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Whether you are planning a merger as part of your growth strategy, thinking about diversifying into new sectors or looking for new funding options such as non-bank lending or through equity investment, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and commercial advice. Having lawyers who think and act beyond their traditional role and seek to add value can help you secure the competitive edge you need in an ever-changing business environment. Our international team of more than 1.400 corporate lawyers in over 45 countries worldwide can assist you in all aspects of corporate law and M&A, both domestically and internationally.

Whatever your size, a large publicly listed company or a small privately owned business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, outsourcing, group restructuring and privatisations. Our cross-border teams consist of experts from all practice areas and sectors such as banking, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, lifesciences, real estate and construction, hotels and leisure, technology and media. This allows us to understand your specific issues for a transaction and provide you with advice within context, saving time and money and allows us to pinpoint your real commercial issues and risks in a transaction.

"CMS's team has a pragmatic and efficient approach to complex situations."

Feedback from a client about the department, Chambers Europe, 2024

"Highly engaged team, irrespective of the size or complexity of the transaction. Genuine interest in the story behind the (anticipated) transaction and fully engaged to make it work for their client."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2024

"Deep knowledge of local applicable law and market practices, as well as an ability to adequately and directly serve overseas clients not used to those practices."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2024

"CMS teams involved the right mix of associates profiles and partners profiles. Partners are highly involved, bringing a high level of expertise in the deals they work in. It leads to a very reassuring approach to the client."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2023

"They demonstrate a very high level of expertise. In addition, they are very patient with the client, and pedagogic."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2023

"There is a real collaboration in the team, with associates valued and not only there to act as secretaries. It implies a real level of trust from the senior partner and makes the general atmosphere of work a pleasant one, while allowing the client an easy access to the lawyers. They mastered a difficult and stressful 100% Docusign closing with a high number of documents and signatories while facing all possible technical trouble: very well done!!"

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2023

"It is always easy to contact the team. The lawyers have a down-to-earth approach, which is what I really like."

Corporate/M&A client - Chambers Europe, 2023

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Boom & Gloom? CMS European M&A Outlook 2023
We are pleased to share with you the 2023 edition of the European M&A Outlook published by CMS in association with Mergermarket.

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