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Mergers & Acquisitions


M&A transactions are a core activity within our practice. We advise on a wide range of domestic and cross-border transactions such as acquisitions and disposals of privately owned companies involving shares or specific assets and liabilities, privatizations and spin-offs. But also on equity investments, joint ventures and strategic alliances, mergers and demergers, acquisitions of financially troubled companies and restructurings.

Our deal expertise is not limited to merely handling legal technical issues but extends also to managing the entire process through the various stages of the transaction, including the due diligence exercise, tax planning and structuring issues, contract negotiations and post completion integration. M&A transactions require considerable and well coordinated teamwork. Through CMS, we can provide extensive coverage of key markets and jurisdictions around the world. This allows us to field experts skilled in the various disciplines necessary to execute complex and challenging M&A transactions at home as well as in nearly every significant market worldwide.

Our integrated approach enables us to combine deal and corporate expertise with complementary areas of expertise such as domestic and international tax planning, structured finance, regulatory, executive compensation and employee co-determination rights, antitrust and competition and intellectual property.

CMS advises large domestic and international corporations as well as smaller businesses with distinctive growth scenarios. Furthermore we assist investment banks acting as financial advisers to purchasers, targets receivers and administrators of financially troubled companies and management teams.

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24 March 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
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24 March 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
11 March 2021
CMS ad­vises World Brain on the sale of At­lantis Press
CMS has ad­vised World Brain on its sale of At­lantis Press to Spring­er Nature.At­lantis Press is a glob­al open ac­cess pub­lish­er of sci­entif­ic, tech­nic­al and med­ic­al (STM) con­tent which was foun­ded in 2006...
Sun­web not forced to ac­quire Coren­don
On 7 Decem­ber 2020, the Am­s­ter­dam Dis­trict Court ruled in sum­mary pro­ceed­ings that travel agency Sun­screen, own­er of Sun­web, a large na­tion­al travel agency, is not ob­liged to pro­ceed with the ac­quis­i­tion...
9 June 2020
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on European M&A activ­ity
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group teamed up with in­vest­ment bank Cred­it Suisse to ana­lyse the fin­an­cial and leg­al im­plic­a­tions of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on M&A trans­ac­tions in West­ern Europe.
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on M&A trans­ac­tions
On 29 April 2020, the Neth­er­lands Com­mer­cial Court (NCC) ruled on a first case in the Neth­er­lands where ter­min­a­tion of an M&A trans­ac­tion was sought due to the cur­rent COV­ID-19 cir­cum­stances. We refer...
Can the COV­ID-19 crisis be con­sidered as an un­fore­seen cir­cum­stance in...
On 29 April 2020, the Neth­er­lands Com­mer­cial Court (NCC) ruled in sum­mary pro­ceed­ings on the first case whereby an M&A trans­ac­tion has been abor­ted due to the cur­rent COV­ID-19 cir­cum­stances. The mat­ter...
CMS European M&A Study 2020
Seller re­mains king in Europe while in­dustry be­ne­fits from ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence Europe con­tin­ues to be a seller’s mar­ket. All coun­tries across Europe now ap­ply “seller-friendly” risk al­loc­a­tion...
22 January 2020
CMS as­sists Mosa Meat B.V. in ac­ces­sion by in­vestors Nu­treco and Lower­car­bon...
CMS has as­sisted Mosa Meat B.V. in the ac­ces­sion by Nu­treco and Lower­car­bon Cap­it­al as fur­ther in­vestors, ac­quir­ing un­dis­closed stakes in the com­pany's share cap­it­al. Mosa Meat CEO Maarten Bosch com­men­ted:...
CMS ad­vised Arkance on the ac­quis­i­tion of Dutch-Bel­gian CAD de­veloper Greenock
CMS has as­sisted Arkance with the ac­quis­i­tion of Greenock, a Dutch-Bel­gian de­veloper and ser­vice pro­vider in re­spect of CAD soft­ware. Arkance is a soft­ware de­veloper inter alia for the con­struc­tion...
CMS ad­vises Arkance Sys­tems on the ac­quis­i­tion of CAD Ac­cent
CMS has ad­vised Arkance Sys­tems in con­nec­tion with its ac­quis­i­tion of CAD Ac­cent, a Dutch soft­ware de­veloper with a fo­cus on Auto­cad.Arkance Sys­tems is a soft­ware de­veloper for the con­struc­tion in­dustry...
Sep 2019
CMS European M&A Out­look 2019
Wel­come to the sev­enth edi­tion of the CMS European M&A Out­look, pub­lished in as­so­ci­ation with Mer­ger­mar­ket. We are pleased to provide you with this year’s edi­tion of the “European M&A Out­look”...
M&A pro­spects in Europe are be­com­ing more dif­fi­cult
Weak eco­nom­ic in­dic­at­ors, un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing Brexit and grow­ing pro­tec­tion­ism in glob­al trade have con­trib­uted to a shift in sen­ti­ment in the M&A com­munity and the be­gin­ning of a down­turn in deal­mak­ing...