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Lenz & Staehelin

AVENUE DU TRIBUNAL-FEDERAL 34, 1005 LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND
Tel:
Work +41 58 450 70 00
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Fax +41 58 450 70 01
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Web:
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’s key contacts are Jacques Iffland and François Rayroux in Geneva, and Patrick Schleiffer in Zurich. ‘Always accessible and very competent’, the firm advised BlackRock on the Swiss aspects of its purchase of the exchange-traded funds business of Credit Suisse, and acted as Swiss counsel for Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs International and Bank of America Merrill Lynch as joint lead managers on the rights offering of Julius Baer Group to part-finance its acquisition of the international wealth management business of Bank of America Merrill Lynch outside the US and Japan.

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

Lenz & Staehelin’s team is co-led by Marcel Meinhardt in Zurich and Benoît Merkt in Geneva. It recently advised Deutsche Bahn during an SCC investigation into the national and international freight forwarder markets.

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

Lenz & Staehelin advises individual and corporate creditors on enforcing their rights against companies subject to Swiss insolvency proceedings, and has broad expertise in national and cross-border restructurings. Tanja Luginbühl and Daniel Tunik are the key contacts.

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

Lenz & Staehelin has a strong reputation for its work in the pharmaceutical, IT, retail, and food and drink industries. Recent work includes acting for Emmentaler in the successful multi-jurisdictional enforcement of appellation of origin, the development and enforcement of patent strategies, and patent litigation. Thierry Calame is recommended.

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

Lenz & Staehelin’s team is led by Rudolf Tschäni in Zurich and Andreas Rötheli in Geneva. It is ‘extremely high quality in all areas: very fast response times, very comprehensive advice, creative ideas and unrivalled value for money’. The firm has been active in a number of Swiss public takeovers, including acting for Schmolz + Bickenbach during its takeover by Venetos.

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

Lenz & Staehelin represents family offices and trust companies as well as Swiss and other financial institutions, and is highlighted for its ‘team approach’. Stefan Breitenstein, Shelby du Pasquier and Lucien Masmejan are the main contacts.

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

Lenz & Staehelin’s team is jointly led by Beat Kühni and Andreas Rötheli. It advised the seller on the sale of seven real estate companies, the combined portfolio of which included commercial and retail properties in five cantons across Switzerland.

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

Lenz & Staehelin’s practice is spread across its offices in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne. It handles tax planning advice and dispute resolution, and assists clients in dealings with the tax authorities. Heini Rüdisühli and Pascal Hinny lead the team.

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

Lenz & Staehelin’s team is led by Guy Vermeil in Geneva and Lukas Morscher in Zurich. It advises media and entertainment clients on transactional, regulatory, licensing, advertising and sponsorship matters, and regularly represents clients before the regulatory and competition authorities.

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Switzerland: Banking and finance

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

Lenz & Staehelin’s ten-partner team is ‘simply the best in terms of banking and finance’. Led by Shelby du Pasquier, it includes Jacques Iffland, who is praised for his adaptability to different business situations, and Olivier Stahler, who is recommended for his local and industry knowledge and practical advice. The group is experienced in obtaining licences for banks and securities dealers.

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

Lenz & Staehelin has ‘competent knowledge of all areas of financing’, and provides ‘excellent service around the clock’. Patrick Hünerwadel leads the team, and Marcel Tranchet is ‘a very skilled negotiator and sound adviser who strives to achieve the best for his clients’. The group recently advised Mediclinic on the refinancing of a CHF2.5bn debt package for its hospital group.

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Switzerland: Dispute resolution

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

Lenz & Staehelin’s team has ‘excellent knowledge of this practice in Switzerland, perfectly handling both the various Swiss rules of arbitration and the “arbitration world”’. Practice co-head Xavier Favre-Bulle is ‘a bright lawyer’, who is ‘always accessible’, has ‘in-depth expertise’, and provides ‘cutting-edge advice; he is really great at considering possible strategies and putting them in place’. Paolo Michele Patocchi and Harold Frey are also highly recommended.

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

Lenz & Staehelin’s team is led by Martin Burkhardt in Zurich and by Benoît Chappuis and Daniel Tunik in Geneva. The practice spans banking and finance, trust and estates, money laundering and white-collar crime cases, and the firm has vast experience in civil and criminal proceedings relating to investment frauds. Miguel Oural ‘provides clear advice, and is flexible and multilingual’.

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Switzerland: Leading firms

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

Lenz & Staehelin is renowned for its work for international groups in the financial sector, as well as Swiss-based entities. Shelby du Pasquier is the main contact.

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

Lenz & Staehelin is one of the few firms serving the German and French-speaking parts of Switzerland. Its IP group, led by Thierry Calame, has a longstanding reputation in the market.

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