strategies in view of one sole goal: the satisfaction of our clients’ purposes.

The area of dispute resolution is divided in:

  • Litigation
  • Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Criminal Litigation



Clients praise the firm's "expertise, proactivity in seeking different options to be considered and srong business and customer focus". They add: "The firm offers international coverage that facilitates communication and best practices sharing across jurisdictions".
Chambers & Partners 2017
Jointly headed by the "well prepared and experienced" Joquim Shearman de Macedo and Nuno Pena, the dispute resolution department at CMS frequently handles cross-border cases.
Legal 500 2017

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    Arbitration and ADR

    Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) constitute more and more an option due to the celerity and balance of cost/efficiency in its use. The new voluntary arbitration act achieved to give greater consistency to this movement towards the lessening of the jurisdiction of courts.

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    Criminal Law

    The area of Criminal Litigation is focused on big size and complexity litigation proceedings in the area of national and European criminal law, with particular incidence in economic crimes.

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    The area of Litigation is prepared to deal with the different types of national and cross-border litigation.

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    Fol­low­ing ne­go­ti­ations first launched in May 2009, the Com­pre­hens­ive Eco­nom­ic and Trade Agree­ment (“CETA”) was signed by Canada and the EU on 30 Oc­to­ber 2016. CETA is a free trade agree­ment, which is sub­ject to rat­i­fic­a­tion by each EU mem­ber state and to the.
    Is a Rus­si­an court com­pet­ent to re­solve an in­vest­ment-re­lated dis­pute...
    Sum­mary On 5 Au­gust 2016, Rus­si­an busi­ness­man and former co-own­er of the Lithuani­an Bank Snor­as, Mr. Vladi­mir Ant­onov, filed a claim against the Re­pub­lic of Lithuania (rep­res­en­ted by the Min­istry of Justice) for an amount ex­ceed­ing 40 bil­lion Rubles (more than.
    Tribunal leaves door open for full pro­tec­tion and se­cur­ity to en­com­pass...
    In its Award dated 27 June 2016, the Tribunal dis­missed the Claimant’s claim in Peter A. Al­lard v The Gov­ern­ment of Bar­ba­dos (PCA Case No. 2012-06) re­lat­ing to the Re­spond­ent’s al­leged breach of its in­ter­na­tion­al ob­lig­a­tions un­der the bi­lat­er­al in­vest­ment treaty.
    Ger­man land­mark de­cision on sports ar­bit­ra­tion be­fore CAS
    On 7 June 2016 the Ger­man Fed­er­al Su­preme Court ruled that the ar­bit­ra­tion agree­ment between the pro­fes­sion­al speed skater and five-time Olympic medal­ist Claudia Pech­stein and the In­ter­na­tion­al Skat­ing Uni­on (ISU) was val­id.