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Banking & Finance

Belgium

The CMS Banking & Finance practice is one of Europe’s largest and provides local and pan-European expertise in the full spectrum of banking, finance, regulatory and capital markets law.

We ensure our services are ahead of market trends, anticipating the challenging environment of your business.

A tailored commercial approach is key. We want your business to thrive.

Whether you are a bank or a corporation, a financial service provider or an entity confronted with regulation, an investment fund or public entity, our priority is resolving your challenges and putting your world first.

Our network consists of over 500 banking and finance lawyers who have proven their pan-European skills in working together for more than one decade.

Whether you seek deep-rooted local advice or multi-jurisdictional expertise, our teams will advise you seamlessly. We select and tailor the teams that will best fit with the scope of your matter.

Top level project management goes hand in hand with expertise. Rigor and determination go hand in hand with innovation.

We aim to be one step ahead of market developments, in order to build relationships with you that last.

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CMS is ‘superb in financing’, where it acts as counsel for major banks and investors – representing Degroof Bank and Octo Finances in a Belgo-French bond issuance was a case in point. Arnaud Van Oekel and Bruno Duquesne head the practice, which includes recently promoted counsel Benoît Vandervelde, who ‘rapidly grasps a complex transaction’.

Legal 500, 2017

"The firm is 'Very proactive, able to move the files on and work at a fast pace to produce clear and helpful advice.'"

Feedback from a client about the department - Chambers Europe, 2018 (Banking & Finance)

"The fact that they had offices across Europe was a big help."

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2018
18/12/2017
10 ques­tions about the new Bel­gian se­cur­ity in­terests...
Bank­ing & Fin­ance
June 2018
CMS in­tro­duces Private Place­ments on­line Ques­tion­naire

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Arnaud Van Oekel
28/03/2019
CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted So­ciété Générale in the sale of...
10/04/2019
A mixed bill of health for EU loan syn­dic­a­tion
The much an­ti­cip­ated EU re­port on loan syn­dic­a­tion was pub­lished on 5 April 2019. It was po­si­tioned as a fact-find­ing ex­er­cise, com­mis­sioned by the European Com­mis­sion in 2017 and car­ried out by a third party con­sultancy, to study the func­tion­ing of the syn­dic­ated.
30/01/2019
Ben­oît Vandervelde pro­moted to As­so­ci­ate Part­ner
02/04/2019
Crowd­fund­ing: European Par­lia­ment steps up in­vestor pro­tec­tion in...
On 27 March 2019 the European Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted its po­s­i­tion on the Com­mis­sion's pro­pos­als for com­mon rules for crowd­fund­ing plat­forms across Europe. The Com­mis­sion pub­lished the ori­gin­al draft reg­u­la­tion (the "Crowd­fund­ing Reg­u­la­tion") in March 2018, which.
Tom Heremans
30/11/2018
Novem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
19/03/2019
What about cap­it­al gains on shares after Brexit?
Al­though the UK par­lia­ment ruled against the pos­sib­il­ity of a No-deal Brexit and voted for an ex­ten­sion of the Brexit dead­line, the out­come of the cur­rent UK polit­ic­al con­tro­versy re­mains far from cer­tain.
26/10/2018
Oc­to­ber 2018 News­let­ter
07/03/2019
Up­date of Bel­gian pro­pos­al for MGA reg­u­lat­ory frame­work
On 21 Novem­ber 2018, we is­sued a news­let­ter (ac­cess­ible here) re­gard­ing a draft law amend­ing the law of 4 April 2014 on in­sur­ance, which will cre­ate a new reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for man­aging gen­er­al agents (“MGAs”) in Bel­gi­um (“Pro­pos­al”).
28/09/2018
Septem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
06/03/2019
EMIR RE­FIT: cleared to land
In a press re­lease, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on (“Coun­cil”) an­nounced re­cently that a pre­lim­in­ary agree­ment was reached re­lat­ing to the pro­posed reg­u­la­tion that would amend the European Mar­ket In­fra­struc­ture Reg­u­la­tion (“EMIR”).
22/06/2018
June 2018 News­let­ter
28/02/2019
Ar­bit­rat­ing fin­an­cial dis­putes – Are there tan­gible be­ne­fits?
In the past dec­ade, sev­er­al at­tempts have been un­der­taken to pro­mote in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion in the fin­an­cial in­dustry. In­deed, vari­ous fea­tures of in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion ap­pear to be par­tic­u­larly well suited for the needs of fin­an­cial ser­vices pro­viders.