Mr Carl Leermakers > CMS > Brussels, Belgium > Lawyer Profile





Carl Leermakers specializes in mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactional work. With more than twenty years of experience in these areas within CMS Belgium, his expertise ranges from advising on international corporate structures, over assisting clients in negotiating acquisitions, public offerings and take-over bids, to setting up leveraged buy-outs and exit strategies, tailoring W&I insurances and assessing and negotiating compliance with regulatory requirements. He also conducts litigation related to acquisitions, mostly claims on representations and warranties, including W&I insurance claims.


English, Dutch, French


1989 – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, KUL (Law Degree)
1990 – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, KUL (Postgraduate degree in Notarial Law)
1990 – Bar admission (Brussels, Belgium)

Lawyer Rankings

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 > Commercial, corporate and M&A

CMS is active in M&A and corporate finance transactions, with strength across a variety of sectors, most notably life sciences, telecoms, and digital. The firm’s cross-border capabilities are notable, with the Brussels-based team working with the firm’s international offering on multijurisdictional transactions across Europe and globally. Practice head Vincent Dirckx primarily handles corporate finance, advising investment funds and venture capital investors alongside listed and non-listed issuers. Carl Leermakers and Arnaud Van Oekel are active dealmakers, advising domestic and international companies on M&A, with Leermakers also handling corporate governance issues. David Prync was promoted to partner in mid-2021, and advises on cross-border M&A and private equity deals.