GC Powerlist > GC Powerlist: Switzerland Teams


For 28 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. The GC Powerlist is the latest publication from The Legal 500, turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. The latest edition is the GC Powerlist: Switzerland Teams, which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house teams working in Switzerland....read more


(listed in alphabetical order; click on a team to view an expanded biography)

Our partner

Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler, Managing Partner at Froriep:

FRORIEP is delighted to be the sponsor of the 2016 Swiss GC Powerlist. On behalf of the team at FRORIEP, congratulations to each and everyone who has been included in this year’s Powerlist for Switzerland!

Switzerland has always been an important hub for international corporations driving innovation not only from a business perspective, but also in legal and compliance matters. It comes as no surprise that corporate counsels in Switzerland who are at the heart of these processes are receiving international recognition. Making it into the top 100 is an achievement as Switzerland houses many of the largest international firms with dedicated in-house legal teams.

Perseverance, innovation and outstanding abilities to develop strategic approaches to the questions raised are required by good corporate counsel. In our daily experience with the in-house legal teams of our clients, we see the challenges they face, which go way beyond answering legal questions. They are playing an increasingly important role in risk management processes and are involved in material operational decision taking. This requires responsibility and foresight. In a time of ever changing regulatory requirements not only within Switzerland but globally, being a corporate counsel is a truly challenging job.

This also applies to being the external legal counsel to an in-house legal team. Knowledge of the law and precision in applying such laws in contracts and the like is clearly no longer enough. The needs of the client and its team dealing with legal issues are dictated first and foremost by the client’s internal business requirements. In order to be able to serve in-house legal teams it is our goal at FRORIEP to always also understand the business issues of the client that trigger its questions, as well as the cultural aspects of the client’s in-house communication. This knowledge enables us to provide a product which matches the needs of the in-house legal team. It is important to us that this understanding of a corporate counsel’s needs is already cultivated among the associates and we therefore actively support secondments of our associates to our clients’ legal teams.

Switzerland is facing challenges in its international relationships and there are global challenges which have repercussions on our country. All of these directly reflect on the experiences Swiss corporations are making in their international business. In such an environment, cross-fertilisation among corporate counsels can provide support and help find innovative, sustainable solutions. The same goes for collaborations between corporate counsels and law firms as the latter benefit from insight into a large variety of corporations. As one of the larger law firms in Switzerland we have gained this insight through close to 50 years of working with corporate clients and are happy to exchange views and share our knowledge and best practice.

We look forward to meeting the corporate counsels who made it into the 2016 Swiss GC Powerlist, be it on the job or otherwise!

‘FRORIEP is a Swiss law firm with a unique international presence and perspective, where the highest standards of professional excellence, thoroughness and efficiency go hand-in-hand with a cultural diversity, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit that sets this firm apart.’

‘Founded in Zurich in 1966, FRORIEP is one of the leading law firms in Switzerland, with offices in Zurich, Geneva and Zug, as well as foreign offices in both London and Madrid, serving clients seeking Swiss law advice. FRORIEP has grown a domestic and international client base ranging from large international corporations to private clients. FRORIEP’s unique, truly integrated, international structure mirrors its strong cross-border focus. Many of FRORIEP’s lawyers are recognised as leaders in their practice areas, and clients benefit from the rich diversity of talents, languages and cultures that makes FRORIEP’s lawyers particularly versatile and adaptive.’


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