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WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Private Client

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Tobias Somary wins glowing praise as a “specialist in inheritance law” known for his ability to “combine technical expertise with common sense in a manner understandable for the addressee”.

Biography

Tobias Somary heads the private client practice of CMS von Erlach Poncet, a leading law firm in Switzerland.

Tobias specialises in domestic and cross-border estate and succession planning, prenuptial agreements, executorship, foundations and trusts, charities and art, private banking matters, and inbound and outbound relocation. Moreover, he is commended for dispute resolution in inheritance matters and trust litigation.

Tobias graduated from Zurich University in 1998. He was admitted to the bar in 2000 (with distinction), and joined CMS in the same year. In 2004 he obtained a Master of Laws from Stanford University and worked with a California law firm before returning to CMS.

He is a certified specialist (SBA) in inheritance law and and trusts and estates practitioner (STEP).

Tobias is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on international estate planning. He heads the inheritance chapter of the Zurich Bar Association.

His practice has gained significant recognition among peers and independent experts. WWL Private Client (2018) describes him as "very talented private client lawyer" who is applauded for his "exceptional ability to combine technical expertise with common sense to provide clear and useful advice".

According to the 2019 edition of the Chambers HNW, Tobias is a "highly qualified and experienced private client lawyer", "very smart, reliable and pleasant to work with”, and "a lawyer of skill and substance”. The guide adds: "He is very strong on domestic and international estate planning matters. He is also very aware of tax topics and has very acute awareness for tax issues." Another states: "He is efficient, smart and has very good cross-border knowledge, especially between Germany and Switzerland."

National Leader

Switzerland - Private Client

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Tobias Somary leads the private client team. He wins praise from peers who consider him “an excellent lawyer” and commend his work in complex private client matters including estate and succession planning.

Biography

Tobias Somary heads the private client practice of CMS von Erlach Poncet, a leading law firm in Switzerland.

Tobias specialises in domestic and cross-border estate and succession planning, prenuptial agreements, executorship, foundations and trusts, charities and art, private banking matters, and inbound and outbound relocation. Moreover, he is commended for dispute resolution in inheritance matters and trust litigation.

Tobias graduated from Zurich University in 1998. He was admitted to the bar in 2000 (with distinction) and joined CMS in the same year. In 2004 he obtained a Master of Laws degree from Stanford University and subsequently worked with a California law firm before returning to CMS.

He is a certified specialist (SBA) in inheritance law and a trusts and estates practitioner (STEP).

Tobias is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on international estate planning. He heads the inheritance chapter of the Zurich Bar Association.

His practice has gained significant recognition among peers and independent experts. WWL: Private Client (2017) commends Tobias for his "highly professional and efficient case handling” and describes him as "absolutely excellent at handling succession matters". Chambers and Partners: HNW (2018) states, "Tobias Somary assists clients with estate and succession planning, as well as prenuptial agreements, inheritance disputes, foundations, trusts and philanthropy matters. One source describes him as a ‘very smart, committed, reliable and experienced colleague – simply a pleasure to work with.’ Another interviewee says: ‘He's very concerned and very thorough. He's always great to work with because he always has ideas and thoughts. He's very engaged and dynamic in our interactions – he finds the best solutions for the clients and he is very committed to the clients' needs.’"

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