The firm’s ever-expanding international presence, the practice areas and sector expertise and our strong market leading clients are some of the reasons I chose to train at CMS. CMS has 71 offices worldwide and having the opportunity to work with our international offices on fast-paced, multi-jurisdictional transactions attracted me to CMS as well as the opportunity to undertake an international secondment. As a corporate trainee I have had the opportunity to work on international energy transactions with our Spanish and Amsterdam offices and I am about to commence my next seat in Energy in the Dubai office. Prior to commencing my training contract, I had two and a half years’ experience in banking and finance law as a Paralegal at Olswang LLP. My seat in corporate has exposed me to M&A transactions in a variety of sectors including acting for one of the largest non-profit healthcare providers, the sale of a well-known cloud based software, acquiring additional stakes in a competitive energy company and numerous transactions for a worldwide technology giant. Each transaction has exposed me to a variety of work, the opportunity to expand my knowledge and skills and autonomy to progress particular aspects of the deals.