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Mergers & Acquisitions


Private M&A

  • Structuring the transaction
  • Transaction management
  • Negotiating confidentiality agreements and letters of intent
  • Support in tender proceedings when reviewing a tender and structuring the process
  • Support during and after due diligence
  • Preparing the contracts and resolutions required for the transaction
  • Contract negotiations
  • Contract management and transaction documentation
  • Preparation for signing and closing
  • Assistance with post-closing activity

Distressed M&A

  • Sale and purchase of distressed assets, distressed debts and distressed companies
  • Purchase from the administrator
  • Realisation of distressed assets

Public M&A

  • Takeover bids
  • Acting in concert / insider trading / ad-hoc publicity
  • Integration (contract of domination / profit transfer agreement)
  • Squeeze-out (stock corporation law / takeover law)
  • Delisting
  • Advising management and supervisory boards


Transactions are the main focus of our corporate law advisory work. With 250 lawyers, our Corporate / M&A practice is one of the largest in the country and a leader in its field.

CMS regularly outperforms all other law firms by advising on the largest number of M&A transactions with German involvement, making it a front-runner in the German M&A market.

Increasingly, clients demand that their law firms deliver across multiple European jurisdictions. Thanks to the international capability of the CMS organisation, we regularly advise in a large number of cross-border transactions involving multiple international CMS offices. This strength is also reflected in our ranking both in the top tier of European M&A law firms and at the head of the relevant league tables.

Our firm‘s Corporate / M&A lawyers work seamlessly with experts from a range of other practice areas both within Germany and internationally to deliver tailor-made advice from a single source.

As value added service we offer our clients the “CMS European M&A Study” in-depth analysis of deal points across more than 750 M&A transactions from 2007 to 2009. These and other pan-European publications (like the CMS European Inward Investment Guide and CMS Guide to Merger Control) highlight the international cohesion of the CMS organization and our leading position as a provider of innovative legal advisory products. CMS is the go-to firm for M&A advice in Germany and Europe. 

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Germany M&A Legal Adviser of the Year

Mergermarket 2018

Very large practice, which is the market leader in midsized deals in terms of numbers. Strong CMS offices across central and eastern Europe. Much client praise for sector-related advice.

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

A leading M&A practice.

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

Auch die Branchenfokussierung hat CMS besonders konsequent etabliert – die Zusammenarbeit mit der gr. handelsrechtl. Praxis ist hier von zentraler Bedeutung

JUVE Handbuch, 2016/2017

CMS provides ‘a very high level of service’ and has a focus on regulated industries.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2017

CMS genießt einen Ruf als Sozietät mit globaler Reichweite und stellt dies auch im Transakti-onsgeschäft mit einer Reihe an bedeutenden Transaktionen unter Beweis.

The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2017

CMS ist eine feste Größe auf dem deutschen Wirtschaftsmarkt und begleitet eine beachtliche Anzahl an nationalen Transaktionen im mittelgroßen Bereich.

The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2017

Particularly strong in M&A matters that have a significant regulatory component, where it acts for clients from a number of sectors, including financial services, media and automotives.

Chambers Europe, 2017

[CMS] provides corporate advice to family-run businesses and advises on cross-border M&A with the help of its impressive European network. Has a strong track record in high profile renewable energy transactions.

Chambers Europe, 2017

They understand M&A very well, have experience in auction procedures and respond well to different types of bidders. They have a lot of personal resources; we never had any delays.

Chambers Europe, 2017

"CMS is strong in negotiations."

Chambers Europe, 2017
March 2019
CMS European M&A Study


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