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Corporate / M&A


Corporate success is based on translating ideas into reality, secure in the knowledge that they can be implemented lawfully. The highly experienced CMS Germany team is committed to providing precisely this kind of expert, proactive advice on all aspects of corporate law. Corporate law is one of our core activities – our team of more than 250 lawyers at eight German locations is among the largest in the country. In-depth knowledge, extensive experience and industry expertise are all integral to our service.

Our clients include companies of every size and sector in Germany and beyond, ranging from SMEs to DAX-listed corporations, public limited companies, family-owned businesses and foundations.

Our practice comprises the following main areas:


We advise you and your company from start-up through to succession, offering a seamless cross-border service throughout Europe and worldwide with strong partner involvement.

The size and flexibility of our practice enable us to provide the right advisors for each matter, whether you need an experienced lawyer with industry expertise as your day-to-day contact or a large team to handle your transaction. When dealing with complex legal issues we bring experts together from all the practice areas of our firm and work closely with you to develop appropriate solutions. The same partner always remains your point of contact, coordinates the project throughout and takes direct responsibility. Personal service and maximum client confidence are thus ensured throughout.

This approach delivers excellent advice and sustainable solutions tailored to your specific needs.

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CMS’ ‘top position is unquestionable’ and the team gives ‘solution-oriented and appropriate advice’

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2017

The huge commercial practice and the increasing specialization are tools where CMS can produce added value from the breadth of its practice.

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

This firm is highly recommended in corporate and introduced a higher level of specialization a few years ago, the effects of which are beginning to be seen on a broader front.

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

Reputable firm recognised for the impressive size of its German corporate team, which allows it to act on a vast number of transactions.

Chambers Europe, 2017

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    Stock Corporation Law and Corporate Governance

    A team of experts on stock corporation law and capital markets law provides support for listed and unlisted stock corporations, their corporate organs and major shareholders in fulfilling all their duties under company and capital markets law.

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    Joint Ventures and Reorganisations

    Joint ventures and reorganisations offer the chance to tap into new market potential, respond to emerging trends or optimise arrangements within the company itself. Especially when dealing with strategic matters of this kind, the key to success is to work with a partner who anticipates legal and economic challenges and develops pragmatic solutions. Such exercises are often international in scope, requiring highly efficient teamwork across jurisdictions and practice areas.

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

    Transactions are the main focus of our corporate law advisory work. With 250 lawyers, our Corporate / M&A practice is one of the largest in the country and a leader in its field.

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    Family-Owned Companies

    Comprising over 90% of all businesses in Germany, family-owned companies generate more than 40% of total sales and provide one in every two permanent jobs. A sustainable, value-driven approach, greater agility, flexibility, innovative ideas and strong employee loyalty enable family-owned companies to survive and flourish through the generations. Nonetheless, globalisation and increasing competition are particularly challenging trends for family firms.

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