Employment in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

At Bär & Karrer Ltd., the 'practical-minded' team is praised for its 'competence, responsiveness' and 'to-the-point' legal assistance with employer-related transactions, restructurings and litigation. Highlights included handling all employment aspects during GfK's sale of four global divisions to Ipsos; assisting Constellium with moving its rolling business assets to Novello; and acting for Novartis on the planning and implementation of its Alcon eye care spin-off business. Laura Widmer also led on the employment aspects of Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB's takeover of emapalumab. Marie-Christine BalzanAndrea Gamba and Thomas Stoltz are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Marie-Christine Balzan, Andrea Gamba, Thomas Stoltz, Laura Widmer

Testimonials

Very competent, efficient, responsive, practical-minded.

Competence, responsiveness, to-the-point.

Key clients

DSV A/S

Computacenter

Addtech Group

Novartis

Alcon

GfK

SIG Combibloc Group

Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB

Cognita

Constellium

Zurich Insurance Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Handling all employment aspects during GfK’s sale of four global divisions to Ipsos.
  • Advising Cognita on its acquisition of the International School Zurich North.
  • Assisting with the employment aspects of Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB’s takeover of emapalumab.

Baker McKenzie

The employment team at Baker McKenzie is 'extremely knowledgeable', and demonstrates 'excellent judgement' and 'attention to detail' and is able to tap into its global network to handle cross-border deals. Zurich-based Peter Reinert and Geneva-based counsel Serge Pannatier lead a team that is particularly experienced in company restructurings. In recent work, the group advised on personnel and pension fund matters for Hitachi and Ihag Holding AG during their acquisitions of ABB, and the Widder Hotel, respectively. It also acted for Becton Dickinson in a discrimination case concerning a female employee and damages claims. Other work ranges from employment contracts to global hirings and employment contract terminations. Other clients include FedEx, British Airways and Publicis.

Practice head(s):

Peter Reinert, Serge Pannatier

Testimonials

Responsiveness, availability, can provide legal expertise if required in a specific case.

Extremely knowledgeable, very analytical, excellent judgement, knows when to consult experts on a specific matter, attention to detail, any information we received covered all aspects relevant to the case and required for taking decision on how to proceed.

Key clients

Dow

Oracle

FedEx

British Airways

Publicis

Hologic Suisse SA

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Keurig Green Mountain

BD Switzerland Sarl

Work highlights

  • Advising IhagHolding AG on general employment and pension fund matters concerning its acquisition of the Widder Hotel.
  • Advising Hitachi on general employment and pension fund matters relating to its acquisition of ABB.
  • Acting for Becton Dickinson in a discrimination case concerning a female employee and damages claims.

Homburger

Homburger is known predominantly for its large-scale transaction and litigation work. Gregor Bühler and Balz Gross lead a 'client-oriented and responsive' team that stands out for its 'broad and profound knowledge'. Recent work includes advising ABB on all employment law-related aspects during its divestment of power grids to Hitachi; assisting Liberty Global with employee transfer issues and redundancies following the sale of UPC Switzerland to Sunrise; and acting for Therachon on personnel share-selling following a takeover by Pfizer. The practice also handles high-profile executive or management terminations and dismissals. Claude Lambert is also noted and Andreas Müller made partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Gregor Bühler, Balz Gross

Testimonials

Broad and profound knowledge, clever and very experienced, client-oriented and responsive.

I have struggled to find a good Swiss employment lawyer with a sensible commercial head but Gabrielle Nater has provided that.

Key clients

ABB

UBS

Goldman Sachs

Lafarge Holcim

Bristol-Meyers Squibb

Deloitte

Dufry

eBay International

Givaudan

Google (Switzerland)

Uber

HSBC

Lombard Odier

Zurich Insurance

Greentech Capital Advisors

HBM

Michael Page International (Suisse)

OC Oerlikon

Opel

Infront Sports & Media

SCOR SE

WeightWatchers

Work highlights

  • Advising ABB on all employment law-related aspects during its divestment of power grids to Hitachi.
  • Assisting Liberty Global with employee transfer and redundancies following the sale of UPC Switzerland to Sunrise.
  • Acting for Therachon on personnel share-selling following a takeover by Pfizer.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard assists with contractual matters and negotiations, along with executive-level dispute resolution, across the pharmaceutical, retail, sports and financial sectors. Christoph Zimmerli advised K12 Inc. and Staar Surgical Company on commercial, immigration and labour law matters; he leads the team with Urs Marti, who represented CSL Behring in litigation regarding a senior manager dismissal. The practice has been instrumental in implementing say-on-pay rules for employment agreements and management reorganisations. Ivan Paparelli provides ongoing legal advice to  VF International SAGL, Consitex SA and Moncler Suisse SA groups. Zurich-based Daniel Alder and Lugano-based Jonathan Bernasconi are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Zimmerli, Urs Marti

Key clients

CSL Behring AG

STS Group/STS Group Switzerland AG

H&M

VF International SAGL

Consitex SA

Moncler Suisse SA

K12 Inc.

Staar Surgical Company

Work highlights

  • Assisting K12 Inc. and Staar Surgical Company with commercial, immigration and labour law matters.
  • Representing CSL Behring in litigation regarding a senior manager dismissal.
  • Implementing say-on-pay rules regarding employment agreements and management reorganisations for various clients.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin's team is 'able to deal with all aspects of employment in Switzerland for international businesses'. It is adept at handling contentious and transactional matters in the private and public sectors, pensions matters, and obtaining Swiss work permits for foreign nationals. Recent work includes representing Uber in disputes regarding driver qualification and self-employment status, and advising various multi-national companies following sexual harassment investigations. The team is jointly headed by the 'very dedicatedRayan Houdrouge, the 'pragmatic' and 'diligentMatthias Oertle and Dominique Müller, who is based in Zurich.

Practice head(s):

Rayan Houdrouge, Matthias Oertle, Dominique Müller 

Testimonials

Some of the features that make this firm one of the best options in Switzerland is the speed of their answers to our company issues. Nowadays, it is very important for a multinational company to have legal but also practical solutions and that is precisely what Lenz is offering us. We always look for a comprehensive advice including different points of view and not only from a rigid legal perspective. The way we see it, the most valuable feature of this firm is the ability to combine both the legal perspective with the business needs of a company like ours.

We would like to highlight the work of Rayan Houdrouge, who is always prompt to help with any labor-related matter. From our point of view, one of his main qualities is his ability to understand what the client needs in every moment and adjust his answer to those needs. He is very dedicated and his solutions combine an accurate and legal perspective with a practical solution which always proves to be the most effective way of addressing the matter at hand. It is very easy to address him and he is always ready to provide the advice that the company needs. His proactivity is remarkable and he is always ready to add extra value to his legal advice. He is able to see the matter at hand and at the same time provide some advice which fits within the philosophy of the company.

Effective team with one entry point (manager) who sought internally required knowledge to resolve the case. Effective global coordination with a responsible partner.

Excellent business case knowledge from the manager but as well best quality interpersonal skills and empathy. Pro-active attitude and polite reminders where required. Excellent time management toward full efficient case process.

Lenz & Staehelin has been providing tax and HR matters services to our firm for various years. They characterize themselves by a great level of expertise, availability, capability of coming up with creative solutions for sometimes complex situations. We have been working with them for several years and have not desired to go elsewhere.

Our main contacts are Rayan Houdrouge, Sara Rouselle-Ruffieux and Guillaume Gonczy. We have always felt that we were taken care of at a high level, we have created a close bond and that facilitates when dealing with complex situations and find out of the box solutions.

This is a high-powered practice, well able to deal with all aspects of employment in Switzerland for international business.

Matthias Oertle is very knowledgeable and diligent. But, most importantly, he is very pragmatic, able to deal with the real-life challenges that international businesses throw at him. My clients particularly appreciated his ability to state with confidence what current market practice is in their industry (financial services). Thierry von Aarburg is extremely hard-working and delivers what you need, when you need it.

Very quick in understanding the business situation. Proposes options including risks to move forward. Easy understandable assessment for business people with no further legal background.

Key clients

Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc.

CorFlow Therapeutics AG

Sarepta Therapeutics

Auchan

BlackRock

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Borse

Dyson

Eiffage Construction

HSBC

Inditex

J.P. Morgan Chase

Merck Group

OMV AG

Richement International

Uber

Xerox

Work highlights

  • Representing Uber in disputes regarding driver qualification and self-employment status.
  • Acting for various multi-national companies following sexual harassment investigations.
  • Assisting Sunrise with employment matters relating to its acquisition of UPC Switzerland.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

The 'very responsive' practice at Niederer Kraft Frey AG has 'deep knowledge and wide expertise' in the drafting of work agreements, employment-related M&A, bonus-related matters and wrongful termination disputes. Andreas Casutt and Thomas Sprecher are the practice heads. The team has recently conducted employment due diligence and assisted with the transfer of employees and pension funds for Finastra, and advised on corporate personnel and contractual affairs for Singapore Airlines. Catherine Grun Meyer 'offers tailor-made solutions' for large private and listed companies. Litigator Valerie Meyer Bahar is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Casutt, Thomas Sprecher

Testimonials

The employment law team has a deep knowledge and wide expertise; they always provide answers straight to the point and are keen on finding the best solution for the client. They are very responsive.

Catherine Grun Meyer (partner) is the one to turn to for all employment law matters. She understands the facts and circumstances in no time and offers tailor-made solutions. Daniel Antognini (senior associate) has a broad experience and is a top employment law litigator.

The team displays a great sense of customer orientation; in addition, they have a good understanding of how to find the balance of pragmatic approach and compliance with legal regulation.

Valerie Meyer displays a great sense of customer orientation in addition they have a good understanding of how to find the balance of pragmatic approach and compliance with legal regulation.

Key clients

Actelion

ARYZTA AG

Boston Scientific Corporation

Capvis Equity Partners AG

FIFA

Klopman AG

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd.

NKT Photonics A/S

PriceWaterhouseCoopers AG

Singapore Airlines Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Conducting employment due diligence and assisting with the transfer of employees and pension funds for Finastra.
  • Advising on corporate personnel and contractual affairs for Singapore Airlines.
  • Acting for a large global entity domiciled in Switzerland following a lawsuit by a former manager, concerning “golden parachute” claims, with the client alleging breaches of employment duties.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

The 'responsive' and 'pragmatic' team at Walder Wyss Ltd. stands out for high-stakes litigation, advisory and large-scale immigration cases. Recent work includes advising on employment outsourcing for a large national healthcare provider, overseeing Pharmazell's internal restructuring, and assisting with the termination of employment of a professor at the University Children's Hospital of Zurich as well as the deputy chairman at Swiss Bank. 'Straight-talkerPhilippe Nordmann has 'excellent specialist knowledge' of bonus programmes and mass dismissals; he leads the practice with compensation and labour unions specialist Ueli Sommer.

Practice head(s):

Ueli Sommer, Philippe Nordmann

Testimonials

Stellar practice, big law firm with a personal touch and boutique expertise.

Philippe Nordmann: in-depth knowledge combined with friendliness and efficacy.

The easy accessibility to required expertise and competencies. The knowledge of the local labour politics, culture and main stakeholder labour law knowledge and application.

An excellent and responsive group of practitioners. Great employment law expertise – pragmatic. Personal service.

I found Philippe Nordmann to be practical, expert and incredibly responsive. You can bounce ideas off Philippe and he “gets off the fence”. Straight-talker and follows through.

Very good availability, fast response time, very good understanding of our local and international conditions. Very good legal advice, especially on a local implementation of the conditions.

Friendliness, professionalism and personal approach are outstanding.

Outstanding efficiency and quality of service, very courteous co-operation.

Philippe Nordmann has excellent specialist knowledge and provides excellent advice. He is available at all times and will deal with enquiries immediately.

Philippe Nordmann is always responsive and very knowledgeable in employment law. His advice is always concise and to-the-point.

Key clients

Teva Pharmaceuticals Group

Evolva Holding

Equatex AG

Berenberg Bank (Schweiz) AG

Universitaets-Kinderspital Zurich

Nestle

Georg Fischer

Integer/Greatbatch

UPS

Credit Suisse

Work highlights

  • Advising on employment outsourcing for a large national healthcare provider.
  • Assisting with Pharmazell’s internal restructuring, including a mass dismissal scheme.
  • Advising on the termination of an employment contract relating to a professor at the University Children’s Hospital of Zurich.

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC's employment practice 'is very specialised' and 'can address any issue' – ranging from litigation or the negotiation of mass dismissals, to expatriate agreements, work permits and documentation drafting or review. Team head Stéphanie Fuld is 'a pleasure to work with' and leads on most matters; these include assisting with all personnel aspects of a business unit transfer from France to Switzerland for Dalkia Suisse SA and advising on a sensitive employment termination alongside various employee-related matters for UEFA.

Practice head(s):

Stéphanie Fuld

Testimonials

The team is very specialised in labour law and can address any issue, including about collective labour agreements.

I am working in particular with Stéphanie Fuld who is, in addition to being very competent, very nice. It is a pleasure to work with her.

Key clients

Dalkia Suisse SA

Banque Bordier & Cie

Romande Energie SA

Le petit-fils de L.U. Chopard & Cie SA

TPG

UEFA

Sonepar International Services SA

Anabio SA

Atlanticomnium SA

Roquette CH SA

Work highlights

  • Assisting with all personnel aspects of a business unit transfer from France to Switzerland for Dalkia Suisse SA.
  • Assisting Banque Bordier & Cie. with an employment termination following alleged abusive behaviour.
  • Advising on a sensitive employment termination alongside various employee-related matters at UEFA.

burckhardt Ltd

burckhardt Ltd covers employment-related data protection, immigration, compliance and litigation matters for clients primarily in the banking, pharmaceutical, energy and public law sectors. Basel-based Regula Hinderling jointly heads the practice alongside Gudrun Österreicher in Zurich. Areas of expertise include unfair terminations, bonus payment claims, mass dismissals, restructurings, contract drafting and securing work permits for foreign employees.

Practice head(s):

Regula Hinderling, Gudrun Österreicher

CMS

CMS is known for its 'immediate', 'practical and reliable' service level in employment matters, ranging from day-to-day operational and policy queries to transactional and dispute resolution handling. 'Outstanding' team head Christian Gersbach provides 'very knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic' counsel to clients including Nike, Denner AG and Accenture AG on general Swiss employment law. The department also advised Novelis Inc. on applying Swiss TUPE rules during its acquisition of rolling business assets from Constellium and assisted Ascom with its global review and standardisation of employee contracts.

Practice head(s):

Christian Gersbach

Testimonials

CMS service is unique because we get immediate service. The advice given is practical and reliable.

The quick reaction on requests and the professional and competent handling of it. The advice is very practical and understandable.

Christian Gersbach: outstanding work – very knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic.

Key clients

Nike Inc.

Accenture AG

Denner AG

Corning Inc.

BURSON COHN & WOLFE

Novelis Inc

Ascom

Gaydoul Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Nike on general Swiss employment law.
  • Advising Novelis Inc. on applying Swiss TUPE rules during its acquisition of rolling business assets from Constellium.
  • Assisting Ascom with its global review and standardisation of employee contracts.

Eversheds Sutherland AG

Eversheds Sutherland AG, which has offices in the French- and German-speaking regions of Switzerland, fields a team that is 'results- and client needs-oriented'. It is a popular choice for handling high-level dispute resolution or personnel terminations, management compensation schemes, social security queries and HR outsourcing. The 'very professional and reactive' Olivier Dunant specialises in global mobility as well as restructurings, and jointly leads the team with social insurance expert Peter Haas.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Dunant, Peter Haas

Testimonials

Very professional team. Results and client needs-oriented.

Olivier Dunant is always willing to cooperate with other firms.

Attentive staff.

Mr Dunant is very professional and reactive.

Key clients

Martifer, Construcoes Metalomecanicas SA

Federation des Entreprises Romandes Geneve

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

At Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd, the team has 'a broad depth of knowledge' in employment matters and is 'easily accessible for clients at all times'. It regularly handles transactions, restructurings and staff outsourcing, alongside dispute resolution and general contractual or compensation-related services. The 'practical, responsive and service-orientedThomas Kälin, who is based in Zurich, has 'exceptional expertise' in social security cases. Geneva-based Guy-Philippe Rubeli jointly heads the team with Kälin and has experience negotiating with labour unions. Martin Ammann is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Kälin, Guy-Philippe Rubeli

Testimonials

The employment law team has a broad depth of knowledge and excels in quick turnaround time on advice. They are accustomed to the flexibility needed when working with multinational clients across time zones which is helpful.

Thomas Kälin is practical, responsive and service-oriented.

Trusted historical relationship.

We work only with a few legal support councils – working relationship is good and there has been no need to change.

This practice – and in particular its employment law team – is unique in that it is easily accessible for clients at all times, very competent and willing to perform.

Thomas Kälin stands out as an individual with an exceptional expertise in employment law and social security law. He has impressive expertise in this area and is therefore convincing in both consulting and litigation. Noelle Stalder convinces with her very well-founded and convincing researches on employment law and social security law matters and with her very professional advice on these topics.

Key clients

Willis Tower Watson

PADI EMEA Ltd

Tesla Motors Switzerland GmbH

railCare AG

Media Markt Management AG

Semtech (Switzerland) GmbH

Swisspro group of companies

Unicef

Zurich Insurance Company

Coca-Cola

Calida group of companies

GoPro

Work highlights

  • Representing clients including Zurich Insurance Company, Tesla Motors Switzerland GmbH, Unicef Switzerland and Coca-Cola in litigation proceedings.
  • Representing Tesla Motors in a bonus litigation case against a former employee.
  • Acting for Willis Tower Watson in reviewing and updating its HR policies and bonus schemes, along with handling any litigious matters.

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance

MME Legal | Tax | Compliance stands out for its 'longstanding experience' in the space and its 'solution-oriented' outlook. Michèle Stutz   leads a team that is 'indisputably strong in its field'. Recent highlights include handling contentious wrongful dismissal and bonus claims, a cross-border matter concerning deferred compensation, and advising on employment contracts and work permits across Europe. Senior associate Martina Aepli is 'a fast thinker', who stands out for her 'strong ability' in litigation alongside 'excellent legal knowledge'. Alexandra Geiger , who made partner in November 2019, is recognised alongside Raphael Brunner and associate Raffael Blattman for providing 'first-class legal support'.

Practice head(s):

Michèle Stutz

Testimonials

High availability.  Experts at labour law, extraordinary organisation.

Very friendly; understands the need of the partner. Solution-oriented.

MME is, in my view, one the most prominent boutique firm in terms of labour and employment matters in Switzerland. The strength of the international client base of the firm is supplemented by a wide range of products and services that are provided in the area of compensation and benefits, and also on tax, pensions and immigration, so they actually cover any and all aspects a global human resources leader can actually request. The business-orientation advice they provide is remarkable, which is particularly helpful when co-ordinating a number of different jurisdictions for the same client. They actually provide legal advice oriented to the business and oriented to find the most appropriate solution for the company in each specific case, due to their actual knowledge of certain businesses (especially, technology, consulting, financial services). This is definitely supplemented by the speed of responses, which exceeds usual expectations for an international market. I would rate the overall service at MME as one of the best in Switzerland.

Michèle Stutz, one of the employment partners at MME, is a great lawyer with significant strengths. I have always been impressed by the client-oriented basis on her approach to any single problem and legal issue. Worthy of special mention is also her pragmatic approach for highly complex matters. Michèle is also particularly well-versed on compensation and benefits matters, particularly for the financial services industry where she is one the leaders in the local market and is extremely well regarded in international lawyers’ associations, such as the IBA. I have also worked with Martina Wirz, and with Alexandra Geiger. They both provide as well outstanding legal services and have been very helpful for our clients when we have worked together.

The practice have a real team spirit, including receptionists, assistants, lawyers. They come across as “one team” to support the client. They display active listening and emotional intelligence, wisdom and excellent professional advice. Easy to get in touch and good reactivity.

Excellent interpersonal skills, reliable, trustworthy; reactivity. Clear communication, brought to the point.

The employment department is well known for its in-depth understanding and experience of international and cross-border employment.

Michèle Stutz is an excellent and very keen employment lawyer with strong experience in employment disputes. Besides, she provides advice in a concrete and pragmatic way, and very cost-efficient for the client.

The team is very responsive, legal support is provided within very short time. The team is very professional and business-oriented. Partners always involve a team so that advice is guaranteed even if partners/the responsible person are absent.’

From MME legal employment you always get a clear advice/recommendation. This is very unique as normally all you get is a variety of options. Michèle Stutz and Martina Aeppli are partners that deserve to be mentioned specifically.

Long-standing experience, well connected and a well-functioning team.

Martina Aepli: fast thinker, excellent legal knowledge, very reliable.

MME offers us a highly competent team that has so far managed to cover all our needs and expectations. Whether it’s corporate law, contracting, tax, employment law, immigration matters, or any legal issue crossing country borders and service areas, MME will respond timely and take care of it in an effective manner. We feel confident that we can rely on them.

Alexandra Geiger, Michèle Stutz, Raffael Blattmann, Raphael Brunner have all proven their high competence and engagement in providing first-class legal support.

Strong practice in employment and immigration law; able to provide fast and reliable advice, including in emergencies. Reasonable fees.

Michèle Stutz, partner – quick and to-the-point advice; reasonable overhead on the associates doing the work. Martina Aepli-Wirz – very good grasp of our business and strong ability to make our case in work permit applications.

There are several specialists available and they communicate well, so you as customer don’t have to repeat everything several times again. The response time is short, which makes it possible for you to have fast answers/support.

Knowledgeable partners, who are always friendly and respectful. We work together for some years now and Ms Alexandra Geiger and Ms Michele Stutz know our company, so they very quickly understand the circumstances.

The team is indisputably strong in its field. In comparison with other Swiss firms, MME has a more friendly, competent and practical approach to every employment issue we have dealt with.

Michèle Stutz has a very high standard and offers excellent quality in employment law matters. She gives quick, complete and reliable answers with reference to employment matters under Swiss law and she is well regarded by her peers. Every Italian client sent to her has been utterly satisfied with her legal services. She is truly great.

The team delivered clear and concise advice on a difficult cross-border issue within the short time frame requested, and kept to the fee estimate they had given. Excellent service.

MME offers outstanding in support in evaluating the risk and opportunities, even outside of the assignment. Suitable recommendations are given for each individual case.

Very responsive, result-oriented, highly motivated, reachable also under pressure and in tight deadlines, excellent job.

Open-minded with a clear focus, excellent skill-set, very good knowledge, able to explain even complicate matters in a way, that’s understandable for everybody, valid for Michele Stutz and Manuela Fuchs.

A lot of experience, and a 360° view on cases. And they have passion for people and treat individuals accordingly. All of them deliver on time.

It’s lawyering at its best minus the chest thumping. Fast, precise and effective lawyers that can handle any situation.

High quality, excellent legal skills, sound advice, excellent commercial knowledge, excellent subject matter skills, outstanding analytical skills, high efficiency and effectiveness.

Work highlights

  • Handling wrongful dismissals and bonus claims.
  • Advising on a cross-border matter regarding deferred compensation.
  • Assisting with large-scale employment contracts and work permits across Europe.

Pestalozzi

The team at Pestalozzi is 'highly specialised, extremely knowledgeable' and 'super responsive'. It handles personnel agreements, terminations, bonus plans and general disputes. Practice head Martin Müller is 'an outstanding employment lawyer' and 'excellent negotiator', having assisted MicroFocus with implementing a pension plan structure following its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Restructuring and immigration specialist Christian Roos is 'very knowledgeable' of 'personnel lending and mass dismissals'; he advised Takeda Pharmaceuticals on all employment issues relating to its acquisition of Shire. Other clients include Dow Chemicals, Du Pont, Cilag GmbH and Baxalta Manufacturing Sàrl.

Practice head(s):

Martin Müller

Testimonials

The Pestalozzi employment team covers all aspect of Swiss employment law, including immigration. They are all highly specialised, extremely knowledgeable, supper responsive and efficient. Their advice is always to-the-point. We are also relying on Pestalozzi for complex international employment issues. Further, the team works seamlessly together, so they make sure that we are always getting the best advice. They are very quick in seeing the bigger picture from a corporate perspective.

Martin L Muller is the head of Pestalozzi’s employment practice, and I am dealing with him on a very regular basis. He is an outstanding employment lawyer and a very good guide through Swiss employment law: He perfectly knows how to solve very complex employment issues, how to structure a complex restructuring or how to handle difficult situations. Further, Martin is extremely responsive and very clear in his advice. He is an excellent negotiator and very experienced in handling employment issues of senior executives. Christian Roos, he is a specialist for immigration matters and very knowledgeable for personnel lending and mass dismissal issues. His advice is very efficient, to-the-point and with supersonic turn-around times. Christian is a true strategic employment adviser. For us, Christian is always stepping in when Martin is away.

Very good availability and responsiveness; very good and detailed knowledge of Swiss labour law.

My main contact is Christian Roos (partner) for Swiss labour law questions. In particular his very good availability and very quick responses stand out. The advice and guidance provided is always very pragmatic and aligned with client requirements.

Always reachable, with a very good understanding of our organisation. Pleasant collaborative event team approach.

Key clients

Shire/Baxalta/Takeda

HCL Technologies

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

Sarepta

MicroFocus

Kelly Services

Johnson & Johnson

Coca-Cola HBC AG

Nordea Bank

Cofra Holding

Work highlights

  • Assisting MicroFocus with implementing a pension plan structure following its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
  • Advised Takeda Pharmaceuticals on all employment issues relating to its acquisition of Shire.
  • Assisting Shire International LLC with its reorganisation and integration of Baxalta, while reviewing and adapting all employment-related Baxalta documents following a merger.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

The 'highly-qualified professionals' at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd cover a full range of labour and employment law matters – from data protection, immigration and social security cases, to transactional and disputes work. Headed by Vincent Carron in Geneva and Michael Hess in Zurich, the team offers 'tailor-made support' to clients and is 'always willing to support and find a practical solution'Recent highlights include carrying out due diligence for Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of Alpiq's Engineering Services; advising Schroder & Co. Bank on the transfer of employees from CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA; and assisting Panalpina Weldtransport with retention measures for C-level and senior management staff. Counsel Catherine Weniger is also recognised for her 'extremely client-oriented' and 'precise' approach.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Carron, Michael Hess

Testimonials

Great know-how about Swiss labour law, always willing to support and find a practical solution, legal compared with business know-how and attitude.

Dr Beusch is always very fast responding, she understands business needs and understands the different cultures, US vs Swiss. She is able to convince our US colleagues in a very pro-active business oriented way. Very reliable, always a great partner for all kind of questions and problems. Fully committed, well balancing all interests of all stakeholders.

Our contact, Catherine Weniger has always been extremely client-oriented, remaining attentive to our needs at all times. She is also extremely precise and is always up-to-date on the relevant market information.

I truly appreciate working with Schellenberg Wittmer, they are highly-qualified professionals providing tailor-made support to our company. I appreciate their capacity to understand what is important to us, their pragmatic approach, high quality work, diligent management of deadlines and their availability. They are very well-organised to ensure a lawyer or paralegal is available whenever an urgent request comes up.

We work closely with labour law teams in Zurich and Geneva. Both teams have very qualified attorneys that do not just answer questions but also think beyond the edge. They really try to find the best solution for the client. In court litigation they act very reasonably and react quickly and firmly to adverse opinions.

Key clients

Cardinal Health

Ram Active Investments SA

Bouygues Construction

Procter & Gamble

Schroder Bank AG

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

SIX Group

Work highlights

  • Carrying out due diligence for Bouygues Construction on its acquisition of Alpiq’s Engineering Services.
  • Advising Schroder & Co. Bank on a complex asset deal structure involving the transfer of employees from CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA.
  • Assisting Panalpina Weldtransport with incentive and retention measures for C-level and senior management staff.

VISCHER

VISCHER has a full-service approach to employment work, regularly handling work permits, restructurings, transactions and collective labour disputes. Highlights included acting for Covance Inc and LabCorp in a mass dismissal procedure; defending InnerWorkings Inc against a variety of employment-related claims; and advising Deutsche Bank (Schweiz) AG on documentation and employment terminations for executive and director-level staff. Team lead Marc Prinz is 'a star' and provides 'excellent support with a commercial focus', while remaining 'pragmatic in his approach'. Basel-based senior associate Anela Lucic is another name of note.

Practice head(s):

Marc Prinz

Testimonials

VISCHER provide very good legal support and are amongst the top tier of our external advisors.

Marc Prinz continues to provide us with excellent support with a commercial focus. He has taken the time to understand our business and preferred approach to issues so that he can provide advice that matches our values. Marc is available and pragmatic in his approach. He has supported us in some complex employment matters as well as ensuring we are compliant as a corporate.

Very quick, efficient and commercial advisors. I trust them explicitly with advising my HR team directly as well as advising the legal team.

Marc is a star – always available, brilliant and sound advice. I trust him completely.

Key clients

Covance Inc/LabCorp

InnerWorkings Inc

Equistone Partners Europe

HAYS plc

Mallinckrodt Inc

Audatex (a Solera Company)

Deutsche Bank (Schweiz) AG

Barnes Group Suisse Industries GmbH

SUSI Partners AG

FARO Technologies Inc

Swiss International Air Lines Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting Covance Inc/LabCorp in a mass dismissal procedure.
  • Defending InnerWorkings Inc against a variety of employment-related claims.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank (Schweiz) AG on a strategic level concerning documentation and terminations for both executive and director-level staff.

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd handles advisory and contentious employment matters, ranging from post-acquisition restructurings and management disputes, to disciplinary accusations and the implementation of new personnel regulations. Recent highlights include acting for Bersan Automotive Switzerland AG on a transfer of employees from the Hyundai Korean Motor Company in Belgium. Contracts and M&A specialist Angela Hensch leads the practice, with Stefan Rieder and Marco Rizzi other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Angela Hensch

Key clients

Berge Automocion

Nederman Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Bersan Automotive Switzerland AG on a transfer of employees from the Hyundai Korean Motor Company in Belgium.

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés

Based in Geneva, boutique firm Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés handles public and private employment law matters, advising on contractual, remuneration, business transfer and international secondment issues. Practice head Vanessa Maraia-Rossel also acts before Swiss judicial and administrative authorities in litigation cases, with particular experience in the Geneva labour courts.

Practice head(s):

Vanessa Maraia-Rossel

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

Headed by the 'effectiveThomas Loher, the employment practice at Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte provides 'highly competent guidance', particularly on hirings and employment terminations of executive-level personnel. Loher is 'an invaluable adviser' during sensitive internal investigations, and also leads on the transfer of undertakings, compensation scheme amendments and settlement packages. Arlette Pfister and Markus Alder and counsel Anna Neukom Chaney are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Loher

Testimonials

Highly competent guidance on various employment law issues. Always concise and brief where feasible. Their advice has always proven correct/successful where matters have proceeded to litigation or pre-litigation.

Tom Loher is an invaluable advisor to our firm. Quiet, competent and effective.

Anna Neukom-Chaney is the person that we trust 100%. Especially in all the things concerning our contracts.

Wenger Plattner

Wenger Plattner primarily acts for clients in the pharmaceutical, financial, manufacturing and construction sectors. The practice typically handles insolvency proceedings, M&A transactions and outsourcing, along with mass redundancies and applications for work permits. Experienced litigator Roland Bachmann leads the team and has a particular focus on bonus disputes and high-level terminations. Yves Meili is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Roland Bachmann