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Stefan Brunnschweiler

Stefan Brunnschweiler, LL.M.

Partner
Global Head of the CMS Corporate/M&A Group

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

Stefan Brunnschweiler is the global head of the CMS Corporate/M&A Practice Area Group. In this position, he sets the strategy for the group and leads an international team of more than 350 partners and 1000 lawyers.

He was named one of the top 10 lawyers and among the 100 most influential businesspeople in Switzerland in the edition of “Who is Who” by Bilanz.

Stefan Brunnschweiler specialises in international and domestic M&A transactions, corporate restructurings, corporate law and general contract matters (e.g. joint ventures, partnerships and shareholders' agreements).

He is experienced in a broad range of national and international transactions, both sell- and buy-side (including corporate auction processes) as well as the assistance of clients in their ongoing corporate and commercial activities. Stefan Brunnschweiler has engaged in competition law, including merger control filings for more than 10 years.

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Stefan Brunnschweiler is pragmatic and solution-oriented.

The Legal 500, Commercial, Corporate and M&A, Switzerland, 2020

'Deeply knowledgeable' Stefan Brunnschweiler advised CCC Group on the €10m acquisition of a 70 per cent stake in fashion company Karl Vögele.

The Legal 500, Commercial, corporate and M&A, Switzerland, 2019

Stefan Brunnschweiler is "flexible to the clients' needs."

Chambers Global Guide, Switzerland, Corporate/M&A 2019

"Gives a sense of calm and having things under control."

Chambers Global Guide, Switzerland, Corporate/M&A 2019

"Understands the clients' needs and his approach to problems is very pragmatic and practical."

Chambers Global Guide, Switzerland, Corporate/M&A 2018

"Very good management of transactions and good communication."

Chambers Global Guide, Switzerland, Corporate/M&A 2018

"He is willing to take a pragmatic stance."

Chambers Europe Guide, Switzerland, Corporate 2017

"He was a pleasure to work with: very pragmatic, co-operative and results-oriented."

Chambers Europe Guide, Switzerland, Corporate 2016

"Stefan Brunnschweiler provides legal services of the highest quality. He is very responsive and hands-on, he is very quick in understanding the client's needs and very focused on achieving the maximum for his client without losing sight of the overall situation. He has in-depth knowledge of the different sectors of laws as well as the economic backgrounds of the matters he is advising on. He is very structured and efficient in his work and a very good partner to negotiate and communicate with."

Client feedback – IFLR1000, Financial and corporate 2016

"Stefan Brunnschweiler was helpful, was very committed, very flexible in adjusting his schedule to our needs. His service was fully satisfactory for me."

Client Feedback 2014

"Stefan Brunnschweiler […] is a proactive person and therefore also well respected for transactions here in Switzerland, and I think that has added to the decision to use CMS in that particular case again."

Client Feedback 2014

Relevant experience

  • ABB: on the acquisition of all shares in Cassantec Ltd, a software company operating out of Zurich and Berlin.
  • ABB: on the sale of its hydro generator service business to Andritz and on the acquisition of KEYMILE's communication networks business.
  • agta record: on the sale of the majority stake in agta record to the Swedish group Assa Abloy (valuing agta record's share capital at EUR 933m).
  • Alstom: on the sale of parts of its gas turbine business to Ansaldo Energia.
  • Argos: on the acquisition of Arthur Flury AG.
  • Aurelius: on the acquisition of the trade operations of the listed Swiss Valora Group and of Publicitas, an international advertising marketing agency from the listed Switzerland-based PubliGroupe, and on the sale of the Swiss ICT service providers connectis AG and Softix AG to the French SPIE Groupe.
  • Bucher-Motorex-Group: on the acquisition of Circle K in Poland (previously Statoil Fuel & Retail).
  • Bruker: on the acquisition of PMOD Technologies LLC, a provider of research-use-only software for preclinical and molecular imaging.
  • CCC Group: on the acquisition of the majority stake in Karl Vögele AG, Uznach.
  • Colibrys SA: on the sale of Colibrys SA in a multi-seller transaction.
  • Comdat Xeroprint AG: on the acquisition of the Smartec Group.
  • CTS EVENTIM: on all legal aspects of the acquisition of the majority stakes in Gadget Entertainment and wepromote.
  • Deutsche Beteiligungs AG: on the acquisition of the Romaco businesses owned by Robbins & Myers, Inc.
  • Dover: on its USD 285m acquisition of the Swiss Maag Group and on its sale of Bowl Chopper Product Line by Tipper Tie Alpina GmbH.
  • DP World: on the acquisition of a 44% stake in swissterminal Holding AG.
  • EMS-Group: on the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary EMS-PATVAG (s.r.o.), a specialist in the development and production of pyrotechnic igniters for passive safety devices headquartered in the Czech Republic, to Hirtenberger Holding GmbH which is based in Austria.
  • FLACHGLAS Wernberg GmbH: on its acquisition of companies of the Pilkington Group.
  • FlexLink: on the acquisition of SSS-Fördertechnik.
  • Gemalto: on its acquisition of the secure document business from Trueb AG.
  • Grapha-Holding AG: on the acquisition of all shares in POLYDATA/PIDAS Group in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • Heraeus: on the acquisition of the Swiss precious metals processor Argor-Heraeus.
  • LCP Europe Limited: on the sale of LCP Libera AG to Paros Capital AG.
  • Merbag: on the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Milano from Mercedes-Benz Italia (Daimler Group), on the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Luxembourg S.A. from Daimler AG, on the acquisition of the Austrian Wiesenthal Handel und Service GmbH as well as on the sale of locations in central Switzerland.
  • Nikkiso America, Inc.: on the acquisition of Cryogenics Industries for USD 483m.
  • Schaeffler Switzerland: on the sale of its fine-blanking business.
  • Schibsted: on the sale of its 50% stake in Swiss Classified Media AG (internet platforms tutti.ch and car4you.ch) to Tamedia AG.
  • Syncona: on CHF 35 million investment in Anaveon AG, a new immuno-oncology company.
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Education

  • 2003 – Master of Law (LL.M.), University of San Diego (USA)
  • 2000 – Bar Admission, Zurich (Switzerland)
  • 1997 – University of Zurich and Geneva (Switzerland)
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Memberships

  • Zurich Bar Association
  • Swiss Bar Association
  • Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association
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9 June 2020
Im­pact of COV­ID-19 on European M&A activ­ity
The CMS Cor­por­ate/M&A Group teamed up with in­vest­ment bank Cred­it Suisse to ana­lyse the fin­an­cial and leg­al im­plic­a­tions of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on M&A trans­ac­tions in West­ern Europe.
5 September 2019
CMS pub­lishes European M&A Out­look
European M&A ex­ec­ut­ives cau­tious over deal­mak­ing pro­spects
18 June 2019
An­nu­al Re­view 2018 – 2019
Cross­ing bor­ders is both the theme of this year’s CMS An­nu­al Re­view and a guid­ing idea that we had when we es­tab­lished CMS 20 years ago. At that time, we de­cided to cre­ate a high-qual­ity, ex­pert and mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al law firm. This Re­view shows what we’ve achieved over the last year in pur­suit of this goal.Since 1999, work­ing across bor­ders has be­come a daily task for all our law­yers. We are one of the most in­ter­na­tion­al law firms, with more than 70 of­fices in over 40 coun­tries. Our 4,800 leg­al ex­perts world­wide work as one team across jur­is­dic­tions, prac­tice areas and sec­tors to en­sure that you get clear, ac­tion­able and busi­ness-fo­cused ad­vice. You can read about our mul­tijur­is­dic­tion­al sup­port for cli­ents in the stor­ies through­out this An­nu­al Re­view. For ex­ample: an in­ter­na­tion­al CMS team ad­vised Ad­vance / Ne­w­house Part­ner­ship on its pur­chase of Stage En­ter­tain­ment, one of the world’s largest theatre pro­du­cers and own­ers. Our law­yers spe­cial­ising in cor­por­ate, me­dia, real es­tate, tax, em­ploy­ment, IP, com­pet­i­tion and bank­ing all worked on the trans­ac­tion.Glob­al­isa­tion con­tin­ues to im­pact the busi­ness en­vir­on­ment pro­foundly, as do the key is­sues on the glob­al agenda such as the US trade talks with China, Brexit and the con­sequences of cli­mate change. With our glob­al firm struc­ture and mind­set, we help you an­ti­cip­ate the prob­lems you face in your daily op­er­a­tions. On page 28, you can read what some of our part­ners around the world have told us about the chal­lenges their cli­ents are cur­rently fa­cing.An­oth­er ma­jor factor shap­ing our daily work is the im­pact of tech­no­logy on all busi­nesses. This year, our an­nu­al event in Da­v­os on the oc­ca­sion of the World Eco­nom­ic For­um (see page 18) fo­cused on how in­creased di­git­al­isa­tion is af­fect­ing con­ven­tion­al busi­ness mod­els.Today, in­tro­du­cing more ad­vanced tech­no­lo­gic­al tools in­to leg­al prac­tice is a must in or­der to meet cli­ents’ qual­ity and ef­fi­ciency ex­pect­a­tions. For CMS, it is about more than just us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence soft­ware or di­git­al tools. To us, in­nov­a­tion means de­vel­op­ing tech­no­logy to of­fer our cli­ents new high-qual­ity ser­vices and to provide new ways of de­liv­er­ing all our leg­al of­fer­ings. Our scale and pres­ence across many jur­is­dic­tions, coupled with our deep un­der­stand­ing of cli­ent needs in their loc­a­tions, means that we are very well qual­i­fied to de­vise such solu­tions. On page 16, some of our key in­nov­at­ors de­scribe the ways in which our tech­no­logy is be­ne­fit­ting cli­ents.I hope you find some in­ter­est­ing and thought-pro­vok­ing stor­ies in this year’s An­nu­al Re­view and wish you an en­joy­able read. My col­leagues in the CMS ex­ec­ut­ive team and I are al­ways happy to hear from you if you have any com­ments or ques­tions.Cor­neli­us Brandi, Ex­ec­ut­ive Chair­man
27 March 2019
CMS European M&A Study 2019: Sellers set the agenda, des­pite mar­ket un­cer­tainty
The "seller-friendly" dy­nam­ic in European M&A trans­ac­tions strengthened dur­ing 2018, not­with­stand­ing a drop-off in volumes to­wards the end of the year...
06 March 2019
CMS ad­vised the share­hold­ers of agta re­cord on the sale of their ma­jor­ity...
Ma­jor­ity share­hold­ers of auto­mated door man­u­fac­turer agta re­cord sell their stake to Assa Abloy in a trans­ac­tion valu­ing the total share cap­it­al at EUR 933m. An in­ter­na­tion­al team of CMS ad­vised the ma­jor­ity share­hold­ers on all leg­al as­pects of the transa
March 2018
CMS European M&A Study 2018
Tenth Edi­tion - 2018
22 March 2017
CMS European M&A Study: M&A ro­bust in 2016 and con­tinu­ing to provide op­por­tun­it­ies...
01 November 2016
In­to the un­known: European M&A Out­look 2016
A study of European M&A activ­ity
28/04/2016
Li­ab­il­ity of Hold­ing Com­pan­ies
March 2016
CMS European M&A Study 2016
24/11/2015
CMS ad­vises Aure­li­us on ac­quis­i­tion of the trade op­er­a­tions of Swiss Val­ora...
29/09/2015
CMS European M&A Out­look 2015