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TMC – Technology, Media & Communications

Fuelled by increased consumer demand for cutting edge products and low-cost services, your business is faced with the constant battle to offer ‘more for less’. Innovation is key, but you need to overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles.

For the past two decades, our team of over 100 specialist partners in 43 countries has been exposed to every risk and challenge you face in the TMC sector such as IP infringements or anti-trust issues. This means we understand the industries in which you transact including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media as well as data protection and are able to develop innovative solutions for you.

Technological convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can help guide you towards the most commercially successful outcome.

"Outstanding legal expertise. Listening very carefully to our needs and able to understand issues that are truly critical to us. Ability to grasp details of intricate technology with ease. Exceptional client service orientation in all aspects of communication and handling of our cases."

The Legal 500, TMT, Switzerland, 2021

"Perfect communication, fast replies, very competent, very proficient."

The Legal 500, Data privacy and data protection, Switzerland, 2021
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03/11/2022
5 things you need to know about the DSA in less than 10 minutes!
Oc­to­ber fin­ished with the long-awaited ad­op­tion and pub­lic­a­tion (on the 27th) of the Di­git­al Ser­vices Act (DSA). Al­low us to de­mys­ti­fy the key points of the DSA for you. The DSA is a new leg­al frame­work...
02/11/2022
Of­com changes its ap­proach to net neut­ral­ity: how the UK might spear­head...
Over the course of the last 12 months, a num­ber of im­port­ant de­vel­op­ments in net neut­ral­ity have taken place at EU level: cer­tain pre­lim­in­ary rul­ings res­ul­ted in the European body of telco reg­u­lat­or...
01/11/2022
Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) comes in­to force on 1 Novem­ber 2022
The Di­git­al Mar­ket Act (DMA) was pub­lished in the Of­fi­cial Journ­al of the European Uni­on on 12 Oc­to­ber, and it will enter in­to force on 1 Novem­ber. Large di­git­al plat­forms that of­fer core plat­form ser­vices...
13/09/2022
UPC Rules of Pro­ced­ure go in­to force with judg­ments to be made pub­lic
The entry in­to force of the Rules of Pro­ced­ure is part of the fi­nal pre­par­a­tions for the United Pat­ent Court (UPC), which is cur­rently ex­pec­ted to start work in early 2023. After the bod­ies of the UPC...
05/09/2022
Ger­man de­cision may (not) ex­clude US sub­si­di­ar­ies with cloud pro­viders...
In a con­tro­ver­sial data-pro­tec­tion de­cision that has been the sub­ject of crit­ic­al dis­cus­sions, on 13 Ju­ly 2022 the Baden-Württem­berg Pro­cure­ment Cham­ber (Ref. 1 VK 23/22) ruled that even the pos­sib­il­ity...
28/06/2022
Tech­no­logy Trans­form­a­tion: Man­aging Risks in a Chan­ging Land­scape
Chan­ging tech, chan­ging risks
07/06/2022
Trade secret laws and reg­u­la­tions 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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02/06/2022
CMS Ex­pert Guide to Schrems II – Switzer­land
1. Re­quire­ments for data trans­fers us­ing SCC Even the Swiss-U.S. Pri­vacy Shield does not of­fer a suf­fi­cient level of data pro­tec­tion. A data trans­fer to the USA can there­fore no longer be based on...
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01/06/2022
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What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
26/05/2022
Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
“Schrems II”: Opin­ions of the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies on Schrems II and re­com­mend­a­tions on the im­ple­ment­a­tion of the judge­ment in in­ter­na­tion­al data trans­fers On 16 Ju­ly 2020, the Court of Justice...
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