Cornelius Brandi is Executive Chairman of CMS and Senior Partner of CMS Germany. He specialises in corporate and maritime law.
Cornelius joined CMS Germany in 1983 (formerly Hasche Albrecht Fischer), became a partner in 1986 and was Managing Partner of the Hamburg office from 1996 to 1999. From 1999 to 2011, Cornelius was Managing Partner of CMS Germany and in this position, he initiated and negotiated mergers with various regional German law firms. During this period, he was responsible for consolidating these regional offices into a single national law firm and for integrating CMS Germany into the international CMS organisation. In his capacity as Managing Partner of CMS Germany, Cornelius was one of the key initiators and co-founders of CMS in June 1999 and was responsible for the creation of the founding agreement. He has been a member of the CMS Executive Committee since its inception in 1999 and its Chairman from 2008. During his time as Chairman, Cornelius has managed various mergers and the integration of individual offices into one law firm as part of the CMS organisation which currently has over 70 offices in 41 countries and more than 4,800 lawyers worldwide.
As Chairman, Cornelius is responsible for the strategic direction of CMS and has presided over its rapid growth into a top 10 international law firm. Since he took office in 2008, revenues have increased by over 70% and CMS has expanded into the Near and Middle East (Turkey, Dubai and Oman) and into Russia, Portugal and Latin America. During his term, he has been the recipient of numerous awards for law firm management.
Alongside his CMS Executive Chairman role, he holds several positions with public and private institutions and is, among others, advisory board member of a large German bank and board member of a large downstream oil company. In addition, Cornelius is also Chairman of various trusts and foundations.
1983: Second state examination in law
Trainee lawyer in Hamburg including posting to Chicago
1980: First state examination in law
Law studies at the Universities of Bonn and Santander/Spain
International Bar Association
German Maritime Arbitration Association
Gesellschaft Hamburger Juristen
Association Française du Droit Maritime
Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.
Lions Club International
Sale and Registration of Vessels in Germany, Euromoney Publications 2000
Die Stunde hat geschlagen - Auch Anwaltskanzleien müssen sich dem Wettbewerb stellen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) 2003