Letter of intent

Key points and English template

On this page, we provide you with an overview of the most important aspects of a Letter of Intent in Switzerland, including the elements to be taken into account when drawing up the agreement.

Subsequently, we will provide you with a legally compliant template of a Letter of Intent under Swiss law.

Use a letter of intent if ...

… you are about to negotiate an important business and wish to set some ground rules for the negotiations

… you want to secure your interest in an important business and want to restrict your potential partner from negotiating with others

… you have already reached an understanding on the main business terms and want to lay them down in writing

Key Points included in a Letter of Intent:

What is a Letter of Intent?

A letter of intent or “LoI” is a document outlining the understandings between two or more parties on how they will conduct negotiations and what they will negotiate. 

The parties express their interest in entering into a business relationship that will be governed by a final, yet-to-be-negotiated agreement. A major advantage of using LoIs is that they enable the parties to define the procedural rules applicable to the negotiations (for example exclusivity, timeframe or confidentiality) in a binding manner, whereby the most important conditions for the intended agreement are described in an indicative manner. 

The definition of a content-related and formal framework for the negotiations accelerates the process until a binding agreement is signed.

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