Firms in the Spotlight Banking and finance: Geneva
Bär & Karrer Ltd.
Bär & Karrer has an established practice advising banks, securities dealers, insurance and reinsurance companies, and other financial institutions in Switzerland and around the world.View Profile...
Banking and finance: Geneva in Switzerland
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.
Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for advising financial institutions on regulatory and compliance issues, internal restructurings and financings, as well as during enforcement proceedings, white-collar criminal law matters and investigations. Rashid Bahar assisted Forte Securities with obtaining a licence from FINMA related to the opening of a representative office in Switzerland. Team lead Cédric Chapuis, financing transaction partner Martin Anderson and financial products lawyer Frédéric Bétrisey are the names to note.
BianchiSchwald LLC covers regulatory, financing, investment funds and dispute resolution matters for local and internationally-based banks. Thomas Goossens assisted a global bank headquartered in the UK with the preparation of contracts guaranteeing multiple loans to foreign first-division football clubs, and Lausanne-based Thierry Amy acted for Anglo-Swiss Advisors on the framework of a FINMA application procedure for collective investment schemes’ distributor. The Swiss affiliates of BNP Paribas, Banque Bordier and Barclays Bank form part of the client roster.
FBT Attorneys-at-Law has expertise in banking, finance regulations, fund investment, asset management and securities, while also representing clients in FINMA enforcement, civil and criminal proceedings. Frédérique Bensahel assisted a Swiss bank with the constitution and private placement of a private equity fund in relation to an international real estate project. Pierre-Olivier Etique and Jean-Louis Tsimaratos advised a fund asset manager on offering shares from two investment funds on a US-based electronic platform.
The core areas of LALIVE's practice include dispute resolution against financial institutions, advice on regulatory issues and internal investigations, as well as capital market and fintech matters. Alexander Troller represents a private client in claiming assets worth $70m from a private bank that had blocked offshore company accounts due to US tax compliance and money laundering allegations. Another highlight was Sandrine Giroud's advice to a finance solution provider concerning the drafting of pledge agreements for the use of artworks as loan collateral. Litigator Dr Marc Henzelin is the another name to note.
Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd stands out for its transaction, regulatory and litigation expertise, including handling civil claims, compliance issues, asset recovery and white-collar crime investigations. Christophe Emonet is advising a Swiss-listed bank on regulatory changes and cross-selling issues in international banking, and is also handling tax compliance litigation against the bank's clients. Ludivine Boisard and Sébastien Roy assisted the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on financings and commodities trade transactions.
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's team attracts a growing client base through its 'proactivity, strong strategic vision, in-depth knowledge and business acumen'. Handling banking M&A, investment management, syndicated lending and regulatory matters, the client roster includes Banco Santander, BNP Paribas, UBS and Credit Suisse Funds. Grégoire Wuest advised a major bank on regulatory issues connected to the granting of securities on its entire book of mortgages to a foreign entity. Practice head Caroline Clemetson provides on-going regulatory assistance to fund manager Veraison Capital AG. Tarek Houdrouge, who 'demonstrates both detailed legal knowledge and strong interpersonal skills', is also recommended.
Baker McKenzie's 'highly professional' team covers regulatory matters, as well as debt, trade and project financing. The 'responsive and helpful' Jingjin Guo is further experienced in advising on investments between Chinese and Swiss entities. In a recent highlight, he handled a syndicated facility arranged by UBS for a Swiss company operating data centres. Martin Anderson and Frédéric Bétrisey left for Bär & Karrer Ltd..
Froriep's practice is best known for its banking M&A, regulatory and international financing expertise. Jean-Luc Herbez assisted investment vehicle JFK Capital Alternative Sicav with obtaining a Swiss collective investment scheme licence from FINMA. Transaction partner Jérôme de Montmollin, Russian/CIS desk lead Dmitry Pentsov and investment product specialist Laetitia Meier Droz, who became a partner in January 2018, make up the core team.
Contractual work, regulatory advice, fintech projects and investment transactions constitute the bulk of expertise at Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés. Recent highlights include advising on the initial coin offering of a cryptocurrency wealth management platform and assisting with a compliance matter related to the Financial Market Infrastructure Act for a private bank, both advised by Géraldine Badel Poitras. Damien Cand focuses on banking matters for private clients.
With 'unique knowledge of corporate finance matters coupled with thorough understanding of business implications and technological development', Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC focuses on asset management, anti-money laundering, finance transactions, as well as FINMA authorisations and rulings. Fabien Aepli, who 'masters banking and finance laws and can explain them in simple terms', and senior associate Nurith Cohen acted for Swiss Crypto Advisors on regulatory aspects, including anti-money laundering compliance, for its membership in a Swiss self-regulatory organisation.
Oberson Abels Ltd specialises in national and cross-border regulatory matters, FINMA licensing and financial contracts. In a recent highlight, Antoine Amiguet assisted a Swiss foundation with the set-up of a collective investment scheme, while Philipp Fischer advised a major Swiss bank on regulatory, contractual and data protection issues related to the implementation of multiple outsourcing projects.
Python's range of services include handling regulatory matters such as licensing subsidiaries and investment schemes, assisting with anti-money laundering implementations, international compliance, litigation, investigations, contracts and financial transactions. Nicolas de Gottrau and Jean-Yves Rebord are the main contacts.
'Capable of solving complex issues', Walder Wyss' 'very efficient team' is best known for acting on financial services transactions and providing regulatory advice. In 2018, Patrick Vogel advised Bank J. Safra Sarasin on all regulatory, contractual and corporate aspects concerning its asset purchase of Bank Hapoalim's private banking divisions in Luxembourg and Switzerland. The 'calm and accessible' Hubertus Hillerström 'overcomes all obstacles during transactions'.