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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Dr Christoph Neeracher

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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Mergers & Acquisitions | Corporate & Commercial | Reorganization & Insolvency | Litigation | Employment | Transport & Logistics | Energy | Financing | Life Sciences | Data Protection


Christoph Neeracher specializes in international and domestic M&A transactions (focusing on private M&A and private equity transactions, including secondary buyouts, public to private transactions and distressed equity), transaction finance, venture capital, startups, corporate restructurings, relocations, corporate law, general contract matters (e.g. joint ventures, partnerships and shareholders agreements) and all directly related areas such as employment matters for key employees (e.g. employee participation and incentive agreements). 

He is experienced in a broad range of national and international transactions both sell and buy side (including corporate auction processes) and the assistance of clients in their ongoing corporate and commercial activities. Additionally, Christoph Neeracher represents clients in litigation proceedings relating to his specialization.

Chambers Global and Europe rank him as a leader in the field of M&A (since 2010) and IFLR 1000 lists him as one of the leading lawyers in Switzerland (since 2012). The International Who's Who of M&A Lawyers lists Christoph Neeracher as one of the world's leading M&A lawyers. The Legal 500 (2012) describes him as "extremely experienced in M&A matters and very strong in negotiations" and ranks him among the leading individuals. Christoph Neeracher is ranked first in Mergermarket's Profile League Table for 2016's most prolific individual DACH legal advisors.


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2007)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (2001)
  • Law Clerk at the District Court of Meilen (1997-1998)


English, German


  • Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • German - Swiss Association of Legal Professionals
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • IPBA (Inter-Pacific Bar Association)


  • New York University: LL.M. in Corporate Law (2001)
  • University of Zurich: Dr. iur. (2000)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1999)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1996)


Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

Bär & Karrer Ltd. has a strong focus on assisting private equity companies with restructurings, but also represents creditors in insolvency proceedings and advises investors and shareholders on risk mitigation. In a recent highlight, the group assisted Credit Suisse and UBS with the recapitalisation program of Meyer Burger Technology. In other work, the Geneva team acted as supervisors appointed by FINMA on the bankruptcy of Banque Privée Espírito Santo. Thomas Rohde is the main contact; Urs Kägi, Cédric Chapuis and Christoph Neeracher are other names to note. Martin Anderson was a new arrival from Baker McKenzie in August 2018.

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Within: Transport

Bär & Karrer Ltd. handles finance, M&A, regulatory, employment, antitrust, data protection and contentious matters in the aviation, maritime and rail industries. The practice advised EQT Infrastructure II on its acquisition of CHEP Aerospace Solutions from supply-chain logistics provider Brambles. Luca Jagmetti is the key contact of the practice, which also includes aviation specialist Mariel Hoch, financing lawyer Ralph Malacrida, IP partner Markus Wang and railroad and logistics expert Christoph Neeracher.

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