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Mergers & Acquisitions


Focused on M&A transactions

M&A transactions are the focus of CMS’s corporate law work. With around 250 lawyers, our firm offers M&A advice that combines solid legal expertise and experience with insider industry knowledge. 

Decades of leadership in M&A advice 

Backed by more than 1,000 lawyers worldwide, CMS advises leading companies on major – and mostly international – M&A transactions. Our Corporate/M&A practice has long held a leading position in the M&A league tables. We advise on more M&A transactions in Germany and Europe than any other law firm. This experience directly benefits you in your M&A process.

When you acquire a company or invest in one, our firm’s Corporate/M&A lawyers work seamlessly with experts from other areas both within Germany and internationally to deliver tailor-made M&A advice from a single source. 

We have M&A specialists covering the following areas:

Private M&A

  • Structuring the transaction
  • Transaction management
  • Negotiating non-disclosure agreements and letters of intent
  • Support in tender proceedings when reviewing a tender and on structuring the process
  • Support ahead of and during due diligence
  • Preparing the required contracts and resolutions
  • 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, NPL and distressed companies
  • Acquisition out of administration
  • Extracting value from distressed assets

Public M&A

  • Takeover offer
  • Acting in concert / insider trading / ad-hoc publicity
  • Control and profit transfer agreements
  • Squeeze-out
  • Delisting
  • Advising management and supervisory boards

M&A advice tailored to your sector and region 

Knowledge of current industry trends plays a key role in providing a realistic assessment of the potential and challenges of a transaction, planning it effectively and achieving a successful outcome. Our experience is apparent from our broad track record. We harness this experience in clusters of excellence that serve as think tanks and have a particular focus on the following sectors:

Demand for all-in-one solutions for cross-border M&A transactions continues to grow. The strong capabilities of the global CMS network enable us to handle cross-border M&A transactions smoothly and efficiently. 

CMS European M&A Study – benefit from our analysis of deal trends

CMS has been evaluating data from thousands of M&A transactions across Europe since 2007, which is distilled into the annual CMS European M&A Study. We analyse the key deal points of each of these M&A transactions and categorise them in terms of trends. We can produce a tailored analysis by individual country and/or by sector to meet your specific needs.

Want to find out more about our M&A expertise or receive a copy of our CMS European M&A Study 2019? Please just contact us.

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Germany M&A Legal Adviser of the Year

Mergermarket 2018

Very large practice, which is the market leader in midsized deals in terms of numbers. Strong CMS offices across central and eastern Europe. Much client praise for sector-related advice.

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

A leading M&A practice.

JUVE German Commercial Law Firms 2017 (GCLF)

Auch die Branchenfokussierung hat CMS besonders konsequent etabliert – die Zusammenarbeit mit der gr. handelsrechtl. Praxis ist hier von zentraler Bedeutung

JUVE Handbuch, 2016/2017

CMS provides ‘a very high level of service’ and has a focus on regulated industries.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2017

CMS genießt einen Ruf als Sozietät mit globaler Reichweite und stellt dies auch im Transakti-onsgeschäft mit einer Reihe an bedeutenden Transaktionen unter Beweis.

The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2017

CMS ist eine feste Größe auf dem deutschen Wirtschaftsmarkt und begleitet eine beachtliche Anzahl an nationalen Transaktionen im mittelgroßen Bereich.

The Legal 500 Deutschland, 2017

Particularly strong in M&A matters that have a significant regulatory component, where it acts for clients from a number of sectors, including financial services, media and automotives.

Chambers Europe, 2017

[CMS] provides corporate advice to family-run businesses and advises on cross-border M&A with the help of its impressive European network. Has a strong track record in high profile renewable energy transactions.

Chambers Europe, 2017

They understand M&A very well, have experience in auction procedures and respond well to different types of bidders. They have a lot of personal resources; we never had any delays.

Chambers Europe, 2017

"CMS is strong in negotiations."

Chambers Europe, 2017
March 2019
CMS European M&A Study 2019


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