Commercial, corporate and M&A in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

The group at Bär & Karrer Ltd. has an outstanding market reputation for its activity in public and private takeover transactions. The client base includes national and international companies from a variety of sectors, which also instruct the group in corporate and regulatory matters. Rolf Watter is also well versed in corporate governance topics and capital market transactions. Christoph Neeracher is a specialist in private M&A, while Ralph Malacrida is a key name for public transactions. Mariel HochDieter Dubs and associate Raphael Annasohn are other names to note. Martin Anderson and Paolo Bottini are the key names in Geneva and Lugano respectively.

Practice head(s):

Rolf Watter

Testimonials

The speed, accuracy and availability of the team is exceptional.’

The team has an excellent understanding of the business of the client and outstanding skills to develop a good strategy together with the client. It has great flexibility in adding members with the appropriate skills.’

Christoph Neeracher is great to work with; he is very prompt  and client-focused – a high quality attorney.’

Raphael Annasohn stands out for his great communication skills and being extremely thorough.’

Key clients

Novartis

UBS

Swiss Re

Lonza

Valora

KKR

CVC

Cinven

EQT

Partners Group

Hg Capital

Waterland Private Equity

Capvis

TA Associates

Bregal

Advent

Equistone

Triton

Bain Capital

Porterhouse Group AG

Dentsu Aegis Network

Martin Ebner

nVent

Allianz SE

Aduno Group

Hellman & Friedman

Deutsche Börse

Compagnie de Saint-Gobain

Constellium

CIP Capital

Work highlights

  • Assisted Aduno Group with the acquisition of additional stakes in Accarda from Maus Frères SA.
  • Advised Cellnex on the acquisition of a majority stake in Salt.
  • Acted for Primeo Energie and CSA Energie-Infrastructure Schweiz on the acquisition of a 25% interest in Alpiq from Elétricité de France.

Homburger

Homburger has a track record handling headline transactions, where it is active for various corporations. The team is particularly knowledgeable in working for clients from regulated sectors. Besides advising on a variety of transactions, the team is also experienced in corporate governance matters and regulatory aspects. Dieter Gericke heads up the group and is an expert in public and private M&A. Daniel Daeniker has been active in this field for a long time and is noted alongside Frank GerhardClaude Lambert and David OserDaniel Hasler is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Dieter Gericke

Key clients

ABB

BNP Paribas

ChemChina

Clariant

Credit Suisse

UBS

Nestlé

Roche

Johnson & Johnson

Zurich Insurance Group 40

Oerlikon

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

TCV

Dufry

GAM Holding

Generali

Givaudan

Glaston

Jacobs Foundation

RenaissanceRe

LafargeHolcim

Liberty Global

Medical Properties Trust

Transocean

Infront

Softbank Vision Fund

Sonova

Bank Hapoalim

Egon Zehnder

Sulzer Holding

The Hess Group

Uster Technologies

WISeKey International Holding

Ernst Göhner Foundation

Zur Rose Group

Abegg Holding

ARM

CVC Capital Partners Fund VII

Aryzta

Work highlights

  • Assisted ABB with its $11bn divestment of its power grids business to Hitachi.
  • Advised Liberty Global on the CHF6.3bn sale of UPC Switzerland to Sunrise Communications.
  • Acted for Transocean on its $2.7bn merger with Ocean Rig.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin has a highly reputed corporate and M&A practice with offices in both Zurich and Geneva. It assists clients from the financial services, healthcare and life sciences, TMT, manufacturing and real estate sectors with matters including public takeovers, private transactions and corporate governance. Practice head Hans-Jakob Diem has a strong, international practice. Rudolf Tschäni is an expert in public M&A, hostile takeover situations and related disputes. Tino Gaberthüel combines strength in commercial and corporate matters with capital markets expertise. Stephan Erni and Geneva-based Andreas RötheliJacques Iffland and David Ledermann are other prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Hans-Jakob Diem

Testimonials

Excellent, elite Swiss firm with deeply knowledgeable, client-friendly, practical lawyers.’

The team is pragmatic, goes straight to the point and quickly identifies the key risk factors without getting lost into minor issues.

Tino Gaberthüel is an excellent M&A lawyer who is very easy to communicate with.’

Rudolf Tschäni, Hans-Jakob Diem, Matthias Wolf and Tino Gaberthüel are all outstanding professionals striving for excellence while being pragmatic wherever this is required. They provide excellent service and high value added to customers and further stakeholders.’

Andreas Rötheli is very international, knows his practice perfectly as well as Swiss specificities. He has excellent insight and gives valuable advice while being responsive and reliable.’

Stephan Erni is technically excellent and a very thorough thinker.

Key clients

AIDA

Apple Inc. No

Argos Wityu

Astra Zeneca

Baloise Insurance Holding

Bank Vontobel

Bank Pictet

Banque Lombard Odier

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL)

Bayer

Bertelsmann

BlackRock

Bordier & Cie

BTG Pactual

Chequers Capital Yes

CMA CGM

CMOC Limited

Credit Suisse

Dell

Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Börse

Equistone

Forrestay Capital

Geberit

Gonet & Cie SA

HSBC

Hyundai

Implenia

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS)

JP Morgan

JTB Corp.

Julius Baer

KKCG

Lebara

Logitech

Mars

Maus Frères

Merck Group

Mitsui

Morgan Stanley

Novimmune

Novo Holdings A/S

ObsEva

Pfizer Inc.

Quilvest Private Equity

Rothschild & Co

Reynaers Aluminium NV

Roca

SABIC

Salt Mobile

Schweizerische Mobiliar

Sika AG

SonicWall

State Street Bank

Straumann

Stryker

Sunrise Communication AG

Swiss Post

Swissquote

TAG Aviation Holding SA

Tetra Laval

Thyssenkrupp

The First International Bank of Israel

UBS

UniCredit

Unilabs Group Services

Unilever

Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)

Vaudoise Assurance Holding

Z Capital Partners LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Sunrise Communications on the CHF6.3bn acquisition of UPC Switzerland.
  • Assisted Sika with the acquisition of Parex from CVC Fund V.
  • Advised Salt Mobile on the sale of 90% of its interest to Cellnex.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG's team has a solid track record in public takeovers and M&A transactions. which are frequently cross-border. The client portfolio includes a number of companies and institutions from the pharmaceutical and life sciences, financial services and technology sectors. Philipp Haas and Philippe Weber jointly lead the team, in which Till SpillmannUlysses von Salis and Manuel Werder are prominent practitioners. Patrik Peyer is well versed in private equity transactions. The team also advises on corporate restructurings and venture capital.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Haas

Testimonials

Great team of highly skilled and experienced M&A and capital markets lawyers.’

The team is responsive, knowledgeable and well coordinated, so that advice in many disciplines is delivered clearly and on a timely basis.’

Philipp Haas is highly competent and experienced in public M&A and sophisticated in deal structuring. The more complex a deal the more value-add he will have.’

Philippe Weber is a star lawyer in Swiss M&A and capital markets. The trusted advisor of many c-level managers and boards on legal matters.’

Till Spillmann is commercial, deal oriented and responsive. With his strong presence, he is an excellent communicator and negotiator.’

Key clients

Idorsia Ltd

Assa Abloy

Boston Scientific Corporation

Broadcom

Credit Suisse Group AG

GlaxoSmithKline plc

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

OC Oerlikon

Nordic Capital

Paragon Partners

KK

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss counsel to Sportradar on its €2.1bn sale to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and TCV.
  • Acted as Swiss counsel to Atos/Worldline on the CHF2.75bn acquisition of SIX Payment Services.
  • Advised Broadcom on the acquisition of CA Technologies.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is noted for its experience in cross-border transactions, in which the team works closely with the firm's international offices. It is often involved in public takeovers, and regularly joins forces with the firm's banking and tax department. Alexander Fischer is well versed in M&A transactions in various sectors; he leads the practice together with Martin Furrer, who is particularly experienced in the real estate area. Jingjin Guo, the key contact in Geneva, advises on the setting up of new corporations and China-related mandates. Petra HanselmannPascal Richard and Martin Frey are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Fischer; Martin Furrer

Testimonials

The team has an exceptional commercial judgement and business sense, allowing it to comprehensively understand the client’s challenges and needs. Furthermore, the team shows strong capabilities with regard to transaction structuring and negotiations.’

Top notch advisors, very knowledgeable and resourceful.

Alexander Fischer holistically grasps concepts and comprehensively evaluates them from a client perspective. He has strong negotiation skills and exactly knows how to deal with the different stakeholders involved in complex transactions.’

Petra Hanselmann is very pragmatic, well-organized and always on top of things as well as business-minded and a strong negotiator. Her advice exceeds expectations as she understands and considers the client’s strategy, business model and industry.’

Key clients

Arbonia

Deutsche Beteiligung AG

Walter Meier AG

Selecta AG

Körber AG

Ufenau Capital Partners AG

Citizen Watch

Zurmont Private Equity

Mövenpick

Gerresheimer AG

Carlyle

Guilde Buy Out Partners

Constellation Capital AG

Lalique Group SA

MEGA Holding AG

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG

Helvetica Capital AG

Sun Create Richly (Asia) Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Gerresheimer with the €350m acquisition of Sensile Medical under a share purchase agreement.
  • Advised the majority shareholders on their sale of 93.4% of the SSN Group to Consus Real Estate.
  • Acted for Hitachi on its $11bn acquisition of ABB.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi's corporate and M&A practice is active in the full gamut of related services; the team advises on director and officer liability, corporate control, restructurings and compliance, among others, and is instructed by clients from the financial services, life sciences, food, new media and trading industries. Christoph Lang heads up the team in Zurich and is well versed in corporate governance mandates. Franz Schubiger and Beat Schwarz also have expertise in private equity matters. Geneva-based Sébastien Roy  heads the team with Lang. Severin Roelli and Jakob Höhn are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang; Sébastien Roy

Testimonials

The team is professional, competent, thorough and diligent. The members are customer-oriented, understand time urgency and always deliver with the highest quality.’

Franz Schubiger is appreciated for his expertise, competence and friendly and collaborative approach.

Key clients

Akorn Pharmaceuticals

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

AmTrust Financial

Barry Callebaut

CC Industries

Coca-Cola

Dow Chemical

FSN Capital

General Electric

Glencore

Goldman Sachs Private Capital

GTCR Private Equity

HarbourVest Partners

KGH Custom Services / Bridgepoint

KGH Customs

Mason Group Holdings

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Provisur Technologies

Proximus

Prudential Financial & The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Resonetics

Ringier

Royal Bank of Canada

Sony

Volksbank Vorarlberg

Zimmer Biomet

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Work highlights

  • Assisted Fitness World Group and FSN Capital with the acquisition of Basefit.ch.
  • Advised AZ Medien and NZZ Group on the formation of the joint venture CH Media.
  • Advised Vista Equity Partners and its portfolio company Telarix on the acquisition of Starhome Mach.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd's team focuses on private and public M&A, as well as private equity and venture capital transactions, which often have a cross-border element. It has a strong track record working for clients from various industries, including financial services, construction, energy and life sciences. Lorenzo Olgiati further stands out for his work handling corporate governance and shareholder activism matters; he jointly leads the practice with Jean Jacques Ah Choon in Geneva. Oliver Triebold's expertise takes in cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, private equity and venture capital investments, as well as corporate governance matters. Martin Weber has more than 30 years of experience in the field.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Olgiati; Jean Jacques Ah Choon

Testimonials

Schellenberg Wittmer has highly qualified professionals who have the capacity to understand what is important to their client; the pragmatic approach, high quality work, diligent management of deadlines and the team’s availability stand out.’

Thorough knowledge of Swiss law regarding commercial, corporate and M&A, and the ability to provide advice on those matters in a business-friendly and very quick manner.’

Oliver Triebold is an experienced transaction lawyer who is easy to deal with.’

Martin Weber is very knowledgeable and market-driven.’

Key clients

SIX Group

Corvex / White Tale

Philip Morris International / Philip Morris Equity Partners

Julius Bär

Cardinal Health

Skullcandy

Falcon Private Bank

EFG International

MoneyPark AG

Shareholders of Xovis

Hugo Fund Services

AddLife

ZKB Zürcher Kantonalbank

Swisscanto Holding Ltd

Bouygues Construction

RAM Active Investments

Schroder & Co Bank

Shire International GmbH

BNP Paribas

SET Ventures

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Helvetia Insurance

Teradyne Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Panalpina on a CHF4.6bn public exchange offer by DSV.
  • Assisted Helvetia Insurance with the acquisition of Helvetic Warranty.
  • Advised SIX Group on the Swiss aspects of its sale of SIX Payment Services to Worldline.

VISCHER

VISCHER has a solid track record in national and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions in the mid-market. Other areas of expertise are public takeovers and proxy solicitations, and the team is particularly well versed in the life sciences sector. Jürg Luginbühl and Robert Bernet lead the M&A practice groups in Zurich and Basel respectively. Matthias Staehelin, also in Basel, is an expert in life sciences mandates, while Gian-Andrea Caprez specialises in the TMT/ICT sector.

Practice head(s):

Jürg Luginbühl; Robert Bernet

Testimonials

Vischer has a dynamic team with strong entrepreneurial and commercial spirit as well as a life science practice second to none.’

Jürg Luginbühl is a highly skilled lawyer with a profound business understanding. He approaches legal issues in a pragmatic, and yet very thorough way.

Matthias Staehelin is the key expert with a solution-oriented style.’

Gian-Andrea Caprez is a rising star in corporate / M&A. A diligent, astute and knowledgeable lawyer with sound commercial judgement and deal-making skills. He is exceptionally hard-working and responsive as well as well-connected in the Swiss market.’

Key clients

Jacobs Holding AG

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Swisscom AG

H. Lundbeck A/S

Axpo Services AG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Polyphor Ltd.

Medartis

HQ Equita

CRISPR Therapeutics AG

Oculis SA

Cham Group AG

MCH Group

Openlimit Holding

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Equistone Partners Europe

Syngenta

Poscom Ferien Holding AG

Fidelium GmbH

Swisspower Renewables AG

Barnes Group Inc

Kuros Biosciences Ltd

Anokion SA

NOUSCOM AG

Versantis AG

TOLREMO therapeutics AG

JSR Corporation

Balderton Capital

MCM Fashion Group

Deichmann Shoes

AFINUM

Bertelsmann

Acronis

SkyCell AG

Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group

The Travel Leaders Group, LLC

Quest Software Inc.

Aeterna AG

Westermo Network Technologies AB / Beijer Electronics Group AB

Continental AG

Fr. Sauter AG

Spaeter AG

Translink Capital

Cotta Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Assisted Axpo Group with the transfer of AxpoPower AG’s grid business by way of a transfer of assets to Axpo Grid.
  • Advised Bregal on the establishment of a strategic alliance between its Embassy Jewel and the Kirchhofer Group.
  • Acted for Berenberg on the sale of a majority stake in its subsidiary Berenberg (Schweiz) AG to a group of entrepreneurs and the local management.

Walder Wyss Switzerland Global

Walder Wyss Switzerland Global has a strong corporate and M&A practice, which is active in public takeovers, divestitures, joint ventures, spin-offs, proxy contests and hedge fund activism. Its impressive client portfolio includes companies from the real estate, finance, food and life sciences industries. Team head Alex Nikitine is also well versed in capital markets mandates, as are Stefan Knobloch and Urs GnosMarkus Vischer is a key name for commercial, real estate and employment law. Luc Defferrard and Alex Gutmans in Basel are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alex Nikitine

Testimonials

The team provides pragmatic, business-focused advice.’

Walder Wyss impresses with excellent teamwork.

Alex Nikitine is a very commercial, experienced and quick transaction lawyer. He solves problems in a pragmatic and efficient way.

Stefan Knobloch is a business focused lawyer who understands US private equity owned companies.’

Key clients

Baidu

Nestlé

Dana Corporation

Oriflame

DDM Holding

EQT

Moody’s

40 North

Migros

Tamedia

Rheinmetall

Robert Bosch

Auris Medical

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

CIC Capital

Linde

Bank J. Safra Sarasin AG

Aduno

Ufenau Capital Partners AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Continental

Raiffeisen Bank

Harsco

Swisslife

AMAG

NovImmune

Work highlights

  • Advised NovImmune on the CHF515m sale of its immunology business to Sobi.
  • Assisted Boehringer Ingelheim with the acquisition of Amal Therapeutics.
  • Acted for Nestlé on the acquisition of a majority stake in Terrafertil.

BianchiSchwald LLC

The team at BianchiSchwald LLC is regularly instructed by SMEs from the manufacturing, healthcare and consumer goods area. It has considerable experience in private equity mandates, joint ventures and private M&A transactions. Practice head Thomas Schmid is also knowledgeable in merger control and restructuring matters, while Marc Metzger further specialises in commercial and contract law. Hans-Peter Schwald is also noted. Geneva's Manuel Bianchi della Porta is experienced in contentious mandates, including shareholders’ conflicts.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmid

Testimonials

The team stands out with its hands-on, pragmatic approach; extremely sound business judgement; and great understanding of the entrepreneurial mind.

Thomas Schmid combines legal excellence with a very practical and business-oriented approach.’

Marc Metzger is highly professional; His availability, reactiveness as well as the quality of his support make him outstanding.’

Key clients

Stadler Rail AG, Switzerland

Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

Richemont International SA

Founders of Prexton Therapeutics SA

Davidson Capital Growth & Co KG

Helvetica Capital AG

VAMED Management und Service Schweiz AG, Switzerland

Banque Profil de Gestion SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Stadler Rail Group on the setting up of joint ventures in the railway sector with local partners in several jurisdictions.
  • Assisted Richemont with the sale of its subsidiary Lancel to Piquadro.
  • Acting as legal adviser to Merck Serono’s spin-offs, Prexton Therapeutics and Calypso Biotech.

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd is an established player for mid-market domestic M&A transactions. The team is well connected with companies from the finance, IT and telecoms, real estate, energy, hospitality and healthcare sectors. Thomas Peter leads the team and is also well versed in advising on contract law. Christian Stambach in St Gallen is an expert in corporate governance and compliance mandates. Associate Claudio Bazzi is another integral part of the group.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Peter

Testimonials

Great, pragmatic and always on top of things.

Bratschi stands out with its high level of partner attention. The team gives practical and reliable advice, and it shows outstanding availability and commitment.’

Thomas Peter is highly engaged and very pragmatic. His advice is very much to the point. He combines an outstanding level of legal quality with the practical requirements of a dynamic business. He is not afraid of asking critical questions and is capable of thinking “outside the box”.’

Christian Stambach is a super experienced, hands-on partner, who is always looking for pragmatic, fair solutions that advance the process and avoid going down unnecessary rabbit holes.’

Key clients

Frank Matalewski and Lukas Martin

Piquadro SpA

Former shareholders of Namics AG

Christian Fischbacher Co. AG

Nederman Holding AB

Luwa Air Engineering AG

CorFlow Therapeutics Ltd

sanaplasma AG

Vorwerk International Strecker & Co

Omni Ray Holding B.V. and Nimbus

Descartes Systems

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz (GMOS)

Radisson Hotel Group

Park Inn by Radisson Switzerland AG

RIMC Schweiz Hotels & Resorts AG

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics AG

Steigenberger Hotels AG

Semtech (International) AG

Säntis Home AG, St. Gallen

Arbonia Ltd.

Stena (Switzerland) AG

St.Galler Kantonalbank

Adecco Group

Hälg Building Services Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Piquadro on the acquisition of Lancel International from Richemont.
  • Assisted the former shareholders of Namics with the sale of all their shares to Dentsu Aegis Network.
  • Acted for Nederman Holding on the CHF28.5m acquisition of Luwa Air Engineering from Grünwald Equity Group.

CMS

CMS has core strengths in W&I insurance, private equity mandates, D&O matters and cross-border transactions. The team is traditionally strong in transactions in the mid-market but has seen an increase in instructions to handle deals at the higher end. The team works closely with its international network, in particular for clients from the energy, financial services, infrastructure, life sciences and technology industry, among others. Department head Stefan Brunnschweiler also leads the firm's global corporate and M&A practice. Other key names include Alain RaemyStephan Werlen and Daniel Jenny , as well as Pascal Favre in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Brunnschweiler

Testimonials

Top partners with high competence and excellent working speed, which is combined with a high schedule flexibility.

The team has excellent technical knowledge, gives sound commercial advice and is highly responsive.’

Alain Raemy is, besides of his deep legal knowledge, a very strong corporate and M&A partner who understands the business needs of his clients very well and always comes up with strong business advice.’

Stefan Brunnschweiler is pragmatic and solution-oriented.

Pascal Favre provides excellent technical advice and drafting, strong commercial guidance and is highly responsive.’

Daniel Jenny is an exceptionally smart and skilled lawyer. He is technically outstanding and at the same time commercial and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Avectris

Bruker Switzerland AG

Alpha Solutions AG

fluidFOCUS AG

agta record

capiton/CymbiQ Group

Showa Denko K.K.

FinLeap GmbH

Motorex

Gaydoul Group

Novelis

UBS AG

AEW

Shareholder of evitria AG

Shareholders of Orbium Holding AG

Foncia Group

Syncona Ltd

Optimapharm Group

DS Group

Nextclinics

Nicolas Industrie S.A.S.

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Guardtime Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted the shareholders of agta record with the sale of their majority stake to Assa Abloy.
  • Advised Novelis on the acquisition of the Rolling Business Assets in Sierre from Constellium.
  • Advised UBS on the sale of the hotel Widder to Swiss Life.

Eversheds Sutherland AG

Eversheds Sutherland AG is noted for its activity in corporate restructurings as well as M&A transactions in the mid- and high-end market. The team is regularly instructed by clients from the banking, healthcare, TMT, engineering and transport sectors, and is involved in cross-border deals where it is able leverage its network. Practice head Marc Nufer divides his time between Bern and Zurich, and is recommended alongside Oliver Beldi and Daniel Bachmann in Bern, and Geneva-based Olivier Dunant.

Practice head(s):

Marc Nufer

Testimonials

The Eversheds team is excellent. It possesses a deep legal understanding of complex issues, and has incredible business acumen. The lawyers on this team have a broad level of experience in all aspects of commercial property transactions. Its ability to think strategically in order to analyse and solve legal challenges is phenomenal.’

Oliver Beldi has an in-depth experience of the commercial property market in Switzerland. Oliver has great negotiation skills and articulates his views in a manner that can be interpreted and understood extremely well.

Daniel Bachmann is an outstanding lawyer, pragmatic, creative and very experienced.’

Key clients

Iron Mountain

Omya Management AG

Sodexo

Sensortec AG

Pall Schweiz AG

Air Liquide Group

Ricoh

Leonardo Hotel Group

Eaton Corp.

Kering

Honegger Holding AG

Schweizer Zucker AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the founders of Atracsys Sàrl on the sale of the company to Smith & Nephew.
  • Assisted Sodexo with the acquisition of Novae Restauration.
  • Assisted Eaton Corp with the acquisition of the majority stake in Ulusoy Elektri.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard has a considerable track record handling mid-sized transactions and is well versed in corporate governance mandates. The team is particularly prominent in the blockchain, ICO and fintech space where it advises technology companies and start ups. Managing partner Beat Brechbühl  is based in Bern and, similarly to Ines Pöschel, focuses mainly on private M&A transactions. Lausanne-based Jean-Luc Chenaux and Massimiliano Maestretti in Lugano are other prominent practitioners. Clarence Peter, who is based in Geneva, joined from Python in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbühl

Testimonials

The KC M&A team is hands on, efficient and pragmatic, and it has a very good business sense.’

Beat Brechbühl is intelligent, has excellent entrepreneurial skills and comes up with creative solutions in deals; he works hard and has a good sense of humour which is rare.’

Ines Pöschel stands out as being highly efficient and giving good advice. She is  smart, thorough but pragmatic.

Clarence Peter is one of the most business-minded lawyers; very subtle, not dominating but extremely innovative and quick.

Jean-Luc Chenaux is top-notch in corporate matters as he is very thorough and creative; he’s smart as well as pragmatic.’

Key clients

Meex Versicherungsbroker Haag-Streit Group

Vifor Pharma Group

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA HOLDITALIA SPA

Aventron

Accor SA

DRS Investment Capital

PRECICAST INDUSTRIAL HOLDING SA

Investindustrial Group Holdings S.A.

Palamon Capital Partners

Commercial Worldwide Ltd– Sonomatic Ltd

Work highlights

  • Assisted the families Inäbnit and Haag with the sale of 70% of Haag-Streit Group to the Metall Zug.
  • Advised Ermenegildo Zegna on the purchase of a majority stake in Thom Browne from Sandbridge Capital.
  • Advised DRS Investment on its purchase of Xelog Group and the set up of the Swiss legal holding structure.

Loyens & Loeff

Loyens & Loeff's team is experienced in private equity transactions, and also has expertise in the energy, retail, transport and healthcare sectors. It acts for national and international clients on M&A transactions, public takeovers and restructuring matters, among others. Practice head Marco Toni is another key name. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of Andreas Hinsen, who joined from Lenz & Staehelin in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Marco Toni

Key clients

BTS Torres B.V.

Bacardi Limited

Platinum Equity

RRJ Capital

Altria group

Panduit Corp

Faurecia SA

China Three Gorges Corporation

Adidas

Exal Corporation and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board

Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co

Specialized Bicycle Components, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bacardi with the post-closing restructuring and integration of Patrón Spirits International, after having previously advised on the acquisition of the full ownership of the company.
  • Advised Platinum Equity on the Swiss aspects of the $630m acquisition of the water care business and operations from Lonza.
  • Advised Shanghai Pharmaceuticals on the acquisition of all of the shares in Takeda Chromo from Takeda Pharma.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

The team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd covers a wide range of corporate and M&A-related matters. The client portfolio consists of companies from the retail, real estate, healthcare and life science industries as well as financial institutions. Alexander Vogel is experienced in public and private M&A transactions. Andrea Sieber has a strong, international practice and also advises on company reorganisations. Mona Stephenson is the key practitioner in the Geneva office. Karin Oberlin is another name to note and Sergio Bortolani joined the firm in January 2019 from Homburger.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vogel; Andrea Sieber; Mona Stephenson

Testimonials

Terrific partners who have deep knowledge of the industry and practice, and give highly commercial advice.

Great knowledge of the Swiss corporate law provided by very experienced and responsive M&A transactions lawyers.

Alexander Vogel is very sharp and smart and has an enormous experience in M&A transactions.’

Andrea Sieber is very dedicated and available at any time.’

Mona Stephenson impresses with her competency, drive, and intelligence. She is dedicated and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Raiffeisen Informatik Austria

Dept Digital Marketing AG

Atyra Holding AG

MB Barter & Trading Holding AG

Semtech (International) AG

Meyer Burger Technology AG

Bellevue Group AG

SAP SE

Robert Bosch GmbH

poenina holding ag

Julius Baer Group AG

Calida Holding AG

Cevian Capital

Taconova Group AG

Tui Suisse Ltd.

Concardis GmbH

H.I.G. Capital

ECM Capital

Dassault Aviation

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss Counsel to Raiffeisen Informatik regarding the sale of all its shares in Comparex to SoftwareOne Holding.
  • Advised Atrya Holding on the sale of its shares in Swiss4net Holding to Arcus Infrastructure Partner.
  • Acted for Meyer Burger on its carve-out transaction and subsequent CHF50m divestment and sale of a business unit.

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte's client portfolio impresses with large companies from the manufacturing, healthcare and technology sector. The team is well versed in assisting throughout the whole cycle of a transaction and is led by Arlette Pfister; she can also advise on employment and immigration law. Michael Bösch supports the team with his commercial law and dispute resolution knowledge. Martin Bürkle is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Arlette Pfister

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond

EOS Group

Leica Geosystems

Hexagon Group

Twenty14 Holdings

Consus Real Estate AG

Wal-Mart, Inc. Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Microsoft on restructuring matters and with its new set up of a Swiss base.
  • Assisted Twenty14 Holdings with entering into a forward purchase contract for the development of the InterCity Hotel in Zurich Airport.
  • Acted as Swiss counsel for Corvel LLP in relation to its advice on the acquisition of the SSN Group by Consus Real Estate.

Wenger & Vieli

Wenger & Vieli LTD is an established adviser in the energy and manufacturing industries as well as in the private equity and venture capital space. Zug-based Beat Speck heads up the group and has considerable experience in private equity and venture capital matters. The firm has a broad corporate and M&A practice, and is a popular choice for mid-market transactions in Switzerland. Other noteworthy team members are Wolfgang Zürcher in Zug, who is also well versed in the capital markets area; tax expert Barbara Brauchli Rohrer and Christoph Schmid.

Practice head(s):

Beat Speck

Testimonials

The team provides good quality commercial advice on acquisitions and investments, in particular Beat Speck. It has high knowledge and fast solutions.’

Key clients

ricardo.ch.

Statoil

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

AG für die Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Cross Equity Partners AG

Daimler AG

Jones Lang LaSalle GmbH

Hybris AG

Partners Group Holding AG

Naspers

Emeram Capital Partner

Helvetia Insurances

Earlybird Ventures

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss transaction counsel on the sale of Webhelp Group to KKR and Management.
  • Advised Statoil on its sale of shares in Trans Adriatic Pipeline to Snam Rete Gas.
  • Assisted Helvetia Insurances with the acquisition of a majority stake in Moneypark.

Froriep

Froriep has a good track record in a variety of transactions - but particularly in private M&A - in the small-to mid-sized market. Among the team's clients are international companies, social enterprises and start-ups. Catrina Luchsinger is experienced in the financial industry, while Geneva-based Julie Wynne specialises in advising charities, B Corps and social enterprises. Zug-based Matthias Johnsonis a key name for corporate reorganisations and commercial law. Counsel Mark Montanari is also noted. Hubert Orso Gilliéron joined the Geneva office in February 2019 from Baker McKenzie.

Testimonials

Froriep is a law firm suited to take on any challenges in the field of business related law. Its strength lies in the awareness of the client’s business and the problems associated with it. Knowledge is power someone once said and in the case with Froriep its the main attribute.’

The firm is full service and focused on the needs of the client whilst also being commercial. It works efficiently and effectively.’

Mattias Johnson is always reachable and a very good and reliable source of advice in company law matters, M&A as well as corporate finance matters and also very good to just discuss your business with.’

Catrina Luchsinger Gaehwiler and Mark Montanari are very focused and responsive as well as supportive. They are also commercial and understand what is needed from the lawyers.’

Key clients

Harald Müller

Lebara Mobile Group

Vantage Technologies

Banque Privée BCP (Suisse) SA

The Earthworm Foundation

ENVICAN GmbH

SOUTH STREAM SERBIA AG

SenioResidenz AG

BFW Liegenschaften AG

Utopia Music AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Palmarium Group, the owner of Lebara Mobile Group, on the €55m sale of the Spanish branch Lebara España to Masmovil Group.
  • Assisted Earthworm Foundation with the establishment of a new entity in Switzerland and the transfer of all the activities and assets of its former brand The Forest Trust.
  • Advised Vantage Technologies on the Swiss aspects of a European corporate re-organisation.

GHR Rechtsanwälte

GHR Rechtsanwälte provides comprehensive services in the corporate area. Besides transactions mandates, the team also advises on corporate governance, compliance and shareholder relations. The team also works closely with the firm's tax, dispute resolution and employment departments. Marc Grüninger leads the practice, which further consists of Bern-based Bruno Hunziker and managing partner Markus Brülhart.

Practice head(s):

Marc Grüninger

Key clients

GETEC Group, Germany

GPV International A/S

Horus Finance

Goldman Sachs Bank

UBS AG, Stamford Branch

Eurasian Resources Group

Cemex Group

Xylem Group

Sapient

Craig Group / Craig International Supplies

Work highlights

  • Advised GPV International on the acquisition of 100% of the shares in CCS Group.
  • Assisted Getec Group with the purchase of Infrapark Baselland from Clariant.
  • Advised Eurasian Resources Group on the incorporation of five new companies under Swiss law.

HFW

Working closely with its international offices, the team at HFW is regularly involved in corporate transactions, restructuring, corporate governance and compliance matters which are often of a cross-border character. The key contact is Geneva-based Georges Racine, who has particular experience in the commodities, construction, energy, infrastructure, life sciences and real estate areas.

Practice head(s):

Georges Racine

id est avocats sàrl

id est avocats sàrl is a popular choice for clients from the deep tech space and is also experience in acting for clients from the financial services, life sciences, and professional services sectors that offer tech-enabled services. Its offering includes assistance with corporate financing, M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate governance, among others. Michel Jaccard has more than 20 years of experience in the sector. Mehmet Toral is well versed in exit strategy definition and implementation matters. Juliette Ancelle is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Michel Jaccard; Mehmet Toral

Testimonials

The id est team is very balanced and offers a high quality service without exaggerated costs. It manages to combine the domain expertise in the areas of contracts, investments, commercial law, and more, with a friendly and personal communication style very well.’

Mehmet Toral has an excellent approach to supporting his client’s business goals and delivers creative and elegant legal solutions to do so.’

Michel Jaccard and his team are very responsive, helpful and knowledgeable about all relevant Swiss law matters.

Juliette Ancelle supports in litigation and HR matters proving a great talent for advising the management on humanly delicate situations.

Key clients

Nexthink SA

WayRay SA

Beqom SA

The Invus Group

Abionic SA

MindMaze Holding SA

Flyability SA

Bestmile SA

Partech Ventures

Daphne Technology SA

Aktiia SA

Imverse SA

Nagi Bioscience SA

XSensio SA

Volumina Medical SA

Eyeware Tech SA

Picterra SA

L2F SA

Kido Dynamics SA

Lake Diamond SA

Aeler Technologies SA

AICrowd SA

Insightness SA

Senbiosys SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Learn2Forecast on its corporate transformation from limited liability corporation to a company limited by shares and its capital increase.

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC

Mangeat Attorneys at Law LLC's practice covers corporate, commercial and M&A mandates. The team is experienced in the financial services, pharmaceutical, IT and real estate sectors and advises national and international clients. Fabien Aepli heads the practice and is a key contact for agreements, governance and compliance matters. Joël Chevallaz and senior associate Nurith Cohen are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Fabien Aepli

Testimonials

The team is highly experienced and able to adapt to the needs of its clients.’

Mangeat has strong overall knowledge for its client’s needs as well as amazing availability when important and time sensitive matters demand it.’

Fabien Aepli’s administrative and extremely precise skills and mind are very much appreciated. His personal and very committed approach make a huge difference.’

Nurith Cohen is very responsive and understanding of her client’s needs. Her expertise and advice allow the best support.

Key clients

C-Quadrat (Suisse) SA

Infomaniak Network SA

Work highlights

  • Assisted the shareholder of a company running a petroleum refinery with the sale of 50% of his shares to a commodities trading house.
  • Advised the indirect shareholders of a Swiss company on the beneficial ownership disclosure requirements under Swiss Company law and the consequences of non-compliance.

Python

Python combines expertise in commercial contracts with strength in corporate and M&A matters. Areas of expertise include mergers, stock purchases, and asset purchase agreements, as well as reorganisations, among others. Marc Iynedjian leads the team and has notable knowledge in the energy sector. Other prominent practitioners are Christophe de Kalbermatten and Benjamin Humm.

Practice head(s):

Marc Iynedjian

Testimonials

The availability of the Python M&A team is outstanding and it can provide a “one-stop shop” for all aspects related to the acquisition process.’

The team is very skilled, organised and efficient. It is committed to the client’s needs and provides client-oriented solutions.’

Benjamin Humm has extensive experience, availability, reactivity, and is open to contrasting points of view.

Marc Iynedjian is very competent, approachable and responsive. He has a very good understanding of the energy sector and always proposes pragmatic and legally sound solutions.’

Key clients

EMMAC LIFE SCIENCES LIMITED

Steihoff International Holdings

Vima Link

Work highlights

  • Advised Emmac Life Sciences on the acquisition of CBD company Blossom.
  • Assisted Engie with its acquisition of Lier Energietechnik.
  • Advised Steinhoff International on the sale of several factories and operations in Poland, Hungary and Germany to Cotta group.

Wenger Plattner

Wenger Plattner's corporate team is active across multiple industries, with particular strength in the pharmaceutical, chemical, IT and automotive sectors. It assists clients with contract drafting, negotiations, due diligence and transactions. Practice head Oliver Künzler is also well versed in restructurings and reorganisations. He is supported by Marc Nater, who is active in the sports space; and Basel-based Dieter Gränicher, who has a good track record in disputes and in the private clients space.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Künzler

Testimonials

The team is business-minded and down-to-earth. It is further experienced in cross-border M&A transactions involving different jurisdictions.’

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.’

Key clients

Capital Transmission SA

Aggregate Holding AG, Luxemburg

Avaloq

Vienna House (Vienna International Hotelmanagement)

Consus Real Estate GmbH

Tamedia

SSN Group AG

Novocure Ltd. Jersey Island

proALPHA Group

Hilton Worldwide

ING Bank NV/SA

Motel One Group

AON

LSG Sky Chefs Europe GmbH

Julius Baer Group

SIGNA Group

HelpSystems

CIBT Inc.

Novartis Pharma Ltd.

Kistler Holding AG

DPE Deutsche Private Equity

Eneco Group

Rlc packaging group

SWICA Gesundheitsorganisation

Liberty Global Transaction Solutions

Mazda Europe

Audi AG

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

JT International AG

Syngenta AG

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss counsel for Consus Real Estateong its acquisition of SSN Group.
  • Acted for HelpSystems on its acquisition of the Core Security assets from SecureAuth.
  • Advised Novartis on the co-divestment of its and Clariant’s industrial parks ‘Schweizerhalle’.

FBT Attorneys-at-Law

FBT Attorneys-at-Law's practice covers assistance with the drafting and negotiation of contracts, the setting up of schemes and advice on corporate protection measures, among others. The head of the team is Marco Villa, who is based in Geneva; he specialises in contractual and commercial law.

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés

The key practitioners at Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés are Damien Cand and Nicole Fragnière Meyer. The team is particularly involved in restructurings and acquisitions for Swiss and foreign clients. Other strengths are assisting with drafting licence and distribution agreements, among others. Christian Valentini supports the team from the Hong Kong office.

Practice head(s):

Damien Cand

Jeantet

Jeantet has a core focus on French-speaking markets, where it has an established practice. Under the lead of Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron , the team advises on public takeovers, joint ventures, corporate governance and restructurings, among others. Lefèvre-Péaron also advises on tax and real estate matters. Senior associate Laure Rinchet is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron

Testimonials

The team stands out with excellent availability and responsiveness,  business oriented advice which is much appreciable, and its excellent quality of work.’

Patrice Lefèvre-Péaron is an excellent technician, honest, and always concerned by the interests of his clients. He has an in-depth expertise which covers various jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Webedia group

Banque Reyl

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance's Zurich-based team has an established practice and advises clients on corporate and public governance matters. It is also strongly involved in compliance, anti-money laundering, M&A and estate planning mandates. Balz Hösly  also serves as the chairman and member on various boards of directors. Urs Isenegger combines his practice in this space with advice on competition and intellectual property law. Samuel Bussmann is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Bussmann; Balz Hoesly

Testimonials

The team is efficient, and the firm has good resources in every field.

Balz Hoesly is indispensable for his strategic legal advice with a “nose” for the relevant future issues; he is very experienced in negotiations and a very reputed senior lawyer for finding creative solutions even in complex and difficult situations. He leads his team with a great spirit.’

Key clients

AG Hallenstadion 15

Showwerk AG 4.5

Bombardier Transportation (Schweiz) AG

Greater Zurich Area AG

MCH Group AG

Frieda Locher Hofmann Stiftung

Woodwelding AG

Work highlights

  • Acted for Woodwelding on its CHF100m share sale to an industrial company listed on the stock exchange in Switzerland.
  • Assisted SHL Medical with a group restructuring including the relocation.

Oberson Abels Ltd

Oberson Abels Ltd is instructed in matters relating to corporate law, M&A transactions and contractual advice by clients that are predominantly from the banking, biotech, IT, luxury goods and hospitality sectors. Sébastien Bettschart is well versed in commercial law and is noted alongside Stefan Eberhard; both split their time between Geneva and Lausanne.

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG is experienced in a variety of industry sectors, including defence, automotive, consumer products, financial services and food, among others. The practice covers corporate matters for its clients and advises on the sales, acquisitions and restructuring. Andreas Moll also advises on corporate finance and public takeovers. He leads the practice together with Daniel Hayek, who is also well versed in dispute resolution and insolvency law.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hayek; Andreas Moll

Testimonials

The advice of Prager Dreifuss is always precise and to the point, and at the same time market savvy.’

Andreas Moll has the ability to address both technical legal and commercial issues, combined into one coherent piece of advice.’

Key clients

Broermann Holding GmbH

Work highlights

  • Assisted Broermann Holding with its acquisition of Hotel Le Montreux Palace.

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd advises on a wide range of relevant matters, including M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, restructurings, as well as compliance and contentious cases. The client portfolio includes companies from the infrastructure, commerce, financial services, fintech and real estate areas. Key contacts Andreas von ErlachYasemin Varel and Désirée Wiesendanger jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Andreas von Erlach; Yasemin Varel; Désirée Wiesendanger

Key clients

Zug Estates AG