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The firm

THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte was founded over 30 years ago by Dres André Thouvenin and Hansjörg Stutzer and since its incorporation has been a partner-driven law firm. The firm has a lean organisation and works efficiently and straightforwardly, driven by solutions and striving for long-term partnership with its clients.

The firm’s partners and associates are trained and specialised in several practice areas within which they typically have international experience and additional education. This ensures that the client’s contact is not only able to provide professional and solution-oriented advice within the scope of one specialised area but also that further relevant issues related to the matter will be identified, enabling them to achieve long-term and tailor-made solutions.

The combined international expertise of the firm’s partners and associates, as well as their involvement in global networks and established co-operations with partner law firms around the globe, enable them to provide competent and efficient assistance in matters with an international dimension.

While THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte focused primarily on corporate and commercial as well as on M&A in its early years, it has significantly expanded its work for private clients and in dispute resolution, in the last decade especially in arbitration. The firm has three practice groups (dispute resolution, corporate/M&A and private client/entrepreneur) and doubled its numbers of lawyers in the last eight years.

Areas of practice

THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte has three practice groups in which the firm’s categories of work are grouped.

Members of the dispute resolution team represent Swiss and foreign clients in all matters relating to commercial and civil law litigation, judicial assistance in criminal, civil and administrative law matters. Further, they represent clients in domestic and international arbitration in the fields of commercial and investment treaty disputes as well as in sports-related disputes, under all major institutional rules but also ad hoc, and some also regularly act as arbitrators.

The corporate/M&A practice group focuses on the incorporation of new business enterprises in Switzerland, corporate housekeeping and the reorganisation and restructuring of companies. The firm advises both private and listed companies. The commercial and contract practice is a core competence of the firm and its lawyers have considerable expertise in all contractual matters, regularly advising clients in national and international commercial transactions and drafting the required legal documents. The firm has a broad M&A experience spanning a range of transactions, both small and large, and assisting during the entire acquisition process.

Members of the private client/entrepreneur practice group have gathered and built up extensive experience, know-how and expertise in private client matters. The main focus of the practice has been estate planning in the context of corporate succession planning of entrepreneurs, advising on testamentary wills and their execution, inheritance, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Its lawyers accept mandates as executors and have comprehensive know-how with regard to the handling of substantive international estates, including in litigious matters. Finally, the members successfully mediate between family members and assist in aligning family interests.

  • Number of lawyers: 18
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Member

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