Mr Benoît Vandervelde > CMS > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile





Benoît specializes in banking and finance law as well as in regulatory insurance law. He mainly advises lenders and borrowers on financial transactions, including acquisition finance, syndicated loans, real estate finance, debt restructuring, etc.
Benoît also advises financial institutions (banks, investment funds, investment firms, insurance undertakings, pension funds, payment institutions) and public authorities, both in the performance of their day-to-day activities (securitization, capital market transactions, investment products, liability of financial institutions) and in their relationships with the regulatory authorities (licensing, prudential requirements, merger and acquisition).

He is regularly consulted by regulated entities on regulatory compliance matters. Benoît also developed an in-depth knowledge in advising insurance undertakings with their operations in Belgium in the context of Brexit.

He was seconded to the banking and finance team of CMS London.


English, French, Dutch


2004 – University of Louvain-La-Neuve, UCL (Law Degree)
2004 – Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)

Lawyer Rankings

Belgium > Banking, finance and capital markets

CMS has a strong record in debt capital markets and financing matters, advising domestic and international banks on an array of transactions including commodities, real estate, corporate, and acquisition finance, as well as advising on loan restructuring and banking regulatory work. The team primarily advises international banks as lenders and a combination of corporates and investment funds as borrowers, and regularly handles cross-border mandates in collaboration with its wider network. The practice is led by Benoît Vandervelde, who primarily advises on financing transactions and loan restructuring, Bruno Duquesne, a real estate finance specialist, and corporate finance-focused Arnaud Van Oekel.

Belgium > Insurance

CMS advises insurers and brokers on claims defence and insurance coverage matters, as well as high-value market loss and catastrophe claims. The practice has expertise across W&I and D&O policies, insurance litigation, regulatory issues, and data protection for insurance sector clients, and has an active cross-border reach throughout Europe as well as domestic capabilities. An extensive senior team combines financial services regulatory and litigation expertise, and is led by Virginie Frémat, Carl Leermakers, Benoît Vandervelde, and Tom De Cordier, with senior associate Julie De Pauw a key contributor across policy reviews, liability, and claims.

Belgium > Fintech

With a client base of international financial services providers and companies, CMS advises on projects and regulatory issues relating to cryptocurrency, payment services and e-money, asset management, and insurtech, with broad expertise across regulatory issues and cross-border work. The firm also leverages its international TMT offering to provide broad advice on IT and data issues to fintech and new technology clients. Banking, finance, and insurance regulatory specialist Benoît Vandervelde heads up the practice alongside Tom De Cordier, who focuses on IT and data privacy issues, and Dirk Van Liedekerke, an experienced adviser on electronic communications and competition law.