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CMS
CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd
Dreikönigstrasse 7
8022 Zurich
Switzerland

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The team at CMS is jointly led by Patrick Sommer and senior associate Marion Wyler, who have backgrounds in competition and corporate law. The life sciences and healthcare group often works in collaboration with the firm's international network, which enhances its ability to handle cross-border matters. The team's offering also includes the handling of administrative and court proceedings, advising on financial benefits, as well as compliance mandates. Alain Raemy is experienced in competition and general contract law.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Sommer; Marion Wyler

Other key lawyers:

Alain Remy

Key clients

Bayer (Switzerland) AG

Synlab Suisse SA (and its subsidiaries)

Kieser Training AG

Mobile Health AG

Bruker Switzerland AG

Syncona Ltd.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The team at CMS is noted for being 'pragmatic and solution oriented'; it is predominantly instructed by institutional investors to handle the acquisition, financing and sale of properties, including in cross-border matters, where the firm benefits from its extensive international office network. It often advises on developments in the shopping mall, office and residential areas and has particular expertise in hotel and leisure property transactions. Those are also the specialities of Stefan Gerster. He and the Geneva-based Olivier Carrard jointly lead the practice. Sibylle Schnyder brings particular expertise in landlord and tenancy law.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Gerster; Olivier Carrard

Other key lawyers:

Sibylle Schnyder; Thomas Zweifel

Testimonials

‘Broad knowledge in the real estate sector, pragmatic and solution-oriented, good availability, pleasant and trusting cooperation.’

‘Very professional and pragmatic team.’

‘Longstanding cooperation with the good, stable and experienced real estate team.’

‘Stefan Gerster: Deal oriented; Sybille Schnyder: Excellent Understanding of RE Business; Stefan Gersbach: very professional.’

Key clients

Swiss Prime Investment Foundation

Swiss Prime Site Immobilien Ltd.

Credit Suisse Asset Management (Schweiz) Ltd.

Global IT Company

Allianz Suisse Real Estate Inc

ACRON AG

Competition Tier 2

CMS is said to have the 'best of both worlds: an international network and international standing, while it is also deeply rooted in the local competition law practice'.  The team is particularly experienced in administrative and civil competition proceedings before the relevant authorities as well as in antitrust compliance programmes, audits and investigations. The client portfolio includes large Swiss and foreign institutions. Marquard Christen, noted for his 'profound knowledge of antitrust law', and Patrick Sommer, who can also advise on corporate law, are the key contacts in Zurich. In Geneva, Pascal Favre is the practice head; he combines competition know-how with expertise in corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Sommer; Pascal Favre; Marquard Christen

Other key lawyers:

Fabian Martens

Testimonials

‘The practice is very responsive, practical and gives an excellent client service. Its work is clearly and concisely laid out and easy for a layman to understand.’

‘The individuals are very responsive, focussed, knowledgeable and work with a network that have similar characteristics – even when it concerns many different countries the cooperation is seamless. I can count on their reliability and feel that the partners and associates are seasoned professionals but also with a friendly attitude.’

‘Marquard Christen is a well-placed, younger partner heavily engaged in complex antitrust matters.’

‘Counsel Fabian Martens has good experience on how to handle large antitrust matters; he also has in-house experience making him an ideal contact person for in-house legal teams.’

‘Fabian Martens is a very smart and dedicated person.’

‘Quick reaction, business-oriented advice, international expertise, good relationship to public authorities.’

‘Patrick Sommer: large expertise and sound experience, smart and quick, business-oriented advice.’

‘The team is well known for their competition law work in Switzerland. They have an excellent team of also younger partners/counsel that stand out for their hands-on advice even in complex matters.’

‘Marquard Christen is the lawyer to go to at CMS. He is an excellent lawyer that clearly stands out. He has an in-depth grasp of the law and case law. Marquard Christen stands out for his ability to quickly identify the problem and provide hands-on advice even in complex matters. He is particularly known also for his work on public procurement matters.’

‘The cooperation with the Competition/Antitrust team of CMS under the lead of Marquard Christen has always been of an exceptionally high level of quality. In addition to that the team is extremely responsive and business minded.’

‘Apart from his profound knowledge of antitrust law, Marquard Christen’s strength is his capability to quickly understand even the most complex sets of facts, identify the legal problems at hand and come up with a solution which takes into account not only the legal issue but also the business interest of the company. He has the ability to understand the functioning and needs of his client’s business and strives to provide practical solutions to problems.’

‘The lawyers managed to familiarize itself with the dynamics of a market which was completely new to them and where there was no prior case law in Switzerland. At the same time, they can rely on experience from CMS colleagues abroad in a jurisdiction where a similar set of facts had already been looked at by the corresponding competition authorities. It is my impression that such an international reach of a law firm is unique for Switzerland. And at the same time I felt that the service provided to us was not only tailored to big companies but also to a smaller entity.’

‘Marqurad Christen is not only a great expert in competition law, but also proved to be very good at handling a difficult situation within an organisation and dealing with people with very different backgrounds. He is a very down to earth person and has great communication skills, also when it comes to dealing with the authority.’

‘Apart from their high level of expertise in competition/antitrust law, one of the members’ strengths is their ability to understand, process and put on paper an extremely complex set of facts. What also makes the firm stand out from others, is the high partner attendance/involvement you get when you work with CMS.’

‘It has a very business minded approach and strives to come up with a solution rather than just outlining problems from a legal perspective.

‘Marquard Christen is one of the best experts in Swiss competition/antitrust law that I have worked with. Apart from that, I was impressed by his and his team’s ability to present an extremely complex legal analysis in a format which was understandable. In addition to that, Marquard is very responsive and a great person to work with. And he is very flexible when it comes to adapting to a new situation.’

‘Very experienced team that is providing real and straight to the point support and valuable advice.’

‘CMS Switzerland has a particularly strong team, which covers especially well the intersection between competition law and public procurement law and competition law and M&A. CMS has the best of both worlds: an international network and international standing, while it is also deeply rooted in the local competition law practice.’

‘Marquard Christen is an extremely strong individual in the Swiss competition law community. He leads several high profile cases in public and private competition law. Marquard is specially known for his expertise regarding the relationship between public procurement law and competition law.’

‘Whenever we have an issue which not only affects Switzerland but also other jurisdictions in the EU or anywhere else in the world, the lawyers at CMS Switzerland have their personal contacts to CMS colleagues in other jurisdictions around the globe. Even in these international contexts we always had and have the feeling to get one solution out of one hand, mostly coordinated through CMS Switzerland. One recognizes that these international teams have been working together for a long time.’

Key clients

ABB

agta record ag

Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG

Bayer (Switzerland) AG

Credit Suisse / Swisscard

Hawa Sliding Solutions AG

Hew AG Bauunternehmung Chur

Holcim (Schweiz) AG

Koch Group AG

Pfizer

Porsche

Sunrise Communications Ltd

Toller Unternehmungen AG

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

Through its close connection to the firm's corporate team, CMS's practice is well positioned to represent its clients in D&O cases, contract disputes, and other commercial litigation. Practitioners have particular expertise in the construction, real estate and automotive industries. The Zurich and Geneva team is led by Philipp Dickenmann and Christian Lüscher, respectively. Olivier Carrard and Pierre Ducret in Geneva are well versed in the sports law space, while Reto Hunsperger is experienced in enforcement proceedings. Bernhard Lötscher is a key contact for white-collar criminal law matters and Niklaus Zaugg is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Dickenmann; Christian Lüscher

Other key lawyers:

Niklaus Zaugg; Olivier Carrard; Pierre Ducret; Reto Hunsperger; Daniel Kinzer; Bernhard Lötscher; Jodok Wicki

Testimonials

‘Fast and precise work. Within very short time very good understanding of specific scientific topics which were reproduced in a legal paper in French.’

‘Always on top of things. Carefully reasoned advice. Good ideas.’

‘Very good knowledge and practice.’

‘Deep knowledge.’

‘Reto Hunsperger understands the problems immediately and presents several solutions, not only one. He is really experienced, he knows the theoretical and practical side of each legal problem. Apart from his ingenuity, he has an excellent personality, with whom everyone can find the common “language”.

‘The team very focused and straight to the point.’

‘Bernhard Lötscher is highly skilled and has the capability to explain complex legal issues in an understandable way.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Limited

Atos AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Banque Cantonale de Genève

China Development Bank

Chubb Insurance (Switzerland) Limited

Credit Suisse AG/Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Luxury-Trade GmbH, Zug

Medtronic International Trading Sàrl

MET Gas and Energy Marketing Ltd.

Swiss ancillary insolvency estate of Manfred Schmider

Yves Bouvier

VP Bank (Schweiz) AG

Xavier Justo

Employment Tier 2

Able to draw on its international network, the employment department at CMS has a focus on cross-border matters. The firm acts for its broad range of corporate clients, which include large multinational companies from the fashion, consumer electronics and manufacturing sectors, on dispute resolution and contractual planning, in particular. Practice head Christian Gersbach is specialised in the employment law aspects of M&A transactions. Recently the team has regularly been sought out for advice on international employment issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Christian Gersbach

Key clients

Nike Inc.

Accenture AG

Denner AG

Corning Inc.

Diageo

BURSON COHN & WOLFE

Novelis

CTS EVENTIM

DP World

Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH

ABB

GRAPHA-HOLDING AG

Insurance Tier 2

CMS’s insurance practice has a specialisation in representing insurance and re-insurance companies in proceedings before arbitration tribunals and state courts, in particular in connection with coverage disputes, as well as representing them in all matters relating to supervisory law when dealing with authorities. The team further advises on regulatory and tax matters as well as restructuring issues, and drafts and reviews insurance and re-insurance policies. The 'very reliable and experiencedJodok Wicki heads the team and is a certified specialist of the Swiss Bar Association for torts and insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Jodok Wicki

Testimonials

‘Well organised team.’

‘Kaspar Landolt and Jodok Wicki are very reliable and experienced.’

‘CMS’s financial services practice group covers a wide array of transactions. The cooperation is effective, pragmatic and supportive.’

Key clients

AIG

Chubb

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

The Zurich-team at CMS is noted for providing 'sophisticated yet practical advice and excellent industry knowledge'. It covers dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, and real estate as well as insurance and employment law. Jodok WickiDavid Hürlimann, Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, Christian Gersbach, Philipp Dickenmann, Niklaus ZauggReto Hunsperger and Daniel Jenny are names to note. Marquard Christen and Tobias Somary are key contacts for competition and private clients matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jodok Wicki; David Hürlimann; Marquard Christen

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Spacek; Stefan Gerster; Stefan Brunnschweiler; Christian Gersbach; Philipp Dickenmann; Reto Hunsperger; Daniel Jenny; Tobias Somary

Testimonials

‘Capacity to cover a broad spectrum of topics, international partner network’

‘Outstanding availability and engagement.’

‘Tobias Somary is an excellent lawyer, very much solution-oriented, pragmatic and trustworthy.’

‘Competent, proactive & fast’

‘The Team is well known for their competition law work in Switzerland. They have an excellent team of also younger partners/counsel that stand out for their hands-on advice even in complex matters.’

‘Marquard Christen is the lawyer to go to at CMS. He is an excellent lawyer that clearly stands out within the CMS competition law team in Switzerland. He has an in-depth grasp of the law and case law. Marquard Christen stands out for his ability to quickly identify the problem and provide hands-on advice even in complex matters. He is particularly known also for his work on public procurement matters.’

‘They were extremely efficient and always went the extra mile to be contactable for both the UK advisors and the clients.’

‘Tobias Somary was excellent, a pleasure to deal with. He is supported well in the team with more junior lawyers and by other areas of the firm.’

‘The cooperation with CMS von Erlach Poncet AG (CMS Switzerland), in general, and in particular with key contact Marquard Christen and his team has always had an exceptionally high level of quality and responsiveness. The answers were always fast and the advice given precise but at the same time exactly limited to what we needed.’

‘Sophisticated yet practical advice and excellent industry knowledge.’

‘The collaboration between the members and the teams of the practice with their different capabilities is outstanding. They work strongly together with a clear focus on the client needs and a very good understanding of cross border topics as they are relevant for most of the wealthy private clients.’

‘Tobias Somary is mentioned for his special effort and passion.’

‘Reto Hunsperger understands the problems immediately and serves with more solutions, not only one. He is really experienced, he knows the theoretical and practical side of each legal problem. Apart from his ingenuity, he has an excellent personality, with whom everyone can find the common ‘language’. We were always in good hands.’

‘CMS is a well known law firm for private clients in the Zurich Area, particularly for cross border cases in a Swiss-German context. They have a series of professionals who are very capable.’

‘The Private Client team leader is Tobias Somary. He is a very good lawyer and has considerable negotiating skills. He also runs the Zurich bar’s working group for inheritance law which organizes regular continuous education seminars for inheritance professionals from law, banking and tax.’

‘Outstanding legal expertise. Listening very carefully to our needs and easily understands issues that are truly critical to us. Ability to grasp details of intricate technology with ease. Exceptional client service orientation in all aspects of communication and handling of our cases.’

‘Christian Gersbach is very pragmatic, entrepreneurial and and has a responsible mind, effective results.’

‘Great expertise in the private client sector with in-depth knowledge and experience in cross-border estates’

‘Tobias Somary stands out for his expertise in estate matters’

‘The private client team of CM/S von Erlach Poncet is well recognized due to their expertise in inheritance and matrimonial law.’

‘Tobias Somary is a practitioner with outstanding skills. He is very responsive to his clients.’

Key clients

ABB

Accenture AG

ACRON AG

AEW Energie AG

agta record ag

AIG Europe Limited

Allianz Suisse Real Estate Inc (acting for various Swiss Allianz companies)

AMETEK

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Atos AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Avectris AG

Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Bayer (Switzerland) AG

Better Cotton Initiative

Bruker Switzerland AG

Burger King Europe GmbH

BURSON COHN & WOLFE

capiton/CymbiQ Group

China Development Bank

Chubb Insurance (Switzerland) Limited

Cogent Communications

Commerzbank AG

Conzetta

Corning Inc.

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Credit Suisse / Swisscard

Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Credit Suisse Asset Management (Schweiz) Ltd. (acting for various CS real estate funds and CS investment foundations)

CTS EVENTIM AG & Co. KGaA

Denner AG

Designwerk Technologies GmbH

Diageo

DP World

DS Group (Dharampal Satyapal Ltd.)

Duff & Phelps, LLC, U.S.A.

Electrolux Professional AG

EMS-Group

EVENTIM

Gaydoul Group

Gerha

Sports law Tier 2

The sports law practice at CMS acts for clubs, individuals and sports apparel manufacturers, among others, particularly from the football and hockey sectors. The team frequently acts in litigation as well as arbitration proceedings on matters concerning compensation, indemnity, employment as well as transfer claims and various contractual claims. Olivier Carrard regularly acts as arbitrator, co-arbitrator or chairman in proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sports. Pierre Ducret and Philipp Dickenmann are experienced in dispute resolution and frequently act for corporate and individual clients in litigation and international arbitration matters.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Carrard; Philipp Dickenmann

Other key lawyers:

Pierre Ducret

Key clients

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Ville PELTONEN

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3

CMS' banking and finance practice has corporate lending, project and asset finance as its central focus, although the group also assists with regulatory matters, such as applications for licenses, insurance, and anti-money-laundering. The team is noted for its close collaboration within the firm's network, which adds value in cross-border mandates. Practice head Kaspar Landolt combines expertise in banknig and finance, capital markets and insolvency. Other key practitioners are André Lebrecht, of counsel Jürg Guggisberg and counsel Dominique Gemperli.

Practice head(s):

Kaspar Landolt

Other key lawyers:

Jürg Guggisberg; Dominique Gemperli

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

CMS is well positioned to advise on domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity transactions, venture capital matters, and restructurings as well as W&I insurance and D&O liability. Recently, the team has started to make in-roads in high-end deals but its activity is traditionally in the mid-market; clients are often from the financial services, technology and energy sectors. Stefan BrunnschweilerReto Hunsperger and Pascal Favre in Geneva jointly lead the practice. Alain Raemy offers expertise in competition law and Stephan Werlen is knowledgeable in joint ventures and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Brunnschweiler; Pascal Favre; Reto Hunsperger

Other key lawyers:

Alain Remy; Stephan Werlen; Daniel Jenny

Testimonials

‘Very high degree of customer orientation. Not an army of associates but rather a handful of really dedicated partners. As a result, high degree of efficiency.’

‘Alain Raemy is outstanding in terms of marshalling the appropriate resources across the international CMS set-up.’

‘Extremely good in finding solutions for issues in an entrepreneurial context. CMS is not focussing only on the legal context but is a good partner to discuss the economical and entrepreneurial framework.’

‘Reto Hunsperger: feedback at short notice; profound knowledge; ability to think strategically.’

‘Multi-disciplinary approach, great collaboration with other teams and international reach.’

‘Stephan Werlen: very hands-on, always reachable and can explain complex topics to clients in simple worlds.’

Key clients

agta record

capiton/CymbiQ Group

IMCD

Conzzeta

EMS-Group

ABB

Halder

Merbag

CTS EVENTIM AG & Co. KGaA

DP World

PRIO SA

Hyperion Insurance Group Ltd

Electrolux Professional AG

Guardtime Ltd.

Nicolas Industrie S.A.S.

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Avectris

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

CMS’ data privacy and data protection practice advises on all matters related to GDPR and Swiss data protection law and has extensive experience of the data protection aspects of M&A transactions. The team, headed by Dirk Spacek, has a strong focus on the technology, media and communications sectors and assists clients with the data privacy and protection aspects of projects relating to artificial intelligence, cloud computing and the human machine interfaces of computing platforms, among other work.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Spacek

Testimonials

‘Broad spectrum of legal fields covered with an international partner network.’

‘Outstanding availability and engagement.’

‘Perfect communication, fast replies, very competent, very proficient.’

‘Helpful, competent, proactive.’

‘Outstanding legal expertise. Listening very carefully to our needs and able to understand issues that are truly critical to us. Ability to grasp details of intricate technology with ease. Exceptional client service orientation in all aspects of communication and handling of our cases.

‘We came to appreciate Dirk Spacek as a very efficient, agile, entrepreneurial and very much responsible partner. He has an incisive approach to litigation with an outstanding ability to deal with commercial disputes.

We would definitely recommend them for any data protection related legal topics.’

‘Dirk Spacek is always very proactive following our work and the newest trends in the blockchain and crypto industry.’

Key clients

Web 3.0 Foundation

Commerzbank AG

Mobile Health AG

Bruker

Avectris AG

Better Cotton Initiative

Sunrise

Fintech Tier 3

CMS assists start-ups, technology companies, financial institutions, investors and infrastructure providers with the legal aspects of fintech projects. The team is experienced in projects relating to blockhain, cryptocurrency exchanges as well as initial coin offerings and also advises on investments in fintech companies. Dirk Spacek assist clients mainly from the financial services, technology and media sectors. Matthias Kuert is noted for providing contractual and regulatory advice to companies working in fintech and with blockchain technology.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Spacek; Matthias Kuert

Key clients

Guardtime Ltd

Web3 Foundation

Aequitec AG

Securitiesgrid Ltd

Bitcoin Association for BSV

TAAL Distributed Information Technologies Inc.

Intellectual property Tier 3

The IP practice at CMS advises national and international clients from the pharmaceuticals, software, construction and sportswear industries on a variety of IP issues and represents companies in civil and criminal proceedings. The team, which is headed up by Dirk Spacek, advises on trade mark portfolio management issues and the protection and enforcement of IP rights and is particularly experienced in the IP aspects of M&A transactions.

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

CMS has a comprehensive offering, which spans various practice areas, industries and - through its international network  -also jurisdictions. The Geneva office has capabilities in corporate and M&A, competition, tax and sports as well as dispute resolution. The key practitioners are managing partner Olivier CarrardChristian LüscherPascal FavreAndrio Orler and Pierre Ducret.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Carrard

Other key lawyers:

Christian Lüscher; Pascal Favre; Andrio Orler; Pierre Ducret

Key clients

Yves Bouvier

China Development Bank

Xavier Justo

Prio SA

Hyperion Insurance Group Limited

ERMEWA Holding

KfW-IPEX Bank GmbH

Private client Tier 3

CMS has considerable expertise in advising wealthy individuals and families, entrepreneurs, family offices and banks in estate planning and litigation. Led by the 'experienced and knowledgeableTobias Somary and the 'brilliant lawyerPierre Ducret in Geneva, the group advises on matrimonial property and succession planning, including the drafting of wills, and philanthropy. Andrio Orler and Sarah Busca Bonvin, both in Geneva, as well as David Hürlimann are tax specialists.

Practice head(s):

Tobias Somary; Pierre Ducret

Other key lawyers:

Max Albers; David Hürlimann; Andrio Orler; Sarah Busca Bonvin; Louise Lutz Sciamanna

Testimonials

‘Tobias Somary is an excellent lawyer, very solution-oriented, pragmatic and trustworthy.’

‘The Private Client team of CMS in Geneva is very strong. It is made of highly experienced and respected lawyers, who have gone through the most valuable and demanding enterprises to gain experience.’

‘Andrio Orler is one of the best tax experts in Switzerland. He is a very hard-working professional, who never leaves any detail aside.’

‘Sarah Busca-Bonvin gained very precious experience during her time with the Geneva tax administration. She has a significant network of peers and a great experience of the institutions.’

‘Pierre Ducret is a brilliant lawyer, who frequently issues publications on civil law and frequently makes presentations.’

‘Tobias Somary is uniquely empathetic, next to being technically on top of course. He knows to find the right language and tone to speak to clients.’

‘CMS has a strong team, with competent lawyers, experienced in negotiation’

‘Tobias Somary: experienced and knowledgeable Private client lawyer, skilled in negotiating agreements.’

‘Sarah Busca: excellent tax advisor.’

‘Tobias Somary is an exceptional practitioner of cross-border tax and estate planning. He is extremely knowledgeable and technically proficient, but has excellent communication skills and a bedside manner with clients.’

‘The collaboration between the members of the practice with their different capabilities is outstanding. They work strongly together with a clear focus on the client needs and a very good understanding of cross border topics as they are relevant for most of the wealthy private clients. Outstanding is the private client team for their law of succession expertise and their involvement in the current Swiss law of inheritance reform.’

‘The practice is first class.’

‘The team led by Tobias Somary is on one side very efficient and on the other side always solution driven (not confrontative). Their knowledge of cross border issues is outstanding. Very pleasant team to work with.’

‘Tobias Somary is one of the best practitioners in succession law and estate planning in Switzerland. He handles also delicate situations in negotiations with calm, profound knowledge and sovereignty. It is always a pleasure to work him.’

TMT Tier 3

CMS is experienced in negotiating and drafting contracts for IT procurements and sourcing issues as well as assisting with large, cross-border transactions. The team advises on various regulatory and corporate issues, including data protection work, and acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Practice head Dirk Spacek is experienced in fintech, e-commerce and cloud-computing matters and issues pertaining to robotics, heavy electrical equipment and automation technology. Alain Raemy focuses on competition law and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Dirk Spacek

Other key lawyers:

Alain Raemy

Testimonials

‘Outstanding legal expertise.’

‘Listen very carefully to our needs and very easily understand issues that are truly critical to us.’

‘Ability to grasp details of intricate technology with ease.’

‘Exceptional client service orientation in all aspects of communication and handling of our cases.’

‘Outstanding availability and engagement.’

‘Capacity to cover a broad spectrum of topics, international partner network.’

‘We came to appreciate Dirk Spacek as a very efficient, exceptionally effective as well as agile, entrepreneurial and very much responsible mind-set partner, who has outstanding legal expertise. Dirk Spacek has an incisive approach to litigation with an outstanding ability to deal with commercial disputes.’

Key clients

Web 3.0 Foundation

Commerzbank AG

ABB

Merbag

Grapha-Holding AG

Sunrise Communications Group AG

Cogent Communications

AMETEK

Avectris AG

Designwerk

Mobile Health AG

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

The team at CMS has notable experience in national and international insolvency, enforcement and restructuring. It covers a variety of proceedings, ranging from debt enforcement and composition to asset freezing and claw-back actions. The members are also instructed by companies in corporate reorganisations. Reto Hunsperger and Olivier Carrard in Geneva lead the practice, which also includes M&A specialist Daniel Jenny, litigator Philipp Dickenmann and associate Marjolaine Jakob in Zurich as well as Pierre Ducret in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Reto Hunsperger; Olivier Carrard 

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Jenny; Philipp Dickenmann; Marjolaine Jakob; Pierre Ducret

Testimonials

‘Two outstanding partners in Geneva; their associates are carefully selected.’

‘Olivier Carrard is outstandingly bright, focused, innovative and very intelligent.’

‘Reto Hunsperger and Marjolaine Jakob handled the case we entrusted them with in a highly professional and competent manner. I especially appreciated their responsiveness and dedication.’

‘Reto Hunsperger is a great professional, always keen to find out the best and practical solution and is extremely responsive.

‘Marjolaine Jakob is a great specialist in insolvency law and at the same time very good in court.’

‘Reto Hunsperger understands the problems immediately and serves with more solutions, not only one. He is really experienced, he knows the theoretical and practical side of each legal problem. Apart from his ingenuity, he has an excellent personality, with whom everyone can find the common ‘language’. We were always in good hands.’

Key clients

Köttermann Holding GmbH

Gerhard Schubert GmbH

MET Gas and Energy Marketing Ltd.

Tax Tier 4

CMS covers a wide range of tax matters, including international tax planning, corporate tax and restructuring. The team's client portfolio is similarly broad as it includes Swiss and foreign corporations, NGOs, entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals and family offices. Geneva-based Andrio Orler combines tax and corporate law expertise; he leads the practice together with David Hürlimann, who is well versed in a variety of tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrio Orler; David Hürlimann

Key clients

DP World

Grapha Holding

EVENTIM

MERBAG

Conzetta

Agta record

The firm: CMS von Erlach Partners is a leading Swiss law firm, with a proven track record and a 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 the global outlook and reach to serve its clients’ needs across Europe and beyond.

CMS von Erlach Partners 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.

Areas of practice: CMS von Erlach Partners’s main areas of practice include banking and finance, commercial, competition, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution,  employment, funds, insurance, intellectual property, public procurement, real estate and tax.

Clients: CMS von Erlach Partners advises a wide range of large and mid-sized national and international clients from all major industries including banking and finance, consumer products, energy, infrastructure and project finance, insurance and funds, life sciences, manufacturing, professional services,
real estate and construction, technology, media and telecommunication, and transport and logistics.

Major clients include: ABB Asea Brown Bovery Ltd., AIG Europe Limited, Bayer (Switzerland) AG, Atos AG, Burger King Europe, Credit Suisse, Lifewatch, Merbag, Michelin, Nike, Pfizer, Porsche, Rieter, Schaeffler Schweiz, Sunrise, and Swisscard AECS.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute Resolution Max Albers max.albers@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Employment & Pensions Christian Gersbach christian.gersbach@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Commercial Reto Hunsperger reto.hunsperger@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Energy Alain Raemy alain.raemy@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Funds Dr Andre E Lebrecht andre.lebrecht@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Corporate/M&A Stefan Brunnschweiler stefan.brunnschweiler@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Corporate/M&A, Antitrust and EU Dr Pascal G Favre pascal.favre@cms-vep.com +41 22 311 00 10
Intellectual property Dr Dirk Spacek dirk.spacek@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Hotels and leisure Dr Sibylle Schnyder sibylle.schnyder@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Real estate and construction Dr Stefan Gerster stefan.gerster@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Real estate and construction Olivier Carrard olivier.carrard@cms-vep.com +41 22 311 00 10
Banking & finance, Infrastructure and projects Dr Kaspar Landolt kaspar.landolt@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Antitrust and EU, Life Sciences Dr Patrick Sommer patrick.sommer@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Private equity Dr Stephan Werlen stephan.werlen@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Private clients Tobias Somary tobias.somary@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Litigation and arbitration Philipp Dickenmann philipp.dickenmann@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Litigation and arbitration Christian Lüscher christian.luescher@cms-vep.com +41 22 311 00 10
Tax David Hürlimann david.huerlimann@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Tax Andrio Orler andrio.orler@cms-vep.com +41 22 311 00 10
TMC – technology, media and communications Dr Dirk Spacek dirk.spacek@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Public procurement Marquard Christen marquard.christen@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Insurance Dr Jodok Wicki jodok.wicki@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Dispute Resolution Daniel Kinzer daniel.kinzer@cms-vep.com +41 22 311 00 10
Tax Sarah Busca Bonvin sarah.busca-bonvin@cms-vep.com +41 22 311 00 10
Tax Mark Cagienard mark.cagienard@cms-vep.com +41 44 285 11 11
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Max Albers photo Dr Max Albers Partner
Mr Stefan Brunnschweiler  photo Mr Stefan Brunnschweiler Managing Partner
Mr Mark Cagienard  photo Mr Mark Cagienard Partner
Mr Marquard Christen  photo Mr Marquard Christen Partner
Mr Philipp J Dickenmann  photo Mr Philipp J Dickenmann Partner
 Dominique Lea Gemperli  photo Dominique Lea Gemperli Counsel
Mr Christian Gersbach  photo Mr Christian Gersbach Partner
Dr iur Stefan Gerster  photo Dr iur Stefan Gerster Partner
 Jürg Guggisberg  photo Jürg Guggisberg Of Counsel
 David Hürlimann  photo David Hürlimann Managing Partner
Mr Reto Hunsperger  photo Mr Reto Hunsperger Partner
Dr Daniel Jenny  photo Dr Daniel Jenny Partner
Dr Matthias Kuert  photo Dr Matthias Kuert Associate
 Bernhard Lötscher  photo Bernhard Lötscher Partner
Dr Kaspar Landolt photo Dr Kaspar Landolt Partner
Ms Louise Lutz Sciamanna photo Ms Louise Lutz Sciamanna Counsel
Mr Alain Raemy  photo Mr Alain Raemy Partner
Dr iur Sibylle Schnyder  photo Dr iur Sibylle Schnyder Partner
Mr Tobias Somary  photo Mr Tobias Somary Partner
Dr Patrick Sommer photo Dr Patrick Sommer Partner
Dr iur Stephan Werlen  photo Dr iur Stephan Werlen Partner
Dr iur Jodok Wicki  photo Dr iur Jodok Wicki Partner
Ms Marion Wyler photo Ms Marion Wyler Associate
Dr iur Niklaus Zaugg  photo Dr iur Niklaus Zaugg Partner
Number of lawyers : 96
at this office : 65
worldwide : >4,800
German
French
English
Italian
Spanish
Russian
Dutch
Norwegian
Korean
Japanese
World Law Group
Contacts : Stefan Brunnschweiler, Managing Partner Zurich
Contacts : Pascal Favre, Managing Partner Geneva
Other offices : Aberdeen
Other offices : Algiers
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Barcelona
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Belgrade
Other offices : Berlin
Other offices : Bogota
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bristol
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Cologne
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Dusseldorf
Other offices : Edinburgh
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Funchal
Other offices : Geneva
Other offices : Glasgow
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Istanbul
Other offices : Johannesburg
Other offices : Kyiv
Other offices : Leipzig
Other offices : Lima
Other offices : Lisbon
Other offices : Ljubljana
Other offices : London
Other offices : Luanda
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Lyon
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Mexico City
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Mombasa
Other offices : Monaco
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : Muscat
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Podgorica
Other offices : Poznan
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Reading
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro
Other offices : Riyadh
Other offices : Rome
Other offices : Santiago de Chile
Other offices : Sarajevo
Other offices : Seville
Other offices : Sheffield
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : Skopje
Other offices : Sofia
Other offices : Strasbourg
Other offices : Stuttgart
Other offices : Tehran
Other offices : Tirana
Other offices : Utrecht
Other offices : Vienna
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Zagreb
Other offices : Zurich
CMS locations : CMS has 77 offices in 43 countries around the world

The firm: CMS von Erlach Partners is a leading Swiss law firm, with a proven track record and a 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 the global outlook and reach to serve its clients’ needs across Europe and beyond.

CMS von Erlach Partners 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.

Areas of practice: CMS von Erlach Partners’ main areas of practice include banking and finance, commercial, competition, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution,  employment, funds, insurance, intellectual property, public procurement, real estate and tax.

Clients: CMS von Erlach Partners advises a wide range of large and mid-sized national and international clients from all major industries including banking and finance, consumer products, energy, infrastructure and project finance, insurance and funds, lifesciences, manufacturing, professional services,
real estate and construction, technology, media and telecommunication, and transport and logistics.

Major clients include: ABB Asea Brown Bovery Ltd., AIG Europe Limited, Bayer (Switzerland) AG, Atos AG, Burger King Europe, Credit Suisse, Lifewatch, Merbag, Michelin, Nike, Novelis Inc., Pfizer, Porsche, Rieter, Schaeffler Schweiz, Sunrise, and Swisscard AECS.

Department Name Email Telephone
Employment and pensions Christian Gersbach
Banking and finance Dr Kaspar Landolt
Commercial Reto Hunsperger
Energy Alain Raemy
Funds Dr Andre E Lebrecht
Corporate/M&A Stefan Brunnschweiler
Corporate/M&A Dr Pascal G Favre
Intellectual property Dr Dirk Spacek
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
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 Dirk Spacek
Public procurement Marquard Christen
Insurance Dr Jodok Wicki
Number of lawyers : 96
at this office : 65
worldwide : >4,800
French
English
Italian
German
World Law Group
Contacts : Jodok Wicki, managing partner
Contacts : Olivier Carrard, partner, head Geneva office
Other offices : Aberdeen
Other offices : Algiers
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Antwerp
Other offices : Barcelona
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Belgrade
Other offices : Berlin
Other offices : Bogota
Other offices : Bratislava
Other offices : Bristol
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Bucharest
Other offices : Budapest
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Cologne
Other offices : Dubai
Other offices : Dusseldorf
Other offices : Edinburgh
Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Funchal
Other offices : Geneva
Other offices : Glasgow
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Istanbul
Other offices : Johannesburg
Other offices : Kyiv
Other offices : Leipzig
Other offices : Lima
Other offices : Lisbon
Other offices : Ljubljana
Other offices : London
Other offices : Luanda
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Lyon
Other offices : Madrid
Other offices : Mexico City
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Mombasa
Other offices : Monaco
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : Muscat
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Podgorica
Other offices : Poznan
Other offices : Prague
Other offices : Reading
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro
Other offices : Riyadh
Other offices : Rome
Other offices : Santiago de Chile
Other offices : Sarajevo
Other offices : Seville
Other offices : Sheffield
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : Skopje
Other offices : Sofia
Other offices : Strasbourg
Other offices : Stuttgart
Other offices : Tirana
Other offices : Utrecht
Other offices : Vienna
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Zagreb
Other offices : Zurich
CMS locations : CMS has 75 offices in 43 countries around the world