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The greatest appreciation of our work is to have content clients. If our expertise is recognised and honoured beyond that, we are, of course, all the more pleased. CMS has received the following awards in the recent past:


CEE 2019 Deal of the Year Award winners

It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2019 CEE Deal of the Year Awards!

CMS is very proud of having received four CEE Deal of the Year Awards.
We would like to highlight the following countries and deals in which CMS performed remarkably well:

Deal: Crnogorska Komercijalna Banka’s Acquisition of Majority Stake in Societe Generale Banka Montenegro (CMS; Jones Day; Kalo & Associates; Schoenherr; Sytnyk & Partners)
Congratulations to our cross-border team led by Partner Eva Talmacsi. She received invaluable support from the core transaction team of Dóra Czeglédi, Zoltán Poronyi, Péter Tóth and Ádám Takács (Budapest), the merger clearance team of Dóra Petrányi, Szabolcs Szendrő and Dóra Altziebler (Budapest) and the local team of Marija Tesic, Milica Popović, Radovanović Raško, Anja Tasic, Mina Radonjic, Ksenija Ivetić Marlović, Marija Marošan, Tamara Samardžija, Ksenija Boreta, Nebojša Pejin and Nenad Kovačević (CMS Montenegro).

North Macedonia
Deal: Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen’s Acquisition of Ohridska Banka AD Skopje (Schoenherr; CMS; Jones Day)
The successful team included the Vienna-based core team led by Partner Peter Huber, which consisted of Dieter Zandler, Oliver Werner, Sixtus Ferdinand Kraus, Simon Cook and Mario Maier. CMS’ team in Skopje was led by Partner Marija Filipovska and included Ana Bozarova and Elena Miceva Stojchevska. Belgrade-based Partners Raško Radovanović and Marija Tešić were also involved in the deal.

 The full list of winners is available on ceelegalmatters.com

2020 IFLR 1000 rankings: CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz breaks top rankings in Vienna and CEE

This has been a very successful year for CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz offices in Vienna and CEE, with more than 20 practice group rankings and almost 30 personal lawyer rankings.

The offices of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz have been very successful in the 2020 IFLR 1000 rankings! We have 10 Tier 1 rankings, six Tier 2 rankings, three Tier 3 rankings and five Tier 4 rankings. In addition to firm rankings, our lawyers have been extremely successful in personal rankings, with two Market Leaders, 20 Highly Regarded lawyers, five Notable Practitioners, and two Rising Stars. 

Best Lawyer and Handelsblatt select the best lawyers and law firms in Austria

CMS is delighted to receive a number of awards in the Best Lawyer/Handelsblatt Ranking 2019:
The lawyers at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz won several awards in Handelsblatt’s Best Lawyers Ranking 2019.
Bernt Elsner was named Lawyer of the Year in the European Law Practice Group.
CMS’s employment law practice in Austria was named Firm of the Year 2019 by Best Lawyer/Handelsblatt.


Law Firm of the Year 2016 in CEE

The award reflects CMS’s leading position in Central Eastern Europe, the scale of its activity and the high profile and complexity of its work in recent years, as well as the reputation of the CMS teams.

Best Managed International Law Firm at MPF Awards

CMS won Best Managed International Law Firm at the Managing Partners’ Forum (“MPF”) Awards, held last night in London. The MPF Awards, in association with the Financial Times and Harvard Business Review, acknowledge and reward management’s contribution to strategy, leadership, the client experience, operational excellence and responsible business across the professional services sector.

CMS tops M&A Legal Advisor league tables in Central Eastern Europe

CMS has topped all of the major M&A Legal Advisor league tables1 in Central and Eastern Europe, advising on more transactions in the region than any other law firm in 2015.

Recommended in “Global Competition Review 2016”

Our CMS teams in Austria and Slovenia have been included in a list of the best competition law experts, as published by Global Competition Review (GCR). GCR provides one of the most important global ranking lists for competition law worldwide. Also included were our CMS colleagues from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain and Switzerland.


Top Ranking in “Energy and Infrastructure” by IFLR1000

It was the first time that IFLR1000 explored the field of “Energy and Infrastructure” and just a few days ago, the international market observer announced its results. CMS fared very well in this evaluation in CEE: with eight top rankings, the law firm managed from Austria is clearly the leader in CEE. This positive outcome is not least due to the fact that particularly regarding the energy industry, CMS advises in all branches.

The Legal 500: Top Placements

For 27 years already, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms in over 100 countries. In their recently published EMEA Rankings, CMS received top marks. Overall 70 mentions in the two top categories speak for the high quality of service provided across a multitude of fields by the team in Austria as well as in the offices in CEE. On top of that, The Legal 500 has named three partners at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz “Leading Individuals 2015”.


“Austrian Law Firm of the Year” at the JUVE Awards 2014

Once a year JUVE, the professional journal for business law, scrutinises the legal advice industry. On 23rd October the JUVE awards 2014 were announced. The award for “Austrian Law Firm of the Year” was conferred for only the second time. The representatives of the winner, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, were delighted with the distinction and accepted the trophy at the award ceremony, which was held at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt.

ILO Client Choice Award for Banking

Günther Hanslik, partner at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz in Vienna, has received a Client Choice Award by the International Law Office (ILO) for his outstanding achievements in the field of banking in Austria. 
The Client Choice Awards conferred by the London-based International Law Office (ILO) recognise lawyers for their superior services for their clients and the unparalleled quality of their work. The winners are chosen based on clients’ assessments. More than 2,000 companies across Europe selected the best law firms and attorneys.


Advocatus Clients’ Awards

Austrian daily newspaper DIE PRESSE conferred the Advocatus’13 Clients’ Award to CMS in overall three categories: labour law, corporate law and M&A, and tax law and law of private foundations. Senior Partner Johannes Reich-Rohrwig received the most votes by clients.

CMS has been named a top 20 Global Elite Law Firm Brand in Acritas’ Sharplegal 2013 Global Elite Brand Index.


CEE Legal Adviser of the Year by Financial Times & Mergermarket

The awards have earned a reputation as the industry standard for corporate, private equity, investment banking and legal M&A expertise. Firms are shortlisted by statistical analysis of Mergermarket's M&A database, an authoritative source of M&A league tables, before a panel of independent expert judges decide on a winner for each category.

Recommended in IFLR1000

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz has once again been recommended in all countries at the annual ranking of the International Financial Law review, The IFLR1000. The CMS office in Belgrade could once more secure tier 1 in the field of Financial and Corporate, CMS Zagreb ascended to tier 2. The offices in Vienna, Sarajevo, Sofia, Bratislava and Ljubljana, also received recommendations.

The IFLR1000 ranking is based on the recommendations of in-house counsel of the world’s leading financial institutions and companies as well as the leading lawyers, solicitors and attorneys in each legal market covered, focus on the fields of Banking, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Financial and Corporate and is issued annually.

Winner of Advocatus’12 for Labour Law

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz was awarded the Advocatus’12 prize in the category Labour Law. Once again, the law firm proved its standing as leading provider of legal services in the field of labour law in Austria and CEE.

In “Handbuch Wirtschaftsanwälte”, a manual listing outstanding commercial law experts published by the Austrian quality newspaper Die Presse, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz is also expressly listed as recommended law firm for the fields of “Construction/Tenancy Law, Real Estate”, “IP, IT, Media, Telecoms”, “Dispute Resolution”, “M&A, Corporate Law, Foundations”, “Public Commercial Law” and “Central, East, Southeast Europe”.

ILO Client Choice Award in Serbia

Nataša Zavišin, local partner of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz in Belgrade, received the ILO Client Choice Award for her outstanding performance in the field of mergers & acquisitions in Serbia. CMS Belgrade won the country award for Serbia.

The Client Choice Awards conferred by the London-based International Law Office recognise lawyers for their superior services for their clients and the unparalleled quality of their work. The winners are chosen based on clients’ assessments.

Chambers Law Firm of the Year Award 2012 for CEE

At this year’s Chambers Europe Awards in Amsterdam, CMS received the Law Firm of the Year Award for Central and Eastern Europe for the first time. Along with the award for CEE, CMS also received an award in Hungary and a Client Service Award in Portugal.


Number one in M&A transactions in Europe and CEE

This year again, CMS has confirmed its top position in the M&A sector. Bloomberg has rated CMS as number one not just in one but in two M&A rankings: CMS leads the Europe and CEE rankings in terms of quantity of transactions it advised on in 2010.

Mid-Market Legal Advisor of the Year

For a second consecutive year, CMS has been named Mid-Market Law Firm of the Year by Acquisitions Monthly. The leading M&A publication Acquisitions Monthly, part of Reuters Professional Publishing, had nominated CMS again as firm of the year for M&A transactions up to 500 million dollars.


The Legal500 2010 edition

In the current issue of The Legal 500, CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz was named one of the most successful law firms in Austria and SEE/CEE. A total of seven first-tier listings and entry into a further eleven categories are proof of our excellent work and the trust our clients have in CMS.

Prestigious awards for CMS

  • Acquisitions Monthly names CMS Mid-Market Legal Advisor of the Year
  • Financial Times / mergermarket see CMS as Mid-Market Legal Advisor of the Year
  • Thomson Reuters and mergermarket rank CMS at top position in the number of M&A transactions in CEE