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Duncan Weston

CMS Executive Partner for Global Development

CMS Legal Services EEIG
Neue Mainzer Straße 2–4
60311 Frankfurt
Languages English, French

Duncan is the Executive Partner of CMS principally responsible for future Global Development. Formerly the Managing Partner based in London, he was responsible for steering the UK firm through the global financial crisis. During his eight years as Managing Partner, the profits of the firm increased considerably and the business grew substantially, including a merger with leading Scottish law firm Dundas & Wilson.

The firm under his leadership opened offices in Brazil, Russia, China, Turkey and the Middle East. It was also a period of change and innovation introducing new processes and technologies to the business including the groundbreaking outsourcing to Integreon and relocating the firm to a new cutting edge office in London.

Duncan was also a founding partner of the CMS Academy, in partnership with IMD business School, which has pioneered training, learning and development across CMS.

Prior to becoming managing partner, Duncan was a leading private equity lawyer bringing his characteristic dynamic and innovative approach to the deals. He was also head of the European Private Equity Group specialising in cross-border investment in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2006, he was named by Private Equity International as one of the 30 most influential private equity lawyers in the world. He moved to Prague and later to Geneva, and managed and led the large scale expansion of the firm’s Central and Eastern European Practise bringing together some 400 lawyers across eight jurisdictions in 12 regional practise and sector groups.

Duncan sits in the CMS Executive Committee and the CMS Board of Directors in London. He was a Board Director of the English National Ballet and is a member of the IMD executive network and CEO round table.During his time as Managing Partner the firm has supported a number of charities including The Red Cross, The Special Olympics and War Child. He is a member of the Lansdowne Club and the Walbrook Club.

Duncan has degrees in law, psychology, business management and tax and is an alumnus of Keele University, Kings College London and IMD Business School.

Duncan currently lives in London with his wife Candy and their four children Sebastian, Francesca, Toby and Phoebe.

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Keele UniversityKing's College, University of LondonIMD Business School

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