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Private Clients

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Our Private Clients Team been advising private individuals for many decades. The firm’s private client practice enjoys a high standing and reputation in the field. We strive to understand the needs of our clients and their families and to tailor our advice accordingly. The individuals we represent include entrepreneurs, professionals, landowners, artists, and philanthropists of all ages. In some cases, we have been acting for families over a number of generations.

Our private client team advises on a wide range of legal topics. Our expertise includes national and international aspects in the following areas:

  • Estate planning, estate administration and executorship 
  • Matrimonial property and inheritance agreements 
  • Wills and bequests 
  • In bound and outbound relocation, residence, and nationality 
  • Foundations, endowments, and trusts 
  • Separation, divorce and maintenance
  • Tax planning (wealth tax, income tax, capital gains tax, gift tax and inheritance tax planning) 
  • Compliance and structure audits
  • Legal wealth planning and structuring
  • Powers of attorney, living wills, patient’s directives, contingency planning 
  • Employment issues 
  • Charities and art 
  • Legal family office services
  • Corporate matters for family-owned enterprises, M&A transactions 
  • Insurance issues 
  • Dispute resolution in the aforementioned areas, in particular domestic and cross-border trust and estate litigation and arbitration 
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Private Cli­ents
Se­cur­ity for you, your fam­ily, your com­pany and your as­sets We ad­vise and rep­res­ent en­tre­pren­eurs, man­agers, wealthy in­di­vidu­als and their fam­il­ies, as well as banks, as­set man­agers and fam­ily of­fices...

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01 January 2021
New Coun­sels at CMS
We are pleased to an­nounce that Louise Lutz Sciamanna, Dr Dav­id Hof­mann and Dr Fa­bi­en Liégeois have been ap­poin­ted as Coun­sels, re­spect­ively with­in the Pub­lic Law, Tax and Private Cli­ents de­part­ments.Louise...
15 January 2021
CMS Ex­pert Guide to con­tin­gency plan­ning with prox­ies
An ac­ci­dent or ill­ness can make someone (tem­por­ar­ily) un­able to act. Through the use of prox­ies, it is pos­sible to not only pro­tect the per­son af­fected. Re­l­at­ives can be taken care of and en­ter­prises...
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13 March 2019
Neue Re­geln im in­ter­na­tionalen Ehegueterrecht
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30 April 2020
Private Cli­ents
Se­cur­ity for you, your fam­ily, your com­pany and your as­sets We ad­vise and rep­res­ent en­tre­pren­eurs, man­agers, wealthy in­di­vidu­als and their fam­il­ies, as well as banks, as­set man­agers and fam­ily of­fices...
07 November 2017
Swiss non-dis­crim­in­a­tion prin­ciples may pre­vent re­cog­ni­tion of Sharia-based...
A. In­tro­duc­tion In a re­cent de­cision (BGE 143 III 51, 21 Novem­ber 2016), the Swiss Fed­er­al Tribunal re­fused the re­cog­ni­tion of a cer­ti­fic­ate of in­her­it­ance ("acte d'hoir­ie") es­tab­lished by an Egyp­tian...
24 April 2020
CMS again achieves top po­s­i­tions in BIL­ANZ / Le Temps rank­ing 2020
CMS once again one of the lead­ing law firms in Switzer­land For the fourth time, the Swiss busi­ness magazine BIL­ANZ and news­pa­per Le Temps have pub­lished their rank­ing of the best law firms in Switzer­land. We...
24 October 2016
Der Güter­stand der Gesell­schafter bei der Un­ternehmensnachfolge
Fehlende Güter­stand­sreg­el­un­gen ge­fährden Un­terneh­men - er­fahren Sie war­um und lesen Sie, was Schutz bi­etet. Fam­i­lienun­terneh­men sind et­was Be­son­deres und et­was Wun­derbares. In Fam­i­li­en­hand und in er­ster...
15 April 2020
New rank­ings from "The Leg­al 500" for CMS Switzer­land
New rank­ings from "The Leg­al 500" for CMS Switzer­land CMS Switzer­land is be­ing re­com­men­ded in 16 cat­egor­ies in this year's edi­tion of The Leg­al 500, pub­lished in April 2020. We are par­tic­u­larly pleased...
17 October 2016
Der Gesell­schafts­ver­trag – Fit für die näch­ste Gen­er­a­tion?
Der Gesell­schafts­ver­trag ist die Magna Charta des Un­ternehmens. Er gibt die wesent­lichen Re­gel­un­gen des Gesell­schafts­ver­trages für alle Gesell­schafter ver­bind­lich vor. In Fam­i­lienun­terneh­men ist der...
03 September 2019
New Coun­sel at CMS von Er­lach Pon­cet
We are pleased to an­nounce that Prof. Audrey Leuba has joined CMS von Er­lach Pon­cet on Septem­ber 1, 2019 as Coun­sel with­in the Private Cli­ents de­part­ment.Audrey Leuba prac­tices in the areas of in­her­it­ance...
11 October 2016
Die Fam­i­li­en­stif­tung als In­stru­ment der Nachfol­ge­planung
16 April 2019
CMS Switzer­land fur­ther im­proves its rank­ing with The Leg­al 500
CMS Switzer­land fur­ther im­proves its rank­ing with The Leg­al 500 We are de­lighted to an­nounce that CMS Switzer­land is be­ing re­com­men­ded in 12 cat­egor­ies in this year's edi­tion of The Leg­al 500, pub­lished...