Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. impresses with a broad full service offering. It acts for clients from the financial services, life sciences, technology, energy, entertainment and sports industries, among others. The group is known for its activity in the practice areas of banking and finance, capital markets, dispute resolution, insurance, M&A, private clients and tax. The key contacts are Eric StuppChristoph NeeracherRalph MalacridaDaniel Hochstrasser, and Andreas Länzlinger, as well as Thomas ReutterTina WüstemannSusanne SchreiberMichele Bernasconi and Peter Hsu.

Testimonials

Excellent team, which is second to none; fully committed to execute the common strategy developed with the client.’

This practice is well-connected within the Swiss legal, regulatory and financial communities and is able to offer excellent advice for navigating the complexities of the new and evolving systems.’

Thomas Reutter has a lot of experience in disclosure matters,  he is very client-focussed and business-minded.’

Peter Hsu is an excellent team manager with great business understanding.’

Key clients

Novartis

UBS

Goldman Sachs

Bank J. Safra

Bank Cler

Swiss Re

Swiss Prime Site

Credit Suisse

UBS

Orior

Lonza

Valora

KKR

CVC

Cinven

EQT

Partners Group

Hg Capital

Waterland Private Equity

Orior

Constellium

Work highlights

  • Assisted Novartis with the spin off of Alcon, its eye care division, into a separately traded standalone company incorporated in Switzerland.
  • Acted for the Libra association on its plan to create a new kind of digital global currency.
  • Advised SIG Combibloc Group as issuer and Onex as selling shareholder on the IPO of SIG and on the migration of the holding company from Luxembourg to Switzerland.

Homburger

Homburger is an established player in the market and is particularly noted for its corporate, M&A and capital markets as well as its banking and finance practice, where Benedikt MaurenbrecherRené Bösch and Daniel Daeniker are key names. Other areas of expertise include dispute resolution, competition, tax, and IP and TMT, where the key contacts are Balz Gross and Felix DasserMarcel Dietrich and Franz HoffetPeter Riedweg and Dieter Grünblatt; and Georg Rauber. David Rosenthal left the firm.

Work highlights

  • Advised Roche on the refinancing of its $7.5bn revolving credit facility.
  • Acting for Swatch Group in a dispute relating to the global distribution system for spare parts.
  • Advised Liberty Global on the CHF6.3bn sale of UPC Switzerland to Sunrise.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin has an excellent market reputation, with expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution as well as in competition, IP, TMT, sports and tax matters. Key practitioners include Patrick Hünerwadel, Hans-Jakob DiemMarcel Tranchet, Harold Frey, Jürg SimonMarcel Meinhardt and Lukas Morscher.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG fields a strong team of lawyers, who are particularly noted for their experience in matters relating to corporate and M&A, where Philipp Haas is the key name; capital markets, where managing partner Philippe Weber stands out; and and tax, where Thomas Graf is a specialist. Daniel Eisele and Tamir Livschitz are experts in dispute resolution mandates, while Andreas Vögeli know the real estate area well. Further leading individuals are Clara-Ann Gordon, Catherine Grun Meyer and András Gurovits.

Baker McKenzie

The practice at Baker McKenzie covers a wide range of business law areas, and has an impressive international reach. The Zurich office's strong suits are matters relating to capital markets, corporate and M&A, employment, competition, IP, tax, real estate and TMT. Alexander FischerMarnin MichaelsMartin Furrer, and Alexander Wyss as well as Lukas GlanzmannPeter Reinert and Matthias Courvoisier are names to note.

Key clients

IHAG Holding AG / Swiss Life AG

PSP Swiss Property

ULTIMA CAPITAL SA

Körber AG

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG

SSN group AG

Helvetica Capital AG

Hitachi

Swarovski AG

RRJ Capital

Helvetica Capital AG

UBS AG/ Morgan Stanley

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals N.V.

Fundamenta Real Estate AG

World Trade Organisation

Work highlights

  • Assisted PSP Swiss Property with the acquisition of the CHF180.6m ‘Carba Portfolio’ in Bern-Liebefeld.
  • Advised Körber on the sale of United Grinding Group.
  • Acted for Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners on M&A, financing and selected takeover law-related aspects of the purchase of a stake in Alpiq Holding and EOS.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard impresses with its broad offering in business law; it has considerable experience in M&A, litigation, investigation, sports, and capital markets mandates as well as particular experience in public law. Managing partner Beat BrechbuehlChristoph JägerClaudia Götz StaehelinThomas Eichenberger, and Daniel Emch are prominent practitioners.

Key clients

Bayer AG

BKW Energie AG

BLS AG

CSL Behring AG

Daetwyler Holding AG

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Ferrari SpA, Maranello

Galenica AG

Grasshopper Football Club

Interpharma

KPT Versicherungen AG

Lehman Brothers Limited

Losinger Marazzi AG

Man Group plc

Nobel Biocare AG

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Swiss Football League

Swiss Post

Swisscom

UBS AG

Visana Services AG

Work highlights

  • Represented Tamedia before the procurement court regarding an outdoor advertising tender.
  • Advising the Swiss Football League on antitrust law matters, specifically on licensing matters relating to TV and media rights.
  • Advised Vifor Pharma on the issuing of a CHF465m bond.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi impresses with its expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, litigation and arbitration, real estate, tax and intellectual property. The firm is also active in competition, fintech and insolvency matters. Leading practitioners at the firm are Urs Kloeti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael KramerLorenza Ferrari HoferNils Harbeke, Thomas Rohner and Michael Lips.

Testimonials

The lawyers are intelligent, creative and dedicated to their cases. The team understands not only its client’s business and challenges but also its needs. Personal attention and responsiveness from start to finish.’

Oliver Widmer is a master of his field; he is always updated in the latest legal latest developments in the market, as well as friendly and available.’

Christoph Lang is a recommended, capable contact in Zurich.’

Thomas Rohner is a hard-working, dedicated, well-spoken, thick-skinned individual, who is a tough litigator and arbitrator in court while staying courteous and calm at all times.’

Key clients

ABN Amro

Affiliated Managers Group

Apollo

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of India

Bank of Montreal

Bank Vontobel

Barclays Bank (Suisse) SA

BBVA Santander

Berkshire Hathaway

Blackrock

BNP Paribas

BX Swiss

Commerzfactoring

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Postbank

Deutsche Postbank

Gazprombank

GE Capital

General Electric

General Electric Capital

Goldman Sachs

Greenhill & Co.

ICB Standard Bank

ING Bank NV

JPMorgan

Landesbank Baden Württemberg

Maerki Baumann

Nordea Bank

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Privatbank IHAG

Sony

Standard Chartered Bank

Targo Bank

UniCredit

VTB Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisted Bank of America Merrill Lynch with its plan to change its European business from the UK to Ireland.
  • Advised Coca-Cola in Switzerland on its new $5bn euro medium-term note programme, the issue and listing of bonds under the programme as well as the tender offer of outstanding bonds.
  • Assisted AZ Medien and NZZ Group with the formation of the joint venture CH Media.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is noted for its strong track record in the areas of banking and finance; arbitration, litigation and white-collar criminal law; capital markets; and corporate and M&A. IP and competition are other areas of activity. Key practitioners Peter BurckhardtPhilippe Borens, and Lorenzo Olgiati head the dispute resolution, banking and finance and M&A teams, respectively. Other names to note are Oliver TrieboldOlivier FavreManuel LiatowitschUrs Hoffmann-Nowotny and Christopher Boog.

Testimonials

This firm unites lawyers with both excellent legal knowledge and experience as well as a hands-on, pragmatic and client-oriented approach.’

The team consists of individuals of very high calibre – they can handle cases of any level of complexity and always deliver an excellent result.’

Peter Burckhardt is outstanding in every respect.’

Manuel Liatowitsch is a very able and personable lawyer; strong on strategy and options, and willing to recommend approaches, rather than sitting on the fence.’

Oliver Triebold is an excellent transactional lawyer.

Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny is a brilliant litigator with an outstanding expertise.’

Key clients

Volkswagen

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Doosan Heavy Industries

Gazprom Neft PJSC, Russia

Hetronic International Inc.

EFG International AG / EFG Bank AG

UBS AG/UBS Switzerland AG

Sunrise Communication AG

The Russian Federation

Catalent Pharma Solutions

CTI Systems 1 Yes

EnviTec 1

Kujtesa Net

Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia

Reichmuth Investment Management AG 7 No

BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland Cooperative

Bank Vontobel

Crypto Fund AG

Falcon Private Bank 18 No

Nord Anglia Education

Emeram

eny Finance AG

Bank Julius Baer

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank, Zurich Branch

Helvetische Bank AG

SIX Group

Corvex / White Tale

Philip Morris International / Philip Morris Equity Partners

Falcon Private Bank 19 No

MoneyPark AG/Helvetia

AddLife

Bouygues Construction

Shire International GmbH

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding)

Helvetia Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acting for Credit Suisse in internal investigations and representing the bank before Finma, the DoJ, SEC and the DFS in several fraud investigations and in regulatory enforcement proceedings.
  • Advised Nord Anglia Education on being taken private by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Baring Private Equity.
  • Acted for Panalpina on the CHF4.6bn public exchange offer by DSV.

VISCHER

VISCHER is highly regarded for its healthcare, TMT and transport practices as well as its expertise in capital markets, M&A, public law, competition and litigation matters. Key at the firm include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Benedict ChristStefan Rechsteiner and Christian OetikerMichael Waldner, Klaus Neff and Christian Wyss are other names to note. David Rosenthal was a new arrival in 2020.

Walder Wyss Switzerland Global

Key practice areas for Walder Wyss Switzerland Global include capital markets, litigation, real estate, tax, intellectual property, TMT, employment and competition. The firm is particularly active for clients from the financial services, healthcare and life sciences, energy and infrastructure sectors, among others. Luc Defferrard, Markus Frick, Ueli Sommer, Philippe Nordmann, Hans Rudolf Trüeb, Mark Reutter and Thomas Meister are highlighted practitioners.

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse on a syndicated loan agreement with Helsinn.
  • Assisted Aduno Holding with its sale of cashgate to Cembra Money Bank.
  • Advised Swiss Life Holding on the issuance of a CHF250m senior bond.

CMS

CMS has a full-service offering, but is particularly noted for expertise in the areas of dispute resolution, healthcare and life sciences, and competition law as well as in matters relating to insurance, employment and real estate. Key practitioners include managing partners David Hürlimann and Jodok Wicki, as well as Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, Marquard Christen, Christian Gersbach, Philipp Dickenmann, Reto Hunsperger and Daniel Jenny.

Testimonials

The services provided by CMS are based on a deep knowledge and understanding for the customer’s needs. They have always been provided on time in an outstanding quality and with a good value for money factor.

Apart from his profound knowledge of antitrust law, Marquard Christen’s strength is his capability to quickly understand even the most complex sets of facts, identify the legal problems at hand and come up with a solution which takes into account not only the legal issue but also the business interests.’

The consistent, persistent, and precise Reto Hunsperger delivers excellent results.’

Work highlights

  • Advised capiton and its CymbiQ Group on the acquisition of anovis and separately of Koch IT.
  • Assisting Nike with legal support with all Swiss employment matters.
  • Advised Credit Suisse Asset Management on the acquisition of land and the construction of a residential complex in Zurich.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd is particularly highly regarded for its intellectual property, fintech, private client, TMT, real estate, competition and corporate departments. Prominent practitioners from these areas are Simon HolzerAlexander VogelMichael RitscherPatricia Guerra and Lukas Bühlmann, as well as Andrea SieberMichael Reinle, and Mario Strebel.

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

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.

Porsche

Publicitas AG

Raiffeisen Informatik Austria

railCare AG

SAP SE

SAS AB

Switzerland Tourism

Spital Männedorf AG

STRABAG AG

Sunrise (Sunrise Communications AG | Sunrise Communications Group AG)

Swiss Cosmetic Association (SKW)

Swiss Deluxe Hotels

Swiss Fin Lab

Swiss Structured Product Association (SSPA)

SwissMilk

Swisspro group of companies

TDK Corporation

Telegram Messenger LLP

Tesla Motors Switzerland GmbH

The Adecco Group

TUI Suisse Ltd.

Unicef

Swiss direct-mail marketing association

ViiV Healthcare UK Limited

Zurich Insurance Company

Zurich Tourism

Work highlights

  • Acted for Meyer Burger Technology on its strategic investment in Oxford PV.
  • Represented Gilead in an infringement action against Mepha after the confirmation of the validity of Gilead’s SPC.
  • Assisted Allianz with the acquisition of the ‘Weltpost Park’, which is an ongoing construction project for apartments.

Wenger & Vieli LTD

Wenger & Vieli LTD advises on corporate and M&A mandates, competition, healthcare and life sciences, and capital markets and fintech matters. Martin HessUrs Weber-StecherPascal HonoldChristoph Schmid and Georg Zondler are active practitioners. Managing partner Michael Mráz, Beat Speck and Barbara Brauchli Rohrer are other key names.

Testimonials

The team provides good quality commercial advice on acquisitions and investments.’

Key clients

Lykke Corp

Interhoerbiger Finance Ltd. (Treasury)

DBS Development Bank of Singapore, Singapore and Mumbai Branch

SIX Group

Oberholzer Bauleistungen AG

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG

Cross Equity Partners AG

Daimler AG

Hybris AG

Blockchain Valley Ventures

Utrust

Helvetia Wealth in Liquidation

Luminator Technology Group (LTG), Texas, USA

Work highlights

  • Assisted Trans Adriatic Pipeline with the fundraising for an energy infrastructure project.
  • Advised Hoerbiger Group on the issuance of CHF200m long-term notes.
  • Acted for Blockchain Valley Ventures on corporate matters regarding the setting up and structuring of the company.

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd has a number of offices in German-speaking Switzerland, and is particularly active in corporate and M&A, private client and public law. Marco RizziChristian StambachBarbara JecklinIngmar SnijdersWalter Boss and Mirco Ceregato are key contacts.

burckhardt Ltd

burckhardt Ltd is a boutique law firm, which covers tax, litigation, employment, and private client matters, among others. Noted practitioners include Jacqueline BurckhardtRolf WüthrichRegula HinderlingPiera Beretta and Mark Eichner.

Froriep

Froriep' team includes key practitioners Catrina LuchsingerSabina SchellenbergNicola Benz, Isabelle Romy and Marcel Jung, who are specialists in finance, litigation, IP and TMT, environment and tax, respectively. Its corporate and M&A practice, where London-based Dunja Koch is active, is also noted.  

LALIVE

LALIVE's focus areas are dispute resolution, banking and intellectual property. Matthias Gstoehl and Simone Nadelhofer are both also active in investigations and white-collar criminal law defence.

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG is noted for its track record in insolvency, tax, banking, competition and litigation as well as capital markets, and corporate and M&A matters. Prominent practitioners include Andreas Moll, Daniel HayekChristian Casanova, Urs Bertschinger, Philipp Zurkinden and Roland Böhi.

Wenger Plattner

Wenger Plattner has a standout reputation in the insolvency and corporate recovery area. It also covers corporate and M&A, competition, litigation and real estate mandates. Names to note include Brigitte Umbach-Spahn, Oliver Künzler, Karl Wüthrich, Stephan Kesselbach, Fritz Rothenbühler, Thomas Wetzel and Placidus Plattner.