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In a business environment that is increasingly global and complex, you want to ensure that you get advice to manage issues as efficiently and effectively as possible. Our Law practitioners work closely with our Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Advisory colleagues to provide integrated, commercially-focused advice that addresses your needs and helps enable your businesses to thrive in different markets, with the aim of reducing legal and other risks.

Our Law network brings together legal specialists around the world, and is continuing to grow at a rapid rate. Through our global reach, our multi-disciplinary teams can provide assistance wherever your business requires it.

Our approach

With the provision of integrated legal advice on complex multinational projects involving a range of complimentary knowledge from other parts of the EY network, we provide multi-disciplinary options to help solve some of the most challenging business issues. Working alongside market-leading experts from the EY network in Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Advisory, our lawyers have extensive experience beyond the borders of law.

We represent the following sectors: automobile, aviation, banking and finance, consumer products, government and public sector, healthcare, life sciences, oil and gas, power and utilities, private equity, real estate and technology.

Our legal services


Our lawyers focus on the following areas of law. Click on the button above to learn more.


Corporate & Commercial Law

  • Commercial law
  • Corporate/Company law
  • Commercial agreements
  • Distribution, procurement, license, R&D and services agreements
  • Corporate reorganizations
  • Regulatory advice for public companies
  • Corporate governance advice and implementation

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Labor & Employment Law

Human resources legal advisory

  • Advising and assisting clients in various aspects of labor and employment law, including hiring of employees, dismissals for personal or economic reasons, compliance with labor law requirements
  • Preparation of employment contracts, other employment documentation and collective bargaining documents
  • Stock option and profit sharing plans
  • Social security law
  • Union and works councils advice
  • Discrimination and health and safety

Human resources transactional services

  • Advice and assistance for our clients (either buy-side or sell-side) throughout the entire transaction life cycle with the full range of HR and employee-related matters, including due diligence, deal negotiation, employee transfers, works council advice and post-deal transaction integration

Downsizing and restructuring

  • Advice and assistance in supporting the implementation of business decisions (reduction in workforce, crossborder restructuring or relocation, outsourcing), and help in ensuring compliance with all legal requirements including the works council process

Corporate governance/privacy issue

  • Advising and assisting clients on corporate social responsibility issues, privacy issues, the US Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) compliance rules, data privacy issues, codes of conduct, employee handbooks, and discrimination and diversity issues

Compliance and risk advisory

  • Assessing risk of non-compliance with labor and employment laws and assistance in implementing corrective actions to reduce risk and costs

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Buy-side due diligence

  • Providing timely advice on various legal aspects of a transaction, from due diligence to legal issues relating to post-transaction integration
  • Analyzing the legal exposure of the target to provide a review of legal liabilities, exposures and attributes of a target (company or business) in any transaction (acquisition, merger, spin-off, joint venture, financing/refinancing, etc.)

Sell-side due diligence

  • Working with clients to develop a legal efficient selling/carve-out structure to undertake transactions and helping our clients manage the legal benefits, costs and exposures
  • Providing vendor due diligence services or reviews to analyze the potential historical legal exposure of the target to help our client prepare better for the transaction

Buy- and sell-side legal structuring

  • Advising clients undertaking transactions on efficient acquisition or sale structures consistent with their commercial drivers, and help in protecting them against potential legal risks in the targeted business
  • Buy side: advice on appropriate and efficient acquisition structures and assistance in setting up transaction structures
  • Sell side: advising on transaction/carve-out structures, including legal steps required pre- and post-transaction and assistance in setting up structures

Buy- and sell-side advisory services

  • Assistance in drafting/reviewing and negotiating transaction documentation
  • Assistance and advice in dealing with competition/antitrust legal matters
  • Assistance post-closing with implementation of the agreement, particularly on representations and warranty

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Intellectual Property & Information Technology Law

  • Drafting and negotiating contracts in all range of IP/IT matters
  • Service Level Agreements - national and international Data Outsourcing; hardware, software and other license agreements
  • Advice on Data Protection laws, Intellectual Property laws and Telecommunication laws
  • External Data Protection Compliance Audits and Training to ensure data privacy and data retention
  • Advising in the field of Cloud Computing, Social Media, intangible rights, in particular trademarks, copyright

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Insolvency & Restructuring

  • Acting as bankruptcy administrator
  • Advising on debt moratoriums
  • Supporting debtors and creditors in restructurings
  • Advice on set-up, reorganization and restructuring

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Banking/Insurance & Finance

  • Drafting of, reviewing of or advice on lending documentation, including security documentation
  • Securitisation arrangements
  • Advice and assistance on compliance including:
    • advising preparing and reviewing directive concepts and specific
    • directives as well as client documentation
    • risk assessment and special investigations of business relationships and transactions
    • advising on notification duties
    • advertising on cross-border business activities
    • training in the field of money laundering regulations and expert opinion on specific issues

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Private Clients

We offer comprehensive and bespoke advice in the following areas:

Business Succession

  • Strategic, corporate, financial, tax and legal advice for entrepreneurs and their businesses
  • M&A transactions, family constitutions and family governance, testamentary wills and inheritance agreements, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, living wills, shareholder agreements, establishment of private stock trading platforms

Estate planning and support

  • Gifts, testamentary wills and inheritance agreements, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, execution of wills and estate management

Cross-border structuring of wealth

  • National and international tax advice, including inheritance tax and gift tax

Setting up, dissolving of and legal services for foundations and trusts

  • Tax and legal services in connection with the establishment and the dissolution of foundations and trusts
  • Organization of family meetings, advice in respect of the fulfillment of CRS procedures

Family office/family governance

  • Drafting of family constitutions
  • Establishment of and advisory services for single and multi-family offices

Property transactions (Swiss Federal Law on the Acquisition of Real Estate by Persons Resident Abroad [BewG/Lex Koller], trusts)

  • Property valuations, purchase agreements, usufruct
  • Permits under the BewG (Lex Koller)

Residence planning, including residence permits

  • Tax and legal residence planning
  • Residence and work permits and social security law

Planning and advisory services pertaining to the arts and the field of sports

  • Transactions in the field of arts, art valuations, auctions
  • Tax and legal advice for individual athletes, sports clubs, sponsors and national and international sports associations

Protection of children and adults

  • Living wills
  • Advance directives

Heavy equipment finance (aircraft, vessels)

  • Strategic advice, finance transactions

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