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It is not always possible to resolve business conflicts through negotiation. Experienced litigation lawyers are needed to enforce or defend against contentious claims before state courts.

CMS's Dispute Resolution Practice Area Group is one of the most frequently recommended practices for litigation. The approximately 80 litigation experts in our team advise DAX-listed corporations as well as large and medium-sized companies from a wide range of industries ahead of commercial law disputes. If an amicable solution cannot be reached, they seamlessly take over representation in court.

Clients benefit here from litigation experience acquired over many years. In addition, when the successful enforcement or defence of claims requires it, our lawyers draw on the know-how of colleagues from other practice areas, such as Corporate/M&A, Commercial, Technology, Media & Communications, Banking & Finance, Energy and Insolvency. 

We solve complex conflicts of all kinds

Our Dispute Resolution Practice Area Group is notable for its high level of competence in progressing and managing litigation. Getting a detailed grasp of the matter and fully understanding the commercial context are extremely important to us. We take a strategic approach to the litigation we conduct on your behalf and impress in court through our professionalism and rhetorical skills. We are members of the relevant professional associations and interest groups and help shape the latest developments in the field of dispute resolution. 

Strong international presence

We also represent our clients in international disputes before the state courts, often in conjunction with colleagues from across the CMS network. We offer deep country-specific knowledge, especially in all European jurisdictions as well as Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. We have German lawyers on the ground in Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai and Beijing. 

Key benefits

  • Local contacts throughout Germany
  • Excellent market reputation and respected by the courts
  • Efficient project management 
  • Deployment of legal tech
  • Cooperation with your press office/litigation PR
  • Interdisciplinary teams
  • Proven track record of cooperating with authorities and government agencies
  • Competitive pricing

„Die Disputes-Praxis gehört zu den vielseitigsten im Markt.“

JUVE Handbuch, 2020/2021

„Als einer der personell stärksten Praxen in Deutschland kann CMS eine Vielzahl von Verfahren bedienen. Man wird von dem Mittelstand und Hidden Champions aber auch vermehrt von Großkonzernen in streitigen Situationen mandatiert, [...], die oftmals grenzüberschreitende Aspekte beinhalteten.“

The Legal 500, 2021

"[the team] Shows notable experience in multi-jurisdictional shareholder disputes. Further expertise lies in D&O liability, corporate litigation and follow-on damages claims, particularly in the automotive and life sciences sectors."

Chambers Europe, 2021

"One of the largest practices in Germany, CMS combines deep-rooted local knowledge with considerable international expertise. […] Members of the team regularly coordinate multi-jurisdictional projects on behalf of an impressive roster of German-headquartered entities, as well as overseas players."

Chambers Global, 2021
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