Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. has an excellent market reputation for its full service offering; team members have deep experience in the areas of capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking, insurance, dispute resolution, and real estate, among others. The team includes experts such as Eric StuppRalph MalacridaRashid BaharPeter HsuRolf WatterMariel Hoch and Christoph NeeracherTina Wüstemann specialises in private clients, while Daniel Bader and Susanne Schreiber cover tax matters. Michele Bernasconi knows TMT and sports law well. Andreas Länzlinger is an established litigator and handles internal investigations. Daniel Hochstrasser is an expert in arbitration and the chairman of the board of directors.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hochstrasser

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Neeracher; Eric Stupp; Ralph Malacrida; Rashid Bahar, Peter Hsu; Rolf Watter; Mariel Hoch; Christoph Neeracher; Tina Wüstemann; Daniel Bader; Susanne Schreiber; Andreas Länzlinger; Corrado Rampini; Michele Bernasconi

Key clients

Novartis

UBS

Goldman Sachs

Bank J. Safra

AON Schweiz AG

Swiss Re

Swiss Prime Site

Credit Suisse

Lonza

Valora

Libra

Peugeot Société Anonyme (PSA)/Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA)

Swiss International Airlines

EQT

Partners Group

Waterland Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised EQT on all aspects of Swiss law concerning its acquisition of Galderma Skin Health S.A. (formerly Nestlé Skin Health S.A.) from Nestlé S.A. for a total consideration of CHF10.2bn.
  • Advised Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund (MGB) on its sale of Magazine zum Globus AG along with eight associated real estate properties to a joint venture of Signa and Central Group.
  • Acting as legal adviser to Libra Association in its pursuit to create a new DLT-based payment system and financial infrastructure.

Homburger

Homburger fields a team of experienced specialists in a variety of disciplines. Core practice areas are its corporate and M&A, banking and finance, capital markets, disputes and tax groups, in which Benedikt Maurenbrecher, René BöschJürg Frick and Daniel Daeniker as well as Dieter Grünblatt, Balz Gross and Felix Dasser stand out. Regulatory specialist Franz Hoffet and Marcel Dietrich as well as IP/IT expert Georg Rauber are also highlighted. Through its initiative 'Homburger Exponential', the firm can offer a range of legal tech tools to its clients.

Other key lawyers:

Benedikt Maurenbrecher; Jürg Frick; René Bösch; Daniel Daeniker; Dieter Grünblatt; Balz Gross; Felix Dasser

Work highlights

  • Advised Clariant as global lead legal advisor on the $1.56bn sale of its global masterbatches business.
  • Representing Swisscom in a CHF350m civil cartel damage compensation case against Sunrise concerning a margin squeeze.
  • Advised UBS on the establishment of key4, its new open online mortgage platform for the financing of self-occupied real estate.

Lenz & Staehelin

Full-service law firm Lenz & Staehelin is highly regarded in the Swiss market. The firm has strong expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A matters, as well as in dispute resolution and in competition, IP, and TMT law. Highlighted practitioners include Patrick Hünerwadel, Hans-Jakob Diem, Marcel Tranchet, Harold Frey, Jürg Simon, and Marcel Meinhardt, as well as Patrick SchleifferTanja Luginbühl and Lukas Morscher. The tax and private clients space is skilfully covered by Pascal Hinny and Heini Rüdisühli.

Other key lawyers:

Tanja Luginbühl; Patrick Schleiffer; Pascal Hinny; Heini Rüdisühli; Patrick Hünerwadel; Hans-Jakob Diem; Marcel Tranchet; Harold Frey; Jürg Simon; Marcel Meinhardt; Lukas Morscher

Work highlights

  • Advising Sunrise on its transformational sale to Liberty Global.
  • Advised a syndicate of banks on a financing for the Swarovski Group during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acted as lead counsel for SoftwareONE on its IPO with a listing on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG strengths lie in capital markets, corporate and M&A, and tax, areas where Philippe WeberPhilipp Haas and Thomas Graf are highly regarded. The team also handles disputes, private client matters, real estate and competition, where Daniel EiseleTamir LivschitzClara-Ann GordonCatherine Grun MeyerAndreas Vögeli and Nicolas Birkhäuser are names to note.

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Weber; Philipp Haas; Thomas Graf; András Gurovits; Daniel Eisele; Tamir Livschitz; Clara-Ann Gordon; Catherine Grun Meyer; Andreas Vögeli; Nicolas Birkhäuser

Work highlights

  • Advised CRH as Swiss counsel on the €1.64bn sale of its European distribution business to private equity funds managed by Blackstone.
  • Advised Medacta Group on its initial public offering.
  • Representing different banks in various judicial assistance proceedings between the US and Switzerland and evidence taking before the relevant Swiss court.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie acts for Swiss and foreign clients from a range of backgrounds and industries. It is well versed in the areas of corporate and M&A, competition, capital markets, intellectual property, real estate and TMT. Noted individuals include Alexander Fischer,Martin FurrerAlexander WyssMarnin Michaels, and Lukas Glanzmann.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Fischer; Marnin Michaels; Martin Furrer; Alexander Wyss

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Glanzmann; Samuel Marbacher; Eva-Maria Strobel

Key clients

IHAG Holding AG

PSP Swiss Property

ULTIMA CAPITAL SA

Körber AG

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG

SSN group AG

Helvetica Capital AG

Hitachi

Dätwyler

Swiss Life AG

Swarovski AG and affiliates

Arbonia

Equistone

RRJ Capital

Morgan Stanley

UBS AG

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals N.V.

Fundamenta Real Estate AG

Meier Tobler AG

World Trade Organisation

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS on the sale of its majority stake (51.2%) in UBS Fondcenter, its B2B fund distribution platform, and part of its Asset Management business division, to Clearstream, Deutsche Börse Group’s post-trade services provider.
  • Acted as sole legal advisor to UBS, Credit Suisse and all other involved Swiss Banks on all legal aspects of the CHF40bn programme for government-backed bridge loans to support Swiss SMEs experiencing liquidity shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Dätwyler Group on the sale of electronic components distributors Distrelec and Nedis to Aurelius.

CMS

The Zurich-team at CMS is noted for providing 'sophisticated yet practical advice and excellent industry knowledge'. It covers dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, and real estate as well as insurance and employment law. Jodok WickiDavid Hürlimann, Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, Christian Gersbach, Philipp Dickenmann, Niklaus ZauggReto Hunsperger and Daniel Jenny are names to note. Marquard Christen and Tobias Somary are key contacts for competition and private clients matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jodok Wicki; David Hürlimann; Marquard Christen

Other key lawyers:

Dirk Spacek; Stefan Gerster; Stefan Brunnschweiler; Christian Gersbach; Philipp Dickenmann; Reto Hunsperger; Daniel Jenny; Tobias Somary

Testimonials

‘Capacity to cover a broad spectrum of topics, international partner network’

‘Outstanding availability and engagement.’

‘Tobias Somary is an excellent lawyer, very much solution-oriented, pragmatic and trustworthy.’

‘Competent, proactive & fast’

‘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 within the CMS competition law team in Switzerland. 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.’

‘They were extremely efficient and always went the extra mile to be contactable for both the UK advisors and the clients.’

‘Tobias Somary was excellent, a pleasure to deal with. He is supported well in the team with more junior lawyers and by other areas of the firm.’

‘The cooperation with CMS von Erlach Poncet AG (CMS Switzerland), in general, and in particular with key contact Marquard Christen and his team has always had an exceptionally high level of quality and responsiveness. The answers were always fast and the advice given precise but at the same time exactly limited to what we needed.’

‘Sophisticated yet practical advice and excellent industry knowledge.’

‘The collaboration between the members and the teams of the practice with their different capabilities is outstanding. They work strongly together with a clear focus on the client needs and a very good understanding of cross border topics as they are relevant for most of the wealthy private clients.’

‘Tobias Somary is mentioned for his special effort and passion.’

‘Reto Hunsperger understands the problems immediately and serves with more solutions, not only one. He is really experienced, he knows the theoretical and practical side of each legal problem. Apart from his ingenuity, he has an excellent personality, with whom everyone can find the common ‘language’. We were always in good hands.’

‘CMS is a well known law firm for private clients in the Zurich Area, particularly for cross border cases in a Swiss-German context. They have a series of professionals who are very capable.’

‘The Private Client team leader is Tobias Somary. He is a very good lawyer and has considerable negotiating skills. He also runs the Zurich bar’s working group for inheritance law which organizes regular continuous education seminars for inheritance professionals from law, banking and tax.’

‘Outstanding legal expertise. Listening very carefully to our needs and easily understands issues that are truly critical to us. Ability to grasp details of intricate technology with ease. Exceptional client service orientation in all aspects of communication and handling of our cases.’

‘Christian Gersbach is very pragmatic, entrepreneurial and and has a responsible mind, effective results.’

‘Great expertise in the private client sector with in-depth knowledge and experience in cross-border estates’

‘Tobias Somary stands out for his expertise in estate matters’

‘The private client team of CM/S von Erlach Poncet is well recognized due to their expertise in inheritance and matrimonial law.’

‘Tobias Somary is a practitioner with outstanding skills. He is very responsive to his clients.’

Key clients

ABB

Accenture AG

ACRON AG

AEW Energie AG

agta record ag

AIG Europe Limited

Allianz Suisse Real Estate Inc (acting for various Swiss Allianz companies)

AMETEK

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Atos AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Avectris AG

Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Bayer (Switzerland) AG

Better Cotton Initiative

Bruker Switzerland AG

Burger King Europe GmbH

BURSON COHN & WOLFE

capiton/CymbiQ Group

China Development Bank

Chubb Insurance (Switzerland) Limited

Cogent Communications

Commerzbank AG

Conzetta

Corning Inc.

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Credit Suisse / Swisscard

Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Credit Suisse Asset Management (Schweiz) Ltd. (acting for various CS real estate funds and CS investment foundations)

CTS EVENTIM AG & Co. KGaA

Denner AG

Designwerk Technologies GmbH

Diageo

DP World

DS Group (Dharampal Satyapal Ltd.)

Duff & Phelps, LLC, U.S.A.

Electrolux Professional AG

EMS-Group

EVENTIM

Gaydoul Group

Gerha

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of agta record on the sale of their majority stake in agta record to the Swedish group Assa-Abloy.
  • Advised Hew AG Bauunternehmung Chur on the largest ever bid-rigging investigation by the Competition Commission.
  • Representing the Swiss ancillary insolvency estate of Manfred Schmider in various law suits; one case pending before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard is noted for its broad offering, in terms of practice areas and cities covered. The key practitioners are Beat BrechbuehlChristoph JägerDaniel Emch and Thomas Eichenberger in the Bern office as well as Claudia Götz Staehelin in Basel and Cornelia Stengel in Zurich; they cover, M&A, litigation, investigations, sports, and capital markets matters, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbuehl

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Jäger; Daniel Emch; Thomas Eichenberger; Claudia Götz Staehelin; Cornelia Stengel

Key clients

Daetwyler Holding AG

Alpiq Holding AG / EOS Holding SA

UBS AG

Vivendi / Groupe Editis

Swiss Football League

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AG

Zegna Group (Consitex SA, Coti Service, Ermenegildo Zegna, Z Zegna, Agnona)

Swiss FinTech Innovations (SFTI)

Orell Füssli Holding AG

Swiss Financial Market Authority (FINMA)

Lehman Brothers Limited

Parmalat Group

Man Group plc

ETH Board (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)

Schmolz+Bickenbach Beteiligungs GmbH

UBS Fund Management / UBS “Sima”

CSL Behring

GS Banque SA, now One Swiss Bank

Franklin Templeton Group

DWS

Barings

GAM Investment Management (Switzerland) Ltd.

AXA Versicherungen AG,

Swiss FinTech Innovations

Provins SA

aventron

Möbel-Pfister Ltd.

Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS)

United Sec

Work highlights

  • Retained by the four government-accredited loan guarantee organisations to uncover possible credit abuses, persecute possible fraudsters and recover unlawfully obtained loans for the next seven years in connection with the emergency relief scheme involving guaranteed Covid-19 bridging loans.
  • Acted for Roche in litigation before the Swiss Federal Court against the withdrawal of the suspensive effect of the appeal and achieved at the Swiss Federal Court its re-establishment to keep prices unchanged.
  • Advised Basel-based fashion chain Tally Weijl on strengthening its equity by around CHF27m through various measures and obtaining new credit.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi has a strong offering in banking and finance, capital markets, litigation and arbitration matters. Key contact for those areas include Urs KloetiChristoph LangMichael KramerThomas RohnerLaurent Killias and Florian Mohs. The firm also impresses with expertise in private client mandates, where Oliver Widmer is noted and with its real estate and construction practice under the lead of Michael Lips.

Practice head(s):

Urs Kloeti

Other key lawyers:

Nils Harbeke; Christoph Lang; Michael Kramer; Thomas Rohner; Laurent Killias; Florian Mohs; Michael Lips; Oliver Widmer

Testimonials

‘The broad know-how of the lawyers, ability to think-out-of the box and come up with solutions we may not have considered, strong commitment to the clients, the accessibility of the lawyers, courteous and friendly lawyers and assistants. Partners are accessible and responsive. Strong international network in case of need for an external law firm in a third jurisdiction.’

‘Good knowledge of the market, fun to work with, responsive.’

‘Florian Mohs – very commercial, strategic good advice, responsive.’

‘Oliver Widmer: is an extremely committed lawyer, with a strong experience and knowledge of the banking business. Oliver has a very good understanding of the different types of loans and the way that banks structure them. Oliver has the ability to understand the ambitious goals of our business and has excellent personal skills to condense complex information into practical advice that we can understand and act on. Oliver has also a very friendly character, which we appreciate.’

‘Thomas Rohner: is an extremely committed, utmost honest and confident lawyer who has a strong ability to read people. We experience Thomas as a tough negotiator and litigator who fights to secure the best outcome, however staying courteous and composed at all times. He has strong negotiation skills and an ability to identify and communicate what’s necessary to make a strong case for us.’

‘The organizational and time management skills of Thomas Rohner are also appreciated: Thomas can deal with a mound of paperwork and balance a number of different aspects of the case, while dealing with simultaneous deadlines – and this while paying an excellent attention to detail and the fine print of agreements.’

Key clients

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA

AIA Insurance

Apollo

AXA XL

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank Vontobel

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Barclays

Barry Callebaut (BARN (SWX))

Blackrock

BMW

Bouygues Construction

BP PLC

CH Media

China Resources (Holding) Co

Coca Cola (KO (NYSE))

Coop

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Dow Chemical (DOW (NYSE))

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Fortissimo Capital

Gazprombank

General Electric

Glencore

Goldman Sachs

ING

Johnson & Johnson

Leclanché SA (LECN.SW (SWX))

Maerki Baumann

Microsoft (MSFT (NasdaqGS))

Oliver Maus (owner of Maus Frères SA)

Opel

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Peugeot

Quintet

Ringier

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Sony

Swiss Life AG

Türkmengaz

Zimmer Biomet (ZBH (NYSE))

Zuercher Kantonalbank, ZKB

Work highlights

  • Advised Johnson & Johnson on its transfer of the medical devices supply chain manufacturing business to Jabil Inc.
  • Representing Bouygues Construction in a post-M&A dispute against Alpiq concerning the CHF850m sale of Alpiq’s engineering services business.
  • Advised ING on one of the first EUR bio sustainable financing, that provided to Rusal, with the Swiss Rusal entity being the collateral provider and borrower.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd fields ‘a highly professional and competent team of lawyers‘. The firm has expertise in the full range of business law, such as in the fields of banking and finance; capital markets; corporate and M&A; IP and competition, areas where Philippe BorensLorenzo OlgiatiOliver Triebold, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and David Mamane are key names. The team also has strong capabilities in dispute resolution, where Peter BurckhardtChristopher Boog and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are noted. Josef Caleff is also active.

Practice head(s):

Pascal Hubli; Josef Caleff

Other key lawyers:

Philippe BorensLorenzo Olgiati; Oliver Triebold; Lorenza Ferrari Hofer; David Mamane; Peter Burckhardt; Christopher Boog; Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny; Anya George; Anna Kozmenko; Olivier Favre; Andrea Dorjee-Good

Testimonials

‘Schellenberg Wittmer’s partners contribute actively to the commentary of and implementing acts for new legislation enabling them to offer innovative ways to cooperate across our field of business with other parties including in potential M&A activities.’

‘Strong strength in contract drafting / discussions.’

‘Schellenberg is truly international. They can ensure that the project team consists of the right people for the case, both in terms of knowledge of industry and relevant cultural background. One of the best arbitration teams I have ever met.’

‘Anna Kozmenko is a brilliant arbitration lawyer. She is very client-oriented and organised. She is taking care of more than five of our projects and never misses any deadline. It is unique how one person can combine such outstanding professional qualities and be very friendly and charming at the same time. She speaks the same language as we do and she understands us – that is what matters.’

‘Highly professional and competent team of lawyers.’

‘Andrea Dorjee-Good was responsive and comprehensive in her advice. She brought in colleagues when appropriate, and provided excellent thoughtful advice to the client. She was understanding of client relations and needs.’

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

‘Outstanding network, deal supporting-mindset, super responsive, pragmatic and overall always very helpful.’

‘The law firm covers all areas of law professionally.’

‘The Schellenberg Wittmer team is great to work with as they cover a broad range of topics and can therefore always direct us to the right expert in the required matter. They are always dedicated to get the job done successfully and within the set time frame.’

‘Pascal Hubli is very knowledgeable, accessible and dedicated to the matter. He is always providing and using the necessary resources to get the job done successfully. I would like to point out his ability to summarize and explain legal matters to non-legal experts which is always helpful and makes working with him easy and efficient.’

‘Certainly some of the best lawyers in Switzerland. Very professional, forward-thinking and welcoming to clients.’

Key clients

Volkswagen

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Doosan Heavy Industries

Fondazione Enasarco

Gazprom Neft PJSC, Russia

Hetronic International Inc.

Quark Pharmaceuticals

EFG International AG / EFG Bank AG

UBS AG/UBS Switzerland AG

Multiple Russian Athletes (related to Winter Olympic Games 2018)

Sunrise Communication AG

The Russian Federation

GUPC SA

Catalent Pharma Solutions

PEB Steel Asia

CTI Systems

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc.

Ingersoll Rand Group

Quark Pharmaceuticals

EnviTec

Kujtesa Net

CRH

Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia

Scientis SA

Reichmuth Investment Management AG

BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative

Bank Vontobel

Crypto Fund AG

Falcon Private Bank

Nord Anglia Education

Emeram

eny Finance AG

Bank Julius Baer

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank, Zurich Branch

Reuss Private Group AG

Helvetische Bank AG

Bank Itau (Suisse) SA

SIX Group

Corvex / White Tale

Philip Morris International / Philip Morris Equity Partners

Skullcandy

Falcon Private Bank

MoneyPark AG/Helvetia

AddLife

Bouygues Construction

Shire International GmbH

Shareholders of Xovis

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Helvetia Insurance

Work highlights

  • Representing Russian Anti-Doping Agency against the World Anti-Doping Agency before the Court of Arbitration for Sports.
  • Assisted ams AG with the closing of its all cash €4.3bn takeover offer for all the shares in Osram Licht.
  • Defending Volkswagen in a class action case before the Zurich Commercial court against damages claims of 6,000 car owners in the so-called diesel scandal.

VISCHER

Key practice areas for VISCHER are capital markets, M&A, healthcare, TMT and transport as well as public law, competition and litigation. Among the names to note are Klaus Neff, Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf Der Maur, Benedict Christ, David Rosenthal and Stefan Rechsteiner  as well as Christian Oetiker, Michael Waldner, and Christian Wyss.

Other key lawyers:

laus Neff; David Rosenthal; Stefan Kohler; Rolf Auf Der Maur; Benedict Christ; Stefan Rechsteiner; Christian Oetiker; Michael Waldner; Christian Wyss

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. is noted for its strong track record in M&A and capital markets transactions, public tender offers and restructurings. Here, prominent practitioners include Urs GnosAlexander NikitineMarkus PfenningerLuc Defferrard and Johannes Bürgi. The firm's offering also includes support in employment, tax, competition and IP matters. Markus FrickPhilippe NordmannHans Rudolf Trüeb and Reto Jacobs are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Johannes Bürgi

Other key lawyers:

Urs Gnos; Alexander Nikitine; Markus Pfenninger; Luc Defferrard; Markus Frick; Philippe Nordmann; Hans Rudolf Trüeb; Reto Jacobs

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss lead counsel to Nestlé regarding its sale of Nestlé Skin Health AG to a consortium.
  • Advised Bellevue Group on the sale of Bank am Bellevue.
  • Advised Sberbank on the $3.9bn financing of Uralchem JSC.

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd

MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd is the result of a merger between Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd and Froriep. The firm is well versed in IP with Michael Ritscher and Simon Holzner key names in this space; corporate, banking and finance where Alexander Vogel and Andrea Sieber are noted; data privacy and IT where the firm draws on the expertise of Lukas Bühlmann; and private client matters with Patricia Guerra the name to note here. Wolfgang Müller is experienced in the real estate area. Key contacts from legacy firm Froriep are Catrina Lachsinger, Sabina Schellenberg, Isabelle Romy, Nicola Benz and Marcel Jung as well as Dunja Koch in London.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ritscher; Alexander Vogel; Lukas Bühlmann; Patricia Guerra

Other key lawyers:

Simon Holzer; Andrea Sieber; Wolfgang Müller; Catrina Luchsinger; Sabina Schellenberg; Isabelle Romy; Nicola Benz; Marcel Jung; Dunja Koch

Testimonials

‘The team are an experienced pharma litigation team unique amongst their peers in that they only do innovator work, it can be difficult to find litigators in Switzerland that don’t do generic work. ’

‘Michael Ritscher is the senior partner. He is highly experience and knows everybody in the industry – other European litigators and a whole host of judges. He is easy to work with and works well with teams from other jurisdictions.’

‘Pragmatic, hands-on, but legally sound and reliable and as well affordable.’

‘Aexander Vogel is very experienced & knowledgeable, always calm and with innovative ideas.’

Key clients

Allianz Suisse Immobilien AG

Allreal Holding AG

Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland (AFBS)

AstraZeneca AB and AstraZeneca AG

Bayer Intellectual Property, Bayer AG

Bitcoin Suisse SA

British American Tobacco Switzerland SA

Bucherer AG

Scoutbee

Telegram

Trust Square AG

Modum

SR Saphirstein AG

Calida AG

CHOCOSUISSE, Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers

Coca-Cola

Dassault Aviation

Datatrans

Deutsche Telekom AG

economiesuisse

Eli Lilly

Emirates

EOS

FIFA

Gilead Sciences

GoPro

Haribo

Hilti

Julius Baer Group AG

Kantonsspital St. Gallen (KSSG)

Kenwood / De Longhi

KünzlerBachmann

Lindt & Sprüngli

MCM

Medela AG (Olle Larsson Holding AG)

Media Markt Management AG

Meyer Burger Technology AG

MNC Mobile News Channel SA

Mundipharma

PADI EMEA Ltd.

poenina

Porsche holding ag

Publicitas AG

Raiffeisen Informatik Austria

railCare AG

SAP SE

SAS AB

Swiss Life AG

Switzerland Tourism

Spital Männedorf AG

STRABAG AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Swiss Life on a CHF360m acquisition of a real estate portfolio comprising 26 real properties in four cantons.
  • Advised Bitcoin Suisse on all legal aspects of the Series A fundraising of c. CHF45m and on the continuous evolvement of the regulatory and contractual setup with regard to its crypto-related service offering as a financial services provider for the digital asset industry.
  • Advised Telegram on all Swiss legal aspects regarding the TON cryptocurrency and blockchain project, including the repayment of the token purchase amounts to its investors in the amount of $1.2bn.

Wenger & Vieli LTD

With offices in Zurich and Zug, Wenger & Vieli LTD covers banking, capital markets, corporate, and tax matters as well as a variety of disputes. The client portfolio includes national and international financial institutions and manufacturers. The key contacts are Wolfgang ZürcherAndreas HünerwadelMartin HessUrs Weber-Stecher and Barbara Brauchli Rohrer as well as Beat SpeckPascal Honold and Michael TschudinMichael Mráz is the managing partner.

Other key lawyers:

Wolfgang Zürcher; Andreas Hünerwadel; Martin Hess; Urs Weber-Stecher; Barbara Brauchli Rohrer; Beat Speck; Pascal Honold; Michael Tschudin

Testimonials

‘W&V offers a variety of services. W&V has supported us with data protection topics/ intellectual property rights / and the setup of our sponsorship contracts. It was great to see how the team worked together and supported us with the best available experts for each topic. The team is very approachable and solves requests with excellent knowledge and expertise. ’

‘Michael Tschudin works very efficiently, is highly knowledgeable, and convincing. His support was exceptional.’

Key clients

Signa Retail Holding AG

RFR Management GmbH

Lykke

Interhoerbiger Finance Ltd. (Treasury)

Züblin Immobilien Holding AG

Burckhardt Compression Holding AG

Digital Switzerland

Beekeeper Ltd.

Sygnum Bank AG

Oberholzer Bauleistungen AG

Daimler AG

Hybris AG

Former board members of Swissair

ICE Abu Dhabi

Helvetia Wealth in Liquidation

Xwiss AG

Luminator Technology Group (LTG)

Work highlights

  • Representing Signa Group and Central Group in a transaction acquiring the luxury department stores Globus from Migros Genossenschafts-Bund.
  • Assisted Sony HQ, Japan, and Sony Europe in its first purchase of a European tech company.
  • Acted for former board members of Swissair in insolvency proceedings.

BianchiSchwald LLC

BianchiSchwald LLC's practitioners have experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, energy, nutrition, healthcare and life sciences, and sports. The group is active in capital markets, corporate, commercial and M&A matters, as well as in tax and IP matters. The names to note are Hans-Peter SchwaldMarc MetzgerThomas Schmid, and Christoph Gasser as well as Cyrill SüessSébastien Maury and Stefan Scherrer.

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd's stand-out practitioners are Marco Rizzi, Barbara Jecklin, Ingmar Snijders, Walter Boss, Ion Eglin in Zug, Christian Stambach and Mirco Ceregato in St. Gallen. The group has a full-service offering and its activity in corporate and M&A, real estate, private client work and public law are highlighted. It is present in various cities throughout the German-speaking regions of Switzerland.

Other key lawyers:

Ion Eglin; Marco Rizzi; Barbara Jecklin; Ingmar Snijders; Walter Boss; Christian Stambach; Mirco Ceregato

LALIVE

LALIVE has core capabilities in banking, litigation, arbitration and intellectual property as well as white-collar criminal law and investigations. Stand-out practitioners are Simone NadelhoferDaniel Lucien Bühr and Matthias Gstoehl.

Other key lawyers:

Simone Nadelhofer; Daniel Lucien Bühr; Matthias Gstoehl

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG is particularly notable for its activity in the fields of insolvency, banking, and litigation as well as capital markets, tax, and corporate and M&A. The key contacts at the firm are Andreas Moll, Daniel Hayek, Christian Casanova, Urs Bertschinger, Philipp Zurkinden and Roland Böhi.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Hayek

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Moll; Christian Casanova; Urs Bertschinger; Philipp Zurkinden; Roland Böhi

Wenger Plattner

Wenger Plattner has a full-service offering and is noted for deep experience in insolvency and restructuring mandates. The team is also active in corporate and M&A, competition, litigation and real estate matters. Brigitte Umbach-SpahnPeter MosimannCarlo Conti, Oliver Künzler, and Karl Wüthrich as well as Stephan Kesselbach, Thomas Wetzel and Urs Schüpfer are prominent practitioners.

Other key lawyers:

Brigitte Umbach-Spahn; Peter Mosimann; Carlo Conti; Oliver Künzler; Karl Wüthrich; Stephan Kesselbach; Thomas Wetzel; Urs Schüpfer 

Key clients

Audi AG

Heineken Group Switzerland

Novartis Pharma Ltd.

Mazda Europe

SIGNA Group

Julius Baer Group

Hilton Worldwide

Swissair

Petroplus Group

Bank Hottinger & Cie. AG

The Enzian Shipping / Swiss Chem Tankers Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss legal advisor to rlc packaging group on sale of its business including various subsidiaries to AR Packaging.
  • Acting as administrators and as liquidators of Petroplus Marketing AG.
  • Representing Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd in ongoing criminal and civil proceedings in Italy, and bankruptcy proceedings and civil proceedings in Switzerland.