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Equity Capital Markets


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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March 2019
CMS European M&A Study 2019
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A group is pleased to launch the el­ev­enth edi­tion of our European M&A Study. This year’s Study re­flects data from 458 deals in 2018 on which CMS ad­vised. This is the largest num­ber...
Sep 2018
CMS European M&A Out­look
Wel­come to the sixth edi­tion of the CMS European M&A Out­look, pub­lished in as­so­ci­ation with Mer­ger­mar­ket. The op­tim­ism amongst deal­makers we re­por­ted in au­tumn last year was well-foun­ded: the mar­ket...
June 2020
CMS Cor­por­ate / M&A Glob­al Bro­chure
A glob­al lead­er in Cor­por­ate / M&A We ad­vise some of the world’s lead­ing com­pan­ies on mer­gers & ac­quis­i­tions, of­ten in chal­len­ging and cross-bor­der situ­ations. With more than 1,000 law­yers of­fer­ing...


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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...
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...
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 May 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 March 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...
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...
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)...
June 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...
May 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...
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...
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...
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...