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Did You Know: 2023 Nine-Month Law Firm Leaderboard

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Did You Know that the ten firms that have worked on the most client matters reported by CEE Legal Matters through Q3 of 2023 are equally divided between international and regional powerhouses? According to the Activity Rankings function of the CEELMDirect website, Magic Circle-member Clifford Chance, which has worked on a remarkable 66 deals reported by CEE Legal Matters in the first nine months of 2023, leads the pack, but Vienna-based Schoenherr is close behind with 64.

Dentons is in third place with 58 completed CEELM-reported client matters, and Baltic champion Cobalt is in fourth with 55. CMS, which worked on 50 client matters reported by this publication through September of this year, rounds out the top five. 

Vienna-based Wolf Theiss, which worked on 44 CEELM-reported client matters through Q3 of 2023, is in sixth place, with Sorainen (with 37), Kinstellar (with 32), White & Case (with 30), and Allen & Overy (with 28) rounding out the top ten. 

Poland’s Gessel, which has worked on 20 CEELM-reported deals in the first nine months of 2023, is the first purely domestic law firm to appear in the rankings, at 17th.

Want to see which client matters these firms have worked on, or where your firm ranks? 

Visit the Activity Rankings section of the CEELMDirect website – the world’s only truly dynamic legal directory – and find out for yourself!

CMS at a Glance

CMS Sofia is a full-service law firm, the largest international law firm in Bulgaria and one of the largest providers of legal services in the local market as a whole. The breadth and depth of our practice means that our lawyers are specialised, with a level of specialisation that few of our competitors can match.

CMS Sofia is the Bulgarian branch of CMS, a top ten global legal and tax services provider with over 5000 lawyers in 43 countries and 78 offices across the world.

CMS entered the Bulgarian market as one of the first internationally active law firms in 2005 and is now among the most respected legal advisors in the country. We have 7 partners, 4 counsel and over 30 lawyers in our office in Sofia.

Our legal experts, who are rooted in Bulgaria’s local culture, can also draw on years of experience in foreign countries and are at home in several legal systems at once. We know the particularities of the local market just as well as the needs of our clients and combine both to achieve optimum solutions. Our lawyers are Bulgarian qualified and we also have English qualified experts – all of them regularly working on cross-border mandates.

In our work, we focus on M&A, Energy, Projects and Construction, Banking and Finance, Real Estate, Media, IP and IT law, Tax, Employment law, Competition, Procurement and any kind of Dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. What’s more, we also take care of the entire legal management of our clients’ projects.

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