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Marquard Christen, LL.M., MAS

Co-Head of Competition and Head of Public Procurement

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

Marquard Christen specializes in commercial public and administrative law, with a particular focus on competition (antitrust) and public procurement law, as well as regulated markets, compliance and ESG (Environmental Social Governance) matters. He heads the firm's competition and public procurement practice groups, and is a member of the global CMS competition group's steering committee.

Marquard advises Swiss and international companies on all aspects of Swiss and EU competition law (horizontal and vertical agreements, dominance abuse and economic dependence, merger control and civil antitrust law) and represents them in proceedings before competition authorities and courts. Over the past 20 years, he has gained special knowledge in various industries including automotive, construction, consumer goods, energy, IT services, payment solutions, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications. In public procurement, Marquard advises on all aspects of procurement law on both a federal and cantonal level. He supports and represents bidders and procuring entities in the tender process and in appeal proceedings and advises purchasing bodies in the design and management of their tenders. Marquard also advises on other administrative law and regulatory topics, e.g. related to the energy sector or in proceedings under the Federal Act on Freedom of Information in the Administration, as well as on compliance (compliance programs, audits, internal investigations and trainings) and ESG matters (including sustainable supply chains).

Marquard joined our firm as a trainee in 2001 and continued working for CMS as an associate after being admitted to the bar in 2003. From 2009 to 2010 he worked as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross before returning to CMS in 2011. Marquard is also an investigator appointed by the Swiss Bankers Association with regard to the enforcement of the Swiss Code of Conduct on the Due Diligence of Banks (CDB) and a member of the Expert Committee on Digitalisation of the Swiss Bar Association. He regularly lectures and publishes in his fields of expertise.

Apart from commercial law, Marquard is committed to the advancement of human rights and international humanitarian law. 

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Marquard Christen is a highly skilled competition lawyer who profoundly knows his field of law and has invaluable experience with investigations of the Swiss competition authorities.

Chambers & Partners, Europe, Competition/Antitrust, Switzerland, 2024

Marquard Christen is very responsive, great at explaining complex topics in an easily understandable manner and a pleasant person to work with.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Competition, 2024

Marquard Christen lives and breathes competition/antitrust law and is very good at coming up with solutions that work for us from a business perspective.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Competition, 2024

I have worked closely with Marquard Christen, who has provided my company with outstanding support. He is very business oriented and is able to explain difficult things in a simple way for everyone to understand.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Competition, 2024

CMS is one of the few international firms to have a strong Swiss competition practice. Led by partners Marquard Christen, Patrick Sommer and Pascal Favre, the team has a stellar conduct practice, advising clients in various cartel and abuse proceedings before the Swiss agency.

GCR 100 – Global Competition Review, Switzerland, 2024

Marquard Christen: dynamic, very competent, determined, goal-oriented, empathetic, very pleasant conversation partner.

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

My key contact with CMS is Marquard Christen who has been specializing in competition law for now more than 20 years, I believe. He “lives and breathes” competition law. Marquard is not only one of the most knowledgeable competition lawyers I have worked with, but also a very down to earth person.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Competition, 2023

He is highly knowledgeable and provides timely support.

Chambers & Partners, Europe, Competition/Antitrust, Switzerland, 2023

The group was extremely responsive, and the project led by Marquard Christen was handled in a very professional manner with a key focus on ensuring that we as plaintiffs in the proceedings had a clear sense of the applicable law, the related process and the arguments that presented the best options for success.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Public Law, 2023

Very well versed, quick to distil the primary issues in a given fact pattern, and excellent ability to provide and discuss possible risks and how best to mediate them.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Competition, 2023

Marquard Christen always responded very quickly and with insight to my inquiries. As a lawyer with a lot of experience in human rights issues, I am sure that he brings legal knowledge and entrepreneurial know-how to the table. I felt he understood the issues of an SME company in Switzerland.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Public Law, 2023

Marquard Christen is highly respected by peers who laud him as "a highly skilled and incredibly sharp lawyer who knows all the answers to your questions".

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland - Government Contracts, 2023

Marquard Christen enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market as "an exceptionally smart and sympathetic competition specialist".

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Competition, 2023

One impressed client says: "Apart from his profound knowledge of competition law, Marquard Christen's strength is his ability to quickly understand even the most complex sets of facts, identify the legal problems at hand and come up with a solution which takes into account not only the legal issue but also the business interests of our company."

Chambers & Partners, Europe, Competition/Antitrust - Switzerland 2022

Marquard Christen is an excellent competition lawyer, responsive and outstanding in complex negotiations with the regulator. He is particularly strong in the combination of competition law and public procurement law.

The Legal 500, Competition - Switzerland 2022

Christen Marquard: Business acumen, responsiveness, pragmatism, experience.

The Legal 500, Public Law - Switzerland 2022

Relevant experience

  • Comprehensive compliance support for major energy provider. Compliance gap analysis for Swiss based international medical devices company
  • Advice on implementation of new Swiss reporting and due diligence obligations in the area of sustainability
  • Representation of construction company in the so far largest bid-rigging investigation in Switzerland (canton of Grisons)
  • Representation of financial services provider in investigation regarding an alleged boycott of Apple Pay and other international mobile payment solutions
  • Representation of company active in the area of ancillary construction trade in antitrust proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court regarding horizontal price fixing
  • Representation of road construction and civil engineering company in antitrust proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission and the Swiss Federal Administrative Court regarding bid rigging
  • Advice to ancillary construction trade association on the implementation of industry guidelines
  • Representation of telecommunications company in several antitrust proceedings against Swisscom before the Swiss Competition authority, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court and the Swiss Federal Supreme Court, regarding abuse of dominant position
  • Antitrust advice to leading payment industry company held by competing companies from the financial sector on the implementation of various projects
  • Antitrust advice to municipal electricity company in the implementation of various projects on the commercialisation of its fibre optic network
  • Antitrust advice to cantonal electricity company on the implementation of various projects in regulated and non-regulated areas of activity
  • Advice to international automotive group in antitrust proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission regarding horizontal information exchange and price fixing (including amicable settlement with the authority)
  • Representation of foreign automotive group in Swiss civil antitrust proceedings in the area of distribution and after sales service
  • Antitrust advice to foreign pharmaceuticals wholesaler on the admissibility of a purchasing association
  • Antitrust advice to a leading pharmaceuticals company on the implementation of recommended retail prices
  • Antitrust assessment and advice in relation to a reorganisation of the distribution system of a veterinary medicinal products manufacturer
  • Representation of an international consumer goods manufacturer in antitrust proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission regarding territorial market allocation (including amicable settlement with the authority)
  • Advice to and representation of companies from various industry sectors in merger control proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission
  • Coordination of parallel merger control proceedings in various jurisdictions within and outside the EU for a leading international manufacturer of materials for the automotive and beverage industry
  • Comprehensive antitrust audit for a leading international construction company
  • Development and implementation of compliance programmes (guidelines, trainings, e-learning tools, dawn raid policies) for companies from various industry sectors
  • Public procurement law advice to a cantonal electricity company in relation to a public tender for IT services
  • Public procurement law advice to a municipality in relation to public tenders for the construction of various municipal buildings
  • Representation of companies from various industry sectors (including pharmaceuticals, facility management, IT, transportation and energy) in public procurement proceedings in various cantons (including Zurich and Berne) and before the Swiss Federal Administrative Court
  • Providing a legal opinion on the applicability of the public procurement regime on a cantonal electricity company
  • Antitrust and public procurement law advice to an association and its members in the context of a public tender in the area of humanitarian aid
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Memberships & Roles

  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Practise Group Competition Law of Zurich Bar Association 
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV)
  • Expert Group on Digitalisation of Swiss Bar Association
  • Swiss Association on Public Procurement (SVöB)
  • Antitrust Law Association (Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht)
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Awards & Rankings

  • The Legal 500 | Competition, Switzerland, 2023 | Leading Individual
  • GCR 100 – Global Competition Review | Switzerland, 2024 | Elite
  • Who's Who Legal | Competition, 2023 | Thought Leader
  • Who's Who Legal | Government Contracts, Switzerland, 2023 | Recommended
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Lectures list

  • 8 July 2023, Webinar Climate Risk, "Lessons learned from the Swiss climate reporting ordinance: what's in it for businesses?" (co-speakers: Arnt Diener, Quantis, Giovanni Covazzi, BCG and Daniela Hoffman, Quantis)
  • 22 May 2023, Swiss Climate Reporting Forum, "Legal Framework for Transparency on Climate Matters in Switzerland"
  • 25 April 2023, 2. ordentliche Generalversammlung des VBK beider Basel, "Die Kies- und Betonbranche im Fokus der WEKO"
  • 9 - 10 March 2023, 2. Andermatt Tourism Law Forum, "Buchungsplattformen und Wettbewerbsrecht"
  • 23 January 2023, Webinar "Neuerungen im Vertriebskartellrecht" (co-speakers: Andrea Graber, Deputy Director of the Secretary of the Competition Comission (WEKO) and Markus Schöner, CMS Hamburg)
  • 17 November 2022, Veranstaltung des Verbands der Kies- und Betonproduzenten (VKB) Aargau, "Die Kies- und Betonbranche weiterhin im Fokus der WEKO?"
  • 29 March 2022, Schulthess Forum Kartellrecht, "Case Studies zum Vertriebskartellrecht" (co-speaker: Gion Giger, Walder Wyss AG)
  • 28 October 2021, EU Competition Conference, Panel on horizontal restraints: "The Reform of the Horizontal Guidelines – Sustainability Agreements and Buying Cartels vs. Buying Groups" (speakers: Carla Beuret, Secretariat of ComCo (Switzerland), Christiane Dahlbender, MARS, Maria Jaspers, DG Comp and Theon van Dijk, Autoriteit Consument & Markt (Netherlands); co-moderator: Michael Bauer, CMS Brussels)
  • 27 October 2021, Zentralschweizerische Baumeisterverbände, "Wann ist eine Arbeitsgemeinschaft (ARGE) kartellrechtlich zulässig?"
  • 25 October 2021, University of Lucerne, Panel discussion "Law Skills", evening event of the Law Clinic Economic Law (co-speakers: Andrea Vontobel Bucher, UBS and Prof. Dr. Martin Wyss, Federal Office of Justice)
  • 22 October 2021, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht and University of Berne, Roundtable Sustainability and Competition Law, Working Session in Berne (co-speakers: Dr. Susanne A. Wagner, Clariant, Dr. Dirk Middelschulte, Unilever and Mark Steiner, Federal Administrative Court; moderator: Dr. Andrea Graber, Secretariat of ComCo)
  • 22 September 2021, American Bar Association (ABA), "International Perspectives on Privacy and Competition Law", Business Law Virtual Section Annual Meeting (co-speakers: Pinar Akman, University of Leeds, Kentaro Hirayama, Kysushu University and Hirayama Law Offices and Brendan Fee, Morgan Lewis; Moderator: Davit Akman, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)
  • 17 September 2021, Swiss Association for Public Procurement (SVöB), "ARGE – im Grundsatz kartellrechtlich zulässig und im Zweifelsfall vergaberechtlich sanktionsbedroht?" (together with Frank Stüssi, Vice Director Secretariat COMCO), SVöB General Meeting
  • 10 December 2020, CMS Webinar "Neuerungen im Schweizer Vergaberecht"
  • 22 September 2020, ABA Panel "Consideration of Public Interests in Competition Analysis" (co-chair and moderator), Virtual Annual Meeting of ABA Business Law Section (speakers: Christiane Dahlbender, MARS, Synda Mark, US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Paul Csiszar, DG Comp and Deona Khala, Alston & Bird)
  • 9 April 2020, CMS Webinar "Aktuelle Rechtsfragen im Zusammenhang mit COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Fokus Schweiz"
  • 5 March 2020, Debating Competition, Zurich, "Kompensationszahlungen: Wundermittel ohne Nebenwirkungen?" (co-speaker: Dr David Bruch, Secretariat of the Swiss Competition Commission)
  • 17 April 2019, Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht, Zurich, "Verhandlung und Abschluss von einvernehmlichen Regelungen (EVR) – Erfahrungsbericht zu jüngeren Entwicklungen in der Behördenpraxis"
  • 31 October 2018, CMS Competition and Public Procurement Breakfast 2018, Zurich, "Die kartellrechtliche Beurteilung verschiedener Kooperationsformen bei der Teilnahme an staatlichen und privaten Auftragsvergaben“
  • 28 August 2018, Presentation and Antitrust Law Training for major Swiss construction company, "Das Kartellrecht und Ihr Unternehmen – Kartellrechtsverstösse und ihre Auswirkungen"
  • 26 September 2017, Chamber of Commerce of the Stuttgart Region, "Abwicklung von (öffentlichen) Aufträgen in der DACH-Region, Einblick in das Schweizer Vergaberecht"
  • 15 June 2017, Annual Congress of Swiss Bar Association, Lucerne, "Der Weg in die Selbständigkeit – Erfahrungsberichte aus verschiedenen Blickrichtungen"
  • 7 April 2017, International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA), Public Law Commission Seminar, Lausanne, "Setting the scene: the legal framework concerning public procurement" (co-speaker: Katarzyna Kuzma, Domanski Zakrewski Palinka, Poland)
  • 16 November 2016, CMS Competition Breakfast 2016, Zurich, "Antitrust Damages Claims in the EU and Switzerland – Legal Framework and Practical Questions" (co-speakers: Satyen Dhana, CMS London and Tim Reher, CMS Hamburg)
  • 20 October 2016, Schweizerischer Fachverband Fenster- und Fassadenbranche (FFF), Gossau, "Das Kartellrecht und Ihr Unternehmen – Kartellrechtsverstösse und ihre Auswirkungen"
  • 18 November 2015, CMS Commercial Breakfast 2015, Zurich, "AGB – Verloren im Kleingedruckten" (co-speaker: Reto Hunsperger)
  • 26 February 2015, CMS Commercial Breakfast 2015, Zurich, "'Liability' und 'Warranty' in Commercial Contracts unter Schweizer Recht – Lost in Translation" (co-speaker: Reto Hunsperger)
  • 11 December 2013, Verband Schweizerischer Elektro-Installationsfirmen (VSEI), Zurich, "Das Kartellrecht und Ihr Unternehmen"
  • 2 May 2013, Generalversammlung des Verbandes Schweizerischer Schloss- und Beschlägefabrikanten (VSSB), Murten, "Das Kartellrecht und Ihr Unternehmen"
  • 15 November 2012, Arbeitgebertagung der Arbeitgebervereinigung des Zürcher Unterlandes (AZU), Zürich, "Tangiert das Kartellrecht Ihr Unternehmen?"
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  • 2011 – Master of Advanced Studies (MAS), Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEI) and University of Geneva
  • 2007 – Master of Laws (LL.M.), University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2003 – Bar Admission (partial remission for excellence in written exam)
  • 2000 – Law degree (lic. iur., summa cum laude), University of Fribourg and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
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CMS advised Ypsomed on the sale of its pen needle and BGM businesses to...
Zurich, March 2024 | An international CMS team under the lead of Stefan Brunnschweiler and Florian Jung provided comprehensive advice to Ypsomed (SIX: YPSN) on all legal aspects regarding the sale of its pen needle and blood glucose monitoring systems (BGMs) businesses to Medical Technology and Devices S.p.A. (MTD). Ypsomed is supporting a reliable transition to ensure the supply of pen needles to people around the globe who inject insulin and other hormones. During a transition period, Ypsomed will produce pen needles as a contract manufacturer and provide certain services to facilitate a seamless transfer. The production equipment will be gradually moved to the MTD sites by mid-2025. The business with pen needles and BGMs to be transferred to MTD accounted for sales of CHF 52 million in FY 2022/23 and CHF 18 million in the first half of FY 2023/24. The closing of the transaction and thus the transfer of the business with pen needles and blood glucose monitoring systems is expected in summer 2024, after which the transition will begin, and is subject to customary respectively regulatory conditions. Ypsomed is the leading developer and manufacturer of injection and infusion systems for self-medication and a renowned diabetes specialist. The company will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2024. As a leader in innovation and technology, it is a preferred partner of pharmaceutical and biotech companies for pens, autoinjectors and pump systems for administering liquid medications. Ypsomed presents and markets its product portfolios under the umbrella brand mylife Diabetescare directly to patients, pharmacies, and hospitals as well as under Ypsomed Delivery Systems in busi­ness-to-busi­ness operations with pharmaceutical companies. Ypsomed is headquartered in Burgdorf, Switzerland. The company has a global network of production facilities, subsidiaries, and distribution partners. Ypsomed has over 2,200 employees worldwide. CMS ZurichStefan Brunnschweiler, LL.M., Managing Partner, Head Corporate/M&AFlorian Jung, LL.M., Senior Associate, Corporate/M&ASamuel Felix Gang, LL.M., Senior Associate, Corporate/M&AAnna Mast, Associate, Corporate/M&AAlexander Salamon, Attorney Trainee, Corporate/M&AMarquard Christen, LL.M., MAS, Partner, Com­pet­i­tion­Sophia Rovelli, Attorney Trainee, Com­pet­i­tion­Nad­ine Anwander, Attorney Trainee, CompetitionDr Matthias Kuert, LL.M., Partner, Capital MarketsMark Cagienard, LL.M. VAT, Partner, TaxChristian Gersbach, LL.M., Partner, EmploymentDirk Spacek, LL.M., Partner, IT/IPCMS ParisAlexandra Rohmert, Partner, Corporate/M&AVincent Desbenoit, Associate, Corporate/M&ACaroline Froger-Michon, Partner, Em­ploy­ment­Ca­mille Baumgarten, Associate, Em­ploy­ment­Aliénor Fevre, Counsel, CommercialManon Fleury, Associate, Com­mer­cialJean-Hugues de la Berge, Partner, TaxWilliam Hamon, Partner, TaxCMS FrankfurtDr Heike Wagner, Partner, Corporate/M&ADr Tobias Kilian, Of Counsel, Corporate/M&ADr Reiner Thieme, Associate, Corporate/M&ACMS HamburgDr Heike Wagner, Partner, Corporate/M&A
CMS Switzerland ranked in Chambers and Partners Europe Guide 2024
Awards & Rankings
CMS advises Bruker on the agreement to acquire Chemspeed
Bruker Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed US tech company, entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of Chemspeed Technologies AG, a Swiss provider of vendor-agnostic automated laboratory R&D and QC workflow solutions. Chemspeed is focused on modular automation and robotics solutions for chemical research, pharma drug formulation, materials research for cleantech and consumer applications. The Chemspeed acquisition accelerates Bruker’s entry into lab automation, digitalisation and scientific software solutions. Chemspeed offers modular automation to enhance productivity in R&D and QC departments to achieve more in less time and without additional staff. Chemspeed complements Bruker’s vendor-agnostic plat­form SciY™ for software automation and digital transformation of R&D labs in the life science, biopharma and cleantech industries. An international CMS team headed by Stefan Brunnschweiler and Andrea Relly (Switzerland), in collaboration with the US law firm Nixon Peabody LLP advised Bruker on all legal aspects of the transaction. CMS Switzer­land­Stefan Brunnschweiler, Lead Partner, Corporate / M&AAndrea Relly, Counsel, Corporate / M&ASamuel Gang, Senior Associate, Corporate / M&AAnna Mast, Associate, Corporate / M&AMarquard Christen, Partner, Competition and ComplianceJulia Haas, Senior Associate, Competition and Com­pli­ance­Bernhard Lötscher, Partner, ComplianceSophie Weber, Associate, ComplianceDr Dirk Spacek, Partner, Intellectual PropertyDr Simone Brauch­bar-Birkhäuser, Partner, Intellectual PropertyOlivia Zingg, Associate, Intellectual PropertyMark Cagienard, Partner, TaxJens Lehmann, Senior Associate, TaxMiryam Meile, Senior Associate, Em­ploy­mentSibylle Schnyder, Partner, Real EstateReto Hunsperger, Partner, Com­mer­cialAl­ex­an­der Salamon, Attorney Trainee, Corporate / M&ASophia Rovelli, Attorney Trainee, Corporate / M&AElisabeth Suter, Attorney Trainee, ComplianceCMS BelgiumKai Neuhaus, Partner, Brussel, CompetitionDavid Rappenglück, Associate, Brussel, CompetitionCMS UKRussel Hoare, Partner, Lon­don, Com­pet­i­tion­Claire Barraclough, Associate, Competition
CMS advises Hunkeler shareholders on the sale of Hunkeler Group to Müller...
Zurich, December 2023After thorough examination, the owner families of Hunkeler AG and Müller Martini AG have decided to merge the Hunkeler Group with the Müller Martini Group. Müller Martini Holding AG has acquired all shares of the Hunkeler Group in this transaction. As part of this deal, the Hunkeler family and Crédit Mutuel Equity have sold all their shares to Müller Mar­tini. Hunkel­er AG and Müller Martini AG are both global market leaders with innovative solutions for post-print paper processing. Both companies focus a significant portion of their innovation efforts on the economical production of personalized print products within an automated smart factory. Through this merger, both firms see significant opportunities to consolidate their innovation activities and better serve their global customer base in the future through joint sales and service activities.A team from CMS Switzerland and CMS London, led by Partner Alain Raemy, provided comprehensive legal advice to the Hunkeler family and Crédit Mutuel Equity. The CMS team consisted of the following experts: CMS SwitzerlandAlain Raemy, Lead Partner, Corporate / M&AMarquard Christen, Partner, RegulatoryAndrea Relly, Counsel, Corporate / M&AAlexander Salamon, Trainee,  Corporate / M&ACMS LondonRussel Hoare, Partner, RegulatoryEmma Waterhouse, Senior Associate, Regulatory
CMS advises Synlab on the sale of its Swiss business to Sonic Healthcare
SYNLAB and Sonic have announced the sale of SYNLAB Suisse SA to Sonic Healthcare for a purchase price of CHF 150m, having received the required approval of the Swiss antitrust authority. Closing of the transaction expected for 3 July 2023.
CMS one of the "Top Law Firms" in Switzerland in 28 areas of law
The Swiss business magazine BILANZ, the Handelszeitung, and the magazine PME have awarded the "Top Law Firms" in Switzerland for the 7th time. Out of the 31 legal areas, CMS von Erlach Partners (CMS Switzerland) was ranked as one of the top 25 law firms in Switzerland in 28 areas, which is more than any other law firm in Switzerland. This confirms our position as a leading full-service law firm in the country.
CMS Switzerland recommended by The Legal 500 EMEA 2023
Rankings of CMS Switzerland in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 Edition
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.
CMS advises the owner family on the sale of a majority stake in SCHURTER...
The Swiss investor Capvis, which specialises in medium-sized investments, acquires a majority stake in the Lucerne-based SCHURTER Group. The founding and previous owner family continues to hold a stake in the company and is represented on the board of directors by Thomas Schurter.
CMS advises DER Touristik Suisse AG on its sale of a stake in RAILTOUR...
9. Dezember 2022DER Touristik Suisse AG has sold a minority stake in RAILTOUR (SUISSE) SA to ÖBB subsidiary Rail Tours Touristik GmbH. With this step, DER Touristik Suisse AG aims to expand the rail expertise of its subsidiary RAILTOUR (SUISSE) SA in the growth market for sustainable rail travel. The cooperation with ÖBB is also intended to strengthen RAILTOUR (SUISSE) SA in the development of its sales expertise and access to new customer groups. DER Touristik Suisse AG is a market-leading Swiss tourism company and covers the entire spectrum of the travel world with its tour operators Kuoni, Helvetic Tours and specialist tour operators. As part of the DER Touristik Group, it belongs to one of the largest travel groups in Europe. A team from CMS Switzerland and CMS Germany, led by partner Stephan Werlen (CMS Switzerland), advised DER Touristik Suisse AG on all legal aspects of the transaction. CMS SwitzerlandDr Stephan Werlen, Partner, Corporate / M&AAlexandra Stocker, Associate, Corporate / M&ADavid Hürlimann, Partner, TaxJens Lehmann, Associate, TaxDr Dirk Spacek, Partner, IP/ITMarquard Christen, Partner, Merger ControlCMS GermanyChristoff Henrik Soltau, Partner, Merger Control
CMS advises on joint venture between Voigt Holding AG and PHOENIX Pharma...
Zurich, 28 October 2022The Voigt Group and PHOENIX Pharma Switzerland have agreed to merge their subsidiaries, each active in pharmaceutical logistics and pharmaceutical wholesale sectors respectively, into a 50/50 joint venture. The two long-established and financially sound companies are an ideal fit with complementary offerings and competencies in the supply chain. Subject to approval by the Swiss Competition Commission, this joint venture will create a new, competent and sustainable player in the supply chain of the Swiss healthcare market.A CMS Switzerland team led by Dr Patrick Sommer provided comprehensive legal advice to Voigt Group on this joint venture. CMS Switzerland: Dr. Patrick Sommer, Partner, Lead, Corporate / M&A, Competition & EUAlain Raemy, Partner, Corporate / M&AMarquard Christen, Partner, Competition & EUDirk Spacek, Partner, Intellectual PropertyDr Simone Brauchbar Birkhäuser, Counsel, Intellectual PropertyHadi Mirzai, Associate, Life Sciences, Competition & EUAlexandra Stocker, Associate, Corporate / M&AAnna Mast, Associate, Corporate / M&ADr. Matthias Kuert, Associate, Banking & FinanceThomas Zweifel, Associate, Real EstateChristina Winter, Associate, Employment
CMS advised ACE SWISS Group on the sale of a majority stake in Casinò Locarno...
Zurich, 22 September 2022The ACE SWISS Group has sold a majority stake of 81% in Casinò Locarno SA to Stadtcasino Baden AG and will retain a 19% stake. Besides Caisnò Locarno, the ACE SWISS Group operates Casino ADMIRAL in Mendrisio. In addition, it also holds minority stakes in other leading Swiss casinos: Casino Bad Ragaz, Casino Interlaken, and Stadtcasino Baden. Under the changed ownership structure, Casino Locarno will submit its application for a B licence at the existing location as part of the reallocation of casino licences.A team led by Stefan Brunnschweiler and Alain Raemy provided comprehensive legal advice to ACE SWISS Group in connection with the transaction. CMS Switzer­land­Stefan Brunnschweiler, Lead, Partner, Corporate / M&AAlain Raemy, Partner, Corporate / M&AMark Cagienard, Partner, TaxMarquard Christen, Partner, Competition & EUAnna Mast, Associate, Corporate / M&ANadine Keller, Train­ee, Corporate / M&A