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Public law in Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. advises public authorities, officials and entities as well as private companies and public-private partnerships on all regulatory issues, transactional matters as well as investigations and administrative proceedings. The practice includes issues relating to constitutional and administrative law, public procurement, infrastructure and concessions, sanctions, governmental liability, public levies and public financing. Practice head Markus Schott has a specialisation in administrative litigation proceedings where he regularly appears before cantonal and federal courts as well as before the Swiss Supreme Court. Clients appreciate the ‘competent, dedicated‘ team that is ‘able to deal with emergencies and unforeseen events within very tight deadlines‘.

Practice head(s):

Markus Schott 

Testimonials

‘The individuals we work with are competent, dedicated, pleasant, available and able to deal with emergencies and unforeseen events within very tight deadlines. They know us and our needs. There is real trust.’

Key clients

Republic and Canton of Geneva

DAS ZELT AG

Syngenta AG

Work highlights

  • Represented DAS ZELT AG in constitutional appeal proceedings before the cantonal court of appeals regarding the payment of damages by the Canton of Basel-Stadt to compensate for the financial losses incurred in connection with the government measures to combat the Corona pandemic.

Kellerhals Carrard

Kellerhals Carrard ‘has profound experience and knowledge‘ in the field of public law, ‘in particular in public law litigation‘. The unit advises private companies, private individuals and public authorities on all economy-related public law matters and has ‘extensive expertise in federal public procurement‘. The team, lauded by clients for its ‘deep legal knowledge in the relevant fields of law‘, is jointly headed by ‘proven expertChristoph Jäger, Ivan Paparelli, Bernd Hauck and Isabelle Romy, who joined from MLL Legal in 2021 and specialises in environmental and construction law. Further key contacts are Andreas Güngerich and Jonathan Bernasconi from the Berne and Lugano offices respectively.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Jäger; Isabelle Romy; Ivan Paparelli; Bernd Hauck

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Güngerich

Testimonials

‘There is a lot of practical experience and not only theoretical. The cooperation was pleasant at all times. Feedback was always given within a short time. The work was always completed on time.’

‘Christoph Jäger has exceptional practical experience in the IT environment. Thus, he was able to recognise the problems immediately and propose adequate solutions.’

‘The public procurement law team in Berne has extensive expertise in federal public procurement. The advice is both practice-oriented and legally in-depth and instructive. In urgent cases, the team is also available at short notice and outside opening hours.’

‘Christoph Jäger is a proven expert in public procurement law. His understanding of the respective situation and his analyses are accurate, practical and legally sound. In addition, I very much appreciate his unagitated manner.’

‘The public law team of Kellerhals Carrard has profound experience and knowledge in this field, in particular in public law litigation. What makes them special: They are team players, together with the client, they are able to find the ideal and most effective way to litigate with success.’

‘Christoph Jäger is a very experienced public law litigator. Thomas Geiger is a very skilled public law litigator.’

‘Christoph Jäger and team stand out with a profound and quick understanding of business aspects and general, also political, conditions of our projects. And of course they have a deep legal knowledge in the relevant fields of law. The team provides an excellent service (time, reachability and work products), is pragmatic and efficient.’

‘We are extremely satisfied with the work and approach of Christoph Jäger. His expertise is acknowledged and respected throughout Switzerland, with an excellent reputation in professional terms, but also under the aspects of reliability and human/soft factors. Christoph Jäger has brilliant legal knowledge which he combines with a business mindset, focused on pragmatic, but at the same time legally secure solutions. Beside that it is a pleasure to work with him. He is always available, dutiful and a precious sparring partner in our projects.’

Key clients

Vigier Group

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

BLS AG

AVAG AG

BKW Energie AG (and other group companies of BKW AG)

eOperations Schweiz AG

Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (BBL)

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

Cand Landi SA

Grande Cariçaie / ARSUD

Ville de Lausanne

Work highlights

  • Jointly mandated by the Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (BBL), the Conference of Cantonal Directors of Building, Planning and Environment (BPUK), the Swiss Association of Cities (SSV) and the Swiss Municipal Association (SGV) to draft Switzerland-wide uniform guidelines on procurement procedures under the new/revised federal and cantonal public procurement law (project “TRIAS”).
  • Advised Cand-Landi, a company active in the construction industry and operation of waste disposal sites and landfills, on the planning and construction process of a large hazardous waste disposal facility in the Canton of Vaud as well as on various environmental issues related to this project.
  • Advised and represented the owners of old fishermen’s cabins on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel in proceedings arisen from the order of the Canton of Vaud to demolish the cabins, which raised inter alia legal planning and land use issues.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & StaehelinComparative Guides promotional icon offers advice on all areas of public law, such as public procurement, energy, telecoms and media law as well as price surveillance regulation and general administrative law which includes environmental, zoning and building law. The practice is headed by Rayan Houdrouge, Benoît Merkt, Marcel Meinhardt and Astrid Waser from the Geneva and Zurich offices. Merkt has a particular specialisation in the energy and infrastructure sectors as well as public economic law, while Houdrouge focuses on competition law, in particular in respect to internal audits. Meinhardt brings his experience in the postal services and energy sectors to the table, while Waser specialises in public procurement, competition law and environmental law.

Key clients

City of Zurich (EWZ)

Expedia

Mastercard

NRJ SA

Pro7Sat.1 AG

SAP

Sunrise

Swiss Post

Telecommunications SA

UBER

Kaufmann AG

VISCHER

The public law department at VISCHER has a particular focus the healthcare and energy sectors with further clients coming from other regulated industries, including banks, postal services and lottery providers. Michael Waldner is the key contact when it comes to providing regulatory advice to hospitals, assisting them with transactional matters disputes with regulatory authorities at all levels of government. Practice head Stefan Rechsteiner acts for energy companies on transactions, contracts and concessions in addition to representing them in regulatory disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Rechsteiner

Other key lawyers:

Michael Waldner

Key clients

Axpo Service AG

Rheinkraftwerk Säckingen AG, Kraftwerk Ryburg-Schwörstadt AG, Kraftwerk Reckingen AG

Repower AG

Energie 360 Grad AG

EBL (Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland)

Energiedienst Holding AG

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 No

Die Schweizerische Post AG

Walder Wyss Ltd.

Walder Wyss Ltd. acts for the Swiss government, federal and cantonal entities, local municipalities and state-owned enterprises as well as further public and private clients from the transport, education, energy and healthcare sectors, among others. The ‘easy to understand‘ ‘cutting-edge advice‘ covers all areas relevant to public law, including procurement, natural resources, infrastructure, zoning, public employment and open access law. Practice head and ‘outstanding lawyerHans Rudolf Trüeb has an ‘impressive track record‘ of representing clients in disputes before courts and arbitral tribunals. ‘Extremely skilled litigatorMartin Zobl, who made partner in 2022, and Ramona Wyss are both particularly experienced in matters regarding regulated industries.

Practice head(s):

Hans Rudolf Trüeb

Other key lawyers:

Ramona Wyss; Martin Zobl

Testimonials

‘Hans Rudolf Trüeb is the address in Switzerland for public legal matters, especially energy law and administrative court litigation together with Ramona Wyss.

‘A great team. All lawyers are true professionals with great expertise in public health law and general public law. They are great humans which I always like to conduct our business with.’

‘Great people with a sense of humor, great legal expertise and the ability to assess any potential risks for our company. Fair and transparent billing.’

‘We require fast and cutting-edge advice from our legal counsel. Working with Walder Wyss, I receive just that: excellent and crisp advice, delivered fast. Given the size of the Walder Wyss team, which is exceptional in the market, they are able to react to our requests timely and efficiently. Plus they win their cases in court, given their deep experience in litigating before administrative courts at the federal level.’

‘Hans Rudolf Trüeb is an outstanding lawyer with a long and impressive track record, respected by peers and clients alike. He is fast-paced and results-oriented. You definitively want to have him at your side in tight cases. Martin Zobl is an extremely skilled litigator with a deep understanding of public law and procedure.

‘Professional excellence as well as extraordinary client management attention. Will to find solutions with/together with the client. Excellent availability (also on short-term notice) whenever advice is requested.’

‘Outstanding professional excellence in a broad range of areas of public law/which also leads to broadly based judgements. Very approachable and open communication/interaction which is particularly helpful when it comes to “critical matters” or “matters requiring a fast decision-making”.’

‘Outstanding market and legal knowledge. Tough negotiators.’

Key clients

Swiss Confederation (with all its administrative branches)

Canton of Zurich

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

Energie 360 Grad AG

SBB – Swiss Federal Railways

SBB Cargo AG

ETH Zürich

ENGIE (France)

Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG (nuclear power plant operator)

Zurich University

Universitätsspital Zürich

Universität Kinderspital Zürich Eleonorenstiftung

Hirslanden AG

Zuger Kantonsspital AG

Spital Thurgau AG

Helsana Versicherung AG

Tertianum Gruppe

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd‘s public law team advises local municipalities, cantonal authorities and the Swiss confederation as well as parastatal entities, such as hospitals, energy providers and infrastructure providers, on a broad range of matters. The ‘very committed‘ team advises on constitutional matters, matters pertaining to subsidies, the health sector, and the media and transport sectors. Labour law matters are also handled. Isabelle Häner specialises in administrative proceedings before cantonal and federal administrative courts. Ulrich Keusen has a focus on administrative procedural law and procurement law, and Jürg Bereuter has a specialisation in spatial planning, public building and environmental law.

Testimonials

‘Isabelle Häner: Highest expertise. Very committed. Especially outstanding expert opinions.’

Homburger

At Homburger, advice on public law is provided in particular in conjunction with the regulatory, compliance, investigations, financial market regulation, competition and arbitration teams. The unit is therefore particularly experienced in acting for clients from the regulated sectors, frequently acting in compliance matters and investigations where public law matters are at the centre, such as financial services, energy, transport, telecoms, and construction. Further, advice is provided to municipal, cantonal and federal bodies. The team heads Marcel Dietrich and Mariella Orelli are experienced in competition and public procurement matters as well as administrative proceedings.

Key clients

Swiss Federal Council

City of Zurich

University Hospital Zurich

RUAG

Booking.com

Alpiq

Pawlowski

A company of the Palestinian Investment Fund

AMAG

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Federal Councillor and Minister of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence Viola Amherd to conduct a plausibility check of the procurement decision of the Swiss Federal Council about new fighter aircraft F-35A for a total of $5.5bn.
  • Advised University Hospital Zurich on public law matters as a member of the hospital advisory board.
  • Advised City of Zurich on issuance of CHF150m 0.00% Senior Bonds due 2030, the first ever public offering and listing of a bond by a Swiss city under the new Swiss prospectus regime.

CMS

CMS‘ public law team acts for a broad variety of clients, including multinationals, national public and governmental institutions as well as publicly held companies. The group’s wide sector scope includes the energy, hospitality, healthcare, postal services, telecommunications and public transport sectors. The team advises on a variety of public law and related issues, including matters pertaining to competition law for example, and is particularly strong in public procurement. Practice head Marquard Christen is noted for his ‘responsiveness, pragmatism, experience‘.

Practice head(s):

Marquard Christen

Testimonials

‘Perfect size (not too big, not too small).’

‘Christen Marquard: Business acumen, responsiveness, pragmatism, experience.’

‘It was really good, they were getting all the needed expertise to our case and were able to get us what we needed in a really short time.’

‘Outstanding know-how, excellent strategic approach to cases, brilliant output.’

Key clients

TeamWork Schweiz AG

Moderna

Bayer (Schweiz) AG

Lilly Deutschland GmbH

LivaNova Switzerland SA

Synlab Suisse SA

Synlab International GmbH

Kieser Training AG

Burger King Europe GmbH No

AEW Energie AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Moderna on negotiations with the European Commission on the contract for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Regularly advised and represented TeamWork Schweiz AG in public procurement procedures in Switzerland.
  • Advised AEW Energie AG on various public procurement proceedings in the energy and IT sector.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s public law practice has a focus on advising on all issues related to administrative law and public procurement procedures. The ‘highly engaged, proactive‘ team acts for clients from a variety of sectors, including energy, life sciences, healthcare, transport, media and telecommunications, including representation in administrative proceedings before cantonal and federal courts. The ‘super bright, easy to work with, fast, responsiveDavid Mamane  heads the team with Yves Jeanrenaud. Roland Mathys and Frank Bremer are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

David Mamane; Yves Jeanrenaud

Other key lawyers:

Roland Mathys; Frank Bremer

Testimonials

‘They really know their stuff, are highly engaged, proactive and clear in their advice.’

‘David Mamane is super bright, easy to work with, fast, responsive, clear and to the point.’

Key clients

Axpo Energy Utility

BKW (Utility company for the canton of Bern)

Uber

Varo Energy

Sopra Steria

ELCA Informatique

CSC Computer Science Corporation

Fairtiq

Bouygues Construction

Husqvarna

Orphanhealthcare

Gasverbund MIttelland (GVM)

Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB)

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz

SWITCH

Paul Scherrer Institute

Pandemic Taskforce of the Information Security Society Switzerland (ISSS)

Ringier AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Swissgrid on its participation in the joint venture Equigy with the transmission system operators TenneT (Netherlands/Germany) and Terna (Italy), in particular on competition law, procurement, regulatory and corporate aspects.
  • Provided regulatory and corporate advice to Uber, in particular in the context of the implementation of new regulations in various cantons.
  • Advised and represented Ringier Axel Springer Switzerland, a leading national publisher of newspapers and journals, in an appeal to the Federal Administrative Court regarding the request for temporary emergency aid for the media due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd has a particularly strong focus on advising clients from the energy sector and other regulated network industries, such as energy providers and infrastructure providers, on matters related to electricity, oil and gas as well as carbon dioxide emissions and more. The practice includes regulatory, financing, tax, disputes, and restructurings. Marc Bernheim is experienced in litigation concerning the liberalisation of the Swiss electricity market. Gaudenz Geiger specialises in regulatory advice, including on tariff arrangements and on unbundling of services.

Practice head(s):

Marc Bernheim; Gaudenz Geiger

Key clients

Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG

Enerprice Partners AG, Enerprice Service AG

First Energy AG

Swiss Climate Cent Foundation

Avenergy Suisse

SN Energie AG

Work highlights

  • Represented Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke in a landmark dispute on concession fees as part of grid usage tariffs.
  • Advised Enerprice on the Swiss and European regulatory framework of its business and on other public law-related matters.
  • Advised First Energy on public law-related matters of its international business.