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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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June 2019
CMS Bank­ing & Fin­ance Glob­al Bro­chure
26/07/2019
EU tax­onomy: Steer­ing cap­it­al flows to­wards a sus­tain­able fu­ture for...
Last month a group of ex­perts rep­res­ent­ing a range of European fin­an­cial ser­vices sec­tors, in­ter­na­tion­al or­gan­isa­tions and civil so­ci­ety pub­lished their re­com­mend­a­tions for an EU tax­onomy for sus­tain­able eco­nom­ic activ­it­ies.
June 2018
CMS in­tro­duces Private Place­ments on­line Ques­tion­naire
22/07/2019
IDD in Bel­gi­um: new pro­fes­sion­al know­ledge re­quire­ments in the in­sur­ance...
Fol­low­ing the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the In­sur­ance Dis­tri­bu­tion Dir­ect­ive in Bel­gi­um, a new Roy­al De­cree dated 18 June 2019, im­ple­ment­ing new rules on know­ledge re­quire­ments in the in­sur­ance sec­tor, has been ad­op­ted.
Katja van Kranenburg - Hanspians
28/03/2018
Ini­tial Coin Of­fer­ings - New means of fun­drais­ing
19/07/2019
Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples and re­spons­ible ship fin­an­cing
On 18th June 2019, 11 banks with col­lect­ively over $100bn in as­sets and rep­res­ent­ing nearly 20% of the glob­al ship fin­ance signed a glob­al frame­work agree­ment, called the Po­s­eidon Prin­ciples. These are dir­ec­ted to­wards meet­ing the Par­is Agree­ment’s tar­get of.
20/11/2017
CMS Private Place­ment Guide
16/07/2019
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Data Pro­tec­tion The European Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion raises at least two is­sues in par­tic­u­lar in this con­text. First: is pseud­onym­ous in­form­a­tion per­son­al data? Second: how can a “right to be for­got­ten” be con­sist­ent with an im­mut­able ledger? Oth­er.
11/07/2019
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Rem­ed­ies: In Prin­ciple The ori­gin­al Bit­coin White Pa­per stressed the im­port­ance of trans­ac­tions not be­ing re­vers­ible. Ir­re­vers­ib­il­ity is a func­tion of Bit­coin, de­lib­er­ately de­signed to re­duce trans­ac­tion costs and im­prove ef­fi­ciency.
08/07/2019
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Jur­is­dic­tion­al is­sues Many com­ment­at­ors note that true de­cent­ral­isa­tion im­plies that en­force­ment of ob­lig­a­tions must be ef­fected through the sys­tem. A per­mis­sioned sys­tem may in­clude con­ven­tion­al gov­ern­ing law and jur­is­dic­tion pro­vi­sions with­in a con­trac­tu­al.
03/07/2019
An in­tro­duc­tion to the law of block­chain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­no­lo­gies...
Leg­al Per­son­al­ity De­term­in­ing wheth­er a sys­tem has leg­al per­son­al­ity has im­plic­a­tions for many of the ques­tions con­sidered in re­la­tion to this top­ic. In 'Ho­ri­zon Scan­ning — Block­chain: The Leg­al Im­plic­a­tions of Dis­trib­uted Sys­tem­s', the Law So­ci­ety ques­tions.
02/07/2019
Crowd­fund­ing: The Coun­cil for the EU pub­lishes the next step to­wards...
On 26 June 2019, the Coun­cil for the European Uni­on pub­lished a com­prom­ise pro­pos­al in re­la­tion to the European Com­mis­sion’s draft frame­work to reg­u­late crowd­fund­ing plat­forms in the EU (the "Crowd­fund­ing Reg­u­la­tion").