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CMS is the organisation of European law and tax firms of choice for organisations based in, or looking to move into, Europe. We provide a deep local understanding of legal, tax and business issues and deliver client-focused services through a joint strategy executed locally across 28 jurisdictions with 52 offices in Western and Central Europe and beyond. CMS was established in 1999 and today comprises 10 CMS firms, employing over 2,800 lawyers and is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany. We have a broad client base, which includes quoted and private companies, financial intermediaries, financial institutions, institutional investors, professional firms and public bodies.
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Proven international capability built on deep local knowledge
Our clients trust us to handle their legal affairs for two principal reasons:
  • Each CMS member firm is a leading practice in its local jurisdiction and our advice reflects our understanding of national laws, culture and business practices.
  • Members of the CMS organisation of law firms are experienced in working together to provide international advice underpinned by common procedures and the same high standards of quality and commitment.
  • Client-based solutions
  • Our approach is to work together, tailoring advice to reflect our clients’ needs and the markets in which they operate. What does this mean in practice?
  • Advice, assistance and representation from specialist lawyers who work to the same exacting standards wherever they are based.
  • Access to industry expertise and sector insights across European markets.
  • Genuinely integrated project management and coordination.
  • Flexibility of resources and the ability to tailor staffing levels to suit specific project needs.
  • High standards of service quality and responsiveness.
  • Sound commercially relevant advice

Our teams are structured around industry and product specialisations, rather than divided along geographical lines, combining specialist expertise, industry knowledge and the experience of relevant assignments. This structure encourages the sharing of experience and sector knowledge, discourages ‘reinventing the wheel’ and enables our lawyers to deliver cutting-edge legal services on national and cross-border deals.
Successfully delivering international solutions
Our Real Estate Finance team combines the expertise of both our Banking and Real Estate practices. Our experienced European teams have secured a leading position in an increasingly sophisticated and fast-changing real estate market, providing innovative, commercial advice to the full range of market participants. CMS has a successful track record advising a wide variety of domestic and international clients including financiers, developers, real estate trusts and funds on all aspects of real estate investment and development financing.
Delivering results
Through meeting clients’ needs on the toughest of transactions, our team has built an excellent reputation for implementing practical and effective structures and solutions. Our strong track record will significantly reduce any learning curve, making our advice more cost effective. Our unrivalled understanding of the real estate industry and its surrounding issues enable us to provide our clients with practical, commercial guidance as well as solid legal advice.

Our approach
Our clients derive real value from their relationships with us. We differentiate ourselves, not purely on the quality of our legal advice, but also by delivering excellence in client service. This means understanding the unique needs of each client, understanding the challenges of each deal and providing a service that is tailored to the individual concerns of each client. The success of our team is thanks to our consistent, thorough and comprehensive approach to client feedback. If we can improve how we do things for you, we want to know about it as quickly as possible, so that we can make the necessary changes!
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