Competition in Switzerland

Homburger

Homburger fields a team of dedicated specialists who are regularly approached by large Swiss and international companies from a variety of industries, such as pharmaceutical and financial services. The group is well versed in handling investigations and cross-border merger control filings. Practice head Marcel Dietrich has longstanding experience in this field, and is also active in civil and administrative antitrust litigation. Franz Hoffet is knowledgeable in regulated industries. Richard Stäuber is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Dietrich

Other key lawyers:

Franz Hoffet; Richard Stäuber; Allegra Arnold; Andreas Burger

Testimonials

‘Franz Hoffet has the excellent ability to take what can be very complex matters and clearly explain very succinctly the main issues and clear recommendations on how to proceed. He’s always available at relatively short notice and responds to questions very promptly despite what must be a very busy environment. Very patient and calm which is very important when dealing with complex matters as well as innovative and flexible with possible solutions and ways forward.’

‘The team provides quick responses; high quality of legal advice; flexibility; very good collaboration with in-house counsels and business.’

‘Marcel Dietrich, Richard Stäuber and Andreas Burger: outstanding lawyers, deep understanding of business needs, quick responses, very flexible, broad know-how in different industries, sympathetic, long and good relationship/collaboration.’

Key clients

The Swatch Group

Swisscom

Liberty Global

Clariant

Zurich Insurance Group

UBS

Bristol-Myers Squibb

AMAG

SIX (the Swiss Stock Exchange)

Stöckli Swiss Sports

Zur Rose Suisse

Medical Properties Trust

Booking.com

Astorg VII SLP | Nordic Capital IX Limited | Novo Holdings A|S

VISA Europe

Brookfield

Work highlights

  • Represented Liberty Global in the largest full Phase II merger control proceeding in Switzerland in recent years.
  • Represented Clariant as international lead counsel in multi-jurisdictional merger control procedures.
  • Represented UBS in all competition law matters regarding the establishment of key4, its new open online mortgage platform for the financing of owner-occupied real estate.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin is highly regarded for its broad competition practice which covers the full range of relevant matters. Its client portfolio includes prominent names from various industries, such as Mastercard, Pfizer and Ford. The team is experienced in dawn raids, internal and cartel investigations and appeals, among other work. Marcel Meinhardt is an expert in the space and a key name for multi-jurisdictional merger filings; he leads the practice together with Benoît Merkt in Geneva, who is well versed in advisory and contentious work. Astrid Waser stands out for advice on public procurement and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Meinhardt; Benoît Merkt

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Waser; Sevan Antreasyan

Key clients

Allfunds Bank Group

Alstom

BMW

Cadillac

City of Geneva

Colgate Palmolive

CRH

Daimler

Dargaud and Flammarion

Deutsche Bank

ENGIE Services AG

European Broadcasting Union

Ford

Geistlich Pharma AG

Honda

HSBC

Hyundai Motor

Implenia

LafargeHolcim Ltd.

Mastercard

Pfizer

PostFinance

Richemont

Salt Mobile SA

Saraco SA

Sunrise Communications AG

Swiss Post

Swisscom / CT Cinetrade AG / Teleclub

Ticketcorner / Hallenstadion Zürich

Total

Unilever

Vigier / Vicat

Work highlights

  • Represented Mastercard before the Competition Commission regarding a request for interim measures from SIX NCS AG for co-badging and an alleged abuse of dominant position of Mastercard.
  • Advised Sunrise and SALT on the setup of a joint venture for rolling-out and operating an open-access fibre to the home network in Switzerland, in particular regarding merger filing aspects.
  • Representing Ticketcorner in its appeal against the prohibition decision of the Swiss Competition Commission concerning the merger between Ticketcorner and Starticket.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The competition practice of Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is well-positioned to act for clients in investigations, dawn raids, leniency applications and compliance reviews. Other areas of expertise are merger control filings, general competition advice and representation in disputes. The team is noted for its broad client roster containing national and international companies. Practice head David Mamane is noted for 'persistently representing the interests of his clients, but with a sound assessment of the chances and risks of litigation'. Other key practitioners are counsels Peter Picht and Frank Bremer and senior associate Amalie Wijesundera.

Practice head(s):

David Mamane

Other key lawyers:

Peter Picht; Frank Bremer; Amalie Wijesundera

Testimonials

‘David Mamane is a unique antitrust lawyer with extraordinary knowledge of Swiss and EU competition law, which makes him unbeatable when dealing with cross-jurisdictional cases. Extraordinary approachable, precise and resolute, provides unparalleled advice not only from a technical but also practical point of view.’

‘Terrific resource for domestic and international issues.’

‘Extremely competent and knowledgeable.’

‘The competition team is very competent, argues objectively and legally at the highest level.’

‘David Mamane is one of the leading antitrust specialists in Switzerland. From the authority’s point of view, he persistently represents the interests of his clients, but with a sound assessment of the chances and risks of litigation. This often leads to quick and constructive solutions (e.g. settlements) with the authority.’

‘Amalie Wijesundera is highlighted. She represents the interests of her clients skilfully and is able to build bridges to the authorities.’

‘Great Team.’

‘David Mamane and Frank Bremer are outstanding.’

‘Apart from the team’s high level of expertise in competition/antitrust law, one of its strengths is the team’s ability to understand, process and put on paper an extremely complex set of facts. What, in my view, also makes the firm stand out from others, is the high partner attendance/involvement you get when you work with Schellenberg Wittmer.

‘David Mamane is one of the best experts in Swiss competition/antitrust law that I have worked with. Apart from that, I was impressed by his and his team’s ability to present an extremely complex legal analysis in a format which was understandable . In addition to that, David is very responsive and a great person to work with. And he is very flexible when it comes to adapting to a new situation.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

Aldo

Mammut

Adobe

Gazprom Marketing & Trading

Fischer

SIX Interbank Clearing

Husqvarna

Samsung Electronics

Warner Music Group

Uber

Olympus

Bouygues Construction

CSL Behring AG

Ascensia

Apax

Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG

Gasverbund Mittelland (GVM)

Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB)

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz

Lonza Ltd

Rheinmetal Air Defence

Lafarge Holcim

Procter & Gamble

Barry Callebaut

Work highlights

  • Acted as competition counsel to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for the planned merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the PSA group.
  • Advised Panalpina Welttransport Holding on the public takeover transactions on all transactional competition law questions, as well as co-coordinating the international merger control procedure in more than 12 jurisdictions.
  • Acted as competition counsel to AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG in its global distribution activity, extending over a broad range of matters and jurisdictions.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd.'s competition team is 'very solution oriented and finds practicable solutions'. It is regularly instructed by predominantly large Swiss companies but also international institutions from different sectors and regulated industries. The group covers merger control issues, competition proceedings, dominant position cases and dawn raids. Reto Jacobs is a highly regarded regarded practitioner, who has strong know-how of distribution systems. Hans Rudolf Trüeb combines competition and corporate expertise; he leads the practice with Jacobs. Counsel Daniel Zimmerli and managing associates Gion Giger and Monique Sturny are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Reto Jacobs; Hans Rudolf Trüeb

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Zimmerli; Gion Giger; Monique Sturny

Testimonials

‘The group coordinates if need be among the specialist teams; Very responsive; experts are always available even on short notice.’

Key clients

Migros

TX Group

Swisscom

Die Schweizerische Post AG

Coty

Schweizerische Bundesbahnen SBB

Medbase AG

Baloise

Aduno / Viseca

Work highlights

  • Represented Swiss Federal Railways and Swiss Combi in merger control proceedings related to the acquisition of joint control over SBB Cargo AG.
  • Acted for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Schweiz AG in the ComCo investigation against several leasing companies with respect to an alleged unlawful information exchange.
  • Represented Zindel Gruppe (and Mettler Prader) in the investigation by the Swiss Competition Commission regarding unlawful restraints of competition against several road construction companies.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. has considerable experience in dealing with the Swiss Competition Commission (ComCo), particularly when it comes to representing clients in investigations alleging cartels or abuse of dominant position. Another area of expertise is merger control filings, often for blue-chip clients. The team is led by Mani Reinert, who is singled out for being an 'excellent partner in handling complex matters'.

Practice head(s):

Mani Reinert

Testimonials

‘Bär and Karrer is very reactive and gives accurate answers which are very useful to make efficient decisions. Very good knowledge of the automotive business.’

‘This firm’s antitrust practice is first-rate. A go-to firm in Switzerland. Its knowledge of Swiss law and procedure is fantastic, and the members have excellent contacts within the legal community. ’

‘Mani Reinert is a trusted legal advisor and excellent partner in handling complex matters.’

‘Expertise in Swiss competition law, and with the regulator.’

Key clients

PSA

FCA

Primeo Energy

ABB

Saint-Gobain

Beiersdorf

Unilabs

Harley-Davidson

Sidroga

GSK

Aduno

Mobiliar

Tecan

Bamix

MET Group

Jacobs Holding

Work highlights

  • Advised Groupe PSA and FCA as lead competition counsel on their plan to join forces in the area of sustainable mobility.
  • Assisted Clearstream with its acquisition of a majority stake in Fondcenter, UBS’s fund distribution platform, which concerned the issue of notification requirements to ComCo in Switzerland.
  • Obtained the merger control clearance for private equity funds managed by Blackstone which acquired the European distribution business of CRH for an enterprise value of €1.64bn.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's international network adds value for foreign clients, with the group able cooperate with offices across the network. The team is instructed by banks and a variety of companies in merger control filings, antitrust compliance matters, ComCo and cartel investigations, among others. Competition specialist Boris Wenger and Philippe Reich, whose background covers competition, commercial and international trade law, jointly lead the team. Senior associate Roger Thomi provides additional support on contentious competition matters.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Reich; Boris Wenger

Other key lawyers:

Roger Thomi

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic; committed; responsive; easy to work with; ’

‘Always available (24 h / 365 d), high competence and pragmatic way of work’

‘Roger Thomi is highly qualified, always available, able to work under pressure and pro-active.’

‘Good integration of competition law and M&A teams. Very good legal advice and in most instances fast feedback. On a personal level very pleasant and very approachable team to work with.’

‘Boris Wenger is a formidable competition lawyer, a reliable partner and a very nice person to work with.’

Key clients

Daimler

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

Abbott

FedEx

Nikon

UBS

Lonza

MUFG Bank

Smith & Nephew

Hitachi

Swiss Payment Association SPA

Burger Söhne

CSL Behring

Baloise Group

Arbonia

Keystone SDA

International Electrotechnical Commission IEC

LVMH

Monsanto

Mövenpick

Porsche

Stihl

Swiss Payment Association SPA

UBS

Seiko

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS on all competition law aspects of the sale of the majority of the shares in UBS’ fund distribution platform Fondcenter to Clearstream and on its long-term partnership with Clearstream.
  • Advised Hitachi on all Swiss competition law aspects of its $11bn acquisition of the power grids business of ABB.
  • Represented MUFG Bank in the Swiss investigation into the rigging of foreign exchange rates against Swiss and foreign banks.

CMS

CMS is said to have the 'best of both worlds: an international network and international standing, while it is also deeply rooted in the local competition law practice'.  The team is particularly experienced in administrative and civil competition proceedings before the relevant authorities as well as in antitrust compliance programmes, audits and investigations. The client portfolio includes large Swiss and foreign institutions. Marquard Christen, noted for his 'profound knowledge of antitrust law', and Patrick Sommer, who can also advise on corporate law, are the key contacts in Zurich. In Geneva, Pascal Favre is the practice head; he combines competition know-how with expertise in corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Sommer; Pascal Favre; Marquard Christen

Other key lawyers:

Fabian Martens

Testimonials

‘The practice is very responsive, practical and gives an excellent client service. Its work is clearly and concisely laid out and easy for a layman to understand.’

‘The individuals are very responsive, focussed, knowledgeable and work with a network that have similar characteristics – even when it concerns many different countries the cooperation is seamless. I can count on their reliability and feel that the partners and associates are seasoned professionals but also with a friendly attitude.’

‘Marquard Christen is a well-placed, younger partner heavily engaged in complex antitrust matters.’

‘Counsel Fabian Martens has good experience on how to handle large antitrust matters; he also has in-house experience making him an ideal contact person for in-house legal teams.’

‘Fabian Martens is a very smart and dedicated person.’

‘Quick reaction, business-oriented advice, international expertise, good relationship to public authorities.’

‘Patrick Sommer: large expertise and sound experience, smart and quick, business-oriented advice.’

‘The team is well known for their competition law work in Switzerland. They have an excellent team of also younger partners/counsel that stand out for their hands-on advice even in complex matters.’

‘Marquard Christen is the lawyer to go to at CMS. He is an excellent lawyer that clearly stands out. He has an in-depth grasp of the law and case law. Marquard Christen stands out for his ability to quickly identify the problem and provide hands-on advice even in complex matters. He is particularly known also for his work on public procurement matters.’

‘The cooperation with the Competition/Antitrust team of CMS under the lead of Marquard Christen has always been of an exceptionally high level of quality. In addition to that the team is extremely responsive and business minded.’

‘Apart from his profound knowledge of antitrust law, Marquard Christen’s strength is his capability to quickly understand even the most complex sets of facts, identify the legal problems at hand and come up with a solution which takes into account not only the legal issue but also the business interest of the company. He has the ability to understand the functioning and needs of his client’s business and strives to provide practical solutions to problems.’

‘The lawyers managed to familiarize itself with the dynamics of a market which was completely new to them and where there was no prior case law in Switzerland. At the same time, they can rely on experience from CMS colleagues abroad in a jurisdiction where a similar set of facts had already been looked at by the corresponding competition authorities. It is my impression that such an international reach of a law firm is unique for Switzerland. And at the same time I felt that the service provided to us was not only tailored to big companies but also to a smaller entity.’

‘Marqurad Christen is not only a great expert in competition law, but also proved to be very good at handling a difficult situation within an organisation and dealing with people with very different backgrounds. He is a very down to earth person and has great communication skills, also when it comes to dealing with the authority.’

‘Apart from their high level of expertise in competition/antitrust law, one of the members’ strengths is their ability to understand, process and put on paper an extremely complex set of facts. What also makes the firm stand out from others, is the high partner attendance/involvement you get when you work with CMS.’

‘It has a very business minded approach and strives to come up with a solution rather than just outlining problems from a legal perspective.

‘Marquard Christen is one of the best experts in Swiss competition/antitrust law that I have worked with. Apart from that, I was impressed by his and his team’s ability to present an extremely complex legal analysis in a format which was understandable. In addition to that, Marquard is very responsive and a great person to work with. And he is very flexible when it comes to adapting to a new situation.’

‘Very experienced team that is providing real and straight to the point support and valuable advice.’

‘CMS Switzerland has a particularly strong team, which covers especially well the intersection between competition law and public procurement law and competition law and M&A. CMS has the best of both worlds: an international network and international standing, while it is also deeply rooted in the local competition law practice.’

‘Marquard Christen is an extremely strong individual in the Swiss competition law community. He leads several high profile cases in public and private competition law. Marquard is specially known for his expertise regarding the relationship between public procurement law and competition law.’

‘Whenever we have an issue which not only affects Switzerland but also other jurisdictions in the EU or anywhere else in the world, the lawyers at CMS Switzerland have their personal contacts to CMS colleagues in other jurisdictions around the globe. Even in these international contexts we always had and have the feeling to get one solution out of one hand, mostly coordinated through CMS Switzerland. One recognizes that these international teams have been working together for a long time.’

Key clients

ABB

agta record ag

Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG

Bayer (Switzerland) AG

Credit Suisse / Swisscard

Hawa Sliding Solutions AG

Hew AG Bauunternehmung Chur

Holcim (Schweiz) AG

Koch Group AG

Pfizer

Porsche

Sunrise Communications Ltd

Toller Unternehmungen AG

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Work highlights

  • Advised Hew AG Bauunternehmung Chur on a significant bid-rigging investigation by the Competition Commission.
  • Advises a Swiss financial services provider regarding an alleged boycott of Apple Pay and other international mobile payment solutions.
  • Acting for Sunrise Communications in the proceedings against Swisscom et al. regarding Swisscom’s alleged abuse of dominance in sports on pay TV.

VISCHER

VISCHER has considerable expertise handling matters related to the TMT, automotive, and financial services industries. The team advises clients on the full range of competition and antitrust matters; it handles issues such as cartels, pricing, competition law infringements, and abuse of dominance, and is also active in related investigations and litigation. Practice head Klaus Neff is the key contact and a specialist in the competition field.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Neff

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Swiss International Air Lines

Universal Music

AB Inbev

Swisscom AG

3 Plus

Air Canada

Brenntag Schweizerhall AG

Baloise Holding

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Brenntag against ComCo’s allegations of an antitrust infringement.
  • Representing Royal Bank of Scotland with regards to antitrust matters in Switzerland.
  • Representing Air Canada with regards to the deletion of references to the client contained in a ComCo decision against a number of air freight companies.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard regularly advises companies from industries such as life sciences, construction, telecoms and consumer products on competition matters. Its offering includes assistance in cartel and abuse of dominant position investigations, merger control filings, compliance and representation in relevant disputes. The practice is jointly led by 'smart strategistDaniel Emch in Bern and Lausanne-based Christophe Rapin, who joined from Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd in January 2020. Daniel Lengauer is the key contact in Zurich.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Emch; Christophe Rapin

Other key lawyers:

Stefanie Karlen; Daniel Lengauer

Testimonials

‘Christophe Rapin is an outstanding competition lawyer handling complex matters. We value his experience and pragmatic way of approaching often complex scenarios – always a great experience. ’

‘The team is impressive. Daniel Emch and his associates act very quickly, they communicate clearly and they always follow a clear and goal-oriented strategy. They ensure that the client is not bothered with unnecessary questions of detail and can concentrate on the crucial issues that are of importance for the company.’

‘Daniel Emch is a very smart strategist. He has a good feeling for realistic points of view. He also has an impressive knowledge of economics. Towards clients he is uncomplicated, direct and natural.’

‘Strong team in business practice.’

‘Christophe Rapin is an outstanding professional in business law.’

‘The antitrust team of Kellerhals Carrard is very convincing. Being present in all parts of the country and having German, French as well as Italian-speaking antitrust lawyers, the team can definitely handle any large and international cases.’

‘Daniel Emch analyses quickly and precisely and has a very good tactical sense for target-oriented strategies. He is a brilliant lawyer with extraordinary good knowledge of competition and regulatory economics.’

‘The lawyers from Kellerhals Carrard have a good knowledge of the competition law, have a good understanding of the pharmaceutical business and provide profound and useful legal advise in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Vivendi / Groupe Editis

Groupe PSA (Peugeot)

 

Spie / Fanac & Robas

Frutiger Group

Nobel Biocare AG – Danaher Group

Fenaco / Grana Group

Vilebrequin

L’Oréal Suisse SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss Football League on competition law matters related to the continuation of the soccer league.
  • Filed the merger control notification in Switzerland for Groupe PSA, Opel and Total/Saft related to their plant to manufacture European batteries for electric vehicles.
  • Represented Nobel Biocare / Danaher Group in an international arbitration case around competition law issues with regard to patent licensing of Nobel’s core products against an Israel-based seller of dental implant technology ABT.

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd's team is active in a range of competition mandates, where it is instructed by national as well as international clients. Its scope extends to merger control notifications, administrative and civil litigation, dominance cases and cartel investigations, among others. The practice is jointly led by Simon HolzerLukas Bühlmann and associate Renato Bucher.

Practice head(s):

Simon Holzer; Lukas Bühlmann; Renato Bucher

Testimonials

‘Particularly strong in dealing with international litigation in competition that contains a Swiss law element.’

‘Renato Bucher has a pro-active attitude and great international connections.’

‘Simon Holzer is a wonderful competition lawyer with great litigation instincts. He can really spot the winning points and execute a strategy.’

‘Great international connections.’

Key clients

Cousins Material House Ltd

STRABAG AG

Calida AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cousins Material House in a dominance-related dispute against Swatch Group.
  • Advised Sunrise Communications Group on the merger control proceedings in connection with its acquisition of UPC Switzerland GmbH.
  • Advised Strabag AG on competition matters.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

The core pillars of Niederer Kraft Frey AG's competition practice are merger control, investigation proceedings before the relevant authorities and compliance advice. The team works seamlessly with other practice groups to provide cross-departmental assistance when needed, and it has notable experience in the financial services, retail, construction and automotive industries. Practice head  Nicolas Birkhäuser 'impresses with in-depth knowledge and expertise'. He is well versed in cartel and abuse of dominance topics. Thomas Frick is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Frick; Stephanie Huchler

Testimonials

‘The team has incredible know-how in competition law fields. The communication is open and very forthcoming.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser: very smart, concise and flexible (also under time pressure).’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser is a real antitrust expert with a lot of enthusiasm and a fighting spirit.’

‘Profound knowledge, experience and expertise.’

‘The NKF attorneys are friendly and easy to work with. They are very responsive when I need them to be. They also go the extra mile to ensure the client is satisfied with both their work product and the fees charged. ’

‘Nicolas Birkenhäuser is a great lawyer, very knowledgeable about competition law and the industry. He is a pleasure to work with, very responsive and with great business understanding and results driven. ’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser has a keen understanding of the realities of the Swiss financial market and banking business and is able to provide advice with a view to practical implementation.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser is an expert in his field but also has an affinity for the business side of a matter and manages to provide advice and solutions which ensure good governance.’

‘A perfect combination of technical expertise and commercial pragmatism.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser provides very valuable and straight to the point advice. He addresses the critical aspects of competition and antitrust law with the necessary thoroughness and his expertise allows him to answer very concrete, practical questions.’

‘NKF is an excellent firm with very intelligent lawyers. A particular asset of NKF is its solution-focused advice and knowledge of the industry.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser impresses with in-depth knowledge and expertise. He is also hardworking and very responsive.’

‘Very proactive entrepreneurial lawyers who are trying to identify the client’s exact needs.’

‘Highest competence in the field. Very human and business-like. ’

‘Smart and flexible team, also under time pressure.’

‘Nicola Birkhäuser, a complete and enthusiastic business lawyer, with outstanding skills, very creative, knows the Swiss market and its particularities.’

Key clients

ASSA ABLOY AB

BMW AG

Birchmeier Bau AG

Credit Suisse AG

Coop Genossenschaft (Coop Cooperative)

CLS Bank International

Emere AG

Flumroc AG / ROCKWOOL group

Mitsubishi Corporation

Procter & Gamble

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse on competition law issues in the merger of the Credit Suisse open architecture B2B investment fund platform, Credit Suisse InvestLab, with Allfunds.
  • Advising Coop Cooperative on competition law matters arising in the course of business, including advising on contractual relationships, listings, complex negotiations of a long-term franchise contract, and standing by in case of a dawn raid.
  • Advised Mitsubishi Corporation on various competition law issues concerning due diligence and transaction documents as well as regarding merger control.

Wenger & Vieli LTD

The team at Wenger & Vieli LTD has experience in bid-rigging cases, preliminary investigations, merger control matters and advising clients on general competition law queries. Michael Tschudin, who leads the team, is able to draw on past experience with the competition authority. Frank Scherrer and Urs Weber-Stecher are well versed in cartel matters. Counsel Claudia Keller is knowledgeable in the competition aspects of advertising law.

Practice head(s):

Michael Tschudin

Other key lawyers:

Frank Scherrer; Urs Weber-Stecher; Claudia Keller

Testimonials

‘Michael Tschudin is a very solid and knowledgeable competition lawyer.’

‘Michael Tschudin is a good lawyer with a great competition law knowledge.’

‘Michael Tschudin knows antitrust law from all perspectives. He has worked for both the competition authority and the appellate court and brings this experience to bear for his clients.’

Key clients

SIGNA

Oberholzer Bauleistungen AG

Käppeli

Work highlights

  • Advised SIGNA/Central on merger control filings in the EU and corresponding Swiss matters.
  • Represented Käppeli in relation to a bid-rigging investigation conducted by ComCo in relation to road construction.
  • Represented Oberholzer Bauleistungen in the first bid-rigging case with financial fines where ComCo found an overall cartel due to economic findings.

CORE Attorneys

CORE Attorneys is a boutique law firm founded in 2020 with an exclusive focus on competition, regulatory and distribution law. The team is particularly experienced in the media and telecoms, postal and aviation industries. Mario Strebel and Fabian Koch are 'solid and experienced competition lawyers'.

Practice head(s):

Mario Strebel; Fabian Koch

Testimonials

‘Key ability to understand the business drivers and provide practical solutions.’

‘Core is a new boutique law firm with a highly dedicated focus on competition and regulation.’

‘Mario Strebel is an experienced, intelligent and well connected competition lawyer.’

‘Mario Strebel and his colleague Fabian Koch are both solid and experienced competition lawyers.’

‘CORE is a boutique law firm that consists of top practitioners who have previously been with top Swiss law firms. The firms is highly specialized on antitrust and competition, regulatory and distribution.’

CORE Attorneys Ltd is well known for its highly skilled and extremely responsive attitude and its approachable, friendly and professional team.’

‘Mario Strebel and Fabian Koch have an excellent knowledge of their area of practice. They set high professional standards. Their longstanding experience enables them to deliver hands-on advice. They are always in control of cost and time.’

‘Small but highly dedicated and experienced team.’

‘Mario Strebel is a great lawyer to work with, highly approachable and able to bring new perspectives into a case.’

‘Mario Strebel has great know-how and communication skills, very sharp in identifying the key levers.’

Key clients

Sunrise Communications Ltd

STRABAG AG

Medela AG / Olle Larsson Holding AG

Pestalozzi

The competition team at Pestalozzi is led by Christoph Lang, who has a 'wealth of experience'. The group advises on merger control filings, leniency applications, and investigations in the context of abuse of dominance or pricing, among others. Beat Schwarz advises on competition aspects in M&A and transactions and Michèle Burnier is the key contact in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang

Other key lawyers:

Beat Schwarz; Michèle Burnier

Testimonials

‘Very strong experience in the field of distribution agreements, with in-depth understanding of route-to-market process, logistics constraints and market realities. Ability to come up with practical solutions. Also up-to-date on the latest developments.’

‘The expertise in Competition Law lies primarily with Christoph Lang, who has a wealth of experience, in addition to being always very available.’

 

Key clients

BMW Group

Boardriders/Quiksilver

British American Tobacco

Coca-Cola

Glencore

Groupe PSA (Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, Vauxhall)

Johnson & Johnson

Microsoft

Ringier

Sony

Work highlights

  • Advised PSA Group on the sale of its Swiss import and retail companies Peugeot, PSA Retail, Citroën and Opel to Emil Frey.
  • Advised Ringier on La Mobilière’s acquisition of a 25% shareholding in Ringier.

Prager Dreifuss AG

The team at Prager Dreifuss AG is led by Philipp Zurkinden in Bern and advises on a range of Swiss and EU competition matters. It is able to assist with cartel and merger proceedings, state aid and public procurement. The group is a popular choice for clients from the Swiss market. Counsel Bernhard Lauterburg is a key name for antitrust proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Zurkinden

Other key lawyers:

Bernhard Lauterburg

Testimonials

‘Competent, reliable, compliant with deadlines.’

‘Philipp Zurkinden has extensive knowledge of antitrust law.’

Key clients

Sunrise Communications AG

Schweizerische Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG

Swiss Brands Association

Swiss Parliament

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

Work highlights

  • Prepared a legal and economic opinion together with Polynomics on the economic and legal aspects of the merger between Sunrise and Liberty Global Switzerland under Swiss merger control.
  • Advised Schweizerische Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG on various high-level competition law topics in the insurance sector.
  • Advised Promarca and its members on the competition law aspects of national and international purchase agreements, and on competition law issues concerning fair pricing.

Wenger Plattner

Wenger Plattner is a go-to adviser for Swiss corporations and SMEs, in particular from the construction, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. The team is led by Fritz Rothenbühler in Bern and Dieter Gränicher in Basel, and it covers Swiss and EU competition law advisory work, representation in relevant disputes, and merger control proceedings as well as compliance reviews and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Fritz Rothenbühler; Dieter Gränicher

Key clients

Universitätsspital Basel & Kantonsspital Baselland

Kantonsspital Baselland

Work highlights

  • Advising a Swiss insurance company on conforming with market practices and co-operation agreements.
  • Assessing the overall activities of an asphalt company in regard to competition matters.