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Real Estate & Construction

Switzerland

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 41 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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October 2018
CMS European Real Es­tate Deal Point Study 2018
The European in­vest­ment mar­ket once again had a very strong year. At EUR 234 bn, total in­vest­ment volume was only 3% be­low the re­cord level seen in 2015. This fig­ure also rep­res­ents an in­crease of 7%...

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October 2020
Our real es­tate cap­ab­il­ity at your ser­vice
We are over 800 qual­i­fied law­yers work­ing in real es­tate and con­struc­tion, span­ning 43 coun­tries and 74 cit­ies. The CMS Real Es­tate and Con­struc­tion prac­tice is the largest real es­tate spe­cial­ist team...
24 August 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to con­cur­rent delay
Delays to con­struc­tion pro­ject are a uni­ver­sal is­sue and cause prob­lems for all parties in­volved in them - it seems on a world­wide basis. Each jur­is­dic­tion can point to high pro­file pro­jects which run...
25 November 2020
Switzer­land opens con­sulta­tion on pro­hib­it­ing on­line book­ing plat­forms...
On 11 Novem­ber 2020, the Swiss Fed­er­al Coun­cil opened a con­sulta­tion pro­ced­ure for an amend­ment (art­icle 8a) to the Fed­er­al Act against Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion (UCA), which would pro­hib­it price-fix­ing clauses...
11 September 2020
CMS ad­vised the own­er of Ak­tiengesell­schaft Ernst Hablützel + Co. on the...
After many years of op­er­at­ing the fam­ily busi­ness in the fourth gen­er­a­tion, the own­er of Ak­tiengesell­schaft Ernst Hablützel + Co., has de­cided to ar­range his suc­ces­sion in time and thus se­cure the long-term...
06 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 im­pact on con­struc­tion in­dustry
As the en­tire eco­nomy has been hit hard by the out­break of the COV­ID-19, also the con­struc­tion in­dustry is cur­rently fa­cing dra­mat­ic and dis­rupt­ive chal­lenges re­gard­ing fin­an­cial pres­sure, la­bour short­ages...
27 August 2020
Tail­ings Man­age­ment and New Stand­ards of Reg­u­la­tion
Tail­ings dam fail­ures have put the min­ing in­dustry in the head­lines for the wrong reas­ons in re­cent years. Dam fail­ures can have dis­astrous con­sequences in terms of loss of life and en­vir­on­ment­al dam­age...
13 July 2020
CMS ad­vises on the sale of key­on AG
The share­hold­ers of key­on AG, ad­vised by CMS, have sold all shares in key­on AG to Swiss IT Se­cur­ity AG.key­on AG, foun­ded in 1999 and based in Rap­per­swil-Jona, is a full ser­vice pro­vider and lead­ing pro­vider...
31 March 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19 im­pact on lease agree­ments
COV­ID-19 is dom­in­at­ing the glob­al news and af­fect­ing all areas of busi­ness life. For both land­lords and ten­ants, the ques­tion arises as to the im­pact of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on their lease re­la­tion­ships. Can...
07 August 2020
Treaty claims for can­celled or mod­i­fied in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in the...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has denied an in­vestor’s claim con­cern­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an air­port pro­ject in Latvia. The in­vestor was un­able to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of its pro­ject due to nu­mer­ous...
08 July 2020
CMS ad­vises Avec­tris on the ac­quis­i­tion of Lo­gi­care AG
Avec­tris, a Baden-based full-ser­vice IT pro­vider for Swiss mid-mar­ket com­pan­ies, fur­ther ex­pands its port­fo­lio in the health­care sec­tor and ac­quires Lo­gi­care AG.Lo­gi­care, which was foun­ded by hos­pit­als...
24 April 2018
CMS Ex­pert Guide to com­mer­cial real es­tate law and rules
The Coun­tries To read about 12 Ques­tions on Real Es­tate in a spe­cif­ic coun­try, click on the ap­pro­pri­ate coun­try in the map above.
05 June 2020
Ad­vance pay­ment bonds: “step­ping down” pro­vi­sions and more guid­ance on...
Last month we re­por­ted on a TCC de­cision which con­sidered the re­quire­ments for mak­ing and re­ject­ing a de­mand un­der an ad­vance pay­ment bond sub­ject to the URDG. Very sim­il­ar is­sues have now been con­sidered...