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Corporate/M&A

Mergers, acquisitions and restructuring form an essential part of a company's national and international growth strategy. These transactions, however, which require expertise in a number of business, tax and employment law disciplines, are becoming increasingly complex and have major business and financial implications. In this environment, we aim to:

  • Evaluate the real business implications of the transactions we advise on 
  • Provide our clients with effective and constructive assistance throughout the structuring and negotiation of transactions
  • Ensure that deals are implemented tightly enough to avoid any re-opening of negotiations at the contract drafting stage  

Our Practice Areas

We handle all aspects of mergers & acquisitions and restructurings for both listed and unlisted companies:

  • Documentation and contract drafting
  • Support in negotiations 
  • Acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures
  • Shareholders' agreements
  • Restructurings (mergers, asset transfers, etc.) on a French and international level
  • Arranging and structuring finance (equity, MBOs, MBIs)
  • Investment Capital
  • Legal audits 
  • Data room and due diligence
  • IPOs
  • Stock exchange law  

Our Approach 

A team fully dedicated to transactional and restructuring operations, building a close-by relationship with our clients

Our strength lies in our ability to put together multi-disciplinary teams, which draw in our best specialists from each discipline concerned: taxation, employment law, competition law, European law, intellectual property law, property law, etc.

Our national practice is reinforced by the strong local practices of the other CMS alliance member firms, in particular through regular sharing of information and experience.

We can also draw on this network, where appropriate, to provide our clients with solutions that go beyond the purely French context.  

Our Clients

French and foreign listed and unlisted companies in all business sectors  


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28/03/2022
The rise of ar­bit­ra­tion in post M&A dis­putes
The CMS European M&A Study 2022 provides an in­sight in­to the M&A-mar­ket and the use of ar­bit­ra­tion in resolv­ing dis­putes res­ult­ing from M&A deals. This study cov­ers over 400 shares and as­sets deals across...
10/01/2022
CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
12/10/2021
Leg­al guide for com­pany dir­ect­ors and CEOs in Al­ger­ia
BREAK­ING: Coronavir­us (COV­ID-19) con­sid­er­a­tions for dir­ect­ors 1. What are the key is­sues for dir­ect­ors dur­ing the COV­ID-19 crisis? Solvency and/or busi­ness con­tinu­ity: The COV­ID-19/coronavir­us pan­dem­ic...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
20/09/2019
Fin­ance Bill draft for 2020
Dur­ing the gov­ern­ment meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, 11 Septem­ber, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Mo­hamed Loukal presen­ted the Fin­ance Bill draft for 2020. This draft aims to im­prove the busi­ness cli­mate in Al­ger­ia and at­tract...
20/08/2019
Brave new world - eco­nom­ic sub­stance re­quire­ments in­tro­duced in the UAE
New reg­u­la­tions con­cern­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance (Cab­in­et of Min­is­ters Res­ol­u­tion No.31 of 2019) (the “Reg­u­la­tions”) have been im­ple­men­ted in the UAE. The Reg­u­la­tions in­tend that all in-scope UAE en­tit­ies...
14/03/2019
Cham­bers glob­al 2019
The 2019 edi­tion of the Cham­bers Glob­al guide is avail­able. We thank our cli­ents for their trust and sup­port! Our law firm­'s rank­ings in France The re­cog­ni­tion of our law­yers en­ables our firm to con­tin­ue...
24/12/2018
CHAM­BERS GLOB­AL 2018
The 2018 edi­tion of the Cham­bers Glob­al guide is out. We would par­tic­u­larly like to thank our cli­ents for put­ting their trust in us! Our law firm­'s rank­ings in France, Al­ger­ia, Mo­rocco and Africa This...
22/11/2018
New re­port | Con­nec­ted Fu­ture: in­vest­ment op­por­tun­it­ies in the rad­ic­ally...
Tech­no­logy-driv­en trans­form­a­tions are not only dis­rupt­ing our every­day lives, but are also rad­ic­ally trans­form­ing the in­fra­struc­ture sec­tor. On the one hand, in­nov­a­tion is driv­ing an up­grade of ex­ist­ing...
22/01/2018
In­nov­ate or your deal could die
Any com­pany or law­yer that has ever been in­volved in any kind of mer­ger or ac­quis­i­tion trans­ac­tion will know one thing for sure – a deal typ­ic­ally in­volve hours of leg­al work, in­clud­ing of­ten mundane...
10/02/2017
In­dia Budget 2017 - 2018
On 1 Feb­ru­ary, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Ar­un Jait­ley presen­ted In­dia’s an­nu­al Uni­on Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fisc­al year be­gin­ning 1 April 2017. The cent­ral aim in this year’s Budget...
20/09/2016
When the Dust Settles: Cross-bor­der re­struc­tur­ing and in­solv­ency after...
As the dust be­gins to settle after the EU ref­er­en­dum and the po­ten­tial rami­fic­a­tions of Brexit con­tin­ue to be di­ges­ted, we ex­am­ine the po­ten­tial im­pact of Brexit on the UK cross-bor­der re­struc­tur­ing and...