Awards & Rankings

The greatest appreciation of our work is to have content clients. If our expertise is recognised and honoured beyond that, we are, of course, all the more pleased. CMS has received the following awards in the recent past:

2018

ILO Client Choice Awards 2018: CMS Partner Once Again Receives Award

Raško Radovanović, partner in Serbia, have received once again the ILO Client Choice Award 2018. The prize of the International Law Office’s (ILO) award programme continue the successful tradition of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz of the past years.

Raško Radovanović heads the competition law practice area at CMS in Belgrade, representing clients in all issues related to antitrust, merger control, investigations and compliance. In doing so, he has collaborated with leading companies from a number of sectors. He can also draw on a wealth of experience in dawn-raids and individual exemption procedures, as well as in a variety of compliance programs.
The ILO Client Choice Awards are conferred on lawyers who stand out because of their excellent services and results and the superior quality of their work. What makes the awards even more meaningful is that winners are selected based on input by clients and that an award is thus a direct reflection of client feedback. The criteria on which lawyers are rated go beyond the quality of their legal advice to include industry know-how, strategic thinking, billing transparency, effective communication, optimum documentation and project management, and, not least, outstanding professional ethics.

CEE Legal Matters 2017 Deal of the Year

CMS in Slovenia has won the first ever CEE Legal Matters CEE Deal of the Year Award for Slovenia at the Deal of the Year Awards Banquet in Prague on June 7 for its work on Trigano, a French company, specializing in designing and manufacturing of recreational vehicles and equipment.

Finalists were selected by a first panel of highly-regarded private practitioners in Slovenia and, the winners were determined by a second group of prominent legal experts from across Central and Eastern Europe, evaluating submitted deals signed in the 2017 calendar year based on deal complexity, market (and regional) significance, and innovation.

JUVE Ranking

According to this year's JUVE ranking, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz is "the leading employment law practice that receives more recognition from competitors and clients than any other". This makes CMS the clear market leader in employment law for industry expert JUVE.

The rankings compiled by the industry magazine JUVE, which are based on around 2,200 discussions and written interviews with lawyers, authorities and clients over the past 12 months, attest to a large number of competitive advantages and the sole top position in their ranking in the area of employment law at CMS in Vienna led by Bernhard Hainz and Christoph Wolf.

2017

ILO Client Choice Awards 2017: CMS Partners Once Again Receive Awards

Milica Popović, partner in Montenegro, and Raško Radovanović, partner in Serbia, have received the ILO Client Choice Award 2017. The two CMS partners were selected as winners in their respective practice areas from 2,500 nominations. CMS partner Milica Popović from Montenegro was awarded a prize in the category “Projects & Procurement” and CMS partner Raško Radovanović from Serbia was selected in the category “Competition & Antitrust” of this prestigious award programme.
The ILO Client Choice Awards are conferred on lawyers who stand out because of their excellent services and results and the superior quality of their work. What makes the awards even more meaningful is that winners are selected based on input by clients and that an award is thus a direct reflection of client feedback. The criteria on which lawyers are rated go beyond the quality of their legal advice to include industry know-how, strategic thinking, billing transparency, effective communication, optimum documentation and project management, and, not least, outstanding professional ethics.

CMS Remains Leading M&A Legal Advisors in CEE

The current rankings of leading financial news providers such as Mergermarket and Bloomberg leave no doubt about it: regarding the number of M&A transactions handled in CEE, CMS remained a leading legal advisor also in 2016. CMS was also able to keep its lead as number one in the number of M&A deals advised on across Europe.
While Bloomberg still had CMS in second place in Central and Eastern Europe – regarding the number of deals it advised on – in 2015, the law firm moved up to the leading position in 2016, once again strengthening its position in the sector. Also the results for the category of Europe give the lawyers reason to be proud: Bloomberg sees CMS as the number one regarding the number of transactions advised on across Europe, ranking CMS as the leader already for the sixth time in seven years. CMS also scored well in Mergermarket’s ranking, where it took second place.
Industry observers also noted the law firm’s M&A activities in three other markets that are particularly relevant to foreign investors in Central and Eastern Europe: Bloomberg ranked CMS first place in Germany, the UK and France, a position CMS has already held repeatedly in the past in the case of Germany and the UK. And finally, CMS was also ranked as the market leader in German-speaking countries according to Mergermarket.


2016

Law Firm of the Year 2016 in CEE

The award reflects CMS’s leading position in Central Eastern Europe, the scale of its activity and the high profile and complexity of its work in recent years, as well as the reputation of the CMS teams.

Law Firm of the Year CIJ Award

CMS Belgrade won the Law Firm of the Year CIJ Award for results in commercial real estate sector. CIJ Europe is the leading news provider for commercial real estate in CEE & SEE whose mission is to support the real estate business and networking activities. First launched in 2001, these Awards are the longest running commercial real estate awards event in several countries including the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary, and they have now been introduced in Serbia where CMS Belgrade was nominated in the category of real estate service providers.

Best Managed International Law Firm at MPF Awards

CMS won Best Managed International Law Firm at the Managing Partners’ Forum (“MPF”) Awards, held last night in London. The MPF Awards, in association with the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review, acknowledge and reward management’s contribution to strategy, leadership, the client experience, operational excellence and responsible business across the professional services sector.

CMS tops M&A Legal Advisor league tables in Central Eastern Europe

CMS has topped all of the major M&A Legal Advisor league tables1 in Central and Eastern Europe, advising on more transactions in the region than any other law firm in 2015.

Recommended in “Global Competition Review 2016”

Our CMS teams in Austria and Slovenia have been included in a list of the best competition law experts, as published by Global Competition Review (GCR). GCR provides one of the most important global ranking lists for competition law worldwide. Also included were our CMS colleagues from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.


2015

Top Ranking in “Energy and Infrastructure” by IFLR1000

It was the first time that IFLR1000 explored the field of “Energy and Infrastructure” and just a few days ago, the international market observer announced its results. CMS fared very well in this evaluation in CEE: with eight top rankings, the law firm managed from Austria is clearly the leader in CEE. This positive outcome is not least due to the fact that particularly regarding the energy industry, CMS advises in all branches.

The Legal 500: Top Placements

For 27 years already, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms in over 100 countries. In their recently published EMEA Rankings, CMS received top marks. Overall 70 mentions in the two top categories speak for the high quality of service provided across a multitude of fields by the team in Austria as well as in the offices in CEE. On top of that, The Legal 500 has named three partners at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz “Leading Individuals 2015”.


2014

“Austrian Law Firm of the Year” at the JUVE Awards 2014

Once a year JUVE, the professional journal for business law, scrutinises the legal advice industry. On 23rd October the JUVE awards 2014 were announced. The award for “Austrian Law Firm of the Year” was conferred for only the second time. The representatives of the winner, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, were delighted with the distinction and accepted the trophy at the award ceremony, which was held at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt.

Mergermarket "CEE M&A Legal Advisor of the Year 2014"

The awards have earned a reputation as the industry standard for corporate, private equity, investment banking and legal M&A expertise. Firms are shortlisted by statistical analysis of Mergermarket's M&A database, an authoritative source of M&A league tables, before a panel of independent expert judges decide on a winner for each category.

ILO Client Choice Award for Banking

Günther Hanslik, partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz in Vienna, has received a Client Choice Award by the International Law Office (ILO) for his outstanding achievements in the field of banking in Austria.
The Client Choice Awards conferred by the London-based International Law Office (ILO) recognise lawyers for their superior services for their clients and the unparalleled quality of their work. The winners are chosen based on clients’ assessments. More than 2,000 companies across Europe selected the best law firms and attorneys.


2013

Advocatus Clients’ Awards

Austrian daily newspaper DIE PRESSE conferred the Advocatus’13 Clients’ Award to CMS in overall three categories: labour law, corporate law and M&A, and tax law and law of private foundations. Senior Partner Johannes Reich-Rohrwig received the most votes by clients.

CMS has been named a top 20 Global Elite Law Firm Brand in Acritas’ Sharplegal 2013 Global Elite Brand Index.


2012

CEE Legal Adviser of the Year by Financial Times & Mergermarket

The awards have earned a reputation as the industry standard for corporate, private equity, investment banking and legal M&A expertise. Firms are shortlisted by statistical analysis of Mergermarket's M&A database, an authoritative source of M&A league tables, before a panel of independent expert judges decide on a winner for each category.

Recommended in IFLR1000

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz has once again been recommended in all countries at the annual ranking of the International Financial Law review, The IFLR1000. The CMS office in Belgrade could once more secure tier 1 in the field of Financial and Corporate, CMS Zagreb ascended to tier 2. The offices in Vienna, Sarajevo, Sofia, Bratislava and Ljubljana, also received recommendations.

The IFLR1000 ranking is based on the recommendations of in-house counsel of the world’s leading financial institutions and companies as well as the leading lawyers, solicitors and attorneys in each legal market covered, focus on the fields of Banking, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Financial and Corporate and is issued annually.

Winner of Advocatus’12 for Labour Law

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz was awarded the Advocatus’12 prize in the category Labour Law. Once again, the law firm proved its standing as leading provider of legal services in the field of labour law in Austria and CEE.

In “Handbuch Wirtschaftsanwälte”, a manual listing outstanding commercial law experts published by the Austrian quality newspaper Die Presse, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz is also expressly listed as recommended law firm for the fields of “Construction/Tenancy Law, Real Estate”, “IP, IT, Media, Telecoms”, “Dispute Resolution”, “M&A, Corporate Law, Foundations”, “Public Commercial Law” and “Central, East, Southeast Europe”.

ILO Client Choice Award in Serbia

Nataša Zavišin, local partner of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz in Belgrade, received the ILO Client Choice Award for her outstanding performance in the field of mergers & acquisitions in Serbia. CMS Belgrade won the country award for Serbia.

The Client Choice Awards conferred by the London-based International Law Office recognise lawyers for their superior services for their clients and the unparalleled quality of their work. The winners are chosen based on clients’ assessments.

Chambers Law Firm of the Year Award 2012 for CEE

At this year’s Chambers Europe Awards in Amsterdam, CMS received the Law Firm of the Year Award for Central and Eastern Europe for the first time. Along with the award for CEE, CMS also received an award in Hungary and a Client Service Award in Portugal.


2011

Number one in M&A transactions in Europe and CEE

This year again, CMS has confirmed its top position in the M&A sector. Bloomberg has rated CMS as number one not just in one but in two M&A rankings: CMS leads the Europe and CEE rankings in terms of quantity of transactions it advised on in 2010.

Mid-Market Legal Advisor of the Year

For a second consecutive year, CMS has been named Mid-Market Law Firm of the Year by Acquisitions Monthly. The leading M&A publication Acquisitions Monthly, part of Reuters Professional Publishing, had nominated CMS again as firm of the year for M&A transactions up to 500 million dollars.


2010

The Legal500 2010 edition

In the current issue of The Legal 500, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz was named one of the most successful law firms in Austria and SEE/CEE. A total of seven first-tier listings and entry into a further eleven categories are proof of our excellent work and the trust our clients have in CMS.

Prestigious awards for CMS

  • Acquisitions Monthly names CMS Mid-Market Legal Advisor of the Year
  • Financial Times / mergermarket see CMS as Mid-Market Legal Advisor of the Year
  • Thomson Reuters and mergermarket rank CMS at top position in the number of M&A transactions in CEE