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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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Benoît Vandervelde
26/10/2018
Oc­to­ber 2018 News­let­ter
20/11/2018
Bel­gian im­ple­ment­a­tion of IDD com­ing soon
On 4 Oc­to­ber 2018, the Bel­gian gov­ern­ment fi­nally sub­mit­ted its draft law (“Draft Law”) im­ple­ment­ing Dir­ect­ive 2016/97/EU on in­sur­ance dis­tri­bu­tion (“IDD”) in Bel­gi­um. IDD re­peals and re­places Dir­ect­ive 2002/92/EC on in­sur­ance me­di­ation (“IMD”) and entered.
28/09/2018
Septem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
15/11/2018
What is the fu­ture of float­ing rates?
The in­ter­b­ank mar­ket rates have served as a ref­er­ence for float­ing rates for all bor­row­ers for many years. Com­pan­ies and in­di­vidu­als that in­cur debt at float­ing rates are also ap­plied In­ter­b­ank Offered Rates (IBORs), such as EUR­I­BOR, LIBOR or TIBOR, de­pend­ing.
Laurine Georgis
22/06/2018
June 2018 News­let­ter
24/10/2018
EU pro­pos­al to define "pre-mar­ket­ing" un­der AIFMD
Pre-mar­ket­ing (of an al­tern­at­ive in­vest­ment fund (“AIF”)) is not defined un­der the cur­rent Al­tern­at­ive In­vest­ment Fund Man­agers Dir­ect­ive 2011/61 (“AIFMD”). This has led to di­ver­ging ap­proaches taken in EU mem­ber states by loc­al reg­u­lat­ors or some­times there.
June 2018
CMS in­tro­duces Private Place­ments on­line Ques­tion­naire
28/09/2018
Bel­gian UBOs re­gister has gone live
Against the back­drop of the 4th and 5th Anti-Money Laun­der­ing Dir­ect­ives, Bel­gi­um passed a law dated 18 Septem­ber 2017 on pre­vent­ing money laun­der­ing and ter­ror­ist fin­an­cing, and re­strict­ing the use of cash (“AML Law”).
24/05/2018
May 2018 News­let­ter
21/09/2018
EU to define €100’s of bil­lions pa of sus­tain­able in­vest­ment
It is easy to ask: what does sus­tain­able in­vest­ment mean? The an­swer is not simple even though a lot rides on it. In the EU cli­mate and en­ergy space alone, the EU es­tim­ates that ad­di­tion­al sus­tain­able in­vest­ment will need to rise to €180 bil­lion per an­num (on.
07/05/2018
CMS Guide to Third Party Costs as­so­ci­ated with Tak­ing...
10/09/2018
Brexit and the in­sur­ance sec­tor – in­form cus­tom­ers about Brexit’s...
The European In­sur­ance and Oc­cu­pa­tion­al Pen­sions Au­thor­ity (“EIOPA”) provided an opin­ion on in­form­ing cus­tom­ers about the im­pact of the with­draw­al of the United King­dom from the European Uni­on (“Opin­ion”).