Comment: A leading firm for company succession and trusts where a large number of partners offer a breadth of advice like few competitors. CMS can rely on a strong client base of Mittelstand, family-run companies. Art law work has now reached a high level of maturity, reflected in long-running advice to Bern Museum of Fine Arts regarding the Gurlitt estate and estate advice to the son of husband-and-wife artists Becher from Düsseldorf. Wealth structuring advice in the wake of the inheritance tax reform ensured a high utilization rate.
Strengths: Experienced team in the Germany/Switzerland/Austria triangle (incl. Liechtenstein).
Recommended: Christian Blum, Dr. Thomas Meyer, Dr. Wolf-Georg Frhr. von Rechenberg.
Practice: MDP advice to traditional company owners and their families, as well as executives at listed companies, on ?tax, ?corporate, inheritance and family law issues related to company succession (incl. trusts). Transactions for and regulatory advice to family offices and HNWIs ( ?M&A, ?private equity, real estate, finance and investment law). Also litigation, will execution and notary work. (15 partners, 6 counsel, 2 of counsel, plus associates)
Clients: ?? Max Becher regarding estate of Bernd and Hilla Becher; ongoing advice to Bern Museum of Fine Arts regarding Gurlitt estate; Dr. Peter Hertel on dispute regarding Detlev Louis estate; Iris Wittwer regarding investment in Wittwer companies.
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