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.
Firms in the Spotlight Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich in Switzerland
Eric Stupp; Peter Hsu; Rashid Bahar; Andreas Länzlinger; Daniel Flühmann
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Rothschild Bank AG
Cembra Money Bank AG
Bank Cler (former Bank Coop)
Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd.
Morgan Stanley International, London, Zurich Branch
- 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 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 Bösch; Jürg Frick, who is an expert in syndicated debt financing and international bond offerings; structured products specialist Daniel Haeberli; and Benjamin Leisinger.
Other key lawyers:
Stefan Kramer; René Bösch; Jürg Frick; Daniel Haeberli; Benjamin Leisinger; David Borer
‘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.’
State Street Corporation
ZKB (Zürcher Kantonalbank)
Bank Julius Bär
Raiffeisen Genossenschaft (Switzerland’s largest banking cooperative)
JPW Industries Holding Corporation
SK Capital Partners
Swarovski International Holding
Quintet Private Bank (Europe)
- 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.
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 Tranchet, Patrick Hünerwadel, regulatory specialist Patrick Schleiffer and Martin Burkhardt, who handles disputes in the banking and finance space.
Other key lawyers:
Patrick Hünerwadel; Stefan Breitenstein; Patrick Schleiffer; Roland Fischer; Martin Burkhardt
Ares Life Sciences / Waypoint
Banque Pâris Bertrand SA
Banque Pictet & Cie SA
Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA
Edmond de Rothschild Group
OROX Asset Management
Pargesa Holding SA
Sempione Fashion AG
SIX Swiss Exchange
Swissquote Bank SA
Union Bancaire Privée UBP
- 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 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.
Sandro Abegglen; François Bianchi
Other key lawyers:
Marco Häusermann; Bertrand Schott; Till Spillmann; Adrian Koller; Thomas Frick; Christine Hohl; Yannick Wettstein
‘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.’
CLS Bank International, New York / CLS Services, London
Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC)
Bank of New York Mellon
HSBC Private Bank
China Construction Bank
Quintet Private Bank Luxembourg and Switzerland
Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited
Mitsuho International Plc
- 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.
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 Marbacher. Ansgar Schott and senior associate Philip Spoerlé are other key names.
Lukas Glanzmann; Samuel Marbacher
Other key lawyers:
Ansgar Schott; Philip Spoerlé
UBS AG / UBS Switzerland AG
Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG
Canton of Geneva
Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA-CIB)
Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)
Ufenau Capital Partners
UniCredit Bank AG
Quilvest (Switzerland) AG
IG Bank SA
Fundamenta Real Estate AG
Allied World Group
Walter Meier AG
LGT Bank AG
CSA Energy Infrastructure Switzerland
Duagon Holding AG
Deposit Solutions GmbH
ING Bank N.V.
Feintool International Holding AG
Bank Hapoalim (Switzerland) Ltd
- 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'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. Andrea Huber, who is a key name for asset management and investment funds, was a new arrival in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Oliver Widmer; Thomas Rohner; Severin Roelli; Joseph Steiner; Andrea Huber
‘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.’
Bank of America
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Zuercher Kantonalbank, ZKB
- 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 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.
Other key lawyers:
Anita Schläpfer; Caroline Clemetson; Olivier Favre; Martin Lanz
‘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.’
Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative
Crypto Fund AG
Falcon Private Bank
Nord Anglia Education
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
Deutsche Bank SA
Diamond Capital Management (Switzerland) Ltd
Reichmuth Investment Management AG
Landolt Investment SICAV
Oxford Finance LLC
e-GTSA S. A
- 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. 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'.
Theodor Härtsch; Lukas Wyss
Other key lawyers:
Luc Defferrard; Markus Pfenninger; Johannes Bürgi; Ramona Wyss; Roger Ammann
‘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.’
UBS AG and UBS Switzerland AG
Credit Suisse AG and Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG
Cembra Money Bank
Bank Vontobel AG
Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG
Baloise Holding AG
Lloyds Bank plc
Leonteq Securities AG
Aduno Holding AG
AMAG Leasing AG
PSA Finance (Suisse) SA
Swisscard AECS GmbH
Helvetica Property Investors AG
Deutsche Private Equity
GSO Capital Partners
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.
Other key lawyers:
Jürg Guggisberg; Dominique Gemperli
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.
Other key lawyers:
Armin Kühne; Dominik Oberholzer
‘Excellent and timely service. Always available and hard-working, and pro-actively seeking solutions.’
GS Banque SA, now One Swiss Bank
Franklin Templeton Group
GAM Investment Management (Switzerland) Ltd.
Man Group plc
AXA Versicherungen AG
Swiss FinTech Innovations
- 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 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 Vogel, Daniel Schoch, London based Dunja Koch and Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler. The team also includes Karin Oberlin, who is a key name for structured financings and Samuel Ljubicic.
Alexander Vogel; Daniel Schoch; Catrina Luchsinger; Dunja Koch
Other key lawyers:
Karin Oberlin; Samuel Ljubicic; Reto Luthiger; Jérôme Pidoux
‘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.’
Julius Baer Group Ltd
MBaer Merchant Bank AG
Verifort Capital Services AG
Calida Hodling AG
Meyer Burger Technology AG
Smyths Toys 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.
- 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.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Markus Guggenbühl; Jana Essebier; Stefan Grieder
‘Pragmatic, to the point, deliver precisely what is needed.’
‘The members have good business empathy and understand what is needed.’
PricewaterhouseCoopers AG acting as liquidator of Lehman Brothers in Switzerland
AFINUM Achte Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
BFW Liegenschaften AG
Dermedis Group / Rigeto Erste GmbH
Export Development Canada
- 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 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.
Bignia Vieli; Nicolas Bracher
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Interhoerbiger Finance Ltd. (Treasury)
Maerki Baumann & Co. AG
Development Bank of Singapore (DBS), Singapore and Mumbai Branch
Utrust Switzerland Ltd.
ICE Abu Dhabi
EBS Service Company Ltd.
- 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.
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.
Ivo Hungerbühler; Marcel Aellen
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
UBS Switzerland AG
Sankt Galler Kantonalbank
Adecco Group 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.
Other key lawyers:
‘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.’
Toyota Material Handling
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 Nadelhofer, Daniel Lucien Bühr, Matthias Gstoehl and André Brunschweiler.
Simone Nadelhofer; Daniel Lucien Bühr; Matthias Gstoehl; André Brunschweiler
‘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.’
- 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.
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'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.
Daniel Hayek; Andreas Moll
Other key lawyers:
‘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 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.
Other key lawyers:
Marc Bernheimer; Philipp Känzig
Jefferies International Limited
Jefferies (Switzerland) Ltd.
Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA
Schweizer Kredit AG
Falcon Private Bank Ltd.
- 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.