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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
10 ques­tions about the new Bel­gian se­cur­ity in­terests re­gime
The re­form of the leg­al frame­work of se­cur­ity in­terests over mov­able as­sets was seen as long over­due. The trans­ition from the pre­vi­ous sys­tem, based on the dis­pos­ses­sion of the pledged as­sets, to a new dis­pos­ses­sion-free sys­tem based on on­line re­gis­tra­tion will give Bel­gi­um a sys­tem just as mod­ern as the ones in neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.This re­form was ad­op­ted in Ju­ly 2013. The new Act will enter in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2018 and will turn the es­tab­lished prac­tices up­side down and will ob­lige lenders to over­haul their cred­it doc­u­ment­a­tion. Moreover, banks will quickly have to re­view all their pledges over busi­ness as­sets. In fact, the lat­ter pledges will only re­tain their rank if the ne­ces­sary ac­tions are taken with­in 12 months fol­low­ing the entry in­to force of the new Act.The new rules will ap­ply without pre­ju­dice to spe­cif­ic pro­vi­sions of oth­er le­gis­la­tion, such as the law on fin­an­cial col­lat­er­als.Our brief guide provides a sum­mary of the core parts of the re­form in the form of a Q&A.If you have any ques­tions or are in­ter­ested to fol­low-up, please con­tact us: Arnaud Van Oekel and Ben­oît Vandervelde
Bank­ing & Fin­ance
We have ex­per­i­ence in a large num­ber of fin­an­cing trans­ac­tions, act­ing as coun­sel for for­eign and do­mest­ic banks, com­pan­ies and pub­lic au­thor­it­ies in (re)struc­tur­ing, ne­go­ti­at­ing, draft­ing vari­ous cred­it, factor­ing and se­cur­it­iz­a­tion ar­range­ments and re­lated con­tracts, in­clud­ing se­cur­ity pack­ages. We reg­u­larly ad­vise on cap­it­al mar­ket mat­ters, both on debt and equity side, as well as on de­riv­at­ive-based trans­ac­tions. Our team also of­fers a wide range of trans­ac­tion­al and ad­vis­ory ser­vices for all as­pects of struc­tured products trans­ac­tions, in­clud­ing life in­sur­ance schemes.In ad­di­tion, we are fa­mil­i­ar with the vari­ous leg­al and reg­u­lat­ory as­pects which the fin­ance in­dustry faces gen­er­ally. For many years we were coun­sel to sev­er­al lead­ing fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions (banks, Mi­FID firms, in­sur­ance un­der­tak­ings, funds, pay­ment ser­vices pro­viders) for vari­ous as­pects of their busi­ness in Bel­gi­um, in­clud­ing their re­la­tion­ships with the reg­u­lat­ory au­thor­it­ies (li­cens­ing, pruden­tial re­quire­ments, mer­ger and ac­quis­i­tion) and lit­ig­a­tion.To find out more about how we can help you with Bank­ing & Fin­ance re­lated mat­ters, down­load our bro­chure be­low.
June 2018
CMS in­tro­duces Private Place­ments on­line Ques­tion­naire
Private place­ments are in­creas­ingly be­ing used for debt fund­ing as an al­tern­at­ive to bank fin­an­cingFind the right one for you!The mar­ket of­fers a large num­ber of Private Place­ment (PP) products with many dif­fer­ent fea­tures, for ex­ample Schuld­schein­dar­le­hen, Euro PP, US PP, syn­dic­ated loans etc. Stay­ing on top of all this is al­ways a chal­lenge and one could quickly lose track. Thus, how should you choose the product which is most suit­able for you?Use the CMS PP-Tool!  10 Ques­tions - 1 An­swer - 1 Re­com­mend­a­tionPlease start the ques­tion­naire >Our tool provides you with a quick over­view of the dif­fer­ent fea­tures of some private place­ment op­tions offered in the mar­ket, not only in case of emer­gency!


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