Banking and finance: Zurich in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. fields a team of experienced lawyers, who cover the full gamut of banking and finance matters. It is equally adept acting for both borrowers and lenders on debt and acquisition financing and in regulatory enforcement proceedings. Eric Stupp is highly regarded for work relating to enforcement proceedings and internal investigations. Peter Hsu combines his banking practice with work relating to capital markets and insurance matters. Other key team members include dispute resolution specialist Andreas LänzlingerRalph Malacrida, who is well versed in venture capital transactions and acquisition finance; and Daniel Flühmann, who is a key name for financial markets legislation and collective investment schemes. Rashid Bahar and Urs Brügger are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Eric Stupp; Ralph Malacrida; Peter Hsu; Rashid Bahar; Andreas Länzlinger; Daniel Flühmann; Roland Truffer

Testimonials

Bär & Karrer has a great and very strong team in Zurich.’

The group is competent, responsive, and has a  practical mindset.’

Peter Hsu’s services are always first class. He is an outstanding source of advice in banking matters with great experience in the banking and insurance sector. Mr Hsu is solution oriented, keeps at any time a brilliant overview as well in complex and cross-disciplinary matters.’

Key clients

UBS

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Bank J. Safra Sarasin

Bank Cler (former Bank Coop)

Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd.

Rothschild Bank & Co. AG

Bergos Berenberg AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for SIG Combibloc Group, as the borrower, on a €1.9bn syndicated senior facilities agreement.
  • Assisted Credit Suisse with the export credit agency financing and collateral structuring for the Ankara – Nidge highway project in Turkey.
  • Advised Bank Cler on a public tender offer by Cantonal Bank of Basel.

Homburger

Homburger's banking and finance team has an excellent reputation and is particularly active in financing transactions and work relating to investment models. The team is instructed primarily by national and international banks and financial services companies. Practice head Benedikt MaurenbrecherBenjamin Leisinger and Jürg Frick are well versed in advising on financial market regulations. Frick also has notable expertise handling syndicated debt financing. Other key names include Daniel Haeberli, who is an expert on fintech matters; René Bösch, who is a key contact for financing; and Stefan Kramer, who specialises in asset financing.

Practice head(s):

Benedikt Maurenbrecher

Testimonials

Homburger is a key player in this sector.

Homburger delivers seamlessly exceptional work. The lawyers place the interests of their clients at the forefront and are providing them with legal advice of the highest quality. The team works together to create and share its knowledge in an open and friendly working yet reasonable environment.

The team members distinguish themselves through extensive experience in their areas of expertise, both domestic and international.’

Jürg Frick really takes care of client’s needs and isn’t just a deal administrator due to the fact that he has an outstanding knowledge of the business.’

Daniel Haeberli is very reliable and does excellent work.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

UBS

Roche

Bank Julius Baer

J.P. Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Apollo Global Management

China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina)

AMAG Leasing

Apex Technology

Aryzta

Bright Capital Investment Management

Bühler Group

Dufry

Gamut Capital Management

Leagold Mining Corporation

Legend Capital Management

Lexmark Switzerland

MTH Retail Group Holding

Pag Asia Capital

Swissport

Zürcher Kantonalbank

St. Galler Kantonalbank

Work highlights

  • Advised Roche on entering a $7.5bn revolving credit facility agreement arranged by and syndicated among twelve international banks.
  • Advising Credit Suisse on the CHF3bn ‘Swiss mortgage fund I’.
  • Acted for UBS on the financing of Sika’s Parex acquisition.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin's experienced and sizeable banking and finance team is active across the full spectrum of work in the space; it covers commercial banking, structured finance, derivatives, and private banking matters for a broad and international client portfolio. Practice head Marcel Tranchet is an expert in particularly in acquisition, structured and project finance. Patrick Hünerwadel is a key name for financing and regulatory matters. Patrick Schleiffer specialises in financial markets law, while Roland Fischer is noted for his expertise in insolvency and restructurings. Other key contacts include Stefan Breitenstein and dispute resolution expert Martin Burkhardt.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Tranchet

Testimonials

L&S has a profoundly experienced team. Outstanding in terms of work quality, availability and attitude. Strategic thinkers with a hands on approach.’

The banking and finance team in Zurich is highly professional, always very well prepared, highly convincing with fact-based reasoning, very efficient and very short response time.’

Marcel Tranchet has a fantastic level of expertise in financing matters, which allows him to guide parties through the most complex issues in a very efficient and cooperative manner.

Patrick Hünerwadel has a very rare combination of strengths, which are his highly integral personality, his deep legal knowledge in Swiss, UK and US law and his capability to provide background information and to put things into a perspective.’

Roland Fischer is well known for insolvency and restructuring cases.

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Banque Pictet & Cie SA

Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA

Chequers Capital

Citibank Group

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Edmond de Rothschild Group

Equistone Partners

Eurofima

Gazprombank

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

Ineos

ING Bank

ISDA

Itau Group

J.P. Morgan

Macquarie Bank

OROX Asset Management

Pargesa Holding SA

Saxo Bank

Sempione Fashion AG

Sika AG

SIX Swiss Exchange

Société Générale

UBS

Varo

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advised Sika on the financing of the CHF2.5bn acquisition of Parex from CVC.
  • Acted for a banking syndicate, as lenders, on a $14.5bn revolving credit facility for Glencore.
  • Advised Sunrise Communications on the financing of its CHF6.3bn acquisition of UPC Switzerland.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG impresses with a broad practice, advising on regulatory aspects, Finma licensing matters, bank financing and litigation, as well as supervisory proceedings and investigations. The team is instructed by major foreign and Swiss banks and other financial institutions. Sandro Abegglen and François Bianchi are the practice heads and are specialists in regulatory matters. Marco Häusermann is well versed in credit financings and debt capital markets. Other key contacts include corporate finance expert Till SpillmannThomas FrickUlysses von Salis; and Bertrand Schott, who has a comprehensive practice advising on financial markets infrastructure and derivatives trading.

Practice head(s):

Sandro Abegglen; François Bianchi

Testimonials

The team is responsive and knowledgeable.

Bertrand Schott is smart, friendly, and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Bank of New York Mellon

CLS Bank International, New York / CLS Services, London

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

EFG Group

BSI

Fixed Income Clearing Corporation

HSBC Private Bank

Leonteq

Morgan Stanley

UBS

UniCredit

BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Advised multiple banks on the €3.6bn financing of the TAP natural gas project.
  • Provide ICMA and ISLA with Swiss industry opinions about the various repo and securities lending master agreements on an annual basis.
  • Advised CLS Bank International on regulatory and insolvency matters.

Baker McKenzie

A core pillar of Baker McKenzie's banking and finance department is its regulatory practice, and it regularly assists clients with obtaining rulings and licences from the Swiss Finma as well as advising on new regulations. The team is instructed by national and international banks, and is closely integrated with the firm's international network. Debt financing is another strength and practice co-head Lukas Glanzmann is the key contact in this space; he specialises in credit facilities, among other matters. Fellow co-head Samuel Marbacher is a key name for syndicated lending and real estate financing. Marcel Giger and Ansgar Schott are experts in the regulatory space. Philip Spoerlé and Markus Wolf are senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Glanzmann; Samuel Marbacher

Testimonials

Baker & McKenzie has a diverse and efficient team that offers a comprehensive range of legal services for banking and finance. It is one of the leading law firms in this area in Switzerland and provides well thought-out but pragmatic and business oriented solutions for complex problems.’

Baker McKenzie distinguishes itself from other law firms with an entrepreneurial perspective on law issues.’

Samuel Marbacher is an outstanding individual with excellent knowledge in a variety of business and legal matters. His input has an extra ordinary impact.’

Lukas Glanzmann is one of the thought-leaders in Swiss commercial law. He is very strong in the analysis of complex situations and always finds legally sound solutions for even the most difficult questions.

Philip Spoerlé is very commercial and able to provide clear legal guidance to his clients. He is also well organized and always on top of the process.’

Markus Wolf provides fast and professional services and is very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

UBS AG / UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Raiffeisen Schweiz Genossenschaft

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Deutsche Bank 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

Clariant AG

Argo-Hytos Group

Bank am Bellevue AG

Allied World Group

Walter Meier AG

Commerzbank

Aktiengesellschaft

LGT Bank AG

Argos Wityu

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

RRJ Capital

CSA Energy Infrastructure Switzerland

MET Group

Helvetica Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised RRJ Capital on a structured equity-linked debt financing for the acquisition of Gategroup from the Chinese conglomerate HNA.
  • Acted for Credit Suisse as arranger on a secured senior unitranche financing to finance the acquisition of Secura Industriebeteiligung.
  • Acted for DBAG on an acquisition financing in connection with the acquisition of Kraft & Bauer Group.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi covers the full gamut of banking and finance matters; it has a good track record in banking-related transactions and disputes, and with practice head Urs Kloeti,the team also has an expert in regulatory matters. The client portfolio is similarly broad as the team acts for buyers as well as sellers and advises foreign and national banks, financial institutions, securities dealers and asset managers. Oliver Widmer is particularly active in structured finance transactions and unsecured lending, while Severin Roelli specialises in public M&A transactions and stock exchange law. Associates Joseph Steiner and Daniela Fritsch are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Urs Kloeti

Testimonials

The team has in-depth know-how and is meeting deadlines at all times. Fantastic support even for smaller mandates.’

The team has an exceptional understanding of the processes, needs and requirements of a financial institution. Very solution orientated, giving clear guidance and assessment on subjects in various areas.’

Urs Kloeti provides excellent, on-the-point service.’

Oliver Widmer has impressive know-how, which goes beyond Swiss law and comes up with creative solutions; whenever possible suggests various options.’

Key clients

Gazprombank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Credit Suisse

Credit Agricole

Bank Vontobel

Goldman Sachs

Berkshire Hathaway

Landesbank Baden

Württemberg

Barclays Bank (Suisse) SA

Nordea Bank

JPMorgan

GE Capital

Bank of Montreal

ING Bank NV

BBVA Santander

ABN Amro

China Development Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank Vontobel and Instimatch on setting up lending platforms.
  • Assisted VTB Bank with multiple commodities trade transactions.
  • Acted for the Swiss entity of Coca-Cola on the refinancing of a $500m loan and its $5bn euro medium-term note programme.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's banking and finance practice is impressively broad and it has experience handling banking-related transactions, regulatory matters and litigation in the space. Other areas of expertise include handling the financing aspects of restructurings, investment management-related issues and syndicated lending. Philippe Borens heads up the banking and finance practice. Other names to note include Martin Lanz, who handles banking and finance matters alongside his capital markets practice; Caroline Clemetson, who splits her time between Zurich and Geneva and has a broad practice covering banking, finance, insurance and corporate matters; Anita Schläpfer, who handles banking-related transactions and investments; and Olivier Favre, who specialises in derivatives and structured finance.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Borens

Testimonials

The team works extremely efficient.

Key clients

Reichmuth Investment Management AG

BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative

Bank Vontobel

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Nord Anglia Education on being taken private by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Baring Private Equity.
  • Assisted private equity fund Emeram Capital Partners with the sale of its stake in Xovis to Capvis.
  • Advised a Swiss asset manager on the fund regulatory aspects regarding the sale of a fund company.

Walder Wyss Switzerland Global

The team at Walder Wyss Switzerland Global specialises in lending transactions, particularly those with a cross-border element. It is further regularly engaged in public and private asset-backed security and synthetic transactions, as well as covered bond transactions and other securitisations; regulatory investigations; and fintech-related matters. Theodor Härtsch handles debt financing and regulatory matters and Lukas Wyss has expertise in international finance transactions; the duo head the team. Johannes Bürgi impresses with his knowledge of various kinds of financings. Other names to note are Thomas MüllerLuc Defferrard and recently promoted partner Ramona Wyss.

Practice head(s):

Theodor Härtsch; Lukas Wyss

Testimonials

Walder Wyss is offering a comprehensive range of business oriented law services to its clients. In the banking and finance area they have a well reputed team that can cover a broad range of tasks.

Broadly positioned Swiss law firm which provides a wide and versatile range of legal services for divers client segments with a particular reputation in respect of real estate and asset-backed securities transactions.’

Lukas Wyss balances well between being academically up to speed and fully aware of the latest developments, as well as being pragmatic about the available business solutions. He is also easily reachable and a pleasure to work with.’

Theodor Härtsch impresses with his ability to assess and implement new solutions for extraordinary situations.’

Key clients

UBS AG and UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse AG

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

Work highlights

  • Assisted Zürcher Kantonalbank with the acquisition of a mortgage loan portfolio from Swiss Re.
  • Advised Itochu Corporation on the restructuring of the Skins Group and the enforcement of its security interests.
  • Advised ING Bank on the $650m financing of a Swiss-based commodity and fertiliser trading company.

CMS

CMS is regularly instructed by financial institutions, corporates and investors to assist with an impressive range of banking and finance matters. The team is well versed in a variety of finance matters, such as acquisition, trade, project and asset, as well as corporate lending. Kaspar Landolt advises on financing, as well as assisting with obtaining regulatory licences. Counsel Dominique Gemperli is another key practitioner in the team, which is led by of counsel Jürg Guggisberg.

Practice head(s):

Jürg Guggisberg

Testimonials

The team always provides very practical advice.’

Kaspar Landolt is greatly appreciated for being able to explain and outline complex topics in a simple language.’

Froriep

Froriep's team handles M&A work in the banking sector, financing and regulatory matters. Other areas of expertise include assisting with the structuring and distribution of financial products as well as providing legal support to asset managers with new regulations. Dunja Koch, who is based in London, is experienced in advising clients from English-speaking countries on leveraged and acquisition finance transactions in particular. Catrina Luchsinger handles regulatory matters and contractual issues relating to the financial markets sector. The client portfolio predominantly comprises foreign banks and financial institutions.

Testimonials

The team really knows how to build and keep strong client relationships. The members are responsive and knowledgeable.

Catrina Luchsinger always goes the extra mile.’

Key clients

Dogus Group

Development Klybeck Area, Basel

ANZ Australia and New Zealand Banking Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

European Investment Bank

Fundo Soberano de Angola (Sovereign Fund of Angola)

Société Générale

Natixis

Alipay China

Work highlights

  • Advised Central Real Estate Holding on its acquisition of a significant industrial property in Basel from Novartis.
  • Acted for Fundo Soberano de Angola in several litigation proceedings, investigations and regulatory matters in Switzerland.
  • Assisted the European Investment Bank with an agricultural storage and logistics investment programme by the Kernel group in the Ukraine.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

The team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd in active in the full gamut of banking and finance matters, including syndicated lending, asset management, regulatory and compliance issues and Islamic finance, among others; and works closely across offices and practice groups. Practice head Alexander Vogel is a specialist in corporate finance and fintech-related matters, while Daniel Schoch specialises in syndicated loans, asset-based finance and bilateral loan agreements. Samuel Ljubicic and Stephanie Comtesse are key contacts for new finance products and investment funds, respectively. Karin Oberlin has niche expertise in aviation and shipping finance. Other noted practitioners are senior associates Ülkü Cibik and Reto Luthiger.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vogel

Testimonials

MLL is a recommendable team of outstanding specialists in a wide range of banking specific issues, who know their field in-depth and work competently, fast and in a very cooperative and team-oriented manner.’

Many years of invaluable experience and a broad knowledge base make Alexander Vogel an outstanding individual in the Swiss legal market. Based on his large experience, he is able to render competent and reliable advice on a wide range of issues.’

Samuel Ljubicic is a pleasure to work with. He is hands-on as well as very pragmatic and understands specific needs exceptionally well.’

Reto Luthiger gives important and sustainable advice on matters.’

Key clients

Calida Holding AG

SRO SVIG

Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland (AFBS)

TAVIS Capital AG

Spital Männedorf AG

Sanostro AG

METROPOLE Gestion

Swiss Structured Product Association (SSPA)

Work highlights

  • Advised Calida Group on entering into a CHF40m syndicated, multi-currency loan agreement.
  • Assisted Bellevue Group with the acquisition of private equity boutique adbodmer.
  • Advised the Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland on the new Financial Services Act and new Financial Institutions Act.

VISCHER

At VISCHER, the team is active in financing transactions, banking-related dispute resolution, insolvencies and fintech. The broad client portfolio includes a mix of domestic and foreign banks, funds, insurance companies, securities dealers and asset managers. The team is jointly led by Markus Guggenbühl , who is also well versed in financial market regulations, and Adrian Dörig, who specialises in structured finance transactions. Jana Essebier is noted for her expertise in financial instruments, including derivatives and structured products, and is also active in fintech-related matters, where she advises on crowdfunding, mobile payments and blockchain. Stefan Grieder in Basel and senior associate David Weber are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Markus Guggenbühl; Adrian Dörig

Testimonials

Vischer is very responsive and solution oriented; it works with excellent team spirit and is able to propose innovative solutions.’

Markus Guggenbühl is an excellent group leader. He motivates team members to bring in their ideas and views, and he always gives well-balanced, solution-oriented advice.’

Jana Essebier is very solution oriented; she is open to propose new solutions and anticipates potential upcoming issues.’

David Weber has excellent analytical skills and detailed knowledge of the cases.’

Key clients

Basler Kantonalbank

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Bank CIC (Switzerland) Ltd.

Berenberg Bank

AFINUM Achte Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Arvelle Therapeutics

UBS AG

Bregal Unternehmerkapital

Credit Suisse

ISP Securities Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bregal Unternehmerkapital with secured financing concerning the establishment of a strategic alliance with Kirchhofer Group.
  • Advised Afinum Achte Beteiligungsgesellschaft on the acquisitions of a majority stake in evitria from its founder.
  • Acted as Swiss counsel to Arvelle Therapeutics on its financing by a global syndicate of investors.

Wenger & Vieli LTD

The banking and finance team at Wenger & Vieli LTD works closely with the firm's tax and corporate and M&A department to provides its clients with comprehensive advice. It is adept at handling regulatory matters, syndicated loans, debt capital issues and disputes. Bignia Vieli has a broad practice covering bank supervisory law, estate planning and commercial matters. She jointly leads the group with recently promoted partner Nicolas Bracher, who is particularly experienced in contentious matters. Martin Hess is a key name in the fintech space, while Peter Altorfer advises on bank supervisory policies. Andreas Hünerwadel is a key contact in transactions. Georg Zondler is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Bignia Vieli; Nicolas Bracher

Testimonials

Wenger & Vieli’s services are always impeccable. The lawyers are very accessible, super fast with their answers, and they quickly understand the problems of their clients because of their business-oriented mindset.’

The team always provides excellent advice. It understands its client’s business and its key drivers. Most important is the group’s excellent feeling for risks and what can be achieved reasonably.’

Andreas Hünderwadel has a strong reputation in the Swiss market. He is very knowledgeable, experienced and can explain complex issues simply.

Bignia Vieli is a well-known bank supervisory lawyer, who really understands the key regulatory issues of a bank.

Nicolas Bracher is one of the rising stars at Wenger & Vieli. He combines his unique banking litigation expertise with a deep understanding of regulatory concepts.’

Peter Altorfer is highly regarded in the local legal community for his experience, understanding of the legal risks in banking and finance. He has an excellent network and is seen as a lawyer’s lawyer.

Martin Hess is one of the leading specialist in securities and payment services law.’

Key clients

Lykke Corp

Interhoerbiger Finance Ltd. (Treasury)

Danske Bank

Maerki Baumann & Co. AG

Falcon Bank

Partners Group

DBS Development Bank of Singapore, Singapore and Mumbai Branch

SIX Group

Utrust Switzerland Ltd.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

Sonect

Work highlights

  • Advised several financial institutions and start-ups on legal issues concerning lending platforms for credit granted by private persons to small businesses.
  • Acted as Swiss counsel to the lender, the Development Bank of Singapore and other Asian banks, on a loan and credit support documentation.
  • Advised different banks and private clients on US disclosure programmes.

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd's team is an established contact for small and mid-sized banks, insurance companies, securities dealers and asset managers from Switzerland but also abroad. Practice co-head Marcel Aellen covers regulatory and compliance aspects in financial market law, while fellow head Ivo Hungerbühler is noted for his experience in investigations as well as litigation in the banking and finance space, where he is also supported by Mirco CeregatoKurt Blickenstorfer is a key name for asset management and Barbara Jecklin  has expertise in debt financings and offerings, commercial lending, as well as acquisition and structured finance.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Hungerbühler; Marcel Aellen

Testimonials

The lawyers of Bratschi have a thorough understanding of the financial sector and a pragmatic approach. They get straight to the point and act as an ideal sparring partner for in-house counsels.

The team members, who have great negotiation skills, always put the clients first but manage to not neglect the counterparts position as well.’

Kurt Blickenstorfer is treasured for his knowledge, experience, and excellent guidance.’

Barbara Jecklin is very attentive to her clients and works efficiently.

Mirco Ceregato has outstanding legal and strategic skills regarding banking and litigation matters. Moreover, he has the ability to reduce complex legal matters to relevant key points and helps his clients to find convincing and consistent solutions.

Key clients

UBS Switzerland AG

Commerzbank AG

CreditGate 24

BX Swiss Exchange

Adecco Group AG

Work highlights

  • Acted for Adecco Group on the update of its €350m European medium-term note programme.
  • Acted for UBS on a syndicate re-amendment of an existing facility agreement and establishment of a new one for Landis + Gyr Group.
  • Advised Adecco Group on the issue of €300m notes and a tender offer on existing notes.

Buis Bürgi AG

Boutique firm Buis Bürgi AG specialises in the banking and finance area. Its practice covers loan agreements, asset management, securities and pledges as well as various matters relating to capital markets. Eric Buis and Paul Bürgi are the key names.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard fields a large team of lawyers, who cover a broad spectrum of banking and finance matters. It has a strong practice in investment funds and fintech matters but also advises on financing instruments and money laundering topics. The group is jointly led by financial market law specialist Cornelia Stengel, and Dominik Oberholzer and Armin Kuehne, who are both key contacts for investment fund-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Dominik Oberholzer; Cornelia Stengel; Armin Kuehne

Testimonials

Cornelia Stengel delivers outstanding knowledge and a strong network. She has a cutting-edge understanding of financial business and innovation processes.’

Key clients

AXA Insurance Company

Franklin Templeton Group

DWS

Barings

GAM Investment Management (Switzerland) Ltd.

Man Group plc

UBS AG

Swiss FinTech Innovations

Falcon Private Bank Ltd.

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Man Group on the registration and the maintenance of the registration of its funds for distribution in Switzerland.
  • Advised UBS on the registration and the maintenance as well as the listing of funds and ETFs for national distribution.
  • Advised an iusser of credit cards on the development of new financial products.

LALIVE

The Zurich-based practice at LALIVE focuses on litigation, investigations, compliance and regulatory work. In the contentious space, the team is largely active in representing corporate investors and private clients in actions against banks or other financial services providers. It is also instructed by banks and financial institutions to provide regulatory advice and to assist with internal investigations. The practice is jointly led by white-collar specialists Simone Nadelhofer and Daniel Lucien Bühr, and litigation experts Matthias Gstoehl and André Brunschweiler. Counsel Dominik Elmiger is also noted.

Practice head(s):

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

Key clients

Bankas Snoras

Work highlights

  • Acted for a group of holding companies in a number of claims against different banks and consortia following the US Ofac sanctions against the president of the parent company.
  • Assisted the liquidators of Lithuanian Bank Snoras with its bankruptcy following the diversion of the bank’s assets in a money laundering case involving several Swiss banks.
  • Represented a pharmaceutical company and its shareholders in the recovery of financial assets worth $40m which had been embezzled by a foreign financial institution.

Prager Dreifuss AG

At Prager Dreifuss AG, the team is regularly instructed to advise on project and transaction financings, which frequently have an international aspect. The client roster includes a mix of banks, companies, insurers and funds. The group is also active for lenders and borrowers in negotiating credit facilities. Daniel Hayek is well versed in cross-border corporate finance matters, and he heads up the practice together with Andreas Moll, who knows the private equity space well.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hayek; Andreas Moll

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd covers a good range of banking and finance matters. The team advises private banks on day-to-day matters, acts for institutions on the establishment of financial service providers, and handles regulatory issues. Practice head Désirée Wiesendanger focuses on white-collar criminal law and compliance mandates, while Philipp Känzig's strong suit is dispute resolution before civil courts. Marc Bernheimer is a key contact for insolvency and corporate recovery matters.

Practice head(s):

Désirée Wiesendanger

Key clients

Jefferies Ltd

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Schweizer Kredit AG

Work highlights

  • Assisting Jefferies with combating money laundering issues according to the Federal Act on Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing as well as advising generally on legal and regulatory issues concerning the group’s activities in Switzerland.