Exclusive invite-only event

16 July 10:00 – 12:00 CEST


10:00 Welcome
10:05 Participants’ round of introduction
10:15 Keynote: Stefan Brunnschweiler and Dr. Thomas Meyding
10:40 Firsthand experience: Jonathan Marsh
10:50 Open discussion
  • Think thank
  • Deepening of the discussion
  • Sharing best practices
11:45 Final thoughts

Through examining the legal implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on M&A transactions in Western Europe, CMS has identified key issues impacting M&A deals, ranging from the possibility to terminate or postpone pending transactions to the impact of several state aid programmes. Though changes are happening on a day-to-day basis, the COVID-19 pandemic also seems to create new opportunities for distressed M&A, strategic buyers, private equity and financial sponsors. During this session, CMS will highlight aspects to be considered, when assessing and negotiating M&A transactions in the COVID-19 era.


Furthermore, the session will include a discussion on what comparisons can be made from the financial crisis 2008/2009 by analysing deal points of more than 4,600 M&A transactions CMS has been advising on since 2007. These deal points are the basis of CMS’ European M&A Study, published yearly and which provides insight into the legal provisions of M&A agreements, makes comparisons across Europe and with the US, and identifies market trends.



Jonathan Marsh
President of ECLA
Vice President, International General Counsel, Total Marketing Services


Stefan Brunnschweiler
Global Head of the CMS Corporate/M&A Group


Dr. Thomas Meyding
Rechtsanwalt, CMS

Discussion Materials

Please find the components used during the roundtable below, together with the contact information of the speakers, should you wish to contact them in the future. In addition, please find two recent in-depth reports on the status of M&A activities in Europe.

Jonathan Marsh
ECLA President & Vice President, International General Counsel, TotalEnergies Marketing Services

Jonathan Marsh has developed extensive experience over the past 29 years in international business transactions, with over 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, involving long term projects with long investment horizons.  He has deep knowledge of geopolitical and legal risk assessments.  Recognized within his profession, Mr. Marsh serves in leadership roles in French and European professional associations. Jonathan Marsh currently serves as Deputy General Counsel of the Marketing Services Division of the Total S.A. Group legal department.  In this role Mr. Marsh manages the legal activities performed by 170 in-house legal counsel in over 100 countries.  He serves on the Group Legal Committee consisting of 10 General Counsel supervising the global team of 550 lawyers in the Total Group. Previously Mr. Marsh was International General Counsel from 2015 to 2017.

From 2002 to 2015, Mr. Marsh led the Mergers, Acquisitions and Finance Division of the Total S.A. Holding Group Legal Department.Mr. Marsh also served as Group US Counsel, supervising in particular relations with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mr. Marsh also serves as President of the European Company Lawyers Association, as Vice President International Affairs and on the Board of Directors of the French In-house Counsel Association (Association Française des Juristes d’Entreprises – AFJE) as well as on the Management Committee of the French M&A Association (Association des Responsables de Fusions Acquisitions).

Mr. Marsh holds a Juris Doctor (Graduating cum laude and recipient of the Order of the Coif), and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations (Economic Phases) and French from the University of Wisconsin ‐ Madison.  Nominated by the French Prime Minister, Mr. Marsh participated in the 65thNational Session (2012-13) of the French Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale, a military training program focusing on geopolitical risks and strategies for high ranking military officers and private sector leaders.

Stefan Brunnschweiler, LL.M.
Global Head of the CMS Corporate/M&A Group

Stefan Brunnschweiler is the global head of the CMS Corporate/M&A Practice Area Group. In this position, he sets the strategy for the group and leads an international team of more than 350 partners and 1000 lawyers.

He was named one of the top 10 lawyers and among the 100 most influential businesspeople in Switzerland in the edition of “Who is Who” by Bilanz.

Stefan Brunnschweiler specialises in international and domestic M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, corporate law and general contract matters (e.g. joint ventures, partnerships and shareholders' agreements).

He is experienced in a broad range of national and international transactions, both sell- and buy-side (including corporate auction processes) as well as the assistance of clients in their ongoing corporate and commercial activities. Stefan Brunnschweiler has engaged in competition law, including merger control filings for more than 10 years.


Dr. Thomas Meyding

Thomas Meyding is a corporate/M&A partner with almost 30 years of experience. He mainly advises on national and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public takeovers, squeeze-outs and restructurings with a special focus on automotive, financial services and media sector. Prestigious rankings regularly name Thomas as one of Germany’s leading corporate and M&A lawyers.

He joined CMS Hasche Sigle in 1988 and was subsequently seconded to CMS Cameron McKenna in London. Thomas was made partner in 1993 and he is also admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales.