Home / Annual Review 2019 – 2020
  1. Facing the future
    1. ALPLA expands its global plastic recycling capabilities
    2. Ukrainian Gas Transmission System unbundling
    3. Solving global challenges
    4. The green economy: identifying primary risks and key opportunities
    5. Advising on a EUR 1.1bn Bulgarian gas pipeline procurement
    6. Selling the Merkur offshore wind farm
  2. Navigating a changing world
    1. Data and risk: challenges in an uncertain world
    2. CMS advises on major East Africa paint transaction
    3. Commerz Real lands the largest deal in its history
    4. Helping Teyliom Hospitality’s expansion in Central and West Africa
    5. Shaping the new normal
    6. Working through the COVID-19 lockdown
  3. Harnessing technology
    1. Technology: a unifying force
    2. Online gambling grows as Gamesys is sold to JPJ Group
    3. CMS advises on first ever European real estate transaction using blockchain
    4. CymbiQ Group on expansion course
    5. CMS helps Korean investors acquire prime real estate assets
    6. Lupl delivers transformative open industry platform for legal matters
    7. MultiChoice separates from Naspers and lists on JSE
    8. CMS advises on ‘Train Maya’ rail project
    9. Smart living: creating a framework for disruption and innovation
    10. CMS helps the BBC launch the streaming service BritBox in the UK
  4. Managing risk
    1. The true cost of ESG
    2. CMS advises Blackstone on its investment in Carrix
    3. CMS advises Zentiva on its acquisition of Alvogen
    4. ST Pharm establishes new medical testing and analysis business line
    5. Colgate-Palmolive acquires premium anti-ageing skin care brand
  5. Inside CMS
    1. CMS Academy adds participants through digital learning
  6. CSR and Diversity & Inclusion
    1. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): CMS Charity Partner
    2. Diversity and Inclusion at CMS UK
  7. Interviews
    1. Interview with Gabriela Staber
    2. Interview with Sophie Marquet
    3. Interview with Courtney Rothery
    4. Interview with María González Gordon
    5. Interview with Mariel Dimsey
    6. Interview with Nedžida Salihović-Whalen
    7. Interview with Annemieke Hazelhoff
    8. Interview with Michelle Barclay
    9. Interview with Gerlind Wisskirchen


We are living in turbulent times, characterised by political, climate and health crises. The most acute of these – the COVID-19 pandemic – has clearly shown how interconnected our economies are: travel, commerce and supply chains worldwide have been impacted. No individual or business has remained totally unaffected by it.

As a global organisation, with a presence in key business hubs around the world, we are witnessing the impact of the pandemic firsthand. Our teams in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America are helping clients deal with this unprecedented situation. Unfolding in different intensities in different parts of the world at different times, our teams are in the fortunate position of being able to connect with and learn from each other. This enables us to support our clients in a meaningful way, listening to and understanding their concerns and providing them with business-relevant advice that draws on insights from our experts worldwide.

In this crisis, we, as a society, are at a crossroads. What is certain is that for individuals and businesses (ours included) there will be no ‘back to business as usual’. Things need to (and will) change. How we shape the ‘new normal’ is up to us. In this Annual Review, we look at some key developments that are increasingly impacting business success. Companies need to take these into consideration when adapting their operations to the new business environment.

The months ahead will be challenging for us all. Businesses will need to think strategically and position themselves for success
in the new normal. We at CMS see it as our task to guide our clients through this changing business landscape.

Matthias Lichtblau (Executive Director)
Pierre-Sébastien Thill (Chairman)
Duncan Weston (Executive Partner)

CMS Executive Team

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