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CMS expands in Latin America

07/2017

  • Latin American firms Carey & Allende (Chile), GRAU Abogados (Peru) and Rodríguez Azuero Contexto Legal Abogados (Colombia) join international, full-service law firm CMS
  • The three new firms add to CMS’s existing presence in Brazil and Mexico, significantly expanding the firm’s footprint in Latin America
  • CMS now has 65 offices in 38 countries, with over 6,000 staff and more than 880 partners, making it one of the most global law firms worldwide

CMS, one of the top international law firms, has significantly expanded its presence in Latin America. From today, Carey & Allende (Chile), GRAU Abogados (Peru) and Rodríguez Azuero Contexto Legal Abogados (Colombia), all well-known, high-quality firms in their respective markets, have become part of CMS. The firm has been active in the region for a number of years, with well-established offices in Brazil and Mexico.

As a result of this expansion, CMS will be able to link clients in the region with leading legal experts worldwide, supporting their internationalisation and participation in cross-border transactions. At the same time, the CMS offices in five of Latin America's most dynamic economies will be connected to offer a seamless regional solution.

With this move, CMS, already the largest law firm in Europe, continues to extend its global reach. Recently, the firm opened offices in Hong Kong and Tehran. In the UK, CMS will merge with the law firms Nabarro and Olswang, creating a new firm that will be the sixth largest in the UK by revenue. Additionally, CMS has a well-established presence in Africa, China and the Middle East, and is growing in Asia.

Cornelius Brandi, Executive Chairman of CMS, commented, “Geographic expansion is often a part of our clients’ growth strategy. So, we move primarily into regions where we expect that there will be future opportunities for them. Latin America is a region with great potential and steady growth, making it attractive for international business.”

Clients benefit from the advice of the expanded firm’s lawyers, who share a global vision and local experience that sets CMS apart – whether they are considering inbound investments into the region or are Latin American companies looking to grow internationally. With an increased presence in Latin America, CMS clients will be able to rely on a trusted partner with a full service offering across multiple markets worldwide.

The new firms will trade as CMS under the names CMS Carey & Allende, CMS Grau and CMS Rodríguez Azuero Contexto Legal Abogados and will bring their experience as well as specific knowledge of their local markets to the 19 practices areas and sector groups.

The three new firms have recognised expert teams in areas such as Financial & Banking Law, Capital Markets & Securities Law, Intellectual Property, Commercial & Civil Law, Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Natural resources: Mining and Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Environmental Law, Projects and Infrastructure, Restructuring and Insolvency, Compliance, Risk Management, Prevention of Money Laundering, Combatting the Financing of Terrorism, Corruption and Smuggling of Goods, Litigation and Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, amongst others.

Worldwide, CMS holds a leading position in sectors such as energy, telecommunications, infrastructure and financing, construction and real estate that are growth sectors in Latin America. With the integration of the new firms, CMS’s sector expertise will be deepened and expanded, both in Latin America and worldwide.

Duncan Weston, CMS Executive Partner for Global Development, added, “Our aim is to integrate leading firms that share our strategic vision which is based on a client-centric approach – in-depth knowledge of our clients’ businesses and an understanding of their specific needs. We are very pleased to welcome our colleagues from Carey & Allende, GRAU Abogados and Rodríguez Azuero Contexto Legal Abogados to CMS. With our combined expertise, we will offer our clients high-quality service, across all sectors and around the world.”

Jean-François Marquaire, Managing Partner at CMS Russia said: “The integration of our colleagues from Chile, Colombia and Peru into CMS reinforces our presence in this part of the world which I’m sure our Russian clients will welcome, since both in terms of inflow and outflow FDI, Latin America is a growing business partner for Russia. After Brazil and Mexico our footprint in Latin America keeps growing and our Moscow office is fully prepared to provide all necessary assistance and connections to clients wishing to invest in this region.”

CMS now has 65 offices in 38 countries and more than 880 partners and 6,000 total staff.