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Corporate/M&A

Belgium

Whether you are planning a merger as part of your growth strategy, thinking about diversifying into new sectors or looking for new funding options such as non-bank lending or through equity investment, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and commercial advice. Having lawyers who think and act beyond their traditional role and seek to add value can help you secure the competitive edge you need in an ever-changing business environment. Our international team of more than 700 corporate lawyers in over 33 countries worldwide can assist you in all aspects of corporate law and M&A, both domestically and internationally.

Whatever your size, a large publicly listed company or a small privately owned business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, outsourcing, group restructuring and privatisations. Our cross-border teams consist of experts from all practice areas and sectors such as banking, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, lifesciences, real estate and construction, hotels and leisure, technology and media. This allows us to understand your specific issues for a transaction and provide you with advice within context, saving time and money and allows us to pinpoint your real commercial issues and risks in a transaction.

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CMS is ‘quick on the ball’ in corporate and M&A-related matters.

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    Corporate Litigation

    Business today can be a risky endeavour. You may find yourself confronted with a corporate dispute, whether it be a disagreement with a partner in a joint venture, a shareholder that claims the company is being run in a manner prejudicial to its interests or a warranty/indemnity claim following a merger or acquisition. The sensitive nature of such disputes places stringent requirements on the quality of legal services. Our corporate litigators have the knowledge, skill set and experience to help you to deal with the challenges involved in the full range of contentious issues that your business may encounter. We recognize, however, that litigation may not fit within your commercial objectives and that prevention is better than resolution. Therefore, ideally, we advise our clients before a dispute arises. When a dispute does occur, we are committed to exploring alternative methods of dispute resolution, where appropriate.

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    Joint Ventures and Reorganizations

    Joint ventures and reorganizations offer companies the chance to optimize their internal operations, respond to emerging trends or tap into new market opportunities. Our experienced team of Corporate lawyers anticipate any legal and economic challenges and work together with you to find pragmatic solutions. We will help you to create the right structures within the individual companies, allowing you to take maximum advantage of the available opportunities.

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    Mergers & Acquisitions

    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.

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    CMS European M&A Study 2017
    Start-up Leg­al Solu­tions
    In­to the un­known: European M&A Out­look 2016
    A study of European M&A activ­ity

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    Francisco Xavier de Almeida
    07/08/2017
    Our Cor­por­ate/M&A Prac­tice
    An In­tro­duc­tion
    13/09/2017
    The ap­plic­a­tion of EU mer­ger con­trol cla­ri­fied: no EC no­ti­fic­a­tion...
    In the first ever pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing on the EU mer­ger con­trol re­gime, the Court of Justice of the European Uni­on ("CJEU") brought much needed clar­ity on wheth­er the shift from sole con­trol to joint con­trol in an ex­ist­ing un­der­tak­ing is covered by the EU Mer­ger.
    20/06/2017
    Share­hold­er Act­iv­ism: A European Per­spect­ive
    26/06/2017
    The Re­cast EU In­solv­ency Reg­u­la­tion be­comes ef­fect­ive today
    Since May 2002, we have had a re­gime which en­sures that an in­solv­ency pro­ceed­ing star­ted in one of the EU’s mem­ber states is, without fur­ther form­al­ity, re­cog­nised in all oth­er mem­ber states (ex­cept for Den­mark) and which de­term­ines the law ap­plic­able to such.
    Martin Mendelssohn
    22/03/2017
    CMS European M&A Study 2017
    28/02/2017
    Bel­gian audit re­form
    The Bel­gian Act of 7 Decem­ber 2016 re­gard­ing the or­gan­iz­a­tion and su­per­vi­sion of stat­utory aud­it­ors (the “Act”) trans­poses in­to Bel­gian law the European Dir­ect­ive re­gard­ing the con­trol of an­nu­al ac­counts and im­ple­ments the European Reg­u­la­tion on the stat­utory.
    01/11/2016
    In­to the un­known: European M&A Out­look 2016
    A study of European M&A activ­ity
    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 ap­pears to fo­cus on the most vul­ner­able with in­creased spend­ing.
    24/06/2016
    CMS Guide to Em­ploy­ment Is­sues in an M&A Trans­ac­tion
    28/10/2016
    European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes Cor­por­ate Tax Re­form Pack­age, re­launch­ing...
    As part of a Cor­por­ate Tax Re­form Pack­age, the EC has pub­lished four pro­pos­als for Coun­cil Dir­ect­ives. 1. Pro­pos­als to re­launch the Com­mon Con­sol­id­ated Cor­por­ate Tax Base First, the European Com­mis­sion (“EC”) has an­nounced that it is re­launch­ing its pro­pos­al.
    28/04/2016
    Li­ab­il­ity of Hold­ing Com­pan­ies
    19/10/2016
    European Com­mis­sion pub­lishes a study on minor­ity share­hold­ings for...
    Back­ground On 14 Oc­to­ber 2016, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a “sup­port study” pre­pared at its re­quest to in­form its re­view of the EU Mer­ger Reg­u­la­tion (EU­MR) re­lat­ing to minor­ity share­hold­ings.
    13/10/2016
    The European Com­mis­sion seeks views on pro­ced­ur­al and jur­is­dic­tion­al...
    Back­ground On 7 Oc­to­ber 2016, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a ques­tion­naire seek­ing feed­back on cer­tain pro­ced­ur­al and jur­is­dic­tion­al as­pects of the EU mer­ger con­trol re­gime. This ini­ti­at­ive fol­lows the Com­mis­sion’s 2014 White Pa­per “To­wards More Ef­fect­ive.
    11/10/2016
    The European Com­mis­sion seeks views on pro­ced­ur­al and jur­is­dic­tion­al...
    Back­ground On 7 Oc­to­ber 2016, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished a ques­tion­naire seek­ing feed­back on cer­tain pro­ced­ur­al and jur­is­dic­tion­al as­pects of the EU mer­ger con­trol re­gime. This ini­ti­at­ive fol­lows the Com­mis­sion’s 2014 White Pa­per “To­wards More Ef­fect­ive.
    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 in­solv­ency re­gime and its con­sequences for the UK’s repu­ta­tion.
    02/06/2016
    Con­di­tion­al mer­ger clear­ance for ma­jor European beer brew­ers
    The £71 bil­lion SAB­Miller takeover by AB In­Bev was cleared by Com­mis­sion de­cision M. 7881 on 24 May 2016, sub­ject to the di­vestit­ure of SAB­Miller’s European busi­ness. AB In­Bev is the world’s largest brew­er and the third largest brew­er in Europe by volume.