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A strong team for Banking & Finance

The Banking & Finance team at CMS comprises more than 50 lawyers serving clients throughout Germany, operating mainly out of our Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne and Stuttgart offices. We advise on the full range of banking law and finance:

Our clients include banks, financial services providers, private equity investors and arrangers – from SMEs to international corporations. Due to our structure and versatility, we are the perfect choice for legal advice on projects of any size and complexity.

Focusing on client needs – nationally and internationally

As part of the global CMS organisation, CMS Germany can draw on an international network of lawyers and tax advisors. These resources include 550 experts, 160 of whom are partners, for banking & finance law. Depending on the particular requirements, we assemble international teams led by an experienced lawyer, usually a partner in the firm.


„Ein großer Pluspunkt der Praxis für Kredite u. Akquisitionsfinanzierungen ist das engmaschige dt. wie internat. Netz an Kanzleistandorten.“

JUVE Handbuch, 2020/21

"Strong choice for cross-border work thanks to its robust international set-up, and its full-service offering ensures expert advice from related practice groups including energy, tax and insurance."

Chambers Europe, 2020

"very responsive and quick with very good results,"; "excellent overview and cross-border view,"; as well as "very good project management skills."

Chambers Europe, 2020

„Sehr kurze Durchlaufzeiten, jederzeitige Erreichbarkeit und hohe Praxiserfahrung“; „Pragmatische Herangehensweise“; „Unkomplizierte Kommunikation.“

The Legal 500, 2020

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Banking Law and Regulation
Your back-up for banking law and regulation. CMS Germany is your specialist for all banking-specific legal issues. We provide support to clients optio
Capital Markets
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CMS advises automotive supplier Webasto on sale of charging business to...
Cologne – Webasto, a leading global automotive supplier headquartered in Stockdorf near Munich, has sold a majority stake in its charging solutions business. The business includes charging cables, mobile chargers and wallboxes. The German company is one of the 100 largest suppliers to the automotive sector worldwide and will remain invested in the division as a minority shareholder. It intends to focus on its core business segments going forward. In 2022, Webasto took the strategic decision to seek an investor for the charging solutions business. The buyer is private equity firm Transom Capital Group, based in Los Angeles, USA. The two companies signed a purchase agreement on 7 February 2024. Further details of the transaction were not disclosed.A CMS team headed by lead partner Klaus Jäger advised Webasto on all legal aspects of the sale. The German CMS team worked closely with CMS teams from Mexico City and Beijing, as well as US law firms Miller & Martin PLLC and Locke Lord LLP. The sales process was highly complex, partly due to the fact that prior to the sale the unit in question needed to be restructured by taking appropriate action across a number of different jurisdictions. Webasto has relied on the expertise of CMS in the past, most recently when acquiring all the shares in Luxembourg company Carlex Glass.Es­tab­lished in 1901, automotive supplier Webasto focuses on roof systems and on vehicle electrification in its development, manufacturing and sales operations. The product range includes openable and fixed roofs, electric high-voltage heaters and batteries and thermo management solutions. Webasto’s customers range from manufacturers of passenger cars, commercial vehicles and boats to dealers and end customers. In 2022, the group generated sales of over EUR 4 billion and employed some 16,800 people across more than 50 locations worldwide. CMS Germany Klaus Jäger, Lead Part­ner Anna-Lena Löcherbach, Counsel Philipp Knopp, Senior As­so­ci­ate Domin­ic Zimmer, Associate Nina Fink, Associate, all Corporate/M&A Dr Angela Emmert, Partner Lennard Martin Lürwer, Counsel Marcel Heinen, Senior Associate, all Labor, Employment & Pensions Dr Sebastian Cording, Partner Lars Howe, Associate Dr Markus Kaulartz, Partner Dr Reemt Matthiesen, Partner, all TMC Dr Alexandra Schluck-Amend, Partner Manuel Nann, Senior As­so­ci­ate  Fran­ziska Fuchs, Senior Associate, all Restructuring and Insolvency Lars Eckhoff, Partner Dr Philipp Rohdenburg, Counsel, both Commercial Dr Dirk Smielick, Principal Counsel, Intellectual Property Dr Christian Scherer, Partner, Real Estate & Public Barbara Bayer, Counsel, Banking, Finance & Insurance Moritz Pottek, Counsel, Antitrust, Competition & Trade Dr Arne Burmester, Principal Counsel Conrad Gräwe, Legal Coordinator Romy Rosenhahn, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Stephanie Schulz, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Steven Washington, Legal Co­ordin­at­or Tag­rid Chahrour, Senior Legal Specialist Anke Clippingdale, Senior Legal Specialist Lisa Mattmann, Senior Legal Specialist Sarah Przybylski, Senior Legal Specialist Edris Trabzadah, Senior Legal Specialist Faraz Ahmad, Legal Specialist Jule Marie Holz, Legal Specialist Sofia Schreiner, Legal Spe­cial­ist Al­ex­an­der Stadahl, Legal Specialist, all Smart Operations CMS China Dr Falk Lichtenstein, Partner, Corporate/M&A CMS Mexico Giancarlo Schievenini, Partner, Corporate/M&A MILLER & MARTIN PLLC, Attorneys at Law, Chattanooga, USA Mike Marshall, Partner Joe De Lisle, Partner Locke Lord LLP, Boston, USA Jonathan Joung, PartnerPress Con­tact presse@cms-hs.com   
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New EBA guidelines to manage AML risks as part of the activities of crypto-asset...
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W&I insurance and taxes in Germany
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