Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland in Switzerland
Geneva- and Lausanne-based firm Lenz & Staehelin receives major recognition for its banking expertise, alongside its outstanding strength in capital markets, private client matters, tax, real estate, sports law and dispute resolution. Key lawyers include Shelby Du Pasquier, Olivier Stahler, François Rayroux, Lucien Masmejan, Andreas Rötheli, Jean-Blaise Eckert, Benoît Merkt and Xavier Favre-Bulle.
'Highly competent firm' Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is renowned for its 'impressive scale of expertise, team work and networking'. Key practice areas include sports, insolvency, dispute resolution, private client, transport and banking. Managing partner Benjamin Borsodi, arbitration and sports partner Philippe Bärtsch, arbitration partner Elliott Geisinger, insolvency specialist Vincent Jeanneret, private client partner Bernard Vischer, real estate lawyer Yves Jeanrenaud and banking partner Grégoire Wuest are prominent practitioners.
Bär & Karrer Ltd.'s team impresses with its 'straight-to-the-point advice, great availability and efficiency'. Its practice groups are uniquely strong in handling transactions, as well as banking, regulatory, dispute resolution and white-collar criminal law matters. Cédric Chapuis, Saverio Lembo, Pierre-Yves Gunter and 'skilled arbitrator' Alexandra Johnson are the names to note. The Geneva office was further bolstered by the arrivals of Martin Anderson and Frederic Betrisey from Baker McKenzie.
The 'diverse team' at 'experienced and reliable firm' Walder Wyss 'practises at the top end of the legal spectrum' and provides a 'hands-on and personalised service to clients'. It is highly recommended for its private client and tax departments, while also handling banking, corporate and litigation matters. 'Highly regarded stand-out partner' Philippe Pulfer manages the Geneva office. Banking and corporate lawyer Patrick Vogel, litigator Rodolphe Gautier, 'rising star' Olivier Sigg, Hubertus Hillerström and recent arrival Fouad Sayegh, who is a tax expert, are other key names.
Key practice areas for Baker McKenzie’s Geneva office include banking, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, real estate, private client, employment, competition and tax law. Managing partner Stephanie Jarrett, corporate lawyer Jingjin Guo and real estate specialist Olivier Ducrey are the best known practitioners. Martin Anderson and Frederic Betrisey left for Bär & Karrer Ltd. in 2018.
'Dynamic and well-reputed firm' FBT Attorneys-at-Law has 'a pragmatic approach to problems and considerable experience in regulatory and financial environments'. Based in Geneva, the team handles banking, corporate and commercial, private client, tax and litigation work. Frédérique Bensahel, Jean-Louis Tsimaratos and Pierre-Olivier Etique are active in banking and finance, while tax partner Jean-Luc Bochatay, private client specialist Michel Abt and corporate lawyer Marco Villa are other key practitioners.
Kellerhals Carrard opened its Geneva office in January 2019 following its merger with De Pfyffer & Partners. The Lausanne office is recognised for its strengths in corporate, dispute resolution, insolvency, sports and TMT matters. François Carrard, Edgar Philippin, Jean-Luc Chenaux and Ross Wenzel are the main practitioners.
Oberson Abels Ltd is renowned for its broad tax practice, led by Xavier Oberson and Pierre-Marie Glauser. Other areas of expertise include banking and finance, where partners Antoine Amiguet and Philipp Fischer are the key names, and corporate, where Sébastien Bettschart and Stefan Eberhard are at the fore.