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Banking & Finance

The Banking & Finance team of CMS Switzerland is at your service at our offices in Zurich and Geneva.

We cover the entire Banking & Finance spectrum, particularly the following areas:

Our clients include Swiss and foreign banks, fintechs, fund management companies, asset managers, securities firms and other financial services providers, as well as international groups and medium-sized companies. Our expertise extends to both Swiss and cross-border matters. Thanks to our organisation and versatility, we are your legal advisors of choice for projects of any size and complexity.

At CMS Switzerland, we focus on the needs of our clients across countries.

Through the global CMS network, we have access to an international pool of lawyers and tax advisors. In the area of Banking & Finance alone, we have more than 500 experts at our disposal. Depending on demand, we form transnational advisory teams led by experienced partners.

Very dedicated and proactive.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Banking and Finance: Zurich, 2024

CMS has a sophisticated breadth of attorneys, who focus on various sectors and are responsive, thoughtful and commercial.

Chambers & Partners, Global, Banking & Finance, Switzerland, 2024

CMS are capable of dealing with very complex regulatory issues in the Swiss financial markets and always up to date on all key issues.

Chambers & Partners, Global, Banking & Finance, Switzerland, 2024

CMS was very knowledgeable on this topic and very proactive and fast answering our questions.

IFLR 1000, Leveraged finance, client feedback, 33rd edition (2023/2024)

Very hands-on, smart, concise, responsive, wide experience, looking ahead.

IFLR 1000, Financial restructuring, client feedback, 33rd edition (2023/2024)

The law firm goes an extra mile for the satisfaction of its clients. An “all-around carefree package”.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Banking & Finance: Zurich, 2023

We were extremely impressed by the reactivity, the ability to understand commercial and strategic stakes, and to advise on innovative solutions in a timely manner.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Banking & Finance: Zurich, 2023

On top of first-class legal expertise, a strong business acumen and the ability to formulate out-of-the-box and tailor-made solutions for clients. Very reactive and efficient. Very personable team.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Banking & Finance: Zurich, 2023

Multi-jurisdictional financing, regulatory matters and collective investment scheme advice constitute the three major focus areas at CMS.

The Legal 500, Banking and finance: Zurich, Switzerland, 2019

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CMS Switzerland recognised by The Legal 500 EMEA 2024
This year CMS Switzerland has been recommended by The Legal 500 in 21 categories in the European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) edi­tion. In addition, 6 of our lawyers are recognized individually for their expertise as "Leading Individuals" or "Next Generation Partner" in the areas of Competition, Insolvency & Corporate Recovery, Insurance, Public Law, Real Estate & Construction and TMT.
CMS Switzerland ranked in Chambers and Partners Europe Guide 2024
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