Oliver Werner has made Partner at and become Managing Partner of CMS Bratislava, and new Partner Sona Hankova has joined the firm from EY Law.
Werner takes over as Managing Partner from Peter Simo, who is stepping down from the role to focus on client work as Of Counsel.
CMS describes Werner as a "recognized expert in the fields of compliance and corporate/M&A." According to the firm, "during his time at CMS he has gained a lot of experience in cross-border transactions as well as internal investigations and money laundering prevention." He began his career in 2008 with DLA Piper, before joining CMS in 2014. He moved to the firm's Bratislava office in June of this year. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Vienna in 2003.
Hankova has over 17 years of experience, primarily in real estate, including acquisitions, development, construction, asset management, litigation, and leasing. CMS describes her as being, in addition, "vastly experienced in M&A transactions including corporate reorganizations, operational matters, and related employment law issues."
"We are honored to lead the Bratislava office," said Werner and Hankova in a joint statement released by the firm. "We appreciate this unique opportunity to enhance our CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz brand on the Slovak market with a diverse and driven team." In addition, Hankova added that "the clients are facing unprecedented challenges and need innovative and forward-thinking advice. With both, our local and international expertise, CMS is ready to navigate them promptly through their business and legal uncertainty."