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In 2007, lecocqassociate was established as a law firm in Geneva, however, the foundations of the firm originated in the late 1990s with the legal education and experience of its founder, Dominique R Lecocq.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is recognised as one of the leading practices for takeover transactions in the public and private area, as well as for private equity and corporate governance mandates. It is a popular choice for clients from the healthcare and life sciences, financial and banking, real estate and venture sectors. Rolf Watter acts as the senior M&A head, supported by local team leaders Martin Anderson in Geneva and Paolo Buttini in Lugano. Christoph Neeracher is a private equity specialist, and Mariel Hoch and Dieter Dubs focus their practice on public M&A transactions. Ralph Malacrida is also experienced in venture capital transactions. Raphael Annasohn made partner in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Rolf Watter; Christoph Neeracher; Mariel Hoch; Dieter Dubs; Ralph Malacrida; Martin Anderson; Paolo Bottini

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Seiler; Raphael Annasohn

Testimonials

‘Probably the most prominent M&A team in the market at this point. High number of very talented and hard-working lawyers with a lot of experience given the overall deal flow the firm handles.’

‘Christoph Neeracher – leading M&A lawyer in the German speaking part of Switzerland. Very pragmatic, solution oriented, focused on key commercial points.’

‘Mariel Hoch and Rolf Watter are great.’

‘Philippe Seiler – young partner with a lot of experience given the deal flow the firm generates. Excellent technical knowledge, collaborative style, also very pragmatic and goal oriented.’

‘Great team.’

‘Pragmatic. solution oriented – but still attention to detail and fast. Pleasant to work with.’

‘As always, people make the business: they are very proactive in supporting our sell side process under extremely high time pressure. Very competent, always available and open to discuss issues.’

‘Availability, advisory quality and communication skills.’

‘Raphael Annasohn: very professional, focused on the solution, open for any input and available 24/7. Very smart.’

‘B&K has at this point by far the most active M&A practice in Switzerland and the clear market leader. The team around Christoph Neeracher is handling a huge deal flow. Despite being very busy, there is no negative impact on the individual matter when it comes to responsiveness, turnaround times, quality, etc. Extremely well regarded in the Swiss market. Very commercial and pragmatic approach, none of the endless discussions of minor issues.’

Key clients

Novartis

UBS

Swiss Re

Lonza

Valora

KKR

CVC

EQT

Partners Group

Hg Capital

Waterland Private Equity

Capvis

Equistone

Triton

Aduno Group

Hellman & Friedman

Deutsche Börse

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Constellium

DSV

Cellnex

Jacobs Holding

La Mobilière

CIP Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised EQT on the CHF10.2bn acquisition of Galderma Skin Health SA (formerly Nestlé Skin Health SA) from Nestlé SA.
  • Advised Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund on the sale of Magazine zum Globus AG along with associated prime real estate properties to a joint venture of Signa and Central Group.
  • Advised Capvis, Swiss investment firm, on the acquisition of Tertianum group from Swiss Prime Site.

Homburger

Zurich-based powerhouse Homburger covers all types of M&A transactions, including venture capital, joint ventures, private and public, which are usually at the top end of the market. The team is regularly instructed by blue-chip companies and has experience advising companies from regulated sectors, including financial services and food, as well as life sciences, where practice head Dieter Gericke and Frank Gerhard are specialists. The team is also able to coordinate with specialists from its IP, competition, tax and finance groups. Daniel Daeniker is well versed in corporate governance matters. Daniel HaslerAndreas Müller and Daniel Häusermann, who made partner in January 2021, are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Gericke

Other key lawyers:

Frank Gerhard; Daniel Daeniker; Claude Lambert; Daniel Hasler; Andreas Müller; Daniel Häusermann

Testimonials

‘Homburger constantly delivers seamless work of exceptionally high quality on a broad spectrum of matters, throughout the firm. This is quite unique and shows a high degree of common culture and values throughout the team. Also, Homburger shows 24/7 availability, is highly responsive and gives specific recommendations that are not only based on sound legal judgement, but also work from a business perspective.’

‘The lawyers at Homburger place the interests of their clients at the forefront and address their diverse interests in an efficient and timely manner, providing them with legal advice of the highest quality. The teams at Homburger work closely together, guaranteeing a seamless collaboration we are extremely satisfied with.’

‘Frank Gerhard is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding Swiss M&A and capital market lawyers.’

‘Andreas Müller is always available, super-responsive and constantly delivers high quality, business-minded to-the-point advice, and has a broad experience and high business acumen.’

‘As a firm, Homburger guarantees a very precise and safe landing on business points, however without any compromise on the legal side of the advice. The lawyers’ response times are incredibly fast, they even anticipate questions.’

‘Easily reachable, fast, open minded and technically sound’

‘Claude Lambert: strong corporate governance lawyer, lots of experience.’

‘Andreas Müller: highly flexible, strong technical skills, modest but clear attitude.’

Key clients

Clariant

Alcon

ABB

Credit Suisse

UBS

Nestlé

Roche

Novartis

Zurich Insurance Company

Liberty Global

Dufry

EF Education First

Zur Rose Group

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Softbank Vision Fund

ASML Netherlands

Quintet Private Bank (Europe)

IWG

Digital Realty Trust

Becton, Dickinson and Company

Metall Zug, V-Zug Holding

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Therachon / VectivBio

Tiedemann Wealth Management Holdings

Constantia Partners

Nice & Green

Cerberus Capital Management

Covis Pharma

Work highlights

  • Advised Clariant as global lead legal adviser on the $1.56bn sale of its global masterbatches business.
  • Advised ABB on the separation of the Power Grids business and the completion of its $11bn divestment to Hitachi.
  • Advised EF Education First on a major investment from Permira in EF Kids & Teens business.

Lenz & Staehelin

A leading practice in the market, Lenz & Staehelin excels in advising large institutions from the financial services, life sciences, TMT and real estate sectors on corporate matters. The team has strong expertise in public takeovers, private transactions, venture capital and private equity deals, and corporate governance. Furthermore, through close collaboration with its disputes group, it is also able to assist in contentious cases. The experienced Hans-Jakob Diem and Andreas Rötheli lead the teams in Zurich and Geneva, respectively. Tino Gaberthüel specialises in public M&A and international joint ventures. Senior counsel Rudolf Tschäni as well as the Geneva-based David Ledermann and Jacques Iffland are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Jakob Diem; Andreas Rötheli

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Erni; Tino Gaberthüel; Rudolf Tschäni; David Ledermann; Jacques Iffland; Simone Ehrsam

Key clients

AIDA

Allegion

Allfunds Group

ALPHA Healthgroup

Ant Financial Services Group (subsidiary of Alibaba)

Apple Inc.

Ardentis

Argos Wityu (formerly Argos Soditic S.A.)

Astra Zeneca

Baloise Insurance Holding

Bank Vontobel

Bank Pictet

Banque Lombard Odier

Bayer

Bertelsmann

BigPoint Holding AG / Martin Haefner

BlackRock

Bordier & Cie

BTG Pactual

Carlo Gavazzi Holding

Cembra Money Bank

Chequers Capital

CMA CGM

Cognizant

COLTENE

CMOC Limited

Credit Suisse

Curaden

Dell

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Börse

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.

Equistone

Geberit

Gonet & Cie SA

Gyrus Capital SA

HSBC

Hyundai Motor Company

Implenia

Insight Partners

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS)

JP Morgan

JTB Corp.

Julius Baer

KKCG

LK International

Logitech

Lonza

Mars

Maus Frères

Merck Group

Mitsui

Morgan Stanley

Novimmune

ObsEva

Oddo BHF SCA

Pfizer Inc.

Portola Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Quilvest Private Equity

Rakute

Work highlights

  • Advising Sunrise on its sale to Liberty Global plc.
  • Advised the Desmarais and Frère family group on its public tender offer for Pargesa.
  • Advised Swiss Prime Site on its sale of the Tertianum group to Capvis by way of an auction.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG's team has established itself as a key player for advising listed companies on large cap-M&A transactions and is also a popular choice for domestic and international private equity houses. The practice has a focus on clients from the pharmaceutical, healthcare, financial services and technology sectors. In a notable development, the team also recently launched a dedicated desk which advises start-ups on venture capital possibilities; Patrik PeyerTill Spillmann and Ulysses von Salis are the driving forces in this space. The team is led by Philipp Haas, who also handles public M&A mandates. Philippe Weber assists with boardroom and governance matters. Other key names are Manuel Werder and Moritz Maurer, who made partner in early 2020.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Haas

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Casutt; Patrik Peyer; Till Spillmann; Ulysses von Salis; Philippe Weber; Manuel Werder; Moritz Maurer

Testimonials

‘Excellent commercial understanding and technical know how. Very well connected in the Swiss market and with an excellent understanding of market trends. Always available and down to earth with excellent problem solving capabilities.’

‘Patrik Peyer has proven to be an excellent attorney who can make the difference. He is always available and focuses on the most important topics in critical situations, which give his clients an edge in competitive M&A processes.’

‘Moritz Maurer has excellent project management capabilities and is very diligent in conducting his work.’

‘Strong understanding of the business/commercial issues supported by a strong and deep understanding of local and international law. Continues to work on dilemmas/issues until the right solution is developed.’

‘Pragmatic and experienced M&A team.’

‘Patrik Peyer – always available, pragmatic, solution driven, very pleasant and friendly demeanour, even in contentious negotiation situations – keeps his focus on content, solutions and is client-focussed.’

‘Efficient workflow, good seminars for clients, quick response time, good quality.’

‘Moritz Maurer is available 24/7 if needed and extremely responsive. Very client focussed.’

‘Manuel Werder is a very good lawyer. He is always available, is able to provide pragmatic, solution oriented and creative advice, always based on a very solid foundation of legal knowledge. He has excellent social and negotiation skills. We appreciated his high personal involvement and commitment and his proactive approach.’

‘General broad knowledge of all spectres of the issues and challenges within the relevant practice areas.’

Key clients

Ardian

Assa Abloy

Boston Scientific Corporation

Credit Suisse Group AG

EQT

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Idorsia Ltd

IBM Corp., Armonk N.Y. and IBM Switzerland AG

KKR

Lindsay Goldberg

OC Oerlikon

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Nordic Capital

Paragon Partners

Vivendi

Via Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Blue on becoming a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange through a merger with Far Point Acquisition Corporation.
  • Advised CRH as Swiss counsel on the €1.64bn sale of its European distribution business to private equity funds managed by Blackstone.
  • Acted as Swiss counsel to PolyOne on its $1.5bn acquisition of Clariant Color and Additive Masterbatch Business.

Baker McKenzie

The team at Baker McKenzie is well positioned to on cross-border public takeovers and private equity transactions where it is able to leverage its close collaboration with its international network. The team is also regularly involved in banking M&A and transactions in the real estate and life sciences sectors. Alexander Fischer and Martin Furrer both act as advisers for listed and private companies; they jointly lead the group together with Geneva-based Jingjin GuoMartin Frey is also active in the venture capital space.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Fischer; Martin Furrer; Jingjin Guo

Other key lawyers:

Martin Frey; Petra Hanselmann

Key clients

UBS AG

Arbonia (formerly, Arbonia Foster Holding, AFG)

Deutsche Beteiligung AG

Meier Tobler AG

Dätwyler Holding AG

Körber AG

Ufenau Capital Partners AG

Zurmont Private Equity (now Patrimonium)

Mövenpick

Gerresheimer AG

Carlyle

Guilde Buy Out Partners

Lalique Group SA

Architonic (member of NZZ Media Group)

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG

Equistone

Sun Create Richly (Asia) Ltd.

Zhejiang Henglin Chair Industry Co. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS on the sale of its majority stake (51.2%) in UBS Fondcenter, its B2B fund distribution platform, and part of its asset management business division, to Clearstream.
  • Acted as global lead counsel to Burger Soehne Holding AG’s sale of an 80% stake in its On! Oral nicotine pouches to NYSE-listed Altria Group, Inc.
  • Advised Dätwyler Group on the sale of electronic components distributors Distrelec and Nedis to Aurelius.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd impresses with its team members' broad skillset and the range of industries covered. Its specialists are active in share and asset purchases, investment and shareholder agreements, M&A,  and private equity transactions as well as in corporate governance and regulatory matters. In additional to core M&A matters, Alexander Vogel has knowledge of D&O liability and restructurings; Andrea Sieber covers reorganisations; and Daniel Schoch is the name to note for transactional financing. Mona Stephenson and Nadine von Büren-Maier are the key contacts in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vogel; Andrea Sieber; Mona Stephenson; Nadine von Büren-Maier

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Schoch; Karin Oberlin; Christian Rebell; Sergio Bortolani

Testimonials

‘MLL provides high quality advice on Swiss law aspects, sometimes within a very short time frame. The responsiveness and general availability is appreciated.’

‘Alexander Vogel, Karin Oberlin and Christian Rebell have great availability and technical skills, and are very reliable.’

‘MLL did an extremely good job in adjusting to our schedule while delivering very high quality work. The team was able to adapt to the approach very well so overall we were very satisfied with the execution.’

‘MLL offers a highly experienced, solution-oriented and efficient team, who understand the needs and trends of our industry. The team is prepared to stand by its advice and works in a dedicated manner to ensure a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Provides legal advice that takes commercial and economic aspects into consideration. Good value for money in comparison to other firms.’

‘Andrea Sieber: she is highly experienced, efficient, solution and client oriented and understands the industry. She achieves the results the client is looking for, in a calm, non-aggressive and pragmatic way.’

‘Daniel Schoch is great to work with. He is a thorough thinker with great negotiation skills who is available 24/7 and always keeps the often tight deadlines.’

‘I had a great experience working with the firm, the members are extremely responsive and have the resources to answer any question, solve any problem. The large team allows them to cover all the aspects of law and this is very practical as we can have expert advice for any matter.’

‘Mona Stephenson is the best lawyer I had the chance to deal with so far. She is extremely responsive, super professional and easy to deal with. She takes the time to understand her clients and delivers satisfactory results. What makes Mrs Stephenson unique is that not only is she an excellent lawyer, she also understands and has a very good sense of the broader issues and especially the commercial and political aspects of a deal. ’

‘The MLL Team and its staff were very helpful and responsive to all our questions and concerns. Team members from partner to associates provide excellent services and knowledge, in particular with regards to risks involved in specific real estate transactions.’

‘Everything works quickly and smoothly. MLL people just know how to run situations to the best outcome.’

‘Intelligent, genuine, pragmatic, articulate, thorough, focused, efficient. These are just a few words to describe the overall impression and impact the MLL team delivers.’

Key clients

Meyer Burger Technology AG

Dassault Aviation

Raiffeisen Informatik Austria

Gleason Corporation

Diener AG Precision Machining and Diener Precision Pumps

Cn-Gen Mab Co., Ltd. (3SBio group)

Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A

Calida Holding AG

EQT Ventures / Frontify

Martello Technologies Corporation

Bitcoin Suisse AG

Goebel Capital GmbH

WEPA SE, Germany

Julius Baer Group AG

Heidi von Hohenzollern

Poenina Holding AG

Robert Bosch GmbH

Piscai AG

Deutsche Private Equity Management III GmbH (DPE)

Armada Investment AG

Bellevue Group

Semtech (International) AG

Tui (Suisse) AG

MB Barter Tradeing

Perrigo Company plc

Work highlights

  • Advised BTCS Holding AG on all legal aspects of its Series A fundraising round and on the continuous evolvement of the regulatory and contractual setup with regard to its crypto-related service offering.
  • Representing Calida Holding AG on an ongoing basis with regard to strategic M&A projects, acquisition financing of such M&A activities, negotiations of syndicated bank loans, listing requirements, general corporate matters and corporate governance aspects.
  • Assisting WEPA SE with due diligence processes, the preparation and negotiation of transaction agreements, the analysis of merger control filing obligations and the preparation of filings under special national real estate provisions.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi fields a team of specialists which advise a wide range of clients on the full spectrum of corporate and M&A work. The group represents buyers, sellers and financial advisers in joint ventures, asset and share deals. Another area of expertise is advising on public-to-private transactions and vice versa. Christoph Lang brings to bear his additional experience in competition matters and Sébastien Roy in Geneva is well versed in financing; together, they lead the team, which also includes noteworthy practitioners Severin RoelliFranz SchubigerBeat Schwarz and Christian Leuenberger.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang; Sébastien Roy

Other key lawyers:

Severin Roelli; Franz Schubiger; Beat Schwarz; Christian Leuenberger

Testimonials

‘Super professional, quick, resourceful, excellent in every way.’

‘Christian Leuenberger. Superb. Extremely knowledgeable. Attentive. Brilliant in devising strategy. Perfect relationship with takeover board.’

‘Complicated cross border transaction handled very well. Always available and provided great insights with respect to structuring and legal aspects of the deal. ’

‘Christian Leuenberg is very creative and comes up with great suggestions to minimize risks.’

Key clients

Acquinex

Agile Sports Technologies, Inc.

AIA Insurance

AIG

AmTrust Financial

AON (AON (NYSE))

AXA Climate

AXA XL

AXIS

Barry Callebaut (BARN (SWX))

BMW

BP PLC

Celgene (CELG (NasdaqGS))

CH Media

China Resources (Holding) Co

Coca Cola (KO (NYSE))

Coop

Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies AG

Dow Chemical (DOW (NYSE))

Fortissimo Capital

FSN Capital

General Electric (GE (NYSE))

Glencore (GLEN.L (LSE))

Goldman Sachs Private Capital (GS (NYSE))

Howden

Hyperion Insurance Group

iQ International AG (FSE: IQL)

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ (NYSE))

Leclanché SA (LECN.SW (SWX))

Microsoft (MSFT (NasdaqGS))

Nexo Group

Opel

Peugeot

Prudential Financial & The Prudential Insurance Company of America (PUK (NYSE))

Quintet

Ringier

Royal Bank of Canada (RY (NYSE))

ryd suisse AG

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Sony (SNE (NYSE))

Swiss Life

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Zahid Group

Zimmer Biomet (ZBH (NYSE))

Work highlights

  • Advised Ringier AG and its existing shareholders on an investment by Schweizerische Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG in Ringier AG.
  • Advised Johnson & Johnson on its transfer of the Medical Devices Supply Chain Manufacturing Business to Jabil Inc.
  • Advised Swiss Life on various corporate, transactional and insurance M&A matters.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd handles a balanced mix of public and private M&A transactions as well as deals in the private equity and venture capital space. Team members work closely with the firm's other practice groups including competition, tax, insurance and dispute resolution. Lorenzo Olgiati has more than 25 years of experience, and he leads the practice jointly with Geneva-based Jean Jacques Ah Choon, who also has an active finance practice. Martin Weber is a key contact for banks and Oliver Triebold has a track record acting for insurance companies. Tarek Houdrouge in Geneva and senior associate Marcel Jakob are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Olgiati; Jean Jacques Ah Choon

Other key lawyers:

Martin Weber; Pascal Hubli; Oliver Triebold; Tarek Houdrouge; Marcel Jakob 

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and pragmatic M&A lawyers, who take clear positions in the negotiations.’

‘Oliver Triebold and Marcel Jakob are both very good lawyers in terms of expertise, negotiation and managing the process.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer offers a top tier team which listens to individual client needs, offering effective sound advice on a par with top international firms.’

‘Pascal Hubli provides excellent and proactive advice tailored to specific needs, taking time to understand the clients’ business and recommending a sensible business-minded approach forward. Pascal Hubli is recommended for his ability to find solutions to complex matters.’

‘Customer focused culture; fast, responsive and pragmatic; very broad range of know how / knowledge related to different areas of the law and industries. Well-organized team with clear responsibilities when using interdisciplinary teams; combining top legal skills with a great understanding of the economic side/view leads to best possible solutions for business clients.’

‘Marcel Jakob has a great skill combination of understanding law and thinking like an entrepreneur and business man. He is very skilled in negotiations (written and verbal) in English and German’

‘The speed, accuracy and availability of the team is exceptional and extremely valuable. The team is very pragmatic, goes straight to the point and quickly identifies the key risk factors by providing excellent and business friendly solutions.’

‘Pascal Hubli understands all the needs of start-up companies with new digital solutions. He is very sharp and smart with an enormous depth of knowledge and experience in company law and business matters.’

‘SW is swift in assessing issues and presenting solutions as well as understanding the contractual framework. Its approach is very cost conscious and they limit contract complexity wherever possible.’

‘Solution, not problem-driven approach; great interpersonal skills, deep expertise.’

‘We were extremely happy with our experience with this practice for a complex, high visibility M&A transaction. Level of advice, flexibility and reactivity of the partner was impressive compared to other practices.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge has the dedication needed to bring a complex transaction to a successful completion, and is able to advise on the clients’ best interests.’

‘The Schellenberg Wittmer team is great to work with. It has a broad knowledge and is therefore able to support us in various fields of work.’

‘Pascal Hubli has the all the necessary knowledge, is always accessible and dedicates the necessary resources to get the job successfully done. I would like to point out his ability to explain and summarize legal matters to others well which is helpful in a lot of situations.’

Key clients

ams AG

Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG

Helvetia Schweizerische Versicherungsgesellschaft

Standard Chartered Bank / Standard Chartered Ventures (Singapore)

Lufthansa Group

GCA Corporation

Dan Mamane

Zdenek Bakala, Gregory Finger and Petr Svoboda

Alpian SA

Leonardo S.p.A

Oxford Finance

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

Winkler Family

Philip Morris International / Philip Morris Equity Partners

Julius Bär

SIX Group

BNP Paribas (Paris, France)

Cardinal Health

Lennox International

Hugo Fund Services

EFG International

MoneyPark AG

AddLife

ZKB Zürcher Kantonalbank / Swisscanto Holding

BASF Schweiz AG

Bouygues Construction

RAM Active Investments

Schroder & Co Bank

Shire International GmbH

SET Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG on the public takeover transaction from DSV A/S, Hedehusene.
  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to ams AG on its public takeover offer to the shareholders of Osram Licht AG for an all- cash public takeover of the total shares in Osram for a total value of the proposed offer of €4.6bn.
  • Advised a group of Swiss private investors on their acquisition of Conforama Switzerland from its French parent company Conforama Holding.

VISCHER

VISCHER is well-established in the mid-market, where the team advises on a high number of M&A and private equity transactions. It has a particularly strong standing with companies from the life sciences sectors, as well as private equity funds, venture capital investors and start-ups, and is noted for its China desk. The practice is headed by Zurich-based Jürg LuginbühlRobert Bernet in Basel and - following his arrival in September 2019 from CPV Partners - Damien Conus in Geneva. Matthias Staehelin in Basel is an expert in the life sciences space and Gian-Andrea Caprez has knowledge of the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Jürg Luginbühl; Robert Bernet; Damien Conus

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Staehelin; Benedict Christ; Gian-Andrea Caprez

Testimonials

‘A very good firm with reliable quality offerings across a breadth of areas and CH regions.’

‘Robert Bernet stands out, managing teams very efficiently, reacting quickly and perfectly judging the level of intensity with which to get involved.’

Key clients

H. Lundbeck A/S

Axpo Services AG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Polyphor Ltd.

Medartis

HQ Equita

Oculis SA

Cham Group AG

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Swisscom AG

Openlimit Holding

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Equistone Partners Europe

Syngenta

Poscom Ferien Holding AG

Cedarlake Private Equity Fund I, Hong Kong, China

Fidelium GmbH

Swisspower Renewables AG

Barnes Group Inc

Kuros Biosciences Ltd

Investors in Molecular Partners AG

Anokion SA

Symetis SA

NOUSCOM AG

Versantis AG

JSR Corporation

Balderton Capital

MCM Fashion Group

Deichmann Shoes

AFINUM

Bertelsmann

Acronis

SkyCell AG

Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group

Bachem Holding

Quest Software Inc.

Aeterna AG

Fr. Sauter AG

Rigeto Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Schneider Logistik Holding AG

Jacobs Holding AG

Invision Private Equity

Beijer Group

RELIEF THERAPEUTICS Holding SA (SIX Listed)

ETF Partners

Pix4D SA

QoQa Services SA

Helvetica Capital

Colosseum Dental Group

Continental AG

3 Plus Group AG

Swissterminal AG

Control4 Corporation

Ardian

Sonnet Biotherapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ listed)

Groupe Mutuel

Tokai Cobex

Work highlights

  • Advised Afinum on its acquisition of a majority stake in the Swiss Interconnect Group with headquarters in the canton of Valais, Switzerland.
  • Assisted 3 Plus Group with all legal and tax matters regarding its sale to CH-Media.
  • Advised Lamina and its shareholders, including CEL Catalyst China-Israel Fund, on the sale of the Yverdon-based Lamina Technologies SA to Triton.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd.'s sizeable group covers the full gamut of commercial and corporate matters; the team is active in public and private M&A transactions, drafts and negotiates agreements, and also assists with due diligence exercises and regulatory applications. The practitioners are regularly involved in local and cross-border mandates, acting for a range of corporations. Alexander Nikitine, who heads up the group, has a broad background spanning capital markets, private equity, venture capital and corporate law. Urs Gnos also handles corporate governance and restructurings. Stefan KnoblochPatrick Vogel in Geneva and Robert von Rosen are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Nikitine

Other key lawyers:

Markus Vischer; Urs Gnos; Alexandre Both; Patrick Vogel; Robert von Rosen

Testimonials

‘Responsive, knowledgeable and agile team.’

‘Urs Gnos is very responsive and innovative in his approach.’

Key clients

Nestlé SA

Oriflame Holding AG

GetYourGuide

NovImmune

NVT AG

Lindsay Goldberg/ Bilcare Research group

Boehringer Ingelheim

HOCHDORF

Suntel Group

Apax

Aduno

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC is a trusted adviser to predominantly Swiss entities, with notable experience in private M&A transactions, private equity, joint ventures and public procurement projects. The client portfolio includes national SMEs, in particular from the industrial, consumer goods and healthcare sectors. Practice head Thomas Schmid stands out for 'his deal-making abilities', according to one clientOther names to note are Geneva-based Manuel Bianchi della PortaHans-Peter Schwald and Marc MetzgerHélène Weidmann in Lausanne and Stefan Scherrer are also active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmid

Other key lawyers:

Marc Metzger; Manuel Bianchi della Porta; Thomas Goossens; Hans-Peter Schwald; Hélène Weidmann; Stefan Scherrer

Testimonials

‘The individuals are throughout academically excellent and at the same time have a very sound commercial understanding. They are very hands on and always available.’

‘Thomas Schmid gives full client attention, always hands on, a very sound commercial understanding coupled with a can-do attitude that has made all clients happy. ’

‘Excellent know-how paired with entrepreneurial culture; always solution-oriented and efficient; involve not only legal considerations.’

‘Stefan Scherrer is customer- and solution-oriented with an entrepreneurial mindset. In addition to his expertise, he is also a strong negotiator and where necessary, he consults other experts, but keeps the overall coordination. Always top prepared, very efficient, 100% reliable.’

‘Thanks to its knowledge and expertise in the field of commercial and corporate law, BianchiSchwald LLC is able to develop creative and efficient solutions.’

‘Thomas Schmid is distinguished by his deal-making abilities and exceptional ability to swiftly apprehend the core of the matter in question. He is also able to point out possible risks and dangers and thus contribute to realistic and feasible solutions in order to protect our interest in the best and most efficient way possible. In difficult negotiations when pressure is high and time is running out, he was able to lead and guide us to breakthrough proposals, convince the opposite parties of these solutions and draft the respective agreements in an efficient and quick manner.’

‘Thomas Schmid is able to perfectly combine his profound knowledge of commercial, corporate and M&A matters with his know-how in shipping and especially legal questions connected to the sale of deep-sea vessels. This enables Thomas Schmid and his team to represent his clients to their complete and full satisfaction ’

‘Excellent support.’

Key clients

Stadler Rail AG, Switzerland

Swiss Federal Department of Finance

Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

Knowles Corporation, USA

Helvetica Capital AG

Richemont International SA

Davidson Capital Growth & Co KG

Banque Profil de Gestion SA

Work highlights

  • Advised the Swiss Confederation, represented by the Swiss Federal Department of Finance and the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, as surety provider for part of a CHF120m credit facility to SR Technics Switzerland AG in the context of a CHF145m and CHF120m financing transaction with Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. as mandated lead arranged.

Bratschi Ltd

The corporate and commercial practice at Bratschi Ltd has strong ties to mid-cap and large-cap Swiss corporations, frequently drawn from the IT and telecoms, energy, financial services, real estate and healthcare industries. Practice head Thomas Peter handles M&A and private equity transactions, and Christian Stambach in St. Gallen is well versed in contracts, corporate governance and compliance. Other names to note include Ion Eglin in Zug and Harald Maag.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Peter

Other key lawyers:

Christian Stambach; Ion Eglin; Harald Maag

Testimonials

‘Very lean and efficient team of specialists. Tailor-made solutions for problems and requirements.’

‘Thomas Peter leads the team. He is very pragmatic and hands on. He listens and makes an effort to understand the problems. Thomas thinks “out of the box”. He does not only deliver what is required but actively advises on options and brings in new ideas. The quality of his legal work is outstanding.’

‘Professionalism, reactivity and pragmatism. A focus on respecting budget while delivering quality.’

‘Harald Maag stands out as pragmatic, able to deal with complicated or unusual situation while favouring simple but effective solutions.’

‘Bratschi’s commercial and corporate lawyers are generally flexible and pragmatic and I appreciate their responsiveness. The firm’s presence in the main cities of Switzerland allows it to efficiently support with issues in different areas of Switzerland and different languages.’

‘Experienced team with broad knowledge. Very responsive and dedicated to complete projects successfully. Pragmatic whenever possible.’

‘Thomas Peter – very experienced in many fields and a real asset in terms of corporate transactions. Dedicated project leader, pragmatic and very accurate.’

‘Ion Eglin – very committed to achieve the best results for the clients and a real expert in corporate law and other areas.

Key clients

Smith & Nephew

vestr AG

Synektil S.A.

h2e Power Systems

Paragon Partners GmbH

Descartes Systems Group

Avenir Sports and Entertainment Group

VRMotion AG

Collectius AG

Blue Sail Medical Co. Ltd

K+D AG

Migros (Eastern Switzerland)

Zünd Precision Optics Ltd and Optivac AG

HR Group

Roth Soft AG

Work highlights

  • Assisted China-based Blue Sail Medical Co., Ltd. on the acquisition of NVT AG.
  • Advised Descartes Systems Group on the acquisition of “STEPcom”, a business-to-business supply chain integration network based in Switzerland, consisting of two Swiss target companies and five subsidiaries.
  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to Collectius AG on The International Finance Corporation’s investment of a total of $38m in the group through a combined debt and equity investment structure.

CMS

CMS is well positioned to advise on domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity transactions, venture capital matters, and restructurings as well as W&I insurance and D&O liability. Recently, the team has started to make in-roads in high-end deals but its activity is traditionally in the mid-market; clients are often from the financial services, technology and energy sectors. Stefan BrunnschweilerReto Hunsperger and Pascal Favre in Geneva jointly lead the practice. Alain Raemy offers expertise in competition law and Stephan Werlen is knowledgeable in joint ventures and acquisition finance.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Brunnschweiler; Pascal Favre; Reto Hunsperger

Other key lawyers:

Alain Remy; Stephan Werlen; Daniel Jenny

Testimonials

‘Very high degree of customer orientation. Not an army of associates but rather a handful of really dedicated partners. As a result, high degree of efficiency.’

‘Alain Raemy is outstanding in terms of marshalling the appropriate resources across the international CMS set-up.’

‘Extremely good in finding solutions for issues in an entrepreneurial context. CMS is not focussing only on the legal context but is a good partner to discuss the economical and entrepreneurial framework.’

‘Reto Hunsperger: feedback at short notice; profound knowledge; ability to think strategically.’

‘Multi-disciplinary approach, great collaboration with other teams and international reach.’

‘Stephan Werlen: very hands-on, always reachable and can explain complex topics to clients in simple worlds.’

Key clients

agta record

capiton/CymbiQ Group

IMCD

Conzzeta

EMS-Group

ABB

Halder

Merbag

CTS EVENTIM AG & Co. KGaA

DP World

PRIO SA

Hyperion Insurance Group Ltd

Electrolux Professional AG

Guardtime Ltd.

Nicolas Industrie S.A.S.

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Avectris

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of agta record on the sale of its majority stake in agta record to the Swedish group Assa-Abloy.
  • Advised Guardtime on two subsequent corporate transactions, including a complex cross-border project involving the relocation to Switzerland of Guardtime, and the concurrent acquisition by the investor of a stake in that company and a second investment round in view of corporate restructuring.
  • Advised CymbiQ Group AG on the acquisition of Aspectra AG, Zurich.

Eversheds Sutherland AG

Eversheds Sutherland AG's broad practice 'allows it to tackle a variety of complex issues'. The team acts on range of transactions, including M&A, private equity and corporate restructuring, often involving multiple jurisdictions. Its client roster includes a number of companies listed on the New York, Tel Aviv and Swiss Stock Exchange. The team is jointly led by dedicated specialists Marc Nufer and Oliver Beldi in Bern. Daniel Bachmann in the same office also advises on commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Marc Nufer; Oliver Beldi

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bachmann

Testimonials

‘Eversheds is appreciated for the availability of key personnel and the solution-driven approach.’

‘Oliver Beldi’s support and advice is excellent; he has managed to reconcile the expectations of various stakeholders and deblock the process in its critical moments. Extremely knowledgeable and great command of Swiss legal system.’

‘Eversheds is responsive and solution-oriented.’

‘Daniel Bachmann is outstanding when it comes to responsiveness and solution-orientation.’

‘Eversheds, in particular Marc Nufer, takes time to understand the issue that its clients are facing and provides different possible solutions with a recommendation of the best alternative. It has good, sharp legal skills in a variety of areas under one roof which allows them to tackle a variety of complex issues. I like that they have the experience, skills and talent to tackle these legal matters while being practical and cost conscious at the same time.’

‘Marc Nufer’s empathy, his practical approach to legal problem solving and his vast legal knowledge/experience makes him special to work with.’

‘Oliver Beldi is an efficient and pragmatic lawyer who manages his team very well.’

‘Daniel Bachmann is an outstanding and highly experienced commercial lawyer with great business acumen and a good sense of pragmatism.’

Key clients

Axpo

Bystronic Laser AG

Capital GES Group

Danaher

Eaton Corp

Intersocks

Kering

Lanxess

Microsoft

Nokia

Panasonic

Parker Hannifin

Ricoh

Rockwell Automation

Signature Aviation

Work highlights

  • Advised Signature Aviation on its acquisition of Tag Aviation FBO SA.
  • Assisted Nokia with the re-negotiations and claim settlement regarding a strategic supply agreement for the 5G network with a Swiss telecoms provider.
  • Advised an international investor group on the acquisition of Intersocks Group.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard fields a sizeable team of specialists in this area that are spread out across the firm's various Swiss offices. The practice is noted for its expertise in advising on deals in the the mid-cap space and on corporate governance matters. The group is also active in the start-up scene, where it is able to leverage the wider firm's strengths in fintech and technology. Key names include Beat Brechbuehl in Bern; Ines Poeschel and Reto Schumacher  in Zurich; Edgar Philippin in Lausanne; Emanuel Dettwiler in Basel; Lugano-based Massimiliano Maestretti; and Clarence Peter in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbuehl; Ines Poeschel; Edgar Philippin; Emanuel Dettwiler; Massimiliano Maestretti; Reto Schumacher; Clarence Peter

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Luc Chenaux; Nicolas Mosimann

Key clients

Provins SA

aventron

Möbel-Pfister Ltd.

Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS)

United Security Providers

Vifor Pharma AG

BKW Energie AG

Arctos Medical AG

ETH Board (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)

IQVIA Inc.

Basler Versicherung AG

Schmolz+Bickenbach Beteiligungs GmbH

Mobiliar

Tally Weijl Holding AG

Bilcare Ltd.

Rhenus Alpina AG

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Provins cooperative with  its transformation into a company limited by shares and approval of the new articles of association.
  • Advised aventron AGi on capital increase matters.
  • Advised F.G. Pfister Holding on the sale of Möbel-Pfister, Arco Regio, Pfister Professional and Pfister Curtain Service to the Austrian group XXXLutz.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff is noted for its 'exceptional business sense', which it employs in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, private equity and corporate governance mandates. The team has an impressive client portfolio including several international companies and is able to draw on the firm's strong tax offering. Practice head Marco Toni is considered to be a 'perfect deal maker'. Andreas Hinsen also handles restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Marco Toni

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Hinsen; Gilles Pitschen

Testimonials

‘Loyens & Loeff’s M&A team in Switzerland has an exceptional business sense, which allows them to understand the client.’

‘Marco Toni is leading the corporate / M&A team in Switzerland and spearheading the next generation of corporate lawyers in the country. He is extremely quick minded, market-driven, always available and very pragmatic in his approach. He has a down-to-earth attitude which allows him to remain calm in complex negotiations and keep the ultimate goal of the transaction in mind. Due to his outstanding personality, Marco is the perfect deal maker’

‘The team is available and hands-on. Corporate partner Marco Toni is especially versed in the concerns and needs of in-house counsels, and provides pragmatic solutions.’

‘100% available, responsive and well prepared.’

‘Empathetic and understanding of needs. They looked like long-time colleagues from the start.’

‘Responsiveness, partner availability and “can do” attitude.’

‘Marco Toni and his team are great experts, dynamic and pragmatic – they combine great expertise and experience.’

‘Hand-on attitude, deep sectorial experience and knowledge, absolutely outstanding.’

‘Marco Toni – confidence, readiness to support until the last point when the business decision is made.’

‘Gilles Pitschen – strong acumen, extremely helpful, ready to jump on critical issues.’

Key clients

adidas

Exal Corporation

Egeria B.V.

Magyar Vagon Zrt

BTS Torres B.V.

Cellularline S.p.A.

Millefeuille Holding B.V.

SITA N.V.

EQT

Pargesa Holding SA

Vendor B.V.

Karo Pharma AB

CBPE Capital LLP

Swissport International AG

Ardian

Work highlights

  • Advised Cellularline S.p.A. on the purchase of 80% of the shares in WorldConnect AG.
  • Advising Magyar Vagon Zrt on all Swiss corporate aspects of setting up the two JV companies to manage their cooperation with TMH International AG in the Hungarian railway industry, creating an international rolling stock production and renovation centre in Hungary.
  • Assisted adidas with all Swiss and Dutch law matters of its reorganisation.

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

At Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte, the group acts for domestic and international companies from the manufacturing, technology, healthcare and real estate industries on the full range of related issues, including transactions, commercial and corporate law. Markus Alder, who combines his corporate and M&A practice with employment and insolvency law, leads the practice together with Arlette Pfister, who also handles joint ventures and corporate governance matters. Michael Bösch, Martin Bürkle and associate Marzel Wyden are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Markus Alder; Arlette Pfister

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Loher; Michael Bösch; Martin Bürkle; Marzel Wyden

Testimonials

‘Thouvenin has a small, but strong team of lawyers, the majority being partners. Despite the rather small size of the firm, it provides legal advice on all of the most relevant business areas. The firm offers excellent quality of work at a very attractive price/performance ratio compared to many competitors.’

‘Arlette Pfister is the best corporate lawyer and it is a pleasure working with her.’

‘Thomas Loher and Markus Alder: both partners are very responsive, smart, hands-on and easy to work with.’

‘Very professional and always available to support ’

Key clients

Leica Geosystems AG

Microsoft Corporation

Wal-Mart Inc.

Escrow Agent activities

Essity Group

Unifi Inc.

HCA

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG

Jenoptik

Rackspace Technology

GP Strategies

Bofrost

Wenger & Vieli LTD

Wenger & Vieli LTD is a popular choice for companies operating in the small- and mid-market, including domestic and international companies, investors, and funds, and the group has notable expertise acting for clients from the energy and manufacturing sectors. The team handles a steady stream of M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions. Zug-based Beat Speck leads the team. Wolfgang Zürcher, also in Zug, is well versed in real estate transactions. Barbara Brauchli Rohrer provides additional tax support.

Practice head(s):

Beat Speck

Other key lawyers:

Pascal Honold; Wolfgang Zürcher; Barbara Brauchli Rohrer; Marc Walter

Testimonials

‘Efficient, fast and reliable; knows the client’s needs and preferences; reasonable in pricing/billing.’

‘Open-minded, to-the-point and customer-focused team.’

‘The team has a dedicated team for start-ups. Since the needs of start-ups are so unique and wide, this strategic establishment is really helpful.’

‘Beat Speck: a very senior, experienced and down to earth start-up lawyer. Very accessible, fast and efficient. Super friendly person, which is really important for the relationship of trust that you need to build.’

‘Structured, always available, pragmatic and always in time delivery.’

‘Pascal Honold and Marc Walter assist very well in a pragmatic, professional and high quality manner. They really stand for their client and steadily work towards solutions in a friendly and calm manner.’

‘The employees are characterised by a high level of reliability, speed and competence.’

‘Exceptional team which is able to support with all corporate needs. From capital structure, debt financing as well as tax and IP services. The individual lawyers are always flexible and work in tandem with the lead lawyer. This ensures cost-efficiency as well as alignment within the team.’

‘Where necessary Marc Walter is quick and unbureaucratic in involving the necessary colleagues from the tax or IP departments for example. He is also mindful of the business environment of his clients, making him a valued and trusted advisor.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and fast, which is very important in an M&A transaction. It has all relevant experts covering all aspects of an M&A transaction like SPA/SHA contracts, tax, IP etc. in-house which leads to faster explanations and also more cost effective execution than if different law firms/lawyers would be involved.’

‘Beat Speck is really focused on getting the best possible deal for his client, but always in an optimal balance between speed and transaction security of the M&A process. This is more art than science, and Beat Speck masters this in perfect way. And he always stays in the driving seat during the whole process. He is very clear, but also a kind and calm person which often leads to very professional negotiations even in tough situations with great results.’

Key clients

Signa

Breitling

Statoil

Swisscom

AG für die Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Daimler AG

Jones Lang LaSalle GmbH

Hybris AG

Partners Group Holding AG

Emeram Capital Partners

Helvetia Insurances

Earlybird Ventures

Verium AG

Shareholders of Ambassador & Opera AG

Scandit AG

Shareholders of DSwiss

Burckhardt Compression Holding AG

RFR

Xovis

Naspers

Work highlights

  • Advised Signa / Central Group on the acquisition of a luxury retailer in Switzerland for a deal value exceeding CHF1bn.
  • Assisted Sony HQ, Japan, and Sony Europe with its first purchase of a European tech company.

Froriep

Froriep's sweet spot is advising privately held SMEs on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Catrina Luchsinger leads on assistance to start-ups, covering the full lifecycle. Other work includes advising on restructurings and private equity transactions. Julie Wynne in Geneva acts as key contact for B corps, charities, and social enterprises and Matthias Johnson covers corporate governance matters. In the Geneva-office, Russia-expert Dmitry Pentsov and Hubert Orso Gilliéron, who can also advise on merger control, are also names to note.

Other key lawyers:

Catrina Luchsinger; Julie Wynne; Matthias Johnson; Dmitry Pentsov; Hubert Orso Gilliéron

Testimonials

‘Dmitry Pentsov – he is very available and very knowledgeable ’

‘Down-to-earth team which is very well informed, smart, and not billable-hours driven.’

‘Very hands on, fast, uncomplicated. Froriep is agile, dynamic, faster and delivers good quality.’

‘The professionals provide detailed insight and expertise in a broad range of specialised areas of law, including commercial, corporate and M&A practice.’

‘The practice includes a group of experts, who are experienced in different cases. Moreover they are very client-oriented and respond almost 24/7. The team can be described as very dedicated, including a strong sense of support and loyalty to a business and career role. 

‘The individuals are very purpose-driven employees, who always want to know more to see an issue deeper, better and wider. There’s a passion to work, positive attitude toward the job in general, punctuality for all work-related events, flexibility concerning assigned work tasks.’

Key clients

Central Real Estate Holding AG and Central Real Estate Basel AG

Banque Privée BCP (Suisse) SA

ENVICAN GmbH

SOUTH STREAM SERBIA AG

BFW Holding AG

Utopia Music AG

The Global Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

WhatRocks Foundation

EuroChem Group AG

HFW

Led by Georges Racine, the team at HFW has an international focus, with niche expertise in matters connected to Africa and the Middle East. The group is active in international M&A and investment transactions concerning infrastructure projects, as well as energy, shipping and logistics deals.

id est avocats sàrl

id est avocats sàrl is singled out for its focus on corporate work in the technology sector, which includes advising companies from industries ranging from computing, medtech and fintech to professional services. Led by practice heads Michel Jaccard and Mehmet Toral, the team covers corporate finance, joint ventures, governance and transactional matters. Senior associate Marina Castelli joined from Kellerhals Carrard.

Practice head(s):

Michel Jaccard; Mehmet Toral

Other key lawyers:

Marina Castelli

Testimonials

‘Very personal service and quick responses.’

‘Able to jump in late to a situation and deal with complex issues.’

‘Small boutique firm, its key partners are very hands-on and directly involved in doing the deal, very good value for money.’

‘Michel Jaccard and Mehmet Toral are ideal advisers for tech companies and start ups, to the point and with deep experience and actual tech business understanding.’

‘Michel Jaccard specifically knows everything about his clients and is highly helpful in various important topics.’

Key clients

Swisscom (Schweiz) AG

Vaudoise Assurances

EHL Group

Blue Ocean Ventures

VI Partners

Volumina Medical

Nexthink

Wayray

Beqom

WeCan Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Swisscom as the lead investor in the Series F financing round of Sophia Genetics.
  • Advised a US buyer on the acquisition of a Swiss cybersecurity company.
  • Advised a group of Swiss and French companies in the AI field on a Series A financing round by a major European VC.

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC has noteworthy expertise in the financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, IT and real estate sectors, where it assists domestic and international companies with M&As, due diligence, corporate governance, compliance and commercial contracts. Fabien Aepli acts as a contact for mainly private companies. He leads the team which also includes Joël Chevallaz and counsel Lukas van Dobben, who joined the firm in April 2020 from Borel & Barbey.

Practice head(s):

Fabien Aepli

Other key lawyers:

Joël Chevallaz; Lukas van Dobben

Testimonials

‘The members have a synthetic approach for each topic/challenge, ensuring the right counselling and advisory. Great energy of talented people with a broad spectrum of competences.’

‘Mangeat’s team is now more than our legal advisory firm, it is our partner.’

‘Mangeat’s team focuses on goals and is always ready to tackle complicated tasks. The lawyers focus their efforts on achieving the best possible (and often “impossible”) results. They are experienced, knowledgeable, friendly.’

‘It is a great pleasure to work with Mangeat Attorneys at Law and achieve goals and get results we exactly asked for without any misunderstanding. Each step was logical, detailed and agreed upon.’

‘Fabien Aepli- great professional with responsible approach to work. He manages his team well and communication was clear. He always tried his best to provide the client with the best outcome possible.’

Key clients

C-Quadrat (Suisse) SA

Infomaniak Network SA

Edwards Lifesciences SA

Aptissen SA

Re-Company SA

Otsuka Novel Products GmbH

MITC Méthode Innovations Technologies Conseil SA

Akrivia SA

Elis SHPK

Work highlights

  • Assisted Akrivia SA with a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including relationships with other watchmaking companies, corporate governance, as well as drafting of various agreements such as mandate agreements, terms and conditions, employment agreements, lease agreements.

Python

Python assists with a variety of corporate and commercial mandates, and is particularly notable for advising companies on establishing businesses in Switzerland, as well as handling M&As and stock purchase and asset purchase agreements. Marc Iynedjian has core expertise in the energy sector; he jointly leads the practice with Geneva-based Benjamin Humm.

Practice head(s):

Marc Iynedjian; Benjamin Humm

Other key lawyers:

Manuel Moor

Testimonials

‘Capacity to quickly understand the issues and the business in order to find relevant and clever solutions; efficiency, proactivity & pleasant to work with.’

‘Benjamin Humm: highly skilled and effective, clever, responsive, humble, calm, balanced, and a nice person.’

‘Reactivity and follow up of the files.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Emera Group, as Swiss counsel, on an LBO transaction targeting the Emera Group.
  • Advised several leading watch manufacturers including Bvlgari, Breitling and Ulysse Nardin on the setting up of Geneva Watch Days, a watch fair.

Wenger Plattner

The team at Wenger Plattner is regularly instructed as Swiss counsel on international transactions, not least because of its expertise in the Swiss Merger Act. It is active in contracts, due diligence exercises and M&A transactions for privately listed companies, which are often from the real estate, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors. Practice head Oliver KünzlerDieter Gränicher and tax specialist Urs Schüpfer in Basel are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Künzler

Other key lawyers:

Dieter Gränicher; Urs Schüpfer; Marc Nater

Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths and key capabilities are: partner involvement; responsiveness; clear business language with clear and practical recommendations; identification with the client and the business; excellent value for money; high quality advice and attention to detail throughout all levels.’

‘Oliver Künzler is an excellent lawyer with a deep business understanding. He is extremely dedicated to the needs of the client and knows perfectly what is required to get a deal successfully over the finishing line. He is a fast thinker and has the ability to come up with innovative, sound proposals to resolve difficult situations to the benefit of his clients.’

Dieter Gränicher is extremely experienced and able to cope with unexpected issues anytime.’

‘Easy access and very commercial mindset’

‘Oliver Künzler has a superb commercial mindset. ’

‘Oliver Künzler is experienced and service-minded.’

‘The firm is very business oriented and open minded, always welcoming new ideas.’

‘Oliver Künzler combines a unique expertise in M&A with the regulated pharma market.’

Key clients

Audi AG

Mazda Europe

SIGNA Group

Avaloq

Tamedia AG

SWICA Gesundheitsorganisation

HRG Hotels GmbH

ING Bank NV/SA

Novartis Pharma Ltd.

Julius Baer Group

SSN Group AG, Zug

CIBT, Inc.

HG Commerciale

Hilton Worldwide

ADUR Management AG

Syngenta AG

CENTRUM Gruppe

Magazine zum Globus AG

East West Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss counsel to Signa group on the acquisition of SportScheck group from the German Otto group.
  • Acted as Swiss legal adviser to rlc packaging group on the sale of its business including various subsidiaries to AR Packaging.
  • Acted as legal advisor to HRG Hotels GmbH on the acquisition of a portfolio of 16 Mövenpick hotels in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands from Accor.

Bonnard Lawson

Bonnard Lawson is active in corporate financing, the incorporation of companies, and corporate governance matters as well as in advising on relations of shareholders and investors. Its client portfolio ranges from corporations and SMEs to start-ups and entrepreneurs, and the team works closely with the firm's offices in Shanghai, Paris, Dubai and Hong Kong. Loïs Hainard, who has 'an enormous depth of knowledge', Giovanni Rossi and Marie Flegbo-Berney lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Loïs Hainard; Marie Flegbo-Berney; Giovanni Rossi

Testimonials

‘The team is knowledgeable, efficient and very hard working. They can be reached at any time. Also they are very good at judging a matter on its own merit, within its own context. Their advice is wise, constructive and always budget sensible.’

‘The firm is flexible and adopts a structured and consistent approach. The lawyers possess a very good command of their templates, which allow them to react very quickly.’

‘A particular strength and unique selling point of the law firm is its international orientation including offices in the various jurisdictions. Bonnard Lawson is highly respected on the Swiss market for this. The experience is impressive in international corporate and M&A mandates. It has in-depth cross-border knowledge.’

Key clients

Andrew Alliance SA

Overbying SA

Gotham Coworking Holding SA

ONSA ADVISORS SA

Scitec Research SA

Watch Dreamer SA

Blackbird SA

Real Estate Address SA

Nolands Advisory Services Switzerland AG

SFO Partners SA

Banque Cramer & Cie SA

Auris Wealth Management SA

Enki Capital SA

PFCH Luxe SA

Drinkotec Sàrl

Work highlights

  • Advised Andrew Alliance SA on a trade sale to Waters Corporation.
  • Advised Banque Cramer & Cie SA on the sale of its subsidiary Private Investment Bank SA, in Nassau, Bahamas, to IPG Asset Management Ltd.
  • Advised Gondrand Holding AG on the sale of the Gondrand Group to the Danish company Nordic Transport Group (NTG).

GHR Rechtsanwälte

The team at GHR Rechtsanwälte advises on the full range of corporate and commercial matters, including private and public M&A, corporate takeovers, restructurings, corporate governance, compliance and shareholder relations. The main contacts are Marc Grüninger and Gerhard Roth.

Practice head(s):

Marc Grüninger; Gerhard Roth

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés

Geneva-based Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés is engaged by Swiss and international clients to assist them with acquisitions, financings and restructuring as well as drafting contracts and agreements. The team has specialist knowledge of the luxury goods and healthcare sectors. Damien Cand is also able to cover fintech-related matters and Nicole Fragnière Meyer provides additional supports in tax matters. They lead the practice together with Christian Valentini, who is based in Hong Kong.

Practice head(s):

Damien Cand; Nicole Fragnière Meyer; Christian Valentini

Other key lawyers:

Géraldine Badel Poitras

Jeantet

The Geneva outfit of Jeantet is well positioned to advise French-speaking clients, and works closely with the firm's Paris office. The team advises companies from a variety of industry sectors, including manufacturing, nutrition, real estate and luxury goods. Led by Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron, the practice handles public and private takeovers, joint ventures, corporate governance and restructuring matters. Senior associates Laure Rinchet and Aline Henrion-Chardon cover investment and tax law, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron

Other key lawyers:

Aline Henrion-Chardon; Laure Rinchet

Key clients

WEBEDIA

Forbes Family

INSEEC U. (CINVEN)

ENGIE

GIFI

L1 Capital (UK) and Europe Offering (France)

Sapiance Capital

Sonepar

VINCI Construction

Roquette

YORK CAPITAL US Investment Fund

KEPLER CHEUVRE

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to Engie group on the financing, construction and operation of a photovoltaic electric generation facility located in Mexico.
  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to an Australian investment fund and the arrangers on the negotiation and structuring of an equity-linked financing project for Leclanché.
  • Advising Vinci on the structuring of its first real estate investment in Switzerland, including tax, corporate and financing aspects.

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

The team at MME Legal | Tax | Compliance regularly acts for buyers, sellers and start-ups. In addition to transactional support, the team is also able to work with the wider firm to handle tax, compliance and employment matters as they arise in the context of M&A. Peter Kuhn leads the group, which also includes corporate governance specialist Balz Hoesly; Zug-based Andreas Rudolf, who is a key name for real estate deals; and private equity and venture capital specialist Alex Enzler.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kuhn (M&A)

Other key lawyers:

Balz Hoesly; Andreas Rudolf; Alex Enzler; Samuel Bussmann

Testimonials

‘Highly professional team with deep knowledge. Good understanding of local requirements and culture.’

‘Good network in different industries and good relations to local authorities.’

Key clients

Karl Storz SE & Co. KG, Tuttlingen, Germany, and (Swiss) group companies

SHL Medical AG, Zug

AG Hallenstadion Zurich

Showwerk AG, Aegeri

Bombardier Transportation (Schweiz) AG

Greater Zurich Area AG

MCH Group AG

Gebrüder Knie, Swiss National Circus Rapperswil AG

Ticketcorner AG

Woodwelding AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the sellers on their sale of 100% of the shares in swisspro group AG to BKW.
  • Acting as non-executive corporate director and member of the board of Bombardier Transportation (Schweiz) AG and being responsible for the corporate governance and the compliance set up of the company in Switzerland.
  • Advised Metaco on its CHF17m investment round.

OBERSON ABELS SA

OBERSON ABELS SA is a key destination in the French-speaking part of Switzerland for contract negotiations; M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions; and general corporate law. The team has particularly strong  knowledge in the banking, biotechnology and energy sectors, and is recognised in the market for its tax practice, which works closely with the corporate team. Sébastien Bettschart and Stefan Eberhard in Geneva are the group heads.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Bettschart; Stefan Eberhard

Work highlights

  • Advised an investment company as the seller on the sale of a group of companies in the mechanical industry sector.
  • Advised owners and investors on a cross-border combination and buy-out deal in the luxury cosmetics industry.
  • Advised an investment company arm of a public utility on the purchase and development of various power plants in the photovoltaic and hydroelectric sector in the Cantons of Valais, Vaud, Fribourg and Ticino.

Prager Dreifuss AG

The team at Prager Dreifuss AG has a core focus on corporate issues, M&A and venture capital-related matters. The team handles establishments, restructurings, due diligence exercises and negotiations for Swiss companies, as well as advising venture capital investors and start-ups on a range of work in the space. Andreas Moll is a corporate specialist with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sector and Daniel Hayek is a name to note for the financial services and real estate industries; together, they lead the team. Matthias Bürge and Michael Mosimann are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Moll; Daniel Hayek

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Bürge; Michael Mosimann

Testimonials

‘Andreas Moll is one of the best overseas counsel I have ever instructed; smart, commercial, great with clients, transparent on fees, and fun to work with.’

‘Very practical and commercially shrewd!’

‘Andreas Moll – our go-to partner for every matter, be it commercial and M&A or financial.’

‘Expert and very pragmatic and responsive team.’

‘Michael Mosimann has always come through as a highly professional, detailed and knowledgeable lawyer. You can trust him to handle matters promptly and correctly.’

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd is predominantly advises small and medium-sized companies but is also active for entrepreneurs. The team handles the full range of corporate matters and has core expertise in the energy, insurance, banking, real estate and life sciences industries. Yasemin Varel has experience in dealing with Turkey-related mandates and Andreas von Erlach has a track record acting for private clients.

Practice head(s):

Yasemin Varel; Andreas von Erlach

Key clients

Zug Estates AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Zug Estates on all corporate matters related to a CHF600m property development project.
  • Advising a Turkish industrial group on corporate and commercial matters related to its Swiss operations.
  • Advising an international tourism group on a cross-border real estate transaction.