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How do you turn a brilliant idea into a successful product or enterprise? And how do you make your innovation successful without putting much time and energy in the legal and tax driven structures, legal traps and the small print?

Meet us, the lawyers, civil law notaries and tax advisors of CMS. We provide and develop tailor made legal services for promising young innovative enterprises. In every phase an enterprise finds itself, we provide the best advice. Furthermore, we put our know-how and the extensive worldwide network of CMS at disposal. In this network future clients, business partners, employees and mentors can be found. That helps. In this manner CMS contributes as trusted advisor to your success and innovation in the Netherlands.

We, the CMS Innovation Advocates, co-operate closely in a team and are well attuned to each other. We are experienced and each have a unique specialism. Jointly we service the all legal aspects, from the start up to and including the world wide success: incorporation of the legal entity, protection and maintaining of intellectual property, tax advice, participation by investors, (the first) employees, client and supplier contracts, etcetera.

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25 February 2019
Dis­rup­tion 2.0 – here we go again
Wheth­er you are con­cerned or ex­hil­ar­ated, the age of AI is here – from vir­tu­al as­sist­ants, to driver­less vehicles and fric­tion­less shops. CMS’ latest re­port uses ex­tens­ive con­sumer re­search and a...
August 2020
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Token­ized As­sets: Fin­ance in­nov­a­tion lead­ing to new ways to in­vest
What as­set classes are best suited to token­iz­a­tion? How to per­suade man­age­ment in­to token­ized in­vest­ments? Private in­vestor Robert Nass; Maven11 Head of In­vest­ments and Trad­ing, Balder Bomans; Frijt CEO...
CMS is re­leas­ing its Token­ized As­sets Pod­cast Series
The former chair­man of Nas­daq, Robert Gre­ifeld, pre­dicted in 2017 that in five years' time all stocks and bonds on Wall Street will be token­ized. Since then, the use of token­iz­a­tion has been in­creas­ing...
Part­ner or buy if you can­'t DIY
Or­gan­ic growth and in­nov­a­tion are in­creas­ingly hard to come by. Large com­pan­ies are pro­gress­ively ac­quir­ing or col­lab­or­at­ing with more nimble and young­er star­tups. However, ac­quir­ing an­oth­er busi­ness...
October 2018
Part­ner or buy if you can’t DIY
This art­icle sum­mar­ises a pan­el dis­cus­sion at the CMS an­nu­al Tech­no­logy, Me­dia and Com­mu­nic­a­tions Con­fer­ence 2018.There is cur­rently no short­age of large glob­al cor­por­ates set­ting up in­cub­a­tion and in­nov­a­tion...
Ini­tial Coin Of­fer­ings – An in­sight in­to the reg­u­lat­ory en­vir­on­ment
Ini­tial Coin Of­fer­ings (ICOs) are an in­nov­at­ive way for com­pan­ies – usu­ally start-ups – to raise money from the pub­lic. In an ICO, a busi­ness or in­di­vidu­al is­sues coins or tokens which are sold in...
June 2018
In­nov­a­tion round-up
The im­pact of new tech­no­lo­gies on the busi­ness en­vir­on­ment is game-chan­ging. At CMS, we work with tech­no­logy pi­on­eers who are driv­ing this change. SUP­PORT­ING STAR­TUPS THROUGH EQUIP First launched in the...
June 2018
Me­dia gi­ants dis­rupt mar­ket with con­tent shar­ing deal
In a world where ‘con­tent is king’, the battle among me­dia com­pan­ies for the rights to screen ori­gin­al en­ter­tain­ment and live sport­ing events has nev­er been more in­tense.When broad­cast gi­ants BT Group...
CMS wins at FT In­nov­at­ive Law­yer Awards 2017 rank­ing 8th in the Top50
CMS were short­l­is­ted in five cat­egor­ies at this year’s FT In­nov­at­ive Law­yer Awards win­ning for their work ad­vising the Elec­tron­ic Sports League in the cre­ation of a new gov­ern­ing body, the World eS­ports...
CMS start-ups
Budget­ing for qual­ity leg­al ad­vice is of­ten not high on an en­tre­pren­eur’s list of pri­or­it­ies when start­ing a busi­ness. But timely ad­vice from ex­per­i­enced leg­al pro­fes­sion­als can be cru­cial in start­ing...