CMS Cameron McKenna
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|CMS Cameron McKenna LLP|
|Headquarters||Mitre House, 160 Aldersgate Street, London EC1A 4DD, United Kingdom|
|No. of offices||14|
|No. of lawyers||790|
|Major practice areas||General practice|
|Date founded||May 1, 1997 (London)|
|Company type||English limited liability partnership|
CMS organisation of major European law firms
CMS Cameron McKenna is a founding member of the international CMS organisation of law firms, which was established with the objective to create a professional multi-jurisdictional legal and tax service organisation, head quartered in Europe. CMS currently has 2,800 legal and tax advisers across 54 offices, and boasts deep local expertise coupled with the most extensive footprint of any firm in Europe. The organisation's firms are branded with the preface 'CMS' as part of their respective names but remain independent businesses. The acronym's letters derive from two of the founding firms, Cameron McKenna and Sigle (now CMS Hasche Sigle). CMS is a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) and is managed centrally by an executive committee based in Frankfurt, Germany.
Member firms and offices
CMS Cameron McKenna (United Kingdom)
CMS Hasche Sigle (Germany)
CMS Bureau Francis Lefebrve (France)
CMS Adonnino Ascoli & Cavasola Scamoni (Italy)
CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo (Spain)
CMS Derks Star Busmann (Netherlands)
CMS von Erlach Henrici (Switzerland)
CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz (Austria)
CMS DeBacker (Belgium)
CMS Rui Pena & Arnaut (Portugal)
Practice and Sector specialisms
The firm specialises in the following areas:
- Banking & Finance
- Corporate and commercial
- Competition & EU
- Dispute Resolution
- Employment& Pensions
- Infrastructure and Project Finance
- Insurance & Reinsurance
- Intellectual Property
- Real estate and Construction
The firm also operates along sector lines, focusing on the following industry groups:
- Consumer Products
- Financial Services and Institutions – Banks, Insurers, Investment Business and Private Equity
- Hotels & Leisure
- Infrastructure & Project Finance
- Real Estate & Construction
- Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)
The origins of the firm date back to 1779 and the law practice of T Hewitt.
In 1997 Cameron Markby Hewitt merged with fellow City of London law firm, McKenna & Co, to form Cameron McKenna (renamed CMS Cameron McKenna in 1999). The firms of Cameron Markby and Hewitt Woollacott & Chown had merged in 1989 to become Cameron Markby Hewitt. Prior to that Cameron Kemm Norden of New Street, London, EC2, off Bishopsgate, merged with Markbys of London Wall, either in 1980 or 1981.The firm moved into its Mitre House headquarters in July 1998, situated near the Barbican.
In January 2008, CMS Cameron McKenna expanded its European presence, taking over Central and Eastern European law firm Hayhurst Robinson.
The firm moved into its Mitre House headquarters in July 1998, near the Barbican.
Henry Markby, a name partner in legacy firm Cameron Markby Hewitt, is alluded to (usually in an unflattering manner) in a number of Oscar Wilde's plays, most notably in The Importance of Being Earnest, when Lady Bracknell says that her solicitors are Markby, Markby and Markby.
The current Managing Partner of the firm is Duncan Weston. The Senior Partner is Dick Tyler. The firm provides advice across all types of commercial law; banking and finance, competition, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, employment & pensions, environment, immigration, intellectual property, private equity, public procurement, real estate and tax.
Its services are concentrated in eight industry sector groups; consumer products, energy, hotels & leisure, infrastructure & project finance, insurance and funds, lifesciences, real estate & construction, and technology, media & telecommunications. In the financial year 2011/12, CMS ranked 7th by number of lawyers and 22nd by turnover in AMLaw’s 2012 Global 100, 8th in The Lawyer’s UK Top 100, number 8 is Legal Week’s UK firms by global revenues and 23rd in the Legal Business Global 100 Survey.
Corporate responsibility and pro bono work
CMS Cameron McKenna has a dedicated Corporate Responsibility team, encouraging pro bono work such as Hackney Schools Mentoring Programme and Reading and Number Partners Scheme, which has a very strong take-up from fee-earners and business services staff alike.
CMS Cameron McKenna's Charity of the Year for 2013/14 is The Lord Mayor's Appeal 2014. This will benefit four charities: Beating Bowel Cancer, Princess Alice Hospice, Raleigh International and Working Chance.
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