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Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

Law Firm in the Netherlands specialised in Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)

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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
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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...
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...