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Dunja Koch

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M&A, Capital Markets / Private Equity, Banking / Finance, Aviation / Shipping, Corporate / Commercial.


Dunja has expertise in all aspects of corporate and finance law, advising mainly UK and US clients with regard to Switzerland. She is the managing partner of the London office.


Dunja joined Froriep in 1998 and became a partner in 2003. She regularly works on M&A and private equity deals, as well as leveraged and acquisition finance transactions, but also project, commodity and asset finance matters, including aircraft finance. Here, she acts on behalf of aircraft manufacturers, banks and leasing companies in relation to the Swiss aspects of acquisition of aircraft, engines or portfolios. Her practice further covers collective investments, private placements and regulatory matters, where she advises foreign funds, dealers and other financial institutions in relation to their activities in Switzerland. The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017 recommended her as the top foreign lawyer in London. Chambers Global (2018) ranked her as leader in the fields of Banking & Finance (Switzerland) and Banking & Finance (UK).


Dunja speaks German, French, English and Italian.


She is a member of the Zurich Bar Association, the Swiss Bar Association, the International Bar Association (IBA), Association Suisse de Droit Aérien et Spatial and the Aviation Club of the UK.


Dunja holds a law degree from the University of Zurich and a Master of Laws from Queen Mary, University of London. She qualified in Geneva in 1997 and in England and Wales in 1999.

London: Foreign firms

European firms in London: Switzerland

Within: Leading individuals

Dunja Koch - Froriep

Within: European firms in London: Switzerland

The London office of Swiss firm Froriep was established over 20 years ago. It focuses on corporate and M&A deals, banking and finance matters and regulatory work. The team advised JSC VTB Bank on the restructuring of a high-value secured facility agreement entered into with the Eurasian Resources Group; the work included tax law, the taking of security over assets and shares, and amendments to the facility. Key figures include Dunja Koch, a highly rated finance lawyer; of counsel Bruno Boesch, whose expertise includes private client and art law; senior associate JÊrôme Pidoux; and associate Andrea Trost, who joined the London office from Baker McKenzie.

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Banking and finance: Zurich

Within: Banking and finance: Zurich

'Commercially-oriented and responsive' firm Froriep has 'a deep understanding of legal issues' and is 'capable of handling complicated transactions in a timely manner'. A particular area of expertise is banking M&A, which is complemented by regulatory and cross-financing experience. 'Consistently excellent' Dunja Koch advised JSC VTB Bank on the restructuring of a high-value secured facility agreement with Eurasian Resources Group, while team lead Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler assisted Palmarian Group with the bond issuance financing of the acquisition of all shares in Lebara Group. Senior associate JÊrôme Pidoux, who (like Koch) is based in London, is also recommended.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

The Zurich team of Froriep includes banking, finance and corporate specialist Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler, litigator Sabina Schellenberg, intellectual property and TMT partner Nicola Benz, as well as tax lawyer Marcel Jung. Swiss-qualified transport expert Dunja Koch is based in London.

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Within: Transport

Froriep's 'knowledgeable and pragmatic' transport team 'is quick to offer expert legal advice on Swiss-law aviation matters and consider the commercial reality of the situation'. It is best known for assisting with aviation finance and insolvency cases, as well as general corporate and commercial matters, and representing maritime clients in litigation proceedings. Recent highlights include advisory services provided to BoComm Leasing on existing leasing contracts with the insolvent airline Air Berlin and its Swiss subsidiary Belair. 'Very responsive, thorough and risk-attuned' London-based key partner Dunja Koch is 'highly capable and has a clear communication style'. Felix Mathis, who handles commercial aviation matters, and tax specialist Dimitri Rotter are also noted.

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