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Banking & Finance


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
10 ques­tions about the new Bel­gian se­cur­ity in­terests...
Bank­ing & Fin­ance
June 2018
CMS in­tro­duces Private Place­ments on­line Ques­tion­naire


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Laurine Georgis
June 2018 News­let­ter
Oil and Gas - "Hanged on a Comma"? Punc­tu­ation in Fin­an­cing Agree­ments
Sum­mary In Vit­ol E&P Lim­ited v New Age (Afric­an Glob­al En­ergy) Lim­ited [2018] EWHC 1580 (Comm), the Com­mer­cial Court was asked to con­sider the re­la­tion­ship between a cor­por­ate lend­ing fa­cil­ity and a re­serve based lend­ing fa­cil­ity.
June 2018
CMS in­tro­duces Private Place­ments on­line Ques­tion­naire
EU tem­por­ary meas­ures on CF­Ds and bin­ary op­tions
On 22 May 2018, the European Se­cur­it­ies and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (“ESMA”) ad­op­ted two de­cisions im­ple­ment­ing tem­por­ary product in­ter­ven­tion meas­ures. These de­cisions re­strict the mar­ket­ing, dis­tri­bu­tion and sale of con­tracts for dif­fer­ence (“CF­Ds”) and bin­ary.
Tom Heremans
May 2018 News­let­ter
SMEs about to get fa­cil­it­ated ac­cess to fin­an­cing: a new pro­spect­us...
The Bel­gian gov­ern­ment re­cently en­dorsed a series of leg­al ini­ti­at­ives jointly tabled by the Min­is­ter of Eco­nom­ic Af­fairs and the Min­is­ter of Fin­ance. One of the main ob­ject­ives is to make it easi­er for SMEs to raise funds through pub­lic of­fer­ings.
CMS Guide to Third Party Costs as­so­ci­ated with Tak­ing...
MLD5 re­fines reg­u­lat­ory view of vir­tu­al cur­ren­cies
The pro­posed Dir­ect­ive amend­ing the fourth anti-money laun­der­ing Dir­ect­ive (“MLD5”) has been en­dorsed by the EU Par­lia­ment and awaits fi­nal sign-off by the Coun­cil. The cur­rent pro­pos­al is pub­licly avail­able and will be pub­lished in the EU Of­fi­cial Journ­al,.
Ini­tial Coin Of­fer­ings - New means of fun­drais­ing
Ini­tial coin of­fer­ings (ICOs) in Bel­gi­um: where do we stand?
Amid the lex­icon of hyped terms such as “block­chain” and “crypto­cur­ren­cies”, a new fun­drais­ing tech­nique is now gain­ing ground: Ini­tial Coins Of­fer­ings (ICOs). ICOs are re­por­ted to have raised sev­er­al bil­lions in re­cent months and should move ahead un­abated.
March 2018 News­let­ter
Study on Ini­tial Coin Of­fer­ings - New means of fun­drais­ing
At first glance, it is hard to be­lieve and to un­der­stand the claim of en­thu­si­asts that Block­chain tech­no­logy is sup­posed to be com­par­able with the spread of the in­ter­net in the 90s.   It would there­fore be a con­sequence of the tech­nic­al, even dis­rupt­ive in­nov­a­tions.