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For your business to be successful, you must manage your employees and their benefits as well as your employee representatives such as works councils and unions. Yet from executive contracts and equal opportunities to restructurings, transfer of business issues and restrictive covenants, employment and pension law in Europe is complex and, at times, contradictory. European directives, European court decisions, national laws, local cases and precedent must all be taken into account by your management team. Our 280-strong group of sector specialists can help you navigate the maze of HR regulations, policy documents and other legal complexities you must contend with on a daily basis.

If your business crosses borders, you will be faced with additional legal hurdles before achieving the outcome you need. With a global network covering 43 countries, we can help solve your problems across all the jurisdictions in which you operate − whether your issue relates to employment contracts, pension schemes, redundancies, M&A, trade union/staff representative relations or litigation.

 


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30/09/2021
CMS ad­vised the share­hold­ers of AL­PORA AG on the sale of a ma­jor­ity stake...
Zurich, Septem­ber 2021 | A team of CMS Switzer­land un­der the lead of Stefan Brunnsch­weiler provided com­pre­hens­ive ad­vice to the share­hold­ers of AL­PORA AG on all leg­al as­pects re­gard­ing the sale of a ma­jor­ity stake to Ger­man-based Ser­afin As­set Man­age­ment. Duff & Phelps, A Kroll Busi­ness, served as the ex­clus­ive fin­an­cial ad­visor to the share­hold­ers of AL­PORA AG in con­nec­tion with the trans­ac­tion. AL­PORA AG, which was foun­ded in 2013, is act­ive in the sale of in­nov­a­tion ana­lys­is-based in­vest­ment mod­els to as­set man­agers in Switzer­land, Ger­many and the UK. Based on these in­vest­ment mod­els, cli­ents set up equity funds that have his­tor­ic­ally been able to gen­er­ate a risk-ad­jus­ted ex­cess re­turn on equity in­vest­ments. The Ser­afin Group in­tends to enter a new seg­ment with Ser­afin As­set Man­age­ment and es­tab­lish a di­git­al as­set man­age­ment busi­ness. It is en­vis­aged to enter the mar­ket with ser­vices for third-party cus­tom­ers in the second quarter of 2022 after ob­tain­ing the BaFin li­cense. In ad­di­tion to de­vel­op­ing and selling its own in­vest­ment solu­tions, the aim is to grow by ac­quir­ing spe­cial­ized as­set man­agers. The ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake in the Swiss-based AL­PORA AG is the first step in this dir­ec­tion. The parties have agreed not to dis­close the pur­chase price of the trans­ac­tion. Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, Lead, Man­aging Part­ner, Glob­al Co-Head of the CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A GroupSamuel Fe­lix Gang, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AFlori­an Jung, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&APas­cal Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AAndrea Relly, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AM­ark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, Tax­Chris­ti­an Gers­bach, Part­ner, Em­ploy­ment­Dr Mat­thi­as Kuert, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cap­it­al Mar­ket­sTarik Salkim, Train­ee, Cor­por­ate/M&A
22/09/2021
Em­ploy­ment ter­min­a­tion law and le­gis­la­tion in Switzer­land
1. Dis­missal of em­ploy­ees 1.1 Reas­ons for dis­missal No­tice may be giv­en without provid­ing any reas­on (‘Kündi­gungs­freiheit’).Both em­ploy­er and em­ploy­ee may end the em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ship without...
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07/09/2021
Gender pay: What’s needed to make equal­ity a real­ity?
A CMS We­bin­ar on Tues­day 21 Septem­ber will ex­plore what so­ci­ety and busi­nesses need to do to close the on­go­ing dis­par­ity in men and wo­men’s pay. Did you know that 18 Septem­ber 2021 is UN Equal Pay Day?...
03/09/2021
CMS ad­vised NORRES, a port­fo­lio com­pany of Tri­ton, on its ac­quis­i­tion of...
NORRES, a port­fo­lio com­pany of Tri­ton Smal­ler Mid-Cap Fund I, ac­quired the Bag­ger­man Group. The parties have agreed not to dis­close the pur­chase price.The Bag­ger­man Group, headquartered in Ro­er­mond, Neth­er­lands, is a spe­cial­ist man­u­fac­turer of in­dus­tri­al hoses, coup­lings and re­lated parts. The com­pany has sub­si­di­ar­ies in Italy, Switzer­land, Hun­gary and Ro­mania.NORRES is one of the mar­ket-lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers of in­dus­tri­al plastic hoses in Europe. It has pro­duc­tion fa­cil­it­ies in Ger­many, China, the US and Italy and dis­tri­bu­tion and ware­house loc­a­tions in the Czech Re­pub­lic, France, Po­land, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK. The com­pany, foun­ded in 1889, em­ploys ap­prox­im­ately 300 people world­wide.Since Novem­ber 2018, NORRES Sch­lauch­tech­nik has been part of the port­fo­lio of the Tri­ton Smal­ler Mid-Cap Fund I ad­vised by Tri­ton, an in­vest­ment firm that in­vests primar­ily in Ger­man-speak­ing coun­tries, the Nor­d­ic coun­tries, the Be­ne­lux re­gion, France, Italy, Spain and the United King­dom in the in­dustry & tech­no­logy, ser­vices, health­care and con­sumer goods sec­tors.A team of CMS Switzer­land and CMS Italy, led by Dr Daniel Jenny, ad­vised NORRES on all Swiss and Itali­an law as­pects of the trans­ac­tion. May­er Brown, Frank­furt, ac­ted as lead coun­sel to NORRES.CMS Switzer­land­Dr Daniel Jenny, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&ADr Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, IP­Dr Ferdin­and Blezinger, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AKatja Bertsche, As­so­ci­ate, Real Es­tate­M­ar­zia Schil­leci, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­mentCMS Ita­lyDaniela Murer, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&AElsa Mora, Coun­sel, Em­ploy­mentA­less­andra Cuni, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AN­icoletta Catan­zaro, Ju­ni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&A
25/08/2021
CMS ad­vises Renais­sance on the ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake in bb trad­ing...
Zurich - The Renais­sance In­vest­ment Found­a­tion has be­come a long-term ma­jor­ity share­hold­er in the cap­it­al of bb trad­ing wer­beartikel ag, the lead­ing dis­trib­ut­or of pro­mo­tion­al items and cus­tom­er gifts in Switzer­land. To­geth­er with the ex­per­i­enced team and man­age­ment, Renais­sance will con­tin­ue the suc­cess story of the ser­vice and trad­ing com­pany and de­vel­op it fur­ther.A CMS team led by Alain Raemy provided com­pre­hens­ive leg­al and tax ad­vice to Renais­sance An­lages­tif­tung on this trans­ac­tion.CMS Switzer­lan­dAlain Raemy, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/M&AM­ark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, Tax­An­drea Relly, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AAl­ex­an­dra Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&ADr Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, IP / IT­Dr Miryam Meile, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­ment­Dr Dav­id Schuler, As­so­ci­ate, Tax
11/08/2021
Spot­light on ap­proaches for com­pre­hens­ive com­pli­ance: New ob­lig­a­tions for...
Be­cause of the trend to­wards a stronger aware­ness of "cor­por­ate so­cial re­spons­ib­il­ity", com­pan­ies both in Switzer­land and abroad are con­fron­ted with grow­ing de­mands for re­spons­ible cor­por­ate gov­ernance...
10/08/2021
CMS ad­vises Spear­head on in­vest­ment by DEKRA
In the course of a fin­an­cing round of Spear­head AG, in­ter­na­tion­al ex­pert or­gan­iz­a­tion DEKRA has in­ves­ted in the com­pany. Spear­head serves in­sur­ance com­pan­ies, vehicle fleets, and fleet op­er­at­ors with sys­tems for 100% di­git­al pro­cessing of vehicle dam­ages. Spear­head’s busi­ness mod­el fo­cuses on di­git­al pro­cesses for claims set­tle­ment, from the dam­age re­port to fi­nal claim reg­u­la­tion. A crit­ic­al com­pon­ent is a telemat­ics solu­tion, which 100% auto­mat­ic­ally cre­ates a first no­ti­fic­a­tion of loss by Spear­head after an ac­ci­dent and makes it avail­able to cus­tom­ers.DEKRA has been act­ive in the field of safety for al­most 100 years. Foun­ded in 1925 in Ber­lin as Deutscher Kraft­fahrzeug-Über­wachungs-Ver­ein e.V., it is today one of the world’s lead­ing ex­pert or­gan­iz­a­tions. DEKRA SE is a sub­si­di­ary of DEKRA e.V. and man­ages the Group’s op­er­at­ing busi­ness. In 2020, DEKRA gen­er­ated turnover totalling al­most EUR 3.2 bil­lion. The com­pany cur­rently em­ploys around 44,000 people in ap­prox­im­ately 60 coun­tries on all con­tin­ents. With qual­i­fied and in­de­pend­ent ex­pert ser­vices, they work for safety on the road, at work and at home. These ser­vices range from vehicle in­spec­tion and ex­pert ap­prais­als to claims ser­vices, in­dus­tri­al and build­ing in­spec­tions, safety con­sultancy, test­ing and cer­ti­fic­a­tion of products and sys­tems, as well as train­ing courses and tem­por­ary work. The vis­ion for the com­pany’s 100th birth­day in 2025 is that DEKRA will be the glob­al part­ner for a safe, se­cure, and sus­tain­able world. With a plat­in­um rat­ing from Eco­Vadis, DEKRA is now in the top one per­cent of sus­tain­able busi­nesses ranked.A team of CMS led by part­ner Dr Daniel Jenny and as­so­ci­ate Flori­an Jung ad­vised Spear­head on all leg­al mat­ters of the in­vest­ment round.CMS Switzer­land­Dr Daniel Jenny, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&AFlori­an Jung, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AAndrea Relly, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AChris­ti­an Gers­bach, Part­ner, Em­ploy­ment­Sarah Keller, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­ment­Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, IP­Mark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, Tax
02/08/2021
CMS ad­vises Renais­sance on the ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake in Baitella...
Zurich, 29 Ju­ly 2021 - Renais­sance An­lages­tif­tung has be­come a long-term ma­jor­ity share­hold­er in Baitella AG. To­geth­er with the man­age­ment, Renais­sance will con­tinu­ously de­vel­op the glob­ally suc­cess­ful qual­ity products for ap­plic­a­tions in medi­cine and in­dustry un­der the "Fisso" brand.Baitella AG was foun­ded in 1978 by Carlo Baitella and with its Fisso products, it is the world's lead­ing sup­pli­er of high-qual­ity ar­tic­u­lated stands. The com­pany sup­plies both the med­ic­al and in­dus­tri­al seg­ments with ar­tic­u­lated stands and ac­cessor­ies in stand­ard and cus­tom­ised ver­sions.A CMS team led by Alain Raemy provided com­pre­hens­ive leg­al and tax ad­vice to Renais­sance An­lages­tif­tung on this trans­ac­tion.CMS Switzer­lan­dAlain Raemy, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&AM­ark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, Tax LawAndrea Relly, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&ADr Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­ty­Fa­bi­an Martens, Coun­sel, Reg­u­la­tion­Dr Miryam Meile, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­ment­Dr Dav­id Schuler, As­so­ci­ate, Tax­Domin­ik Bon­der­er, Train­ee, Cor­por­ate / M&A
13/07/2021
Fu­ture of Work
This guide helps you find an­swers to es­sen­tial ques­tions about mo­bile work­ing.
11/06/2021
How can busi­nesses pro­tect their trade secrets in a hy­brid work­ing world?
As the num­ber of people vac­cin­ated against COV­ID-19 stead­ily in­creases, many em­ploy­ers are start­ing to turn their minds to a re­turn to the work­place. However, it’s un­likely that we will be re­turn­ing...
08/06/2021
Trade secrets in Switzer­land
Gen­er­al 1. Has the Dir­ect­ive (EU) 2016/943 of the European Par­lia­ment and of the Coun­cil of 8 June 2016 on the pro­tec­tion of un­dis­closed know-how and busi­ness in­form­a­tion (trade secrets) against their...
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01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...