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Dr Kaspar Landolt, LL.M.

Partner
Head of Banking & Finance Team

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

Kaspar Landolt focuses on banking & finance, capital markets and corporate law.

He has more than twenty years of experience in acquisition finance, corporate lending, real estate finance, project finance and asset finance, the issuance and offering of financial instruments, applying for regulatory licenses and other capital market topics as well as restructuring. Other key competencies of Kaspar include insurance, collective investment schemes as well as M&A and corporate law.

Kaspar Landolt regularly advises Swiss and international financial institutions, asset managers, industrial enterprises, trading houses and other companies on their transactions and regulatory matters and represents clients before the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA and other authorities. He is an authorized issuers' representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange. Before joining CMS in 1994, he worked as associate with leading law firms in Detroit and Zurich and clerked at the district court of Meilen, Zurich. Since 2000 he is a partner.

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Kaspar Landolt is my first choice among Swiss attorneys. He provides concise and pointed guidance, which clients can easily understand and implement in practice.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Banking and Finance: Zurich, 2024

Kaspar Landolt helped us on a really complex cross-border deal in record time. He is very good at what he does and quickly comes to the right conclusions.

Chambers & Partners, Global, Banking & Finance, Switzerland, 2024

It always is a pleasure to be working alongside Kaspar Landolt. We rest easy knowing that the guidance he provides is solid.

Chambers & Partners, Global, Banking & Finance, Switzerland, 2024

"Very experienced, smart but still hands-on, responsive, creative."

IFLR 1000, client feedback, 33rd edition (2023/2024)

"Kaspar Landolt is an exceptional lawyer with an extremely high legal expertise and always very pleasant to work with."

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Leading Firms: German-speaking Switzerland, 2023

"Kaspar Landolt has the perfect combination of expertise, swiftness and politeness."

Chambers & Partners, Global, Banking & Finance, Switzerland, 2023

A client enthuses: "Kaspar Landolt is a very knowledgeable and experienced lawyer when it comes to regulatory matters in the financial payment area and dealing with the respective authorities."

Chambers Global Guide, Switzerland, Banking & Finance 2022

Kaspar Landolt is "very good at closing complex transactions on tight deadlines."

Chambers Global Guide, Switzerland, Banking & Finance 2021

'excellent, very commercial and practical.'

Chambers Global Guide, Switzerland, Banking & Finance 2020

Very responsive and solution-orientated.

Chambers Global Guide, Switzerland, Banking & Finance 2020

Kaspar Landolt is greatly appreciated for being able to explain and outline complex topics in a simple language.

The Legal 500, Banking and Finance: Zurich, Switzerland, 2020

I like the way Dr. Kaspar interacts. He provides well timed responses and quality feedback.

IFLR1000, Switzerland, 2020

Kaspar provides very professional and client focused advices.

IFLR1000, Switzerland, 2020

Kaspar is very easy to approach and is normally quick to respond. He provides clear and structured advice and keeps an eye on quoted costs.

IFLR1000, Switzerland, 2020

Relevant experience

  • Leading German bank on EUR 192m/CHF 33m real estate secured acquisition finance of premier brand hotel companies.
  • Swiss IT entrepreneur on sale of his company to German private equity investors.
  • Major US conglomerate on Swiss capital market aspects of its historic, multi-billion dollar steps to transform its portfolio.
  • Leading German, Luxembourg, Dutch, French and Japanese banks on syndicated EUR 1,18bn asset financing of rolling stock.
  • Swiss entrepreneurs on sale of their industrial group of companies to an Italian private equity firm.
  • Major US insurer in relation to the reorganisation of its worldwide non-US business.
  • US securities dealer on obtaining representative office license from the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.
  • US headquartered industrial technology leader on selling part of its Swiss industrial activities to large privately held industrial group.
  • Well-known US and UK asset managers on Swiss regulatory, corporate and commercial law.
  • Well-known Swiss reinsurer on reorganisation of its Swiss, German and French activities.
  • Major Italian and Dutch banks in relation to a USD 100m financing of a major agribusiness.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • International Bar Association
  • Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce
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Publications

  • Abkommen mit London: Blaupause für andere Finanzplätze?, finews.ch, 13 February 2024
  • Basle Commentary Anti-Money Laundering Act, commentary on article 3, December 2021 (together with Dominique Gemperli)
  • The Securities Litigation Review – Edition 5 for Switzerland, The Law Reviews, July 2019 (together with Jodok Wicki and Dominique Gemperli)
  • The Securities Litigation Review – Edition 4 for Switzerland, The Law Reviews, July 2018 (together with Jodok Wicki, Dominique Gemperli and Susanna Gut)
  • Contribution in CMS e-guide to Aircraft Finance and Leasing, Switzerland, April 2018
  • Contribution in CMS e-guide to Real Estate Finance, Switzerland, 2018
  • BEAT KLEINER/KASPAR LANDOLT/DOMINIQUE GEMPERLI, Bankgarantie – Die Garantie unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Bankgarantiegeschäfts, 5th edition, Zurich 2016
  • Cross-border business of Swiss banks in Germany, 11/2011
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Lectures list

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Education

  • 1994 - Master of Laws, LL.M., University of Michigan (USA)
  • 1992 - Thesis, Dr. iur., magna cum laude, University of Zurich
  • 1991 - Bar Admission, Canton of Zurich
  • 1989 - Lic. iur., magna cum laude, University of Zurich
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23/03/2020
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...

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17/05/2024
Real estate finance law in Switzerland
A. Mortgages 1. Can security be granted to a foreign lender? Yes. Security over interests in real estate can be granted to foreign lenders. Generally a foreign lender in favour of whom a security interest...
14/03/2024
CMS Switzerland ranked in Chambers and Partners Europe Guide 2024
Awards & Rankings
04/03/2024
Aircraft finance and leasing in Switzerland
Information current as of February 2020 1. PROPOSED TRANSACTION STRUCTURE An aircraft is typically financed through a finance lease rather than an operating lease (see 5.6.2 below). 2. SEARCHES 2.1...
23/02/2024
UK and Switzerland sign Berne Financial Services Agreement: Blueprint for...
With the signing of the Berne Financial Services Agreement on 21 December 2023, the UK and Switzerland are showing that, unlike in the EU, obstacles to the cross-border provision of financial services can be removed without harmonising legal systems.
06/02/2024
The impact of the Berne Financial Services Agreement
We're delighted to announce a series of informative webinars focusing on the Berne Financial Services Agreement between Switzerland and the UK, a landmark development announced on 21 December 2023. This...
31/01/2024
Agreement with London: Blueprint for Other Financial Centers
An article by Kaspar Landolt for Finews. ch
08/01/2024
Switzerland and the UK sign agreement on mutual recognition in financial...
On 21 December 2023, the Swiss Federal Council and HM Treasury in the UK announced the signing of an agreement on mutual recognition in specific areas of financial services between Switzerland and the UK referred to as the Berne Financial Services Agreement (the Agreement). The conclusion of this ground-breaking Agreement is the culmination of more than two years of negotiations following the signing of a Joint Statement on 30 June 2020 aiming at enhancing cooperation in financial services between Switzerland and the UK. 
13/10/2023
Security interest law in Switzerland
Guarantees 1. Can an intercompany guarantee be granted? Security 4. Can a security interest be granted in the following type of asset? Perfection 8. In order to be enforceable against third parties, must...
19/05/2023
Insurance law and regulation in Switzerland
1. Introduction Since Switzerland is not part of the EU or EEA, insurance companies with their domicile in any EU or EEA member state may not conduct business through a branch office or cross-border on...
12/04/2023
CMS Switzerland recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA 2023
Rankings of CMS Switzerland in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 Edition
19/03/2023
CMS Switzerland recommended in the Chambers Europe Guide 2023
Chambers and Partners has pub­lished its rankings of Europe's lead­ing law firms and lawyers in the Europe Guide 2023. Our firm and our lawyers are listed in both rankings for Switzerland.
16/02/2023
CMS Switzerland ranked in Chambers Global Guide 2023
Chambers and Partners has pub­lished its rankings of the world's leading law firms and lawyers in the Global Guide 2023. Our firm is again listed in both rankings for Switzerland.