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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.

“They have the ability to develop solutions. Their integrity is very high.”

IFLR1000, 2019
CMS European M&A Study 2022
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group is pleased to launch the four­teenth edi­tion of the European M&A Study
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Chron­icle on Dutch M&A dis­putes
In 2021 there was a sig­ni­fic­ant in­crease of judg­ments in re­la­tion to dis­putes re­gard­ing Dutch M&A trans­ac­tions. In the chron­icle on Dutch M&A Dis­putes our cor­por­ate lit­ig­a­tion spe­cial­ists Bart-Ad­ri­aan...
Ar­bit­ra­tion in post M&A dis­putes: stra­tegic choice for ar­bit­rat­ors and...
Con­tri­bu­tion by Bart-Ad­ri­aan de Ruijter and Maur­its Rab­bie for the e-book 'Man­aging and Resolv­ing Com­mer­cial Dis­putes 2022' pub­lished by Fin­an­ci­er World­wide in as­so­ci­ation with the In­ter­na­tion­al Centre...
Con­sulta­tion EU-Dir­ect­ive cross-bor­der mer­gers, con­ver­sions and de­mer­gers
On 7 Feb­ru­ary 2022, a le­gis­lat­ive pro­pos­al was pub­lished to im­ple­ment the European Dir­ect­ive on cross-bor­der mer­gers, con­ver­sions and de­mer­gers. In prac­tice, CMS is fre­quently in­volved in many cross-bor­der...
CMS ad­vises FD Me­dia­groep on the sale of Springest
CMS has ad­vised FD Me­dia­groep in con­nec­tion with the sale of Springest, a com­par­is­on and book­ing site for train­ing, e-learn­ing and train­ers to Studytube, a fast grow­ing Dutch based on­line train­ing plat­form.The...
CMS ad­vised Ri­eter on the ac­quis­i­tion of three busi­nesses from Saur­er
CMS has ad­vised Ri­eter Hold­ing AG in con­nec­tion with its ac­quis­i­tion of 57% of the shares in the cap­it­al of Saur­er Neth­er­lands Ma­chinery Com­pany B.V. The trans­ac­tion value amounts to EUR 300 mil­lion...
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
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...
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...