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To provide you with practical legal advice, we establish a number of cross-border Practice Areas and Sector Groups with representatives from different CMS jurisdictions. Our Practice Areas and Sector Groups provide you with integrated services combined with leading-edge industry sector capability.

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  • Banking & Finance
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CMS has extensive experience in advising Chinese companies on outbound investments, such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), the establishment of a joint venture or setting up a subsidiary overseas. We are in particular familiar with all regulatory aspects of outbound investments, including the filing and approval requirements in China and the investment control in foreign jurisdictions.

Many of our lawyers frequently work with Chinese clients and are familiar with both Chinese and local business cultures. Some of them are fluent in Mandarin. They can therefore bridge cultural and language gaps and help to build up trust between our Chinese client and the local seller, partner or authority – which is essential for a successful investment. 

Here in China, we support you in your time zone and in your language. We offer you a single point of contact in your home country. Your trusted CMS lawyer will coordinate all legal advice across the involved jurisdictions and make sure that you will get consistent high quality advice for all aspects of your investment.

For support for your China outbound business, please contact us via the online form, email or telephone.

The following is a selection of our relevant experience, which includes:

  • Advising Yongfeng Group on the acquisition of the German prefabricated construction group Bürkle
  • Advising Chinese cable manufacturer Jiangsu Zhongtian Technology Co., Ltd. (ZTT) on the acquisition of the Turkish company Demirer Kablo
  • Advising China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) on the acquisition of the German company CIDEON Engineering and CIDEON Switzerland
  • Advising HNA Group on the sale of TIP Trailer Services (a leading equipment service provider headquartered in Amsterdam and operating in 17 countries) to I Squared Capital
  • Advising Powerway Group Co., Ltd. on the acquisition of Berkenhoff GmbH
  • Advising Jiangxi AIWAYS Entity Co., Ltd. on its joint venture to develop electric sports cars with the sports car manufacturer Roland Gumpert
  • Advising Chinese water pump manufacturer Shimge on the acquisition of the WITA Group in Germany and Poland
  • Advising a large home appliance manufacturer in China on merger control in numerous jurisdictions regarding its planned acquisition of a European company
  • Advising Joyou AG as the target on the takeover bid for all outstanding shares by Grohe Asia AG
  • Advising Qingdao Machinery Industry Corporation on the acquisition of the insolvent Künkel-Wagner Prozesstechnologie GmbH and on the establishment of its first international subsidiary
  • Advising a Chinese state-owned construction machinery manufacturer on emission standards in various European jurisdictions as well as on standard distribution agreements
  • Advising a Chinese state-owned enterprise on establishing a hospital in Africa
  • Advising a Chinese state-owned container shipping company on establishing agencies in several European countries


New Amend­ments to the PRC Civil Pro­ced­ure Law
On 24 Decem­ber 2021, the 32nd ses­sion of the 13th Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tion­al People's Con­gress (“NPC”) of the People's Re­pub­lic of China ("PRC") ap­proved amend­ments to the PRC Civil Pro­ced­ure...
BRI - View from APAC
The Asia-Pa­cific re­gion (APAC) has seen ex­tens­ive Belt and Road (BRI) in­vest­ment already, and prom­ises much more.But our sur­vey of BRI par­ti­cipants in APAC re­veals un­ex­pec­ted levels of am­bi­val­ence about some as­pects of BRI pro­jects.Can these po­ten­tial dif­fi­culties be tackled in a way that will ad­dress con­cerns about is­sues such as trans­par­ency and sus­tain­ab­il­ity, and en­cour­age the great­er in­volve­ment of in­ter­na­tion­al busi­nesses that China hopes to see? And how are the un­pre­ced­en­ted prob­lems of 2020, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and trade dis­putes, af­fect­ing the pro­spects of BRI?Our APAC re­port looks at is­sues in­clud­ing:Dif­fi­culties in BRI pro­jects ex­per­i­enced by APAC par­ti­cipants, and the po­ten­tial for resolv­ing these.The ef­fects of Cov­id-19 on BRI.Mit­ig­at­ing BRI risk and man­aging dis­putes.Po­ten­tial trends in the fin­an­cing of BRI pro­jects.The sec­tors at­tract­ing the most in­terest among BRI par­ti­cipants.The im­pact of BRI 2.0.
BRI - View from China
The Belt and Road Ini­ti­at­ive (BRI) con­tin­ues to evolve. Its par­ti­cipants are in­creas­ingly look­ing to meet the trends of the fu­ture. Af­ford­able pro­jects, em­bra­cing mod­ern tech­no­lo­gies and meth­ods, as well the “open, green and clean” ap­proach of BRI 2.0, will of­ten be those that stand the greatest chance of suc­cess – a point un­der­lined by China’s re­cently an­nounced tar­get for car­bon neut­ral­ity and Pres­id­ent Xi Jin­ping’s call for a green re­cov­ery of the world eco­nomy.But how are the un­pre­ced­en­ted dif­fi­culties of 2020, in­clud­ing the glob­al pan­dem­ic and trade dis­putes, af­fect­ing the pro­spects of BRI?Wel­come to the first of a series of re­ports that as­sess the chal­lenges for BRI and the steps that BRI par­ti­cipants can take to achieve both suc­cess for them­selves and a pos­it­ive fu­ture for BRI. This re­port is in­ten­ded primar­ily for a Chinese read­er­ship and is there­fore avail­able in both Eng­lish and Chinese.The re­port ex­am­ines:Why Chinese par­ti­cipants in BRI are more gen­er­ally pos­it­ive about it than non-Chinese par­ti­cipants, and how this may be re­solved.The ef­fects of Cov­id-19 on BRI, and new en­thu­si­asm for the Health Silk Road.How to mit­ig­ate BRI risk and man­age dis­putes.Po­ten­tial trends in the fin­an­cing of BRI pro­jects.The im­pact of BRI 2.0.