Oliver Blum appointed as new Partner in Legal Services at EY Switzerland

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EY Switzerland has appointed Oliver Blum (48) as a new Partner and Head of M&A in Legal Services. The organization focuses on providing legal advisory and support services to buyers and vendors in Mergers & Acquisitions, working closely with the Transactions, Corporate Finance and Tax teams of EY Switzerland.

Zurich, 4 April 2016 – On 1 April 2016, Oliver Blum (48) joined EY Switzerland as a new Partner and the Head of M&A Transactions in Legal Services. He succeeds Dr. Jvo Grundler, Partner and Head of EY Law Switzerland. Mr. Blum, a Swiss national, has many years of experience in advising and closely supporting companies, which makes him an excellent fit for this position. He will be based in Zurich, working closely with, among others, Ronald Sauser, Head of M&A in Transaction Advisory Services.

The division focuses on various business tasks:

  • Structuring: Advising buyers and vendors on how to structure transactions, in conjunction with the Transactions, Corporate Finance and Tax teams
  • Due diligence: Helping vendors prepare due diligence procedures, and carrying out due diligence checks for buyer or vendor due diligence
  • Contracts: Negotiating and preparing all contracts, such as confidentiality declarations, letters of intent, memoranda of understanding, purchase contracts, shareholder association contracts
  • Merger controls: Carrying out merger control procedures in Switzerland and abroad (in co-operation with correspondence lawyers)
  • Legal opinions: Providing legal opinions, especially on transactions with listed companies

Oliver Blum joined CMS von Erlach Poncet AG in 1995, where he became a Partner in 2002. He most recently headed the Company Law and M&A focus group at CMS Switzerland, and was a member of the Management Committee of the global Private Equity CMS focus group. Mr. Blum studied law at the University of Zurich, completed a Master of Advanced European Studies at the University of Basel in 1994 and was admitted to the bar of Zurich in 1997. He also completed a Master of Law at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. In addition, Mr. Blum has regularly collaborated on specialist media and publications, and has addressed conferences and professional events. “I am thrilled about the great and exciting challenge at EY, and look forward to working with an established team,” he says. “My move to EY was motivated by its diverse services portfolio, international environment and unique corporate culture.”

“With Oliver Blum, we have gained one of the best-known experts in the market. As a former Senior M&A Partner at one of the leading law firms in Switzerland, he will complement our broad-based M&A team exceedingly well. His extensive network and in-depth knowledge of the M&A market create a perfect basis for positioning EY at the leading edge in Switzerland, including in Legal Services,” says Ronald Sauser, Head of M&A Transaction Advisory Services at EY Switzerland.

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