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CMS honoured in Chambers Global Online Awards


CMS has been named by Chambers & Partners as one of the top three firms in the category of “Law Firm of the Year: Europe”. Chambers selected CMS, according to the citation, due to its “extensive European coverage, with over 40 offices across the continent. It offers a fully integrated service, and often handles complex multi-jurisdictional transactions. As well as enjoying a market-leading position in the CEE and CIS regions, it also fields prominent teams in France and Germany, and recently added a new member firm in Portugal. Notable areas of expertise include energy, technology and life sciences”.

Cornelius Brandi, Executive Chairman of CMS, said, “This award is a superb achievement for CMS. Despite challenging conditions in our home market of Europe, we are expanding our client base and competing successfully for business. The recognition by Chambers of our pan-European strength and wide range of expertise confirms to me that our approach to serving our clients is the right one.”

Nominations for the Chambers Global Online Awards are made by Chambers editors and researchers. The winners are selected after an appraisal of the firms' overall performance and their involvement in the highest profile and most cutting-edge deals and cases across the world.

Brandi added, “CMS is a market leader in cross-border transactions, examples of which are the acquisition of Swiss laboratory Nycomed by Japan’s Takeda covering 12 jurisdictions and our advice to Novelis Inc. on the sale of three subsidiaries in Luxembourg, Germany, France and Switzerland. Our major presence in both France and Germany has enabled us to transact several deals involving parties in both countries, such as Metro’s disposal of Media Saturn in France.”

The full list of winners and short-listed firms can be seen at: http://www.chambersandpartners.com/awards/5

Notes to editors

CMS lawyers immerse themselves in their clients' business. This enables them to deliver the most effective legal and tax solutions. Both leading domestic and major global corporations work with CMS´ 2,800 lawyers across 55 offices in Europe, Russia, China, North Africa and South America.

Clients select CMS because it has the most extensive footprint in Europe of any firm. CMS provides local and industry sector insight, global project management and its specialist teams work hard to add value to their projects, wherever they are taking place. Established in 1999, CMS today comprises ten member firms, all experienced in their local jurisdictions. This expertise means that clients receive high-quality advice in the local context. CMS firms posted a combined turnover of EUR 808m in 2011. For more information, please visit www.cmslegal.com.

The CMS ten member firms are: CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni (Italy); CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo (Spain); CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre (France); CMS Cameron McKenna LLP (UK); CMS DeBacker (Belgium); CMS Derks Star Busmann (Netherlands); CMS von Erlach Henrici Ltd. (Switzerland); CMS Hasche Sigle (Germany); CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz (Austria) and CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut (Portugal). www.cmslegal.com

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