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CMS promotes 47 to partner as firm celebrates one year since ground-breaking merger

27 April 2018

CMS is pleased to announce the promotion of 47 new partners across 23 of its global offices. Overall, 38% of the firm's promotions are women, spread across 11 countries including Austria, Colombia, France, Germany, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Penelope Warne, The Senior Partner of CMS UK, comments, “As we approach 1 May, marking the first anniversary of our ground-breaking merger, it is an important time to recognise the great talent we have across the firm. We have achieved a great deal in the past year, owing much to the excellence, dedication and enthusiasm of our people. We are thrilled to see the calibre of individuals rising through the ranks and would like to congratulate our new partners on their well-deserved promotions.”

CMS Executive Chairman Cornelius Brandi says, “All of our newly-appointed partners are members of our international teams, and have deep local roots and expert knowledge of their own markets. This is what sets CMS apart and allows us to offer our clients a depth and quality of advice that few others can – whether in local or cross-border projects.”

Partner promotions across CMS for 2018 include: 

Banking & International Finance

Anne Chitan (London, United Kingdom) 
Katie Duffield (London, United Kingdom)
Andrea München (Frankfurt, Germany)
Stephan Pastor (Monaco, Monaco)

Corporate and Commercial

Carolin Armbruster (Stuttgart, Germany)
Narinder Jugpal (London, United Kingdom)
Javier Leyva (Madrid, Spain)
Rodica Manea (Bucharest, Romania)
Rafael Sánchez (Madrid, Spain)
Igor Stenzel (Berlin, Germany)
Margarida Vila Franca (Lisbon, Portugal)
Tilman Weichert (Munich, Germany)
Döne Yalçın (Vienna, Austria)
Blazej Zagorski (Warsaw, Poland)

Competition and EU 

Luís Miguel Romão (Lisbon, Portugal)

Employment and Pensions

Pierre Combes (Lyon, France)
Damien Decolasse (Paris, France)
Elena Esparza (Madrid, Spain)
Andreas Hofelich (Cologne, Germany)

Energy, Infrastructure, Projects & Construction

Robbie Leckie (London, United Kingdom)
Giancarlo Villafranqui (Lima, Peru)


Paola Carbajal (Lima, Peru)

Intellectual Property

Nikolas Gregor (Hamburg, Germany)

Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Carolina Arenas (Bogotá, Colombia)
Tamsin Blow (London, United Kingdom)
Benjamin Lissner (Cologne, Germany)
Tilman Niedermaier (Munich, Germany)
Niklaus J. Zaugg (Zurich, Switzerland)

Life Sciences & Healthcare

Gabriela Staber (Vienna, Austria)

Public Law & Regulated Sectors

Ramón Huapaya (Lima, Peru)

Real Estate

Colin Brett (London, United Kingdom)
Katarzyna Dębińska-Pietrzyk (Warsaw, Poland)
Hugh Picton Phillipps (London, United Kingdom)
Libor Prokeš (Prague, Czech Republic)
Leilah Rawle (London, United Kingdom)
Franco Soria (Lima, Peru)
Geoff Smith (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)


Annabelle Bailleul-Mirabaud (Paris, France)
Sarah Busca Bonvin (Geneva, Switzerland)
Ludovic Duguet (Paris, France)
William Jean-Baptiste (Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Berardo Lanci (Rome, Italy)
Thomas Laumière (Paris, France)


Hannah Curtis (London, United Kingdom)
Laurence Kalman (London, United Kingdom)
Michael Kraus (Stuttgart, Germany)
Loretta Pugh (London, United Kingdom)