Firm Profile > CMS > Zurich, Switzerland

CMS von Erlach Poncet Ltd.
Dreikönigstrasse 7
8022 Zurich

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

'Due to very good networking', CMS 'can provide know-how in a variety of matters', especially at a multi-jurisdictional level. Regulatory, compliance, financial benefits and pricing advice, as well as the negotiation of agreements and representation in court form the main areas of expertise. Team lead Patrick Sommer is representing the Swiss branch of German pharmaceuticals manufacturer Bayer in price recommendation proceedings concerning prescription-based erectile dysfunction medication, while Alain Raemy assisted Synlab International with the drafting and roll-out of a Swiss compliance programme. 'Competent and quick' associate Marion Wyler is also recommended. Felix Kesselring joined from VISCHER in October 2017.

Insurance Tier 1

'Competent and commercial' firm CMS houses 'a dedicated insurance group', which is 'very knowledgeable for insurance claims and contracts under Swiss law'. Focus areas include all aspects of the life cycle of insurance products, policies and broker agreements, as well as the representation of insurance and reinsurance companies in a broad range of proceedings before courts, arbitration tribunals and supervisory-law authorities. Clemens von Zedtwitz joined gbf Attorneys-at-law Ltd in September 2019.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The real estate team at CMS Von Erlach Poncet AG focuses heavily on transactions, disputes and the development of shopping malls, hotels, retail buildings, offices and residential property. Sibylle Schnyder assisted Swiss Prime Site Immobilien with the share-deal purchase of a mixed-use building in Winterthur, while Stefan Gerster advised Credit Suisse Investment Foundation on the development of Zurich-based Project Pergamin II, including handling the acquisition of land and the construction of the residential complex.

Competition Tier 2

With an 'excellent reputation for investigations and strength in merger control', CMS' 'stable competition law practice' provides 'an exceptionally high level of quality and responsiveness'. The team also handles first-instance administrative and appeal proceedings, as well as horizontal cooperation projects and antitrust compliance programmes. According to one client, another 'major asset is the international CMS network, which provides one solution out of one hand'. Team lead Patrick Sommer represents Bayer Switzerland in longstanding proceedings concerning price recommendations for erectile dysfunction medication traded over the counter, while 'pragmatic strategistMarquard Christen, who 'has unique expertise in competition law combined with public procurement', reached a settlement for client Rimowa during a ComCo investigation regarding an alleged restriction on product exports from Germany to Switzerland. Geneva-based Pascal Favre advised Michelin on the competition aspects of its joint venture with A.T.U. Auto-Teile-Unger. Counsel Fabian Martens was a new arrival in 2019 from Borer Attorneys at Law.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

CMS's 'skilled and motivated lawyers' are renowned for their 'intelligent, client-oriented services, clear strategic focus and constructive negotiation'. Apart from a general focus on commercial disputes, the practice further handles banking, corporate, construction, sports, insurance, as well as trust and estate litigation. Geneva partner Christian Lüscher represented art shipper and dealer Yves Bouvier as respondent in a $1bn fraud claim by Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev. 'Highly capable and structured' Zurich managing partner Jodok Wicki was instructed by AIG Europe to act as defence counsel in a D&O policy coverage dispute against the SEC Securities and Exchange Commission, while Philipp J Dickenmann assisted a Norwegian company with an award enforcement in Switzerland against its debtor, the owner of an offshore company. Philippe GrumbachOlivier Carrard and Damiano Brusa are other key names. Niklaus Zaugg made partner in January 2018. Counsel Aline Wey Speirs and Aileen Truttmann are also recommended.

Employment Tier 2

Contractual planning and dispute resolution are CMS' main areas of expertise in international employment law. 'Very knowledgeable, responsive and hands-on' key partner Christian Gersbach regularly advises clients including Nike, Accenture and Corning. He assisted ABB with the employment aspects of its acquisition of Keymile.

Sports law Tier 2

CMS is renowned for its expertise in dispute resolution, M&A and commercial matters. Pierre Ducret assisted Ineos Football with its acquisition of FC Lausanne-Sport. Olivier Carrard and Philipp J Dickenmann handle CAS arbitration and commercial sports litigation.

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3

Multi-jurisdictional financing, regulatory matters and collective investment scheme advice constitute the three major focus areas at CMSKaspar LandoltAndré E Lebrecht and counsel Dominique Gemperli are the key practitioners.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

'Well-integrated law firmCMS has 'a one-stop-shop attitude and uses straight-forward communication' while maintaining 'excellent legal quality and response times'. The team is best known for advising on cross-border transactions, frequently at mid-market level and in relation to private equity funds, while also focusing on directors' liability issues, W&I insurance matters and legal assistance to start-ups. 'Deeply knowledgeableStefan Brunnschweiler advised CCC Group on the €10m acquisition of a 70 per cent stake in fashion company Karl Vögele, while Pascal Favre advised France-based Michelin on the purchase of a minority interest in A.T.U. Auto-Teile-Unger.

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

International firm CMS has a strong reputation for competition law, dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, as well as insurance sector, employment law and real estate matters. Prominent practitioners include Stefan GersterStefan BrunnschweilerDavid Hürlimann, Marquard Christen, Christian Gersbach, Jodok Wicki and Philipp Dickenmann.

Private client Tier 3

The internationally active private client practice at CMS  focuses on assisting high-net-worth families and individuals with inheritance law, estate planning and litigation, with particular experience in matrimonial property matters, succession planning, philanthropy and disputes concerning trusts and estates. Team lead Tobias Somary and senior associate Louise Lutz Sciamanna are the key practitioners, supported by inheritance specialist Max Albers and tax partner David Hürlimann.

Tax Tier 4

CMS impresses with its 'intimate knowledge of Swiss law and compliance prerequisites, as well as its goal-oriented advice'. Key areas of expertise include corporate taxation, such as reorganisation and tax planning, as well as wealth structuring and estate planning for high-net-worth individuals. David Hürlimann in Zurich and Andrio Orler lead the practice. Sarah Busca Bonvin joined the team from the Geneva Tax Administration in 2018.


The firm

Founded in 1999, with 74 offices in 42 countries, CMS is ranked third-most global firm in the AmLaw 2016 Global Top 100. More than 4,500 legal professionals across the world work in sector-based teams and are trained in project management. CMS offers specialist, business-focused advice in law and tax matters to clients operating in complex business and constantly changing regulatory environments. CMS lawyers focus on their clients and on providing the best possible service.

From major multinationals and mid-caps to enterprising start-ups, CMS provides the technical rigour, strategic excellence and a long-term partnership to keep each client ahead, regardless of its chosen markets.

Areas of practice

CMS von Erlach Poncet is a leading Swiss law firm, with a proven track record and reputation for excellent client service stretching back more than 80 years. The firm has a strong international focus and its expertise covers all areas of commercial law, making CMS Switzerland a solid player for international business law on the legal market. As a member of CMS, one of the world’s ten biggest law firms, CMS Switzerland combines local roots and business connections with a global outlook and reach to serve its clients’ needs across Europe and beyond.

CMS von Erlach Poncet is the result of the 2014 merger of CMS von Erlach Henrici in Zurich and ZPG Avocats in Geneva, which brought together two prominent Swiss law firms. Working from Switzerland’s major financial and commercial centres, the firm’s experienced teams provide top-tier specialist legal expertise and business-focused advice in domestic and cross-border law and tax matters.


Department Name Email Telephone
Labour and pensions Christian Gersbach
Banking and finance Dr Kaspar Landolt
Banking and finance Dominique Gemperli
Commercial Reto Hunsperger
Energy Alain Raemy
Funds Dr Andre E Lebrecht
Corporate/M&A Stefan Brunnschweiler
Corporate/M&A Dr Pascal G Favre
Industrial property Dr Robert G Briner
Hotels and leisure Dr Sibylle Schnyder
Real estate and construction Dr Stefan Gerster
Real estate and construction Olivier Carrard
Infrastructure and projects Dr Kaspar Landolt
Antitrust and EU Dr Patrick Sommer
Antitrust and EU Dr Pascal G Favre
Consumer goods Stefan Brunnschweiler
Consumer goods Dr Felix Kesselring
Life sciences Dr Felix Kesselring
Life sciences Dr Patrick Sommer
Private equity Dr Stephan Werlen
Private equity Alain Raemy
Private clients Tobias Somary
Private clients Philippe A Grumbach
Litigation and arbitration Philipp Dickenmann
Litigation and arbitration Christian Lüscher
Tax David Hürlimann
Tax Andrio Orler
TMC – technology, media and communications Dr Robert G Briner
Public procurement Marquard Christen
Insurance Dr Jodok Wicki
Insurance Dr Clemens von Zedtwitz
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Stefan Brunnschweiler  photo Mr Stefan Brunnschweiler
 Mark Cagienard  photo Mark Cagienard
 Marquard Christen  photo Marquard Christen
Mr Philipp J Dickenmann  photo Mr Philipp J Dickenmann
Dr iur Stefan Gerster  photo Dr iur Stefan Gerster
Mr Jürg Guggisberg  photo Mr Jürg Guggisberg
Mr David Hürlimann  photo Mr David Hürlimann
 Reto Hunsperger  photo Reto Hunsperger
Dr Daniel Jenny  photo Dr Daniel Jenny
Mr Bernhard Lötscher  photo Mr Bernhard Lötscher
Dr iur Sibylle Schnyder  photo Dr iur Sibylle Schnyder
Mr Tobias Somary  photo Mr Tobias Somary
Dr iur Stephan Werlen  photo Dr iur Stephan Werlen
Dr iur Jodok Wicki  photo Dr iur Jodok Wicki
Mr Hans Wille  photo Mr Hans Wille
Dr iur Niklaus Zaugg  photo Dr iur Niklaus Zaugg
Dr iur Beat von Rechenberg  photo Dr iur Beat von Rechenberg
Number of lawyers : 96
at this office : 65
worldwide : >4,500
World Law Group
Contacts : Jodok Wicki, managing partner
Contacts : Olivier Carrard, partner, head Geneva office
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