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CMS EU Law Office

EU regulatory: Privacy and data protection Tier 1

Multinational data protection compliance matters are a core area of strength for CMS' team. The client roster includes international names in the food, technology, healthcare, energy and financial services sectors. Practice head Tom De Cordier is 'knowledgeable' and 'always fast to respond'.

Practice head(s):

Tom De Cordier


The privacy and data protection team is strong on the legal points, very responsive and available and reacts quickly with pragmatic solutions‘.

Key clients



Environment Tier 2

CMS combines core environmental law expertise with knowledge about related areas, such as energy and town planning. The team, which is jointly led by Ivan-Serge Brouhns and counsel Gregory Verhelst, delivers a full spread of services for local/regional governments and private companies across Belgium, including legislative work, project management, day-to-day legal advice and litigation. Verhelst is representing the Belgian Federation of Old Vehicles in proceedings before the civil court and the Belgian Council of State over the implementation of Low Emission Zone schemes in Ghent and Antwerp. Elsewhere, the firm is particularly active in matters with a nexus to the wind energy sector; Verhelst is currently acting for wind farm developer Aspiravi on the development of several onshore wind farms in Flanders, which has involved assisting the client with obtaining the necessary permits for the projects and representing it in various court proceedings over the construction and exploitation of wind farms. The team also distinguishes itself acting for clients on real estate development projects and providing advice on soil sanitation issues.

Practice head(s):

Ivan-Serge Brouhns; Gregory Verhelst


I worked with Ivan-Serge Brouhns. He is available and practical

Gregory Verhelst combines an in-depth legal knowledge with excellent written and oral skills. His clear and direct communication, and solid case management, make him stand out from competitors, and enable him to earn his clients’ trust

Key clients

City of Brussels

Elia Group

EDF Luminus




Walloon Region


Belgian Federation of Old Vehicles

Brussels Government

Verelst Projectontwikkeling


Belgian Land


Industry focus: IT and telecoms Tier 2

CMS' IT and telecoms practice attracts praise for its 'high-quality, cost effective and timely manner'. The group is instructed by high-profile companies including Facebook, Proximus and new client Spotify, and handles contentious and non-contentious technology, data protection, regulatory and telecoms issues. Competition and telecoms expert Dirk Van Liedekerke leads the team alongside Tom De Cordier, who focuses on commercial technology and data privacy mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tom De Cordier; Dirk Van Liedekerke 


The CMS team has supported our company for many years and has significant experience in telecoms and provides consistently high quality, timely, cost effective, and ethical yet practical advice.’

They are essential to our regulatory operations in Belgium.

Tom DeCordier is the lynchpin to the regulatory team that advises our company and provides exceptional advice in a practical and savvy yet highly ethical manner.

The team that Tom DeCordier oversees is consistently responsive on a wide variety of regulatory matters, and does so in a very high quality, cost effective, and timely manner.

Key clients





DNS Belgium





Industry focus: media and entertainment Tier 2

The media and entertainment practice at CMS handles local and cross-border transactions and disputes, and benefits from its ability to leverage the firm's international network. The team is jointly led by Tom Heremans, who handles IP and commercial litigation, and Dirk Van Liedekerke, who focuses on electronic communications and EU and Belgian competition law. Tom De Cordier is a name to note for data privacy advice.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Van Liedekerke; Tom Heremans

Key clients



Lagardère Belgium (AMP)

M7 group





Insurance Tier 2

CMS has a deep bench of insurance sector experts across a wide range of disciplines, which is complemented by the firm's international reach, enabling it to provide a full range of cross-border services to insurers, reinsurers and brokers. A team led by Tom De Cordier provides a first response service to AIG and its insured parties in more than 50 countries in relation to the clients 'Cyberedge' data breach insurance product. Also notable is that Virginie FrématBenoît Vandervelde and associate Julie De Pauw assisted Price Forbes UK with setting up a Belgian subsidiary company in order for it to carry out insurance mediation activities in the EEA post-Brexit. On the contentious side, Frémat and associate Xenia Vandenabeele are representing AIG (as the insurer of the Vandemoortele group) in a recourse claim. Frémat and Vandervelde were promoted to partner and associate partner respectively in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Virginie Frémat


Special mention for Virginie Frémat and associate Pieter Dieltjens for their thorough file knowledge. We were very satisfied with their input, availability, working against deadlines and good communication

Virginie Frémat and Benoît Vandervelde provide quick and competent advice, have a pragmatic approach and offer fair pricing

Key clients







Tokio Marine




Swiss Re




Intellectual property Tier 2

Tom Heremans and Renaud Dupont are the key individuals at CMS, which is perhaps best known for its capabilities in domestic and cross-border patent, copyright and trade mark work. Clients from the chemicals, media, technology and consumer goods sectors are prominent in instructions.

Practice head(s):

Tom Heremans; Renaud Dupont

Key clients



DNS Belgium

Hotel Julien

Aviation Tier 3

State aid and competition law matters form the backbone of CMS' practice. The 'open-minded and customer oriented' team is very well known for acting for an established client base of airports and airlines. Department head Annabelle Lepièce is 'a true professional'.

Practice head(s):

Annabelle Lepièce


The team is open-minded and customer oriented‘.

The team goes above and beyond to assist the client‘.

Annabelle Lepièce is a true professional‘.

Annabelle Lepièce’s knowledge of the aeronautical and airport industry is very precise and useful‘.

Annabelle Lepièce is very creative, a problem solver, and prompt to answer‘.

Key clients

Cluj Napoca Airport

Montpellier Airport



Tahiti Airport

Aéroport de Catalunya

Marseille Airport


Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

CMS has a varied banking and finance practice, which sees it assist lenders and borrowers with structured finance transactions, real estate finance, leveraged finance, factoring and securitisations, commodities and asset finance, and derivatives. The firm's strong transactional capabilities are complemented by its regulatory expertise. It is particularly strong in advising the financial arms of automotive companies on leasing, insurance and credit distribution. Other drivers of regulatory work include the implementation of MiFID II and Brexit planning. Debt capital markets transactions and private placements are also key workstreams for the team, which is jointly led by Bruno Duquesne, recently promoted associate partner Benoît Vandervelde and Arnaud Van Oekel. In 2018, Vandervelde acted for Banc Sabadell as a lender on a syndicated €1.5bn facilities agreement arranged by ING Belgium and KBC to Belgian company Ravago.

Practice head(s):

Benoît Vandervelde; Arnaud Van Oekel; Bruno Duquesne


I am always happy to work with CMS. They are real professionals with exceptionally efficient approach to time and costs. They are able to deal with the most complex transactions. They are proactive and react promptly to changes in the structure and background of any transaction they work on

Arnaud is deal- and client-oriented, and always finds the most efficient way to resolve any issue. He is great at co-ordinating the work of associates from multiple offices of the firm. He also has deep knowledge of the market and examines the context of every transaction and the specifics of each client’s business very carefully

CMS is very deal-oriented and work time and cost-efficiently on the most complex transactions. Its team has deep experience of all kinds of financial transactions and are flexible in negotiations

Arnaud Van Oekel is an exceptionally qualified lawyer. He is a real professional in finance transactions and able to address the most non-standard questions

The firm provides quick and in-depth advice. Benoît Vandervelde is very pragmatic and knowledgeable – a pleasure to work with

Key clients



Prime Capital – Robus

UBS Asset Management

Deutsche Bank

ING Belgium


Société Générale

Natixis Bank


Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Banking

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate and M&A team at CMS attracts praise for its 'understanding of the needs of the client' and applies a 'pragmatic approach'; the group also leverages its European network, which is 'very useful' in cross-border transactions. It has been particularly active in the start-up and scale-up space and recently assisted Magic Leap, the US-based world leader in spatial computing systems, with the acquisition of Belgian start-up Mimesys. The practice is led by Vincent Dirckx, who handles a broad range of cross-border and domestic transactions, and includes Arnaud Van Oekel in Brussels and recently promoted partner Virginie Frémat in Antwerp, who has particular insurance sector expertise.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Dirckx


Very pragmatic approach. Very correct and sympathetic people to work with.

Ability to work on cases of different of sizes by adapting rates without hampering the quality of the work. They succeeded in adapting the size and seniority of the teams by empowering more junior lawyers while keeping strong guidance from seniors.

Virginie Frémat and associate Xenia Vandenabeele both have a lot of knowledge, are open people and very trustworthy. They continue to be involved to see ‘how it goes’ after closing a matter.

Virginie Frémat has a broad knowledge of several legal domains (technical M&A skills, litigation, insurance, real estate) and she always thinks out of the box in complex situations.

‘As a young lawyer, it is clear that associate Xenia Vandenabeele can be described as a high potential. She really delivered added value in the deals we worked on together.’

Key clients


Société Générale

Transport Ferroviaire Holding



Magic Leap

Innovation Fund





Johnson & Johnson


OraSure Technologies

Nordic Info

Competition: Belgian law Tier 3

CMS' domestic Belgian competition law practice complements its broader European competition law offering, making it a strong choice for advice on areas such as state aid and merger control. It is also highly active in Belgian investigations into abuses of dominance and cartels, as well as follow-on damages actions. Dirk Van Liedekerke is highly reputed for his work in the technology, media and communications arena. He was one of the key team members acting for Norkring in several sets of court proceedings against VRT and Broadcast Partners over access to its broadcast infrastructure for the transmission of VRT’s FM radio signals. He is also advising Proximus as a third party complainant on Telenet's proposed acquisition of sole control of De Vijver Media. Elsewhere, the practice stands out for its strengths in the air transport and railway sectors, with Annabelle Lepièce being the key contact in these areas. Its workload also spans various other industries.

Practice head(s):

Annabelle Lepièce; Dirk Van Liedekerke


The team is a business-enabler and capable of intervening in a very short time. Advice provided by the team is valuable and straight to the point

Key clients




Thalys International



Belgian State




Dispute resolution Tier 3

At CMS, the team is acting for Facebook in ongoing proceedings brought by the Belgian Data Protection Authority regarding alleged infringements of privacy protection rules concerning the use of cookies and pixels; the case is currently before the Court of Justice of the European Union. Competition litigation has also been prominent in the group's recent caseload. IP expert Renaud Dupont heads up the department.

Practice head(s):

Renaud Dupont

Key clients







Lagardere Group



Employment Tier 3

The 'pragmatic' team at CMS has been kept busy with pensions work, restructuring matters, employee status issues, employee transfers and transactional mandates, among other areas. Gaël Chuffart, Sophie Berg and pensions expert Elke Duden are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Gaël Chuffart; Sophie Berg; Elke Duden


Sophie Berg is very good – understands our business and is willing to go the extra mile to support us‘.

Key clients




Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

CMS' life sciences and healthcare team counts pharmaceuticals, medical device and biotech companies, hospitals, healthcare providers and public authorities on its broad client list.  The practice is particularly strong for public procurement work, a key area of expertise for Virginie Dor. Dor jointly leads the practice with technology expert Tom De Cordier, who frequently advises on data privacy mandates; and senior associate Bruno Fonteyn, who specialises in regulatory matters relating to hospitals, medical equipment, medical experiments and clinical trails.

Practice head(s):

Virginie Dor; Tom De Cordier; Bruno Fonteyn

Key clients

European Commission


Aspen Pharma

Clinique Universitaire Saint Luc

Région de Bruxelles Capitale




Hospital of Charleroi


Insolvency and restructuring Tier 3

CMS has experience assisting companies, directors and financial institutions facing difficulties, as well as companies involved in the insolvencies of business partners. The practice benefits from the ability to field a multidisciplinary team from its full-service offering. Jean-François Goffin leads the team and has particular expertise in director liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Jean-François Goffin


Pro-active approach and very responsive which is important in critical, difficult times; able to develop various options and scenarios with their respective pros and cons.

Banking and finance associate partner Benoit Vandervelde has a very pragmatic approach to achieve realistic outcomes.

Key clients



La Grande Récré (Ludendo Group)

Dalkia Biogaz

El Ganso

Elof Hansson

Real estate and construction Tier 3

The 'very experienced' Bruno Duquesne leads CMS' 'ultra-responsive' and 'pragmatic' team, which counts transactional real estate matters, property finance and development projects as core areas of expertise. The 'very available' Pierre-Axel Chabot is noted for his extensive experience in handling instructions from retail sector entities.

Practice head(s):

Bruno Duquesne

Other key lawyers:


Bruno Duquesne in Brussels offers a commercial attitude paired with professional experience‘.

Pierre-Axel Chabot truly knows and understands real estate from an investor perspective. He is a very tough negotiator‘.

Key clients


NH Hotels

The European Commission



Tax Tier 4

CMS, whose practice is jointly led by Olivier Querinjean and Didier Grégoire, is strong across all areas of direct and indirect taxation. The firm's ability to coordinate resources across disciplines and across the global network ensures that it consistently attracts high-end, strategically significant work. The group has proven expertise assisting clients with matters such as transfer pricing, reporting obligations and international tax structuring. It also provides day-to-day advice on VAT, tax incentives and local taxes, among other areas. Recent highlights included Grégoire assisting Dassault Aviation group with the tax aspects of the reorganisation of its intra-group financing company and real estate assets in Belgium. Tax litigation is another strong suit of the team, as was evidenced when Grégoire and others successfully represented Groupe Partouche in court proceedings over Caskno's international transfer of seat from Belgium to France.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Querinjean; Didier Grégoire

Key clients


Ministry of Defence


Unibail Rodamco


ING Lease





CMS is a leading and long-standing law firm in The Netherlands with 160 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers working from three offices. The firm combines expert knowledge and experience with innovation and creativity to ensure our clients achieve and secure their business goals. Its specialists form a full-service practice for national and international businesses such as Fortune 500 companies, FT European 500 companies and organisations from the DAX 30. With the same drive, it helps clients turn their start-ups into game changers.

Department Name Email Telephone
Administrative law Luurt Wildeboer +31 20 3016 382
Banking & Finance Eduard Scheenstra +31 20 3016 447
Commercial Aukje Haan +31 30 2121 747
Competition & EU Edmon Oude Elferink +32 26 5004 54
Consumer products Mark Ziekman +31 20 3016 413
Corporate/M&A Roman Tarlavski +31 20 3016 312
Dispute resolution Leonard Böhmer +31 30 2121 710
Employment and pensions Katja van Kranenburg - Hanspians +31 20 3016 402
Energy Cecilia van der Weijden +31 20 3016 411
Funds Reinout Slot +31 20 3016 319
Hotels & Leisure Roman Tarlavski +31 20 3016 312
Infrastructure & Projects Hein van der Meer +31 20 3016 227
Insolvency & Restructuring Jan Willem Bouman +31 30 2121 285
Insurance Leonard Böhmer +31 30 2121 710
Intellectual property Willem Hoorneman +31 20 3016 237
Life Sciences & Healthcare Ellen Gielen +31 30 2121 517
Mobility Petra Heemskerk +31 20 3016 295
Public Procurement Petra Heemskerk +31 20 3016 295
Real Estate & Construction Hein van der Meer +31 20 3016 227
Tax Herman Boersen +31 20 3016 451
TMC - Technology, Media & Communications Katja van Kranenburg - Hanspians +31 20 3016 402
Number of lawyers : 4,500+
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Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Utrecht
Other offices : Amsterdam
CMS the Netherlands : 160 lawyers, civil-law notaries and tax advisers
CMS locations : CMS has offices in 73 locations around the world
Managing Partner : Willem Hoorneman