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Equity Capital Markets

Law Firm in the Netherlands specialised in Equity Capital Markets

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The principal areas of our equity capital markets practice are advising on IPO's and secondary offerings of equity and debt securities on Euronext Amsterdam and other exchanges. We have vast experience on public bids and other types of public company takeovers, mergers, acquisitions and reconstructions.

CMS advises management of public companies on all relevant corporate and securities law matters, including periodic reporting requirements, corporate governance, anti-takeover measures, insider trading and market abuse and executive and equity compensation issues. We assist with the structuring, formation, fundraising, operation and investment activities of a broad range of both listed and non-listed funds across multiple industries. 

To succeed, it is critical to find ways of meeting the stringent requirements of a capital markets transaction and not simply come up with the most convincing reasons why they cannot be met. CMS focuses on the issues rather than on legal niceties. We aim to identify the key issues as early as possible. Our approach is to assist in the commercial resolution of these issues and only then spend time on drafting. CMS represents listed companies and companies seeking a listing of securities. But also investment banks, brokers, underwriters, financial advisers and other financial institutions. And we provide private equity funds, real estate funds and hedge funds with advice and assistance. In the Netherlands and, through CMS, in other jurisdictions in Europe and elsewhere.

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21/06/2019
CMS - Focusing on Funds - Transfer tax changes affecting fund and deal...
This Focussing on Funds looks at recent transfer tax developments in the UK and Germany which will have an impact on the transfer market and acquisition and fund struc­tur­ing.  A recent English court...
17/06/2019
Private Equity & Venture Capital: Volatility in Valuations?
Valuations remain high and new investments likely to be lower than in 2018. The market trend is still regarded as 'seller-friendly' for the time being. Political and economic uncertainty both are likely...
17/05/2019
Benelux Private Equity Breakfast: Volatility in Valuations?
Valuations remain high and new investments likely to be lower than in 2018. The market trend is still regarded as 'seller-friendly' for the time being. Political and economic uncertainty both are likely...
16/05/2019
3rd Benelux Private Equity Breakfast
CMS, one of the world’s largest law firms, and international executive search firm Pedersen & Partners are delighted to invite you to the 3rd edition of their joint Benelux Private Equity Breakfast...
21/03/2019
Structured Finance and Capital Markets webinar series
CMS will be running a Structured Finance and Capital Markets webinar series, starting this Autumn. Each month you will have the opportunity to listen in on a different hot topic, presented by experts...
23/10/2018
CMS - Focusing on Funds - AIFMD pre-marketing proposals
This Focusing on Funds update looks at the hot topic of funds marketing and proposals for a pre-marketing regime for alternative investment funds. This is an area we are often asked to advise on as various...
27/09/2018
Dutch court allows Securities claims against Brazilian Petrobras and D&O's
On 1 September 2018, a Rotterdam court allowed a Dutch claim vehicle to sue the Brazilian company Petrobras, its Board of Executive Officers and its Dutch subsidiaries Petrobras Global Finance (PGF)...
11/06/2018
Sunrise’s CHF 500m Swiss Towers sale lights up M & A market
In one of the most prestigious deals in the Swiss M&A market last year, a cross-border CMS team advised Sunrise, the number two Swiss tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions operator, on the sale of Swiss Towers AG for...
07/05/2018
ICOs – new means of fundraising
At first glance, it is hard to believe and to understand the claim of enthusiasts that Blockchain technology is supposed to be comparable with the spread of the internet in the 90s.It would therefore...
02/05/2018
Initial Coin Offerings in the Netherlands
Initial Coin Offerings ("ICOs”) seem to be the hype of the virtual currency community. ICOs are means for companies to collect money. Instead of writing long business plans and conducting endless pitches...
20/06/2017
Shareholder Activism: A European Perspective
In recent years, there has been significant growth in shareholder activism. These “activist shareholders” are fund managers (typically hedge funds) who usually acquire minority interests in listed...
10/06/2016
Market Abuse Regulation: impact on companies listed in the Netherlands
National market abuse prohibitions will be replaced by the Market Abuse Regulation as of 3 July 2016. The Market Abuse Regulation will make significant changes to how inside information is dealt with...