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Dr iur Franz Hoffet

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Competition | Regulatory.


Partner. Franz Hoffet heads Homburger's Competition | Regulatory team. He represents a wide range of companies and trade associations in proceedings before the Swiss competition authorities, the European Commission and in civil courts and arbitration proceedings. He also advises clients on compliance matters of Swiss and European competition law. Other areas of practice include regulated markets (in particular energy, health and pharma, media and telecommunications, infrastructure and transport), international trade and public procurement. Franz Hoffet is also a member of Homburger's Corporate | M&A as well as its White Collar | Investigations teams.


Admitted to the Bar in 1986. Joined Homburger in 1988 and became Partner in 1994. Lectures on European competition law at the St. Gallen University.


German, English, French.


Chairman of the Swiss Bar Association's Committee on Competition Law. Board member of the German Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht.


University of Zurich (Dr iur), University of Chicago (LLM).



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Franz Hoffet - Homburger

Within: Competition

As 'one of the top practices in Europe', Homburger's 'excellent team' impresses with its 'outstanding knowledge, regular client communication and 24-hour availability'. Handling both Swiss and European competition and antitrust matters, as well as administrative and civil court proceedings, the practice focuses on merger control notifications and filings, litigation and investigations in connection with horizontal and vertical restraints, as well as compliance and contractual matters. It fields a team of 'experienced' practitioners including the 'well-connected and solution-driven' Marcel Dietrich and 'thorough, efficient and thoughtful' counsel Andreas Burger, who have significant strength in the regulated industries. Dietrich assisted Alpiq with all competition aspects concerning the CHF800m acquisition of Alpiq In Tec and Kraftanlagen München by Bouygues. Franz Hoffet is representing Airbus in Swiss merger control proceedings., ChemChina and Clariant also feature in its client roster.

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Healthcare and life sciences

Within: Healthcare and life sciences

Homburger handles a range of matters for clients in the healthcare and life sciences industry, including intellectual property, M&A, regulatory advice and dispute resolution. IP partner Andri Hess is representing Novartis in the enforcement of several blockbuster drug patents in court and is also defending the client against nullity actions brought by competitors. Another recent highlight was Dieter Gericke's advice to ChemChina on its $43bn acquisition of Syngenta via a public tender offer. Marcel Dietrich and Franz Hoffet are the key contacts for regulatory and competition law matters.

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Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Within: Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

As one of the best firms in Zurich, Homburger delivers superb work on banking and finance, corporate, M&A and capital markets law. René Bösch, Benedikt Maurenbrecher and Daniel Daeniker are the key contacts. Other prominent areas include Franz Hoffet's and Marcel Dietrich's competition practice, the dispute resolution work of Felix Dasser and Balz Gross, as well as the IP and TMT departments, led by Georg Rauber and David Rosenthal. Dieter Grünblatt and Peter Riedweg are recognised for their tax expertise.

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