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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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"extremely knowledgeable, creative and proactive"

Feedback from a client about the department - Chambers Europe, 2021

"Our main contacts at CMS Belgium have always done an excellent coordination job with their peers abroad when needed."

Feedback from a client about the department - Chambers Europe, 2021

"Great knowledge of the financing business"

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2021

"CMS’ team is always eager to help, friendly and polite. They are client-oriented, focused and always take into account clients’ needs."

Feedback from a client about the department - Legal 500, 2021

"CMS' banking and finance practice houses 'a very strong legal team', which is 'very experienced in all types of finance transactions'; 'they have a practical perspective and give valuable advice'."

Legal 500, 2021

"very pragmatic and responsive"

Feedback from a client about the department - Chambers Europe, 2020

"The firm seems to have a very large footprint in the sense that it can quickly involve its non-Belgian offices in a transaction."

Feedback from a client about the department - Chambers Europe, 2020

The lawyers attract praise from clients for working "in a hands-on, flexible and business-oriented way."

Feedback from clients about the department - Chambers Europe, 2020

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06 April 2021
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In con­nec­tion with the entry in­to force on 10 March 2021 of the European reg­u­la­tion on sus­tain­ab­il­ity-re­lated dis­clos­ures in the fin­an­cial ser­vices sec­tor, the Sus­tain­able Fin­ance Dis­clos­ure Reg­u­la­tion...
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