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Beat Schwarz

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Corporate / Mergers & acquisitions


Member of the Corporate / M&A group. Focuses on corporate and commercial law as well as on corporate and finance transactions, in particular M&A, private equity, joint ventures, restructurings and debt capital markets. His experience includes numerous transactions involving listed and non-listed companies in different industries. Regularly involved in insurance and other financial services regulatory work as well as in merger control proceedings.


Intern/research associate at Swiss Federal Competition Authorities (WEKO, 2003). University of St Gallen (lic. iur. HSG, 2004). Junior Associate at Pestalozzi (2004). Bar Admission (2006). Associate at Pestalozzi (2006). Cornell University (LL.M., 2007/2008). Foreign associate at US international law firm in New York (2008/2009). Partner at Pestalozzi (2015).


English, German.


Zurich Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association.


Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

Pestalozzi has strength in derivative and high-yield bond issuances, mainly acting for banks and companies. Other areas of expertise range from transactions, IPOs, private equity financing, private investment in public equity offerings and securitisation to fintech products and regulatory matters. Crédit Agricole, EON, RWE, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank are among its clients for securitisation and real estate-related capital markets transactions, while Nordea Bank, HSBC and Danske Bank were advised on their respective structured notes programmes. Practice lead Urs Klöti and partner Oliver Widmer are the key practitioners. Debt capital markets lawyer Beat Schwarz and stock exchange specialist Severin Roelli are other names to note.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Pestalozzi's team handles the full range of services in commercial, corporate and M&A, from governance aspects, liability issues and contracts to corporate compliance, reorganisations and transactions. New client American International Group instructed Christoph Lang and Beat Schwarz with the negotiation of an agreement to acquire Validus Holdings for $5.56bn, while Severin Roelli advised on the purchase of Raiffeisen Privatbank Liechtenstein by Mason Group. Christian Leuenberger and Martin Müller are other key partners in Zurich, and Sébastien Roy heads the Geneva practice.

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Within: Insurance

The 'responsive and solution-focused' team at Pestalozzi demonstrates 'thorough regulatory know-how in the Swiss and US insurance fields' and is able to 'adapt to the client's needs'. Other areas of expertise are sector-related M&A transactions, as well as corporate and contractual matters. Practice head Christoph Lang and 'knowledgeable and practical' Beat Schwarz acted for AIG on its $5.56bn acquisition of re-insurer Validus, while 'experienced and flexible' Christian Leuenberger regularly assists the same client with the provision of W&I insurance during M&A transactions.

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