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Lenz & Staehelin

BRANDSCHENKESTRASSE 24, 8027 ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
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Work +41 58 450 80 00
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Fax +41 58 450 80 01
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www.lenzstaehelin.com
Geneva, Lausanne, Zurich

Switzerland

Banking and finance: Geneva
Banking and finance: Geneva - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

The sizeable team at 'dynamic' and 'highly professional firm' Lenz & Staehelin is renowned for its regulatory and transactional expertise provided to clients such as Banque Pictet & Cie, Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan, as well as its 'strong ties with international peers'. Investment management partner François Rayroux advised Paris-based Amundi Asset Management on the merger of 33 exchange traded funds, while Swissquote banking group instructed fintech specialist Fedor Poskriakov on all contractual and regulatory aspects concerning bitcoin trading. Financing expert David Ledermann, the 'hands-on and pragmatic' Olivier Stahler and 'pre-eminent lawyer' Shelby du Pasquier  are among the key practitioners.

Leading individuals

Olivier Stahler - Lenz & Staehelin

Shelby du Pasquier - Lenz & Staehelin

Next Generation Partners

Fedor Poskriakov - Lenz & Staehelin

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Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

The 'reliable and prompt' team at¬†Lenz & Staehelin¬†advises on financing, regulatory matters and proceedings, internal investigations and fintech projects, and has 'very good knowledge of both the Swiss market and EU developments'.¬†Marcel Tranchet¬†assisted Banque Internationale √† Luxembourg with the transfer of a majority stake from Precision Capital to Chinese company Legend Holdings. Practice lead¬†Patrick H√ľnerwadel, who is 'a master of his profession', and¬†Patrick Schleiffer, who 'provides very helpful advice', are also noted.

Leading individuals

Marcel Tranchet - Lenz & Staehelin

Patrick H√ľnerwadel - Lenz & Staehelin

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

One of the 'leading practices in Switzerland', Lenz & Staehelin's 'depth and quality is world class'. Equity transactions, bond offerings, securitisation, derivatives, convertibles and structured notes are among its areas of expertise. 'Stand-out performer' Jacques Iffland advised ObsEva on a $60m private investment of shares and short-term warrants regarding a public equity transaction with several investors, while Rudolf Tschäni and Hans-Jakob Diem assisted Sika with its CHF1.65bn issuance of senior convertible bonds on SIX Swiss Exchange. 'Knowledgeable and thorough' derivatives and structured products expert François Rayroux and Zurich co-lead Patrick Schleiffer are other names to note.

Leading individuals

François Rayroux - Lenz & Staehelin

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin's 'highly recommended, hands-on' team stands out for its 'very thorough levels of preparation' and 'impeccable integrity', 'combining exceptional lawyers with tremendous collegiality and client service'. Focus areas include private and public M&A, corporate governance, and private equity transactions. In a recent highlight, 'world-class M&A lawyer'¬†Hans-Jakob Diem¬†assisted Saudi Basic Industries with its upcoming 24.99% share capital acquisition in Clariant. Rudolf Tsch√§ni¬†is another key practitioner, while clients further recommend 'extraordinarily smart'¬†Tino Gaberth√ľel;¬†'committed'¬†Beat K√ľhni, who has 'an encyclopaedic knowledge'; 'clear, proactive and quick'¬†Stephan Erni;¬†as well as 'efficient and flexible' Geneva-based¬†Guy Vermeil.

Leading individuals

Hans-Jakob Diem - Lenz & Staehelin

Rudolf Tschäni - Lenz & Staehelin

Next Generation Partners

Stephan Erni - Lenz & Staehelin

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Competition
Competition - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

The 'dedicated and trustworthy team' at¬†Lenz & Staehelin¬†is recommended for providing an 'outstanding' service, including 'accurate, business-focused legal advice'. Merger control notifications, international merger filings, abuse of dominance, cartel investigations, dawn raids, leniency procedures and Swiss court litigation are some of the key areas of expertise. Recent highlights include representing Pfizer in its successful appeal against multimillion-CHF fines imposed by the Competition Commission (ComCo) for alleged unlawful resale price maintenance in connection with the drug Viagra. Key names in Zurich include the 'results-focused and highly knowledgeable'¬†Marcel Meinhardt, who is¬†'one of the leading experts in competition and antitrust law'; counsel¬†Felix Pr√ľmmer, who has an 'analytical' approach;¬†associate¬†Frank Bremer; and¬†Astrid Waser, who is acting for Ticketcorner in a merger control appeal.¬†Beno√ģt Merkt¬†is the recommended key contact in Geneva.

Leading individuals

Beno√ģt Merkt - Lenz & Staehelin

Marcel Meinhardt - Lenz & Staehelin

Next Generation Partners

Felix Pr√ľmmer - Lenz & Staehelin

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Dispute resolution: arbitration
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

The multi-jurisdictional practice at Lenz & Staehelin 'thinks strategically' and 'has exceptionally strong knowledge of the nuts and bolts of Swiss arbitration' and has a 'diligent' approach and 'sharp understanding of foreign law matters'. The team acts for various industries, including pharmaceuticals, construction, telecoms, sports and energy. 'Outstanding and high-calibre' practitioner Harold Frey, who impresses with 'actionable advice and on-the-spot arguments in court', achieved the dismissal of all claims against the State of Palestine concerning a private investment, which were brought by a private company. 'Hands-on, dedicated arbitrator' Xavier Favre-Bulle is the key partner in Geneva.

Leading individuals

Harold Frey - Lenz & Staehelin

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Dispute resolution: litigation
Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin's strengths in litigation include banking and finance, liability claims, white-collar crime, shareholder and post-M&A litigation, inheritance disputes, employment claims, as well as contentious intellectual property and real estate matters. In 2018,¬†Harold Frey¬†and¬†Dominique M√ľller¬†reached a settlement for client Sika, the Burkard family and Saint-Gobain concerning the ‚ā¨1.8bn dispute over the attempted sale of the family's stake to Saint-Gobain, terminating all proceedings and maintaining Sika's status as an independent company. Frey acts for respondent Bank Julius B√§r in ongoing monetary claim proceedings against the German government body BvS (Federal Institute for Special Tasks Arising from Unification).¬†Daniel Tunik¬†heads the team in Geneva.

Leading individuals

Harold Frey - Lenz & Staehelin

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

The sizeable employment and pension practice at Lenz & Staehelin 'provides very commercial advice in a responsive manner, managing delivery expectations well'. With special experience in the drafting of employment rules and regulations, executive compensation aspects and cross-border employee transfers, clients stem from a variety of sectors, including banking, engineering, IT, retail and pharmaceuticals. In an ongoing highlight, Rayan Houdrouge represents Uber in multiple social security disputes, such as appeal proceedings against authorities, employment-related claims from drivers and administrative proceedings concerning the requirement of a staff leasing licence. Matthias Oertle, who 'is good at explaining legal provisions in a user-friendly way', advised Moody's Analytics on its acquisition of Bureau van Dijk Editions Electroniques.

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Healthcare and life sciences
Healthcare and life sciences - ranked: tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin

Core areas of expertise at Lenz & Staehelin include intellectual property and commercial disputes, regulatory advice, M&A and licensing transactions, as well as product liability, competition and outsourcing matters. Thierry Calame represents Mepha as the claimant in several patent nullity proceedings concerning breast cancer treatment, while Stephan Erni assisted Coltene with the acquisitions of SciClan and MicroMega. Counsel Lara Dorigo is another key practitioner.

Next Generation Partners

Lara Dorigo - Lenz & Staehelin

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin

The 'very professional and proactive team' at 'top firm'¬†Lenz & Staehelin¬†is 'very knowledgeable and vastly experienced in cross-border insolvency cases'. The enforcement of creditors' rights, restructuring matters and risk analyses form the core areas of expertise. 'Good strategic and conceptual thinker'¬†Tanja Luginb√ľhl¬†and the¬†'thoroughly prepared and assertive'¬†Roland Fischer¬†are handling the restructuring of Sempione Fashion. Senior associate¬†Anja Affolter Marino¬†is recommended for her 'excellent foreign language capabilities' and ability to 'translate legal knowledge into practical terms'.

Leading individuals

Tanja Luginb√ľhl - Lenz & Staehelin

Next Generation Partners

Roland Fischer - Lenz & Staehelin

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin's client portfolio features international and domestic insurers and re-insurers, financial institutions, funds and regulators, among others. The team is best known for advisory services in a corporate, investment, transactional and outsourcing environment, while also handling insurance policy and risk transfer aspects. Carterpillar Insurance, AXA, Baloise and Schweizerische Mobiliar receive regular assistance from the team, which is headed by Olivier Stahler and Lukas Morscher.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin¬†'responds swiftly and adequately' and houses a team of 'professionals who know what they are talking about'. With a focus on life sciences, consumer products, culture and the public sector, services include strategic IP advice and management, such as patent, trade mark, copyright and design law, as well as unfair-competition matters, IP arbitration and litigation. In recent successful matters,¬†J√ľrg Simon¬†represented Emmentaler Switzerland against antitrust claims and in an appellation of origin matter in Italy, while Thierry Calame¬†defended Migros against a patent infringement claim concerning coffee capsules manufactured in Switzerland. 'Proactive' counsel¬†Lara Dorigo, who 'provides clear, comprehensive advice', is also recommended.

Leading individuals

J√ľrg Simon - Lenz & Staehelin

Thierry Calame - Lenz & Staehelin

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Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

Geneva- and Lausanne-based firm¬†Lenz & Staehelin¬†receives major recognition for its banking expertise, alongside its outstanding strength in capital markets, private client matters, tax, real estate, sports law and dispute resolution. Key lawyers include Shelby Du Pasquier, Olivier Stahler, Fran√ßois Rayroux, Lucien Masmejan, Andreas R√∂theli, Jean-Blaise Eckert, Beno√ģt Merkt¬†and Xavier Favre-Bulle.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin¬†has supreme experience of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, competition and dispute resolution, with additional expertise in IP, TMT, sports and tax matters. Patrick H√ľnerwadel, Marcel Tranchet,¬†Hans-Jakob Diem, Harold Frey, Marcel Meinhardt, J√ľrg Simon¬†and Lukas Morscher¬†are among the leading individuals.

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Private client
Private client - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

The 'pragmatic and efficient' private client team at¬†Lenz & Staehelin¬†'operates at the highest technical levels' and 'has an outstanding ability to provide comprehensive advice to international clients on business succession, taxation, family governance, estate planning and wealth management matters'. The practice also handles contentious matters, with a strong focus on trust litigation. Key partners include¬†Lucien Masmejan, 'an outstanding lawyer who has a wealth of experience advising and coordinating matters for high-net-worth families', 'trust structure expert'¬†Mark Barmes¬†and 'technically able, clear adviser'¬†Heini R√ľdis√ľhli¬†in Zurich.

Leading individuals

Lucien Masmejan - Lenz & Staehelin

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

The 'proactive, dedicated and involved' public law team at¬†Lenz & Staehelin¬†provides 'a level of service that is excellent in every respect' and is 'capable of anticipating the next steps that public authorities are going to take'. It handles public procurement, infrastructure, energy, TMT, environmental and real estate matters, with a particular focus on public tender proceedings, price surveillance issues, transmission grid tariffs and various sector regulations.¬†Marcel Meinhardt, who 'has a strong ability to understand even the most complex circumstances', represents Swiss Post in a Supreme Court matter involving a regulatory complaint and request for lowering the postal fees on newspaper delivery from Swiss houses. Clients also recommend 'outstandingly skilled lawyers'¬†Felix Pr√ľmmer¬†and¬†Frank Bremer.

Leading individuals

Marcel Meinhardt - Lenz & Staehelin

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin¬†is best known for advising on real estate financing, sale-and-lease-back transactions, commercial leasing, developments, public-sector matters and regulatory law. Subsequent to handling the acquisition,¬†Beat K√ľhni¬†is assisting Marriott and Ritz-Carlton with the transition and refurbishment of a luxury five-star hotel to be relaunched as "The Ritz Carlton, Hotel de la Paix Geneva". Eli Lilly and Z Capital Partners are among its other clients.¬†C√©cile Berger Meyer¬†is the key contact in Geneva. Geneva-based Andreas R√∂theli¬†handles transactional real estate matters.

Leading individuals

Andreas Rötheli - Lenz & Staehelin

Beat K√ľhni - Lenz & Staehelin

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Sports law
Sports law - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

Best known for acting for athletes and sports organisations, Lenz & Staehelin provides a broad range of services, including dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, competition, immigration, intellectual property and tax matters. Marcel Meinhardt acts for Swisscom, CT Cinetrade and Teleclub in the foreclosure of ice-hockey content on pay TV being distributed over Swisscom's TV platforms. Head of arbitration Xavier Favre-Bulle has expertise in CAS and tribunal disputes.

Leading individuals

Xavier Favre-Bulle - Lenz & Staehelin

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin is renowned for its transactional, contractual, licensing, regulatory, e-commerce, advertising and outsourcing experience, including longstanding expertise in the banking sector. In recent work, Lukas Morscher assisted a global banking group with the regulatory and transactional aspects concerning intra-group hosted data platform solutions. Transactions partner Guy Vermeil is the main contact in Geneva.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin

'Great law firm' Lenz & Staehelin 'has a large and competent team with comprehensive expertise in international tax structuring, which is able to provide clear and succinct advice'. The practice also handles tax dispute resolution and matters relating to the exchange of information. 'Excellent lawyer' Pascal Hinny advised on the tax issues arising from Sika's placement of senior convertible bonds on SIX Swiss Exchange, while 'highly skilled practitioner' Jean-Blaise Eckert represented several banks in various litigation matters relating to the refusal to withhold tax refunds due to alleged dividend stripping strategies. Other key practitioners include 'very smart and easy-to-work-with' Frédéric Neukomm and 'open-minded strategist' Daniel Schafer.

Leading individuals

Jean-Blaise Eckert - Lenz & Staehelin

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