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Cedric Guyot


CMS DeBacker
Chaussée de La Hulpe 178
1170 Brussels
Languages French, Dutch, English

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 litigations, private placement, etc.

He has a specialty in the hotel & leisure sector.

He launched a specific CMS start-up legal package to help start-ups in their development steps.

He is pro-active and business minded. He is the kind of lawyer ‘who gets the deal done’.

Cedric has been a speaker to numerous seminars and education programs: he also made several publications in the hotel & leisure sector and in corporate legal issues.

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Relevant experience

  • Cedric represented 4.500 claimants in the Fortis process and finally, after several court proceedings, obtained a transaction for an amount exceeding one billion euros.
  • Cedric and his team have already advised more than sixty Start-ups under the "Start-ups" program, mainly in fundraising and stock option plans.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • Member of the World Law Group
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Lectures list

  • 19/11/2020: « Fundraising : How & what », Be Central Belgium.
  • 12/06/2020: « Shareholding control techniques », KEEP Masterclass.
  • 20/04/2020: « Consequences of Covid-19 on hotel & leisure sector », CMS.
  • 14/04/2020: « Annual General meeting without a real meeting », CMS.
  • 27/06/2019: « Shareholders agreement in Limited liability Company! », Be Angels.
  • 05/06/2019: « Shareholding control techniques », Guberna.
  • 23/05/2019: « New company Code - Impact on shares transfer »,  CMS.
  • 23/05/2019: « New Company Code» Chamber of Commerce in Waremme.
  • 07/05/2019: « New Company Code and Shareholding control techniques », CMS (Start-up Day).
  • 27/04/2019: « Voting Rights in General Meetings », IPBA 29th Conference in Singapore (speaker and coordinator).
  • 29/01/2019: « Impact of the new company code on the corporate investments » Be Angels & CMS.
  • 22/11/2018: « International Business Court » orator and moderator, IPBA Regional conference in Brussels.
  • 10/10/2018: « All secrets of an Ultimate controlling shareholder », Cercle du Lac.
  • 06/06/2018: « The perfect Exit», Be Angels & CMS.
  • 08/05/2018: « Efficient management package » -, Be Angels & CMS (Start-up Day).
  • 15/03/2018: « Can Lehman Brothers happen again ?», IPBA 28th Annual Meeting and conference in Manila (speaker and moderator).


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  • 1989 - Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)
  • 1989 - Solvay Brussels School, ULB - Belgium (Post Graduate in International Trade)
  • 1985 - Temple University Law School - United States (LL.M.)
  • 1983 - University of Louvain, UCLouvain - Belgium (Degree in European Studies)
  • 1982 - University of Louvain, UCLouvain - Belgium (Law Degree)
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