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April 2013 Newsletter


The goal of our newsletter is to keep you abreast of recent legal and tax developments in the various areas where our firm has recognised expertise. 


Dear reader,

In 2012, global M&A activity flatlined, barely reaching the 2011 levels. Despite the challenges of finding potential purchasers, the CMS European M&A Study 2013 found that, once sellers had done so, they often managed to get a good deal in terms of risk allocation.

Our fifth M&A Study reviews over 1,700 deals done between 2007 and 2012. It provides insight into legal provisions, makes comparisons across Europe and with the US, and identifies market trends. It has become an essential tool for businesses looking to do deals across borders and understand market practice in other countries.

The Study is not available online. However, my corporate M&A partners and I would be delighted to let you have a copy and to personally bring you some of its more relevant findings. Just get in touch with your trusted CMS DeBacker contacts about a personalised presentation of the Study. We will do the rest.

This month’s newsletter will address such topics as: reimbursement of Belgian withholding tax for foreign investment companies, the first draft of the new State Aid de minimis regulation and the draft regulation on the resale of tickets for cultural and sports events, to mention but a few.

Have an enjoyable read.

Vincent Dirckx
Head of Corporate M&A

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