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Virginie Frémat

Partner

CMS DeBacker
Uitbreidingstraat 2
2600 Antwerp
Belgium
Languages Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish

Virginie Frémat is a Partner in the Antwerp corporate team. Virginie advises on all aspects of general corporate law and has significant experience in managing complex transactions. She is highly regarded by clients for her hands-on approach and she advises across a wide range of sectors. Virginie has a specialization in insurance law and is used to handle complex litigation cases (both for insurers and corporates).

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"Virginie Frémat is praised for her 'high level of expertise' when providing coverage advice and drafting new policies to launch on the Belgian market"

Feedback from a client - Legal 500, 2021

Relevant experience

  • Sale of several software companies to venture capital funds and assistance in the reinvestment process
  • Coordination of international transactions in the retail industry
  • Advising and coordination of several national and international real estate transactions
  • Managing several real estate litigation cases both for insurers and insureds
  • Assistance of several brokers with acquisitions and the set up of a new structure for their European business post-Brexit
  • Assisting insurers and their insured on litigation matters with major impact (a.o. railway accidents, construction litigation, professional liability, etc.) and reporting to the London insurance market
  • Post M&A litigation before arbitral courts (ICC, DIS, Cepani) or ordinary Belgian courts (e.g. squeeze outs, proceedings for breach of R&W, nullification of M&A contracts, general civil litigation)
  • Coordination of criminal and civil proceedings in respect of white collar crime cases (directors’ liability in bankrupt companies, disputes involving the appointment of ad hoc management bodies)
  • Insurance policy drafting (a.o. D&O, professional liability, W&I, etc.)
  • Coverage advice to both insurers and corporates
  • Accompanying acquisitions of distressed companies and monitoring of the liabilities of the management across the process in multiple jurisdictions
  • Accompanying several buyers in the process of buying a business from distressed companies, companies in judicial reorganisation and bankrupt companies (a.o. in the construction and retail industry)
  • Assistance to international insurers in their restructuring process (a.o. the set up of branches across Europe)
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Publications

  • Co-author 101 juridische vragen over concurrentie, Intersentia, 2016, 157 p.
  • « Het einde van het ‘stil’ faillissement of slechts een tijdelijk afscheid ? », In Foro, maart 2017, nr 56
  • « Terrorisme en verzekeringen », Tijdschrift voor verzekeringen, 1/2017, nr 398
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Education

  • 2005 - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, KUL (Law Degree)
  • 2006 - Université Libre de Bruxelles, ULB (Postgraduate Business Law)
  • 2006 - Bar admission (Antwerp, Belgium)
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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...
02/04/2021
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...
29/03/2021
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...
28/12/2020
CMS Bel­gi­um as­sisted the share­hold­er of Phi Data in the sale of 70% of...
The share­hold­er of Phi Data, spe­cial­ised in smart edge solu­tions, sold 70% of their shares to the Simac Group. This col­lab­or­a­tion strengthens the in­ter­na­tion­al am­bi­tions of both com­pan­ies, with pos­sible...
25/11/2020
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised Net­flow Soft­ware BV and Wim Jac­obs on their part­ner­ship...
CMS Bel­gi­um and The Cap­it­al Link have suc­cess­fully ad­vised Net­flow Soft­ware BV and Wim Jac­obs on their part­ner­ship with the Dovesco group, as well as the ac­quis­i­tion by Net­flow Soft­ware BV of Ac­cel Com­puter...
17/11/2020
CMS Dis­putes Talk
In these un­cer­tain times, glob­al busi­nesses in al­most every sec­tor are fa­cing chal­lenges brought about by an un­pre­ced­en­ted op­er­a­tion­al cli­mate. Ac­tions and de­cisions taken dur­ing and im­me­di­ately after...
05/10/2020
Re­struc­tur­ing and in­solv­ency law in Bel­gi­um
1. What is the primary le­gis­la­tion gov­ern­ing in­solv­ency and re­struc­tur­ing pro­ceed­ings in your jur­is­dic­tion? Book XX of the Bel­gian Eco­nom­ic law code is the primary piece of le­gis­la­tion gov­ern­ing in­solv­ency...
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22/09/2020
Who dares wins: European M&A Out­look 2020
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has taken a heavy toll on European deal­mak­ing activ­ity. However, op­por­tun­it­ies re­main for those will­ing to take risks, ac­cord­ing to the eighth edi­tion of the European M&A Out­look...
15/09/2020
CMS Bel­gi­um ad­vised the share­hold­ers of foot­ball club Waasland Bev­er­en...
CMS Bel­gi­um, to­geth­er with The Cap­it­al Link, have suc­cess­fully ad­vised the share­hold­ers of foot­ball club Waasland Bev­er­en on the sale to Bolt Foot­ball Hold­ings. The buy­er is a pro­fes­sion­al sport in­vestor...
23/06/2020
In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest - Sum­mer Edi­tion 2020
Back to main page Wel­come to the sum­mer edi­tion of our In­ter­na­tion­al Dis­putes Di­gest, a bi-an­nu­al pub­lic­a­tion fea­tur­ing ana­lys­is and com­ment­ary on the key trends cur­rently shap­ing the glob­al dis­pute res­ol­u­tion...
27/04/2020
Leg­al sus­pen­sion of en­force­ment meas­ures – tem­por­ary re­lief for com­pan­ies...
In the con­text of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, many meas­ures have already been taken to sup­port the eco­nomy as much as pos­sible dur­ing these tur­bu­lent times. It is already clear that the im­pact will be enorm­ous...