CMS strengthens its German capability in Central and Eastern Europe with key hires

  • March 16, 2017
CMS is pleased to announce the appointment of Andreas Köhler who joins CMS’ CEE Practice as Partner and Head of CEE German Projects. Andreas will commence his role on 16 March 2017. He brings over 15 years of experience working on region-wide transactions, dispute resolution, commercial and employment matters on behalf of international, in particular, German, Austrian and Swiss clients. Andreas is based in Budapest and will work closely with regional practice and sector heads in the CEE & DACH regions and beyond.

Andreas Köhler Gábor M. Tóth

Andreas joins CMS from Dentons in Budapest where he was head of the Hungarian Corporate and Commercial practice and co-head of the firm’s global German practice.

CEE Managing Director, Dora Petranyi comments: “German, Austrian and Swiss companies are key investors in the region and Andreas’ experience is a perfect fit with our strategy to expand our offering for these clients on a cross-border basis. Andreas and Gabor both have outstanding reputations in the market and having them on board will further deepen CMS’ leading position in the region.”He is joined by senior associate and native German and Hungarian speaker, Gabor M. Toth, who will work with the Commercial and German Desk groups at CMS in Budapest.

Iain Batty, Head of CEE Commercial Practice, adds: “Our German, Austrian, Swiss and CEE offices are recognised leaders in their local markets. I am confident that Andreas’ tremendous experience working with investors, developers and large companies from diverse sectors will ensure that we are well placed to maximise on opportunities across the region. We are delighted to welcome Andreas and Gabor to the team.”

Andreas Köhler says: “I am excited to be joining CMS, alongside my colleague Gabor. The region continues to be very active, and CMS’ strong presence and experience in the market will provide fantastic opportunities for us to further develop the German practice.” 

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