Berlin – Commercial law firm CMS Germany has expanded the partnership at the start of the year by appointing four new partners from the Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance, Corporate Criminal Liability/Compliance and Real Estate & Public divisions at its Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Stuttgart offices. “2019 was a very gratifying year for CMS with many exciting instructions and challenging projects. The new partners contributed to that success through their deep commitment, outstanding work and by developing key business areas. These appointments are a reaffirmation of our chosen path and forward-looking market positioning,” said Dr Hubertus Kolster, Managing Partner of CMS in Germany.
For the sixth year in a row, CMS took first place in the latest “Kanzleimonitor” survey, which is conducted annually by the German Institute for Legal Departments and Corporate Lawyers (diruj). The survey shows that CMS remained the law firm most frequently recommended by heads of in-house legal departments in 2019.
“We are delighted by this accolade and the top ratings across a wide range of areas. The fact that CMS took first place for the sixth time in a row shows that clients greatly appreciate our qualified, real-world advice. This success is based on high-quality, broad-based expertise, our track record of addressing and shaping emerging issues, and the international reach of the CMS organisation. The ranking is an incentive for us to remain committed to our chosen path. In doing so, we will continue to build on the long-standing, trusted relationships with our clients,” said Dr Hubertus Kolster.
The new partners at CMS Germany
Dr Christoph von Eiff (Corporate/M&A, Düsseldorf) has been with CMS since 2013. He specialises in advising companies and corporate groups on corporate law, particularly on complex structuring measures and issues relating to the liability of company organs and corporate governance. He regularly advises on post-merger integration after M&A transactions.
Dr André Frischemeier (Banking & Finance, Frankfurt) has been with CMS since 2011. He specialises in advising banks, institutional investors and companies on all aspects of banking law. His professional expertise includes the legal aspects of financing (real estate, project, corporate and acquisition financing) and financial restructuring.
Dr Daniel Kaiser (Commercial Criminal Law/Criminal Tax Law & Compliance, Stuttgart) has been with CMS since 2016. He specialises in criminal law and advises, supports and defends companies and selected individuals in all areas of commercial criminal law and criminal tax law. His expertise includes advising companies in relation to preliminary and summary proceedings, conducting internal company investigations, and corporate and criminal defence in main proceedings.
Philipp Schönnenbeck (Real Estate & Public, Düsseldorf) has been with CMS since 2012. He specialises in advising on complex property transactions and M&A deals with a real estate dimension. He also advises clients on asset management and development projects.