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We advise on more deals than any other law firm in Europe. Do you wish to expand the growth potential of your organization? Do you consider a merger, an IPO or do you want to enter new markets? Or are you looking for financing by way of a private loan or the issuance of shares? At CMS we always offer the best approach and assistance. We don’t have a traditional way of looking at things and together with you we will lead you to success.

Whether you are planning a merger as part of your growth strategy, thinking about diversifying into new sectors or looking for new funding options such as non-bank lending or through equity investment, our experts offer you the right mix of legal and commercial advice. Having lawyers who think and act beyond their traditional role and seek to add value can help you secure the competitive edge you need in an ever-changing business environment. Our international team of more than 750 corporate lawyers in over 30 countries worldwide can assist you in all aspects of corporate law and M&A, both domestically and internationally.

Whatever your size, a large publicly listed company or a small privately owned business, we can deliver a tailored, commercial, cost effective solution for you, covering areas such as M&A, private equity, equity capital markets, outsourcing, group restructuring and privatisations. Our cross-border teams consist of experts from all practice areas and sectors such as banking, consumer products, energy, infrastructure, insurance, life sciences, real estate and construction, hotels and leisure, technology and media. This allows us to understand your specific issues for a transaction and provide you with advice within context, saving time and money and allows us to pinpoint your real commercial issues and risks in a transaction.

Our Corporate Litigation group has extensive knowledge in the field of litigation. We advise a broad range of clients on corporate and commercial conflicts and routinely act before state courts.

Work highlights:

  • Acted for a consortium led by Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings on the acquisition of Dutch waste management company AVR Afvalverwerking from Van Gansewinkel.
  • Assisted Riverland with the acquisition of the Hotel Pulitzer in Amsterdam from Blackstone.

Significant clients: FD Media, Atos, Accor.

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The team at CMS go above and beyond to provide well thought out and pragmatic advice. They understand well the sometimes tricky line between client and lawyer (their role being to advise but ultimately not to decide) and manage this effectively and professionally. They deal with queries efficiently and are courteous and easy to deal with. Finally, they felt like a safe pair of hands in which to entrust our legal issues.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

They have a clear industry focus. Consequently they truly understand our business. Compared to other firms they are unique in their hands on approach and industry expertise; they are truly a part of our team and get things done.

The Legal 500 EMEA, 2020

quick and aligned with our interests.

Chambers Europe, 2020

knowledgeable, pleasant and responsive.

Chambers Europe, 2020

Clients are also impressed by the firm's "flexibility, commercial orientation, negotiation skills and international presence".

Chambers Europe-wide, 2020

Broad corporate practice with wide-ranging transactional experience and significant sector expertise.

Chambers Global, 2020

Extremely well-resourced department with a huge array of offices across Europe.

Chambers Global, 2020

Thorough and reliable.

Chambers Global, 2020

"A firm with great sector expertise. They understand the dynamics, timings, financial and personal aspects of a deal. This made them crucial in getting the deal completed in time. Moreover, they produced so we reached the desired result."

IFLR1000, 2020

"Professional, reliable, sharp, quick, and has the ability to drive complex tasks forward."

IFLR1000, 2020

"Excellent corporate work. A highly responsive team. Knew the right answers and helped us successfully navigate Dutch law issues."

IFLR1000, 2020

"The team is responsive and deals with legal issues in a very practical manner."

Chambers Europe, 2019

"With CMS I immediately get a response and I get perfectly clear information."

Chambers Global, 2019

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    Company Law

    The Netherlands have a closed system of legal entities under private law. The law stipulates that associations, cooperatives, mutual insurance companies, public limited companies, private limited companies and foundations all have legal personality. Because of this legal personality, a legal entity is equivalent to a natural person as far as property law is concerned.

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    Corporate Governance

    Corporate Governance is a hot issue at present. Good governance is extremely important for every business and institution. It involves knowledge and expertise, the quality of management and entrepreneur, independence and transparency, under the supervision of an independent body. The accounting scandals in the United States but also in Europe have contributed to a rapid codification of this concept.

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    Corporate Litigation

    Corporate Litigation involves the whole area of company law and procedural law, and involves all potential disputes in and to do with the company. These can vary from matters of liability of directors or groups to disputes concerning takeovers.

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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.

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    Joint ventures & Strategic alliances

    CMS has substantial experience in advising companies and organizations on various joint ventures including all sorts of alliances, strategic joint ventures, project joint ventures and partnerships.

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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.

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    Private Equity

    Over the years, the importance of private equity has grown considerably. Solid legal knowledge and experience is essential on all aspects of private equity fund structuring, formation, fundraising, operation and investment activities.

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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. 560px340pxht­tps://me­dia.cmsleg­al.com/me­dia/em­bed?unique_key=bfd4ddebbe2c42442e25ca7daaa0c5d9&width=720&height=405&auto­play=false&auto­light­soff=false&loop=false&cleanal­wayseznode://556355This year’s Study re­flects data from 458 deals in 2018 on which CMS ad­vised. This is the largest num­ber of deals ever covered by the Study, now in its 11th year, which is re­flect­ive of CMS’s gain in mar­ket share and cor­res­pond­ing rise up the M&A league tables. In ana­lys­ing the 2018 mar­ket, we re­port on cur­rent mar­ket stand­ards on risk al­loc­a­tion in M&A deals, com­par­ing 2018 against 2017 and the pre­vi­ous eight-year av­er­age for 2010 – 2017.The spe­cial fea­tures of the Study are as fol­lows:CMS Trend In­dex – to il­lus­trate a cur­rent fact or trend for the par­tic­u­lar fea­ture re­por­ted on, com­par­ing the po­s­i­tion in 2018 with that of 2017 and / or the eight-year peri­od 2010 – 2017.CMS European / US risk al­loc­a­tion com­par­is­on – a head­line ana­lys­is of the dif­fer­ing risk al­loc­a­tion on stand­ard is­sues in European and US M&A.CMS European re­gion­al dif­fer­ences – we high­light cer­tain is­sues which are par­tic­u­lar to one or more of the six European re­gions covered.CMS deal size ana­lys­is – we ana­lysed our data against three dif­fer­ent deal val­ues: deals up to EUR 25m; EUR 25m to 100m and deals ex­ceed­ing EUR 100m.For the first time, the Study sought to eval­u­ate the main deal driver for each trans­ac­tion re­viewed. This is in ad­di­tion to ana­lys­is of the back­ground of the seller (mostly stra­tegic and fin­ance in­vestors but also a sub­stan­tial num­ber of in­di­vidu­als) and the buy­er (al­most ex­clus­ively stra­tegic and fin­ance in­vestors).The key find­ings of the Study in­clude:De­creased use of pur­chase price ad­just­ments (PPA) – around 44 per­cent of deals in­cluded a PPA com­pared with 48 per­cent in 2017. This rep­res­ents a not­able move­ment against the over­all trend in re­cent yearsSig­ni­fic­ant in­crease in the ap­plic­a­tion of locked box struc­tures – of the deals that did not in­volve a PPA, 59 per­cent used a locked box in 2018 which rep­res­ents a sig­ni­fic­ant in­crease over the 49 per­cent in 2017Earn-outs con­tin­ue to grow in pop­ular­ity – there was a two-per­cent­age point year on year in­crease in the use of earn-outs in 2018. A quarter of small and mid-cap deals now in­volve earn-outsA re­cord year for War­ranty & In­dem­nity (W&I) in­sur­ance –sellers are in­creas­ingly of­f­load­ing their war­ranty ex­pos­ure by pre-pack­aging a buy­er’s W&I policy. Nearly a third (30 per­cent) of deals val­ued over EUR 100m now in­volve this form of in­sur­anceWe trust that the CMS European M&A Study will as­sist you in your every­day M&A activ­it­ies.560px340pxht­tps://form.jot­form.com/90832787017968al­ways
    June 2020
    CMS Cor­por­ate / M&A Glob­al Bro­chure
    A glob­al lead­er in Cor­por­ate / M&AWe 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 best-in-class leg­al ex­pert­ise across 41 jur­is­dic­tions, we de­liv­er a seam­less cli­ent ex­per­i­ence and in­vari­ably re­ceive top rank­ings from in­dustry com­ment­at­ors in­clud­ing Bloomberg, Mer­ger­mar­ket and Thom­son Re­u­ters.
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