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Bär & Karrer has an established practice advising banks, securities dealers, insurance and reinsurance companies, and other financial institutions in Switzerland and around the world.

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Banking and finance: Zurich in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. impresses with its deep knowledge of the banking and finance sector; the team is active in regulatory mandates as well as in the full gamut of financings, on the lender and borrower side. It is instructed by major Swiss and international banks and other financial institutions. Eric Stupp is a specialist in enforcement proceedings, in which he also acts for insurers and asset managers. Peter Hsu and Daniel Flühmann are also noted for their regulatory expertise. Ralph Malacrida is well versed in structure and acquisition finance as well as venture capital transactions. Andreas Länzlinger focuses on disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eric Stupp; Peter Hsu; Rashid Bahar; Andreas Länzlinger; Daniel Flühmann

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Roesler

Testimonials

‘Great law firm, very responsive: quality, excellent network and great contacts to the supervisory authorities, well-educated team’

‘Peter Hsu’s services were and are always first class. He is an outstanding source of advice in banking matters and has a great experience in the banking and insurance sector. Peter is solution oriented, has at any time a brilliant overview of the issues and is noted for complex and cross-disciplinary matters.’

‘Daniel Flühmann is an excellent lawyer.’

‘Very close to the market, lots of experience and knowledge, pragmatic and swift execution, fun to work with.’

‘Very extensive experience and pragmatic approaches. Fast feedback with targeted solutions.’

‘Andreas Länzlinger works extremely efficiently in a team and produces excellent results with his other employees.’

‘The firm has an excellent reputation within the financial market industry in Switzerland. It handles all kind of legal, compliance and regulatory matters and is an important “business partner” for the legal/compliance department of a bank. The lawyers are familiar with the needs of a legal/compliance department with regard to both the need for getting an exact legal advice and the need to get it to a competitive fee. ’

‘The partners are all working absolutely professionally and all have integrity. You “feel” the professionalism when they communicate or provide written memos or when they draft the agreements or contracts you asked for.’

‘Peter Hsu is an outstanding partner with Bär & Karrer. He has extensive knowledge in all areas which affects a Private Bank and he is able to provide professional, accurate, but also pragmatic advice. He can very well listen and understand the needs and interest of a bank and knows exactly what the key issues are and how to resolve them best.’

‘Peter Hsu has extensive knowledge on how a bank is running and can therefore guide you to the right direction if you are discussing an internal issue. This is particularly important when it comes to corporate governance issues where he is also an expert due to his very long experience working with banks.’

‘The team, led by Eric Stupp, has an incredible depth of technical knowledge and expertise, but also provides strong practical advice and perhaps most importantly has a strong ability to develop innovative solutions in complex, real world situations. The lawyers have an ability to anticipate issues and to provide first-rate strategic judgement and advice.’

‘Eric Stupp is a truly outstanding lawyer.’

Key clients

UBS

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Rothschild Bank AG

Libra Association

Calibra Inc.

Cembra Money Bank AG

Bank Cler (former Bank Coop)

Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd.

Morgan Stanley International, London, Zurich Branch

Work highlights

  • Advising Libra Association on the creation of its new DLT-based payment system and financial infrastructure.
  • Advised Clearstream, a Deutsche Börse Group company, on its acquisition of a majority stake in Fondcenter AG, UBS’s fund distribution platform.
  • Advised UBS on the transfer of its Swiss Asset Management business and all asset management subsidiaries outside the US into a separate asset management sub-group structure.

Homburger

Homburger acts as a trusted adviser to large banks and corporations active in Switzerland, with key names including Credit Suisse, UBS and Nestlé featuring in its client portfolio. The group assists with regulatory issues, financing transactions and, in cooperation with team members from the wider firm, also handles banking disputes, debt capital matters and compliance. Practice head Benedikt Maurenbrecher is well known for financial services regulatory assistance. Other key practitioners are transaction expert René BöschJürg Frick, who is an expert in syndicated debt financing and international bond offerings; structured products specialist Daniel Haeberli; and Benjamin Leisinger.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt Maurenbrecher

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Kramer; René Bösch; Jürg Frick; Daniel Haeberli; Benjamin Leisinger; David Borer

Testimonials

‘This team understands the needs of a bank when implementing new regulatory requirements on a large scale. The members provide clear and practical guidance in a changing and challenging environment. In addition, this team understands the banking business in detail.’

‘Besides its in-depth knowledge of any aspect of banking and finance, the team has access to the newest information and insights in the market’s and industry’s latest developments. Its proactivity gives you the certainty you need when making strategic decisions.’

‘Stefan Kramer is a great partner to work with.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

UBS

Deutsche Bank

J.P. Morgan

State Street Corporation

SIX

Société Générale

ZKB (Zürcher Kantonalbank)

Bank Julius Bär

FIFA

Roche

Raiffeisen Genossenschaft (Switzerland’s largest banking cooperative)

Amun

Nestlé

JPW Industries Holding Corporation

SK Capital Partners

Siegfried Holding

Swarovski International Holding

Sonova Holding

Basler Kantonalbank

Quintet Private Bank (Europe)

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS on the establishment of key4, its new open online mortgage platform for the financing of self-occupied real estate.
  • Advised FIFA on the set-up of the FIFA Covid-19 Relief Plan.
  • Advised SIX on open banking platform b.Link for standardised data exchange between financial institutions and third-party providers.

Lenz & Staehelin

The highly regarded team at Lenz & Staehelin assists national and international banks, financial institutions and alternative lenders with the full range of banking and finance matters. The impressive client portfolio includes Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan. The team has considerable expertise in finance transactions, derivates, asset management and leveraged finance. Key names include practice head Marcel TranchetPatrick Hünerwadel, regulatory specialist Patrick Schleiffer and Martin Burkhardt, who handles disputes in the banking and finance space.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Tranchet

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Hünerwadel; Stefan Breitenstein; Patrick Schleiffer; Roland Fischer; Martin Burkhardt

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Ares Life Sciences / Waypoint

Banque Pâris Bertrand SA

Banque Pictet & Cie SA

Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA

Barclays Bank

Chequers Capital

Citibank Group

Clariant

Credit Suisse

Crédit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

Edmond de Rothschild Group

Equistone Partners

Eurofima

Gazprombank

Geberit

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

ING Bank

ISDA

Itau Group

J.P. Morgan

LafargeHolcim

Macquarie Bank

Mediclinic

OROX Asset Management

Pargesa Holding SA

Rabobank

REHAU

Sempione Fashion AG

Sika AG

SIX Swiss Exchange

Société Générale

SoftwareONE

Stallergenes Greer

Swissquote Bank SA

UBS

Union Bancaire Privée UBP

Valora

Varo

VTB

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Zehnder

Work highlights

  • Advised VTG Aktiengesellschaft on a €2.9bn debt issuance platform.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks on the financing for the Swarovski Group during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Credit Suisse on the €2.85bn financing of the acquisition of BME by SIX.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG is noted for its 'excellent technical knowledge combined with a great understanding of the Swiss market.' The team covers the full gamut of relevant banking and finance matters, including deep experience in the regulatory space as well as banking litigation and financings. Swiss banks and international financial institutions are among the firm's clients. Regulatory specialists Sandro Abegglen and François Bianchi lead the practice. The team also includes Marco Häusermann, whose focus is on financing transactions, and Bertrand Schott, who is well versed in financial market infrastructures regulations. Till Spillmann 'knows the Swiss market inside out' and Adrian Koller made partner in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sandro Abegglen; François Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Marco Häusermann; Bertrand Schott; Till Spillmann; Adrian Koller; Thomas Frick; Christine Hohl; Yannick Wettstein

Testimonials

‘Excellent technical knowledge combined with a great understanding of the Swiss market and strong negotiation capabilities. Very time efficient and hands-on. ’

‘Till Spillmann is an excellent adviser with a great understanding of the big picture in a transaction. He knows the Swiss market inside out and knows which points to push and which to trade. He is exceptionally hands-on in a heated deal phase and always available to move quickly.’

‘Very responsive, commercial and thorough team. Very pleasant to work with.’

‘Till Spillmann is one of our preferred advisors in Switzerland: very fast, thorough, commercial and pleasant to work with – with a broad expertise from M&A to financing.’

‘Very professional, fast and reliable.’

‘Highly committed and reliable, solution oriented, fun to work with.’

Key clients

Ares Limited

CLS Bank International, New York / CLS Services, London

EFG Group

Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC)

Bank of New York Mellon

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

UBS

HSBC Private Bank

Sberbank

China Construction Bank

Kantonalbank Schwyz

Leonteq

Morgan Stanley

Quintet Private Bank Luxembourg and Switzerland

Tellco AG

Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited

Mitsuho International Plc

Work highlights

  • Representing Credit Suisse in an investigation by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA into allegations of surveillance of top management members by other such members and related regulatory issues.
  • Instructed on numerous Swiss-law governed financing transactions as well as in foreign financing transactions with total commitments in excess of $30bn.
  • Providing legal opinions to ICMA and ISLA on various repo and securities lending master agreements.

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie stands out for its strong expertise in debt financing transactions as well as for its advice in the regulatory space. Its portfolio includes key clients such as UBS, Credit Suisse and Zürcher Kantonalbank, which it recently also advised on the Covid-19 government-backed loan programme for Swiss SMEs. Lukas Glanzmann is well versed in loan and credit facilities; he leads the practice together with regulatory specialist Samuel MarbacherAnsgar Schott and senior associate Philip Spoerlé are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Glanzmann; Samuel Marbacher

Other key lawyers:

Ansgar Schott; Philip Spoerlé

Key clients

UBS AG / UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Canton of Geneva

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA-CIB)

Ambienta Capital

Rabobank

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)

Ufenau Capital Partners

UniCredit Bank AG

Aareal Bank

Quilvest (Switzerland) AG

IG Bank SA

Arbonia AG

Argo-Hytos Group

Fundamenta Real Estate AG

Allied World Group

Walter Meier AG

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

LGT Bank AG

RRJ Capital

CSA Energy Infrastructure Switzerland

MET Group

Helvetica Capital

Yorkville Advisors

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Raiffeisen

Cimpress plc

Duagon Holding AG

Société Générale

Deposit Solutions GmbH

ING Bank N.V.

Highbridge Capital

Feintool International Holding AG

SF-Filter AG

Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS, Credit Suisse and other Swiss banks on all legal aspects of the CHF40bn programme for government-backed bridge loans to support Swiss SMEs experiencing liquidity shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised UBS AG on the sale of its majority stake in UBS Fondcenter to Clearstream.
  • Advised Bank Julius Baer & Co. on the financing of the Signa and Central Group for the acquisition of the real estate of Globus group.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's banking and finance practice is regularly involved in high-end financing transactions, where it acts for lenders and borrowers. The group also advises on banking M&A, structured products, and new technologies matters. Through close cooperation with other departments, the team also acts for a range of clients in disputes, as well as on regulatory, investigations and tax matters. Another area of expertise is commodities finance. Urs Kloeti leads the Zurich team and is noted for his broad practice. Oliver Widmer 'provides exceptionally constructive legal advice', and Thomas Rohner is the key contact for contentious cases.

Practice head(s):

Urs Kloeti

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Widmer; Thomas Rohner; Severin Roelli; Joseph Steiner

Testimonials

‘Pestalozzi have an exceptionally strong legal team. It is very experienced in all types of finance transactions and has a deep knowledge of the market.’

‘Oliver Widmer provides exceptionally constructive legal advice. He has an in-depth knowledge of law and the market.’

Key clients

Apollo

Bank of America

Bank Vontobel

Barclays

Bayerische Landesbank

Berkshire Hataway

Citibank

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Goldman Sachs

ING

J.P. Morgan

Märki Baumann

UBP

Zuercher Kantonalbank, ZKB

Work highlights

  • Advised Vicenda / Credit Suise on a capital relief transaction and the issue of bonds to pension funds.
  • Advised ING on €2.7bn sustainable financing provided to Rusal, with the Swiss Rusal entity being the collateral provider and borrower.
  • Advised the Canton of Aargau on Covid-19 financial support.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd acts for Swiss and international banks, investment firms, fund management companies, insurers and asset managers. The team is experienced in advising on the establishment of financial institutions, regulations and internal investigations and also acts for clients in M&A transactions. Practice head Philippe Borens combines banking and capital markets law expertise. Anita Schläpfer is the name to note for refinancing matters, and Caroline Clemetson is able to handle a variety of regulatory issues. Martin Lanz and Olivier Favre are other key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Borens

Other key lawyers:

Anita Schläpfer; Caroline Clemetson; Olivier Favre; Martin Lanz

Testimonials

‘Fast response time, strongly solution oriented, very technical and precise, equally helpful in domestic and cross-border transactions.’

‘Olivier Favre stands out for his fast turn-around of complex issues whilst keeping the quality of his work high.’

‘Excellent quality delivered in due time (or even earlier). ’

‘Anita Schläpfer proved to be – at all times – a highly reliable, very knowledgeable and responsive partner.’

‘Very hands on approach to legal matters. Excellent at adapting to the respective case.’

‘Anita Schläpfer is the go to lawyer for financing transactions.’

Key clients

UBS

BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative

Credit Suisse

Crypto Fund AG

Falcon Private Bank

Nord Anglia Education

Emeram

eny Finance AG

Bank Julius Baer

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank, Zurich Branch

Reuss Private Group AG

Helvetische Bank AG

Bank Itau (Suisse) SA

Bank Vontobel

Deutsche Bank SA

Diamond Capital Management (Switzerland) Ltd

EFG Bank

Reichmuth Investment Management AG

Landolt Investment SICAV

Procimmo SA

Oxford Finance LLC

e-GTSA S. A

Work highlights

  • Advised lead manager Helvetische Bank AG on the 1.50% CHF25m convertible bond issue by Crealogix Holding AG, Zurich.
  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to Oxford Finance LLC on a $75m senior secured credit facility granted to ObsEva SA.
  • Advised EFG Bank AG on the preparation of revised account documentation.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. impresses with the breadth of its practice; under the lead of Lukas Wyss and transaction expert Theodor Härtsch, the team is regularly instructed by national and foreign banks and private equity funds. Particular areas of expertise are domestic and international lending transactions, structured finance transactions, collective investment schemes, investigations and matters relating to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Luc Defferrard is an established practitioner in the market and Markus Pfenninger is a 'strong negotiator'.

Practice head(s):

Theodor Härtsch; Lukas Wyss

Other key lawyers:

Luc Defferrard; Markus Pfenninger; Johannes Bürgi; Ramona Wyss; Roger Ammann

Testimonials

‘A very seasoned team with experienced professionals, capable of providing both swift advice an in depth analysis. Very hands-on and committed.’

‘Markus Pfenninger – very experienced, capable of providing sound and balanced advice, strong negotiator, outstanding drafting skills, very client-focused.’

‘Lukas Wyss is an innovative specialist in banking matters, totally committed to delivering outstanding solutions for clients.’

‘Ramona Wyss- well experienced with a high degree of drive and good drafting skills.’

‘Highly skilled and highly responsive; pragmatic.’

‘Well prepared team with extensive experience in ABS market in Switzerland. ’

‘Lukas Wyss has a solution-oriented approach, and he is one of the very best practitioners in securitisation in Switzerland. Very nice to work with and always reachable.’

Key clients

UBS AG and UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse AG and Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Cembra Money Bank

Bank Vontobel AG

Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG

Glarner Kantonalbank

Swiss Life

Baloise Holding AG

HSBC

Deutsche Bank

Unicredit

Lloyds Bank plc

Société Générale

ING Bank

Leonteq Securities AG

Aduno Holding AG

AMAG Leasing AG

PSA Finance (Suisse) SA

Swisscard AECS GmbH

Helvetica Property Investors AG

Equatex AG

Deutsche Private Equity

Athris AG

GSO Capital Partners

CMS

CMS' banking and finance practice has corporate lending, project and asset finance as its central focus, although the group also assists with regulatory matters, such as applications for licenses, insurance, and anti-money-laundering. The team is noted for its close collaboration within the firm's network, which adds value in cross-border mandates. Practice head Kaspar Landolt combines expertise in banknig and finance, capital markets and insolvency. Other key practitioners are André Lebrecht, of counsel Jürg Guggisberg and counsel Dominique Gemperli.

Practice head(s):

Kaspar Landolt

Other key lawyers:

Jürg Guggisberg; Dominique Gemperli

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard's banking and finance practice is noted for its activity in novel areas such as payment systems, crowd lending, cryptocurrencies and blockchain. The group also advises on anti-money laundering matters, financing instruments and asset management. The team is led by Cornelia Stengel, who has deep experience in financial services regulation. Other key practitioners are Dominik Oberholzer and Armin Kühne, who have notable expertise advising on matters relating to investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Cornelia Stengel

Other key lawyers:

Armin Kühne; Dominik Oberholzer

Testimonials

‘Excellent and timely service. Always available and hard-working, and pro-actively seeking solutions.’

Key clients

GS Banque SA, now One Swiss Bank

Franklin Templeton Group

DWS

Barings

GAM Investment Management (Switzerland) Ltd.

Man Group plc

UBS AG

AXA Versicherungen AG

Swiss FinTech Innovations

Dukascopy

Work highlights

  • Assisted Man Group with the set-up of up to ten new Irish / Luxembourg sub-funds and registration with Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.
  • Advised UBS AG on all aspects of Swiss law for the set-up, registration with the Swiss regulator and listing at SIX Swiss Exchange of listed and non-listed funds.
  • Instructed by the Swiss authorities to provide legal support on coordinating and combatting abuse in the granting of Covid-19 loans from Swiss banks to Swiss companies.

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd fields a team of practitioners active in setting up financing structures for corporations, banks and investors. The group also advises on on a range of bank and asset management regulatory matters; and private banking mandates. The firm also has dedicated teams advising on fintech and blockchain issues. The practice is jointly led by Alexander VogelDaniel Schoch, London based Dunja Koch and Catrina Luchsinger. The team also includes Karin Oberlin, who is a key name for structured financings and Samuel Ljubicic.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vogel; Daniel Schoch; Catrina Luchsinger; Dunja Koch

Other key lawyers:

Karin Oberlin; Samuel Ljubicic; Reto Luthiger; Jérôme Pidoux

Testimonials

‘MLL has a very broad and knowledgeable team which can advise on a wide variety of topics.’

‘Samuel Ljubicic is an outstanding lawyer with a very broad knowledge base and a rare commercial sense’

‘Pragmatic, hands-on, but legally sound and reliable.’

‘Alexander Vogel is very experienced & knowledgeable, always calm and with innovative ideas.’

‘Reto Luthiger is a very capable, excellent and creative adviser with broad interests and knowledge, also in DLT and other new fintech and regtech matters.’

‘Quick and valuable responses, cost control and high efficiency.’

‘Karin Oberlin has great market knowledge and is always available to efficiently help to close a deal and solve a legal problem.’

‘MLL works with specialists who come to solutions quickly and easily. A simple result is always sought – in the interests of the customer.’

‘MLL’s lawyers cater to the needs of the client and look for uncomplicated solutions. They want to achieve the greatest possible benefit at low cost through simple solutions.’

‘Catrina Luchsinger is absolutely fantastic. She was great at managing a very difficult client, very knowledgeable across a wide range of finance work and a true pleasure to deal with. I believe she has a very strong financial regulatory practice as well.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and really knows how to make the clients feel at ease.’

‘Catrina Luchsinger is truly great to work with. She has a wonderful reputation among clients and lives up to all high expectations. She knows what clients want.’

‘Exceptional know-how and nevertheless pragmatic and business-oriented.’

‘Strong technical skills and very responsive.’

‘Responsive; eager to help; thought creatively about providing an alternative solution when presented with an issue.’

‘The team is particularly knowledgeable in the asset management sphere and are a “go to” team for advice.’

‘Dunja Koch and Jérôme Pidoux are both very responsive. They offer clear and practical advice.’

‘The firm’s banking team has deep expertise in various finance transactions. The team is responsive and has a practical approach. It provides reliable and swift advice.’

‘Jérôme Pidoux and Dunja Koch are very nice people to get along with. They are very collaborative, dedicated, proactive and reliable.’

Key clients

Julius Baer Group Ltd

MBaer Merchant Bank AG

Zurich Airport

Verifort Capital Services AG

TWINT

Bellevue Group

Calida Hodling AG

Meyer Burger Technology AG

Smyths Toys AG

Cayago AG

Spital Männedorf AG

TAVIS CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUNDS SICAV-SIF S.C.A. – SWISS SME CREDIT FUND I

Concardis Switzerland Ltd

Banco Santander, S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised Twint AG on various Swiss and international regulatory matters.
  • Assisted Bank Julius Baer & Co. Ltd. in the establishment of a strategic cooperation with SEBA Bank Ltd. with regard to wealth management services.
  • Acted for Zurich Airport on the negotiation of credit facility agreements in the total amount of CHF160m.

VISCHER

The team at VISCHER is led by Adrian Dörig, who is sought after to handle structured finance transactions for private equity funds, companies and debt fund lenders. Other areas of expertise for the group are bank insolvency matters, takeovers, disputes and regulatory issues. Markus Guggenbühl has know-how in debt financings and Jana Essebier is also able to advise on fintech matters. Stefan Grieder is a key contact in Basel.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Dörig

Other key lawyers:

Markus Guggenbühl; Jana Essebier; Stefan Grieder

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, to the point, deliver precisely what is needed.’

‘The members have good business empathy and understand what is needed.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG acting as liquidator of Lehman Brothers in Switzerland

AFINUM Achte Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

IKEA

Urovant Sciences

BFW Liegenschaften AG

Basler Kantonalbank

Helvetia

Bank CIC

Tokentrust AG

Dermedis Group / Rigeto Erste GmbH

Export Development Canada

Work highlights

  • Advising PricewaterhouseCoopers AG acting as the liquidator of Lehman Brothers in Switzerland on a variety of regulatory and legal issues in connection with the ongoing unwinding of the Swiss Lehman Brothers entities.
  • Advised various private equity investors on Swiss Covid-19 bridging loan matters and implementation in existing group financing.
  • Assisted Tokentrust AG with a variety of issues with regard to setting up a new company in the area of tokenisation of assets and implementation of new distributed ledger technology.

Wenger & Vieli LTD

Wenger & Vieli LTD covers a range of banking and finance matters, including advice on syndicated loans, financing transactions, lending structures and securities packages. Practice co-head Bignia Vieli is also active for banks, asset managers and other financial institutions in regulatory and supervisory matters. She jointly leads the team with Nicolas Bracher, who specialises in wealth management liability claims. Andreas Hünerwadel's work encompasses transactional and litigious mandates.

Practice head(s):

Bignia Vieli; Nicolas Bracher

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Hünerwadel

Testimonials

‘Nicolas Bracher is nowadays certainly one of the most knowledgeable and experienced lawyers in banking and finance in Zurich. He is showing a high level of engagement in the cases he is working on.’

Key clients

Signa Group

Lykke Corp

Interhoerbiger Finance Ltd. (Treasury)

Danske Bank

Maerki Baumann & Co. AG

Falcon Bank

Partners Group

Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), Singapore and Mumbai Branch

Utrust Switzerland Ltd.

ICE Abu Dhabi

EBS Service Company Ltd.

Scandit AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Signa Group on acquisition and property finance matters.
  • Defending an asset manager in a litigation case against an ultra-high-net-worth individual.
  • Assisting several major foreign banks in the (voluntary) liquidation of their Swiss subsidiaries.

Bratschi Ltd

The team at Bratschi Ltd is regularly instructed by national and foreign banks, insurance companies, asset managers and securities dealers, for which it handles a range of regulatory matters, such as representation in procedures and in applications. Ivo Hungerbühler and Marcel Aellen jointly lead the practice. Barbara Jecklin is well versed in a variety of finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Hungerbühler; Marcel Aellen

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Jecklin

Testimonials

‘High calibre legal expertise, availability, responsiveness. Bratschi meets, and partly exceeds, any and all standards one would expect an international finance firm to satisfy.’

‘Barbara Jecklin is highly recommended.’

Key clients

UBS Switzerland AG

Sankt Galler Kantonalbank

CreditGate24

Adecco Group AG

Buis Bürgi AG

Buis Bürgi AG provides 'solid banking law knowledge combined with excellent litigation expertise'. The boutique firm handles financial transactions as well as the drafting and negotiation of a variety of agreements by corporate as well as private clients. Practice head Eric Buis has more than 20 years of experience in the banking and finance field.

Practice head(s):

Eric Buis

Other key lawyers:

Jeremias Widmer

Testimonials

‘The team is generally known for its expertise in bank litigation and bank contract law aspects. Solid banking law knowledge combined with excellent litigation expertise.’

‘Eric Buis is well-known and well-connected in the field and has outstanding personal and professional skills.’

‘The team is always focused, delivers when it promises or communicates appropriately when there is a delay.’

‘Eric Buis is someone who is solution oriented, fair and extremely efficient. He understands clients needs.’

‘Buis Bürgi is well known in the legal market as a banking / finance litigation boutique.’

‘Eric Buis is very efficient and pragmatic.’

‘The team is quick in analysing complex matters and is solution-oriented.’

‘Eric Buis is my main contact. He combines top-level finance and corporate expertise with an open-minded approach.’

‘The Buis Bürgi team is very responsive and the quality of its products is very high.’

‘Eric Buis; his valued experience and skills make it possible to focus on the best available solution in a very efficient manner. He is a highly skilled individual with excellent knowledge of the law and the market practice.’

‘Small team of knowledgeable lawyers led by two experienced and highly reputed partners. Responsive and efficient advice.’

‘Eric Buis is a very responsive and experienced partner, in particular in banking and litigation matters. He is a very reliable, competent and likeable person, and we regularly refer clients to him in highly sensitive and complex matters.’

‘Eric Buis provides high quality of the advice and he is capable of guiding clients in conformity with their needs. He is not just properly analysing but gives clear recommendations.’

Key clients

Dufry

Philips

Omron

Toyota Material Handling

LALIVE

LALIVE is best known for its experience in banking disputes, and the cornerstone of its practice is representing corporates and private clients in actions brought against financial institutions relating to fraud or mismanagement. Other work includes advising banks and other financial institutions on regulatory matters, compliance and investigations. The key practitioners are Simone NadelhoferDaniel Lucien BührMatthias Gstoehl and André Brunschweiler.

Practice head(s):

Simone Nadelhofer; Daniel Lucien Bühr; Matthias Gstoehl; André Brunschweiler

Testimonials

‘The group has experience and an established track-record. Availability and response time is key and this is one of the strengths of the team.’

Key clients

Bankas Snoras

Work highlights

  • Representing fifty former clients and counterparties including institutional and high-net-worth individuals in complex proceedings against Banque Privée Espirito Santo (Suisse) S.A. in a matter valued at over $1bn.
  • Acting as counsel to the liquidators of Lithuanian Bankas Snoras which went into bankruptcy after the main shareholders diverted over €400m in assets owned by the bank.
  • Representing an ultra-high-net-worth individual in a banking dispute relating to a margin call and derivates transaction in a €150m portfolio.

Loyens & Loeff

Led by Judith Raijmakers, the team at Loyens & Loeff handles acquisition, real estate and asset-based financing, as well as financial restructurings. The group also advises on regulatory aspects, asset management and fund distribution. The broad client portfolio includes banks, debt funds, securities dealers and trading venues, among others.

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG's team is instructed by investors and companies from industries including defence, pharmaceuticals and financial services, among others. It has experience acting for borrowers as well as lenders on credit facilities, and it advises on syndicated loans, project finance transactions and acquisition finance. Daniel Hayek also handles matters relating to the real estate sector. He jointly leads the team with Andreas Moll. Zug-based Michael Mosimann is a 'highly professional, detailed and knowledgeable lawyer'; he was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hayek; Andreas Moll

Other key lawyers:

Michael Mosimann

Testimonials

‘The team is very solution-oriented and super professional. The answers always come super promptly and you can see that there is a good interdisciplinary cooperation.’

‘The members are down-to-earth and customer-oriented in their advice. They are aware that the counterpart is usually not a lawyer and adapt the language accordingly.’

‘Michael Mosimann is highly recommended. I have never had a more reliable partner in the past.’

‘Agile, expert and very responsive team.’

‘Michael Mosimann has always come through as a highly professional, detailed and knowledgeable lawyer within the field. Whenever we have a question or a task to be solved, we can always trust it will be promptly and correctly handled.’

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd is a key destination for smaller banks, subsidiaries of foreign banks and other financial institutions, which require assistance with regulatory issues, internal investigations and banking disputes. Another area of activity is liquidation and restructuring. Practice head Désirée Wiesendanger is also knowledgeable in white-collar criminal law; Marc Bernheimer and Philipp Känzig are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Désirée Wiesendanger

Other key lawyers:

Marc Bernheimer; Philipp Känzig

Key clients

Jefferies International Limited

Jefferies (Switzerland) Ltd.

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Schweizer Kredit AG

Falcon Private Bank Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Acting as Jefferies’ outsourced competence centre for combating money laundering issues according to the Swiss Federal Act on Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing.
  • Acting as administrator during a debt-restructuring moratorium concerning Schweizer Kredit, advising Schweizer Kredit on regulatory matters in relation to its business activities.
  • Advising Falcon Private Bank on legal and regulatory issues and representing Falcon Private Bank before authorities and courts with respect to client complaints, recovery and white-collar crime.