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CMS has made a strong impression on the market and is praised for its ‘good local connections and good resources‘, with clients noting that its lawyers are ‘always available for any request, even with zero notice‘. The firm’s impressive regional and global network attracts international clients with cross-border needs. In addition to major corporate, finance and infrastructure mandates, the firm also handles unique instructions from clients such as UEFA, whose 2022 Conference Cup final was held in Tirana. Managing partner Mirko Daidone is ‘definitely one of the best lawyers in town‘ and ‘highly skilled, always available to give our company the best solution for any need‘. Projects partner Besnik Duraj is praised for his ‘patience, passion, professionalism and expertise‘. Experienced partner Evis Zaja handles competition, IP and data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Mirko Daidone

Other key lawyers:


‘CMS’s staff is very reliable, solution-oriented, and flexible. The collaboration with CMS is great.’

‘The CMS team is one of the best we ever worked with. It is always available for any request – even with zero notice – and fully satisfies our needs. The billing is very competitive and it is very sensitive on diversity. We would highly recommend the firm and it is the best one in the Region.’

‘Managing partner Mirko Daidone is one of the best lawyers we have ever worked with. Highly skilled, always available to give our company the best solution for any need. He always replies even before expected. He is definitely one of the best lawyers in town. His team and him are highly recommended.’

‘Besnik Duraj is an excellent lawyer and advisor. He is very knowledgeable, solution-oriented, client-focused, and willing to go an extra mile for us.’

‘I have worked with Besnik Duraj for more than 12 years, and I must say that I am more than happy to be working with him. Besnik is extremely professional and the best lawyer in town. His availability, flexibility and collaboration is admirable. There have been so many many cases we have had complex issues, but with his patience, passion, professionalism and expertise he has helped us succeed. He are delighted to have Besnik as our external lawyer and would like to extend more our collaboration in the coming years.’

‘Mirko Daidone is a versatile lead partner and relationship contact for the organisation, who appreciates and understands our corporate interests and is aware of the manner in which our local operations are guided and coordinated by them across various areas of law, including corporate matters, employment law and labour relations. Besnik Duraj is a trusted and reliable local employment law expert who addresses collective, individual and transactional matters alike. His delivery is prompt, sufficiently detailed but succint and easy-to-digest.’

‘They were the only firm who had the experience and knowledge to deal with the matter. They had good local connections, good resources and were very clear and transparent with billing.’

‘CMS is delivering a consistently high quality work product across practice areas. The robust team is able to service all aspects of local law and pairs the professionalism one has grown to expect from a multinational law firm with the local knowledge that is crucial for an organisation operating in the environment.’

Key clients

4iG Nyrt.

Intesa Sanpaolo Bank

Yildirim Holding


GOPA Worldwide Consultants


Shandong Ruiheng Xingyu Petroleum Technology Development Co.

GrECo International Holding

British American Tobacco (BAT)

Engel & Völkers


Nilor Production






OTP Bank

GE Renewable Energy




Duferco Energia


Balkan Master

Selecta Digital


Travel Services

Raiffeisen Bank

IVICOM Holding


BIC Albania

Nexia Albania

European Investment Bank

Clyde & Co

Fiber Group


IT Compliance Association

Lev Tech



SNB React

Canadian Solar

Kerui Group

Voith Group




Work highlights

  • Assisted 4iG Nyrt on the indirect acquisition of One Telecommunications, upon acquiring all the shares in the Bulgarian company Albania Telecom Invest.
  • Assisted Yildirim Group in the €83m acquisition of Albchrome Holding and its subsidiaries in Albania.
  • Assisted UEFA with the organisation of the Conference League Final in Tirana.

Our office in Tirana has been active in the city since 2011. In addition to our strong local roots and excellent reputation in the Albanian market, we have consolidated -as part of CMS and of its outstanding CEE presence- a leading international practice. CMS is one of the few international law firms in Albania that offers its international expertise and ingenuity in a local and personable manner. This is part of the firms’ DNA and it is firmly entrenched in its daily tasks.

We know that the rules governing your business are constantly changing and that there is a growing need for professionals who are up-to-date with all new laws and regulations in both Albanian and international markets. When you work with CMS in Tirana you will benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the domestic market; we will guide you through the complexities of the legislation that applies to you by offering custom-made solutions. We are renowned for providing practical advice to complex and sophisticated transactions.

If you are looking to do business in Albania and are searching for legal or fiscal support, please reach out to us via our online contact form or give us a call.

We structure our business in practice areas and industry sector groups. This enables us to develop a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ businesses and markets and to constantly deliver sound and commercially relevant advice. Our goal is to be not just technical lawyers, but to really understand your business and be a true partner to you.

Our experts offer clients in-depth experience in Albanian law combined with international expertise. Our clients range from public entities to large, small, and midsize companies in several industry sectors.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Mirko Daidone +355 4 430 2123
Partner Besnik Duraj +355 4 430 2123
Partner Evis Zaja +355 4 430 2123
Photo Name Position Profile
Mirko Daidone photo Mirko Daidone Managing Partner
Besnik Duraj photo Besnik Duraj Partner
Evis Zaja photo Evis Zaja Evis Zaja is a partner at CMS Tirana. She has more than…
Members of lawyers in CMS : 4500+
At this office: : 15+

In today’s competitive business environment, our clients expect and demand legal services providers who reflect the diversity of the communities in which we practice. Our commitment to diversity serves to advance each of the strategic goals established for the firm.

Diversity initiatives are policies and practices designed to improve the workplace experiences and outcomes of target group members.

At CMS Albania, we understand diversity as a culture of variety and mutual respect. We do not take people of different nationalities, genders, ethnic and religious origins, sexual orientations and people with diverse life experiences for granted. For us, the diversity is both a commitment and an advantage. As an international commercial law firm, we rely on mobility and other essentials values. Colleagues from different countries with individual expertise and different life experiences contribute to our success. Diversity thus becomes an asset.

CMS Albania offer equal opportunities for everyone and accept diversity. Our office takes sustainability seriously by playing an important part through professional diversity management. Sustainable procurement focuses first and foremost on fair and safe working conditions at supplier companies. When you join CMS, you’ll be an integral part of the team. Your views will be respected; your ideas will be heard.

As a global, future-facing law firm, we are committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive culture that encourages authenticity and celebrates all our people and their unique backgrounds.

Having senior colleagues share their experience and be role models is imperative for progressing the Diversity agenda, but we equally think that everybody has a story to tell, can be a role model and influence the firm’s culture in a positive way.

We want to create a culture that supports everybody, and we are conscious that depending on their profile, some demographics experience different challenges. For this reason, in addition to the wider work on creating an inclusive and supportive culture, we focus our efforts on specific diversity strands.

To promote diversity, our office also takes proactive steps that impact all levels within the office: from young professionals to senior management. In addition, we also organized a diversity course, which helped us to understand how we can play our part in building an inclusive culture and the impact discrimination and inequality can have within the workplace.

Engaging and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity of our clients and their sectors is the basis for a sustainable and successful business.

We are proud of the progress we have already made but diversity is always going to be a journey and there will always be scope to get better.

CMS is a Future Facing firm. CMS Tirana is one of the few international law firms in Albania that offers its international expertise and ingenuity in a local and personable manner. CMS lawyers focus on their clients and on providing the best possible service.

The clients

At CMS we strive to spend more time looking at our clients’ world than inwards at ours. That’s what makes our approach different. Being able to see things from our clients’ perspective means our people are approachable and accessible.

CMS has provided sophisticated legal assistance on very complex legal matters to several of the largest companies in the world, such as:

  • multinational oil and gas company Eni S.p.A.
  • the publicly traded company Canadian Solar Inc.
  • the Italian multinational company Duferco Group
  • the renewable energy division of General Electric

The team

CMS prides itself in being one of the few international law firms in Albania with a local expertise and having a diverse team of professionals. The main practice areas are:

  • Corporate
  • M&A
  • Antitrust law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Energy
  • IP
  • Concession
  • Competition
  • Privatisation tax
  • Immigration
  • Employment

The network

CMS office in Tirana is recently embracing and developing technological, media and communication practice.

CMS has built out a variety of Apps to support our clients’ specific legal needs. Many of our clients are now mobile first so we strive to deliver “just in time” advice on a channel that suits them.

CMS offers a wide spectrum of portals and platforms for clients, some bespoke and others sector or jurisdiction specific.

Our Smart Services are designed to provide clients with flexible and efficient support. We have developed various tools which allow us to tackle complex matters in a cost-effective way while maintaining the highest quality standards.

CMS Tirana Office

CMS brought its vast experience in Albania in 2011 by opening its office in Tirana. CMS Tirana is one of the few international law firms in Albania with a local expertise and having a diverse team of professionals.

CLIENT: Stefano Organai, Simone Griffini
COMPANY/FIRM: Balkan Master Sh.p.k.
TESTIMONIAL: “CMS gave us the maximum support since the day we started our venue in Albania. Managing Partner Mirko Daidone, is one of the best lawyers in Albania. We are extremely satisfied. Highly recommended”.

CLIENT: Nicola Sciumè
COMPANY/FIRM: e- goals
TESTIMONIAL: “CMS is one of the best offices I have worked with. High level of professionality. It handled all our legal matters in Albania with the highest level of professionality”.

CLIENT: Andrea Bergamaschi
TESTIMONIAL: “Since the beginning of our experience in Albania, CMS has showed highest standards of quality. Highly recommended. Fast in replying to our needs. Mirko Daidone is high skilled lawyer and leads a fantastic team of professionals”.

CLIENT: Valerio Capozzella
TESTIMONIAL: “High quality, fast answers, great team of professionals lead by Mirko Daidone. It is worth to mention Besnik Duraj for his consultancy on regulatory and litigation matters”.

CLIENT: Dario Todaro
COMPANY/FIRM: BConnect and CovisianBranch
TESTIMONIAL: “Mirko and his team, since the incorporation supported our companies with the highest standards of professionality”.

CLIENT: Simone Rabaioli
COMPANY/FIRM: Duferco S.p.A.
TESTIMONIAL: “Great experience and very high standards of professionality. Mirko Daidone and Evis Zaja advised our group on few acquisitions supported by a great team of professionals. Highly recommended”.


International law firm CMS has expanded its Corporate practice in Singapore with the appointment of Gerald Licnachan as Partner. Gerald joins from Reed Smith.


CMS has advised Ignite Thailand Holdings Limited (trading as “Roojai”), a managing general agent developing its own retail insurance products and distributing them digitally on a B2C model in Thailand and Indonesia,


CMS has advised Bitdefender, a global cybersecurity leader, on its cross-border acquisition of Singapore-based Horangi Cyber Security to address the growing demand for advanced, streamlined management of cybersecurity, compliance, and governance of multi-cloud environments.