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Tobias Somary

Tobias Somary

CMS von Erlach Poncet LtdDreikönigstrasse 7PO BoxZurichZurichSwitzerland8022

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Private Client 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Tobias Somary earns widespread recommendations for his "in-depth technical knowledge in cross-border succession planning" and his "sophisticated understanding" of the area.

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 in Inheritance Law (SBA) and a trusts and estates practitioner (TEP) with 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 (2019) describes him as a "specialist in inheritance law" known for his ability to "combine technical expertise with common sense in a manner understandable for the addressee."

Chambers and Partners: HNW (2020) states, "Tobias Somary gains praise across the market for his knowledge and technical skills". "Tobias is an excellent private wealth attorney with broad experience in all legal fields required," says a source, adding: "He tends to have the general overview of all questions that may occur and leads the client on a very personal basis." Another adds: "His knowledge, client manner and attention to detail are excellent. He raises all the relevant issues, but does so in a practical manner in order to find the best solution for the client, to address any problems, and to achieve the client’s intentions."

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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