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Dr Matthias Kuert, LL.M.


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

Matthias advises clients in financial law (including capital markets law), and general contract and corporate law matters. In these fields, he also handles proceedings in front of state courts, regulatory and criminal authorities. A special focus of his practice concerns regulatory advice to financial services providers, regulatory and contract law advice to companies in the FinTech and blockchain field, advice to large shareholders of listed companies and capital markets law compliance advice. He is an authorized issuers' representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Matthias graduated from the University of St. Gallen in 2006. After his traineeships in the legal department of a global technology company and at CMS, he was admitted to the Zurich Bar in 2010.

Thereupon, Matthias was engaged as a research assistant at the Institut für Rechtswissenschaft und Rechtspraxis of the University of St. Gallen (chair of Prof. Dr Vito Roberto), before joining CMS again in 2012. In 2014 he was seconded to another global company and in the 2015/2016 term he obtained an LL.M. in International Business Law from King’s College, London. Matthias wrote his thesis on the treatment of the public law norms of conduct in Swiss liability law ("Öffentlich-rechtliche Verhaltensnormen im schweizerischen Haftungsrecht", St. Galler Schriften zum Finanzmarktrecht, Bd. 16, Zürich 2018). Matthias has been a partner since January 2023.

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Matthias Kuert seamlessly “masters all the pertinent legal content, carefully listens to his clients’ needs, and is an active sparring partner for legal questioning”.

Who's Who Legal, Switzerland, Fintech, 2022

Matthias Kuert has an in-depth knowledge of tokenisation in connection with capital markets law.

The Legal 500, Switzerland, Fintech, 2022

Matthias Kuert is "a thorough legal specialist" with "extraordinary analytical skills and a great international legal network".

Who's Who Legal, Fintech 2021

Memberships & Roles

  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SBA)
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Awards & Rankings

  • Who's Who Legal | FinTech 2022 | Global Leader
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  • SIX Swiss Exchange now lists GDRs of Chinese companies, CMS Law-Now, 21 December 2022 (together with Kevin Wang)
  • A few thoughts concerning Sparks and its chances of success, CapLaw-2022-03 (together with Olivia Zingg)
  • Basler Kommentar Geldwäschereigesetz, Kommentierung von Art. 25, December 2021 (togehter with Marquard Christen)
  • Die Pflicht des Vermögensverwalters zur Erstellung eines Risikoprofils, Urteil: 4A_72/2020 of 23 October 2020, dRSK, 29 October 2021
  • Unerlaubte Entgegennahme von Publikumseinlagen und anschliessende Sanktionen, Ruling: 2C_136/2019  14 January 2020, dRSK, 28 May 2020
  • Verhaltensregeln des FIDLEG und Privatrecht im Licht des Gesetzgebungsverfahrens, AJP 2018, S. 1352 ff.
  • Wirtschaftssanktionen: Was ist zu tun? Zürcher Wirtschaft Ratgeber 05/2018
  • Öffentlich-rechtliche Verhaltensnormen im schweizerischen Haftungsrecht – Unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Finanzmarktrechts, Dissertation, Zurich 2018
  • Bewilligungspflicht als Emissionshaus, Urteilsbesprechung Bundesverwaltungsgericht, Ruling B-2188/2016 of 4 December 2017, GesKR 2018, S. 379 ff. (together with Nino Sievi)
  • Urteilsbesprechung EuGH, Urteil vom 7. Juli 2016, Rs. C-222/15, Höszig Kft. gegen Alstom Power Thermal Services, AJP 2016, S. 1538 ff.
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Lectures list

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  • 2018 – Thesis, Dr. iur., University of St. Gallen
  • 2016 – LL.M., King’s College London
  • 2010 – Bar Admission, Canton of Zurich
  • 2006 – M.A. HSG in Law, University of St. Gallen
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New rules due to Coronavir­us | Gen­er­al meet­ings of Swiss com­pan­ies
New rules due to Coronavir­us | Gen­er­al meet­ings of Swiss com­pan­ies Due to the on­go­ing spread of the coronavir­us in Switzer­land, the Swiss Fed­er­al Coun­cil is­sued an amended ver­sion of the COV­ID-19-Or­din­ance...


UCITS pass­port­ing in Switzer­land
1. Dis­tri­bu­tion of EEA UCITS Schemes Switzer­land is not a Mem­ber State of the EU and is thus not sub­ject to the UCITS Dir­ect­ive and its re­spect­ive rules. Switzer­land has its own­lower-al­phaset of rules...
AIFM pass­port­ing in Switzer­land
1. Dis­tri­bu­tion of AIFs Switzer­land is not a Mem­ber State of the EU and is thus not sub­ject to the AIFMD and its re­spect­ive rules. Switzer­land has its own­lower-al­phaset of rules, laid down in the Fin­an­cial...
SIX Swiss Ex­change now lists GDRs of Chinese com­pan­ies
Switzer­land and China have es­tab­lished a "Stock Con­nect" pro­gramme en­abling Chinese com­pan­ies lis­ted on the Shang­hai or Shen­zhen stock ex­change to ac­cess the Swiss cap­it­al mar­ket by list­ing Glob­al De­pos­it­ary...
Private place­ment rules and law in Switzer­land
Sum­mary of private place­ment pro­vi­sions for fund in­terests (if ap­plic­able) Switzer­land is not a Mem­ber State of the EU and is thus not sub­ject to the AIFMD and the re­spect­ive rules. Switzer­land has its...
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
Token­ized As­sets Roundtable Vol. 3
For the third time, CMS or­gan­izes a Token­ized As­sets Roundtable, cov­er­ing hot top­ics in the crypto and token space, such as De­Fi, de­riv­at­ives and NFTs. After a vir­tu­al event last year, we look for­ward...
CMS Switzer­land re­cog­nised by The Leg­al 500
Rank­ings of CMS Switzer­land in The Leg­al 500 EMEA 2022 edi­tion
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).
Gen­er­al meet­ings of Swiss com­pan­ies dur­ing and after COV­ID-19
In­tro­duc­tion The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had a sig­ni­fic­ant im­pact on how gen­er­al meet­ings of Swiss com­pan­ies are be­ing held. In par­tic­u­lar, re­cur­ring bans on events have af­fected gen­er­al meet­ings re­quir­ing...
Q&A | Corona-Pan­dem­ic and Gen­er­al Meet­ings
Corona-Pan­dem­ic (COV­ID-19) and Gen­er­al Meet­ings Ques­tions and an­swers in re­la­tion to COV­ID-19 in Switzer­land  My com­pany plans its an­nu­al gen­er­al meet­ing. Are gen­er­al meet­ings af­fected by the Swiss...
CMS ad­vised the share­hold­ers of AL­PORA AG on the sale of a ma­jor­ity stake...
Zurich, Septem­ber 2021 | A team of CMS Switzer­land un­der the lead of Stefan Brunnsch­weiler provided com­pre­hens­ive ad­vice to the share­hold­ers of AL­PORA AG on all leg­al as­pects re­gard­ing the sale of a ma­jor­ity stake to Ger­man-based Ser­afin As­set Man­age­ment. Duff & Phelps, A Kroll Busi­ness, served as the ex­clus­ive fin­an­cial ad­visor to the share­hold­ers of AL­PORA AG in con­nec­tion with the trans­ac­tion. AL­PORA AG, which was foun­ded in 2013, is act­ive in the sale of in­nov­a­tion ana­lys­is-based in­vest­ment mod­els to as­set man­agers in Switzer­land, Ger­many and the UK. Based on these in­vest­ment mod­els, cli­ents set up equity funds that have his­tor­ic­ally been able to gen­er­ate a risk-ad­jus­ted ex­cess re­turn on equity in­vest­ments. The Ser­afin Group in­tends to enter a new seg­ment with Ser­afin As­set Man­age­ment and es­tab­lish a di­git­al as­set man­age­ment busi­ness. It is en­vis­aged to enter the mar­ket with ser­vices for third-party cus­tom­ers in the second quarter of 2022 after ob­tain­ing the BaFin li­cense. In ad­di­tion to de­vel­op­ing and selling its own in­vest­ment solu­tions, the aim is to grow by ac­quir­ing spe­cial­ized as­set man­agers. The ac­quis­i­tion of a ma­jor­ity stake in the Swiss-based AL­PORA AG is the first step in this dir­ec­tion. The parties have agreed not to dis­close the pur­chase price of the trans­ac­tion. Stefan Brunnsch­weiler, Lead, Man­aging Part­ner, Glob­al Co-Head of the CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A GroupSamuel Fe­lix Gang, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AFlori­an Jung, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&APas­cal Stock­er, As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AAndrea Relly, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cor­por­ate/M&AM­ark Ca­gi­enard, Part­ner, Tax­Chris­ti­an Gers­bach, Part­ner, Em­ploy­ment­Dr Mat­thi­as Kuert, Seni­or As­so­ci­ate, Cap­it­al Mar­ket­sTarik Salkim, Train­ee, Cor­por­ate/M&A
CMS Glob­al Fintech Up­date - Au­gust 2021
Be­low you will find top­ics of Au­gust 2021 news­let­ter:Fintech in Bel­gi­umFintech in Ro­mani­aFintech in Spain­Fintech in South Afri­caFintech in Switzer­land­Fintech in UkraineFintech in United King­dom