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CMS. Ready for your future  

We are CMS, one of the biggest law firms in the world, with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries. We combine in-depth knowledge of the Dutch market, which we have been serving for over a century, with a global network and perspective.  

Excellence calls for specialisation, which is why we choose to focus on complex briefs in sectors including real estate, pharma, financial institutions, energy and technology. Above all, we specialise in you, in our clients. We know your market, the arena in which you operate. We are proactive, a useful sparring partner and a dependable resource at crucial moments.

All we offer you is everything we have – ourselves. Our global expertise, our years of experience, our drivenness and will to further your cause. In doing so, pragmatism can be an asset – always focused on one interest: yours.

Our knowledge is extensive, and that includes knowing what we don't know. Like you, we don't know what tomorrow will bring. To lead is to look ahead, but the view is often restricted. So we’ll work with you to get to grips with possible changes to legislation and regulations, future developments in your markets and the impact of technological breakthroughs. Where are opportunities likely to arise, which threats are lurking, what can we already anticipate now? 

Those who are prepared for an uncertain future can look forward to that future with more confidence.   

Our aim is to be lawyers, notaries and tax consultants who think ahead. Who establish a solid line of defence around your position and interests, but who also man the lookout tower. What's that coming over the horizon?    

The future and technological innovation play a major role for our clients and therefore also for us. CMS is closely involved in the global energy transition, the regulation of cryptocurrencies and developments around privacy and cybersecurity, alternative food sources and innovations in healthcare through the use of big data.

CMS is ready for the future. For your future.  

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23/11/2022
State aid: ex­ten­sion of the Tem­por­ary Crisis Frame­work to sup­port the eco­nomy...
Many busi­nesses and in­di­vidu­als have been im­pacted dir­ectly or in­dir­ectly by the crisis res­ult­ing from Rus­si­a's in­va­sion of Ukraine, as well as the re­per­cus­sions of all the eco­nom­ic sanc­tions ad­op­ted...
23/11/2022
Neth­er­lands pro­hib­its cre­at­ing hy­per­scale data centres un­til na­tion­al guidelines...
On 16 Feb­ru­ary 2022, the Neth­er­land­s' Min­istry of the In­teri­or (Min­is­ter­ie van Binnen­land­se za­ken en koninkrijk­s­relaties) made a pre­lim­in­ary de­cision on gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tions for hy­per­scale data centres...
22/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: Life Sci­ences are reap­ing...
Di­git­al trans­form­a­tion in life sci­ences is cre­at­ing op­por­tun­it­ies to counter health­care’s most in­tract­able prob­lems from treat­ing rare dis­eases to ac­cel­er­at­ing dia­gnostics and re­du­cing treat­ment back­logs...
21/11/2022
State aid: The Court of Justice of the EU an­nuls the Com­mis­sion’s de­cision...
On 8 Novem­ber 2022, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) an­nulled the judg­ment of the Gen­er­al Court held on 24 Septem­ber 2019, which re­jec­ted the ac­tion brought by the Grand Duchy of Lux­em­bourg and Fi­at...
18/11/2022
Neth­er­lands up­dates rules on on­line de­cep­tion of con­sumers
In Novem­ber 2022, the Neth­er­lands Au­thor­ity for Con­sumers and Mar­kets pub­lished an up­date to its Guidelines on the pro­tec­tion of the on­line con­sumer, ori­gin­ally pub­lished in 2020. The re­vised guidelines...
15/11/2022
Déjà vu for Louis Vuit­ton’s Dam­i­er Azur pat­tern?
In­tro­duc­tion It could be ar­gued that the ma­jor­ity of con­sumers would re­cog­nise the in­fam­ous Dam­i­er Azur pat­tern be­long­ing to French lux­ury fash­ion house, Louis Vuit­ton Mal­leti­er (Louis Vuit­ton). Pre­vi­ous...
14/11/2022
En­ergy stor­age trends – Spot­light on the Neth­er­lands
In or­der to meet its am­bi­tious CO2 re­duc­tion tar­gets and min­im­ise the coun­try’s de­pend­ence on Rus­si­an fossil fuels, the Neth­er­lands is now more fo­cused than ever in the de­vel­op­ment of bat­tery elec­tri­city...
11/11/2022
Dutch court dis­misses ex­cep­tion for the as­sess­ment of ni­tro­gen im­pact in...
Nature re­serves in the Neth­er­lands are over­loaded with ni­tro­gen, due to ni­tro­gen emis­sions caused by, among oth­er things, live­stock farms and traffic ex­haust fumes. In or­der to pro­tect nature re­serves...
10/11/2022
US ad­opts Ex­ec­ut­ive Or­der to im­ple­ment EU-US Data Pri­vacy Frame­work
After an­noun­cing a polit­ic­al agree­ment on 25 March 2022, the US gov­ern­ment has now an­nounced more de­tails on how it in­tends to put mass sur­veil­lance by in­tel­li­gence agen­cies on a rule-of-law foot­ing...
09/11/2022
Dutch Su­preme Court: real es­tate con­ver­sion rarely res­ults in new build­ings...
In a pre­lim­in­ary rul­ing, the Dutch Su­preme Court has ruled on the tax clas­si­fic­a­tion of sub­stan­tial modi­fic­a­tions and con­ver­sions of real es­tate. Un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances, such modi­fic­a­tions and con­ver­sions...
09/11/2022
Glob­al Life Sci­ences & Health­care For­um 2022: The Life Sci­ences sec­tor...
The open­ing of COP27 has brought an in­tense glob­al fo­cus on cli­mate change and the tower­ing de­mands needed to reach car­bon net zero and to pro­tect the en­vir­on­ment. United Na­tions Gen­er­al Sec­ret­ary Ant­o­nio...
08/11/2022
Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion – Me­dia
The me­dia sec­tor is known to be highly com­pet­it­ive, with that com­pet­i­tion driv­ing in­nov­a­tion. Older me­dia busi­nesses have had to grapple with dis­rupt­ive new entrants. And those new entrants are con­stantly work­ing to de­liv­er bet­ter and more en­ga­ging con­tent and user ex­per­i­ences to main­tain their ad­vant­age. Di­git­isa­tion has changed how me­dia com­pan­ies in­ter­act with their audi­ence in ways we could not have ima­gined just a few years ago, but this comes with risk.This re­port is a deep dive in­to the data first pro­duced for the re­port Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion: Man­aging Risks in a Chan­ging Land­scape. This saw over 500 cor­por­ate coun­sel and risk man­agers sur­veyed from mul­tiple in­dus­tries across the world. Here we look in de­tail at the 75 re­spond­ents from the me­dia sec­tor, and their per­spect­ives on the risks as­so­ci­ated with busi­ness-crit­ic­al tech­no­lo­gies, in­clud­ing emer­ging tech­no­lo­gies. What did we find? Me­dia is a dy­nam­ic sec­tor and can be an early ad­op­ter of many nov­el tech­no­lo­gies as com­pan­ies push for com­pet­it­ive ad­vant­ages to cre­ate and sat­is­fy cus­tom­er de­mand. As we look to the fu­ture, the sec­tor does seem un­der­prepared in some areas, which is a po­ten­tial cause for con­cern.Down­load the Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion me­dia sec­tor re­port now to read aboutThe prin­cip­al drivers in the ad­op­tion of busi­ness-crit­ic­al tech­no­logy in the me­dia sec­tor­Con­fid­ence in man­aging tech-re­lated risks among seni­or me­dia ex­ec­ut­ivesFu­ture threats from new tech­no­lo­gies like AI and block­chain­Which plans and pro­cesses me­dia com­pan­ies are put­ting in place to pro­tect tech in­fra­struc­ture­Cul­tur­al bar­ri­ers to man­aging tech risks in the me­dia sec­tor­Preferred ap­proaches to dis­pute res­ol­u­tion in the me­dia sec­tor