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Corporate / M&A

Advising on corporate law – the challenges for future-oriented companies

Digital transformation and shifts in world trade require unprecedented flexibility from companies. Our Corporate/M&A practice is focused on helping them meet the challenges of today’s business world through optimal corporate structures and strategically smart transactions. 

From company formation to corporate succession

Corporate law is a core activity at CMS – with more than 180 lawyers across eight locations, we have the largest corporate law team in Germany.

Our Corporate/M&A team assists you in creating structures within your organisation or corporate group that allow you to act with confidence and avoid liability risks.

Our experts on corporate law can advise you and your business from formation through to developing a corporate succession solution. We advise on corporate transactions as well as on mergers and restructurings. For investors, we develop tailored equity models that take account of the subsequent exit strategy. Our lawyers handle the preparations for your shareholder meeting and settle shareholder disputes via proven dispute resolution methods.

Our Corporate/M&A practice includes the following main areas and excellence clusters: 

Tailor-made advice on corporate law with strong partner involvement worldwide

We offer a seamless cross-border service with strong partner involvement. The size and international presence of CMS enable us to provide the right advisors for every matter, whether you need an experienced lawyer with specific industry expertise as your day-to-day contact or a larger team to handle an M&A transaction.

Where complex legal issues are involved, such as when restructuring companies, we bring together experts from corporate law, tax law and other areas to develop a bespoke solution for your business. The same Corporate/M&A partner always remains your point of contact, continues to coordinate the project and is personally responsible for the matter. Personal service and maximum client confidence are thus ensured throughout. 

Comprehensive knowledge, a long track record and in-depth industry expertise are all hallmarks of our service.

"They are extremely responsive, very smart and very pragmatic," […] "of consistent high quality." (client)

Chambers Europe, 2020

"Strong stock corporation law practice, increasingly close ties to DAX companies."

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2019 (GCLF)

Germany M&A Legal Adviser of the Year

Mergermarket 2018

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Distressed M&A
Distressed M&A
M&A as a core competenceDistressed M&A is a major focus within the CMS M&A practice group. With around 250 lawyers specialising in M&A in Germany alon
Internationale Konzernstrukturen
International Group Structures
Designing cross-border structuresCorporate groups with an international structure need to comply with the laws of multiple countries. Having internati
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions
Focused on M&A transactionsM&A transactions are the focus of CMS’s corporate law work. With around 180 lawyers, our firm offers M&A advice that combin
Öffentliche Übernahmen
Public takeovers
Forward-looking planning and successful implementation of your public takeoverThe German Securities Acquisition and Takeover Act (WpÜG) sets a tight l
Aktienrecht
Stock Corporation Law
Comprehensive advice for listed companiesListed companies are under constant scrutiny. The words and actions of its executive officers can affect the
Gesellschaftsrechtliche Gestaltung
Structuring under corporate law
Corporate structuringGood corporate governance requires proper structuring of the entity’s legal framework. The company’s articles of association must
Pod­cast - Up­date Cor­por­ate Law
CMS To Go
CMS Cor­por­ate Tools (in Ger­man)
Nütz­liche Tools rund um das Gesell­schaft­s­recht

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24/06/2022
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24/06/2022
Reg­u­la­tion on for­eign sub­sidies is head­ing for the fin­ish line - European...
Since 5 May 2022, EU tri­logue ne­go­ti­ations have been un­der­way on the first Reg­u­la­tion to lim­it the ef­fect of sub­sidies from third coun­tries to com­pan­ies act­ive in the EU. That an agree­ment will be reached...
20/06/2022
CMS ad­vises Treas­ury In­tel­li­gence Solu­tions on the ac­quis­i­tion of Cash­force
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01/06/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
23/05/2022
Ten key takeaways of the draft re­vi­sion for the EU mer­ger con­trol pro­ced­ure
Fol­low­ing its eval­u­ation of pro­ced­ur­al and jur­is­dic­tion­al as­pects of EU mer­ger con­trol, on 6 May 2022 the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished drafts for a re­vised Mer­ger Im­ple­ment­ing Reg­u­la­tion (in­clud­ing Form...
18/05/2022
CMS ad­vises Heng­tong on ac­quis­i­tion of LE­ONI-owned j-fiber
Ham­burg – Lis­ted Chinese power cable and op­tic­al fibre man­u­fac­turer Heng­tong has ac­quired all the shares in j-fiber GmbH, which is part of LE­ONI AG. The deal is be­ing handled via Heng­tong sub­si­di­ary...
17/05/2022
CMS ad­vises Rail­pool on new fin­an­cing struc­ture for planned growth
Ham­burg – Rail­pool, one of Europe’s lead­ing rail vehicle leas­ing com­pan­ies, ex­ten­ded its ex­ist­ing fin­an­cing ar­range­ments in April 2022 and se­cured fur­ther fund­ing for the com­pany’s planned growth.The...
17/05/2022
CMS ad­vises Fuse Ven­ture Part­ners on in­vest­ment in di­git­al mar­ket­place...
Frank­furt/Main – Fuse Ven­ture Part­ners has par­ti­cip­ated in the EUR 9m Series A fund­ing of di­git­al mar­ket­place pro­vider Ma­ga­Loop. The fin­an­cing round was led by Mar­ket One Cap­it­al and At­lantic Food Labs...
11/05/2022
CMS ad­vises IT ser­vice pro­vider Bechtle on ac­quis­i­tion of Dutch IT sys­tem...
Stut­tgart – In­ter­na­tion­al IT ser­vice pro­vider Bechtle AG has ac­quired Dutch firm PQR B.V., which has a 32-year track re­cord as an IT sys­tem house with a strong fo­cus on the pub­lic sec­tor and a port­fo­lio...
11/05/2022
CMS ad­vises US tech­no­logy com­pany Bruker on in­vest­ment in Tofwerk
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10/05/2022
CMS ad­vises HQ Hold­ing on sale of ma­jor­ity stake in HQ Cap­it­al to as­set...
Frank­furt/Main – HQ Hold­ing, which is part of Har­ald Quandt (HQ), has sold a ma­jor­ity stake in private equity spe­cial­ist HQ Cap­it­al to French al­tern­at­ive as­set man­ager LFPI, hav­ing made a stra­tegic...
05/05/2022
CMS ad­vises All4La­bels Glob­al Pack­aging Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of Olym­pus...
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