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