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Contractual arrangements attuned to the sectors and markets in which you operate are key.

Whether you require advice on supply arrangements, services agreements, technology or telecommunications contracts, intellectual property licensing, manufacturing agreements, consumer arrangements, software licensing, outsourcing or any other bespoke commercial arrangement, our specialists can guide you towards the best business outcome for you.

We are market-leading practitioners and have shaped many of the landmark deals in the sectors which we serve. 
This means that we do not simply counsel our clients on how to paper their transactions, but work with them from the start to advise on structure which is most effective for them, and leverage the vast experience our senior professionals have acquired through their years of operating in our dynamic industry across a variety of sectors, operations and markets .

Our commercial lawyers also benefit from the support of colleagues expert in complementary legal areas including specialists in tax and exchange control law, banking and finance arrangements, dispute resolution, corporate investigations, competition law and a variety of other areas.

Our approach

We work towards understanding our client’s business operations in order to tailor our services as required,  If an issue is relevant to the transaction or commercial work or our client we partner with our clients to resolve it.

We appreciate the time sensitive nature of our client’s needs and provide effective and efficient solutions for the corporate and commercial aspects of our client’s business both in terms of general requirements and specific corporate opportunities being explored. 

Our integrated corporate and commercial team is fully equipped and able to progress your commercial objectives and advise on a variety of issues including: 

  • Black Economic Empowerment 
  • business trusts 
  • capital markets 
  • conducting legal due diligence investigations 
  • corporate governance 
  • corporate restructuring 
  • equity capital markets 
  • establishment of business entities 
  • exchange control 
  • general corporate and commercial issues 
  • investment funds 
  • mergers and acquisitions 
  • private equity 
  • take-overs 
  • transaction structuring

Understands business operations and can give advice that is not just pure legal advice

Legal 500, 2022

The team that assisted us specialised in M&A and helped close the deal seamlessly

Legal 500, 2022

The team is especially strong in commercial and corporate law

Legal 500, 2022

Firm counts a whole host of recognisable names under its belt from the mining, retail and telecoms industries, in addition to further strength in the food and drink, financial services and energy sectors. Alongside its main activity in acquisitions and disposals, the team leverages its experience to act on fund formations and black economic empowerment (BEE) transactions.

Chambers & Partners, Corporate/M&A, South Africa, 2023

Strengths include the “team being very commercially aware, able to understand our business and our challenges and advises us accordingly on a number of transactions".

Chambers & Partners, Corporate/M&A, South Africa, 2023

Keeping clients "well informed and always on time with deadlines".

Chambers & Partners, Corporate/M&A, South Africa, 2023

Lawyers who "have a very good grasp of technical matters".

Chambers & Partners, Corporate/M&A, South Africa, 2023

They have outstanding industry knowledge and experience, and a practical understanding of the law. They always come back quickly and are available when needed! They make my business their business which brings comfort.

Legal 500 | Corporate & Commercial, South Africa, 2023

The individuals at CMS have been around the block and know what to ask and look for. They make themselves available and respond to queries urgently. They know my business intimately.

Legal 500 | Corporate & Commercial, South Africa, 2023

The team is instrumental in commercial negotiations. It is a very value-adding team to work with.

Chambers & Partners, South Africa, 2024

CMS RM Partners is by far one of our preferred legal advisers. The lawyers are highly responsive and very strong on the commercial side.

Chambers & Partners, South Africa, 2024

The team is very commercially aware, able to understand our business and our challenges and advises us accordingly on a number of transactions.

Chambers & Partners, South Africa, 2024

They kept us well informed and were always on time with our deadlines.

Chambers & Partners, South Africa, 2024

The lawyers have a very good grasp of technical matters.

Chambers & Partners, South Africa, 2024
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Navigating for success | Your business is our business Our premier practices in Europe’s powerhouse jurisdictions consistently handle the largest volume of M&A deals, engaging highly qualified teams across geographies in a seamless collaboration saving our clients time and money. This is why we do more deals in Europe than any other firm. Our unique combination of deep local expertise and unparalleled global perspective empowers us to put together highly experienced, agile, cross-de­part­ment­al teams to handle the largest mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al M&A transactions for the benefit of our market-leading clients. This is why our clients love us. CMS has engaged in building strong sector focuses for many years, before most of our competitors realised the importance of doing so. We are now a global leader in corporate work in many key economic sectors such as Energy and Climate Change, Hospitality & Leisure, Private Equity, TMC, Insurance, Consumer and Retail, Infrastructure and Projects, Life Sciences and Healthcare, where we act for many of the world’s leading public and private companies, financial institutions and funds. This is why clients from all business sectors keep coming back to us. Changing the face of law with our unusually strong focus on innovation and creativity, we believe in an open, next-gen mind-set, skill in listening and bold commitment to new and innovative ways of working for the benefit of our clients and of our people. This is why we are future-facing. Download our report below & learn more about our deals!

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