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The global banking and finance industry is faced with increasing financial and regulatory pressures and new and more complex rules and practices that you need to anticipate and take advantage of. For your cross border business, you also face potentially conflicting market practices and rules, but also new opportunities. Our team of 30 specialist lawyers can ensure you are always one step ahead of market developments across the spectrum of regulatory issues, mutual funds and banking, structured finance and capital markets transactions .

Whether you are a financial institution, corporate, asset manager, mutual fund or public entity, your business is only as good as the products and services you sell. That’s why we organise our teams along the business lines of your sector, giving us deep insight into the commercial and legal issues you face. From general corporate lending to acquisition and leveraged finance, capital markets, derivatives and securitisations to real estate finance and corporate recovery, we can help you achieve the best business outcome, both locally and across jurisdictions.

"I'm very satisfied with the work on all accounts. The team is fully dedicated and available. I am not the only client, but I'm given that impression. When I work with this firm I know the job will be done, because it has brilliant negotiation skills and a high level of technical understanding of the law. We like working with CMS because the lawyers are always creative and offer easy solutions to our problems. I always receive the documents within the strict deadlines. We've built a trusting relationship with them, they advise us on how to improve our scope of business and give information on the market. What is important for us is their global view and knowledge of the European markets." Chambers 2015

"In capital markets the firm has one of the most respected debt teams in the jurisdiction." IFLR 1000 2016

"CMS' team, which has ‘very good industry knowledge’, recently completed a number of landmark transactions. CMS advises on derivatives and has a strong securitisation practice." Legal 500 2014

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    Banking

    We offer a large range of legal services on behalf of financial institutions. Our team has expertise in licensing of credit institutions, monitoring regulatory impact on credit institutions’ branches and representative offices ...

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    Capital Markets

    Our team advises issuers, financial institutions and other participants on all types of capital markets transactions

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    Financial Services

    Our team covers the entire spectrum of financial services

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    Securitisation and covered bonds

    The Banking/Finance team has vast experience in securitisation, involving a wide range of assets and structures

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    Structured financing

    The Banking & Finance team is involved in all areas of corporate finance and all types of financing under which repayment is totally or partially assured by cash flow generated from a specific activity or asset

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    Oliver Dreher, LL.M. (King's College London)
    June 2018
    CMS in­tro­duces Private Place­ments on­line Ques­tion­naire
    24/04/2019
    Bel­gian reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for MGAs now in force
    On 21 Novem­ber 2018 and 7 March 2019, we is­sued news­let­ters (re­spect­ively avail­able here and here) re­gard­ing the Bel­gian pro­pos­al to cre­ate a new reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for man­aging gen­er­al agents (“MGAs”) in Bel­gi­um (“Pro­pos­al”).
    18/04/2019
    BARE­CON - The Im­port­ance of Class
    In the re­cent case of Sil­ver­burn Ship­ping (IoM) Ltd -v- Ark Ship­ping Com­pany LLC [2019] EWHC 376 (Comm), the High Court ruled that an ob­lig­a­tion in a charter­party to keep a ves­sel in class is both an ab­so­lute ob­lig­a­tion and a con­di­tion.
    10/04/2019
    A mixed bill of health for EU loan syn­dic­a­tion
    The much an­ti­cip­ated EU re­port on loan syn­dic­a­tion was pub­lished on 5 April 2019. It was po­si­tioned as a fact-find­ing ex­er­cise, com­mis­sioned by the European Com­mis­sion in 2017 and car­ried out by a third party con­sultancy, to study the func­tion­ing of the syn­dic­ated.
    02/04/2019
    Crowd­fund­ing: European Par­lia­ment steps up in­vestor pro­tec­tion in...
    On 27 March 2019 the European Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted its po­s­i­tion on the Com­mis­sion's pro­pos­als for com­mon rules for crowd­fund­ing plat­forms across Europe. The Com­mis­sion pub­lished the ori­gin­al draft reg­u­la­tion (the "Crowd­fund­ing Reg­u­la­tion") in March 2018, which.
    07/03/2019
    Up­date of Bel­gian pro­pos­al for MGA reg­u­lat­ory frame­work
    On 21 Novem­ber 2018, we is­sued a news­let­ter (ac­cess­ible here) re­gard­ing a draft law amend­ing the law of 4 April 2014 on in­sur­ance, which will cre­ate a new reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for man­aging gen­er­al agents (“MGAs”) in Bel­gi­um (“Pro­pos­al”).
    06/03/2019
    EMIR RE­FIT: cleared to land
    In a press re­lease, the Coun­cil of the European Uni­on (“Coun­cil”) an­nounced re­cently that a pre­lim­in­ary agree­ment was reached re­lat­ing to the pro­posed reg­u­la­tion that would amend the European Mar­ket In­fra­struc­ture Reg­u­la­tion (“EMIR”).
    28/02/2019
    Ar­bit­rat­ing fin­an­cial dis­putes – Are there tan­gible be­ne­fits?
    In the past dec­ade, sev­er­al at­tempts have been un­der­taken to pro­mote in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion in the fin­an­cial in­dustry. In­deed, vari­ous fea­tures of in­ter­na­tion­al ar­bit­ra­tion ap­pear to be par­tic­u­larly well suited for the needs of fin­an­cial ser­vices pro­viders.
    25/02/2019
    Brexit – ESMA cla­ri­fies its po­s­i­tion on trade re­port­ing in a no-deal...
    In a bid to cla­ri­fy the re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tions of trad­ing data fol­low­ing a no-deal Brexit, the European Se­cur­it­ies and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (“ESMA”) has pub­lished a state­ment provid­ing guid­ance on how trad­ing data between the United King­dom and the European Uni­on.
    20/02/2019
    Brexit – ESMA puts in place no-deal memor­andums of un­der­stand­ing with...
    In a bid to cla­ri­fy the re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tions of trad­ing data fol­low­ing a no-deal Brexit, the European Se­cur­it­ies and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (“ESMA”) has pub­lished a state­ment provid­ing guid­ance on how trad­ing data between the United King­dom and the European Uni­on.
    05/02/2019
    Brexit re­lo­ca­tions: The view from CMS France, Ger­many and Lux­em­bourg
    Tax and em­ploy­ment law factors in France, Ger­many and Lux­em­bourg This art­icle sets out views from CMS law­yers in France, Ger­many and Lux­em­bourg. From the per­spect­ive of law­yers in those jur­is­dic­tions, Brexit has already seen UK-based busi­nesses move part or.
    10/01/2019
    Crypto-as­sets un­der re­view: ESMA and EBA pub­lish their re­ports on...
    Yes­ter­day the European Se­cur­it­ies and Mar­kets Au­thor­ity (“ESMA”) and the European Bank­ing Au­thor­ity (“EBA”) each re­leased a re­port on crypto-as­sets. ESMA’s re­port sets out ESMA’s ad­vice to EU poli­cy­makers on ini­tial coin of­fer­ings and crypto as­sets.