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Fabian Martens, LL.M., LL.M., MA


CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd
Dreikönigstrasse 7
P.O. Box
8022 Zurich
Languages German, English, French, Japanese

Fabian Martens is an experienced lawyer in the field of Swiss and European competition and anti-trust law, public procurement law and regulated markets.

He advises and represents clients before the Swiss Competition Commission and the Swiss courts throughout all areas of anti-trust law. His experience includes advising clients in all fields of competition law and conducting proceedings under anti-trust law and private anti-trust law (damages claims), along with merger control proceedings and compliance programmes such as training, e-learning, mock dawn raids and internal investigations. Fabian Martens is the winner of the Lexology Client Choice Award in Competition Law 2021 for Switzerland.

In public procurement matters, Fabian Martens advises and represents private parties as well as contracting authorities under federal and cantonal procurement law and in cross-border procurement proceedings.

Fabian Martens’ clients come from various sectors, including in particular retail trade, the financial sector, luxury cosmetics, telecommunications, logistics, construction and energy.

Fabian Martens has long-standing experience at renowned national and international corporate law firms and as an in-house lawyer.

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Fabian is a forward thinking, strategic and extremely smart lawyer and planner.

Client feedback, Lexology Client Choice Award 2021

What sets Fabian's work apart was his ability to deliver a work product that was to the point and he provided us with extremely useful, hands-on advice that we could understand and directly put into action.

Client feedback, Lexology Client Choice Award 2021

Fabian manages to translate his expertise into sophisticated and convincing strategies and work products. His experience, his cost-efficiency, his strong business acumen and his hands-on approach make his client service exceptional, even in time- or cost-sensitive matters.

Client feedback, Lexology Client Choice Award 2021

Counsel Fabian Martens has good experience on how to handle large antitrust matters; he also has in-house experience making him an ideal contact person for in-house legal teams.

The Legal 500, Competition - Switzerland 2021

Memberships & Roles

  • Swiss Bar Association (SBA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV, Specialist Group for Competition Law)
  • Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht e.V.
  • Swiss Lawyers’ Society
  • Europa Institut Zurich (EIZ)
  • Swiss-Japanese Chamber of Commerce (SJCC)
  • SVÖB (Swiss Association for Public Procurement)
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Awards & Rankings

  • Lexology Client Choice Award 2021 | Competition Law Switzerland
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  • Kartellrecht Entwicklungen 2019, Stämpfli Verlag 2020, ISBN 978-3-7272-4615-9, Michael Vlcek/David Mamane/Fabian Martens/Frank Bremer/Mario Strebel, https://www.staempfliverlag.com/detail/ISBN-9783727246159
  • Spotlight on approaches for comprehensive compliance: New obligations for Swiss companies, Stefan Brunnschweiler/ Marquard Christen/Fabian Martens/Alexandra Stocker/Hadi Mirzai, CMS Law-Now article, August 2021
  • Switzerland introduces the concept of relative market power and restricts geoblocking, Patrick Sommer/Marquard Christen/Fabian Martens/Hadi Mirzai, CMS Law-Now article, March 2021
  • CMS contribution to EU Commission on antitrust and sustainability, November 2020
  • Kartellrecht Entwicklungen 2019, Stämpfli Verlag 2020, ISBN 978-3-7272-4615-9, Michael Vlcek/David Mamane/Fabian Martens/Frank Bremer/Mario Strebel, https://www.staempfliverlag.com/detail/ISBN-9783727246159
  • Book review: DIKE-Kommentar Bundesgesetz über Kartelle und andere Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen, in: SJZ/RSJ 115 (2019) Nr. 16/17, 550, Fabian Martens
  • Kartellrecht Entwicklungen 2018, Stämpfli Verlag 2019, ISBN 978-3-7272-2680-9, Michael Vlcek/David Mamane/Fabian Martens/Frank Bremer/Mario Strebel, https://www.staempfliverlag.com/detail/ISBN-9783727226809
  • Antworten des Schweizer Kartellrechts auf die EU-Bestrebungen zum digitalen Binnenmarkt für Online-Plattformen, LES Newsletter, December 2019, https://www.les-ch.ch/index.php/de/publikationen
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Lectures list

  • Webinar: Changes in Swiss Public Procurement Law, 10 December 2020
  • CMS Consumer Products Conference 2019, Basel, 7 November 2019, Sustainability and antitrust law
  • Yale University Summer Program, New Haven CT, USA, July 2019, The role of the antitrust lawyer
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  • 2019 – Master in Economics for Competition Law, King's College London
  • 2016 – Postgraduate Diploma Economics for Competition Law, King’s College London
  • 2013 – Advanced Professional Certificate in Law and Business, NYU Stern School of Business
  • 2013 – Master of Laws, LL.M., National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • 2013 – Master of Laws, LL.M., New York University (NYU)
  • 2009 – Licence to practise law (Zurich)
  • 2006 – Degree in law, lic. iur., University of Zurich
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Emer­gency aid for Swiss firms in re­sponse to COV­ID-19 – an over­view
Be­cause meas­ures by Switzer­land's Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to curb the out­break of COV­ID-19 through the pas­sage of "COV­ID-19 Or­din­ance 2" sub­stan­tially af­fected sev­er­al in­dustry sec­tors, the Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment...


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...
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.The most re­cent ex­ample of leg­al de­vel­op­ments in this area is the in­dir­ect counter-pro­pos­al to the fed­er­al pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive "the Re­spons­ible Busi­ness Ini­ti­at­ive – Pro­tect­ing hu­man rights and the en­vir­on­ment" ("Konzern­ver­ant­wor­tungsin­i­ti­at­ive"). With the ex­piry of the ref­er­en­dum dead­line on 5 Au­gust 2021, new due di­li­gence and re­port­ing reg­u­la­tions on non-fin­an­cial mat­ters as well as in areas of con­flict min­er­als and child la­bour are ex­pec­ted to come in­to force in Switzer­land on 1 Janu­ary 2022. In re­cent years, the Gov­ernance, Risk and Com­pli­ance (GRC) ap­proach has been an ef­fi­cient tool for com­pan­ies with com­plex cor­por­ate struc­tures to meet ex­pand­ing reg­u­lat­ory re­quire­ments. By means of a com­pre­hens­ive ap­proach, the areas of Gov­ernance, Risk and Com­pli­ance have been merged and com­pan­ies are well ad­vised to ex­am­ine their com­pli­ance struc­tures crit­ic­ally and, if ne­ces­sary, ad­apt them to the latest de­vel­op­ments. New re­quire­ments un­der the Swiss Code of Ob­lig­a­tions Fol­low­ing the 29 Novem­ber 2020 re­jec­tion of the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive "For re­spons­ible com­pan­ies - to pro­tect people and the en­vir­on­ment" ("Cor­por­ate Re­spons­ib­il­ity Ini­ti­at­ive" or "Konzern­ver­ant­wor­tungsin­i­ti­at­ive"), the Swiss par­lia­ment ad­op­ted the in­dir­ect counter-pro­pos­al. After ex­piry of the ref­er­en­dum peri­od, the new pro­vi­sions are ex­pec­ted to enter in­to force on 1 Janu­ary 2022. The counter-pro­pos­al provides for a gen­er­al re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tion as well as top­ic-spe­cif­ic due di­li­gence ob­lig­a­tions and trans­par­ency in con­nec­tion with con­flict min­er­als and child la­bour (see para­graph ii be­low for a defin­i­tion of each). The new re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tion will likely ap­ply to com­pan­ies first in the 2023 fin­an­cial year.The leg­al pro­vi­sions in the Swiss Code of Ob­lig­a­tions for bet­ter pro­tec­tion of people and the en­vir­on­ment, which par­lia­ment ad­op­ted as a counter-pro­pos­al to the Cor­por­ate Re­spons­ib­il­ity Ini­ti­at­ive, provide for two in­nov­a­tions: (i) re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tions on non-fin­an­cial mat­ters (Art. 964bis et se­qq. CO); and (ii) due di­li­gence and re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tions in the areas of con­flict min­er­als and child la­bour (Art. 964quin­quies et se­qq. CO).The vi­ol­a­tion of these ob­lig­a­tions is pun­ish­able by fines of up to CHF 100,000. Un­like the ori­gin­al pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive, the new pro­vi­sions do not con­tain any fur­ther li­ab­il­ity rules. Any fur­ther li­ab­il­ity claims might be gov­erned by gen­er­al ex­ist­ing leg­al pro­vi­sions.(i) Re­port­ing re­quire­ments on non-fin­an­cial mat­tersIn or­der to in­crease trans­par­ency, com­pan­ies are now leg­ally ob­liged to re­port on the risks of their busi­ness activ­it­ies in the areas of the en­vir­on­ment (es­pe­cially re­gard­ing CO2 emis­sions stand­ards), so­cial is­sues, la­bour is­sues, hu­man rights and anti-cor­rup­tion. They must also re­port the meas­ures they are tak­ing against these risks. If a re­port­ing com­pany does not fol­low the re­quire­ments for these non-fin­an­cial is­sues, the re­port must con­tain a trans­par­ent and foun­ded ex­plan­a­tion (i.e. the com­pany must "com­ply or ex­plain"). In these cases, the le­gis­lat­or as­sumes that in­vestors and con­sumers will judge a com­pany's cred­ib­il­ity for them­selves and turn away from un­trust­worthy firms.In or­der to be sub­ject to this re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tion, a com­pany must be a "pub­lic in­terest en­tity". This in­cludes, in par­tic­u­lar, pub­lic com­pan­ies, banks and in­sur­ance com­pan­ies as well as oth­er su­per­vised com­pan­ies of the fin­an­cial sec­tor, which, to­geth­er with any do­mest­ic or for­eign com­pan­ies con­trolled by them, have an an­nu­al av­er­age of at least 500 full-time em­ploy­ees and a bal­ance sheet total of at least CHF 20 mil­lion or a turnover of at least CHF 40 mil­lion in two con­sec­ut­ive years.(ii) Due di­li­gence and re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tions in the areas of con­flict min­er­als and child la­bour­All com­pan­ies with risks in their sup­ply chains in the sens­it­ive areas of child la­bour and con­flict min­er­als must now com­ply with spe­cial and far-reach­ing due di­li­gence ob­lig­a­tions, re­gard­less of their size. Con­flict min­er­als in­clude min­er­als or metals that con­tain tin, tan­talum, tung­sten or gold and ori­gin­ate from con­flict or high-risk areas. In ad­di­tion to "failed states", such areas in­clude in par­tic­u­lar re­gions in which armed con­flicts pre­vail or a fra­gile situ­ation ex­ists after such a con­flict. In this con­text, the Swiss le­gis­lat­or is also fol­low­ing EU re­com­mend­a­tions. In the case of child la­bour, a reas­on­able sus­pi­cion that products or ser­vices that are be­ing offered have been pro­duced us­ing child la­bour is suf­fi­cient for the ex­ist­ence of such du­ties of care.The new due di­li­gence reg­u­la­tions in Swiss law are largely based on ex­ist­ing EU reg­u­la­tions. The im­ple­ment­a­tion pro­vi­sions are reg­u­lated in the Or­din­ance on Due Di­li­gence and Trans­par­ency for Min­er­als and Metals from Con­flict Areas and Child La­bour. The Fed­er­al Coun­cil has already pre­pared an ini­tial draft of this or­din­ance, which was sub­ject to con­sulta­tion in Ju­ly 2021. The due di­li­gence ob­lig­a­tion in­cludes, among oth­er things, the ob­lig­a­tion to in­tro­duce a rel­ev­ant man­age­ment sys­tem and a risk man­age­ment plan. In the area of min­er­als and metals, com­pli­ance with the due di­li­gence ob­lig­a­tion will also be audited by an ex­tern­al ex­pert.The Or­din­ance also provides ex­emp­tions for due di­li­gence and re­port­ing ob­lig­a­tions. Re­gard­ing con­flict min­er­als, the reg­u­la­tion de­term­ines the an­nu­al im­port and pro­cessing quant­it­ies for min­er­als and metals up to which a com­pany is ex­empt from the ob­lig­a­tions. In the area of child la­bour, the reg­u­la­tion provides ex­emp­tions for small and me­di­um-sized en­ter­prises (SMEs) and for com­pan­ies with low risks in this area. The start­ing point for the risk as­sess­ment is the coun­try of pro­duc­tion ac­cord­ing to the in­dic­a­tion of ori­gin (i.e. the "made in" des­ig­na­tion). The UNICEF Chil­dren's Rights in the Work­place In­dex can be con­sul­ted for this as­sess­ment. In ad­di­tion, com­pan­ies that already com­ply with in­ter­na­tion­ally re­cog­nised equi­val­ent reg­u­la­tions are ex­empt from the ob­lig­a­tions. GRC ap­proach as an in­dustry stand­ard? Dy­nam­ic changes in the reg­u­lat­ory and eco­nom­ic en­vir­on­ment present glob­al com­pan­ies with the unique chal­lenge of de­vel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing a hol­ist­ic ap­proach to cor­por­ate gov­ernance from a mul­ti­tude of man­dat­ory and non-man­dat­ory reg­u­la­tions, cre­at­ing ex­tern­al and in­tern­al policies for stake­hold­ers, and tak­ing in­to ac­count com­pany-spe­cif­ic op­por­tun­it­ies and risks. In re­sponse to this ini­tial situ­ation, the GRC ap­proach has be­come for many com­pan­ies a co­ordin­ated, in­teg­rated and hol­ist­ic com­pli­ance and risk man­age­ment mod­el. The ac­ronym "GRC" stands for Gov­ernance, Risk and Com­pli­ance, which en­com­passes the three most im­port­ant areas of ac­tion for re­spons­ible and in­teg­rity-based cor­por­ate gov­ernance, which are already closely linked by their nature. The goal of the GRC ap­proach is to in­tel­li­gently link these three areas. The aim is to cre­ate trans­par­ency and se­cur­ity for in­tern­al and ex­tern­al risks in or­der to pre­vent neg­at­ive eco­nom­ic, leg­al and even crim­in­al con­sequences for the com­pany and its repu­ta­tion. Even if a com­pany already pos­sesses well-de­veloped con­trol and man­age­ment sys­tems, the ex­ist­ing syn­er­gies are of­ten not con­nec­ted in a mean­ing­ful way. With the in­tro­duc­tion of a GRC sys­tem in the com­pany's busi­ness pro­cess, the in­tern­al func­tions of risk man­age­ment, in­tern­al con­trol, com­pli­ance and in­tern­al audit can ef­fi­ciently use syn­er­gies. In this way, re­dund­an­cies in the pro­cesses can be avoided, which usu­ally leads to a sav­ing of costs and staff ca­pa­cit­ies. At the same time, the uni­form ap­proach means that re­spons­ib­il­it­ies can be clearly as­signed with­in the com­pany and dif­fer­ent as­sess­ments of identic­al facts and risks by dif­fer­ent de­part­ments can be avoided. This goes hand in hand with the cre­ation of trust among in­tern­al and ex­tern­al ad­dress­ees. A GRC sys­tem that is well ad­ap­ted to the in­di­vidu­al re­quire­ments of a com­pany im­proves risk iden­ti­fic­a­tion and con­trol. This en­ables the man­age­ment of a com­pany to make stra­tegic de­cisions and take op­er­at­ive meas­ures on the basis of clear­er in­form­a­tion. Risks are re­cog­nised earli­er and man­aged more ef­fi­ciently.An in­dustry stand­ard for the in­ter­ac­tion of sub­sys­tems with­in the gov­ernance struc­ture, which is well-known in the fin­an­cial in­dustry, is the in­ter­na­tion­ally re­cog­nised mod­el of the "three lines of de­fence". It is based on the prin­ciple that the re­spons­ib­il­ity for risk lies primar­ily with the ac­count­able per­son. The mod­el was re­cently re­vised by the In­sti­tute of In­tern­al Aud­it­ors (IIA) and places pro­act­ive risk man­age­ment at the centre of a com­pany's gen­er­al gov­ernance. The first line rep­res­ents op­er­a­tion­al man­age­ment, which is sup­por­ted and mon­itored by a second line (i.e. the com­pli­ance and leg­al de­part­ments). The third line is the in­tern­al audit de­part­ment. The up­dated ver­sion of the IIA bet­ter re­flects the fact that in risk-based de­cision-mak­ing, seiz­ing op­por­tun­it­ies for the com­pany can be as im­port­ant as pro­tect­ing com­pany val­ues.No stand­ard mod­el fits every com­pany. The design of a GRC sys­tem must be ad­ap­ted to the spe­cif­ic risk pro­file of a com­pany, which is de­term­ined by nu­mer­ous in­tern­al and ex­tern­al factors. As a first step, it is ne­ces­sary to as­sess the ex­ist­ing struc­tures, busi­ness mod­el and cur­rent and fu­ture activ­it­ies of the com­pany, as well as the eco­nom­ic and leg­al en­vir­on­ment in which the com­pany op­er­ates. As a second step, this risk as­sess­ment leads to the design of a GRC sys­tem that is ad­ap­ted to the com­pany's spe­cif­ic risks and struc­ture. Fur­ther in­form­a­tion Our com­pli­ance spe­cial­ists at CMS Switzer­land have ex­tens­ive ex­per­i­ence when it comes to ad­vising com­pan­ies on in­tro­du­cing, im­ple­ment­ing and over­see­ing com­pli­ance man­age­ment sys­tems for large cor­por­a­tions and SMEs. We are also able to draw upon the ex­per­i­ence of our CMS col­leagues in oth­er jur­is­dic­tions where com­par­able stat­utory re­quire­ments ex­ist.The con­cise present­a­tion be­low con­tains an over­view of the most im­port­ant an­ti­cip­ated changes that com­pan­ies in Switzer­land will need to pre­pare for, along with re­com­mend­a­tions on how the top­ic of com­pli­ance should be ap­proached.
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
The Fed­er­al Su­preme Court's judg­ment in the mat­ter "Hors-Liste Medika­mente...
On 21 April 2021, the Fed­er­al Su­preme Court pub­lished a judg­ment against Pf­izer re­gard­ing the sanc­tion or­der of the Com­pet­i­tion Com­mis­sion (COMCO) in the mat­ter Hors-Liste Medika­mente (Pre­isem­p­fehlun­gen)...
CMS ad­vises ISS on the sale of ISS Kanal Ser­vices AG
ISS, a glob­al lead­ing fa­cil­ity ser­vices pro­vider, has agreed to sell its Swiss sub­si­di­ary ISS Kanal Ser­vices AG to KLAR Part­ners, a pan-European in­vest­ment firm with a fo­cus on in­vest­ments in busi­ness...
Switzer­land in­tro­duces the concept of re­l­at­ive mar­ket power and re­stricts...
On Fri­day, 19 March 2021, the Swiss par­lia­ment ad­op­ted in its fi­nal vote the amended par­lia­ment­ary counter-pro­pos­al to the pop­u­lar ini­ti­at­ive "Stop the high price is­land - for fair prices". This counter-pro­pos­al...
CMS ad­vises the nChain Group on the re­lo­ca­tion of two group en­tit­ies to...
Two nChain Group en­tit­ies have re­lo­cated from An­ti­gua and Bar­buda to Zug, Switzer­land. nChain AG (pre­vi­ously nChain Group Hold­ings Ltd) will be the group's main cli­ent-fa­cing en­tity, where­as nChain Li­cens­ing...
The In­ter­na­tion­al Hotel Law Re­view | 1st Edi­tion
Pre­face The hotel sec­tor has evolved. A lot.It is now a far cry from the coach­ing inn and the 'Mom and Pop' motel, and those who wish to own a hotel no longer have to be in­volved in its op­er­a­tion. There...
We­bin­ar | Changes in Swiss pub­lic pro­cure­ment law
We­bin­ar: What changes will the re­vi­sion of the Swiss pub­lic pro­cure­ment law bring? On 1 Janu­ary 2021, sub­stan­tial amend­ments of the Swiss pub­lic pro­cure­ment law will enter in­to force after a long re­vi­sion...
An­ti­trust law and le­gis­la­tion in Switzer­land dur­ing Cov­id-19
1. In­tro­duc­tion The COV­ID-19 crisis af­fects the eco­nomy, chal­lenges tra­di­tion­al busi­ness pat­terns and al­ters the flow of goods, ser­vices and funds. This ex­cep­tion­al busi­ness en­vir­on­ment also raises cer­tain...
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment
The COV­ID-19 crisis is hav­ing a ser­i­ous im­pact on the eco­nomy and busi­nesses. In these cir­cum­stances, pub­lic pro­cure­ment can be of even great­er im­port­ance than usu­al and vari­ous ques­tions arise, such...
Emer­gency aid for Swiss firms in re­sponse to COV­ID-19 – an over­view
Be­cause meas­ures by Switzer­land's Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment to curb the out­break of COV­ID-19 through the pas­sage of "COV­ID-19 Or­din­ance 2" sub­stan­tially af­fected sev­er­al in­dustry sec­tors, the Fed­er­al gov­ern­ment...