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The firm

As a leading Swiss corporate law firm, we advise and represent enterprises and entrepreneurs in all aspects of commercial law - transactions, proceedings and complex cases both in a domestic and a global context.

We offer our clients comprehensive legal advice, support them through negotiations and transactions, represent them before public authorities and in court, and protect their interests in administrative proceedings. Throughout, we place great emphasis on identifying legally sustainable solutions to complex legal issues while never losing sight of our clients' commercial objectives.

We work closely with leading law firms abroad, which enables us to offer optimal solutions to companies with an interest in Switzerland, wherever their business activities take place.

Homburger's focus lies on corporate and M&A, capital markets, financial services, competition and regulatory, intellectual property and information technology, litigation and arbitration, tax, employment law, private clients, restructuring and insolvency, white collar crime and investigations, insurance and real estate.

All of the 33 partners and approximately 150 lawyers and tax advisors are members of at least one expertise team. Most of our lawyers have additional legal qualifications and have studied or worked abroad. Legal publications and league tables consistently rank Homburger in the top tier of its main areas of practice.

In addition to Switzerland, we focus on established markets in Europe, North America and Asia. This is supported by regional focus groups that foster good relations with selected regional markets.

Areas of practice

Arbitration: Our arbitration experts have extensive experience representing clients in the field of international commercial and investment arbitration as well as with other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Banking and Finance: Our Banking and Finance Team advises on all aspects of Swiss financial market regulation, capital markets and other financing transactions, as well as the structuring and documentation of innovative investment products. We represent clients in Swiss and foreign proceedings before authorities and courts in relation to Swiss financial market regulation.

Capital Markets: Our Capital Markets Team advises Swiss and international issuers and securities dealers on all aspects of capital markets law. Our second to none capital markets team (Legal 500) is renowned for its expertise in structuring and documenting equity and debt transactions, including regulatory capital instruments, derivatives, structured products, and securitization transactions. We have longstanding experience in advising clients on the most complex and innovative transactions.

Competition | Regulatory: Our Competition | Regulatory Team advises clients on Swiss and EU competition law, public and economic administrative law, as well as regulated markets. We represent clients before administrative authorities and courts, as well as in civil antitrust litigation.

Compliance: Compliance plays an important role in every company. The consequences of non-compliance can be devastating and trigger a corporate crisis. Our Compliance Team helps our clients avoid regulatory risks and to stay on top of legal and regulatory requirements and developments at all times.

Corporate | M&A: Our Corporate | M&A Team offers domestic and global enterprises and entrepreneurs expert advice and support with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity capital market transactions, private equity and venture capital, as well as corporate governance.

Crisis Management: No company is safe from unforeseeable events that could seriously affect its objectives, reputation and financial situation. Crises can arise in various forms, through employee misconduct, technical failures, sudden economic downturns, fraud, government action or leaks. Our Crisis Management Team provides immediate assistance and develops comprehensive strategies to manage crises.

Employment Law and Executive Compensation: Our multidisciplinary Employment Law and Executive Compensation Team is made up of recognized specialists who advise on all areas of employment law, including regulatory issues, executive compensation, pensions, as well as taxes and social security. In addition, we represent companies and entrepreneurs in litigation.

IP | IT: Our IP | IT Team provides support in litigation, prosecution proceedings and transactions in all areas of intellectual property, media, IT and privacy|data protection. We are fascinated by technology and support enterprises and entrepreneurs with all aspects of technological change.

Insurance: Our Team offers client centric expertise in the insurance sector. We provide dedicated advice in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and risk transfer transactions as well as in insurance and regulatory matters. Our practice is further focused on insurance disputes.

Investigations and Enforcement: Our Investigations & Enforcement Team regularly leads complex investigations, both in international matters and in focused domestic inquiries. We use our longtime experience in conducting investigations for the benefit of our clients.

Litigation: Our Litigation Team is one of the largest and most effective in Switzerland. We support our clients in the avoidance of disputes and represent enterprises, entrepreneurs, foundations and private persons in civil and commercial matters before all Swiss courts and in administrative proceedings before Swiss authorities. Furthermore, we support our clients in their litigation in other countries and coordinate parallel contentious matters in various jurisdictions.

Private Clients: Our Private Clients Team offers comprehensive and bespoke advice to entrepreneurs and families. Our clients include family offices, trustees, financial institutions and other service providers, foundations, members of management, as well as board of directors and foundation council members.

Real Estate: Our Real Estate Team has extensive knowledge and experience in real estate related legal matters. Our interdisciplinary approach enables us to provide comprehensive legal services to domestic and foreign real estate investors and real estate departments in all industry sectors, real estate developers and real estate investment funds, and other companies in all areas of real estate law.

Restructuring | Insolvency: Our Restructuring | Insolvency Team advises clients in connection with solvent restructurings and all aspects of insolvency law. We have vast experience in representing Swiss and international clients in domestic and cross-border insolvency proceedings.

Tax: Our Tax Team advises clients on national and international tax law, on M&A and capital markets transactions, reorganizations, corporate financings, structured finance (asset backed, investment and property funds), re-domestications, private equity and employee participations.

White Collar Crime: Our White Collar Team advises and represents companies in white collar crime matters, typically involving breaches of capital market rules, fraud, insider trading, money laundering and corruption.

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