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Whether you are planning a merger as part of your growth strategy, thinking about diversifying into new sectors or looking for new funding options, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and commercial advice. With over 25 years’ experience in Central and Eastern Europe, we are the preferred M&A adviser to corporates and financial institutions, and have topped the deal tables by volume for a number of consecutive years. With domestic experts and English law practitioners on the ground in 15 offices across the region, we can mobilise international specialist teams quickly to manage your cross-border transactions.

We add value by thinking and acting beyond our traditional role to secure the competitive edge you need in an ever-changing business environment. Whether a global multinational group or a dynamic domestic business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, outsourcing, group restructuring and privatisations.

Our cross-border teams include experts in sectors such as banking, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, lifesciences, real estate and construction, technology and media. This means we can save time and money by understanding your specific issues, providing advice within context and pinpointing the commercial issues and risks in your transaction.

Our first-rate corporate team in Ukraine works on the most sizeable cross-border transactions in Ukraine, throughout Europe and beyond. We are the only law firm in the country with an international private equity team, staffed locally by an English- and Austrian-qualified lawyers dedicated to private equity, and transactional work.

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10 May 2021
Vi­ol­a­tion of mer­ger con­trol pro­ced­ur­al rules: European Com­mis­sion fines...
On 3 May 2021, the European Com­mis­sion fined chem­ic­al maker Sigma-Ald­rich EUR 7.5 mil­lion for provid­ing mis­lead­ing in­form­a­tion dur­ing mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings for Sigma-Ald­rich’s takeover by rival...
04 May 2021
With Il­lu­mina ac­tion, court to test EU Com­mis­sion's new mer­ger re­fer­ral...
On 29 April 2021, the US life sci­ences com­pany Il­lu­mina con­firmed that it filed an ac­tion be­fore the EU courts ask­ing for an an­nul­ment of the European Com­mis­sion’s de­cision of 19 April 2021 to ac­cept...
12 April 2021
The Ukrain­i­an Par­lia­ment un­blocks large-scale privat­isa­tion
On 30 March 2021, the Ukrain­i­an Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted Draft Law No. 4543, which un­blocks auc­tion sales of state-owned com­pan­ies and as­sets that are sub­ject to large-scale privat­isa­tion. As we re­por­ted earli­er...
06 April 2021
Ukraine: Tax in­cent­ives for large in­vest­ment pro­jects enter in­to force
On 28 March 2021, the Law No 1293 On Amend­ment of Tax Code of Ukraine on Spe­cif­ics of Busi­nesses Im­ple­ment­ing In­vest­ment Pro­jects with Large In­vest­ments in Ukraine (the “Tax In­cent­ives Law”) entered...
24 March 2021
CMS European M&A Study 2021
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group is pleased to launch the thir­teenth edi­tion of the European M&A Study
15 March 2021
Ukraine to in­tro­duce FDI screen­ing mech­an­ism in stra­tegic sec­tors
On 3 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the Draft Law of Ukraine No. 5011 “On For­eign In­vest­ment in Leg­al En­tit­ies of Stra­tegic Im­port­ance for Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity of Ukraine” (the “Draft Law”) was re­gistered in the...
09 March 2021
New com­pet­i­tion tools for di­git­al mar­kets – Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law vs....
After the new Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law came in­to ef­fect in Janu­ary 2021, ma­jor di­git­al plat­forms are now af­fected by art­icle 19a of the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion Act. Un­der art­icle 19a, the Ger­man com­pet­i­tion...
Published on ceelegalmatters.com I March 3, 2021
Maria Orlyk Be­comes Man­aging Part­ner of CMS RRH in Ky­iv
​Long­time CMS Loc­al Part­ner Maria Orlyk has suc­ceeded Jo­hannes Trenk­walder as Man­aging Part­ner of CMS Reich-Rohr­wig Hain­ze's Ky­iv of­fice.
02 March 2021
Over­view of the Cor­por­ate Gov­ernance Code of Ukraine
Good cor­por­ate gov­ernance con­trib­utes sig­ni­fic­antly to in­creas­ing com­pany value and strength­en­ing the con­fid­ence of in­vestors. It has been pro­moted in Ukraine, as across the world, in the past few dec­ades, and in March 2020, the Core Code of Cor­por­ate Gov­ernance, which was based on the work of over 50 Ukrain­i­an and in­ter­na­tion­al ex­perts, was ad­op­ted by the Na­tion­al Se­cur­it­ies and Stock Mar­ket Com­mis­sion of Ukraine (NSS­MC).
Maria Orlyk is the new Man­aging Part­ner of CMS Reich-Rohr­wig Hainz in Ky­iv
Ef­fect­ive im­me­di­ately, long­time Loc­al Part­ner Maria Orlyk suc­ceeds Jo­hannes Trenk­walder and be­comes Man­aging Part­ner of the of­fice of CMS Reich-Rohr­wig Hainz in Ky­iv. In ad­di­tion to her new role as Man­aging...
23 February 2021
Ukraine re­sumes large-scale privat­isa­tion
Large-scale privat­isa­tion in Ukraine took a hit as a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic and was tem­por­ar­ily sus­pen­ded in March 2020 as a quar­ant­ine meas­ure.  On 4 Feb­ru­ary 2021, the draft law No. 4543...
09 February 2021
BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled – What next?
On 27 Janu­ary 2021 the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on de­clared the so-called BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled. It is worth con­sid­er­ing what this rul­ing really means and what it...