CMS, Nabarro, Olswang merger goes live

On 1 May the largest ever merger in the UK legal services market went live, with CMS UK, Nabarro and Olswang joining together to create a new super-firm.

The firm – now called CMS – is the sixth largest UK law firm by revenue and sixth largest in the world by headcount. The firm has over 5,000 lawyers in 70 offices, spread across 39 countries. The firm focuses on six specialist areas – energy, financial services, infrastructure and project finance, life sciences and healthcare, real estate, and technology, media and telecommunications.

Penelope Warne, the senior partner for CMS in London, said: “We have made this bold move with one goal in mind: to build a new kind of future-facing law firm. By combining top quality sector expertise with international scale and a strategy to become a progressive technology driven firm, we are better equipped to deliver excellence for our clients in a rapidly changing market.” She went on to emphasise that “diversity and inclusion, CSR and top quality training through our CMS Academy will continue to be a priority for the firm”.

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