Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland in Switzerland
Bär & Karrer Ltd. in Zurich and Zug impresses with 'partner commitment, responsiveness, legal expertise in various areas and good communication'. The full-service firm is especially renowned in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, as well as competition, dispute resolution, white-collar criminal law, insurance, private client and sports law. Key lawyers include Eric Stupp, Ralph Malacrida and Thomas Reutter, Christoph Neeracher, Peter Hsu, Tina Wüstemann, Susanne Schreiber and Michele Bernasconi.
As one of the best firms in Zurich, Homburger delivers superb work on banking and finance, corporate, M&A and capital markets law. René Bösch, Benedikt Maurenbrecher and Daniel Daeniker are the key contacts. Other prominent areas include Franz Hoffet's and Marcel Dietrich's competition practice, the dispute resolution work of Felix Dasser and Balz Gross, as well as the IP and TMT departments, led by Georg Rauber and David Rosenthal. Dieter Grünblatt and Peter Riedweg are recognised for their tax expertise.
Lenz & Staehelin has supreme experience of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, competition and dispute resolution, with additional expertise in IP, TMT, sports and tax matters. Patrick Hünerwadel, Marcel Tranchet, Hans-Jakob Diem, Harold Frey, Marcel Meinhardt, Jürg Simon and Lukas Morscher are among the leading individuals.
Niederer Kraft Frey AG handles big-ticket work, ranging from corporate and M&A, litigation, capital markets and tax matters, with additional strength in TMT, real estate and sports law. Notable practitioners include Philippe Weber, Philipp Haas, Daniel Eisele, Andreas Vögeli, András Gurovits, Thomas Graf, Tamir Livschitz, Clara-Ann Gordon and Catherine Grun Meyer.
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd impresses with high-end work in dispute resolution, banking and finance, transport, sports and TMT. David Mamane, Martin Lanz, 'outstanding data protection lawyer' Roland Mathys, Manuel Liatowitsch, Christopher Boog and Alexander von Ziegler are the main partners, while Philipp Groz and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are also noted.
VISCHER has core strength in the healthcare, TMT and transport sectors and notable public law expertise, while also fielding strong capital markets, M&A, competition and litigation departments. Key partners include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Stefan Rechsteiner, Benedict Christ and Christian Oetiker. Michael Waldner and Christian Wyss are other names to note.
With offices in Zurich, Bern and Basel, Walder Wyss Ltd provides superior advice on capital markets, employment, competition, litigation, real estate, tax, intellectual property and TMT matters. Luc Defferrard, Ueli Sommer, Philippe Nordmann, Markus Frick, Magda Streuli-Youssef, Hans Rudolf Trüeb, Mark Reutter and Thomas Meister are the core partners.
International firm CMS has a strong reputation for competition law, dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, as well as insurance sector, employment law and real estate matters. Prominent practitioners include Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, David Hürlimann, Marquard Christen, Christian Gersbach, Jodok Wicki and Philipp Dickenmann.
With offices in Zurich and Zug, Wenger & Vieli LTD has strength in fintech and capital markets matters, corporate and M&A, as well as competition, healthcare and life sciences law. Wolfgang Zürcher, Martin Hess, Urs Weber-Stecher, Michael Tschudin, Frank Scherrer and Pascal Honold are the names to note.
Bratschi Ltd has four offices in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and a full-service approach. Core practice areas are corporate and M&A, private client and public law, with notable individuals including Marco Rizzi, Barbara Jecklin, Christian Stambach, Mirco Ceregato, Ingmar Snijders and Walter Boss.
Prager Dreifuss AG is especially good for insolvency law and tax matters, and also handles banking, capital markets, corporate and M&A, competition law and litigation. Andreas Moll, Daniel Hayek, Urs Bertschinger, Philipp Zurkinden, Roland Böhi and Christian Casanova are some of the notable individuals.
Wenger Plattner's stellar record in insolvency and corporate recovery matters is complemented by its corporate and M&A, competition, litigation and real estate expertise. Key partners include Brigitte Umbach-Spahn, Karl Wüthrich, Oliver Künzler, Fritz Rothenbühler, Stephan Kesselbach, Thomas Wetzel and Placidus Plattner.