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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
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 Cor­por­ate Tools (in Ger­man)
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