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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Dr Peter Hsu

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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Banking & Insurance | Listed Companies | Corporate Governance | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Markets | Funds, Financial Products & Asset Management | Corporate & Commercial | Employment | Data Protection | Fintech


Peter Hsu is Bär & Karrer's key contact for the practice area of banking and insurance. His practice focuses on banking, insurance, financing and capital markets. He regularly advises Swiss and foreign banks, securities dealers, insurers and other financial intermediaries as well as fintech businesses with regard to a wide range of regulatory, contract law and corporate law matters. Moreover, he often advises clients on M&A transactions.

Peter Hsu has published several books and articles on topics in banking, insurance and capital markets and is regularly invited to speak on these topics.

Peter Hsu is ranked as a leading individual in the practice areas of Banking & Finance as well as Insurance & Reinsurance and listed as "most highly regarded" practitioner in Insurance & Reinsurance (Who's Who Legal 2018). The Legal 500 2014 refers to him as a "key individual within the banking and insurance sector" and recommends him for insurance advice. In Who's Who Legal, he is quoted as "the 'go-to guy' for clients in need of insurance and reinsurance regulatory advice" (2013, 2018) and "key player in the Swiss insurance and reinsurance regulatory field" (2014) and wins praise for his "unparalleled abilities". In addition, he is described as "extremely knowledgeable" in insurance and regulatory matters, lauded for his "business oriented approach" (2016) and it is further noted that "he is not only an expert on regulatory topics, but also has a very profound understanding of other legal areas". Moreover, he is praised for "his pragmatic approach to resolve legal issues" (2018). In IFLR 1000, a client characterizes him as "very knowledgeable, detail-oriented and very open to novel solutions and approaches" (2016).


  • Partner at Bär & Karrer (since 2009)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (2002-2003 and 2004-2008)
  • Law Clerk to the Labour court at the District Court of Zurich (2000-2001)
  • Law Clerk to the District Court of Zurich (2000)
  • Inhouse counsel at SWX Swiss Exchange/Ad hoc publicity (1997-1999)
  • Research assistant to Prof. Dr. H.C. von der Crone at the University of Zurich (1996-1997)


German, English.


  • AIDA Swiss Chapter (Member of the Organising Committee)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Swiss Society for Liability and Insurance Law (SGHVR)
  • Co-editor of the Basler Commentary on the Insurance Supervision Act (ISA)
  • Board member of Jyske Bank (Schweiz) AG (2015/2016)


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law: LL.M. (2004)
  • New York Bar (not practicing) (2004)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (2002)
  • University of Zurich: Dr. iur. (1999)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1995)


Banking and finance: Zurich

Within: Banking and finance: Zurich

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for handling financing deals, derivative transactions and debt structuring, as well as banking M&A. Regulatory advice, enforcement proceedings and investigations are additional focus areas. Peter Hsu advised Tellco Vorsorge on its acquisition of private bank Dominick Company, while Rashid Bahar acted for HQLAx on the first live securities lending transaction via R3's Corda blockchain platform. Eric Stupp acted for Copernicus during the establishment of a Swiss holding company and application for a FINMA licence. Transaction partner Ralph Malacrida, internal investigation practice lead Andreas Länzlinger and fintech partner Daniel Flühmann are other names to note.

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Within: Insurance

The 'highly experienced and knowledgeable practice group' at Bär & Karrer Ltd. has 'in-depth, practical expertise in insurance regulation matters and FINMA's supervisory standards'. Tied into the banking, life sciences and dispute resolution departments, the nine-partner team counts Allianz Suisse Versicherungs-Gesellschaft, Chubb Insurance and AON Schweiz among its clients. 'Highly knowledgeable, supportive and responsive' lead Peter Hsu advised Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse on a transaction involving Swiss Export Risk Insurance guaranteeing the financing of a Brazilian power plant through a $1bn bond issuance. 'Outstanding, high-calibre lawyerRoland Truffer assisted Swiss Re with the re-domiciliation of Swiss Re Asia from Zurich to Singapore.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd. in Zurich and Zug impresses with 'partner commitment, responsiveness, legal expertise in various areas and good communication'. The full-service firm is especially renowned in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, as well as competition, dispute resolution, white-collar criminal law, insurance, private client and sports law. Key lawyers include Eric StuppRalph Malacrida and Thomas ReutterChristoph NeeracherPeter HsuTina WüstemannSusanne Schreiber and Michele Bernasconi.

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