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Corporate/M&A

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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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    June 2019
    CMS Cor­por­ate / M&A Glob­al Bro­chure
    March 2019
    CMS European M&A Study
    Start-up Leg­al Solu­tions

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    June 2019
    CMS Cor­por­ate / M&A Glob­al Bro­chure
    31/07/2019
    M&A and GDPR: an­nounced GBP 99 m hotel chain fine high­lights due di­li­gence...
    A year since the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the GDPR, de­cisions were handed down in the UK and Ger­many re­veal­ing how the reg­u­la­tion has a dir­ect im­pact on M&A trans­ac­tions. In one rul­ing, the Su­per­vis­ory Au­thor­ity in the UK an­nounced a GBP 99 mil­lion po­ten­tial fine.
    March 2019
    CMS European M&A Study
    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.
    Helen Rodwell
    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.
    March 2018
    CMS European M&A Study 2018
    Tenth Edi­tion - 2018
    08/04/2019
    Bel­gi­um passes code that re­forms co­oper­at­ives and ab­ol­ishes so­cial...
    On 28 Feb­ru­ary 2019, the Bel­gian par­lia­ment passed the Code on Com­pan­ies and As­so­ci­ations (CAC), which re­forms the defin­i­tion of a co­oper­at­ive (so­ciétés co­oper­at­ives, co­oper­atieve ven­nootschap­pen), and ab­ol­ishes com­pan­ies with a so­cial pur­pose or CSP (so­ciétés.
    October 2017
    Trans­par­ency Re­gister
    Over­view of For­eign Re­port­ing Re­quire­ments
    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).
    September 2017
    CMS European M&A Out­look 2017
    A study of European M&A activ­ity
    21/03/2019
    Mer­gers to be con­trolled in both Brus­sels and Lon­don in case of no-deal...
    In a UK par­lia­ment­ary vote on March 14, MPs voted to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit and re­jec­ted the idea of leav­ing the EU without a deal un­der any cir­cum­stances. However, the EU is not ob­liged to say yes and the de­fault po­s­i­tion in law at the mo­ment re­mains.