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Carl Leermakers


CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Languages Dutch, French, English

Carl Leermakers specializes in mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactional work. With more than twenty years of experience in these areas within CMS Belgium, his expertise ranges from advising on international corporate structures, over assisting clients in negotiating acquisitions, public offerings and take-over bids, to setting up leveraged buy-outs and exit strategies, tailoring W&I insurances and assessing and negotiating compliance with regulatory requirements. He also conducts litigation related to acquisitions, mostly claims on representations and warranties, including W&I insurance claims.

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Relevant experience

  • Advising the purchaser in a public takeover bid of a large Belgian banking and insurance company
  • IPO, Europe-wide, of financial instruments representing investments in ‘green energy’
  • Restructuring and refinancing (through tolling and securitisation) for the Belgian operations of an international group, (Legal 500 – 2008)
  • Advising international insurers on representations and warranties insurances linked to acquisitions in Belgium
  • Claims management for international insurers on around 60% of all claims involving, since 2007, more than 100 million EUR exposure for insurers in Belgium
  • Cross-border mergers of Belgian and EU banks and insurance companies
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  • 1989 - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, KUL (Law Degree)
  • 1990 - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, KUL (Postgraduate degree in Notarial Law)
  • 1990 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
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  • Head of the firm’s Insurance practice
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September 2017
CMS European M&A Out­look 2017
A study of European M&A activ­ity
CMS European M&A Study 2017


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