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As an investor, developer, occupier, construction consortium or asset manager, your real estate deals are executed to tight deadlines within complex local legal systems. If, for example, your property assets cross international markets, you face issues based on differing real estate law as well as cultural and economic contexts. With over 450 lawyers in 43 countries, we give consistent legal advice across borders, coordinated from your home market. Whether you are in the retail, residential, hotels, infrastructure, care home, office, logistics, renewable energy or student accommodation sectors, we have the specialists to help. 

Through decades of experience of doing deals across Europe, our multi-jurisdictional teams adhere to the same templates, processes and standards, including project management. This means we can deploy specialist teams to advise you immediately, irrespective of where the real estate assets are. If you are launching or operating a real estate fund or setting up a real estate related joint venture, our funds and corporate experts can give you country-specific support. This approach allows us to guide your tax, planning, debt financing, construction and management issues in addition to your traditional real estate portfolio and property management work.


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28/04/2022
CMS once again named as one of the top law firms in Switzer­land
For the sixth time, the lead­ing Swiss busi­ness magazine BIL­ANZ and the news­pa­pers Han­delszei­tung and Le Temps have pub­lished their rank­ings of the  top law firms in Switzer­land. CMS von Er­lach Part­ners (CMS Switzer­land) is ranked as one of the top 25 law firms in Switzer­land in a total of 28 out of 31 prac­tice areas, which is more than any oth­er law firm in Switzer­land. This fur­ther un­der­lines our po­s­i­tion as a lead­ing full-ser­vice law firm.
11/04/2022
CMS Switzer­land re­cog­nised by The Leg­al 500
Rank­ings of CMS Switzer­land in The Leg­al 500 EMEA 2022 edi­tion
11/04/2022
Swiss Fed­er­al Court rules on tax neut­ral­ity of Real Es­tate As­set Swap in...
On 28 Feb­ru­ary 2022, the Swiss Fed­er­al Court, which is the highest in­stance in Switzer­land, handed down a rul­ing (of­fi­cially pub­lished on 31 March 2022) on a lead­ing case con­cern­ing the re­or­gan­isa­tion...
08/04/2022
The Pro­posed Dir­ect­ive on Cor­por­ate Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Due Di­li­gence – a step...
The Pro­posed Dir­ect­ive on Cor­por­ate Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Due Di­li­gence (the “CSDD Pro­pos­al”), pub­lished on 23 Feb­ru­ary 2022, aims to im­pose ob­lig­a­tions on com­pan­ies, their sub­si­di­ar­ies and their value chains...
04/04/2022
CMS ad­vises on the sale of Werap Group
The Werap Group, headquartered in Bu­bikon, was sold as part of a suc­ces­sion plan by founder and own­er Kon­rad Frisch­knecht to a group of Swiss in­vestors con­sist­ing of the en­tre­pren­eur­i­al couple Dr. Sara and Chris­toph Hürli­mann and Peter Huber.The Werap Group was foun­ded in 1971 by Kon­rad Frisch­knecht in Bu­bikon. Since then, it has grown to five highly spe­cial­ized com­pan­ies with headquar­ters in Switzer­land and an ad­di­tion­al pro­duc­tion site in Ger­many. It op­er­ates in the in­nov­at­ive en­vir­on­ment of in­dus­tri­al elec­tron­ics and of­fers total solu­tions in the field of elec­tron­ic products, wind­ing tech­no­logy and power sup­ply. The com­pany em­ploys 140 people at 3 loc­a­tions in Bu­bikon, Wet­zikon and Ger­stetten (Ger­many).Un­der the new own­er­ship, the com­pany is to re­main autonom­ous and in­de­pend­ent and pur­sue a growth strategy. All em­ploy­ees will con­tin­ue to be em­ployed.A team of CMS Switzer­land led by part­ner Stephan Wer­len provided com­pre­hens­ive leg­al ad­vice to founder and own­er Kon­rad Frisch­knecht on the trans­ac­tion. CMS Switzer­land­Dr Stephan Wer­len, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&AAl­ex­an­dra Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&ATho­mas Zweifel, As­so­ci­ate, Real Es­tate
24/03/2022
CMS ad­vised In­fopro Di­git­al on the ac­quis­i­tion of Bind­ex­is AG from NZZ
In­fopro Di­git­al, a lead­ing European B2B group spe­cial­ised in in­form­a­tion and tech­no­logy, ac­quires Bind­ex­is AG from NZZ.Bind­ex­is AG fo­cuses on the mon­it­or­ing and lead gen­er­a­tion of con­struc­tion pro­jects. The com­pany is headquartered in Basel.The ac­quis­i­tion of Bind­ex­is AG is part of In­fopro Di­git­al's in­ter­na­tion­al­isa­tion strategy and strengthens its European lead­er­ship in mon­it­or­ing and lead gen­er­a­tion for con­struc­tion pro­jects. In­fopro Di­git­al already owns eight lead­ing plat­forms across eight ma­jor European mar­kets.In­fopro Di­git­al is present in 17 coun­tries and em­ploys more than 4,000 people. In­fopro Di­git­al's in­nov­at­ive solu­tions are aimed at pro­fes­sion­als in five key busi­ness sec­tors: con­struc­tion and pub­lic sec­tor, auto­mot­ive, in­dustry, in­sur­ance and fin­ance, as well as re­tail.A team from CMS Switzer­land, led by Daniel Jenny, ad­vised In­fopro Di­git­al on all leg­al mat­ters of the trans­ac­tion.CMS Switzer­land­Dr Daniel Jenny, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/ M&APas­cal Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/ M&AAl­ex­an­dra Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/ M&ADr Dirk Spacek, Part­ner, IP / IT / Com­mer­cial­Chris­ti­an Gers­bach, Part­ner, Em­ploy­ment­Tho­mas Zweifel, As­so­ci­ate, Real Es­tate­Patrick Ne­her, Train­ee, Com­mer­cial­CMS Ukraine­Tetyana Dovgan, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/ M&AM­ari­ana Saien­ko, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/ M&AMykola Heletiy, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­ment­Denys Hat­seni­uk, Law­yer, Cor­por­ate/ M&A
17/03/2022
CMS ad­vised CID­AN Ma­chinery Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of Thal­mann Maschinen­bau...
Zurich | March 2022A team of CMS Switzer­land un­der the lead of Stefan Brunnsch­weiler provided com­pre­hens­ive ad­vice to Swedish CID­AN Ma­chinery Group on all leg­al as­pects re­gard­ing the ac­quis­i­tion of Swiss long folder pro­du­cer Thal­mann Maschinen­bau AG. CID­AN Ma­chinery Group is a world lead­ing, in­nov­at­ive sup­pli­er to the sheet met­al in­dustry. The group op­er­ates man­u­fac­tur­ing loc­a­tions in Sweden and Aus­tria and has of­fice loc­a­tions in sev­er­al European coun­tries, the United States and China. The headquar­ters of the com­pany, foun­ded in 1907, is based in Götene, Sweden.Thal­mann Maschinen­bau is a world lead­ing com­pany in long fold­ing tech­no­logy. The com­pany has a strong track re­cord of bring­ing in­nov­a­tions to the mar­ket that lead to sig­ni­fic­ant ef­fi­ciency im­prove­ments, cost re­duc­tions and high­er pre­ci­sion and flex­ib­il­ity of the fold­ing pro­cess. The com­pany was foun­ded in 1948 and op­er­ates from Frauen­feld, Switzer­land.With the ac­quis­i­tion of Thal­mann Maschinen­bau AG, CID­AN is adding yet an­oth­er strong brand to its already strong port­fo­lio that in­cludes CID­AN, For­st­ner and nu­IT. The Thal­mann loc­a­tion in Switzer­land will re­main the ma­jor hub for long folder in­nov­a­tion and pro­duc­tion. The 50 em­ploy­ees of Thal­mann will be join­ing the CID­AN Ma­chinery Group and re­main em­ployed at Frauen­feld. CID­AN is com­mit­ted to build on the strengths of the ex­ist­ing team with the aim to fur­ther grow the busi­ness of long folders with­in the group. CMS Switzer­land­Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, LL.M., Lead, Man­aging Part­ner, Co-Glob­al Head CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A GroupSamuel Fe­lix Gang, LL.M., As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AAndrea Relly, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AAl­ex­an­dra Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AM­ark Ca­gi­enard, LL.M., Part­ner, TaxDr Dav­id Schuler, LL.M., Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, TaxDr Dirk Spacek, LL.M., Part­ner, TMC and IPTho­mas Zweifel, LL.M., Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Real Es­tateSarah Keller, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­mentAline Stef­fen, As­so­ci­ate, Com­mer­cial
03/2022
CMS Switzer­land re­com­men­ded in the Cham­bers Europe Guide 2022
Cham­bers and Part­ners has pub­lished its rank­ings of Europe's lead­ing law firms and law­yers in the Europe Guide 2022. Our firm and our law­yers are lis­ted in both rank­ings for Switzer­land.
07/03/2022
EU and UK Sanc­tions against Rus­sia: a fo­cus on the Fin­an­cial Sec­tor
In re­cent days the EU and the UK have ad­op­ted and ex­pan­ded a num­ber of  sanc­tions meas­ures against Rus­si­an and Be­larus­i­an in­di­vidu­als and com­pan­ies. This art­icle fo­cuses on re­strict­ive meas­ures dir­ec­ted...
01/03/2022
Pro­posed man­dat­ory cor­por­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity due di­li­gence re­quire­ments...
On 23 Feb­ru­ary 2022, the European Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted a long-awaited pro­pos­al for a Dir­ect­ive on cor­por­ate sus­tain­ab­il­ity due di­li­gence for widely-defined spe­cified “com­pan­ies”. The pro­pos­als are wide...
22/02/2022
New FID­IC Green Book Re­leased: a rival to the First Edi­tion Red and Yel­low...
FID­IC has re­cently pub­lished the second edi­tion of its Short Form of Con­tract, the “Green Book”, as an up­date to the 1999 edi­tion. This re­lease is im­port­ant not only in terms of the re­vised or new...
15/02/2022
CMS ad­vised Trilux on the ac­quis­i­tion of Mono-Licht GmbH
Trilux AG ac­quires Mono-Licht GmbH and thus fur­ther ex­pands its ca­pa­cit­ies in the field of ar­chi­tec­tur­al light­ing and spe­cial lu­min­aire pro­duc­tion. Foun­ded in 1997, Mono-Licht GmbH is a Swiss lu­min­aire man­u­fac­turer based in Win­ter­thur. The fam­ily-owned com­pany has more than 20 years of ex­per­i­ence in lu­min­aire man­u­fac­tur­ing and em­ploys around 25 people. Mono-Licht GmbH spe­cial­izes in high-qual­ity spe­cial lu­min­aires and pro­ject solu­tions, which are de­veloped at the Win­ter­thur site and pro­duced in the com­pany's own man­u­fact­ory.Trilux and Mono-Licht have already been work­ing to­geth­er suc­cess­fully for many years on vari­ous light­ing pro­jects. With the pur­chase of Mono-Licht GmbH, Trilux AG is fur­ther ex­pand­ing its ca­pa­cit­ies and com­pet­ences in the field of ar­chi­tec­tur­al light­ing and high-qual­ity spe­cial lu­min­aire pro­duc­tion in a tar­geted man­ner and is also con­sist­ently ex­ploit­ing the valu­able syn­er­gies in all areas, from product de­vel­op­ment to joint sales and mar­ket­ing. Mono-Licht GmbH will con­tin­ue to op­er­ate as an in­de­pend­ent en­ter­prise in the Swiss mar­ket.A team of CMS Switzer­land led by part­ner Stephan Wer­len provided com­pre­hens­ive leg­al ad­vice to Trilux AG on the trans­ac­tion.CMS Switzer­land­Dr Stephan Wer­len, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&APas­cal Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&AAl­ex­an­dra Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&ADr Si­mone Brauch­bar Birkhäuser, Coun­sel, IP / ITKatja Bertsche, As­so­ci­ate, Real Es­tat­e­Chris­ti­an Gers­bach, Part­ner, Em­ploy­ment­Christina Winter, As­so­ci­ate, Em­ploy­ment­Patrick Ne­her, At­tor­ney Train­ee, Com­mer­cial­Lu­cas Poschung, At­tor­ney Train­ee, Com­mer­cial