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Franziska Hammer

Counsel

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd
Räffelstrasse 26
P.O. Box
8022 Zurich
Switzerland
Languages English, French, German

Franziska Hammer's main practice areas are corporate law and M&A.

She advises companies, shareholders and investors in Switzerland and abroad on corporate law issues, in particular in connection with intra-group reorganisations as well as in M&A, private equity and joint venture transactions. Another area of her expertise is the planning of company succession and the establishment of foundations.

Franziska Hammer graduated magna cum laude from the University of St. Gallen in 1997. Having gained experience as trainee with the Department of Justice and Police of the Canton of St. Gallen and with a leading law firm in Zurich, she was admitted to the bar in 1999. Since 1999 she is an attorney of our firm. She was seconded to CMS Cameron McKenna in London in 2001 and to the biotech firm Amgen (Europe) AG in Lucerne in 2003. Franziska Hammer was appointed counsel of our firm in 2014.

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High level of commitment and collegial cooperation, especially with Stefan Brunnschweiler and Franziska Hammer. A great wealth of experience and in-depth expertise.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Commercial, Corporate / M&A, 2022

Relevant experience

  • ABB: Advice on a major corporate restructuring involving 5 jurisdictions
  • CCC Group: Advice on the acquisition of the majority stake in Karl Vögele AG, Uznach
  • Dover Switzerland: Advice on the sale of Tipper Tie Alpina GmbH to JBT Corporation, advice on various group restructurings
  • Takeda Pharmaceutical Company: Advice on its EUR 6,9 billion multi-national acquisition of Nycomed headquartered in Zurich
  • Wärtsilä: Advice on a ship engine joint venture with a Chinese state company
  • Colibrys SA: Advice on the sale of Colibrys SA in a multi-seller transaction
  • Holtzbrinck: Advice on merger of Macmillan Science and Education with Springer Science+Business Media
  • HUBER Packaging Group: Advice on the acquisition of four facilities in Switzerland, Finnland, UK and France of Crown Vogel AG
  • Nahrin: Advice on the acquisition of Goloy
  • Advice on a group restructuring including 14 mergers with a transaction value of CHF 2.6 billion
  • Advice on various investments in start-up companies including advice on shareholder and finance structure
  • Advice on various cross-border transfers of company domicile (inbound and outbound)
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Memberships & Roles

  • St. Gallen Bar Association
  • Zurich Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association 
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Publications

  • Daniel Jenny/Franziska Hammer, Handbuch Schweizer GmbH-Recht (Handbook on Swiss LLCs), § 28–39, § 41, Basel 2019 (handbook awarded with the yearly ZHAW Publication Award)
  • Selling Insurance across Europe
  • IMD Guide, 2005 and 2006 update
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Education

  • 1997 Rechtsstudium, lic. iur., magna cum laude, Universität St. Gallen
  • 1999 Anwaltspatent
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Expertise

06/02/2015
2-stroke ship en­gine joint ven­ture of Wärt­silä with Chinese state com­pany...
Led by part­ner Oliv­er Blum, Head of M&A of CMS Switzer­land, CMS ad­vised the Finnish glob­al power solu­tions pro­vider Wärt­silä in the re­struc­tur­ing of its Swiss busi­ness so as to sep­ar­ate the de­vel­op­ment...
14/04/2015
CMS ber­ät die HUBER Pack­aging Group beim Er­werb von vi­er Werken in der...
Die HUBER Pack­aging Group GmbH mit Hauptsitz in Öhrin­gen er­wirbt vi­er Produk­tion­swerke der amerik­an­is­chen CROWN-Gruppe für chemisch-tech­nis­che Weißble­chakt­iv­itäten in der Sch­weiz (Aesch), Finnland...

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11/04/2022
CMS Switzer­land re­cog­nised by The Leg­al 500
Rank­ings of CMS Switzer­land in The Leg­al 500 EMEA 2022 edi­tion
30/03/2022
CMS sup­por­ted on re­verse mer­ger and list­ing of Tal­ent­house AG on the SIX...
Tal­ent­house AG, a lead­ing tech­no­logy plat­form con­nect­ing brands and cre­at­ives glob­ally, has been lis­ted as an op­er­at­ing com­pany on the In­ter­na­tion­al Re­port­ing Stand­ard of the SIX Swiss Ex­change (SIX) since 29 March 2022. Over the past 15 months, Tal­ent­house AG has bundled four pre­vi­ously in­de­pend­ent com­pan­ies and brought them to the stock ex­change in Zurich through a re­verse mer­ger. This is the second list­ing on the SIX this year (after the first list­ing on the new SPARKS seg­ment of the SIX). Tal­ent­house AG is a tech­no­logy plat­form com­pany that works with the world's largest cre­at­ive com­munity with over 14 mil­lion mem­bers to pro­duce high-qual­ity di­git­al con­tent for nu­mer­ous ma­jor glob­al com­pan­ies such as Net­flix and Nike. Tal­ent­house AG, which op­er­ates the cre­at­ive plat­forms Tal­ent­house, Ey­e­Em, Ello, Zo­oppa and Jovoto, is pi­on­eer­ing the struc­tur­al re­align­ment of con­tent pro­duc­tion us­ing a plat­form-based busi­ness mod­el to de­liv­er con­tent that can keep pace with con­sumer de­mand in the di­git­al age in terms of scale and qual­ity. At the same time, the com­pany of­fers de­vel­op­ment op­por­tun­it­ies to cre­at­ive minds. The com­pany is dom­i­ciled in Switzer­land and, in ad­di­tion to its op­er­a­tion­al headquar­ters in Lon­don, has of­fices in Los Angeles, New York City, Ber­lin, Mil­an and Phil­adelphia.The trans­ac­tion was sup­por­ted by an in­ter­na­tion­al leg­al team un­der Re­la­tion­ship Part­ner Gregor Famira of CMS Vi­enna. The Swiss CMS team ad­vised the ma­jor­ity share­hold­er of Tal­ent­house AG (Tal­ent­house GmbH) as well as the chair­man of the board of Tal­ent­house AG.The Swiss team was led by Mat­thi­as Kuert (Cap­it­al Mar­kets) and fur­ther in­cluded Stefan Brunnsch­weiler (Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/M&A), Fran­ziska Ham­mer, Flori­an Jung and Al­ex­an­dra Stock­er (all Cor­por­ate/M&A) as well as Si­mone Brauch­bar (IP/IT), Mark Ca­gi­enard (Part­ner; Tax) and Jodok Wicki (Part­ner; Com­mer­cial/Lit­ig­a­tion).
25/02/2022
CMS ad­vised F24 Sch­weiz AG on the ac­quis­i­tion of SMSup Sàrl
F24 Sch­weiz AG ac­quired SMSup Sàrl, a fast-grow­ing busi­ness mes­saging star­tup with a fo­cus on the French speak­ing Swiss mar­ket and grow­ing pres­ence across Switzer­land, Ger­many and Aus­tria. The ac­quis­i­tion strengthens F24’s lead­ing mar­ket po­s­i­tion in busi­ness mes­saging in Switzer­land and ex­pands the cus­tom­er base sig­ni­fic­antly.  SMSup Sàrl founder Ro­main Bos­sel will con­tin­ue his work and play an im­port­ant role in shap­ing the com­mon fu­ture.F24 is Europe’s lead­ing Soft­ware-as-a-Ser­vice pro­vider for in­cid­ent and crisis man­age­ment, emer­gency no­ti­fic­a­tion and busi­ness com­mu­nic­a­tions. F24 Sch­weiz AG provides the busi­ness mes­saging solu­tion eCall. With this step cus­tom­ers of F24 Sch­weiz AG get ac­cess to fur­ther use cases es­pe­cially in mar­ket­ing. A team of CMS Switzer­land, led by part­ner Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, ad­vised F24 Sch­weiz AG on all leg­al mat­ters of the trans­ac­tion. CMS France provided sup­port in re­la­tion to com­mer­cial as­pects un­der French law. CMS Switzer­land­Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&AFran­ziska Ham­mer, Coun­sel, Cor­por­ate / M&ADr Dirk Spacek, Part­ner, TMC / In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­er­tyAl­ex­an­dra Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&ACMS Fran­ceDenis Re­don, Part­ner, An­ti­trust / Com­pet­i­tion / TradeVin­cent Lorieul, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, An­ti­trust / Com­pet­i­tion / TradeMaxime Han­ri­ot, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, TMC
11/02/2022
CMS ad­vised Vista Au­gen­prax­en & Klinik­en on the ac­quis­i­tions of Au­gen­k­linik...
As of 1 Janu­ary 2022, Vista Klinik Hold­ing AG in Bin­nin­gen has ac­quired Klinik ZüriSeh and will con­tin­ue to op­er­ate it un­der the name Vista Au­gen­k­linik Wollishofen in the fu­ture. With this ac­quis­i­tion, Vista strengthens its pres­ence in Zurich and ex­pands to the right lakeside. On 450 square meters, the new Vista Au­gen­k­linik Wollishofen has three op­er­at­ing rooms and three con­sult­ing rooms. All em­ploy­ees of Klinik ZüriSeh un­der the man­age­ment of Timo Stern will be taken over.Fur­ther, Vista Klinik Hold­ing AG has taken over Au­gen­k­linik Buch­er on 16 Decem­ber 2021 and will thus also be present in Frauen­feld. In ad­di­tion to a day clin­ic, Au­gen­k­linik Buch­er in­cludes an eye prac­tice, a vis­ion school and a mod­ern op­er­at­ing room. A wide range of ser­vices re­lat­ing to oph­thal­mo­logy and oph­thal­mic sur­gery are offered in the newly ren­ov­ated premises. The founder of Au­gen­k­linik Buch­er, Dr. med. Pi­us Buch­er, will con­tin­ue to be fully avail­able for his pa­tients. His team of 14 em­ploy­ees will re­main with the eye clin­ic.Fi­nally, Vista Klinik Hold­ing AG has ac­quired Aivla Group with its six loc­a­tions as of 1 Feb­ru­ary 2022, mak­ing Vista the lead­ing private pro­vider of oph­thal­mo­logy in the can­ton of Gris­ons. Aivla Group was foun­ded more than twenty years ago by Dr. med. Paolo Bernas­coni in St. Mor­itz and de­veloped in­to the lead­ing oph­thal­mo­logy pro­vider in the En­gad­ine. The catch­ment area of Aivla Group in­cludes the en­tire En­gad­ine with its side val­leys as well as the south­ern val­leys of the Gris­ons as far as Livigno and Chiavenna. Aivla Group main­tains long-stand­ing and well-foun­ded co­oper­a­tions with loc­al health care fa­cil­it­ies and is fully re­spons­ible for emer­gency ser­vices in the re­gion. Dr. med. Paolo Bernas­coni will con­tin­ue to care for his pa­tients as med­ic­al dir­ect­or of Aivla Group. The ex­ist­ing team will be taken over in full.The ac­quis­i­tions serve to ex­pand the geo­graph­ic­al loc­a­tions and the ex­pert net­work of Vista Au­gen­prax­en & Klinik­en. Foun­ded over 30 years ago, Vista Au­gen­prax­en & Klinik­en is now a lead­ing centre of ex­cel­lence for oph­thal­mo­logy in Switzer­land. With its nu­mer­ous loc­a­tions, Vista has a broad net­work of eye clin­ics and eye prac­tices. At all loc­a­tions, spe­cial­ised oph­thal­mo­lo­gists of­fer all treat­ments and in­ter­ven­tions re­lat­ing to the eye. In this way, Vista guar­an­tees com­pre­hens­ive and lifelong care for its pa­tients. For­ward-look­ing re­search activ­it­ies and the con­tinu­ous train­ing of all em­ploy­ees en­sure qual­ity and sus­tain­ab­il­ity at all loc­a­tions.A team of CMS Switzer­land, led by part­ner Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, ad­vised Vista Au­gen­prax­en & Klinik­en on all leg­al mat­ters of the trans­ac­tions. CMS Switer­land­Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate/ M&AFran­ziska Ham­mer, Coun­sel, Cor­por­ate/ M&AM­ark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, Tax­Samuel Fe­lix Gang, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/ M&A
26/10/2021
CMS ad­vised Vista Au­gen­prax­en & Klinik­en
Vista Klinik Hold­ing AG in Bin­nin­gen has ac­quired Au­gen­zen­trum Brugg AG in Brugg on 30 Ju­li 2021. Be­sides sev­er­al con­sulta­tion rooms the Au­gen­zen­trum Brugg has also an op­er­at­ing room for oph­thal­mic sur­gic­al pro­ced­ures such as catar­act and glauc­oma sur­gery, as well as new ret­ina op­er­a­tions. Vista will ex­pand the ex­ist­ing glauc­oma ser­vices and add ret­ina con­sulta­tions. In ad­di­tion to Dr. med. Milada Keller and Dr. Miri­am Adam­cova, Dr. med. Irak­lis Vas­t­ard­is will join the team in Brugg.Fur­ther­more, on 15 Septem­ber 2021 Vista Klinik Hold­ing AG has taken over Au­gen­k­linik-Seefeld AG in Zurich. In ad­di­tion to a vis­ion school, all oph­thal­mo­lo­gic­al treat­ments are offered in the prac­tice. Sur­ger­ies can be covered at the Vista eye clin­ics in the Zurich area. While Peter Trüb, MD, will re­tire at the end of 2021, Peter Schöne­born, MD, will con­tin­ue his work at the Au­gen­k­linik Seefeld.Fi­nally, on 28 Septem­ber 2021 Vista Klinik Hold­ing AG ac­quired a par­ti­cip­a­tion in PD Dr. Eis­en­mann Prax­is für Au­gen­heilkunde AG in Chur. The prac­tice on Bahnhof­strasse in Chur has two ex­am­in­a­tion rooms and a vis­ion school. The co­oper­a­tion is in­ten­ded to ex­pand the range of oph­thal­mo­lo­gic­al ser­vices and cre­ate a re­gion­al cen­ter for oph­thal­mo­logy in the Gris­ons cap­it­al. PD Dr. med. Di­eter Eis­en­mann will act as Head Phys­i­cian Oph­thal­mo­logy/Oph­thal­mic Sur­gery as well as Med­ic­al Dir­ect­or of the Chur re­gion.The ac­quis­i­tions and the par­ti­cip­a­tion serve to ex­pand the geo­graph­ic­al loc­a­tions and the ex­pert net­work of Vista Au­gen­prax­en & Klinik­en. Foun­ded over 30 years ago, Vista Au­gen­prax­en & Klinik­en is now a lead­ing centre of ex­cel­lence for oph­thal­mo­logy in Switzer­land. With 20 loc­a­tions in the Basel, Li­estal, Brugg, Zurich, Schwyz and Chur area, Vista has a broad net­work of eye clin­ics and eye prac­tices. At all loc­a­tions, spe­cial­ised oph­thal­mo­lo­gists of­fer all treat­ments and in­ter­ven­tions re­lat­ing to the eye. In this way, Vista guar­an­tees com­pre­hens­ive and lifelong care for its pa­tients. For­ward-look­ing re­search activ­it­ies and the con­tinu­ous train­ing of all em­ploy­ees en­sure qual­ity and sus­tain­ab­il­ity at all loc­a­tions.A team of CMS Switzer­land, led by part­ner Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, ad­vised Vista Au­gen­prax­en & Klinik­en on all leg­al mat­ters of the trans­ac­tion. CMS Switzer­land­Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, Part­ner, Cor­por­ate / M&AFran­ziska Ham­mer, Coun­sel, Cor­por­ate / M&ASamuel Fe­lix Gang, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate / M&A
07/06/2021
CMS ad­vised CCC Group on the sale of Vögele Shoes
A team of CMS Zurich led by Stefan Brunnsch­weiler ad­vised CCC Group on all leg­al as­pects of the sale of Vögele Shoes - a tra­di­tion­al brand in the Swiss shoe trade that is cel­eb­rat­ing its 100th an­niversary...
26/01/2021
CMS ad­vised the share­hold­ers of IPG Group on the sale to TIMETO­ACT
TIMETO­ACT Group with headquar­ters in Co­logne has ac­quired the ma­jor­ity of the shares in IPG In­form­a­tion Pro­cess Group Hold­ing AG with re­gistered of­fice in Win­ter­thur. This trans­ac­tion res­ults in the lead­ing...
31/08/2020
Sta­bil­isa­tion and re­struc­tur­ing law in Switzer­land
1. Which fin­an­cial (not tax or la­bour) short-term com­pens­a­tion schemes for im­me­di­ate losses due to so­cial dis­tan­cing meas­ures have been im­ple­men­ted? For which in­dus­tries/sizes of busi­ness? So far the...
21/02/2020
CMS ad­vises Com­d­at Xero­print AG on the ac­quis­i­tion of Smartec Group
CMS ad­vises Com­d­at Xero­print AG on the ac­quis­i­tion of Smartec Group Com­d­at Xero­print AG in Schlier­en ac­quires all shares of the Smartec Group in Rotkreuz. Both en­ter­prises are part­ners of Xer­ox in the...
15/11/2019
CMS ad­vised ABB on the ac­quis­i­tion of Cas­santec Ltd
CMS ad­vised ABB on the ac­quis­i­tion of Cas­santec Ltd An in­ter­na­tion­al team of CMS Switzer­land and Ger­many un­der the lead of Stefan Brunnsch­weiler (CMS Switzer­land) has ad­vised ABB on the ac­quis­i­tion of...
23/05/2018
CMS ad­vises CCC Group on the ac­quis­i­tion of the ma­jor­ity stake in Karl...
Zurich – The CCC Group has signed an agree­ment to ac­quire 70% of the shares in Karl Vögele AG, Uzn­ach. Sim­ul­tan­eously, Max Manuel Vögele, ex­ec­ut­ive Chair­man of the Board of Dir­ect­ors, in­creases his...
06/02/2015
2-stroke ship en­gine joint ven­ture of Wärt­silä with Chinese state com­pany...
Led by part­ner Oliv­er Blum, Head of M&A of CMS Switzer­land, CMS ad­vised the Finnish glob­al power solu­tions pro­vider Wärt­silä in the re­struc­tur­ing of its Swiss busi­ness so as to sep­ar­ate the de­vel­op­ment...