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We advise on more deals than any other law firm in Europe. Do you wish to expand the growth potential of your organization? Do you consider a merger, an IPO or do you want to enter new markets? Or are you looking for financing by way of a private loan or the issuance of shares? At CMS we always offer the best approach and assistance. We don’t have a traditional way of looking at things and together with you we will lead you to success.

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 750 corporate lawyers in over 30 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.

Our Corporate Litigation group has extensive knowledge in the field of litigation. We advise a broad range of clients on corporate and commercial conflicts and routinely act before state courts.

Work highlights:

  • Acted for a consortium led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings on the acquisition of Dutch waste management company AVR Afvalverwerking from Van Gansewinkel.
  • Assisted Riverland with the acquisition of the Hotel Pulitzer in Amsterdam from Blackstone.

Significant clients: FD Media, Atos, Accor.

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"The team is responsive and deals with legal issues in a very practical manner."

Chambers Europe, 2019

"With CMS I immediately get a response and I get perfectly clear information."

Chambers Global, 2019

“They have the ability to develop solutions. Their integrity is very high.”

IFLR1000, 2019

Clients praise the "hands-on, no-nonsense, hard-working team," which is "dedicated with many different specialisms."

Chambers Europe, 2018

Extremely well-resourced department with an array of offices across Europe, including a significant presence in CEE and Russia. Capably handles both mid-market and high-value M&A transactions.

Chambers Global, 2018

"We are impressed by the fast responses, even in complex international topics. The solutions are practical and ready to implement."

Chambers Global, 2018

"The service we get is seamless. We just contact the same people we work with and they ensure that whatever lawyers need to be involved in another jurisdiction are involved and the necessary advice is secured."

Chambers Global, 2018

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    Company Law

    The Netherlands have a closed system of legal entities under private law. The law stipulates that associations, cooperatives, mutual insurance companies, public limited companies, private limited companies and foundations all have legal personality. Because of this legal personality, a legal entity is equivalent to a natural person as far as property law is concerned.

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    Corporate Governance

    Corporate Governance is a hot issue at present. Good governance is extremely important for every business and institution. It involves knowledge and expertise, the quality of management and entrepreneur, independence and transparency, under the supervision of an independent body. The accounting scandals in the United States but also in Europe have contributed to a rapid codification of this concept.

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    Corporate Litigation

    Corporate Litigation involves the whole area of company law and procedural law, and involves all potential disputes in and to do with the company. These can vary from matters of liability of directors or groups to disputes concerning takeovers.

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    Equity Capital Markets

    The principal areas of our equity capital markets practice are advising on IPO's and secondary offerings of equity and debt securities on Euronext Amsterdam and other exchanges. We have vast experience on public bids and other types of public company takeovers, mergers, acquisitions and reconstructions.

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    Joint ventures & Strategic alliances

    CMS has substantial experience in advising companies and organizations on various joint ventures including all sorts of alliances, strategic joint ventures, project joint ventures and partnerships.

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

    M&A transactions are a core activity within our practice. We advise on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions such as acquisitions and disposals of privately owned companies involving shares or specific assets and liabilities, privatizations and spin-offs. But also on equity investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances, mergers and demergers, acquisitions of financially troubled companies and restructurings.

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    Private Equity

    Over the years, the importance of private equity has grown considerably. Solid legal knowledge and experience is essential on all aspects of private equity fund structuring, formation, fundraising, operation and investment activities.

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    March 2019
    CMS Guide to Em­ploy­ment Is­sues in M&A Trans­ac­tions
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    March 2019
    CMS European M&A Study

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    Kristy Duane
    Nov 2018
    Con­nec­ted Fu­ture
    Glob­al in­fra­struc­ture re­port
    16/04/2019
    The new EU frame­work for screen­ing for­eign in­vest­ment is now in force
    On 10 April 2019, the EU frame­work for screen­ing for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) came in­to force, al­low­ing the European Com­mis­sion and Mem­ber States un­til 11 Oc­to­ber 2020 to put in place mech­an­isms and re­sources to com­ply.
    Sep 2018
    CMS European M&A Out­look
    Scan­ning the ho­ri­zon: European M&A Out­look 2018
    09/04/2019
    EU Par­lia­ment ad­opts dir­ect­ive on pre­vent­ive re­struc­tur­ing
    The EU Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted the Dir­ect­ive on fu­ture "Pre­vent­ive Re­struc­tur­ing Frame­works", which cre­ates the basis for uni­form pre­vent­ive re­struc­tur­ing across the European Uni­on and will fun­da­ment­ally change how com­pan­ies deal with fin­an­cial dif­fi­culties and.
    Thomas Page
    July 2018
    Find­ing the bal­ance: hu­man touch versus high tech
    Mil­len­ni­als and the fu­ture of the hotel and res­taur­ant...
    22/03/2019
    EU: Pro­vi­sion­al Agree­ment on Cross-bor­der Mer­gers, De­mer­gers or Trans­fers
    On 13 March 2019, the European Com­mis­sion re­leased a state­ment (19/1608) that the European Par­lia­ment and the Mem­ber States have reached a pro­vi­sion­al agree­ment on new rules mak­ing it easi­er for com­pan­ies to merge (fu­sion/fusie), de­merge (scis­sion/splitsing).
    June 2018
    De­liv­er­ing qual­ity ad­vice you can act on
    An­nu­al Re­view 2017 – 2018
    20/02/2019
    European Par­lia­ment backs EU wide frame­work for screen­ing for­eign...
    On 14 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the European Par­lia­ment voted to en­dorse the first ever EU-wide tool for screen­ing for­eign dir­ect in­vest­ment (FDI) on the grounds of se­cur­ity and pub­lic or­der. The vote brings the EU one step closer to put­ting in place a frame­work al­low­ing.
    28/03/2018
    Ini­tial Coin Of­fer­ings - New means of fun­drais­ing
    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.
    23/01/2018
    Emer­ging Europe M&A Re­port 2017/18
    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.