Firm Profile > CMS > Frankfurt, Germany

CMS
NEUE MAINZER STRASSE 2 - 4
60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 1

The internationally highly visible construction practice at CMS puts increasing emphasis on the plant engineering field. The team behind Martin Krause has an intensive focus on the renewable energy sector, where the group acts for project developers and energy suppliers on the whole spectrum, ranging from realisation to possible adjudication proceedings and transactional matters. In addition to its advice on the construction and extension of bespoke production facilities for globally active industrial manufacturers, the firm also assists the public authorities with the construction of event facilities as well as of power plants. Holger Kraft is a sought-after expert for complex financing issues, while many construction companies instruct Andreas Roquette with  out-of-court disputes as well as preliminary proceedings, and counsel Katja Küpper is well versed in private construction law as well as in architect and engineering law.

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Key clients

INEOS

Highland Group Holdings Ltd

Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción S.A.U.

EWZ

ARLANXEO Emulsion Rubber France SAS

Allianz

Employment Tier 1

CMS is regarded as one of the best contacts for all-encompassing employment law advice. The extremely stable team co-headed by Martina Hidalgo and Daniel Ludwig attracts praise for its expertise in implementing restructuring measures and regularly advises on related redundancies alongside employee retention. Assisting with co-determination schemes and the related conversion of an AG to a SE are other key areas of strength, which are frequently handled by the renowned Björn Gaul, who also advises on remuneration structure adjustments. Gerlind Wisskirchen is well versed in providing international corporates with strategic advice on collective employment law matters, while Nina Hartmann is the main contact for corporate transactions and outsourcing as well as negotiations with trade unions and works councils. The trending topic legaltech is part of the team's everyday business with corresponding applications being used in risk classifications and the deployment of external personnel.

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Testimonials

‘The team is easily accessible, always prepared, pragmatic and practical.

‘Clear focus on the client’s goal and a logically well-conceived offering of alternatives.

‘Alexander Bissels is an absolutely distinguished expert in the field of employee transfers and exhibits a hands-on mentality across all employment issues.

‘Alexander Bissels and Kira Falter are characterised by pragmatism, highest quality and an extensive market understanding.

‘Oliver Simon is an outstanding expert in employment law and always up-to-date with current developments.

‘Michael Rein is an excellent “employee” in the background with the outstanding ability to get to the heart of a matter, to develop solutions for selection procedures and to ensure the implementation of redundancy packages.

‘Martina Hidalgo and Claudia Rid exhibit strong skills, experience, quick. client-tailored and practical advice.

‘Martina Hidalgo and Christoph Ceelen are both outstanding support.

Key clients

E.ON

Accenture

Fraport

Telefónica

Vodafone

AUDI

Air Liquide

Daimler

Computacenter

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba)

Siemens Gamesa

Deutscher Fussball-Bund e.V.

ATOS

Entertainment Tier 1

At CMS advice on media law and digital transformation are at the centre of the firm's services, whose target clients include media associations, online platforms and TV stations. Besides key competencies in media regulation and copyright law the team is also well regarded when it comes to advising on innovative business models and e-sports. The practice often handles contentious media law matters (particularly regarding disruptive business models), which since 2019 fall under the umbrella of the new firm-wide TMC Litigation Group. Sebastian Cording heads the TMC practice, while Winfried BullingerOle Jani and Pietro Graf Fringuelli are the key figures within the media practice.

Key clients

Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels e.V

Bundesverband Deutscher Zeitungsverleger e.V.

Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

EWE TEL GmbH

FFA Filmförderungsanstalt

Getty Images International

Gruner + Jahr GmbH

MCT Agentur GmbH

Sieben ARD-Anstalten (u.a. NDR, BR, WDR, MDR), Allianz der deutschen Film- und Fernsehproduzenten, Bundesverband Regie

Turtle Entertainment GmbH

VG Media

videociety GmbH

World ESports Association (WESA)

Information technology (including contracts) Tier 1

CMS has one of the largest teams in the technology, media and communications segment in Germany. It handles the entire spectrum of IT matters but places a particular emphasis on the implementation of digitalisation projects, where it, on the one hand, advises leading international e-commerce and online companies and, on the other hand, covers topics such as fintech and insurtech, industry 4.0, smart mobility and autonomous driving, e-health, proptech and smart energy. Recently the team was busy advising on ICOs in close collaboration with the firm's international blockchain experts. Noteworthy is also the firm's new start-up programme equIP, which was launched in February 2019 and assists innovative start-ups in the tech, media and IT arena. Sebastian Cording and Markus Häuser head the practice and Malte Grützmacher is noted for his expertise in software copyright and licensing.

Key clients

Accenture

Airbnb

Bayer AG

Deliveroo

Ebay Group

Fossil Group Inc

Hewlett Packard Inc.

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe GmbH

Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

Sharp Electronic

Wayfair Stores Limited

Maritime and shipping Tier 1

CMS advises maritime and shipping industry clients on their day-to-day business as well as on contract negotiations, transactions and in the event of damages or loss. Jan Wölper specialises in advising leading container and tanker shipping companies, shipyards and marine insurers on shipping accidents. Christoph Zarth acts for companies from the shipping, transport, logistics, ship and plant construction, offshore wind energy and international trade sectors, providing advice on the client's operational business and on transactions. Jost Kienzle is also well versed in maritime industry work and is best known for handling complex court and arbitration proceedings.

Outsourcing Tier 1

CMS' outsourcing practice handles IT outsourcing, business process outsourcing (BPO) and innovation and IT-driven transactions. Sebastian Cording and Markus Häuser are the two key figures within the IT team. Malte Grützmacher primarily acts for buyers of outsourcing services and Axel Funk also has expertise in the drafting and negotiation of outsourcing contracts.

Planning and environment Tier 1

CMS' very large environmental and planning law practice, which is composed of 26 lawyers, acts for the public authorities and private corporations on the full range of regulatory, environmental and planning issues. The group's focus is on various sectors such as energy, industry, mining and infrastructure. The advice spectrum includes approval and planning approval procedures, product-related environmental law compliance, contaminated sites as well as project development and transactions. Judicial representation is another key competence of the team, which is jointly led by Fritz von Hammerstein in Hamburg and Ursula Steinkemper in Stuttgart. Christiane Kappes, who focuses on nature conservation and species protection law among other matters, is also part of the 'very broad' practice as is counsel Anne Rausch, who focuses on product and plant-related environmental issues.

Testimonials

Very broad practice, with expertise in nearly all areas of law.

Ursula Steinkemper (CMS Stuttgart) has distinct expertise, is quick, flexible and also considers for the client important economic aspects in every decision and proposal. In addition, working with her is very pleasant on a personal level.

 

Key clients

50HertzTransmission GmbH

Verbund AG und Innwerk AG

Femern A/S

Otto/Hermes group

K+S KALI GmbH

TenneT TSO GmbH

NeuConnect

DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG

Hamburger Wasserwerke GmbH

Trade marks Tier 1

CMS stands out for its specialsm in consumer goods sector work and its expertise at the intersection with life sciences, agroscience and healthcare. As part of an international set-up, the team led by Thomas Manderla and Jörn Witt regularly handles cross-border matters, which frequently pertain to the strategic development of international trade mark and design portfolios, including associated registration proceedings, while also regularly crossing national borders when handling contentious proceedings. Its expertise also extends to representing clients in product piracy scenarios. Gordian Hasselblatt is an expert in trade mark protection for new product launches.

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Testimonials

‘Highly professional, very business-oriented, extremely competent, very reliable. Knows the needs of the client very well. Very pleasant in the communication.’

‘Gordian Hasselblatt is a world-renowned specialist, but still able to communicate well with non-lawyers, and to explain. He is extremely business-oriented and finds brilliant legal, but also pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

1. FC Köln

August Storck

Ecolab

Eli Lilly

Fissler GmbH

Hochwald Foods

Leifheit

ODDO BHF Asset Management

Siemens

Unilever

Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 1

CMS excels in commercial and distribution law, benefiting from individual sector focuses within its team, and in its successfully expanded offering in matters at the intersection with TMC and IP. Team head Gerald Gräfe is particularly well versed in automotive sector work and advises clients on matters along the entire value chain, from supplier to end-consumer contracts, and on matters pertaining to digital vehicle marketing in particular. Robert Budde specialises in the implementation and restructuring of distribution systems, while Peter Endres predominately acts for clients from the consumer goods industry. The team has also increasingly been dealing with Brexit-related matters and the trending topic digitalisation.

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Testimonials

‘The team fields outstanding specialist knowledge and applies a business-oriented way of thinking. Lawyers meet with clients on an equal footing as a business partner, not as an advisor. ‘

‘All lawyers display considerable motivation and are committed to the client’s business success.’

‘Great advice thanks to a close connection between commercial and IP teams.’

Reliable, top quality, quick assistance, very practical answers, which can be used as such internally. Focus on the relevant problems, entrepreneurial thinking, appropriate hourly rates and calculated hours.

‘Hans-Clemens Köhne has excellent knowledge of distribution and competition law as well as excellent sector expertise. His pragmatic and business-oriented way of thinking allows for successful results within a short time frame and a reasonable amount of work hours. His IP knowledge further complements his excellent advice.’ 

Dr Gerald Gräfe (Stuttgart): Distribution, general commercial law. Top advisor, quick, to the point, professionally outstanding, creative.

Christoph Zarth (Hamburg): Logistics. Always thinks a few steps ahead, gives realistic advice, is creative and pragmatic, and professionally excellent.

Key clients

Coherent, Inc.

Honeywell International Inc.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Gardena – Husqvarna Group

Brembo

Onkyo & Pioneer

Alfred Kärcher SE & Co. KG

Linde AG

Birkenstock GmbH & Co. KG

INEOS Manufacturing Deutschland GmbH

Unfair competition Tier 1

CMS is noted for its strong life sciences sector competition law practice, while also handling consumer goods sector work. The team puts significant emphasis on forensic matters but is equally well versed in advising on competition law issues in product development and marketing. Online marketing and internet trade also play an increasingly important role in the team's workload. Thomas Manderla in Düsseldorf and Jörn Witt in Hamburg head the practice, which is one of the largest in the German market.

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‘Excellent service, competent, always on time, friendly and for a reasonable compensation.’

‘The team is always a reliable point of contact and their strength is, despite the excellent technical knowledge, that the lawyers act and think as an extended version of the legal department.’

‘Heike Blank is an outstanding litigator and knows how to negotiate the case convincingly and objectively.’

‘Gerd Schoenen: Outstanding technical knowledge, very good understanding of the competitive surroundings and business-interests of the client, excellent communication and recommendations for action.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca

Bitburger Braugruppe

Eyeo

GE Healthcare

HIT Handelsgruppe

Johnson & Johnson

Melitta

Travel24.com

Unitymedia

Upfield

Venture capital Tier 1

The 'very dynamic, competent and creative' team at CMS is not only well placed to advise the full range of VC market clients from Berlin, the German centre for venture capital, but also from various other major cities, particularly from Munich, Leipzig and Cologne, enabling the team to provide extensive multidisciplinary and cross-location advice. Its range of services is equally broad and includes regular instructions on corporate venture capital, investments, exits (including IPOs), venture debt and ICOs. 'Very experienced and level-headed expert' Stefan-Ulrich Müller and the 'very solution-oriented, pragmatic and reliable' Jörg Zätzsch jointly head the team.

Testimonials

Very strong communication and at the same time extremely able to explain legal matters in simple terms.

Strong pragmatism in the implementation.

No waste of working time for unnecessary paper work and no fear of extremely tight deadlines.

On the pulse of current legislation.

Extremely good reaction times, feedback always on the point and understandable.

Jörg Zätzsch knows all processes by heart. He is also creative and pragmatic at the same time, when it comes to setting up deal structures and achieving results.

Jörg Zätzsch explains legal matters well to non-lawyers.

Jörg Zätzsch always places his clients at the heart of his work and concentrates on the essentials.

Key clients

Baillie Gifford

Ponooc B.V.

Evotec SE

Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn

High-Tech Gründerfonds

Circularity Capital LLP

Wellington Partners GmbH

Endeit Capital

LEA Partners GmbH

Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 2

CMS' dispute resolution team impresses with a broad activity spectrum that also includes the representation in national and international arbitration proceedings. The group regularly acts for large corporations and has particular experience in energy disputes. Matthias Schlingmann in Hamburg and Claus Thiery in Munich jointly head the practice. Renowned experts of the group include Klaus Sachs, who focuses on M&A, joint venture and corporate disputes, and Dorothee Ruckteschler, who is well versed in energy and commercial proceedings. Both are also regularly appointed as arbitrators.

Corporate Tier 2

CMS‘ 49-partner corporate practice assists a diverse client roster, ranging from family-led companies to DAX 30 corporations, with the full array of corporate matters including corporate-related compliance matters, corporate governance issues and corporate aspects of joint ventures; international restructuring and carve-outs are also part of the group's advice portfolio. The practice is headed by Maximilian Grub, Hilke Herchen and Ernst-Markus Schuberth. Furthermore, Thomas Lennarz in Stuttgart leads a team which covers shareholder and corporate disputes.

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Testimonials

Very good and wide-ranging expertise.

On time, practical, reliable.

Proactive, always available and with flexible but customised solutions. Highest expertise paired with pleasantly human touch.

Key clients

B.Braun Melsungen

Pioneer & Onkyo

Telefónica Deutschland

CORESTATE Capital

DEA Deutsche Erdöl AG

Alfred Kärcher

Porsche

Strabag

Land Niedersachsen

IVG Immobilien

Data protection Tier 2

A large team and long list of prominent clients are securing CMS a place among the biggest players providing data protection advice in Germany. Besides giving ongoing GDPR advice, which focuses especially on the banking and life sciences sectors, the firm also offers a targetted information service in connection with the upcoming e-privacy regulation. The practice often covers matters beyond the domestic border and has also developed the data law navigator, a tool which informs clients about data protection and cybersecurity in various countries.

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‘The data protection/IT team is broad and, if necessary, able to incorporate other practice areas (such as employment law).’

‘Very engaged, precise, responsive, business-orientiered with a sharp eye for essentials.’

‘Florian Dietrich is an outstanding external advisor.’

‘CMS’ lawyers are always available and very quick. Everything is very professional and somebody is always at hand with the necessary legal knowledge for any given area.’

Key clients

Accenture

Airbnb

Bayer AG

Deliveroo

Ebay Group

Fossil Group Inc

Hewlett Packard Inc.

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe GmbH

Dr. Ing. h. c. F. Porsche AG

Sharp Electronic

Wayfair Stores Limited

Energy Tier 2

CMS provides wide-ranging advice in the renewable energy sector, including offshore wind parks as well as gas-to-power projects, traction batteries and hydrogen energy. Antitrust and regulatory matters constitute a key portion of its workload, but the firm's broad structure also enables the team to advise on financings, transactions, employment law matters and real estate aspects. Düsseldorf-based Friedrich von Burchard and Stuttgart-based Rolf Hempel jointly head the practice, which includes administrative lawyer Fritz von Hammerstein and counsel Cosima von Rechteren, who predominantly handles contentious work. In September 2018, Thomas Brunn moved to PwC Legal (PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal AG Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft).

Testimonials

‘In addition to the very good legal advice, Rolf Hempel also assumes a process control function and thus also drives extra-judicial matters for his clients and is always well coordinated. This makes him indispensable, especially in very busy times.’

‘Rolf Hempel’s advice, even in very short-term antitrust law issues, is characterised by extensive professional expertise and experience and, at the same time, very practical work for the client.’

‘Jochen Lamb impresses with a combination of excellent legal know-how paired with a deep understanding of business backgrounds.’

‘Christian Friedrich Haellmigk is an expert in energy and antitrust law.’

‘Cosima von Rechteren has excellent expertise combined with excellent structuring and results orientation.’

Key clients

50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Bayerngas GmbH

Elektrizitätswerk der Stadt Zürich (ewz)

ENERCON GmbH

E.ON SE

Fluxys SA

Luxcara GmbH

N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie / Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services GmbH

TenneT TSO GmbH

TransnetBW GmbH

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

CMS has extensive expertise in dealing with matters at the interface with health and digitalisation, leading to regular instructions on the establishment of medical health centre chains and software-controlled pharmacy solutions as well as the development and marketing of medical apps. As a member of the firm's life sciences and healthcare group, the team regularly advises on cross-border mandats in the firm's core areas of expertise: pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology and agriculture. This includes advising animal health sector clients. The team's strength lies in advising on product liability and compliance matters as well as assisting with transactions and pharmaceutical advertising law. Jens WagnerJörn Witt and Roland Wiring jointly head the team.

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Testimonials

‘What we particularly value about CMS is the pragmatic and practice-oriented approach, the service orientation, the very high professional quality and the distinctive industry expertise.’

‘Fast, competent, customised, practical.’

Key clients

Apologistics GmbH

AstraZeneca GmbH

Bayer Vital GmbH

Boehringer Ingelheim

Eli Lilly and Company

GE Healthcare Buchler GmbH & Co. KG

Nordmark Arzneimittel GmbH & Co. KG

Public procurement Tier 2

CMS' very large public procurement team, which includes seven partners and a presence in eight cities, covers numerous industries, including technology and IT, the pharmaceutical and health sectors (including e-health), defence and security as well as real estate, construction and infrastructure. Other practice areas also benefit from the team's procurement expertise, such as the contract, corporate, insolvency, tax and employment law groups. The practice is jointly headed by a quadriga comprised of Hermann Müller, Christian Scherer-Leydecker, Jakob Steiff and Volkmar Wagner.

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The availability is exceptionally good, we immediately received extensive information/document drafts in the review proceeding.

‘Jakob Steiff: very skilled contact – we received many solution proposals to issues already during the preparation of a very complex procurement procedure.

Key clients

Albert Ziegler GmbH

BRUKER AXS GmbH

Deutsche Lufthansa AG FRA CJ

GE Healthcare Buchler GmbH & Co. KG

hkk Krankenkasse Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts

Land Schleswig-Holstein

Linde AG Lindes Gases Division

SAGA-Unternehmensgruppe

Stadt Frankfurt am Main

Thales Management & Services Deutschland GmbH

Real estate Tier 2

The strongly internationally oriented real estate group at CMS assists with project developments and transactions in all significant asset classes. Thus the practice under the leadership of Sebastian Orthmann demonstrates competencies in portfolio management and expansion in the logistics and housing sectors. Besides its assistance with existing and planned care homes, hotels and operator-run properties, niche advice related to the design of leasing agreements for the entertainment industry is also gaining in importance. Heinz-Joachim Kummer is frequently instructed by institutional investors seeking advice on inventory build-up.  

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Testimonials

‘CMS has a broad and well equipped personnel basis from different disciplines,  which works hand in hand in covering the full spectrum of a transaction.

‘Sebastian Orthmann is very thorough and precise.

Heinz-Joachim Kummer exhibits extraordinary experience, unprecedented commitment and unique client understanding.

‘Heinz-Joachim Kummer has outstanding expertise in real estate transaction ranging from construction law and tenancy law to the intelligent structuring of contracts and liability regulations.

Key clients

Corpus Sireo und Swiss Life Gruppe

Design Offices

Valor Real Estate Partners

Hines

Patrizia

Advance Publications

Telecoms Tier 2

CMS' telecommunications team is integrated into the firm's Technology, Media and Communications group. As well as its extensive transactional expertise, the team led by Jens Neitzel also covers a broad spectrum of regulatory matters, including tender procedures for telecommunications services and network access agreements as well as mobile-virtual-network-operator contracts, projects and outsourcing alongside leased line and fibre optic cable contracts. Representing clients in court alongside arbitration and mediation proceedings is also part of the team's offering.

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‘Particularly in the telecommunications sector, high professional competence and good practical advice.’

‘Jens Neitzel: Excellent practical advice. High level of competence.’

Key clients

EWE TEL GmbH

INVIA Flights Germany GmbH

retarus GmbH

Vodafone Kabel Deutschland GmbH

Advice to insurers Tier 3

CMS' insurance law capabilities include all aspects of insurance and reinsurance law and particular experience in insurance supervisory law. In other work, the team advises on insurtech and cloud computing solutions, while also assisting German and English insurers with Brexit-related matters. Alongside large insurance companies, the team's client portfolio also includes Hanseatic underwriters, reinsurers and insurance brokers. Practice head Winfried Schnepp is particularly experienced in insurance supervisory law but also supports international insurance companies with restructuring their operations and entering the German market.

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Key clients

Inlife Holding Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

SV SparkassenVersi-cherung Holding AG

Delvag Versiche-rungs-AG

JLT Re Ltd.

MSIG Insurance Europe AG

Stadt Köln

Marsh GmbH

Octium Life DAC

Erwin Himmelseher Assekuranz-Vermittlung GmbH & Co. KG

AXA Partners S.A.S. Zweigniederlassung Deutschland

Albatros Versicherungsdienste GmbH

Community Life GmbH

Metlife Europe Insurance Limited

Transatlantic Reinsurance Company

ELEMENT Insurance AG

Liberty Specialty Markets Europe S.a.r.l.

Atradius Krediversicherung

Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG

HCC International Insurance Company

Commercial litigation Tier 3

The broad dispute resolution practice at CMS packs a particular punch in class actions, antitrust proceedings and disputes related to climate change. Due to the strong network of the firm, the group frequently acts in cross-border disputes. The team is jointly led by Matthias Schlingmann, who focuses on international trade matters among others, and experienced post-M&A and D&O litigator Claus Thiery. On the contrary, Torsten Lörcher focuses on the energy and pharmaceuticals sectors. The group is also strongly involved in arbitration and product liability matters.

Key clients

Iran Khodro

Farzanegan Fars Holding Group

E.ON

Roland Berger

Vodafone

Iberdrola Ingeniería y Construcción, S.A.U.

Compliance Tier 3

In the field of corporate compliance issues, CMS particularly often assists corporations from the regulated industries such as the defence, energy and health sectors. Under the leadership of the experienced Harald Potinecke, the team regularly advises on the development and implementation of compliance management systems, which also includes the introduction of cross-border ombudsman and reporting systems. Eckart Gottschalk, who predominantly advises executives and management boards, as well as Petra Schaffner, who has insurance and manufacturing sector expertise, frequently assist with corporate-related matters. Joachim Kaetzler specialises in money laundering, breach of trust and corruption matters and  Florian Block is another valuable member of the team.

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Testimonials

Harald Potinecke and Florian Block are two absolutely assertive and technically outstandingly well-versed partners.’

Key clients

Volkswagen / Porsche / Audi / VW Truck & Bus

Zech Group

Infineon Technologies

Siemens

Amazon

Atos

Deutscher Fussball-Bund („DFB“)

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

Dirk Rossmann Group

Rolf Friedhofen (früherer Vorstandsvor. der Hypovereinsbank)

Financial services: regulatory Tier 3

Banks as well as financial and payment services providers regularly instruct CMS to advise on Brexit-related matters alongside structuring issues and the establishment of institutions, including licensing. In other work, the team handles administrative proceedings and disputes with and against BaFin, the ECB and the Compensatory Fund of Securities Trading Companies (Entschädigungseinrichtung der Wertpapierhandelsunternehmen, EdW), while also assisting clients with the digitalisation of bank products and compliance issues. Andrea München, who is admitted as a qualified German lawyer as well as Avocat à la Cour in Luxembourg, jointly heads the team with Joachim Kaetzler.

Key clients

VTB Bank (Europe) SE

Foreign trade law Tier 3

Working in close conjunction with its antitrust law, commercial and IP practices is a key feature of CMS' foreign trade law team. Brussels-based Kai Neuhaus and Hamburg-based Hermann Müller regularly take the lead in investment controls and anti-dumping proceedings alongside matters pertaining to export control and corresponding compliance systems. Müller is particularly well versed in dealing with dual-use goods under commercial law, while Neuhaus is the main contact for transactions alongside court proceedings and proceedings before the European Commission.

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Insurance litigation Tier 3

As a logical complement to CMS' broad-based insurance law practice, the team led by Winfried Schnepp also provides assistance with judicial and extrajudicial dispute resolution with particular strength in national and international litigation and arbitration. Handling major claims and administrative disputes is another key element of the practice. Senior associate Thomas Maur is particularly active in representing clients in coverage disputes.

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Key clients

Inlife Holding Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG

SV SparkassenVersicherung Holding AG

Delvag Versiche-rungs-AG

JLT Re Ltd.

MSIG Insurance Europe AG

Stadt Köln

Marsh GmbH

Octium Life DAC

Erwin Himmelseher Assekuranz-Vermittlung GmbH & Co. KG

AXA Partners S.A.S. Zweigniederlassung Deutschland

Albatros Versicherungsdienste GmbH

Community Life GmbH

Metlife Europe Insurance Limited

Transatlantic Reinsurance Company

ELEMENT Insurance AG

Liberty Specialty Markets Europe S.a.r.l.

Atradius Krediversicherung

Münchener Rückversicherungs-Gesellschaft AG

HCC International Insurance Company

Investment funds Tier 3

Clients praise CMS' 'very good availability, its customer-oriented time management and very good industry knowledge', which leads to regular instructions on fund structuring, investment and transactional matters with a focus on alternative assets. 'Industry expertDaniel Voigt heads the team, which includes Tillman Kempf, who is experienced in the tax structuring of open and closed-end funds, and the Luxembourg qualified Andrea München. She is the main contact for German-Luxembourg structures.

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Very solution-oriented and pragmatic advice approach.

Very fast responses without lowering the quality.

Outstanding value for money.

Daniel Voigt is very client-oriented and also works reliable under time constraints.

Key clients

Aquila Capital Investmentgesellschaft mbH

Seafort Advisors GmbH

Encavis AG

Willis Towers Watson

Aberdeen Standard Investments Deutschland AG

Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

DIC Asset AG

Lending and borrowing Tier 3

Recognised for its broad offering, CMS advises major banks as well as German and international companies and sponsors on acquisition and corporate financing and refinancing, while also handling project finance (most notably in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors) and real estate finance. The 'professional and friendlyMarkus Pfaff and the 'reliable and solution-orientedMarc Seibold jointly head the 'experienced and quick' team.

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Very short processing times, constant availability and high degree of practical experience.

Pragmatic approach.

‘Uncomplicated communication.

On a technical level, Markus Pfaff fulfils all wishes.

Marc Seibold manages to explain difficult contexts trough simple examples.

Key clients

Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen Girozentrale (Helaba)

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Merkur Offshore GmbH

REComm Sarl Frankfurt TSK1 SCS

Exyte AG

TRILUX Group Management GmbH

Bechtle AG

VR Equitypartner GmbH

SSC Beteiligungs- und Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

ElringKlinger AG

M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 3

CMS' M&A practice focuses on international investments as well as cross-border deals and has particular expertise in the automotive, energy, finance and infrastructure industries. Maximilian Grub in Stuttgart, Hilke Herchen in Hamburg and Ernst-Markus Schuberth in Düsseldorf jointly head the practice.  Thomas Meyding in Stuttgart has longstanding experience in the automotive, finance and media sectors.

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Key clients

Kärcher

XING

Brenntag

Bruker

Bechtle

Krones

Synlab

HP

SIX Group

VNG

Patent litigation Tier 3

Alongside its specialism in mechanical engineering, automotive, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, CMS' clients also benefit from the firm's well-established network both within Germany and in Europe. As a result of this, the team receives a steady flow of international instructions. It provides extensive advice on contentious proceedings, most notably infringement proceedings but also opposition and opposition appeal proceedings, nullity and vindication actions as well as cancellation procedures. As well as its contentious expertise, the team also regularly acts in a purely advisory capacity in order to sound out the implications of potential patent infringements for clients and competitors. Thomas Manderla and Jörn Witt co-head the team.

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Testimonials

‘Markus Deck in particular convinces with his commitment, clarity of statements, comprehensive legal knowledge,  assertiveness regarding our interests, availability etc. In every way a role model of a lawyer.’

Key clients

Bohle AG

Cooper Standard

Elmos Semiconductor AG

Fine Decor GmbH

Häfele GmbH & Co KG

Honeywell

Kienle + Spiess GmbH

Resuscitec GmbH

Press and publishing Tier 3

CMS' press and freedom of speech practice is in the hands of the highly regarded Michael Fricke. Publishing companies, broadcasters, agencies, internet platforms, companies and private individuals seek the firm's advice on press law and representation in litigation. The team is also well versed in copyright law issues.

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‘Mr Fricke has excellent legal skills and in in many ways valuable experience. Both leads to a sense of security, which helps clients to minimise litigation risks. He is also efficient, which results in an extremely positive price-performance ratio.’

Product liability Tier 3

CMS impresses with a broad activity spectrum in product liability, which ranges from defence against damages claims and claim enforcement for damaged companies to recalls. The group is particularly active for German corporations in need of legal cross-border advice. Tobias Bomsdorf is a well-versed advisor on major and serial industrial damages settlements. The team also cooperates across practices, particularly with the commercial practice.

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Project finance Tier 3

Alongside major banks, the team at CMS also receives instructions from various German and international corporates as well as sponsors. These mandates frequently pertain to financing issues arising from infrastructure and renewable energy projects. Markus Pfaff and Marc Seibold jointly head the banking and finance team, which includes project and asset financing expert Marc Riede.

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Merkur Offshore GmbH

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Real estate finance Tier 3

CMS is experienced in acquisition and refinancing transactions, including associated corporate matters, and applies this expertise particularly in mandates pertaining to project developments, office, logistics and commercial properties. Markus Pfaff and Marc Seibold jointly head the team.

Restructuring Tier 3

The focus of CMS' practice lies on reorganisation and restructuring matters, providing debtors and creditors with pre-insolvency advice, collateral management as well as on bank and supplier pools-related issues. In other work, the team advises managing directors and board members on company crises, regulatory insolvency plan reviews and liquidations, including subsequent disputes. This broad range of services is called upon by automotive, technology, financial and real estate sector players. Team head Alexandra Schluck-Amend assists creditors, sellers and debtors with insolvency-related corporate acquisitions and regularly acts in creditors' committees.

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‘The practice is diverse across Germany, legally strong and very client-oriented.’

‘The very high technical know-how in combination with speed, flexibility and solution-orientedness make the restructuring- and insolvency team of CMS unique.’

‘The practice is characterised by constant reachability and legal brilliance.’

‘Alexandra Schluck-Amend is very motivated and assertive. She has a good eye for feasibility and is leading the restructuring team with a very good technical knowledge, combined with empathy, speed, flexibility and solution-orientedness.’

Key clients

Maple Bank / Maple Financial Europe SE

Small Planet Airlines GmbH

Gußwerke Saarbrücken GmbH

State aid Tier 3

The state aid practice at CMS is headed by Heinz-Joachim Freund in Brussels and Michael Bauer in Frankfurt. The team represents clients on state aid issues before the European Commission as well as the European Court of Justice. The client base includes federal states, cities, regional banks, financial companies as well as international industrial corporations and private companies.

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Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

Land Niedersachsen (Landesregierung, Landesfinanzministerium)

Transactions Tier 3

CMS primarily acts in the mid-market segment but can also demonstrate capabilities in the large-cap space. Alongside its full-service approach, clients also benefit from the team's broad industry expertise with specialist know-how in life sciences, energy, TMC and real estate. Tobias Schneider and Oliver Wolfgramm jointly head the practice.

Key clients

AFINUM Management GmbH

Bregal Investments

Capcellence Mittelstandspartner GmbH.

capiton AG

Mayfair Equity Partners LLP

Mutares AG

Oaktree Capital Management, L.P.

Highland Group

Cinven

Antitrust Tier 4

CMS' services cover the full spectrum of antitrust law. Thanks to a close cooperation with the firm's corporate law practice, handling cross-border merger controls is part of the team's core business. Led by Markus Schöner, the team maintains intensive client relationships with companies from highly regulated markets such as energy and TMT, providing them with ongoing antitrust law advice. Antitrust damages claims are primarily handled from Hamburg, where the team acts for both claimants and defendants. Harald Kahlenberg specialises in multijurisdictional merger control filings as well as the structuring of joint ventures, corporate cooperations and distribution systems.

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‘CMS fields a very strong and experienced antitrust team covering all aspects of antitrust law. The team replies to queries in a comprehensive manner and with the client’s business in mind. The international aspect is just as important: CMS is well equipped to handle cross-border matters in Europe.’

‘The antitrust practice at CMS interacts closely with other practice areas in order to take side issues into account when giving advice.’

‘The team is very reliable, flexible and open to practical arguments, well informed and experienced.’

 ‘Harald Kahlenberg is very competent and thorough.’

 ‘We appreciate Rolf Hempel’s expertise.’

‘Dietmar Rahlmeyer, Daniel Kaiser and Angelika Wieczorkowski have provided us with great support. Their advice was outstanding at all times.’

Key clients

Advance Publication, Inc.

Atlas Copco AB

Circle Media Group B.V.

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Fluxys SA

LBBW Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Markenverband e.V.

Ministerium für Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz Baden-Württemberg

Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG

Sinochem

Debt capital markets Tier 4

CMS focuses on bonds, including MTN and CP programmes, promissory notes and registered bonds as well as on structured products and OTC derivatives, which leads to regular instructions from banks but also issuers. Following Oliver Dreher's move to Dentons in December 2019, Philipp Melzer now heads the practice.

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The client’s interests are realised in a good and practical manner.

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Deutsche Bank AG

Telefónica Deutschland

Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CACIB)

SIXT SE

SIX Group AG

Mediobanca S.p.A

Equity capital markets Tier 4

CMS assists issuers, underwriters and shareholders with IPOs, capital increases, public takeovers and stock dividends, while also handling various compliance matters, including those pertaining to the EU Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) and the German Securities Trading Act (WpHG). Andreas Zanner and Philipp Melzer are the key contacts.

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NFON AG

Encavis AG

Govecs GmbH

Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

Weng Fine Art AG

Insolvency Tier 4

CMS advises on national and cross-border restructuring scenarios and acts as both insolvency administrator and trustee. Its workload includes the renegotiation of supply contracts and assistance with distressed M&A transactions - which are frequently led by team head Alexandra Schluck-Amend - alongside support with company liquidations and labour restructurings. Alongside its advisory capabilities, the practice is also experienced in insolvency disputes and in advising managing directors and board members on personal liability risks. Its client portfolio indicates a focus on the automotive, technology, financial and real estate sectors.

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‘Alexandra Schluck-Amend and her team stand out through technical competence in combination with empathy, speed, flexibility and performance-orientedness.’

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Maple Bank

Small Planet Airlines GmbH

Gußwerke Saarbrücken GmbH

Internal investigations Tier 4

CMS assists national and international corporations from regulated sectors such as the defence, arms, energy and health industries, with internal investigations. In addition, the group advises on white-collar crime aspects and executive liability. Harald Potinecke heads the team which also includes Joachim Kaetzler, who is adept in money laundering and corruption issues, as well as Eckart Gottschalk, who has experience in corporate governance matters. Florian BlockDaniel Kaiser and Laura Blumhoff are other essential members of the group.

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Volkswagen / Porsche / Audi / VW Truck & Bus

Zech Group

Infineon Technologies

Siemens

Amazon

Atos

Deutscher Fussball-Bund („DFB“)

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems

Dirk Rossmann Group

Rolf Friedhofen

M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 4

CMS‘ M&A practice is particularly active in the energy and financial sectors, although the team also frequently advises IT companies. The group assists national corporations with foreign investments as well as with infrastructure projects among other matters. Maximilian Grub, Hilke Herchen and Ernst-Markus Schuberth jointly head the practice. Marcel Hagemann is considered a 'good strategist' and Thomas Meyding is noted for his expertise in the automotive, financial services and media sectors.

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Efficient cooperation within the team.

CMS Deutschland has a great know-how in all M&A-relevant areas.

Key clients

TATA

Land Niedersachsen

Porsche

Pioneer & Onkyo

Airbus

B.Braun Melsungen

Strabag

E.ON

EnBW

Dea

Tax Tier 4

The tax law practice at CMS advises on national and cross-border M&A transactions and assists clients with the tax structuring of investments in real estate portfolios and in the energy sector. Advising high-net-worth individuals on succession planning and inheritance tax matters constitutes another key element of the practice along with providing assistance with the implementation of compliance measures and with transfer pricing structure assessments. Team head Heino Büsching acts for manufacturing, investment and service companies in tax audits and provides advice on tax due diligence. Banks and financial services providers are also part of the team's client portfolio.

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With their constant commitment the partners are very willing to adapt to the clients’ working and negotiation methods. The firm also has deep industry expertise and optimally sticks to time and content demands.

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Circle Media Group B.V.

IVG AG

Spigraph SAS

NATSU Foods GmbH & Co. KG

STRABAG Property and Facility Services GmbH

Afinum

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy Tier 3

CMS has amassed a decade's energy and infrastructure experience in its Rio de Janeiro office, where it is especially known for oil and gas work but has also developed further into renewables and infrastructure. Having consolidated its longstanding association with the projects-focused Woodhouse Lorente Ludlow, which became a full member of the CMS network in 2018, it has achieved further prominence with additional offices in Peru, Chile and Colombia. This includes a notably strong oil and gas team in Peru that features key names Carlos Hamann and Augusto Astorga. The firm has also increased its renewables footprint, with the Mexico City office having a pivotal role as part of a global team advising Brookfield Global Renewable Energy Advisor on its acquisition of 50% of a 1.66GW solar power generation portfolio with projects in seven jurisdictions. Indeed, already an established player in the projects sector, the Mexico office has grown its role in infrastructure projects, with headline mandates including its role as advisor to the Federal Government of Mexico on the 1,525km, Tren Maya rail project. Mexico City's Enrique Lorente Ludlow is a leading figure in infrastructure projects, while fellow Mexico partner Derek Woodhouse is a leader in power matters. Rio managing partner Ted Rhodes is noted for energy and infrastructure, particularly oil and gas. Santiago partner Jorge Allende Z and Daniel Rodríguez are also noted for energy and mining matters.

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Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios (EDEMSA)

Enagás

SAIPEM

Brookfield Renewables

EDF Renewables

CKD IM and CDQP

Equinor

ENI

Tullow Oil

COPASA

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance Tier 4

CMS's spread of Latin America offices in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile provides it with a healthy flow of banking and finance engagements. While local teams work closely with colleagues in Europe and other regions, they are also close to a number of US-based law firms. The broader team remains active in corporate finance, including financings involving DFIs, and has a strong background in fintech and bank regulatory matters. Daniel Rodríguez is a key name covering structured, project and corporate finance.

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Sun Dreams

Empresas AquaChile

Solarpack

Banco Santander (Spain)

Citibank Colombia

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Interamerican Investment Corporation (IIC)

Scotiabank Inverlat

Grupo Progreso / Unión de Crédito Progreso

Bankaool

Institución de Banca Múltiple

Enagás

Latin America: International firms > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

CMS has made rapid inroads into the Latin America M&A segment, in part thanks to the reputation and connections of its local teams, particularly in Peru, Colombia and Chile. With a track record of acting alongside US firms on cross-border M&A and private equity deals as well as working with European colleagues these offices have extensive experience in assisting multilatinas in their expansions and investments into other jurisdictions. An increasing amount of the firm's Latin America caseload is in the private equity sphere. The Mexico City office has a growing portion of M&A work, while the Rio team is noted for M&A in the energy sector, including oil and gas, particularly deals involving European entities. Key partners include Peru's Juan Carlos Escudero  and Chile partner Jorge Allende Destuet; both are noted for cross-border M&A and private equity deals.

Key clients

Sonda

Unilever

Sun Dreams

Blackstone Group

Société Général De Surveillance

Hewlett-Packard

Charles Taylor

Nedcoffee

Colgate-Palmolive

Boehringer Ingelheim Promeco

Enagás

Glencore

Repsol

Emerson

CMS is a full-service top 10 international law firm, based on the number of lawyers (according to Am Law Global 100). With 70+ offices in 40+ countries across the world, employing over 4,800 lawyers, CMS has longstanding expertise both at advising in its local jurisdictions and across borders. CMS has a strong presence in Latin America, with offices in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru. We are one of the few law firms present in all Pacific Alliance countries.

CMS offers specialist, business-focused advice in law and tax matters to clients operating in complex business and constantly changing regulatory environments.

From major multinationals and mid-caps to enterprising start-ups, CMS provides the technical rigour, strategic excellence and long-term partnership to keep each client ahead whatever its chosen markets.

For information on recent work, member firms, publications and full contact details please visit: cms.law.

Main Areas of Practice:

CMS offers a unique combination of deep knowledge, practice and expertise in areas of law including: Banking & Finance, Commercial, Competition, Corporate / M&A, Employment & Pensions, Dispute Resolution, Public Procurement, Real Estate & Construction, Tax, Compliance, Corporate Criminal Law, Intellectual Property, Technology, Media & Communications, Lifesciences & Healthcare, Insolvency, Restructuring & Liquidation, Customs Law & Trade, Consumer Products, Funds, Hotels & Leisure, Infrastructure & Projects, Insurance, Private Equity, Energy & Climate Change.

Department Name Email Telephone
CMS Latin America Steering Committee, Chair Jorge Allende Z. jorge.allende@cms-ca.com
CMS Brazil, Office Managing Partner, Member of the CMS Latin America Steering Committee Ted Rhodes ted.rhodes@cms-cmno.com
CMS Chile, Managing Partner Ramón Valdivieso ramon.valdivieso@cms-ca.com
CMS Colombia, Managing Partner, Member of the CMS Latin America Steering Committee Juan Camilo Rodríguez juan.rodriguez@cms-ra.com
CMS Mexico, Managing Partner, Member of the CMS Latin America Steering Committee Enrique Lorente Ludlow enrique.lorente@cms-wll.com
CMS Peru, Managing Partner, Member of the CMS Latin America Steering Committee Juan Carlos Escudero juancarlos.escudero@cms-grau.com
Member of the CMS Latin America Steering Committee Michelle Barclay michelle.barclay@cms-grau.com
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