Rising Stars

Public law in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. advises domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of public and governmental service-related matters, with expertise in the healthcare, financial, infrastructure, and gambling industries, among others. The ‘highly qualified’ team has a particular focus on export controls relating to war materials and dual use goods. Practice head Markus Schott has extensive experience in administrative and regulatory matters, including governmental supervision, public procurement, and administrative sanctions. Vera Naegeli specialises in ESG matters, white collar crime, and compliance issues. Public institution financing expert Frédéric Bétrisey also supports the team. Raphael Wyss advises clients in the life sciences, telecommunications, and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Markus Schott

Other key lawyers:

Vera Naegeli; Frédéric Bétrisey; Raphael Wyss


‘Highly qualified, skilled and experienced professionals, able to work on complex issues and find solutions in unprecedented situations.’

‘Markus Schott and Raphael Wyss form a very strong team.’

‘Markus Schott and Raphael Wyss can quickly familiarise themselves with complex, specific topics without losing the legally relevant overview. Very good and thoughtful legal writings. ’

‘Excellent knowledge in many different areas.’

‘Top experts in the industry.’

Key clients

Genossenschaft Migros Zürich

European Innovation Council

Novartis Pharma Schweiz AG

Canton of Geneva

Work highlights

  • Representing Migros, Switzerland’s largest consumer goods retail chain, in administrative proceedings before the Department of Economic Affairs of the Canton of Zurich regarding an appeal by Unia (one of Switzerland’s biggest trade unions) against a pilot concept for unmanned stores opened on Sundays.
  • Advised EIC Fund, an innovation fund owned by the European Commission, established to make direct investments (between EUR 500’000 and 15’000’000) in European start-up companies and SMEs, on its Investments in Six Swiss Start-Up Companies.
  • Represents ETH Zurich in court proceedings regarding the legality of certain research involving experiments with birds.

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd.

CMS von Erlach Partners Ltd. has particular strengths in public procurement law, administrative penal law, white-collar crime, economic sanctions, and competition law matters. Marquard Christen, who heads the team, has extensive experience representing and advising clients in administrative court proceedings concerning public procurement law. Bernhard Lötscher assists corporate and private clients in economic crime matters, handling criminal and regulatory investigations as well as international mutual assistance in administrative, criminal and civil matters. Julia Haas has a special focus on economic administrative law and regulated markets.

Practice head(s):

Marquard Christen

Other key lawyers:

Bernhard Lötscher; Julia Haas


‘Efficient collaboration, deep knowledge in their area of expertise, and fast results.’

‘Highly qualified, motivated, skilled and efficient. Work really well in their team.’

‘The team provides perceptiveness, level-appropriate communication, strong personality, efficiency, holistic advice.’

‘Positive characteristics include their business acumen, availability and responsiveness, dedication, pragmatism and hands-on approach, the size of the firm (not too big, not too small), and their reputation.’

‘The collaboration was characterised by legal insights presented in a clear and easy-to-understand manner.’

‘The partner we worked with was absolutely reliable and managed communication with humour and a positive mindset.’

‘Highly motivated team, which was able to cover our international needs in collaboration with their global network.’

Key clients

Bayer (Schweiz) AG

Burger King Europe GmbH

Lilly Deutschland GmbH

Synlab International GmbH

LivaNova Switzerland SA

IT District GmbH

Swisscard (joint venture of Credit Suisse and Amex)

TeamWork Schweiz AG


Koch Group AG

Kieser Training AG

AEW Energie AG

Work highlights

  • Advising AEW Energie AG in the entire tender process and procedure for the procurement of IT services (implementation of new SAP software for the entire group of companies).
  • Advising Burger King comprehensively on working permits and on immigration matters.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard‘s ‘professional, customer-orientated and efficient’ team supports private companies and individuals, as well as public bodies and institutions on a range of relevant matters, including public procurement and litigation. The team has particular strength in regulatory matters relating to public infrastructure, environmental law, and expropriation law. Bern team head Christoph Jäger handles contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues relating to public infrastructure, public procurement, public construction, and planning law matters. In Zurich, Isabelle Romy, whose practice covers environment and construction law, heads the team. Dispute resolution expert Ivan Paparelli heads the Lugano team, whilst Bernd Hauck, who has particular expertise in construction law, trade law, and public procurement, leads the Basel team.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Jäger; Isabelle Romy; Ivan Paparelli; Bernd Hauck

Other key lawyers:

Martin Föhse; Jonathan Bernasconi; Jean-Rodolph Fiechter; Thomas Geiger; Gregor Bachmann; Denise Wohlwend


‘Pragmatic, open-minded, customer-oriented, speed, availability high.’

‘The team is extremely well-organised and coordinated. A contact person is available at all times. The work results are of exceptionally high quality.’

‘The lawyers are very professional, customer-orientated and efficient.’

‘Christoph Jäger is a top expert in public procurement law. He helps us find good solutions and gives us confidence in dealing with this complex area of law.’

‘The team is available on short notice and provides excellent work in the different fields required by our NGO in the Public Law field.’

‘Christoph Jäger is a very trustworthy and dedicated lawyer. His work is characterized by pragmatism, fast and reasonable solutions. His reserved but very interested manner allows everyone to create a good working atmosphere.’

‘Kellerhals Carrard is a modern law firm with many extremely talented people providing excellent legal services. Despite the size of the law firm, close personal legal advice was offered at all times in a small team, which made us feel like one of their most important clients, which we appreciated very much.’

‘We were legally advised and represented by Christoph Jäger and Thomas Geiger. Both have in-depth expertise in this area of law and are characterised by a very serious attitude to work and accurate working methods. They are always available and always willing to get the best possible deal for their clients.’

Key clients

Vigier Group

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

Post CH AG


BKW Energie AG

eOperations Schweiz AG

Conference of Cantonal Directors of Building, Planning and Environment (BPUK)

Strabag AG

Bovida Real Estate AG

Marti Gesamtleistungen AG

Office for Land and Buildings of the Canton of Bern

Office for Integration and Social Affairs of the Canton of Bern

Office for Municipalities and Spatial Planning of the Canton of Bern

Grande Cariçaie / ARSUD

Ville de Lausanne


Immobilienpartner AG

Konferenz Kantonaler Energiedirektoren (EnDK)

Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse

Losinger Marazzi AG

Gérard Benone Immobilien an der Rheinlehne

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Swiss Post in a very complex project development and building permit procedure on a former industrial site.
  • Acting on behalf of the Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse as neutral experts to examine the existing processes and measures against corruption in connection with armament procurements.
  • Advising the City of Lausanne in regard to the immediate measures and additional investigations ordered in response to the finding of dioxin pollution found in the soil of a large residential area in the upper part of the City of Lausanne earlier last year.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin provides a full-service practice extending to all areas of public law, including public procurement law, energy law, price surveillance regulation, and general administrative law including environmental, zoning and building law. The ‘outstanding’ team is particularly strong in advising in contentious matters before the federal and cantonal courts and authorities. The practice is headed by Benoît Merkt, Marcel Meinhardt, and Astrid Waser. Merkt has notable experience in public economic law and public procurement law, while Meinhardt covers public law matters in the postal services, energy, media, and defence regime. Waser has extensive expertise in competition law and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Benoît Merkt; Marcel Meinhardt; Astrid Waser


‘Key for a team is the responsible partner of the law firm. His/her guidance for the team is key for successful practice and the protection of the interests of the client.’

‘It is the dependability, the creativity, the immense know how, the network and the relation to the relevant authorities which are important factors for the interests of the client.’

‘Covers all domains with outstanding people.’

‘Reactive, professional, accessible at any time in any situation.’

Key clients

City of Zurich (EWZ)




Pro7Sat.1 AG


Swiss Post



Ford Credit

Deutsche Bank

Telecommunications SA


Kaufmann AG

Various Export Credit Agencies and various international banks

Work highlights

  • Advises the Swiss Post on a number of cases including COMCO investigations.
  • Advised Kaufmann AG, a leading Swiss producer of security equipment for highways.
  • Advises EWZ, the electricity power plant of the city of Zurich and owned by the city of Zurich, on a high value and strategically important transaction.

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. represents the Swiss Government, federal and cantonal entities, public sector clients, hospitals, and large pharmaceutical companies in a wide range of public law related matters including government procurement proceedings, expert opinions, administrative proceedings, and planning proceedings. Practice head Hans Rudolf Trüeb advises domestic and international clients on competition and procurement matters, and has experience in the technology, telecoms, and energy sectors. Daniel Staffelbach advises clients on all aspects relating to the healthcare and insurance industries. Transactions lawyer Ramona Wyss has extensive experience handling issues concerning regulated industries. Martin Zobl has a special focus on public procurement, healthcare and life sciences, energy, infrastructure, and transport.

Practice head(s):

Hans Rudolf Trüeb

Other key lawyers:

Ramona Wyss; Martin Zobl; Daniel Zimmerli; Florian Roth; Lena Götzinger; Lucina Herzog; Felix Tuchschmid


‘When working with Walder Wyss, we feel a very high degree of commitment, responsiveness, and ownership. It has proven very helpful to us that they have a deep understanding of our business, and the energy market in general.’

‘Hans Rudolf Trüeb, Ramona Wyss and Martin Zobl all stand for excellence and seem to benefit from a great reputation on the market. Senior statesman H.R. Trüeb built up Walder Wyss public law practice some 20 years ago and has long-standing expertise. Both Ramona Wyss and Martin Zobl are extremely smart and knowledgeable in their areas of expertise, and at the same time very hands-on.’

‘Walder Wyss public law team provides high quality, easy-access, tailor-made and quick services.’

‘Hans Rudolf Trüeb is a top expert in public procurement law with many years of professional experience. His advice helps us to find good solutions. His industry and process experience helps us to find good and pragmatic solutions, and to carry out complex procurement projects safely. Lena Götzinger is a very competent lawyer and specialist in public procurement law.’

‘We truly appreciate the support by Hans Rudolf Trueb who is an outstanding professional and person, well known in the Swiss market. His longstanding experience and deep knowledge of the law has been invaluable for us. Plus, he is a successful litigator whom you want to see at your side in tight cases.’

‘Martin Zobl, a younger partner of the firm, has built an impressive track record in procurement cases. With his likeable personality and quick comprehension, he is a great asset for the firm.’

‘Extremely trustworthy, high level of reliability, integrity, excellent technical competence and understanding, consistently on-time delivery.’

‘This team has very profound knowledge in public law. In my view, it is the market leader in this field.’

Key clients

Swiss Confederation (with all its administrative branches)

Canton of Zurich – Office for Water, Energy and Air (AWEL)

Axpo Group (Axpo Holding, Axpo Power, Axpo Trading)

Energy 360 Grad AG

SBB – Swiss Federal Railways

SBB Cargo AG

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)

ENGIE (France)

University of Zurich

University Hospital of Zurich

University Children’s Hospital Zurich Eleonora Foundation

Hirslanden AG

Cantonal Hospital of Zug

Hospital Thurgau AG

Helsana insurance AG

Tertianum Group

Swiss Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (BBL)

Armasuisse (federal agency for military resources)

SERV Swiss Export Risk Insurance

AEW Energie AG


Work highlights

  • Advising and representing privately held hospitals of the Hirslanden Group in hospital planning proceedings in numerous Swiss Cantons.
  • Advising and representing Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) as defendant and procuring entity in a dozen public procurement proceedings in front of the Federal Administrative Court.
  • Advised and represented the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in numerous proceedings in front of ETH’s Appeals Commission, Federal Administrative Court and the Federal Supreme Court.


Homburger has comprehensive knowledge of the public law aspects of regulated sectors, including the financial services, energy, life sciences, and construction industries. The team is co-headed by Marcel Dietrich, who has extensive experience in supporting clients with a range of regulatory matters, and Mariella Orelli, who specialises in international dispute resolution and has expertise in regulated industries. Regulatory and competition law expert Franz Hoffet supports the team. Richard Stäuber specialises in Swiss and European competition law, as well as compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Dietrich; Mariella Orelli

Other key lawyers:

Franz Hoffet; Richard Stäuber; David Thomann

Key clients


Swiss Federal Council



University Hospital Zurich

A company of the Palestinian Investment Fund


Sonic Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Representing UBS in the largest administrative proceedings ever in Switzerland before the Swiss Federal Administrative Court, in connection with the write-off of AT1 capital instruments in the amount of USD 17.86 bn) as part of the takeover of Credit Suisse.
  • Advising Swiss Federal Counsel in connection with purchasing 36 new fighter aircraft F-35A for USD5.5 bn.
  • Represented Federal Republic of Germany in merger control proceedings in takeover of Uniper, the largest German importer of Russian gas.


VISCHER‘s public sector and regulatory team, which is led by Stefan Rechsteiner, has a particular focus on the energy and healthcare industries. The team provides comprehensive service to clients, including regulatory and strategic advice, as well as support in contentious matters. Rechsteiner is ‘highly skilled’ in advising companies active in regulated markets, and regularly represents clients before administrative courts and regulators. Michael Waldner, who leads the healthcare team, is highly active on behalf of hospitals and other groups active in the healthcare sector. IP expert Stefan Kohler and antitrust specialist Klaus Neff support the team.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Rechsteiner

Other key lawyers:

Michael Waldner; Stefan Kohler; Klaus Neff; Adrian Gautschi; Joel Drittenbass; Livia Camenisch; Barbara Meier


‘Vischer’s team is pragmatic, intellectually rigorous and strategic. Their no-nonsense approach is value added in court proceedings in Switzerland and highly appreciated by clients and courts alike.’

‘Stefan Rechsteiner is a highly skilled public law litigator and advocate with a great sense for effective tactics.’

‘Adrian Gautschi is very knowledgeable and experienced in public law disputes.’

Key clients

Die Schweizerische Post AG

Axpo Service AG

Repower AG

Energie 360 Grad AG

EBL (Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland)

University Hospital of Zurich

University Hospital of Bern (“Inselspital”)

University Hospital of Basel

Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen

Cantonal Hospital of Aarau

Cantonal Hospital of Lucerne

Claraspital, Basel

University Children’s Hospital Zurich

Work highlights

Wenger Vieli Ltd

Wenger Vieli Ltd fields a team with broad public law expertise, covering a diverse range of areas including real estate, healthcare, and media. The team is co-headed by Michael Tschudin, who is an ‘experienced competition and general public law lawyer’, and Frank Scherrer, who regularly advises companies active in the life sciences space on a broad range of regulatory matters, in addition to other issues such as transactions and contract negotiations. Marcel Boller‘s practice covers an array of public law matters, including regulation for cannabis medicines, and promotional matters for medical device companies.

Practice head(s):

Michael Tschudin; Frank Scherrer

Other key lawyers:

Marcel Boller


‘Particularly experienced in the areas of competition law and data protection. ’

‘Practice head Michael Tschudin is a very competent and experienced competition and general public law lawyer who has previously also worked for the Swiss competition authority and the Federal Administrative Court. Furthermore, he is particularly knowledgeable in the area of abuse of dominance. ’

‘Wenger Vieli has an excellent public law team, including an active politician and a former clerk at the federal administrative court. They have a very broad and deep knowledge of public law.’

‘Michael Tschudin is a great lawyer. He is very structured, very quick thinking, and very deep in the matters. ’

‘Wenger Vieli is a mid-sized law firm with profound knowledge in public law.’

‘Michael Tschudin is a very experienced and brilliant lawyer. He has many valuable contacts to authorities and courts.’

Key clients

Lighthouse Swiss Wealth Advisors

Redcare Pharmacy N.V.

Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank

Neon Switzerland

Nextech Invest

Work highlights

  • Advising multinational trust company Lighthouse on cross-border public law matters in obtaining FINMA license as asset manager and trustee.
  • Advised Redcare Pharmacy on public law matters in EUR 110m cross-border joint venture with Galenica.
  • Advised Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank on public law aspects of consolidated supervision of subsidiaries.

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd‘s team has ‘impressive’ expertise in advising on the full spectrum of constitutional and administrative law matters with a particular focus on state organisation law on all federal levels, general economic administrative law, energy law, and medical and health law. Isabelle Häner, who has extensive knowledge in public procedural law, the principle of publicity, and public-private partnerships, and Jürg Bereuter, whose practice covers public construction, planning and environmental matters, co-head the team. The team benefits from Livio Bundi‘s experience advising clients in the areas of health law, social security law, and migration law.

Practice head(s):

Isabelle Häner; Jürg Bereuter

Other key lawyers:

Livio Bundi; Anja Binder-Josuran; Florian Brunner


‘Tier 1 firm for administrative/public law and proceedings. ’

‘Isabelle Häner is certainly one of the best and finest administrative/public practitioners in Switzerland. She is a “must have” on any serious panel law firm list.’

‘We appreciated the very strong engagement as well as the professionalism of the support throughout the whole project.’

‘Bratschi Ltd is an excellent law firm. Their expertise and experience in general administrative law is impressive. Building on this, and due to a professional and highly motivated approach, Bratschi Ltd handled the court proceedings to our complete satisfaction. The cooperation and flow of information worked flawlessly.’

‘The few employees (Isabelle Häner, Florian Brunner, Livio Bundi) with whom we were/are in contact are extremely well qualified, have a quick perception, take our concerns seriously and implement them promptly. The legal documents prepared in various languages (German, French and Italian) are impeccable.’

‘Many years of experience in the field of Swiss public law, especially public procurement law and public HR law.’

Key clients

Fiege Logistik (Schweiz) AG


Kantonsspital Winterthur

Schweizerische Rettungsflugwacht (Rega)

Verein “Sorten für morgen”

Ernst & Young AG

Energie Wasser Bern

Kaufmännischer Verband Zürich

MeteoSchweiz|(Bundesamt für Meteorologie und Klimatologie)

Schweizerische Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft SRG SSR

Staatssekretariat für Wirtschaft SECO (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs)

Stadt Dübendorf

Syngenta Crop Protection AG

Werke am Zürichsee AG

Gemeinde Zermatt

Gemeinde Wil SG

Work highlights

  • Represents the Schweizerische Rettungsflugwacht (“REGA”) in appeal proceedings concerning a service contract and an operating licence for air-rescue services in the canton of Valais.
  • Defends the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs in 37 proceedings before the Federal Administrative Court and the Federal Supreme Court, regarding the recovery of short-time work compensation improperly claimed by private companies.
  • Advised and represented the Schweizerische Radio- und Fernsehgesellschaft SRG SSR, Switzerland’s national public service broadcaster, in a variety of matters.

MLL Legal

MLL Legal’s practice group has extensive experience in the production and distribution of a range of regulated products, including pharmaceuticals, medical products, tobacco and cosmetics. The team regularly advises and represents clients on all public procurement matters. The team is co-headed by Simon Holzer, who has extensive expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, and Michael Reinle, who advises clients in the software, IT, and telecoms industries. Kilian Schärli has a special focus on blockchain pharmaceutical use cases and transactions in the life sciences sector. Daniel Donauer, who was promoted to senior associate in 2023, has expertise in the implementation and regulation of cosmetics, alcohol, tobacco and therapeutic products.

Practice head(s):

Simon Holzer; Michael Reinle

Other key lawyers:

Kilian Schärli; Daniel Donauer


‘MLL Legal is a standout in the Swiss legal landscape. Their team immediately grasped our needs, blending top-tier expertise with unexpected humility.’

‘The individuals at MLL Legal, particularly Daniel Donauer, have a remarkable way of making complex legal discussions feel like casual, yet informative, chats among friends. Our interactions with him were efficient, without any unnecessary jargon or wasted time. It was evident that he values both our time and understanding.’

‘I worked with Daniel Donauer the most. So professional. Grateful for all the help, honesty, and advice.’

‘Immediate response, with professionalism, helpfulness, advice, and kindness.’

‘Extraordinarily supportive and friendly.’

Key clients

Swedish Match Switzerland AG

Snushof AB

Aroma King

Make Webo AB

Amrit AG

NicomGroup AG

Salt Labs Switzerland AG

Ipiccolo AB

Next Tröber AG

Chewbacco ApS

Svens Snusdistribution AB

Snusexpress I Norge AS


Nocodi AB


Prilla inc

Nictech AB

TradeSport (Schweiz) AG

Snusomat AG

Nordicgoods AB

Kiwi NTG GmbH

Qualicann GmbH

Naturaleza GmbH

CBD MED Schweiz Handels GmbH

Nico distribution s.r.o.

Nordic Fastighets AB

Nico Slovakia A.S.

British American Tobacco Switzerland SA

Mastercard Europe SA

Avanade Schweiz GmbH

Promotion-Tools AG

Work highlights

  • Handled the implementation of the entire product range for Swedish Match Switzerland AG and worked on all legal areas that were relevant to the client’s market entry in Switzerland.
  • Advising the entire Nicom Group on the market implementation of its entire product range, particularly in the areas of snus, tobacco and chemical substitutes for stimulant use.
  • Advises Amrit AG on a wide range of legal issues (in particular health & medicine law) regarding the introduction of a communication and analysis app through which patients can get access to second-opinion services.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s administrative law and public procurement team, led by David Mamane and Yves Jeanrenaud, has long-term experience in the energy, life sciences, media, and transport industries, and often represents clients before the cantonal and federal courts. Mamane has special expertise in competition law, energy regulation, and public procurement. Real estate and construction expert Jeanrenaud regularly advises and represents clients in public procurement issues, building permits, and due diligence procedures, and has experience in environmental law, and energy law. The team benefits from the expertise of specialists in other fields, such as Roland Mathys and Lorenza Ferrari Hofer, who support the team on technology and IP-related public law issues, Philipp Groz, with domestic and international dispute resolution, and Grégoire Wuest who supports on banking and finance issues.

Practice head(s):

David Mamane; Yves Jeanrenaud 

Key clients

Axpo Energy Utility

BKW (Utility company for the canton of Bern)


Varo Energy

Sopra Steria

ELCA Informatique

CSC Computer Science Corporation


Bouygues / Losinger Marazzi



Gasverbund MIttelland (GVM

)Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB)

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz


Paul Scherrer Institute

Pandemic Taskforce of the Information Security Society Switzerland (ISSS)

Ringier AG

Work highlights

  • Providing regulatory and corporate advice to Uber, in particular in the context of the implementation of new regulations in various cantons and regulatory procedures with supervising authorities.
  • Advised and represented Ringier Axel Springer Switzerland in an appeal to the Federal Administrative Court regarding the request for temporary emergency aid for the media due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising a Swiss Canton on the re-drafting of the legislation for the taxation at source, meaning drafting a new law and implementing regulations including the explanations for the parliament.

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

With ‘deep knowledge and experience’ in public law matters relating to the energy sector, the team at Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd is headed by Marc Bernheim and Gaudenz Geiger, both of whom provide regulatory advice to clients concerning industry specific regulations and competition law. Both Bernheim and Geiger actively contribute to legal commentary on new Swiss energy regulations.

Practice head(s):

Marc Bernheim; Gaudenz Geiger


‘The team has deep knowledge and experience in their areas and are quick to respond.’

‘Marc Bernheim is the very experienced senior lawyer, coming in when necessary and relevant. Gaudenz Geiger has quick responses to tough questions.’

Key clients


AET (Aalborg Energie Technik a/s)

Enerprice Partners AG

Enerprice Service AG

First Energy AG

Swiss Climate Cent Foundation

Avenergy Suisse

SN Energie AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Swiss energy trader First Energy on cross-border public and civil law matters related to its international business.
  • Advising energy service provider Enerprice on Swiss and European regulatory framework and public law matters.
  • Advising a Swiss foundation for climate protection on public law matters related to importing, placing on the market, and taxation of fuels.