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CMS Appoints 12 New CEE Partners in 54-Strong Global Promotion Round

CMS Appoints 12 New CEE Partners in 54-Strong Global Promotion Round

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The most recent promotion round at CMS saw 54 lawyers promoted to the firm's partnership ranks, including Austria-based Daniela Kroemer, David Kohl, Florian Mayer, Kai Ruckelshausen, Lukas Peissl, Marlene Wimmer-Nistelberger, and Sonja Otenhajmer, Bulgaria-based Jenia Dimitrova, Hungary-based Agnes Solyom, Eszter Torok, and Katalin Horvath, and Poland-based Tomasz Sancewicz.

Kroemer is also the firm's Co-Head of the Employment and Pensions practice area group. She's been with CMS since 2013 when she joined as an Associate.

Kohl, who focuses on corporate/M&A and insolvency and restructuring, has been with the firm since 2018. Before that, he spent two years with Scherbaum Seebacher, a year with the Graz Court of Appeal, and a year with KPMG.

Mayer, a corporate/M&A expert, has been with the firm since 2019. Before that, he spent almost four years with Dorda as an Associate.

A banking & finance expert, Ruckelshausen has been a part of CMS since 2013 when he joined as an Associate. He became an Attorney at Law in 2019, before becoming a Partner.

Peissl focuses on dispute resolution and corporate/M&A. He joined CMS in 2018, after almost two years at Wolf Theiss. Before that, he spent a year with Baker & McKenzie.

Marlene Wimmer-Nistelberger is an expert in public law, competition, and EU law, as well as ESG. She joined CMS in 2010 as an Assistant and became a Trainee Lawyer in 2014, Lawyer in 2017, Attorney at Law in 2019, and Partner in 2023.

Otenhajmer, a dispute resolution specialist, joined CMS in 2016. After four years as an Associate, she became an Attorney at Law, before becoming a Partner.

Bulgaria's Dimitrova joined CMS in 2019. She is the firm's Head of Real Estate in Sofia.

Torok, a former Senior Counsel, initially spent nine years with CMS between 1995 and 2004, before moving in-house and taking over as General Counsel of Teva Pharmaceuticals for Hungary, between 2004 and 2014. She re-joined CMS in 2015, as a Senior Counsel. Her primary areas of focus are finance and corporate/M&A.

Horvath, a former Senior Counsel as well, has been with the firm since 2018. Before that, she spent over 14 years with Sar and Partners. She is a commercial, IP, and TMT expert.

Another Senior Counsel, Solyom first joined CMS as a Trainee in 2005, before becoming an Associate in 2009. She was promoted to Senior Associate in 2017 and a Senior Counsel in 2021, and her areas of focus are commercial, IP, and TMT.

Poland's Sancewicz, a labor law specialist, has been with the CMS Poland office since 2005. He was promoted to Senior Associate in 2012 and to Counsel in 2017, before the partnership move.

"We're delighted to welcome this exceptional group of lawyers to the partnership," Senior Partner Elect for CMS UK Charles Currier commented. "Our new partners embody the collaborative, innovative, and supportive values that define CMS and have shown a real commitment to our clients and sectors."

"Congratulations to our new partners," CMS Chairman Pierre-Sebastien Thill added. "In addition to their legal expertise and cutting-edge sector knowledge, they demonstrate deep curiosity about future business challenges and opportunities as well as help foster a culture of innovation, inclusivity, and sustainability within our organization."