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Press releases and law firm thought leadership

This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre strengthens its African Practice

November 2015. Press Releases by CMS (view listing).

The CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Africa team is being expanded with the arrival in Paris of Deana d’Almeida as senior lawyer, Iris Francis as lawyer and Ryme Boualam as legal expert.

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Corporate/M&A team

September 2015. Press Releases by CMS (view listing).

Christophe Blondeau and Jean-Robert Bousquet co-heads of the Corporate/M&A team

The firm CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre announces that partners Christophe Blondeau and Jean-Robert Bousquet are taking over the lead of the Corporate/M&A team.

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre assisted Moulin de Sauret before the French Competition Authority

May 2015. Press Releases by CMS (view listing).

On Thursday, 26 March 2015, the French Competition Authority made a ruling (15-D-04) in a case involving an agreement between millers on a double concerted increase in the price of flour sold in bakeries in 2007. Of the twenty companies implicated at the end of the investigation, only three were ultimately penalised. CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre represented the interests of Moulin de Sauret.

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Africa: CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre advises Amethis Finance and Label’Vie on the acquisition of a

March 2015. Press Releases by CMS (view listing).

The CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Africa team advised the Amethis Finance investment fund and Moroccan group Label’Vie on the acquisition of a stake in Compagnie de Distribution de Côte d’Ivoire (CDCI), the number two in food distribution in Côte d’Ivoire, with 127 shops around the country.

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre appoints four new partners

March 2015. Press Releases by CMS (view listing).
CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre announces the appointment of four new partners: Alexandre Delhaye, Caroline Froger-Michon, Frédéric Gerner and Claire Vannini.

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CMS Cameron McKenna advises on Major North Sea Acquisition for RWE Deal

July 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The energy team at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP have successfully advised RWE Dea on the purchase of a 70% stake in the Breagh gas field, a major Southern North Sea gas development, from six companies. On completion of the transaction, RWE Dea will take over the majority of the Breagh field, the largest gas discovery in the North Sea for 10 years.

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CMS advises Apollo Tyres with acquisition of Vredestein

May 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS has advised the Indian company Apollo Tyres Ltd. with the acquisition of Vredestein Banden B.V. from parent company Amtel-Vredestein N.V. The CMS team was headed from the Dutch office of CMS Derks Star Busmann by Mark Ziekman and Cars-Jan van Gool (Corporate Finance), as well as Marcel Groenewegen (Bankruptcy). The British team of CMS Cameron Mckenna was headed by Vivek Gambhir.

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CMS Cameron McKenna advises RWE on site purchases for nuclear new build

May 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has advised RWE on its successful bids for land at Wylfa, Anglesey, and Oldbury, South Gloucestershire, in the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s (NDA) site auction which concluded today (29 April).

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CMS Cameron McKenna wins Pensions Law Firm of the Year accolade

May 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP was named Pensions Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious Pension & Investment Provider Awards held in London last night (6 May).

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CMS firms appoint four new competition partners

April 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS firms have appointed four new competition partners: Kai Neuhaus specialises in European and German competition and merger control law at CMS Hasche Sigle (CMS EU Law Office), Nathalie PĂ©trignet specialises in competition law, unfair competition issues and customs law in France and the European Union at CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre (Paris office), and Maxim Boulba and Elena Zhigaeva specialise in competition law and corporate law matters, both at CMS in Russia (Moscow office).

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CMS announces new competition partner in Poland

April 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS announces the appointment of a new competition partner in the Warsaw, Poland office. Ms. Malgorzata Urbanska, who joined CMS Cameron McKenna in 1999 and specializes in European and Polish competition and merger control law, was named partner, effective 4 May 2009, along with three other new partners in the Polish office of CMS.

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CMS Cameron McKenna advises Clinicenta on a ÂŁ122 million scheme for new Surgicentre

April 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has advised Clinicenta Limited on its second major clinical services scheme.

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CMS Cameron McKenna advises on Robert Dyas MBO

April 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has advised Lloyds Banking Group and Allied Irish Banks p.l.c. on the management buyout (MBO) of Robert Dyas, which was agreed last week (8 April).

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CMS Cameron McKenna announces 22 new partners and partner promotions

April 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has announced today (6 April), that it is appointing 17 new partners, with effect from 1 May 2009. In addition, five previous Office Partners have also been promoted, with effect from 1 May 2009, to the firm’s equity Gateway partnership tier.

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CMS Cameron McKenna acts for Nuffield in Vanguard disposal

April 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has acted for Nuffield Heath on the sale of its Vanguard Healthcare Solutions business to Vanguard’s management team, backed by MML Capital Partners, for approximately £31 million. HSBC provided the senior debt facilities.

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CMS DeBacker has been named 'Best law firm to work for' in the 2009 Belgian Legal Awards

March 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The Legal Awards honours excellence, continuity and innovation in the legal sphere.

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CMS announces new partner appointments in Russia

March 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

23/01/2009 - CMS, one of the leading international law firms in Russia, is pleased to announce the appointment of three partners: Ivan Gritsenko (real estate), Karen Young (banking and finance) and Elena Zhigaeva (corporate).

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Hotel Group News

March 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna's Hotel Group is delighted to be nominated as Advisor of the Year in the Hotel Report Awards 2009 for the second year running.
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CMS Cameron McKenna ranked in Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list

March 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has appeared for the fourth time in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list. CMS Cameron McKenna was ranked number 74 in the listing, published yesterday (8 March).

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CMS Cameron McKenna to advise VT Group on PFI waste contract

March 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has been appointed by VT Group plc to advise on its bid to Gloucestershire County Council for a ÂŁ646m waste PFI contract.

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CMS Cameron McKenna assists Sainsbury’s with acquisition of Co-Op stores

March 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has exchanged contracts for Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd in connection with its ÂŁ83 million pound acquisition of 24 stores from the Co-Operative Group.

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CMS sponsors IHIF for eighth year running in Berlin

March 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The CMS Hotel Group ranks number one in Europe and will once again, for the eighth year in a row, be the proud sponsor of the International Hotel Investment Forum 2009 (IHIF) on 9th – 11th March in Berlin.

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CMS Cameron McKenna appointed to advise Vantis plc on Stanford receiverships

February 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has been appointed to advise Vantis plc (Vantis), receivers to two Antiguan companies in Sir Allen Stanford’s group of businesses.

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CMS Awards: Acquisition Finance awards CMS top honours

February 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

Acquisition Finance magazine has announced its first annual awards recognising law firms by country and CMS has done exceptionally well.

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CMS Cameron McKenna wins Central and Eastern Europe Law Firm of the Year award

January 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has been named Central and Eastern European (CEE) law firm of the year for 2009 by PLC Which Lawyer?

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CMS advises RWE on E.ON joint venture to build UK nuclear power stations

January 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

RWE AG and E.ON AG have today (14 January) announced the creation of a joint venture to develop new nuclear power stations in the UK.

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CMS DeBacker hires two partners to strengthen its market position in corporate finance law

January 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

Already recognised for its corporate practice in the field of corporate governance (issues linked to shareholding, directors and management liability, etc.) and restructuring, CMS DeBacker has appointed two, leading corporate finance partners to further strengthen its practice. Vincent Dirckx and Carl Dotremont join CMS DeBacker as partners based in the firm’s Brussels office.

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CMS merger in Moscow to create a leading Russian legal services provider

January 2009. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The merger announced today (28 November) between the Moscow offices of the three CMS firms that have operated in Russia, will create one of the most experienced and largest international law firms in Russia with over 130 lawyers, including 22 partners.

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CMS Cameron McKenna refocuses litigators across the firm into Dispute Resolution Group

December 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has united its litigators globally in a new Dispute Resolution Group (DRG). The DRG practice covers all of CMS Cameron McKenna’s offices, and will comprise 39 partners and over 270 associates internationally. DRG will bring together lawyers involved in all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration, mediation, expert determination and adjudication, and specialist strategic advice on avoiding disputes.

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Relocation of Banking & Finance CMS Derks Star Busmann

December 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

From 1 December 2008 the Banking & Finance practice group of CMS Derks Star Busmann will be based at its Amsterdam office. At present the practice group is still partly located in Utrecht. By concentrating our Banking & Finance expertise in a single location, we will be able to serve our clients  better and more efficiently, while at the same time meeting market demands.

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Bauke Falkena and Eduard Scheenstra joining CMS Derks Star Busmann

December 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The Banking & Finance practice group of CMS Derks Star Busmann welcomes a new lawyer and partner as well as an experienced lawyer.

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CMS Cameron McKenna advises National Australia Group Europe on its strategic alliance with AXA Life

November 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has advised National Australia Group Europe, on its wealth management division’s recently announced long-term strategic alliance with AXA Life.

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CMS advises on PFI project to extend Bridgend prison

November 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has advised Bridgend Custodial Services Limited on its project to extend HM Parc Prison, Bridgend, Wales. The deal was closed on Friday 7 November. The shareholders in Bridgend Custodial Services Limited are G4S and Innisfree.

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CMS Cameron McKenna acts for Talisman Energy in a legal first for the North Sea

November 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has acted for Talisman Energy in a lease arrangement for the Beatrice oil field and the Nigg Oil Terminal from Talisman Energy to Ithaca Energy.

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Bauke Falkena and Eduard Scheenstra joining CMS Derks Star Busmann

November 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The Banking & Finance practice group of CMS Derks Star Busmann welcomes >a new lawyer and partner as well as an experienced lawyer.

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CMS Cameron McKenna acts for Talisman Energy in a legal first for the North Sea

November 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has acted for Talisman Energy in a lease arrangement for the Beatrice oil field and the Nigg Oil Terminal from Talisman Energy to Ithaca Energy.

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre is enriching its offer in tax law

October 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre hires a new partner as a tax adviser: RĂ©mi Gouyet, partner, specialized in electronic taxation.

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Fortress Europe? The Risk of Rising Protectionism in Europe

October 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

This report on “The risk of Rising Protectionism in Europe” is the first in a series which CMS will be publishing in conjunction with Oxford Analytica on topics which should be of interest and significance to all commercial enterprises operating in the important European market. The report has two sections; first, a commentary from the CMS team involved in the initiative and then the main body of the Oxford Analytica study. As lawyers we will naturally be looking at the issues concerned from a legal perspective but not exclusively so; our intention is also to examine and, we hope, throw some light on the broader commercial, regulatory, fiscal and political aspects of our chosen topics.

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CMS acts for Eureko B.V. in major Russian insurance deal

October 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has acted for Eureko B.V. in its agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Oranta, a Russian insurance company, from private equity "PromSvyazCapital" Group. The total transaction value is confidential but this is one of the most significant deals in the Russian insurance sector this year.

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CMS sponsors the Indian M&A summit in Mumbai

September 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS proudly sponsors the Indian Mergers & Acquisitions Corporate Summit in Mumbai - India from 29 September till 1 October 2008. CMS has over 600 lawyers specializing in M&A transactions across Europe and beyond. We have been working in India and with Indian law firms for over 30 years.

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CMS appointed to the ACE European Group (AEG) legal panel

September 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS, the leading European organisation of law firms, has announced today, Monday 1 September, its appointment to the legal panel for all non-claims work for ACE European Group, one of the world’s truly global insurance/reinsurance organisations.

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CMS acts in ÂŁ3 billion Royal School of Military Engineering PPP project

September 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS in the UK has advised the Holdfast Consortium in their Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME) public private partnership (PPP) deal with the Ministry of Defence, which closed this weekend. The Holdfast Consortium comprises Babcock, Carillion, Mid-Kent College, TQ Education and Training, and ESS.

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CMS acts for Talisman Energy in the sale of Goal Petroleum to Total

September 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS, the organisation of leading international law firms, has acted for Talisman Energy in the sale of the entire issued share capital of its Dutch subsidiary, Goal Petroleum (Netherlands) B.V. (“Goal”), for $480 million (excluding working capital) to Total.

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CMS Cameron McKenna acts for Northern Ireland Electricity in sale of SONI

August 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has acted for Northern Ireland Electricty plc in its sale of SONI, the Transmission System Operator (TSO) in Northern Ireland, its wholly-owned subsidiary. SONI was sold to EirGrid plc for an undisclosed sum.

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CMS Cameron McKenna advises Hunting PLC on its CAN$ 1,270m proposed sale of Gibson Energy

August 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP has advised one of its longest-standing clients, Hunting PLC, on its proposed disposal, announced today (6 August), of Gibson Energy to a company ultimately owned by the Riverstone / Carlyle Global Energy and Power Funds, a group of energy focused private equity funds managed by Riverstone Holdings LLC.

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CMS advises The Vienna Stock Exchange in Slovenia

July 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

A team of transaction specialists from CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz offices in Ljubljana and Vienna advised The Vienna Stock Exchange on their acquisition of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange.

 

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre elects seven new partners

July 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre are pleased to announce the election of seven new partners

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CMS BFL adviser to Unilever Plc and Unilever CĂ´te d'Ivoire

July 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre adviser to Unilever Plc and Unilever CĂ´te d'Ivoire within the scope of the transfer by Unilever CĂ´te d'Ivoire of its palm oil business and the acquisition of new soap activities.

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CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre appoints a new Management Board

June 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

On 6th June 2008, the Supervisory Board of CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre chaired by Jean-Claude Anisten, partner, appointed the following members of the Management Board, with effect from 1 July : Didier Gingembre, Philippe Rosenpick,Pierre-SĂ©bastien Thill.

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CMS BFL advisor to Otsuka on the acquisition of a 49% stake in Alma SA

June 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

The Japanese Otsuka group has acquired a 49% stake in Alma SA, a French leading manufacturer and distributor of bottled mineral and spring water. This transaction amounted to €750m.

Otsuka was advised by CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre Law Firm as to:

- Corporate: Jacques Isnard, partner, Sahar Saboori and Bruno Brochet, lawyers
- Tax law: Edouard Milhac, partner
- Competition law: Olivier Benoît, partner.

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Merger of CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz and Dallmann & Juranek (Austria)

June 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz, one of the leading law firms in Austria and Southeast Europe, will merge with the prominent corporate boutique law firm Dallmann & Juranek.

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CMS DeBacker: Pierre-Axel Chabot becomes a Partner at the law firm CMS DeBacker

May 2008. Press Releases by CMS Group (view listing).

Pierre-Axel Chabot (33), who joined CMS DeBacker in 1998, has become a Partner. This appointment will reinforce the Corporate Real Estate department of CMS DeBacker which has grown constantly during the last few years. At present, CMS DeBacker comprises 15 lawyers specialised in Real Estate Law.

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  • Access to justice: protective costs orders in planning challenges

    Third parties and competing developers have no rights of appeal to the Secretary of State against planning decisions. Disappointed applicants can appeal to the Secretary of State and can have the merits of the application reconsidered. The only remedy available to a disappointed third party is a challenge by way of judicial review in the High Court on a point of law. The sense of frustration and disempowerment this creates has not been helped by the increasing complexity of the planning process and the use of consultation to legitimise decisions that many perceive may already have been taken.
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