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Geneva, Zurich

Urs Klöti

Work +41 44 217 91 11

Work Department

Banking and Finance / Capital markets.


Practice is focused on regulatory matters, anti-money laundering, compliance, finance and all sorts of questions related to the banking and financial industry.


University of St. Gallen (lic. oec. (economics), 1990; lic. iur. (law), 1994). Joined Pestalozzi (1995). Bar Admission (1998). Head of Legal and Compliance at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets AG (2000-2003) before re-joining Pestalozzi. Partner at Pestalozzi (2005). Managing Partner of Pestalozzi and Head of Financial Services practice group in Zurich.


German , English, Spanish.


International Bar Association (IBA), Zurich and Swiss Bar Associations.


Banking and finance: Zurich

Within: Banking and finance: Zurich

Finance transactions, regulatory advice, as well as ancillary services in tax, dispute resolution and compliance are core areas of expertise at Pestalozzi. In recent highlights, Oliver Widmer advised GE Capital on multiple factoring transactions, and assisted Instimatch Global with drafting a new business model, which enables corporations to lend to borrowers. Urs Klöti advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch International on the implementation of a Brexit plan, involving applications for new banking and securities dealer licences.

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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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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Pestalozzi has solid expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, tax, real estate and intellectual property. Well-known partners include Urs Klöti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips.

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