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Corporate/M&A

Belgium

Whether you are planning a merger as part of your growth strategy, thinking about diversifying into new sectors or looking for new funding options such as non-bank lending or through equity investment, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and commercial advice. Having lawyers who think and act beyond their traditional role and seek to add value can help you secure the competitive edge you need in an ever-changing business environment. Our international team of more than 700 corporate lawyers in over 33 countries worldwide can assist you in all aspects of corporate law and M&A, both domestically and internationally.

Whatever your size, a large publicly listed company or a small privately owned business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, outsourcing, group restructuring and privatisations. Our cross-border teams consist of experts from all practice areas and sectors such as banking, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, lifesciences, real estate and construction, hotels and leisure, technology and media. This allows us to understand your specific issues for a transaction and provide you with advice within context, saving time and money and allows us to pinpoint your real commercial issues and risks in a transaction.

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‘Good all-round firm’ CMS has a highly regarded corporate department, which is ‘very committed’ and ‘very responsive’.

Legal 500, 2018

CMS is ‘quick on the ball’ in corporate and M&A-related matters.

Legal 500, 2017

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    Corporate Litigation

    Business today can be a risky endeavour. You may find yourself confronted with a corporate dispute, whether it be a disagreement with a partner in a joint venture, a shareholder that claims the company is being run in a manner prejudicial to its interests or a warranty/indemnity claim following a merger or acquisition. The sensitive nature of such disputes places stringent requirements on the quality of legal services. Our corporate litigators have the knowledge, skill set and experience to help you to deal with the challenges involved in the full range of contentious issues that your business may encounter. We recognize, however, that litigation may not fit within your commercial objectives and that prevention is better than resolution. Therefore, ideally, we advise our clients before a dispute arises. When a dispute does occur, we are committed to exploring alternative methods of dispute resolution, where appropriate.

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    Joint Ventures and Reorganizations

    Joint ventures and reorganizations offer companies the chance to optimize their internal operations, respond to emerging trends or tap into new market opportunities. Our experienced team of Corporate lawyers anticipate any legal and economic challenges and work together with you to find pragmatic solutions. We will help you to create the right structures within the individual companies, allowing you to take maximum advantage of the available opportunities.

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

    Our success can be attributed to the assistance our M&A lawyers have given to hundreds of enterprises in relation to Belgian law aspects of both local and international mergers, acquisitions and sales of assets and shares, public takeovers, auctions, take privates and restructurings (from refinancing to insolvency proceedings) in virtually all business sectors. They have extensive experience in advising local and non-Belgian M&A players, including industrial companies, real estate investors, investment and commercial banks, financial advisers and public authorities. The deals we undertake are of all levels of complexity and scale. As business lawyers with a hard-working culture and a high degree of responsiveness, we are more than mere legal technicians to our clients. As a result, we have been exposed to the full range of Belgian and international issues purchasers and sellers encounter in an M&A transaction: we help to structure deals around legal and business risks and uncertainties.

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    CMS European M&A Out­look
    Scan­ning the ho­ri­zon: European M&A Out­look 2018
    CMS European M&A Study 2017
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    Vincent Dirckx
    10/01/2019
    CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted Or­aS­ure Tech­no­lo­gies in the ac­quis­i­tion...
    22/11/2018
    New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
    Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, such as di­git­al; on the oth­er hand, it.
    01/10/2018
    European M&A set to be­ne­fit from trade war
    21/11/2018
    EU in­sti­tu­tions reach polit­ic­al agree­ment on new EU frame­work for...
    On 20 Novem­ber 2018, ne­go­ti­at­ors for the European Par­lia­ment, the European Com­mis­sion and the Coun­cil reached a polit­ic­al agree­ment on a pro­posed new EU frame­work for screen­ing for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) which will al­low EU Mem­ber States to call for in­vest­ments.
    Tom De Cordier
    28/09/2018
    Septem­ber 2018 News­let­ter
    07/11/2018
    Trans­fers of cross-bor­der re­gistered of­fices: how the mar­ket de­veloped...
    The gen­es­is In 2003, the draft 14th Dir­ect­ive on cross-bor­der trans­fers of re­gistered of­fices was ini­ti­ated by the European Com­mis­sion. It was sub­sequently aban­doned in 2007, par­tic­u­larly due to the res­ist­ance from cer­tain Mem­ber States which were op­posed to.
    Sep 2018
    CMS European M&A Out­look
    Scan­ning the ho­ri­zon: European M&A Out­look 2018
    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”).
    27/07/2018
    CMS as­sisted 87 seconds in its ac­quis­i­tion by Data­words...
    22/01/2018
    In­nov­ate or your deal could die
    Any com­pany or law­yer that has ever been in­volved in any kind of mer­ger or ac­quis­i­tion trans­ac­tion will know one thing for sure – a deal typ­ic­ally in­volve hours of leg­al work, in­clud­ing of­ten mundane, but es­sen­tial tasks.
    16/07/2018
    CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted As­it Bi­otech in con­nec­tion with...
    08/11/2017
    Com­pan­ies should be per­mit­ted to mi­grate from one EU mem­ber state...
    A com­pany re­gistered in and gov­erned by the laws of one EU mem­ber state should be per­mit­ted to “con­vert” it­self in­to a com­pany gov­erned by the laws of an­oth­er EU mem­ber state, provided it sat­is­fies the rel­ev­ant con­di­tions laid down by the des­tin­a­tion state.