Firms in the Spotlight Banking and finance: Zurich
Banking and finance: Zurich in Switzerland
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 Länzlinger; Ralph 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.
Eric Stupp; Ralph Malacrida; Peter Hsu; Rashid Bahar; Andreas Länzlinger; Daniel Flühmann; Roland Truffer
‘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.’
Bank J. Safra Sarasin
Bank Cler (former Bank Coop)
Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd.
Rothschild Bank & Co. AG
Bergos Berenberg AG
- 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'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 Maurenbrecher, Benjamin 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.
‘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.’
Bank Julius Baer
Apollo Global Management
China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina)
Bright Capital Investment Management
Gamut Capital Management
Leagold Mining Corporation
Legend Capital Management
MTH Retail Group Holding
Pag Asia Capital
St. Galler Kantonalbank
- 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'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.
‘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.‘
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
- 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 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 Spillmann; Thomas Frick; Ulysses von Salis; and Bertrand Schott, who has a comprehensive practice advising on financial markets infrastructure and derivatives trading.
Sandro Abegglen; François Bianchi
‘The team is responsive and knowledgeable.‘
‘Bertrand Schott is smart, friendly, and easy to work with.’
Bank of New York Mellon
CLS Bank International, New York / CLS Services, London
Fixed Income Clearing Corporation
HSBC Private Bank
- 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.
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.
Lukas Glanzmann; Samuel Marbacher
‘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.’
UBS AG / UBS Switzerland AG
Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG
Raiffeisen Schweiz Genossenschaft
Deutsche Bank 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
Bank am Bellevue AG
Allied World Group
Walter Meier AG
LGT Bank AG
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
CSA Energy Infrastructure Switzerland
- 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 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.
‘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.’
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Barclays Bank (Suisse) SA
Bank of Montreal
ING Bank NV
China Development Bank
- 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'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.
‘The team works extremely efficient.‘
Reichmuth Investment Management AG
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
- 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.
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 Müller, Luc Defferrard and recently promoted partner Ramona Wyss.
Theodor Härtsch; Lukas Wyss
‘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.’
UBS AG and UBS Switzerland AG
Credit Suisse AG
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
- 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 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.
‘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'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.
‘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.’
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)
- 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.
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.
‘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.’
Calida Holding AG
Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland (AFBS)
TAVIS Capital AG
Spital Männedorf AG
Swiss Structured Product Association (SSPA)
- 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.
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.
Markus Guggenbühl; Adrian Dörig
‘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.’
Bank CIC (Switzerland) Ltd.
AFINUM Achte Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
ISP Securities Ltd
- 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.
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.
Bignia Vieli; Nicolas Bracher
‘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.’
Interhoerbiger Finance Ltd. (Treasury)
Maerki Baumann & Co. AG
DBS Development Bank of Singapore, Singapore and Mumbai Branch
Utrust Switzerland Ltd.
Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG
- 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'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 Ceregato. Kurt 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.
Ivo Hungerbühler; Marcel Aellen
‘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.‘
UBS Switzerland AG
BX Swiss Exchange
Adecco Group AG
- 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.
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.
Dominik Oberholzer; Cornelia Stengel; Armin Kuehne
‘Cornelia Stengel delivers outstanding knowledge and a strong network. She has a cutting-edge understanding of financial business and innovation processes.’
AXA Insurance Company
Franklin Templeton Group
GAM Investment Management (Switzerland) Ltd.
Man Group plc
Swiss FinTech Innovations
Falcon Private Bank Ltd.
- 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.
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.
Daniel Lucien Bühr; Simone Nadelhofer; Matthias Gstoehl; André Brunschweiler
- 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.
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.
Daniel Hayek; Andreas Moll
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.
Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA
Schweizer Kredit AG
- 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.