Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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 StuppRalph Malacrida and Thomas ReutterChristoph NeeracherPeter HsuTina WüstemannSusanne Schreiber and Michele Bernasconi.

Homburger

As one of the best firms in Zurich, Homburger delivers superb work on banking and finance, corporate, M&A and capital markets law. René BöschBenedikt 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 RosenthalDieter Grünblatt and Peter Riedweg are recognised for their tax expertise.

Lenz & Staehelin

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 TranchetHans-Jakob Diem, Harold Frey, Marcel Meinhardt, Jürg Simon and Lukas Morscher are among the leading individuals.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

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 LivschitzClara-Ann Gordon and Catherine Grun Meyer.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is highly regarded for its employment, intellectual property, sports, insolvency and real estate practices. Peter Reinert, Lukas Glanzmann, Michael Treis and Martin Furrer are the key contacts in these areas.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has solid expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, tax, real estate and intellectual property. Well-known partners include Urs Klöti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and Michael Lips.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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 LiatowitschChristopher Boog and Alexander von Ziegler are the main partners, while Philipp Groz and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are also noted.

VISCHER

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 RechsteinerBenedict Christ  and Christian OetikerMichael Waldner and Christian Wyss are other names to note.

Walder Wyss Ltd

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.

CMS

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 GersterStefan BrunnschweilerDavid Hürlimann, Marquard Christen, Christian Gersbach, Jodok Wicki and Philipp Dickenmann.

Kellerhals Carrard

With significant sector-based expertise, Kellerhals Carrard is renowned for its experience in sports matters and public law, as well as capital markets, corporate and M&A and insolvency law. Managing partner Beat Brechbühl, Thomas Eichenberger, Daniel Emch and Christoph Jäger are key names.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Providing full-service advice, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) is best known for its intellectual property, private client, real estate, TMT, competition and corporate work. Key names include Simon HolzerMichael Ritscher , Patricia Guerra, Lukas Bühlmann, Michael Reinle and Mario Strebel.

Wenger & Vieli LTD

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 ZürcherMartin HessUrs Weber-StecherMichael TschudinFrank Scherrer and Pascal Honold are the names to note.

Bratschi Ltd

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 StambachMirco CeregatoIngmar Snijders and Walter Boss.

burckhardt Ltd

Boutique firm burckhardt Ltd advises on litigation, employment, private client and tax matters. The key contacts are Jacqueline BurckhardtRolf WüthrichMark EichnerRegula Hinderling and Piera Beretta.

Froriep

The Zurich team of Froriep includes banking, finance and corporate specialist Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler, litigator Sabina Schellenberg, intellectual property and TMT partner Nicola Benz, as well as tax lawyer Marcel Jung. Swiss-qualified transport expert Dunja Koch is based in London.

LALIVE

LALIVE's Zurich team has a strong position in the dispute resolution space, where  Matthias Gstoehl is a key name. The group also handles banking and intellectual property matters. Simone Nadelhofer is another name to note.

Prager Dreifuss AG

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 MollDaniel HayekUrs BertschingerPhilipp ZurkindenRoland Böhi and Christian Casanova are some of the notable individuals.

Wenger Plattner

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-SpahnKarl WüthrichOliver KünzlerFritz RothenbühlerStephan KesselbachThomas Wetzel and Placidus Plattner.