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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.

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22/09/2021
“Friends of an ef­fect­ive Di­git­al Mar­kets Act” part 2 – France, Ger­many...
In May 2021, France, Ger­many and the Neth­er­lands pub­lished a non-pa­per with pro­pos­als to im­prove the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). In this pa­per, the three mem­ber states, which refer to them­selves as “Friends...
14/09/2021
CMS M&A European Out­look 2022: Road to re­cov­ery
Septem­ber 2021 We are pleased to provide you with this year’s edi­tion of the “European M&A Out­look”, pub­lished in co-op­er­a­tion with Mer­ger­mar­ket
13/07/2021
Pro­posed ac­quis­i­tion of Air Europa by IAG: Com­mis­sion opens in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion
On 29 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion opened Phase II mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings on IAG's pro­posed ac­quis­i­tion of Air Europa be­cause of its po­ten­tial im­pact on the Span­ish air ser­vices mar­ket. In May...
30/06/2021
EU Na­tion­al Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­it­ies pub­lish joint pa­per on Di­git­al Mar­kets...
The de­bate about the draft Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) – the European Com­mis­sion's flag­ship pro­ject in the di­git­al sec­tor – is in­tensi­fy­ing. In May, the self-pro­claimed "Friends of an Ef­fect­ive DMA"...
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...
28/05/2021
“Friends of an ef­fect­ive Di­git­al Mar­kets Act” – France, Ger­many and Neth­er­lands...
On 27-28 May 2021, EU pres­id­ency in­formed mem­ber states at the EU Com­pet­it­ive­ness Coun­cil on pro­gress achieved so far on the Com­mis­sion’s pro­pos­als for a Di­git­al Ser­vices Act (DSA) and a Di­git­al Mar­kets...
10/05/2021
Vi­ol­a­tion of mer­ger con­trol pro­ced­ur­al rules: European Com­mis­sion fines...
On 3 May 2021, the European Com­mis­sion fined chem­ic­al maker Sigma-Ald­rich EUR 7.5 mil­lion for provid­ing mis­lead­ing in­form­a­tion dur­ing mer­ger con­trol pro­ceed­ings for Sigma-Ald­rich’s takeover by rival...
04/05/2021
With Il­lu­mina ac­tion, court to test EU Com­mis­sion's new mer­ger re­fer­ral...
On 29 April 2021, the US life sci­ences com­pany Il­lu­mina con­firmed that it filed an ac­tion be­fore the EU courts ask­ing for an an­nul­ment of the European Com­mis­sion’s de­cision of 19 April 2021 to ac­cept...
24/03/2021
CMS European M&A Study 2021
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group is pleased to launch the thir­teenth edi­tion of the European M&A Study
09/03/2021
New com­pet­i­tion tools for di­git­al mar­kets – Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law vs....
After the new Ger­man com­pet­i­tion law came in­to ef­fect in Janu­ary 2021, ma­jor di­git­al plat­forms are now af­fected by art­icle 19a of the Ger­man Com­pet­i­tion Act. Un­der art­icle 19a, the Ger­man com­pet­i­tion...
09/02/2021
BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled – What next?
On 27 Janu­ary 2021 the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on de­clared the so-called BAT con­clu­sions for large com­bus­tion plants an­nulled. It is worth con­sid­er­ing what this rul­ing really means and what it...
02/02/2021
EC Con­sulta­tion on sus­tain­able cor­por­ate gov­ernance: dead­line ap­proach­ing
Key ac­tion point On 26 Oc­to­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion launched its pub­lic con­sulta­tion on sus­tain­able cor­por­ate gov­ernance (Con­sulta­tion). The Con­sulta­tion closes on 8 Feb­ru­ary 2021 and we would...