Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyers

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.

A critical component of our practice is our acquisition finance capability. We have substantial experience in acquisition capital structures and in-depth knowledge of senior debt structures and more complex arrangements, such as vendor finance and hybrid capital structures (combining senior, second lien and mezzanine debt).

Range of services

Private M&A

  • Structuring the transaction
  • Transaction management
  • Negotiating confidentiality agreements and letters of intent
  • Support in auction proceedings and structuring the process
  • Performing due diligence exercises on behalf of both vendors and purchasers
  • Preparing the relevant transaction contracts and corporate decisions
  • Contract negotiations
  • Preparation for signing and closing
  • Assistance with post-closing activity

Distressed M&A

  • Sale and purchase of distressed assets, distressed debts and distressed companies
  • Purchase from the administrator
  • Realisation of distressed assets

Public M&A

  • Takeover bids
  • Acting in concert/insider trading
  • Integration
  • Squeeze-out (stock corporation law/takeover law)
  • Delisting
  • Advising management and supervisory boards

Focus

Transactions are the main focus of our corporate practice. Our M&A lawyers work seamlessly with experts from a range of other practice areas both within Belgium and internationally to deliver tailor-made advice from a single source.

Our Pan-European publications, such as the “CMS European M&A Study”, offering in-depth analysis of deal points across more than 2,000 M&A transactions from 2007 to 2015, and the “CMS Guide to Merger Control”, are a testament to the international cohesion of the CMS organization and our leading position as a provider of innovative legal advisory products.

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Stéphane Collin
Stéphane Collin
Part­ner
Belgium, Brussels
Stéphane Collin’s main focus is on private and public company restructuring where he regularly advises Belgian and foreign groups of companies on their equity (merger, contribution and transfer of...
Grégory de Sauvage
Grégory de Sauvage
Part­ner
Belgium, Brussels
Grégory specialises in shareholder conflicts, D&O liability, partnerships, bankruptcy and corporate restructuring. He has also extensive experience in economic criminal procedure.His practice covers...
Vincent Dirckx
Vincent Dirckx
Part­ner
Belgium, Brussels
Vincent started his career in New York working for Kelley Drye & Warren and then Baker & McKenzie. He then joined Freshfields Belgian practice and worked mostly in Brussels but also from London. From...
Cedric Guyot
Cedric Guyot
Part­ner
Belgium, Brussels
Cedric is active in private equity and in M&A transactions and integration process. He focuses on corporate acquisitions, strategic alliances, issue of securities, shareholder relations including shareholder...
David Prync
David Prync
Part­ner
Belgium, Brussels
David Prync joined the corporate practice of CMS Brussels office in 2011. David’s work focuses on domestic and international transaction matters as he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, private...
Arnaud Van Oekel
Arnaud Van Oekel
Part­ner
Belgium, Brussels
Arnaud is a key member of the firm’s M&A practice. He has wide experience in handling domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity deals and advising on corporate structuring and financing issues.Arnaud...
Lola Verelst
Lola Verelst
Ju­ni­or As­so­ci­ate
Belgium, Brussels
Lola joined the firm in September 2020 and specializes in corporate and M&A law.