- Significant investments include Lupl, an open industry platform, which has the potential to transform the collaboration between law firms and legal departments, and expanding the firm's footprint in Africa
- Ranked #1 by deal count in main business hubs across Europe
- Appointed 41 new partners in 2020; 40% of them were women.
CMS, a leading global law firm, announces revenues for the financial year 2019 of EUR 1.426bn. This translates into year-on-year growth of 4.5%.
Executive Chairman Pierre-Sébastien Thill said, "These results show that we are delivering on our strategy to become a world-class law firm, driven by technology and concentrated on key economic sectors."
"The COVID-19 outbreak has led to exceptional challenges for many of our clients and our priorities have been to provide timely and comprehensive legal advice and to support them in implementing necessary measures. Our focus is now shifting towards assisting businesses in planning their next steps that will take them to the new economic reality. Our focus is now shifting towards assisting businesses in their planning for the next phase and the inevitable economic reality. CMS' global knowledge enables us to help our existing and prospective clients get back into the recovery mode sooner rather than later," added Johannes Juranek, Managing Partner at CMS Austria.
Strengthening the foothold in key markets
In 2019, CMS continued to demonstrate its strong market presence and was ranked #1 by deal count in Europe, the UK, Germany, CEE and Benelux by Bloomberg, Mergermarket and Thomson Reuters.
Investing in global growth
Last year, CMS began its investment in developing Lupl, the world's first open industry platform for legal matters. Lupl synchronises everything that goes into a legal matter in a single secure space. It has the potential to transform the ways in which law firms and legal departments work together on complex, high-stakes projects. A beta version of Lupl launched in May 2020 which has been well-received in the legal community. Full launch is expected in early 2021.
Executive Partner Duncan Weston said: "As an organisation with an international outlook, we've always felt that true innovation in the legal industry requires a collective shift in mindset to eliminate proprietary closed systems and a reluctance to work together. By supporting the development of Lupl and combining the idea of global collaboration with our geographical expansion, we hope to create transformational change in our industry for decades to come."
Ongoing growth within the business
In October 2019, CMS announced that RM Partners and Daly & Inamdar Advocates, based in South Africa and Kenya respectively, have become member firms. The addition of these firms has strengthened CMS' footprint in Africa, which also encompasses Angola, Algeria and Morocco.
Across most jurisdictions, business has remained stable largely due to a successful shift to remote working, while continuing to grow revenues organically. CMS appointed 41 new partners in 2020. The new partners span 15 cities across Europe, Latin America and Africa, and work across a wide range of practice and sector groups. Women accounted for 40% of the promotions.
Executive Director Matthias Lichtblau added: "These newly appointed partners are a clear sign that CMS is continuing on its course of growth and expansion. The internationality of our teams combined with expert knowledge of their own markets, allows us to offer our clients a depth and quality of advice that few others can. As we extend our reach around the globe, we acknowledge our corporate responsibility, both internally and in client advisory. Upholding environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards and working towards creating a sustainable business are key issues for us."