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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
June 2020
CMS Cor­por­ate / M&A Glob­al Bro­chure
A glob­al lead­er in Cor­por­ate / M&A We ad­vise some of the world’s lead­ing com­pan­ies on mer­gers & ac­quis­i­tions, of­ten in chal­len­ging and cross-bor­der situ­ations. With more than 1,000 law­yers of­fer­ing...
March 2019
CMS European M&A Study 2019
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A group is pleased to launch the el­ev­enth edi­tion of our European M&A Study. This year’s Study re­flects data from 458 deals in 2018 on which CMS ad­vised. This is the largest num­ber...
23 February 2017
Start-up Leg­al Solu­tions
Hav­ing already ad­vised many start-ups, we un­der­stand the risks you have to face. Our ex­perts will guide you through the vari­ous is­sues you might en­counter so that you can fo­cus on what really mat­ters:...

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19/04/2021
CMS as­sisted Maxi Toys with re­spect to cross-bor­der re­struc­tur­ing
Nearly one year ago, CMS star­ted as­sist­ing the Maxi Toys group with head of­fices in Bel­gi­um and more than 200 shops and 1.200 em­ploy­ees spread over Bel­gi­um, France, Lux­em­bourg and Switzer­land with re­spect...
02 April 2021
Break­ing news: Bel­gian state held li­able for in­cor­rect im­ple­ment­a­tion of...
In a judg­ment on 24 March 2021, the La­bour Court of An­t­werp, Di­vi­sion Has­selt, ordered the Bel­gian State to pay a com­pens­a­tion to an em­ploy­ee who was not taken over with­in the frame­work of a ju­di­cial...
21 April 2021
We­bin­ar Be­ne­lux In­sur­ance Bites
We are de­lighted  to in­vite you to our up­com­ing Be­ne­lux In­sur­ance Bites we­bin­ar tak­ing place vir­tu­ally on Wed­nes­day, April 21st from 12.00 – 12.45 CET. In this we­bin­ar, our ex­pert European in­sur­ance...
29 March 2021
A solu­tion for com­pan­ies in dif­fi­culty
As re­ques­ted by prac­ti­tion­ers for sev­er­al months, the le­gis­lat­or has fi­nally amended the Bel­gian Code of Eco­nom­ic Law to com­plete the range of tools avail­able to com­pan­ies in dis­tress to al­low them achieve...
24/03/2021
CMS European M&A Study 2021: Europe pivots to be­come more ‘buy­er-friendly’...
Europe has re­turned to a ‘buy­er-friendly’ en­vir­on­ment, sim­il­ar to the US where more ‘buy­er-friendly’ po­s­i­tions are com­mon, after the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic cre­ated more risk-averse at­ti­tudes. As a...
10/03/2021
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised on the sale of the Scaldis Group to Elis
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised the share­hold­ers of Scaldis Group on the sale of their group to Elis, the French stock-lis­ted com­pany. Scaldis is a ma­jor European play­er in the "Clean­room" sec­tor (work­wear for sec­tors...
09 March 2021
New com­pet­i­tion tools for di­git­al mar­kets – Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law vs....
After the new Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law came in­to ef­fect in Janu­ary 2021, ma­jor di­git­al plat­forms are now af­fected by art­icle 19a of the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion Act. Un­der art­icle 19a, the Ger­man com­pet­i­tion...
09 February 2021
BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled – What next?
On 27 Janu­ary 2021 the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on de­clared the so-called BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled. It is worth con­sid­er­ing what this rul­ing really means and what it...
02 February 2021
EC Con­sulta­tion on sus­tain­able cor­por­ate gov­ernance: dead­line ap­proach­ing
Key ac­tion point On 26 Oc­to­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion launched its pub­lic con­sulta­tion on sus­tain­able cor­por­ate gov­ernance (Con­sulta­tion). The Con­sulta­tion closes on 8 Feb­ru­ary 2021 and we would...
19 January 2021
The trans­par­ency re­gister in the 4th AML dir­ect­ive in Bel­gi­um
1. What is the cur­rent leg­al basis of the Trans­par­ency Re­gister? To what ex­tent has the Dir­ect­ive been im­ple­men­ted? The cur­rent leg­al basis of the Bel­gian Trans­par­ency Re­gister is the Act dated 18 Septem­ber...
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13 January 2021
EU­'s Por­tuguese pres­id­ency re­leases new draft of ePri­vacy Reg­u­la­tion
On 5 Janu­ary 2021, the Coun­cil of the EU – with Por­tugal serving as the Pres­id­ent-in-Of­fice – re­leased a new draft ver­sion of the ePri­vacy Reg­u­la­tion, which is meant to re­place the ePri­vacy Dir­ect­ive...
12/01/2021
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Ec­cle­sia Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of Kegels & Van An­t­wer­pen
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Ec­cle­sia Group, the Ger­man par­ent com­pany of Con­cor­dia, on the ac­quis­i­tion of An­t­werp based in­sur­ance broker Kegels & Van An­t­wer­pen. Through this ac­quis­i­tion Ec­cle­sia be­comes the fifth...