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Fuelled by increased consumer demand for cutting edge products and low-cost services, your business is faced with the constant battle to offer ‘more for less’. Innovation is key, but you need to overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles. For the past two decades, our team of over 100 specialist partners in 33 countries has been exposed to every risk and challenge you face in the TMC sector such as IP infringements or anti-trust issues. This means we understand the industries in which you transact including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media as well as data protection and are able to develop innovative solutions for you.

Technological convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can help guide you towards the most commercially successful outcome.

Winner of the 2019 Trends Legal Award for “Best law firm in IP, IT & TMT”

"CMS has a market-leading telecoms practice offering expertise in regulatory and contentious mandates, including around tariffs. The law firm has a particular focus on advising clients from the automotive sector on the technology, telecommunications and data protection aspects of connected cars. Team members offer experience in media regulatory issues and licence fee disputes. Lawyers from the team also advise on data privacy issues, assisting with data breaches, cyber attacks and consumer protection."

Chambers Europe, 2023

"CMS is well regarded by clients for its ‘dedicated, broad expertise‘."

Legal 500, 2022

"CMS is fairly unique given that their expert teams cover in essence all aspects of the IT, communications, media and entertainment industries. They work seamlessly together through the combination of the skill sets that are needed to obtain the best results for their clients."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2022

"The CMS teams are fully dedicated to the matters which the client entrusts to them. They really care about their clients, work relentlessly in the best interest of their clients and always look for additional innovative arguments. Dirk Van Liedekerke and Alexis Laes really stand out in this respect."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2022

"A litany of blue-chip media conglomerates, sports associations, and major corporations turn to the sizeable team at CMS for assistance with contentious and non-contentious assignments. IP disputes are a key strength for the cross-practice group, with recent highlights including high-profile anti-counterfeiting actions, trademark infringements and contractual breaches. Tom Heremans acts for world-leading entertainment companies and international football organisations in a range of copyright and patent litigation proceedings. Managing partner Renaud Dupont is noted for his expertise in distribution agreements."

Legal 500, 2022

"Dedicated, broad expertise in the area of data protection and information security, also in complex situations."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2022

"The lawyers know that speed and pragmatism are important, not just legal theory, and they apply that to our cases to give us bespoke work that is translated into business language"

Feedback from a client about the department - Chambers Europe, 2022

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