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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for seven consecutive years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Lenz & Staehelin in Geneva and Lausanne is one of the market leaders in banking, capital markets, corporate, private client and tax law. Key lawyers include Shelby du Pasquier, Olivier Stahler, François Rayroux, Lucien Masmejan, Andreas Rötheli and Jean-Blaise Eckert. Benoît Merkt is recommended for his competition law expertise.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is ‘far ahead of other firms in terms of quality, efficiency and rapidity of its services’. The firm has particular strength in arbitration, insolvency, private client, banking and real estate matters. Elliott Geisinger, Vincent Jeanneret, Bernard Vischer and Yves Jeanrenaud are all ‘top’. Banking lawyer Grégoire Wuest is another name to note.

Baker McKenzie’s mainstays are banking, corporate and M&A, employment, private client and tax advice which are complemented by expertise in capital markets and competition law. Stephanie Jarrett are highly recommended, as is employment law expert Serge Pannatier. Martin Anderson is now with Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The French-speaking team of Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for banking, insolvency, arbitration and litigation work. Cédric Chapuis, Pierre-Yves Gunter and Saverio Lembo are the key partners. Tax lawyer Christoph Suter joined from EY Law AG. Martin Anderson was a new arrival from Baker McKenzie in August 2018.

Walder Wyss provides ‘excellent service’ in private client and litigious matters, for which Philippe Pulfer and Rodolphe Gautier are well known. Banking lawyer Hubertus Hillerström and private client associate Olivier Sigg are also highly recommended.

BianchiSchwald LLC is a prominent player in the banking and finance, corporate and M&A, as well as employment arena. Thierry Amy, Thomas Goossens, Manuel Bianchi della Porta and Stéphanie Fuld are the key practitioners.

FBT Attorneys-at-Law’s ‘banking department is composed of experienced lawyers’, namely Frédérique Bensahel, Jean-Louis Tsimaratos and Pierre-Olivier Etique. Other focus areas include corporate and M&A and private client advice, for which Jean-Luc Bochatay is particularly recommended.

Froriep’s Geneva practice is recommended for its expertise in banking, corporate and private client matters, with key lawyers including Jean-Luc Herbez, Jérôme de Montmollin and Julie Wynne. Litigator Jean Marguerat is the other name to note. Frédéric Serra joined LBM AVOCATS & ASSOCIES SA in 2018.

Kellerhals Carrard’s Lausanne practice is strong in arbitration as well as litigation and has a particular good standing in the TMT and sports sectors. François Kaiser, Nicolas Gillard, Ross Wenzel and Edgar Philippin are recommended.

Lalive is best known for its expertise in banking, litigation, arbitration and private client matters. Clients recommend Alexander Troller, Marc Henzelin and Sandrine Giroud.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd stands out for its experience in banking and finance, private client and litigation matters. Christophe Rapin, Serge Calame, Nicolas Didisheim and Bernard Lachenal are the names to note.

Oberson Abels Ltd packs a particular punch in assisting with tax issues, for which Xavier Oberson is the key contact. Antoine Amiguet and Philipp Fischer provide banking and finance advice, while Sébastien Bettschart and Stefan Eberhard predominantly handle corporate and M&A matters.

Pestalozzi in Geneva is recommended for its banking and finance, corporate, IP and IT services. Clients can rely on Sébastien Roy, Christophe Emonet and Michèle Burnier.

Python’s central pillars are banking and corporate advice as well as representation in contentious matters. Nicolas de Gottrau, Marc Iynedjian and Homayoon Arfazadeh are the main contacts.

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