Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is well respected for its full-service offering across the board with banking, capital markets and insurance as well as corporate, M&A, real estate and dispute resolution particular strengths. Christoph Neeracher, Mariel Hoch, Rolf Watter, Ralph Malacrida, Corrado Rampini and Susanne Schreiber cover all facets of M&A transactions, including venture capital and real estate transactions as well as the corresponding tax aspects. Banking, finance and insurance issues are handles by Peter Hsu and Eric Stupp. Private client specialist Tina Wüstemann and litigation and arbitration expert Andreas Länzlinger are also noted. Daniel Bader has profound knowledge of tax matters while Michele Bernasconi is a sports law specialist.

Key clients

Novartis

UBS

Goldman Sachs

Bank J. Safra

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Swiss Re

Swiss Prime Site

Credit Suisse

Lonza

Libra

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

Swiss International Airlines

EQT

Deutsche Börse

Mobiliar

Lonza

Zurich Insurance

SIX Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to Lonza on the complex carve-out as well as the subsequent sale of Lonza’s Specialty Ingredients business.
  • Advised Triton Fund V on the acquisition of Swiss IT Security Group from Ufenau Capital Partners.
  • Advised Lupa Systems on the transaction and was responsible for proposing the structure which led to Lupa Systems, a company controlled by James Murdoch, to acquire 32.3% in MCH Group, the company that owns inter alia the Art Basel Art Fair.

Homburger

The team at Homburger has a comprehensive offering with particularly deep experience in capital markets, banking and finance as well as corporate and M&A, tax and dispute resolution. Marcel Dietrich and Franz Hoffet head the team’s regulatory and competition service offering. Banking, finance and capital markets matters are the key focus areas of Benedikt Maurenbrecher, Jürg Frick and René Bösch while Daniel Daeniker has a corporate M&A focus and Dieter Grünblatt covers the tax aspects of transactions. Balz Gross and Felix Dasser specialise in litigation and arbitration. Also noted is intellectual property expert Georg Rauber.

Other key lawyers:

Georg Rauber; Marcel Dietrich; Franz Hoffet; Benedikt Maurenbrecher; Jürg Frick; René Bösch; Daniel Daeniker; Dieter Grünblatt; Balz Gross; Felix Dasser

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin has a good reputation for its full-service offering and is noted in particular for its services in the areas of dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, and banking and finance with further areas of expertise in intellectual property, TMT and competition law. Key figures of note are banking and finance experts Marcel Tranchet and Patrick Hünerwadel, capital markets-focused Patrick Schleiffer, corporate M&A specialist Lukas Morscher and litigation and arbitration specialist Harold Frey. Other key contacts are Tanja Luginbühl for insolvency and restructuring matters, Heini Rüdisühli for private client matters, Jürg Simon for intellectual property advice and Marcel Meinhardt for competition law expertise.

Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Niederer Kraft Frey AG fields a plethora of experts covering a comprehensive legal service offering. Among the core areas of expertise are corporate and M&A as well as banking and finance matters, which are ably covered by Philippe Weber and Philipp Haas. In dispute resolution, Tamir Livschitz and Daniel Eisele are the key figures. Clara-Ann Gordon and András Gurovits are the team’s experts in TMT and sports law matters. Other names to note are tax expert Thomas Graf, private client-focused Catherine Grun Meyer, real estate specialist Andreas Vögeli and competition law expert Nicolas Birkhäuser.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie advises a range of both domestic clients as well as international clients. The team is particularly adept at providing advice on competition law, capital markets and corporate and M&A matters as well as on issues pertaining to real estate, intellectual property and the TMT sector. The key contacts are Alexander Fischer, Marnin Michaels , Martin Furrer, Alexander Wyss and Alessandro Celli with further individuals to note being Lukas Glanzmann, Samuel Marbacher and Eva-Maria Strobel.

Key clients

Kühne+Nagel

Arbonia

UBS AG

Safe Host

Equistone Partners Europe

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG

S Management AG

NZZ/Architonic

Similsan

Wüest Partner group

Swiss Life

Viatrans

Online Doctor

Giesecke+ Devrient

Schaffner

Salesforce.com

CoinShares

UBS AG / UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Deposit Solutions GmbH

ING Bank N.V.

Helvetica Capital

Highbridge Tactical Credit Fund Limited

The Tire Industry Project of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Advised Kuehne+Nagel on its acquisition of Apex International Corporation (Apex) from private equity firm MBK Partners and management.
  • Advised UBS Switzerland AG and Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. as mandated lead arrangers and coordinators, UBS Switzerland AG as agent and security agent, as well as a syndicate of banks on a CHF 1,500,000,000 Ggovernment-backed rescue financing for Swiss International Air Lines AG and Edelweiss Air AG, with the Swiss Government acting as surety provider.
  • Advised SIX Swiss Exchange listed Basilea Pharmaceutica Ltd. (“Basilea”) on its capital increase from authorized capital and the related share placement in an accelerated bookbuilding procedure.

CMS

CMS fields a ‘wide variety of experts across all the legal fields’ and has ‘huge connections around the globe within the CMS network’. The team handles dispute resolution, real estate, insurance and employment law matters, among others. In the Zurich office key contacts are Marquard Christen, managing partner David Hürlimann, a member of the firm’s competition and EU group steering committee, and litigation and arbitration specialist Jodok Wicki. Other individuals to note are Dirk Spacek, Stefan Gerster, Stefan Brunnschweiler, Christian Gersbach, Philipp Dickenmann, Reto Hunsperger, Daniel Jenny, Tina Balzli and Tobias Somary.

Testimonials

‘Compared to other legal firms CMS partners and associates have extensive knowledge in the area of distributed ledgers, tokenisation, especially in the context of global capital markets. The team was especially innovative when it came to our articles of association that now allow our company to issue intermediated and tokenised securities at the same time.’

‘Specialised in the field of insurance law and jurisdiction/case law – many years of experience especially in the area of financial lines insurance products and insurance policies and its scope of coverage and range of exclusions – focus on corporate clients/business and multinational corporate insurance programs – knowledge of the insurance market developments and its recent trends – specialised knowledge in handling of complex financial losses with a focus on damages to banks and financial institutions with liability issues.’

‘Dirk Spacek’s approach was very good and he was able to explain many points to us so that we have a solid contractual basis with our customers. Comments and additions he has always taken professionally.’

‘The collaboration was excellent. Dirk Spacek essentially became a member of our team providing tactical and strategic guidance as well as legal opinion.’

‘Tobias Somary is an excellent lawyer who always looks for practical solutions in the best interest of his clients.’

‘Wide variety of experts across all the legal fields. Huge connections around the globe within the CMS Network. Extraordinary understanding of the blockchain technology and crypto-assets.’

‘Jodok Wicki combines his massive experience in the legal profession with an extraordinary understanding of all the different legal and technical aspects of the blockchain technology and crypto-assets. This very often allowed us to spot things, which we were not even aware of.’

Tina Balzli is one of the most renowned legal experts in the field in Switzerland, and she brings to Fintech a lot of knowledge from the banking/regulatory field.

Key clients

ABB

Agta Record AG

AIG Europe Limited

Aktiengesellschaft Ernst Hablützel + Co.

All4Education GmbH

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

Aon Schweiz AG

ASSEPRO

Atos AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Avectris AG

AXA XL

Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG

Better Cotton Initiative

Bruker

Burger King Europe GmbH

BURSON COHN & WOLFE

CCC Group

Corning Inc.

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

Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH

Denner AG

Designwerk Technologies GmbH

Diageo

DP World

Dr. Rainer Neubauer/Metaberatung GmbH

Ecclesia

Everbridge

Gaydoul Group

GIA Informatik

Guardtime Ltd.

Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH

HEB Swiss Investment AG

Hew AG Bauunternehmung Chur

Holcim (Schweiz) AG

IMCD Group

ISS

IT District GmbH

Karl Vögele AG

keyon AG

Kieser Training AG

Koch Group AG

LafargeHolcim

Lilly Deutschland GmbH

LivaNova Switzerland SA

LLB Swiss Investment AG, as fund management company of AMG Substanzwerte Schweiz Fund, a fund managed by AMG Fondsverwaltung AG

Luxury-Trade GmbH, Zug

Medico Invest AG

MET Gas and Energy Marketing Ltd

Mobile Health AG

Moderna

nChain Group

Nike Inc.

Novelis

Pfizer

Porsche

Renaissance Anlagestiftung

RUAG MRO Holding AG

Rutronik

Securitiesgrid Ltd

Sunrise

Swiss ancillary insolvency estate of Manfred Schmider

Swiss Prime Investment Foundation

Swiss Prime Site Immobilien Ltd.

Syncona Ltd.

Synlab International GmbH

Synlab Suisse SA

TAAL Distributed Information Technologies Inc.

TeamWork Schweiz AG

Techcompany GmbH

Toller Unternehmungen AG

Uniprod / Halder

VISTA

Web 3.0 Foundation

Yongfeng

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Work highlights

  • Advised ISS, a leading global facility services provider, on the sale of its Swiss subsidiary ISS Kanal Services AG to KLAR Partners, a pan-European investment firm.
  • Representing the Swiss ancillary insolvency estate of Manfred Schmider in various court proceedings.
  • Represented Techcompany GmbH in a Covid-19-related ComCo investigation into alleged horizontal price fixing regarding Covid-19 rapid tests.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard has a large regional coverage through offices in various Swiss cities as well a comprehensive service offering across a broad spectrum of practice areas. In particular, the team provides adept advice on M&A transactions, contentious proceedings and investigations as well as sports, and capital markets matters. Managing partner Beat Brechbühl is the key contact in the Berne office. Christoph Jäger, Daniel Emch, Thomas Eichenberger, Claudia Götz Staehelin and Cornelia Stengel are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbuehl

Testimonials

‘One of Kellerhals Carrard’s unique strengths is that they combine specialist Dispute Resolution and white collar/internal investigation experience with extensive international business and crisis management experience. The understanding of the needs of inhouse counsels is extremely high in Kellerhals. Also definitely worth mentioning is the profound litigation experience of Pascal Grolimund and Olivier Mosimann, who are extremely experienced and very strong in this area.’

‘Rare combination of business experience and Litigation/Investigation Expertise: Claudia Götz Staehelin possesses the – for external counsels – rare combination of business experience and significant company insights gained as Head of Litigation at Novartis and broad and long-term dispute resolution expertise. The same applies to Oliver Brupbacher, who has also previously worked in the Group Legal Department of Novartis as Senior Litigation Counsel. Claudia is an expert in dispute resolution in domestic and cross-border matters and has also extensive experience in handling large internal investigations in an international context. Oliver has a very profound knowledge in large-scale civil litigations. Also definitely worth mentioning is the profound litigation experience of Pascal Grolimund and Olivier Mosimann, who are extremely experienced and very strong in this area. Familiar with needs of clients: Due to their own in-house experience, Claudia and Oliver are particular familiar with the needs of clients (including the need to understand the business/how large organizations work, need to always deliver legally-excellent, but also for the business usable advice) as well as with the internal processes of internationally operating companies.’

‘Very professional law firm with responsive and competent lawyers.’

‘Fabrizio Gabrielli has a broad experience in handling all kinds of business situations, mainly in the areas of company law and construction law as well as in the field of commercial litigation.’

‘The KC team is pragmatic, solution-oriented, entrepreneurial and efficient. They take new roads and find innovative solutions. They have known our business and our culture for years and therefore really provide value for the money. They offer high personal commitment and partner attention. Very project oriented, holistic and less in silos. They follow an “embedded lawyers” concept in which one or several specialists dedicates his time for the project or the case only and is ready to be on site when needed. They use technology tools (such as data processing in DD) in a smart way, i.e. we as the clients don’t see it; but we benefit with respect to efficiency and billing.’

‘Beat Brechbühl is an efficient, smart and tough negotiator. Ines Pöschel is thorough and excellent specialist in say on pay and governance. Daniel Emch, head of merger and antitrust team is great to work with, knowledgeable, experienced and always with sort of humour; he and his team has been working for us a long time and they never lost a case. Marco Balmelli combines the strengths of the professions of notary public, lawyer and entrepreneur. Claudia Götz has significant international experience as former Head Litigation of Novartis and an intimate understanding of the industry and of corporate clients’ needs – Her strategic and technical skills allow her to handle some of the most complex and challenging cases. Nicolas Mosimann is one of the IP leaders and is very nice to work with. Daniel Staehelin is one of the leading bankruptcy lawyers in Switzerland. Prof. Isabelle Romy joined KC recently and she strengthens the sustainability aspect (ESG).’

Key clients

Alpiq Holding AG / EOS Holding SA

AXA Versicherungen AG

CSL Behring

ETH Board

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

GAM Investment Management (Switzerland) Ltd.

Groupe PSA (Peugeot)

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AG

L’Oréal Suisse SA

Lehman Brothers Limited

Losinger Marazzi AG

Man Group plc

Mobiliar

Novartis Group

Parmalat Group

Roche Pharma (Schweiz) AG and Interpharma

Swiss Broadcasting Company (SRG SSR)

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Swiss FinTech Innovations

Swiss Football League

Tally Weijl Holding AG

UBS AG

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

Work highlights

  • Retained by the four government-accredited loan guarantee organisations to uncover possible credit abuses, persecute possible fraudsters and recover unlawfully obtained loans relating to Covid-19 bridging loans.
  • Advising EAP on the Swiss aspects of construction works of up to EUR 250 million.
  • Advising Moderna on its COVID-19 Vaccine.

Pestalozzi

Pestalozzi acts for national and international clients. The team has expertise in particular in regard to banking and finance and capital markets matters as well as in litigation and arbitration where Florian Mohs, Laurent Killias, Thomas Rohner and Michael Kramer  are active. Taxes, financial services and real estate are covered by Nils Harbeke, Oliver Widmer and Michael Lips, respectively. Christoph Lang is also noted.

Key clients

AIA Insurance

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

Gazprombank

General Electric

Glencore

Goldman Sachs

ING

Johnson & Johnson

Leclanché SA (LECN.SW (SWX))

Microsoft (MSFT (NasdaqGS))

Opel

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Peugeot

Quintet

Ringier

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Sony

Swiss Life AG

Türkmengaz

Zimmer Biomet (ZBH (NYSE))

Zuercher Kantonalbank, ZKB

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on all aspects of business law with particular experience in banking and finance, capital markets and corporate and M&A matters with further expertise in dispute resolution, where Peter Burckhardt, Christopher Boog and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are active. Philippe Borens, Lorenzo Olgiati, Oliver Triebold, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and David Mamane are the key names for IP and competition law matters. Other names to note include Pascal Hubli, Josef Caleff, Anya George, Anna Kozmenko, Olivier Favre and Andrea-Dorjee Good.

VISCHER

VISCHER has particular experience when it comes to M&A, capital markets and litigation matters as well as healthcare, TMT and transport matters. The team is further noted for its expertise in public law and competition matters with Michael Waldner and Klaus Neff  active here. Rolf Auf der Maur, Stefan Kohler and David Rosenthal have strengths in IP, IT, TMT and data. Benedict Christ, Stefan Rechsteiner, Christian Oetiker and Christian Wyss are other names to note.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. has a strong reputation for advice on M&A and capital markets transactions as well as public tender offers and restructurings. Transactions are ably covered by Luc Defferrard, Markus Pfenninger, Alex Nikitine and Urs Gnos. Markus Frick, Philippe Nordmann, Hans Rudolf Trüeb, David Vasella, Reto Jacobs and Johannes Bürgi are other key practitioners. Michael Isler, Irène Suter-Sieber and Reto Vonzun are also noted.

MLL Legal

Post-merger, MLL Legal can draw upon the expertise of the two former law firms MLL and Froriep resulting in a comprehensive legal services offering. The combined team has profound knowledge in the areas of intellectual property, IT and data privacy matters where Michael Ritscher, Simon Holzer, Nicola Benz and Lukas Bühlmann are key practitioners. In corporate, banking and finance matters, Alexander Vogel, Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler, Andrea Sieber  and Dunja Koch in London are the key individuals. Patricia Guerra acts for private clients and Wolfgang Müller advises real estate clients. Tax expert Marcel Jung and litigation expert Sabina Schellenberg are further key contacts.

Wenger Vieli Ltd

Wenger Vieli Ltd acts for a variety of clients,  from the banking and finance as well as life sciences sectors. From the offices in Zug and Zurich the practitioners cover advice on banking, capital markets, corporate and tax matters as well as dispute resolution. Roman Heiz specialises in real estate matters and Michael Mráz has a focus on white collar crime proceedings. Beat Speck, Michael Tschudin, Pascal Honold and Barbara Brauchli Rohrer are key contacts for capital markets, competition law, M&A and taxes respectively.

Practice head(s):

Roman Heiz

Testimonials

‘Wenger Vieli is one of the leading Swiss law firms with an international focus. The team consists of outstanding experts who are supported by highly talented and ambitious young professionals. The Wenger and Vieli team always communicates promptly and with Swiss accuracy with their clients. The team is always looking for tailor-made solutions for the clients. Litigation is strictly success-oriented and relentless.’

‘Highly professional in midcap sector, very experienced lawyers with strong networks.’

Key clients

Signa Retail Holding AG

Optimus Holding

RFR Management GmbH

Vontobel Holding

Radicant Ltd.

Burckhardt Compression Holding

Interhoerbiger Finance Ltd. (Treasury)

Burckhardt Compression Holding AG

Züblin Immobilien Holding AG

Käppeli

Digital Switzerland

Beekeeper Ltd.

Private Bank IHAG

Sygnum Bank AG

Oberholzer Bauleistungen AG

Daimler AG

Hybris AG

Inyova Ltd.

Former board members of Swissair

ICE Abu Dhabi

Helvetia Wealth in Liquidation

Xwiss AG

Luminator Technology Group (LTG), Texas, USA

Work highlights

  • Advised an international bidder in an auction process (three bidders left only) on Globus, the fashion warehouse of Migros, one of the largest retail companies in Europe.
  • Advised the shareholder of radicant AG on the high-profile licensing process as a bank vis-à-vis FINMA and related regulatory and compliance issues to become the first fully digital bank in Switzerland.
  • Advice relating to Defence Manual, ad hoc publicity, disclosure of shareholdings, and other capital market issues for Burckhardt Compression Holding AG.

BianchiSchwald LLC

The team ‘highly knowledgeable’ at BianchiSchwald LLC handles corporate, commercial and M&A matters for a variety of clients from different industries, including energy, automotive, sports as well as healthcare and life sciences. Hans-Peter Schwald, Stefan Scherrer, Thomas Schmid and Marc Metzger advise on corporate and M&A matters. Tax issues, intellectual property matters and litigation proceedings are covered by Sébastien Maury, Christoph Gasser and Cyrill Süess respectively.

Testimonials

‘The team is capable of going to the detail, while understanding the whole issue.’

‘Highly knowledgeable. Extremely customer oriented. Excellent balance of precision and pragmatism.’

‘Highly knowledgeable. Deliver excellent quality work. Extremely customer oriented. Excellent balance of precision and pragmatism. Excellent work ethics. Use networks for the interest of the client. We have worked with Christoph Gasser, among others.’

‘BianchiSchwald LLC consults and supports us in regard to various legal questions. Thanks to the excellent knowledge and expertise in the field of commercial, criminal and corporate law, BianchiSchwald LLC was able to develop creative and efficient solutions in order to protect our interests at all times. BianchiSchwald LLC was able to perfectly take into account the specifications a public administration acting at the interface between public and private law is faced with.’

‘Thomas Schmid is distinguished by his deal-making abilities, his very sound commercial understanding and exceptional ability to swiftly apprehend the core of the matter in question. He is also able to point out possible risks and dangers and thus contribute to realistic and feasible solutions in order to protect our interest in the best and most efficient way possible.’

‘Broad and complete spectrum of areas of law. High reactivity, quality of work.’

‘Marc Metzger and Stefan Scherrer are characterized by a high level of competence and are available with their support practically around the clock (especially on weekends).’

‘The firm is well known for its vast experience in its fields of business, they are very much familiar with the real estate market, the health clinic market as well as the M&A market. BianchiSchwald has in-depth knowledge and a broad team. The firm’s partners and associates are very skilled in their fields of business and are highly committed. They are extremely responsive and flexible, very knowledgeable and accurate. They are great to have on your side.’

Key clients

Swiss Federal Department of Finance

Stadler Rail AG, Switzerland

Hamilton Medical AG, Bonaduz, Switzerland

Coop Genossenschaft, Basel

PCS Holding AG

Helvetica Capital AG

Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

Coop Genossenschaft

AVIA INTERNATIONAL

Jungfraubahnen

KTM

General Mills

Rehaklinik Seewis AG, VAMED Management and Service AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the Swiss Confederation, represented by the Swiss Federal Department of Finance and the Swiss Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications, as surety provider for part of a CHF 120m credit facility to SR Technics Switzerland AG in the context of a CHF 145m and CHF 120m financing transaction with Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. as mandated lead arranger and coordinator, agent, security agent and lender and a consortium consisting of Raiffeisen Schweiz Genossenschaft, Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank and Basler Kantonalbank as lenders.
  • Advised Stadler Rail with respect to an order by the Swiss National Railway Company for 60 InterRegio double-deck trains from Stadler Rail for approx. CHF 1.3 billion.
  • Succeeded in two patent litigation cases for Hamilton Medical AG against its competitor imtmedical ag (“IMT”) before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court on June 17 and July 16, 2020.

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd has a full-service offering with areas of particular note being corporate and M&A, real estate, private client matters and public law. The leading practitioners in the team for corporate, commercial and M&A advice are Christian Stambach, Ion Eglin, Ingmar Snijders and Marco Rizzi. Barbara Jecklin specialises in finance matters and Mirco Ceregato represents financial institutions in disputes.

LALIVE

LALIVE is well known and respected for its capabilities in dispute resolution. The team, which includes Simone Nadelhofer, Daniel L Buhr and Matthias Gstoehl, represent clients in various litigation and arbitration proceedings, concerning regulatory and banking law, fraud and white-collar criminal law, asset recovery, insolvency and international mutual assistance, among others.

Prager Dreifuss AG

Prager Dreifuss AG has a good reputation for advising on banking, capital markets, insurance, tax, corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution. Key individuals are chairman of the board Daniel Hayek and Roland Böhi, a member of the firm’s management committee. Competition law specialist Philipp E. Zurkinden, financial markets regulation expert Urs Bertschinger, insurance specialist Christoph Graber and dispute resolution focused Gion Christian Casanova are also noted.

Wenger Plattner

Wenger Plattner is particularly well known for its expertise in insolvency and restructuring matters as well as its experience in corporate and M&A, competition, litigation and real estate mandates. Founding partner and IP specialist Peter Mosimann, healthcare expert Carlo Conti and real estate-focused Thomas Wetzel are noted. Stephan Kesselbach and Oliver Künzler lead on litigation, tax and corporate matters. Brigitte Umbach-Spahn and Karl Wüthrich act on restructuring and insolvency mandates.

Practice head(s):

Carlo Conti

Key clients

Audi AG

Heineken Group Switzerland

Novartis Pharma Ltd.

envion AG

SIGNA Retail Group

Julius Baer Group

Denner AG

Swissair Group

Publicitas AG

Bank Hottinger & Cie. AG

The Enzian Shipping / Swiss Chem Tankers Group

Magazine zum Globus AG

Petroplus Group

AXA Real Estate Funds

ING Belgium SA

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal and tax adviser to Swiss retailer Magazine zum Globus AG (and its shareholders SIGNA and Central Group) with respect to the sale of a portfolio of 31 stores.
  • Counsel to Novocure Ltd. regarding the renewal of a USD 150 million credit facility in pharma industry.
  • Acting as FINMA appointed liquidators of Bank Hottinger & Cie AG since the end of 2015.