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Firms To Watch: Commercial, corporate and M&A

Adrian Kammerer and Allegra Sosso co-lead the practice at boutique firm Quadra Attorneys at Law, which has attracted a diverse range of high-profile clients since opening its doors in 2019.

Firms in the Spotlight Commercial, corporate and M&A



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Commercial, corporate and M&A in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The team of ‘seasoned experts’ at Bär & Karrer Ltd. maintains an impressively varied practice, with capabilities that include advising on listed company and private M&A, public tender offers, other corporate transactions and ESG. The team is praised for its ‘strong subject matter expertise in combination with excellent commercial acumen’.  Rolf Watter leads the practice, with wide-ranging experience in corporate governance issues. Christoph Neeracher heads the private M&A and private equity department, while Mariel Hoch bolsters the practice with her knowledge of cross-border M&A, public takeover offers and corporate relocations. Ralph Malacrida demonstrates considerable expertise in handling M&A, while Dieter Dubs principally focuses on public tender offers. Martin Anderson leads the Geneva M&A practice and Paolo Bottini helms the Lugano practice. Other key names to note are Philippe Seiler and Raphael Annasohn.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Seiler; Raphael Annasohn


‘The team is capable of managing any M&A topic at lightening speed.’

‘Seasoned experts in the field of M&A and PE, with a formidable track record of successful execution.’

‘A broad and diverse team, which allows them to swiftly and professionally carry out transactions with exceptional efficiency.’

‘One of the best and most experienced teams.’

‘Strong subject matter expertise in combination with excellent commercial acumen, which is a rare combination and a must in driving forward due diligence and negotiations during complicated processes.’

‘Raphael Annasohn was an absolute pleasure to work with. He combines deep legal and technical understanding with sound judgement, commercial acumen and pragmatism. Without Raphael, it would have not been possible to progress the project at such a speed.’

‘The M&A team of Christoph Neeracher is unique in the way he has managed to build a broad group of M&A experts consisting of several partners and associates that clearly stand out in terms of their expert knowledge, high level of commitment and responsiveness.’

‘What makes this practice unique is its deep understanding of the IT industry, combined with extensive private equity transaction structuring capabilities. The lawyers are up to date on the latest trends and technologies, and they are able to provide practical and strategic advice to clients.’

Key clients

AC Immune SA

Advent International


Allreal Holding AG

Altana AG


Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd.

Armira Beteiligungen GmbH & Co. KG

AS Equity BidCo GmbH


BeyondBytes Ltd

Bregal Unternehmerkapital

Capvis (C.I.) Limited

Castik Capital Partners

Chubb Limited


CVC Capital Partners

Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

Deutsche Börse AG

Deutsche Private Equity

Die Schweizerische Mobiliar

Deutsche Invest Capital Partners GmbH

Dr. Urs Spitz

EGS Beteiligungen

ELCA Informatique

EQT Partners


Farner International AG





GRO Capital

H2 Energy AG


Home Instead

IK Investment

Jacobs Holding AG


Linden Capital Partners

Lonza Group AG

Maxburg Capital Partners


MET Holding AG


Montana Capital Partners AG


Novartis AG

Open Systems

Partners Group AG


Proventis Partners AG


Quaestor Coach

SK Capital Partners

Stirling Square

Sumeru Equity Partners



Swiss Life

Swiss Re AG

TA Associates


Triton V

UBS Group AG


Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA

Valora Holding AG

Verium AG

Vifor Pharma

Vitruvian Partners LLP

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advising UBS on an all-share transaction for the acquisition of 100% of Credit Suisse.
  • Advising CVC and Partners Group on an agreement for Partners Group to increase its stake in leading Swiss watchmaker Breitling AG.
  • Advising Novartis on the planned spin-off of Sandoz.


Dieter Gericke spearheads the ‘very skilled, professional and reliable’ team at Homburger, which is capable of acting for a host of blue-chip clients, with established prowess in regulated sectors such as banking and insurance, life sciences, nutrition and telecoms. The team demonstrates expertise across a variety of complex transactions, including venture capital, private equity, public M&A and auctions. Frank Gerhard focuses on M&A within the chemical and life sciences sectors. David Oser and Daniel Hasler demonstrate vast capabilities in private equity matter, while Daniel Daeniker is well regarded for his expertise in corporate governance. Andreas Müller is well equipped to advise on corporate and securities law, among other issues. Anna Peter, who was promoted to partner in January 2024, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Gericke

Other key lawyers:

Frank Gerhard; David Oser; Daniel Hasler; Daniel Daeniker; Andreas Müller; Karin Mattle; Anna Peter


‘What impresses me most is their collaborative attitude.’

‘I am constantly pleased with Karin Mattle and her performance.’

‘A very knowledgeable and highly responsive team. All answers and solutions are straight to the point.’

‘Very responsive, knowledgeable and experienced in complex cases.’

‘The Homburger commercial, corporate and M&A team is very skilled, professional and reliable. They always deliver high-end quality even under extreme time pressure and despite ambiguities.’

‘Daniel Hasler and his team delivers extremely high-quality work. Daniel is a very seasoned professional who always knows what his clients need.’

‘Homburger’s professionalism, quick responses, and thorough and accurate work have led us to retain them for all of our Swiss transactions.’

‘They are smart, creative, pragmatic, responsive and a pleasure to work with. I truly feel that they understand how important these issues are for us a company, and they care about them as much as I do.’

Key clients


Scaled Agile




OC Oerlikon




GAM Holding

VectivBio Holding

Tiedemann Advisors and Tiedemann Group

Bobst Group


Globogate concept

Phoenix Pharma

AMF Medical

Clear Channel

Work highlights

  • Advised Dufry as transaction counsel on its EUR 5.5 bn strategic combination with Autogrill.
  • Advised Bunge on its USD 8.2 bn business combination with Viterra.
  • Advised VectivBio on a USD 1 bn public cash tender offer from Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.

Lenz & Staehelin

With capabilities across the financial services, chemical, life sciences and TMT sectors, Lenz & Staehelin utilises its bench strength to advise on public takeovers, private transactions and corporate governance matters. The team is recommended for its ‘experience, technical knowledge, commercial judgement and network among Swiss corporates’. Tino Gaberthüel and Andreas Rötheli co-helm the practice; the former is based in Zurich and the latter in Geneva. Stephan Erni is a strong choice for private equity and equity capital markets transactions, while Jacques Iffland is routinely engaged to handle transactions involving public companies. Matthias Wolf’s experience in the banking and financial sector further strengthens the practice, while Simone Ehrsam is trusted by clients from the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):

Tino Gaberthüel; Andreas Rötheli

Other key lawyers:

Stephan Erni; Jacques Iffland; Matthias Wolf; Simone Ehrsam; Roman Graf


‘Very knowledgeable and they provide to-the-point input for problem solving (and not lengthy legal memos). They understand and seek to understand, with the right level of detail, the business background of an issue.’

‘Lenz & Staehelin is one of the leading M&A and capital markets law firms in Switzerland. Their experience, technical knowledge, commercial judgement and network among Swiss corporates are truly excellent. The firm is very well integrated into the M&A ecosystem and has therefore a unique understanding of deal making in Switzerland.’

‘Tino Gaberthüehl is very hardworking and exceptionally responsive, technically impeccable, commercially pragmatic in negotiations, and well connected.’

‘Stephan Erni is an excellent dealmaker and negotiator and is highly experienced in private M&A situations. He is a fantastic team player.’

‘Simone Ehrsam is very hardworking, experienced and a safe pair of hands, as well as highly experienced in public M&A situations.’

‘Lenz provides creative and commercial solutions in complex legal transactions at a fair price. The practice leverages competent and high-performing associates. Lenz works well in collaboration with our international counsel.’

‘An outstanding M&A team. They are very committed, smart negotiators, and fun to work with. Great value for money!’

‘Great knowledge of corporate matters, very hands-on, lots of insights from the industry and into how other competitors operate. Friendly and problem-solving attitude.’

Key clients


Altor Equity Partner

Bain Capital

Baloise Insurance Holding

Bank Vontobel

Bank Pictet

beqom SA

Bertelsmann (BMG)

Bristol-Myers Squibb

BTG Pactual

Carlo Gavazzi Holding

Carrier Global Corporation

Chequers Capital



Compagnie Financière Richemont SA

Deutsche Börse

Emergent BioSolutions

Gyrus Capital SA

Hasten Biopharmaceutic

Insight Venture Partners

Julius Baer


Maus Frères

National Hockey League

Navegar Private Equity


Octium Group

On Holding

Rivean Capital

Rothschild & Co

SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation)

Saudi National Bank (SNB)


Sika AG

SK Capital

SME Equity Partners



Sunrise Communication AG

Swiss Prime Site


TA Associates

The Carlyle Group

TVS Motor Company



Vail Resorts

Work highlights

  • Advised Saudi National Bank (SNB) on its commitment to participating in the capital raising exercise announced by Credit Suisse to assist with the future growth of the business.
  • Advised Sika on its sale of MBCC Group’s chemical admixtures assets in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand to private equity firm Cinven.
  • Advised Swiss Prime Stie AG on its sale of Wincasa group company to Implenia for an enterprise value of CHF 235 million.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Whilst expanding its network with the opening of a new Geneva office, Niederer Kraft Frey AG maintains a broad corporate offering across the life sciences, high-tech, industrials and manufacturing, and education sectors. The team possesses expertise in large-scale M&A transactions and private equity matters. Practice head Philipp Haas is well equipped to manage cross-border work. Thomas Brönnimann handles a wide variety of private and public M&A, while Philippe Weber excels in handling M&A and corporate crisis matters. Andreas Casutt is noted for his capability in shareholder litigation and Moritz Maurer’s broad range of expertise encompasses private equity, multi-jurisdictional reorganisations and private M&A matters. Other key names to note in the practice include Philip Spoerlé and Katalin Siklosi.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Haas

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Brönnimann; Philippe Weber; Andreas Casutt; Moritz Maurer; Philip Spoerlé; Katalin Siklosi; Ulysses von Salis; Manuel Werder; Patrik Peyer; Philipp Candreia; Phidias Ferrari


‘The team is always appropriately staffed. This gives me the necessary efficiency, speed and know-how.’

‘Moritz Maurer in a nutshell: my go-to M&A lawyer, 100% client and deal focused, 24/7 available, pragmatic, looks for solutions, and is fun to work with.’

‘A team with great experience with start-ups and scale-ups. A large practice with all services in-house. They use the latest technology tools.’

‘Throughout the entire process, it truly felt like a partnership with Niederer Kraft Frey AG rather than just receiving highly relevant and knowledgeable advice. NKF’s demonstrated ability at every stage to comprehensively identify all available options and meticulously evaluate them within the context of our needs was nothing short of impressive.’

‘NKF has a broad base of knowledgeable juniors and fantastic senior lawyers.’

‘Moritz Maurer clearly stands out from the crowd. He is extremely knowledgeable, fast, dedicated and reliable. He provides fantastic resources in all M&A transactions and offers solutions to the problems detected. I would always recommend Moritz to others.’

‘Very strong legal skills with an excellent practical focus. Real knowledge of market norms and great communication style.’

‘Philipp Haas is a standout lawyer. He produces extremely high-quality work, is very practical and user-friendly, and is a great negotiator.’

Key clients

Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (FEMSA)


Ina Invest

Partners Group


Ambienta SGR SpA



Phoenix Systems AG

Stadtcasino Baden

Invision AG

Cinven, Ontario Teachers

Swiss Steel Group

L Catterton

Shareholders of Bahnhof Apotheke Langnau AG


Shareholders of Entrepreneur Partners AG

Oliver Healthcare Packaging

Axpo Holding AG

Swiss International Scientific School Dubai (SISD)

Nederman Holding AB

Marché Restaurants Schweiz AG

Work highlights

  • Advised GENFIT SA, a late-stage biopharmaceutical company and a pioneer in liver disease research and development, on the acquisition of Versantis AG.
  • Advised Partners Group, acting on behalf of its clients, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Breitling from CVC.
  • Advised INEOS as Swiss counsel on the acquisition of a major concrete additives business from Sika.

Baker McKenzie Switzerland AG

Utilising its global network of offices, Baker McKenzie Switzerland AG is particularly well versed in corporate matters in the private equity and industrial sectors and is well regarded for its ‘extremely diligent approach to requests, responsive communication and solution-focused attitude’. The practice is jointly led by Alexander Fischer, who advises clients on cross-border and domestic M&A, private equity and debt financing, and Jingjin Guo, who focuses on M&A, corporate matters and investments. Martin Furrer’s broad range of expertise incorporates private equity matters, corporate reorganisations and governance issues. Martin Frey and Alexander Blaeser are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Fischer; Jingjin Guo

Other key lawyers:

Martin Furrer; Martin Frey; Alexander Blaeser


‘The team demonstrates an exceptional blend of expertise and innovation, complemented by their remarkable responsiveness. They consistently provide swift and ingenious solutions, not only pushing the boundaries for the opposing party but also challenging our own deal team.’

‘The overall quality of the professionals in this team is very high. This is mainly demonstrated via their extremely diligent approach to requests, responsive communication and solution-focused attitude.’

‘What differentiates this team from other firms is that you can expect a swift reply, thorough analysis and a suite of sensible options on how to overcome the problem, often encompassing outside-the-box and holistic recommendations.’

Key clients

Sika AG

Datwyler Holding AG


Zur Rose Group



Safe Host

Bochsler Group

Helvetica Capital AG

Meier Capital AG

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd.

Energy Infrastructure Partners AG

evotreex AG

Mövenpick Group


Digital Republic AG

Avrios International AG


CTS Corporation

Tandem Diabetes Care

Roth Gruppe

Identec Group Corporation

SpotMe Holding SA

Zimmer & Halbig

Energy Infrastructure Partners

Bächler + Güttinger

Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss construction chemicals group Sika AG on the acquisition of MBCC Group, the former BASF Construction Chemicals division, from Lone Star Funds, a global private equity firm, for a consideration of CHF 5.5bn.
  • Advised Datwyler on its acquisition of Swiss startup company Ctsystems AG.
  • Advised Bächler + Güttinger AG, one of the leading gardening and landscaping companies in Switzerland, on its merger with three well-established Swiss gardening and landscaping businesses, namely Menétrey SA, Egger SA and Berger Roman AG.

MLL Legal

MLL Legal’s proficiency in the corporate and commercial arena extends from public tender offers and private equity transactions to asset and share acquisitions and corporate governance. The ‘extremely competent’ team covers a diverse range of sectors, including TMT, real estate and retail, among others. Practice co-head Alexander Vogel is experienced in handling distressed M&A and corporate finance, while fellow practice head Andrea Sieber's strengths lie in corporate governance and private equity, among other areas. Mona Stephenson and Daniel Schoch are also key members of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Sieber; Alexander Vogel

Other key lawyers:

Mona Stephenson; Daniel Schoch; Frédéric Cottier; Sergio Bortolani; Karin Oberlin; Nadine von Büren-Maier; Mattias Johnson; Mark Montanari


‘They are extremely competent and responsive in providing commercial advice.’

‘Alexander Vogel is extremely responsive, with a constructive, commercial approach.’

‘Good diversity in the team. They have strong leadership, clear communication, trust and accountability.’

‘Andrea Sieber is more than a lawyer with comprehensive legal knowledge: she has a great understanding of industries, companies, and business management, as well as economics.’

‘Very responsive. Willing to go above and beyond to get the job done.’

‘Andrea Sieber is smart and tough without being antagonistic. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Andrea on a few projects and can recommend her without qualification.’

‘Andrea Sieber is the lawyer to go to. Very efficient with a deal-maker mentality while being a tough negotiator at the same time. She is extremely reliable and responsive. I would wholeheartedly recommend her for any M&A transaction.’

‘Mona Stephenson is really responsive, very pragmatic and business oriented. As she has a very good understanding of our business, she always finds the right advice.’

Key clients

3M Schweiz

Allegis, UK

Alven Capital

Amphenol Corporation

Aposwiss GmbH

Atlas Tapes

Authenta AG

Backed Finance AG/Backed Assets AG

Banque Privée BCP (Suisse) SA

BASF Venture Capital GmbH

BFW Holding AG

Bigtincan Holdings Limited

Calida Holding AG

Capital Transmission SA

Cargopack Group AG

Central Real Estate Holding AG and Central Real Estate Basel AG

Chocolats et Cacaos Favarger SA

Clinical Research Ventures

Crest Rock Partners

Crypto Finance AG

Dassault Aviation

DentaCore AG

Deutsche Private Equity

Dufour Aerospace AG

Earthworm Foundation

EuroChem Group AG

EIM Executive Interim Management AG


Goebel Capital LLC

Graf & Partner Versicherungsbroker AG

Group of private investors, represented by Sven Hansen, regarding NextWind Capital

Group of private sellers of Elpto Group AG

H&H Group


Invenda Group AG

Jolt Capital SAS

Julius Baer Group AG

Knorr-Bremse AG

Labster Group APS

Lakeward real estate group

Lenze SE

Les Bains de Lavey SA

Martello Technologies Corporation

Merz Pharma

Meyer Burger Technology AG

Miltenyi Biotech B.V. & Co. KG

Mövenpick Group

Müller-Steinag Holding AG

Nature’s Way Brands

NBC Global AG

Nexira SAS

Perrigo Company plc

Piscai AG

Polygon Schweiz AG

Price (f)X AG

Private sellers of ancosys GmbH

Raiffeisen Informatik

rHocesa Holing AG

Semtech (International) AG

Shareholders of i-surance AG

Shinsegae International

SIC Group AG

Sipchem Europe SA

Swiss International Air Lines AG

Swiss KMU Partners AG/SIC Group AG

Swisscom Ventures

The Capital Markets Company Sàrl

Trifork Holding AG

TVS Motor Company

TX Group AG

Unyversal Technologies AG

Utopia Music AG

voestalpine High Performance Metals

WhatRocks Foundation

Wienerberger AG

Wingman AG

XPRIZE Foundation


Zalando SE

Work highlights

  • Advised Liontrust Asset Management PLC on the CHF 130m acquisition of GAM Holding AG, which required navigating complex Swiss takeover law issues and securing a bridge financing arrangement.
  • Advised Utopia Music AG on its international acquisition strategy and multimillion-euro financing round.
  • Provided counsel to Clinical Research Ventures, a global life sciences investor based in Boston, USA, on its investment in the Series C financing round of BioVersys AG.


The ‘client-oriented’ team at Pestalozzi fields a broad offering that incorporates M&A, private equity, commercial matters and corporate reorganisations, among others. Co-lead Christoph Lang is particularly well versed in corporate law, as well as advising on M&A and joint ventures, while fellow practice lead Sébastien Roy focuses on private M&A and private equity transactions, utilising his trilingual capabilities. Petra Hanselmann’s strengths include pre-transaction restructurings, joint ventures and M&A, with Severin Roelli routinely engaged by clients on public tender offers and stock exchange law and regulations. Pascal Richard is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang; Sébastien Roy

Other key lawyers:

Petra Hanselmann; Severin Roelli; Pascal Richard; Beat Schwarz; Christian Leuenberger; Franz Schubiger


‘Without exception, we experienced high-level expertise, good communication, calm, professional guidance, and trustworthy behaviours.’

‘Sébastien Roy is the most professional and trustworthy legal expert I have ever had the opportunity to work with.’

‘Fast and highly knowledgeable advice, very good international network, diverse team.’

‘Petra Hanselmann is very knowledgeable and gives excellence advice. She is very involved in her cases and very reliable even in turbulent times. You can always count on her.’

‘Their client-centric approach, prioritising open communication, is a real plus.’

‘They take a hands-on approach and their practical solutions stand out.’

‘I highly appreciate the integrated and holistic approach of the Pestalozzi team. The team worked seamless together across the various practice groups and we got pragmatic, solution-oriented and fast advice.’

‘Petra Hanselmann is an outstanding lawyer and a great negotiator. She is my choice for any M&A transaction in Switzerland.’

Key clients


Ardagh Metal Packaging S.A.

Barry Callebaut

Bentley Systems, Incorporated



Coca Cola

Credit Suisse

Dow Chemical

EKZ Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich

General Electric


Goldman Sachs Private Capital

Group PSA (Opel, Peugeot)

Intrum AB

Johnson & Johnson


Obayashi Corporation

Pactiv Evergreen Inc.

RUAG International Holding AG


South Pole

Stellantis (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)

Swiss Life

Swiss Post


Vista Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised RUAG International Holding AG on the sale of the Aerostructures business to Mubea Group, which was subject to certain conditions opposed by the Swiss Confederation as ultimate owner of RUAG-Group.
  • Advised Vista on the USD 2.6bn acquisition of Duck Creek Technologies, one of the major PE transactions in the technology area, with Vista taking Duck Creek private.
  • Advised Spice Private Equity AG on all legal matters relating to the launched public tender offer by GP Investments to acquire all publicly held shares in Spice Private Equity AG.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Capable of advising clients across the full spectrum of industries, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s ‘exceptionally strong’ team is led by Lorenzo Olgiati and Jean Jacques Ah Choon, and demonstrates notable strengths in the venture capital arena and in handling debt and debt-funded transactions. Olgiati leads the Zurich team, with Ah Choon helming the Geneva practice. Oliver Triebold is routinely engaged by a variety of multinational clients, while Marcel Jakob is another key name to note.


‘Tarek Houdrouge is the most impressive lawyer I have worked with: he combines outstanding technical legal skills with a solution-oriented approach. It is a real pleasure working with him as he facilitates all complex matters and offers innovative advice.’

‘The firm stands out thanks to its extensive knowledge of Swiss business law, combined with a personalised approach that customises solutions to individual requirements. Furthermore, its global outlook ensures that it takes into account international legal and industry developments when providing guidance.’

‘Marcel Jakob is widely recognised for his extensive knowledge in the venture capital space. He possesses a deep understanding of the international and local trends in the area. His business acumen and his quick responsiveness set him apart, allowing us to make quick and well-informed decisions.’

‘Exceptionally strong and relevant industry experience. Highly efficient overall experience. Great team.’

‘Tailored, focused, cost-conscious advice that is always pragmatic and endeavours to dovetail with the wider advice or transaction at hand. They are super responsive and very user friendly too.’

‘Oliver Triebold in particular has been instrumental in guiding us and providing not just legal advice but also in helping the company through some sensitive and difficult situations.’

‘I was really impressed by Tarek Houdrouge. He is very client focused, commercial and pragmatic, getting results in a calm, reasoned way when the other side were particularly difficult.’

‘Very creative and solution oriented, very enthusiastic and always thinking about the client.’

Key clients


Alpian SA

Ams-Osram AG

Arsenal Capital Partners

Asker Healthcare Group

Austrian Railways

Avaloq Group



BASF Schweiz AG

BNP Paribas

Bioventure Consulting

Bouygues Construction

Brera Partners Switzerland AG


Cardinal Health



Cigna/Ascent Health

Conforama Suisse SA

Credit Suisse

CSS Health Insurance

EFG International

Eficode Oy

GCA Corporation

GP Investments Ltd.

Heiq Materials AG

Helvetia Schweizerische Versicherungsgesellschaft

HighSage Ventures

Hugo Fund Services


Julius Bär

Kinarus Therapeutics Holding

Lennox International

Leonardo S.p. A

Lufthansa Group

Lantal Textiles AG

MoneyPark AG

Noventa Group AG

OC Oerlikon Corporation Pfäffikon

Open Mineral

Orange SA

Oxford Finance

Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG

Philip Morris International/Philip Morris Equity Partners

RAM Active Investments


Rothschild & Co Bank AG

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

Schroder & Co Bank

SET Ventures

Shire International GmbH

SIX Group

Spice Private Equity

Standard Chartered Bank/Standard Chartered Ventures

Tata Consulting Services

TE Connectivity

ZKB Zürcher Kantonalbank/Swisscanto Holding

Work highlights

  • Advised the independent committee of Bank Linth on its take private via public offer by Liechtensteinische Landesbank.
  • Advised Kinarus on its reverse takeover of SIX-listed Perfect Holding SA.
  • Advised investor and entrepreneur Dan Mamane and his co-investors on the sale of furniture retailer Conforama Suisse to XXXLutz.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

A ‘professional and goal-oriented team’, Walder Wyss Ltd.’s capabilities encompass the full suite of corporate matters, ranging from private and public M&A to due diligence tasks, while utilising its strengths in the capital markets sphere. Alex Nikitine and Stefan Knobloch jointly lead the practice; the former’s wide-ranging experience includes public tender offers, IPOs and venture capital transactions, while the latter is particularly well versed in M&A, public takeovers and corporate governance issues, among others. Urs Gnos demonstrates proficiency across areas including public tender offers, buy-outs and stock exchange regulations, while Luc Defferrard is noted for his expertise in private equity and venture capital transactions. Ramona Wyss stands out for her expertise in transactions in regulated industries and the energy sector. The team was also strengthened significantly at senior level in September 2023 with the arrival of Hans-Jakob Diem, an expert in M&A, corporate and securities law, from Lenz & Staehelin.

Practice head(s):

Alex Nikitine; Stefan Knobloch

Other key lawyers:

Urs Gnos; Luc Defferrard; Alexandre Both; Ramona Wyss; Markus Vischer; Hans-Jakob Diem


‘Luc Defferrard has a very commercial approach and is not too legalistic.’

‘Very reliable. High quality. Hands-on approach.’

‘Urs Gnos produces high-quality work. Markus Vischer is great for complex scenarios.’

‘Walder Wyss’s team delivers pragmatic advice, enabling us to capitalise quickly on business opportunities.’

‘Very professional and goal-oriented team.’

‘Great team that is accurate as a Swiss watch, even in complicated matters, delivering legal solutions of the highest quality and considering every possible aspect of the matter.’

‘The team is composed of diverse and motivated professionals with a strong sense of priorities and values.’

‘Alexandre Both has the knack of explaining complex situations in an easy manner to his clients. Very detail oriented and solutions focused.’

Key clients

Koninklijke DSM N.V.

TX Group AG

Energy Infrastructure Partners

Montana Aerospace AG

Komax Holding AG


The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.


+ND Capital

Hakan Koç and Pyrros Koussios


Responsive, professional, and practical’, Advestra is trusted by an array of clients with corporate and M&A work, particularly in the TMT sector. Thomas Reutter's strengths lie in M&A transactions, while Daniel Raun contributes his expertise in a range of corporate transactions to the practice. Beda Kaufmann is extremely well versed in M&A and private equity transactions. The firm’s offering was also strengthened by the arrival of private equity and venture capital expert Andreas Hinsen from Loyens & Loeff in February 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Reutter; Daniel Raun; Beda Kaufmann; Andreas Hinsen; Anna Capaul


‘Pragmatic, efficient, fast.’

‘Andreas Hinsen was remarkably responsive. He collaborated effectively with co-counsel, and presented effectively to our board and other outside advisors.’

‘Andreas Hinsen was exceptionally responsive and engaging. He was also a good listener who sought to understand the issues presented, and who sought to understand the priorities which were important to our company.’

‘The Advestra team was responsive, professional, and practical in providing legal advice. We collaborated on a tricky, unique case and they provided strong options that ultimately resulted in a positive outcome.’

‘Friendly, very accessible, true partners.’

‘Always available and reply quickly to queries. Able to co-ordinate a project with various parties.’

‘Pragmatic and look for solutions rather than problems.’

‘Andreas Hinson was a significant influence on the positive outcome of our project, and his sound understanding of our options, combined with practical ideas, led to success. He has strong communication skills and is responsive, professional and diligent.’

Key clients

Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc


Catalyst Pharmaceuticals


Morgan Stanley

Altor Funds

Shift4 Payments Inc.

Founders of GEM Consulting

Shareholders of PANOLIN

Work highlights

  • Advised private investment house Ardian on its investment in Swiss Flowable Holding AG and its subsidiaries.
  • Advised Ironwood Pharmaceuticals on the cash tender offer for VectivBio.
  • Advised Catalyst Pharmaceuticals on the licence for vamorolone and its equity investment in Santhera Pharmaceuticals.

Bratschi Ltd

Well regarded by high-end and mid-market clients, Bratschi Ltd fields a strong offering that includes expertise in the IT, finance and energy sectors, among others. Thomas Peter leads the team, with other key names in the practice including Etienne Gard and Kevin Kengelbacher. Jvo Grundler joined the team from Prager Dreifuss AG in March 2023, and Orlando Meyer and Marco Giavarini joined from Lexportal in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Peter

Other key lawyers:

Etienne Gard; Kevin Kengelbacher; Jvo Grundler; Marco Giavarini; Orlando Meyer; Pascal Rüedi


‘The team is highly committed and competent, with a good understanding of the market. Bratschi offers a solution to any problem we may have.’

‘Thomas Peter is our lead contact person. While he has excellent legal knowledge, we also appreciate his pronounced business focus and the ability to render practical advice. He is very responsive and reliable.’

‘They remained focused on the client’s needs. The team is highly competent and engaged.’

‘Highly client and business oriented and able to provide on-the-spot advice and solutions.’

‘Pascal Rüedi provides immediate advice on any specific transaction. Pascal speaks “business language” and is therefore able to explain challenging legal topics to business people easily.’

‘We had a great experience working with Pascal Rüedi and his team. As transaction counsel, they were always on top of deal issues and extremely responsive.’

‘Pascal Rüedi stood out for his knowledge, professionalism and commercial approach to managing transactions. A delight to work with.’

‘All of them are very pragmatic, flexible and service oriented.’

Key clients

Swiss Post

Loft Dynamics AG

Umanite Holding AG

Pharmacies BENU SA

Prayon S.A.

Variant perception ventures AG

Centrum Beratungs- und Beteiligungen AG

San Cristobal Mining Inc.

Sunrise GmbH

Liberty Vorsorge AG

Visana Services AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Loft Dynamics AG on the raising of CHF 20m in its series A financing round from US venture capital firms, including David Sacks’ Craft Ventures, Sky Dayton and Up Ventures.
  • Advised Centrum Beratungs- und Beteiligungen AG on all legal aspects of the sale of all shares in Belvédère Asset Management AG to Fundamenta Group.
  • Advised Umanite Holding AG on a secondary majority LBO of Cleeven Group with Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille.

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd.

Drawing on its global network, the ‘very dedicatedCMS von Erlach Partners Ltd. acts for a stellar client roster across a diverse array of sectors, from energy and financial services to life sciences and technology. Key areas of expertise for the practice include private equity, transaction risk insurance and an extensive range of M&A. Stefan Brunnschweiler and Daniel Jenny, who are based in the Zurich office, and Pascal Favre and Jérôme Levrat, who are based in the Geneva office, spearhead the practice. Brunnschweiler is routinely entrusted to advise on strategic investments and M&A, while Jenny is well known for his capabilities in private equity and cross-border transactions. Favre enjoys a strong reputation with clients across the manufacturing, pharma, media and transport sectors, among others, and Levrat’s strengths lie in M&A and venture capital transactions, among others. Alain Raemy is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Brunnschweiler; Pascal Favre; Daniel Jenny; Jérôme Levrat

Other key lawyers:

Alain Raemy; Stephan Werlen


‘Very dedicated team. Highly responsive.’

‘Very strong stakeholder management skills in M&A and partnership management in the highly entrepreneurial life sciences and biotech sector. They lead strategically and operationally.’

‘Apart from having strong corporate law and M&A experience, Stefan Brunnschweiler displays ownership and accountability for getting a transaction done and managing open items in the aftermath. He has a diligent eye for detail plus the ability to take a helicopter view.’

‘Business acumen, pragmatism and a hands-on approach.’

‘Alain Raemy is very easy to work with. Efficient, clear, and solutions oriented. He has a great talent for putting himself in the shoes of his client. There is never any issue.’

‘CMS von Erlach has a great M&A team, which has a finger on the pulse and, besides its obviously excellent legal background, delivers commercially driven results to its clients.’

‘Alain Raemy provides excellent advice on clients’ needs in a very efficient manner. His way of work is excellent, as are his negotiations skills, which helps to get a transaction over the finish line.’

‘Creativity, dedication, and a profound knowledge of the market and trends. This is especially true for Daniel Jenny.’

Key clients


Axpo Holding AG

Baillie Gifford & Co

BorgWarner UK Holding & Services Limited

Bruker Corporation

CIDAN Machinery Group AB

DuPont de Nemours, Inc.




Mediobanca S.p.A. and its affiliate Compass Banca S.p.A.


One Inside (shareholders)

ProductLife Group

REWE Group and its Swiss affiliate DER Touristik Schweiz AG



Schurter Holding AG and its owner family


SYNLAB International GmbH

Trilux AG

Vista Klinik Holding AG (Vista Augenpraxen & Kliniken AG)

Vivalto Santé Investissement SA

Voigt Holding AG

Weidmann Holding AG

WSP Global Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised the owner family of SCHURTER Group on the sale of a majority stake in SCHURTER Holding AG to Capvis AG.
  • Represented SYNLAB Group in its sale of its entire Swiss operations to Sonic Healthcare.
  • Advised US-based investment company GENUI AG on the acquisition of a majority stake in Magnolia, a leading software vendor in the global digital experience and content management markets.

Eversheds Sutherland AG

Capable of advising clients on multi-jurisdictional deals, Eversheds Sutherland AG maintains a varied corporate offering that includes private equity and venture capital transactions and corporate restructurings. Marc Nufer, the founding partner of the Swiss office, possesses a wealth of experience in multi-jurisdictional transactions and restructurings; he helms the team with deputy head Oliver Beldi, who is particularly active on the transport and energy side of the practice. Daniel Bachmann is particularly well versed in M&A, succession planning and restructuring transactions, while Michael Mosimann is accomplished in venture capital financing and private M&A. Alexander Schütz is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Marc Nufer; Oliver Beldi


‘A top team with a lot of experience and a high level of competence.’

‘An experienced team for M&A transactions.’

‘Marc Nufer is a very experienced M&A lawyer with a very good understanding of the needs of his clients.’

Key clients

European Investment Bank and European Innovation Council

Apple Inc.





Eaton Corp


Rockwell Automation


Post Switzerland

Megger Group

Parker Hannifin


Iron Mountain

Aspen Pharma


Axpo Group

Arklyz Group

Honegger Holding


Work highlights

  • Supported the European Innovation Council Fund and its investment advisor, the European Investment Bank, as legal partner for the investment component of the entire EIC Accelerator programme.
  • Representing Swisscom, the largest Swiss telecoms provider and one of the largest IT companies in Switzerland, in the acquisition of Axept Business Software AG.
  • Advising KERING group on all its Swiss-related corporate and commercial matters, including the corporate housekeeping of some 20 group companies.

Kellerhals Carrard

Capable of handling a diverse range of corporate and M&A issues, Kellerhals Carrard is particularly noted for its expertise in the life sciences, technology and leisure sectors. The team is led by Beat Brechbühl, Ines Pöschel, Edgar Philippin, Emanuel Dettwiler and Massimiliano Maestretti. Together, they maintain a strong practice advising across commercial law issues, private matters and equity transactions, among others.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbühl; Ines Pöschel; Edgar Philippin; Emanuel Dettwiler; Massimiliano Maestretti


‘The team is pragmatic, solution-oriented and efficient. Besides that, they understand entrepreneurship from the ground up, take new roads and find innovative solutions.’

‘They have known our market, our business and our culture for years and therefore really provide value for the money.’

‘They offer great personal commitment and partner attention.’

‘Beat Brechbühl is a smart and tough negotiator – highly efficient and creative.’

‘Ines Pöschel is thorough and an excellent specialist in governance and communications matters.’

‘An agile team of partners with a very entrepreneurial mindset, who are willing to put themselves into the position of the client.’

‘Technical skills, responsiveness, user-friendly approach and great knowledge of the market.’

Key clients


Ameliora Wealth Management AG

Autonet Group Holding AG

BKW Group

BVF Partners L.P

FISCHER Spindle Group

Kontivia AG

Merging Technologies

MoonLake Immunothereapeutics AG

ONE swiss bank S.A.

Scholle IPN

Shareholders of CSD Group


Swiss Post


Teralytics AG

Vance Street Capital LLC


Zegna Group

Work highlights

  • Supported Galenica throughout the process of combining its business activity with Apotheke Europe N.V., in particular with regard to the transaction structure and competition law issues, as well as the drafting and negotiation of the contracts.
  • Acted as legal advisor to the shareholders of CSD Group in connection with the restructuring of the group, the sale of CSD Group to Initiative & Finance’s Tomorrow fund, and the subsequent reinvestment of some shareholders in Tomorrow’s acquisition vehicle.
  • Acted as lead counsel to Autonet Group Holding, an integral part of the SAG group, in a cross-border transaction.

Loyens & Loeff

With an active practice across the TMT, real estate and life sciences sectors, Loyens & Loeff’s practice possesses vast experience of advising multinationals, private equity funds and listed companies with respect to a host of commercial and M&A matters. Leading the practice is Marco Toni, who holds notable expertise in private and public M&A, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Gilles Pitschen handles matters pertaining to the life sciences, digital and tech fields.

Practice head(s):

Marco Toni

Other key lawyers:

Gilles Pitschen


‘They are very fast and efficient. If there is a challenge to overcome, they always have several innovative solutions to the problem.’

‘Marco Toni has extensive experience in the M&A field.’

‘Gilles Pitschen is swift and immediately available.’

Key clients

QuattroR S.p.A.

Hamamatsu Photonics K.K.

CWS International GmbH

Intel 471 Inc

Vespa Capital

Specialized Bicycle

MindMaze Group SA



GP investments

Vespa Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised CWS International GmbH on the acquisition of Bernet Group, a well-established supplier of services in the area of workwear, health and hygiene in Switzerland.
  • Advised Intel 471 Inc., a leading provider of cyber threat intelligence for intelligence, security, and fraud teams across the globe, on its acquisition of SM7 Software OÜ, the company that developed the cybersecurity software SpiderFoot.
  • Advised Redslim group and its founders on its partnership with Andera Acto as a financial partner to accompany the group in the next stages of its growth.


Spearheaded by Jürg Luginbühl, Gian-Andrea Caprez and Damien Conus, VISCHER’s ‘pragmatic and very service-oriented’ practice regularly undertakes work in the life sciences, ICT, energy and luxury goods sectors. Luginbühl is particularly proficient in managing M&A and private equity transactions, while Caprez contributes his experience in private M&A, corporate governance and venture capital to the practice. Both are based in the firm’s Zurich office, while Conus, who is based in Geneva, acts for a diverse client base in private equity transactions. Matthias Staehelin is noted for his expertise in the life sciences industry and Robert Bernet is well versed in handling an array of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jürg Luginbühl; Gian-Andrea Caprez; Damien Conus

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Staehelin; Robert Bernet; Benedict Christ


‘Great availability, extensive experience in M&A transactions, strong negotiation skills and strong client orientation.’

‘I consider Jürg Luginbühl to be one of the best M&A lawyers in Switzerland. A very strong negotiator and deal enabler.’

‘Easy to work with, pragmatic and very service-oriented dealmakers.’

‘The team has superior knowledge of the M&A field. The team has a good mix of skills, with Jürg Luginbühl being exceptionally good at constructing the contract, reviewing the proposal and negotiating with the other party.’

‘The team is able to adapt to the situation. They act precisely.’

‘They always have a strong commercial approach. In doing so, they think for their client and act in their interests.’

‘As a client you feel well supported and accompanied throughout the process. In addition, working with the team is fun and enjoyable.’

Key clients

Berlinger & Co. AG

Flowable Holding AG

SHS Gesellschaft für Beteiligungsmanagement mbH

Sowind Group SA

Nautilus Inc.

E3 Holding AG

Maxburg Capital Partners GmbH

Borromin Capital Management GmbH

FairCap GmbH

BID Equity GmbH

Groupe Mutuel Holding SA

Wipro Limited

Trustar Capital

Eleven Sports Network Limited

Steele Compliance Solutions



Tokai Cobex

Snyk Ltd.


Equistone Partners Europe

PDS Pathology Data Systems AG

Polyphor Ltd.

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH


Orell Füessli Thalia AG

deepCDR Biologics AG

Clinique Matignon Suisse SA

Advanz Pharma

MCM Fashion Group

Deichmann Shoes

Rigeto Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Invision Private Equity

Helvetica Capital

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Medartis Holdings AG

Oculis SA

Swisscom AG


Swisspower Renewables AG

Kuros Biosciences Ltd

Jacobs Holding AG

Sonnet BioTherapeutics, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised AFINUM on all legal aspects of the sale of its stake in Cotta Collection AG Upholstered Furniture-Group to L-GAM and to Gschwend AG.
  • Advised the sellers and the management on all legal aspects of the sale of and reinvestment in Mimacom Flowable Group.
  • Advised Oculis Holding AG on the business combination with European Biotech Acquisition Corp. and the subsequent listing of its shares on NASDAQ.

Wenger Vieli Ltd

Acting for a diverse client base that includes investors, start-ups and SMEs, Wenger Vieli Ltd‘s ‘exceptional’ practice maintains a broad corporate and M&A offering with particular expertise in cross-border transactions. Steering the practice is Marc Walter and Martin Berweger, with the former handling a considerable workload of private M&A, venture capital and ESG matters. Beat Speck is routinely engaged to advise on cross-border M&A, among other issues.

Practice head(s):

Marc Walter; Martin Berweger

Other key lawyers:

Beat Speck; Pascal Honold; Christoph Schmid; Christian Wenger; Wolfgang Zürcher


‘Marc Walter’s invaluable expertise and responsiveness are a must in complex transactions. He knows how to address the key issues without losing sight of the details.’

‘Marc Walter’s ability to deliver on time and his fair invoicing make him a very reliable partner. His language skills have also been much appreciated.’

‘I’ve partnered with Wenger Vieli on commercial, corporate and M&A transactions and can vouch for their exceptional service. Highlights include their deep understanding of local and global markets, which ensures solutions tailored to any client’s needs, and their personalised advice and genuine business understanding.’

‘Wenger Vieli stand out in the crowded legal sector for their tailored expertise and innovative practices.’

‘Beat Speck is proactive, with excellent analytical skills; he brings a personal touch and a vast industry network.’

‘The team has a great balance between pragmatism and fundamental legal knowledge. Hence, they resolve clients’ issues in a straightforward way, but are able to go for a deep dive if necessary.’

Key clients


IK Partners

Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP)


Shareholders of Pacojet Group


Redcare Pharmacy N.V. (formerly known as Shop-Apotheke Europe N.V.)

Shareholders of MENU Technologies

CONET Technologies



Innov Ad NV

Cibus Enterprise Fund

Shareholders of Nanosurf

NLS Pharmaceutics

STOA Infra & Energy





Sygnum Bank



RFR Management

Burckhardt Compression

Alegra Capital

Crypto Valley Zug

Beekeeper Holding

Vontobel Holding


Left Lane


X-Bionic Group, blucc Holding


Molten Ventures (formerly Draper Esprit)


Atlas Antibodies

Work highlights

  • Advised Kontron on the sale of its Europe-wide IT services business.
  • Advised IK Partners on EUR 370m sale of Klingel medical metal group to Elos Medtech.
  • Advised TAP on the share transfer between Axpo, Fluxys and Enagas.

Wenger Plattner

Oliver Künzler leads Wenger Plattner‘s corporate and commercial department, which is capable of implementing M&A transactions under the Swiss Merger Act, as well as possessing considerable knowledge of Swiss-related asset and M&A transactions. Marc S Nater principally advises clients on public and private M&A, private equity and commercial law, while Benjamin Dürig bolsters the practice with his thorough knowledge of M&A and corporate finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Künzler


‘Oliver Künzler’s long experience in combination with his negotiation and language skills – Oliver is fluent in German, English and French – make him a very talented legal advisor on international transactions.’

‘I value Oliver Künzler’s pragmatism and business focus.’

‘They are very professional and solution oriented.’

‘Oliver Künzler is a great lawyer, very knowledgeable on M&A matters and always available.’

Key clients



EMERAM Capital

TRITON Partners

VI Partners

Stadler Rail Group

Sostrene Grene


Audi AG

Novartis Pharma Ltd.

Julius Baer Group


Sun Hung Kai & Co. Limited

Meta Investments


Great Point Partners


OMNES Capital

Normet Group OY

TX Group AG

SWICA Gesundheitsorganisation

HRG Hotels GmbH

Rivean Capital (formerly Gilde Buy-Out Partners)

CIBT, Inc.


HG Commerciale

ADUR Management AG

SBI Holdings

Capital Transmission SA

Magazine zum Globus AG

Tonix Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Align Technology, Inc.

Hospitality Swiss Proco AG

GA Europe GmbH

Saurer Group

Brütsch/Rüegger Gruppe

1337 Holding AG

Neovii Pharmaceutical AG

Artisa Digital AG

Apecx Swiss AG

Work highlights

  • Advised AUDI AG as lead counsel with respect to its entry into Formula 1 as power unit supplier, as well as the takeover of 75% of the shares in an existing Formula 1 team.
  • Acted as lead counsel to US-listed group Bio-Techne on the acquisition of Lunaphore Technologies AG.
  • Advised WSD, a structured products software provider, on all the Swiss legal aspects regarding the acquisition of Solvians.

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC possesses in-depth expertise in private M&A, joint ventures, public procurement projects and in advising entrepreneurs on company successions. Spearheading the practice is Thomas Schmid, who is regularly engaged by clients to advise on merger control, restructurings and joint ventures. Marc Metzger's diverse experience encompasses commercial and corporate law, as well as public procurement law. Stefan Scherrer is sought after by strategic buyers and private equity investors for assistance with private M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmid

Other key lawyers:

Marc Metzger; Stefan Scherrer; Hans-Peter Schwald; Hélène Weidmann


‘Impressive and tailor-made legal advice under Swiss law. Ability to cater extraordinarily well to international clients. Sound commercial mindset. Great client service.’

‘Thomas Schmid is very experienced in the cross-border M&A market. He provides great business-oriented advice.’

‘Thanks to its knowledge and expertise in the field of commercial and corporate law, BianchiSchwald LLC was able to develop creative and efficient solutions in order to protect our interests at all times.’

‘BianchiSchwald LLC works efficiently and is always very client oriented. The legal skills of the team and staff are outstanding and the solutions presented have always satisfied all our requirements.’

‘Thomas Schmid is distinguished by his deal-making abilities and exceptional ability to swiftly grasp 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 interests in the best and most efficient way possible.’

‘Excellent and very agile and solution-oriented lawyers.’

‘No nonsense. We never have the feeling that they aim at billing hours.’

‘Their comments were pragmatic and to the point.’

Key clients

Stadler Rail AG

Athyrium Capital Management, LP

Helvetica Capital AG

Gustoso Group


Thommen-Furler AG

routeRank AG

Studer Cables AG

PCS Holding AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Stadler Rail AG throughout the public procurement tender process relating to the purchase of new multiple unit trains by Swiss national railway company Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB for regional passenger transport.
  • Acted as lead counsel to Studer Cables AG in connection with the carve-out and subsequent sale of an e-beam sterilisation and cross-linking facility to Ionisos.
  • Advised PCS Holding AG in connection with the acquisition of an additional stake in listed company Swiss Steel from its main shareholder, BigPoint Holding AG.

Bonnard Lawson

Advising a diverse array of clients from start-ups to SMEs, Bonnard Lawson assists with the full gamut of commercial and corporate issues, and is often engaged to manage contractual matters and transactions, as well as related litigation and arbitration. Lausanne-based Loïs Hainard and Geneva-based Marie Flegbo-Berney utilise their considerable experience in this area to lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Loïs Hainard; Marie Flegbo-Berney


‘Reactive and efficient.’

‘Professional, efficient and personable. The team at Bonnard Lawson handled my case expeditiously and fairly. I highly recommend their services.’

‘Marie Flegbo-Berney is very professional and reliable. She is concise and solution-oriented, which is highly appreciated, and has excellent contractual and negotiation skills.’

‘I particularly appreciate Marie Flegbo-Berney for her pragmatic and constructive approach, business mindset and strategic thinking. I would highly recommend working with her.’

‘The Bonnard Lawson corporate lawyers are our go-to team. They are available and able, practical, avoid complications and are easy to contact.’

‘Bonnard Lawson has a wide range of expertise that covers all aspects of our business operations. Moreover, they have an international presence and are always able to suggest experts in various jurisdictions even when they don’t have their own.’

‘The most important aspect for our business is efficiency, response times, and quality: all these qualities are present at Bonnard Lawson. In particular, we appreciate working with Loïs Hainard, who is always available at short notice and can provide high-quality advice and legal services.’

‘A state-of-the-art firm with highly skilled M&A lawyers. The team is always super responsive and collaborative with every request.’

Key clients

Lausanne Hockey Club SA

Nolands Advisory Services Switzerland AG

SFO Partners SA


Drinkotec Sàrl

id est avocats sàrl

With a strong reputation for managing M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, the ‘business-minded’ team at id est avocats sàrl excels in the tech sphere as well as in relation to ESG issues. The practice, which is capable of advising major corporations and SMEs, is led by Michel Jaccard and Marina Castelli-Joos. Jaccard possesses a wealth of experience in corporate finance and M&A deals, while Castelli-Joos is noted for her capabilities in M&A, financing transactions and general corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Michel Jaccard; Marina Castelli-Joos


‘Very experienced in venture capital.’

‘Marina Castelli-Joos is excellent at communicating clearly, always commits to the timeline she outlines and has a very pragmatic, business-oriented approach while focusing on the critical points.’

‘Michel Jaccard is able to provide holistic advice to his clients (legal, but also technological and business) which makes his advice unique for founders of start-ups.’

‘Business-minded approach and a focus on the bigger picture.’

‘Good cost-to-quality ratio despite being a boutique firm.’

‘They possess technological awareness and always respond quickly.’

‘id est avocats Sàrl is highly specialised in VC tech deals and was our first choice. In addition, their pricing is very competitive and transparent.’

‘Marina Castelli-Joos is highly qualified and has extensive experience in M&A. In addition, she has great communication skills and is very efficient. She immediately identified the key elements of the deal and assisted us in completing it to our full satisfaction.’

Key clients

Swisscom Ventures


VI Partners

Fondation pour l’Innovation et la Technologie

Daphne Technology

Zaphiro Technologies

Hi inov Dentressangle

GRZ Technologies


Spotme Holding

Volumina Medical


Work highlights

  • Assisted L2F, an AI company which develops software products, with its asset sale of medtech compliance engine Giotto Compliance to US medtech service provider RQM+.
  • Assisted SpotMe Holding’s management with the acquisition of a majority stake in the company by Swiss Post.
  • Assisted the shareholders of software development technology provider Triplequote Sàrl in their exit to US-based Gradle Inc.

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC

The ‘sharp’ and ‘effective’ team at Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC acts for a multitude of clients across an extensive range of corporate matters, including the full gamut of M&A-related work. The practice principally focuses on the fields of financial services, healthcare and IT, but also has an increasing emphasis on areas such as aerospace and luxury goods. Practice head Fabien Aepli thrives in matters across the corporate and commercial spectrum, routinely handling shareholders' agreements, consulting agreements and company formations. Joël Chevallaz also contributes his real estate expertise to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Fabien Aepli

Other key lawyers:

Joël Chevallaz; My-Hué Tan


‘We appreciate that they go beyond giving a pure description of the existing law. The practice provides a risk-benefit assessment of the possible options, which makes them unique based on my experience.’

‘Sharp, effective, and to the point.’

‘The team stands out for its knowledge and empathy, which applies particularly to Fabien Aepli.’

Key clients

SonarSource SA

Beskar SA

Archimed Nations SA

Forever Laser Institut

Naciri & Associés Allen & Overy

Re-Company SA

MITC Méthode Innovations Technologiques Conseil SA

MITC Mobility SA

Akrivia SA

Manufacture Horlogère Genevoise (MHG) SA

Edwards Lifescienses SA

Finamic Services SA

Infomaniak Network SA

Aptissen SA

Backbone Art SA

Work highlights

  • Assisting MITC Mobility regarding an agreement with Uber to take over the transportation business through a transfer of undertaking.

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance leverages its expertise in legal, tax and compliance issues to handle corporate advisory and transactional work, particularly in the tech sphere. The firm acts for a diverse variety of private individuals and companies. Peter Kuhn and Alex Enzler lead the practice from the firm’s Zurich office, and Andreas Rudolf, Samuel Bussmann and Thomas Müller lead from the Zug office.

Practice head(s):

Peter Kuhn; Andreas Rudolf; Alex Enzler; Samuel Bussmann; Thomas Müller

Key clients


Shareholders of Bookabed AG

Reata Pharmaceuticals

Schmidlin Labor & Service AG

Gizatech AG


Klepsydra AG

Northpond Ventures

Karl Storz SE & Co. KG, Tuttlingen

Nevermined AG

Glaux Soft AG, Switzerland

Fingerprint Cards Switzerland Ltd.

OurCrowd General Partner, L.P


Work highlights

  • Advised RopFin GmbH in connection with the acquisition of 100% of the shares in BMF Group AG.
  • Advised the owners of BookaBed AG on the sale of a majority stake to TEK Travels DMCC.
  • Advised Reata Pharmaceuticals in connection with the closing of the secured term loan financing for up to USD 275m from funds managed by Pharmakon Advisors, LP.

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte's 'very efficient' team’s experience encompasses an extensive range of industries, including manufacturing, real estate and technology, among others. Markus Alder and Arlette Pfister jointly front the practice, with the latter demonstrating proficiency in relation to domestic and cross-border M&A and reorganisations, among other issues. Thomas Loher principally focuses on corporate and employment-related matters, and Michael Bösch is accustomed to advising clients on corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Markus Alder; Arlette Pfister

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Loher; Michael Bösch


‘Very collegial and efficient to work with.’

‘Thomas Loher is very efficient and to the point.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Wal-Mart Inc.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


Collagen Matrix, Inc., USA

Mediq B.V.

Leica Geosystems AG

Admicasa Holding AG

Hexagon AB

Essity Group

TA Associates


Körber Group

Haussmann Group

Finad Group

Index Werke

Vantage Specialties Group

Kline Hill Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on its global realignment projects and on post-closing issues.
  • Advised Wal-Mart, Inc. Group on its worldwide group restructuring projects which involved various major cross-border corporate transactions.
  • Advised Microsoft Corporation as an investor of USD 50 million into Climeworks AG’s CO2 capture and sequestration projects in Iceland.

Chabrier Avocats

Chabrier Avocats advises clients on the full gamut of commercial, contractual and corporate matters, including leveraged buyouts, business acquisitions and regulatory issues. Manuel Bianchi della Porta’s wide-ranging expertise covers corporate transactions, financing rounds and restructurings, among other issues. Karim Khoury and Thomas Goossens are other key contacts in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Bianchi Della Porta

Other key lawyers:

Karim Khoury; Thomas Goossens


‘The unique differentiating factor that we highly appreciated was the people, their skills and the collaboration we experienced with them.’

‘We have been impressed by their multitude of skills and professionalism in dealing with a large number of specialities. Their advice was of real value to conclude our transaction.’

‘Manuel Bianchi shows incredible flexibility and knowledge about our industry.’

Key clients

Richemont International SA

Impala SAS

PKN Orlen SA

SwissTech Watch Components SA

DNA Mobile SA (Miloo)

m3 Group Holding SA

Fiducial Winbiz SA

Proxilis SA

Banque Heritage SA

Kreos Capital

Primis Investments (Switzerland) SA

One Swiss Bank SA

TNF Investments Limited

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés

With demonstrable expertise in the luxury and health sectors, Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés regularly assists clients with corporate advisory and transactional work on a domestic and international scale. The practice is jointly steered by Damien Cand, Nicole Fragnière Meyer and Christian Valentini. Another key name to note is Alexandre Steiner, who is experienced in M&A matters.

Practice head(s):

Damien Cand; Nicole Fragnière Meyer; Christian Valentini

Other key lawyers:

Alexandre Steiner


A team that is active across the banking, pharma and IT industries, among others, OBERSON ABELS SA possesses a range of capabilities in M&A and contractual matters, as well as advising a variety of organisations on their legal structure, status and governance. Co-lead Sébastien Bettschart advises on legal and regulatory issues surrounding commercial transactions and acquisitions. Fellow co-lead Stefan Eberhard has a notable focus on M&A, and is well versed in matters arising from the renewable energy, pharma and retail sectors, to name but a few.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Bettschart; Stefan Eberhard

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG is geared to assist companies with set-ups, restructurings, and contract drafting and negotiations, as well as cross-border relocations. The team also possesses demonstrable expertise in regard to M&A and venture capital transactions. Andreas Moll and Daniel Hayek lead the department; the former is active in the energy and infrastructure realm, while the latter is particularly experienced in M&A, alongside financial and real estate transactions. Guy Deillon is well versed in M&A and private equity transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Moll; Daniel Hayek

Other key lawyers:

Guy Deillon


‘Pragmatic, efficient and smart.’

‘We have great collaboration and I feel like more than just a client. I can call Guy Deillon at any time and he always manages to find time to provide his advice, which is highly appreciated and valuable. I really appreciate the support and how we communicate. I can count on his quality advice and rapid responses.’

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Steered by Yasemin Varel, Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd maintains a strong practice in the energy and financial services fields, routinely acting for SMEs and entrepreneurs. Varel’s multifaceted experience encompasses private M&A, corporate governance issues and private equity transactions, among others. Andreas Von Erlach is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Yasemin Varel

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Von Erlach

Key clients

Zug Estates AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Zug Estates on all corporate and transactional matters related to a large property development project.
  • Advising a multinational corporation as lead international counsel on a USD 5 bn cross-border corporate reorganisation.
  • Advising the shareholders of an international energy trader as lead international counsel on taking control.