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Corporate success is based on translating ideas into reality, secure in the knowledge that they can be implemented lawfully. The highly experienced CMS Germany team is committed to providing precisely this kind of expert, proactive advice on all aspects of corporate law. Corporate law is one of our core activities – our team of more than 250 lawyers at eight German locations is among the largest in the country. In-depth knowledge, extensive experience and industry expertise are all integral to our service.

Our clients include companies of every size and sector in Germany and beyond, ranging from SMEs to DAX-listed corporations, public limited companies, family-owned businesses and foundations.

Our practice comprises the following main areas:

  • Stock Corporation Law and Corporate Governance – this includes advising and representing listed and unlisted companies and their corporate organs
  • Joint Ventures and Reorganisations – covering the establishment of joint ventures and advising on restructuring, cross-border mergers and reorganisations of all kinds
  • Mergers & Acquisitions – comprising advice on corporate acquisitions and disposals
  • Family-Owned Companies - Our Corporate practice advises family-owned companies on the best legal set-up for their regional and sector-specific market environment


We advise you and your company from start-up through to succession, offering a seamless cross-border service throughout Europe and worldwide with strong partner involvement.

The size and flexibility of our practice enable us to provide the right advisors for each matter, whether you need an experienced lawyer with industry expertise as your day-to-day contact or a large team to handle your transaction. When dealing with complex legal issues we bring experts together from all the practice areas of our firm and work closely with you to develop appropriate solutions. The same partner always remains your point of contact, coordinates the project throughout and takes direct responsibility. Personal service and maximum client confidence are thus ensured throughout.

This approach delivers excellent advice and sustainable solutions tailored to your specific needs.

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Dr. Ulrike Glueck
Man­aging Part­ner
Head of Corporate Practice Area Group and TMC Sector Group
China, Shanghai
Ulrike Glück is a renowned China expert and one of the leading lawyers advising German and international companies on M&A transactions and restructuring projects in China. After practicing law in Germany...
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...
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Philipp Senff
Head of Compliance, CMS China
China, Shanghai
Philipp is recognised as leading corporate, compliance and risk management lawyer with over 15 years’ of China-related legal work and business experience. He has extensive experience in advising multinational...
Dr. Falk Lichtenstein
China, Beijing
Falk has been advising clients in corporate law, Chinese and international commercial law as well as dispute resolution since 2006. His clients comprise foreign companies and their Chinese subsidiaries...
Henrik Drinkuth
Dr. Henrik Drinkuth
Germany, Hamburg
Henrik Drinkuth is a Corporate/M&A partner with more than 20 years‘ experience advising German and international companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public takeovers, corporate...
Dr. Barbara Wössner
Germany, Stuttgart
Barbara Wössner's primary focus is advising multinational groups on transactions in Germany, frequently heading an international team of lawyers from different jurisdictions in the context of pan-European...
Björn Demuth
Dr. Björn Demuth
Rechtsanwalt, Tax Adviser | Fachanwalt für Steuerrecht (Certified lawyer for tax law) | Head of Tax Group, CMS Germany
Germany, Stuttgart
Björn Demuth’s practice focuses on corporate compliance, succession planning and tax law. He is a tax advisor and certified tax lawyer with long-standing experience advising his clients on the...
Wolfgang Richter
Dr. Wolfgang Richter, M.P.A./Harvard Univ.
Rechtsanwalt, Notary Public
Germany, Frankfurt
Wolfgang Richter is considered to be one of Germany’s leading corporate lawyers. He mainly advises large and medium-sized industrial companies but also banks. Wolfgang specialises in stock corporation...
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Dr. Christoph Schröder
Germany, Hamburg
As a member of the firm’s China Desk, Christoph Schröder advises companies on commercial and corporate law.He supports in particular Chinese state-owned and private enterprises in relation to their...
Ernst-Markus Schuberth
Dr. Ernst-Markus Schuberth
Germany, Duesseldorf
For more than 20 years, Ernst-Markus Schuberth has been advising companies on M&A/private equity transactions and providing ongoing corporate law advice, mostly in an international context. His clients...