The Legal 500

Lenz & Staehelin

AVENUE DU TRIBUNAL-FEDERAL 34, 1005 LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 450 70 00
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Fax +41 58 450 70 01
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www.lenzstaehelin.com
Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva

Switzerland

Top-tier recommendations

  • Switzerland: Banking and finance > Geneva
  • Switzerland: Banking and finance > Zurich
  • Switzerland: Leading firms > Geneva
  • Switzerland: Leading firms > Zurich

Recommendations


Switzerland

Within Capital markets, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin recently advised the underwriters – including Credit Suisse, UBS and Morgan Stanley – on the IPO of the engineering group SFS. It also acted for certification provider SGS with regard to its CHF650m bond exchange offer. Zurich-based Patrick Schleiffer co-heads the practice with Geneva-based Jacques Iffland and François Rayroux.

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Within Employment, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin recently advised Merck KGaA on the closure of its operations in Geneva, which led to the dismissal of about 1,000 employees. It is well positioned to assist clients with cross-border matters through its membership in the Ius Laboris network. The practice is led by Rayan Houdrouge, Daniel Tunik, and Matthias Oertle.

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Within EU, competition and WTO, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin defended Colgate-Palmolive before the Competition Commission, resulting in abuse of dominance charges being dropped; a decision against the client for illegal vertical territorial protection was appealed and is now before the Federal Supreme Court. Benoît Merkt is recommended and the personable Marcel Meinhardt has ‘excellent knowledge’.

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Within Healthcare and life sciences, Lenz & Staehelin is a second tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin assisted HDLT Holding with the purchase of the La Tour group of hospitals. It also represented several pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices companies in intellectual property disputes. Clients include Bayer, Pfizer, Cytos Biotechnology, and Molecular Partners. IP expert Thierry Calame is recommended, as are litigator Harold Frey and corporate lawyer Stephan Erni.

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Within Insolvency and corporate recovery, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

The ‘outstanding’ team at Lenz & Staehelin has been advising creditors on enforcing their rights against insolvent Petroplus and Lehman Brothers Finance. The firm also assisted a solar energy company with its restructuring in Switzerland, including negotiations with creditors. Tanja Luginbühl is recommended.

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Within Intellectual property, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin represented Denner in a patent infringement litigation regarding Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules and handled several IP disputes for various pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices companies. It also represented Pernod Ricard in an appellation of origin case. Other clients include AbbVie, Pfizer, Apple Inc and Emmentaler Switzerland. Thierry Calame is recommended.

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Within Mergers and acquisitions, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin has recently been particularly busy with transactions in the financial services sector, where it assisted BTG Pactual with the CHF1.5bn acquisition of the Swiss private bank BSI from Generali. It also advised the insurer Vaudoise with the sale of its Lichtenstein subsidiary Valorlife to WealthAssurance. Zurich practice head Rudolf Tschäniblends deep legal expertise with wide business experience’, and Geneva practice head Andreas Rötheli has ‘an extraordinary capacity to anticipate problems and propose adequate strategies’.

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Within Private banking, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin provides ‘top-notch service’ and is ‘extremely responsive and business-minded’. The team includes a mix of Swiss and foreign lawyers. The firm advises clients regarding the use of trusts and foundations and international tax planning. Shelby du Pasquier, Mark Barmes and Stefan Breitenstein are recommended.

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Within Public sector, Lenz & Staehelin is a second tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin assisted Swiss Post with the settlement of a dispute with the price surveillance office and successfully represented the city of Zurich in an appeal against the power regulator’s decision regarding network tariffs. Other clients include Sunrise Communications and Alstom. Marcel Meinhardt is recommended.

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Within Real estate and construction, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin recently assisted Orox Asset Management with 15 acquisitions of Swiss real estate properties totalling more than CHF250m. Other clients include Compagnie des Parcs and Fondation pour les Terrains Industriels de Genève. Zurich-based Beat Kühni and Cécile Berger Meyer in Geneva are the practice heads.

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Within Tax, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin is best known for its expertise in tax planning regarding financial services matters, but it covers all aspects of tax planning and litigation. Recent work includes advising various Swiss banks in the context of the tax investigation being conducted by US authorities. Heini Rüdisühli and Jean-Blaise Eckert are recommended.

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Within TMT, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin is especially expert in outsourcing projects and recently assisted Deutsche Bank with back-office outsourcing. It also assisted a global audit firm and an international reinsurance company with business process outsourcings. The team also has been advising mobile network operator VimpelCom regarding international roaming agreements. Lukas Morscher heads the practice.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

Within Geneva, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin’s ‘outstanding’ team provides ‘top-notch service’ across the full range of banking regulatory and financing matters, including corporate lending, structured finance, and securitisation. The team also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations. Clients include Pictet, Lombard Odier, Union Bancaire Privée and Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild. Shelby du Pasquier heads the practice. Olivier Stahler has ‘excellent business acumen’ and gives ‘practical advice’ in ‘a client-friendly way’.

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Within Zurich, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin provides ‘top-quality’ advice with ‘good value for money’. It advised Avista Capital Partners and Nordic Capital on the leveraged financing of the public tender offer for all publicly held shares in Acino Holding. It also advised the lenders on a $15bn financing of Glencore. Other clients include UBS, HSBC and Credit Suisse. Patrick Hünerwadel leads the ‘very knowledgeable’ team, in which Stefan Breitenstein and Marcel Tranchet are particularly recommended.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

Within Arbitration, Lenz & Staehelin is a third tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin has been handling disputes under a variety of arbitration institutions, including the ICC, Swiss Chambers of Commerce, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and WIPO, as well as ad hoc arbitration. Harold Frey and Xavier Favre-Bulle are recommended. Paolo Patocchi left the firm and founded Patocchi & Marzolini.

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Within Litigation, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin has been representing banks in proceedings arising from clawback actions, as well as in civil and criminal proceedings in connection with the Madoff fraud. Other recent work also includes M&A and shareholders’ litigation. Harold Frey and Miguel Oural are recommended.

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Switzerland: Leading firms

Within Geneva, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin is especially known for its ‘outstanding’ banking and finance practice, which is led by Shelby du Pasquier and has many international as well as domestic banks among its clients. However, the firm is strong across many practice areas. Benoît Merkt is recommended for competition law and Andreas Rötheli for corporate and M&A work.

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Within Zurich, Lenz & Staehelin is a first tier firm,

Lenz & Staehelin is ‘a top choice’ in the German and the French-speaking parts of Switzerland. The firm has numerous leading lawyers in its Zurich office. Marcel Meinhardt is an ‘excellent’ competition expert, Rudolf Tschäni is recommended for corporate work, as is Patrick Hünerwadel for banking, and Thierry Calame has a longstanding reputation for intellectual property matters.

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