Dr Patrick Sommer is a partner in CMS von Erlach Poncet's competition and EU practice group. He graduated from the University of St.Gallen in 1987 and was admitted to the bar in 1989. Patrick Sommer wrote his doctoral thesis on the relationship between Switzerland and the European Union and completed postgraduate studies at the College of Europe in Bruges.
Before joining CMS he worked for seven years in the legal department of the Swiss multinational group Holcim (now LafargeHolcim), where he was promoted to the offices of general counsel and secretary of the board of directors.
Patrick Sommer represents major Swiss and international companies in all aspects of antitrust law including Swiss and multi-jurisdictional merger control filings, investigations of the Swiss competition authorities and dawn raids. He has represented a wide range of companies and trade associations in proceedings before the Swiss competition authorities. He frequently speaks at conferences and regularly publishes on antitrust issues.
Patrick Sommer is a member of the international advisory board of the St.Gallen international competition law forum and of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht. Other areas of practice include corporate and commercial law. Patrick Sommer is fluent in German, English and French.
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