Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers

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 180 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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Hubertus Kolster
Dr. Hubertus Kolster
Man­aging Part­ner
Germany, Berlin
Hubertus Kolster has been the managing partner of CMS Germany since 2011, and as one of Germany’s leading commercial law firms, CMS today has more than 600 lawyers and offices in eight major German...
Thomas Link
Dr. Thomas Link
Rechtsanwalt, Tax Adviser
Germany, Frankfurt
Thomas Link is a tax law expert who works out of our Frankfurt office. He heads the international CMS transactional tax practice and advises German and international companies on all aspects of tax...
Sebastian Orthmann
Dr. Sebastian Orthmann, EMBA
Rechtsanwalt | Fachanwalt für Handels- und Gesellschaftsrecht (Certified lawyer for commercial and corporate law) | Head of Real Estate & Public Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Hamburg
Sebastian Orthmann provides advice to national and international investors and project developers on the acquisition and sale of companies as well as real estate and real estate portfolios (domestic...
Jan Spee
Jan Graf von Spee
Germany, Hamburg
Jan Graf von Spee is a corporate partner with long-standing experience advising limited liability companies (German GmbH) and partnerships on joint ventures and international commercial, distribution...
Peter Wende
Dr. Peter Wende, LL.M. (College of Europe)
Germany, Stuttgart
Peter Wende advises and represents clients in German and international arbitration proceedings as well as in disputes before German courts. He has special experience in M&A and corporate disputes...
Stefan Lehr
Stefan Lehr
Germany, Frankfurt
Stefan Lehr specialises in merger control and has many years of experience advising on cross-border merger control proceedings. He represents his clients – among those companies in the machine...
Christian Lenthe
Dr. Christian von Lenthe
Germany, Hamburg
Christian von Lenthe is widely experienced advising his clients on corporate – often intra-group – reorganisations, mergers and acquisitions as well as capital measures. He has been the lead...
Oliver C. Wolfgramm
Dr. Oliver C. Wolfgramm
Germany, Frankfurt
Oliver Wolfgramm has more than 18 years of experience in advising German and international companies on domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions as well as on restructurings....
Andreas Zanner
Dr. Andreas Zanner
Germany, Frankfurt
Together with Philipp Melzer, Andreas Zanner heads the CMS Equity Capital Market practice in Frankfurt which is particularly focused on providing advice to issuers, underwriting banks and existing...
Christoph Lächler
Dr. Christoph Lächler
Germany, Stuttgart
Christoph Lächler specialises in private equity and M&A transactions, advising German and international investors and companies on cross-border company acquisitions and sales, add-on transactions,...