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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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Germany M&A Legal Adviser of the Year

Mergermarket 2018

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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    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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    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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    March 2018
    CMS European M&A Study
    Tenth Edi­tion - 2018


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    Radivoje Petrikić
    16 January 2019
    Emer­ging Europe M&A Re­port 2018/19
    EU: Pro­vi­sion­al Agree­ment on Cross-bor­der Mer­gers, De­mer­gers or Trans­fers
    On 13 March 2019, the European Com­mis­sion re­leased a state­ment (19/1608) that the European Par­lia­ment and the Mem­ber States have reached a pro­vi­sion­al agree­ment on new rules mak­ing it easi­er for com­pan­ies to merge (fu­sion/fusie), de­merge (scis­sion/splitsing).
    Nov 2018
    Con­nec­ted Fu­ture
    Glob­al in­fra­struc­ture re­port
    European Par­lia­ment backs EU wide frame­work for screen­ing for­eign...
    On 14 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the European Par­lia­ment voted to en­dorse the first ever EU-wide tool for screen­ing for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) on the grounds of se­cur­ity and pub­lic or­der. The vote brings the EU one step closer to put­ting in place a frame­work al­low­ing.
    Helen Rodwell
    Sep 2018
    CMS European M&A Out­look
    Scan­ning the ho­ri­zon: European M&A Out­look 2018
    Law passed to pre­pare UK lim­ited com­pan­ies in Ger­many for pos­sible...
    Ger­man law­makers have pre­pared a cor­por­ate en­vir­on­ment that could help UK lim­ited com­pan­ies stay in Ger­many in the event of Brexit. This Ger­man ac­tion comes in re­sponse to re­cent events in the UK sur­round­ing Brexit: namely, the post­pone­ment of the vote by the.
    Green­field In­vest­ments in CEE 2018
    New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
    Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
    Emer­ging Europe M&A Re­port 2017/18
    Trans­fers of cross-bor­der re­gistered of­fices: how the mar­ket de­veloped...
    The gen­es­is In 2003, the draft 14th Dir­ect­ive on cross-bor­der trans­fers of re­gistered of­fices was ini­ti­ated by the European Com­mis­sion. It was sub­sequently aban­doned in 2007, par­tic­u­larly due to the res­ist­ance from cer­tain Mem­ber States which were op­posed to.
    October 2017
    Trans­par­ency Re­gister
    Over­view of For­eign Re­port­ing Re­quire­ments
    In­nov­ate or your deal could die
    Any com­pany or law­yer that has ever been in­volved in any kind of mer­ger or ac­quis­i­tion trans­ac­tion will know one thing for sure – a deal typ­ic­ally in­volve hours of leg­al work, in­clud­ing of­ten mundane, but es­sen­tial tasks.