Public law in Switzerland

Kellerhals Carrard

The 'motivated and committed' team at Kellerhals Carrard regularly 'handles complex public law litigation' in 'a highly professional manner'. It also provides consultancy on constitutional and administrative cases, along with regulatory expertise in the energy supply, transport and postal service domains. Highlights included representing Tamedia in a dispute over Swiss Federal Railway advertising space, and acting for the Canton of Zurich against the award of an IT application to Abraxas AG. 'Highly competent' disputes expert Christoph Jäger heads the practice alongside Lugano-based Ivan PaparelliAndreas Guengerich, Daniel Staehelin and Jonathan Bernasconi are other significant names to note.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Jäger, Andreas Güngerich, Ivan Paparelli, Jonathan Bernasconi, Daniel Staehelin

Testimonials

Smart team with excellence knowledge in different topics – one partner for all legal cases!

Motivated and committed team members, always ready to accept new tasks.’

The practice has an excellent reputation in public law and especially in energy and spatial planning law. Their support improves the acceptance of our work. The practice has been very helpful and flexible in assisting our office. They delivered their work on time and in a very high quality.’

The individuals we worked with were all very competent, helpful and friendly. They were familiar with the daily business in the Federal Administration. It wasn’t necessary to brief them at length, as they understood the task quickly and worked on it largely in an independent manner. They pointed out weaknesses in our work in a professional, “diplomatic” way.’

Kellerhals’ public law team is able to handle complex public law litigation, even unusual and specific cases, in a highly professional manner.

Christoph Jaeger (partner) and Thomas Geiger (associate) are able to handle complex public law litigation, even unusual and specific cases, in a highly professional manner.’

Outstanding expertise, in particular in construction law and planning law, further specialised in the industry of bricks and concrete.’

Working together with customers to develop good constructive solutions and then implement them pragmatically in the contract. Very fast processing times. Very pleasant co-operation. Highly competent Dr Christoph Jaeger.’

Key clients

Swiss Post Ltd.

BKW Energie AG

AVAG AG

Losinger Marazzi AG

BLS AG

Bern Flughafen AG

Vigier Group

eOperations Schweiz AG

Work highlights

  • Representing Tamedia in a dispute over Swiss Federal Railway advertising space.
  • Acting for the Canton of Zurich against the award of an IT application to Abraxas AG.
  • Defending Zurich Airport’s assistance service contract for passengers with reduced mobility.

Lenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin's 'practice know-how is all-embracing' in public law, with lawyers recognised for their 'tactical thinking' and 'top-quality' performance levels. The 'brilliant' Astrid Waser is a key name for procurement work. In recent highlights, the 'co-operative' Marcel Meinhardt is acting for Swiss Post in ongoing appeals in the Swiss Federal Administrative Court regarding allegedly abusive discounts for large businesses. Other work includes acting for Saraco SA in administrative law proceedings concerning the new fuel supply pipeline at Geneva Airport and advising Uber on social security, employment and regulatory disputes. Benoît Merkt and Rayan Houdrouge are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Benoît Merkt, Rayan Houdrouge, Marcel Meinhardt, Astrid Waser

Testimonials

The team of Marcel Meinhardt has know-how, tactical thinking, overview of key procedures.’

You always get the support you need in the desired time, in top quality; you always can rely on their support.

Marcel Meinhardt: highly qualified, quick, technically and socially competent, co-operative, engaged.’

Key clients

City of Zurich (EWZ)

Expedia

ICA Traffic GmbH

Mastercard

NRJ SA

Pro7Sat.1 AG

SAP

Sunrise

Telecommunications SA

Swiss Post

Work highlights

  • Acting for Swiss Post in ongoing appeals in the Swiss Federal Administrative Court regarding allegedly abusive discounts for large businesses.
  • Acting for Saraco SA in administrative law proceedings concerning the new fuel supply pipeline at Geneva Airport.
  • Advising Uber on social security, employment and regulatory disputes.

VISCHER

The public law department at VISCHER has core strengths in energy-related work, where it handles litigation, regulatory and strategic advice, and healthcare matters, acting in disputes against regulators as well as handling transactions. Team lead Stefan Rechsteiner advised Axpo Services AG on the reorganisation of its corporate structure, and acted as legal counsel to the Rheinkraftwerk Säckingen AG, Kraftwerk Ryburg-Schwörstadt AG and Kraftwerk Reckingen AG power plants, which are located at the Swiss-German border, following the rejection of their application to use a high-voltage grid for hydro-energy projects. Michael Waldner is acting for the University Hospital of Zurich and the Cantonal Hospitals of St Gall and Lucerne in disputes against healthcare insurers relating to treatment tariffs.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Rechsteiner

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. Gall

Cantonal Hospital of Aarau

Cantonal Hospital of Lucerne

Claraspital, Basel

Work highlights

  • Advised Axpo Services AG on the reorganisation of its corporate structure.
  • Acting for the University Hospital of Zurich and the Cantonal Hospitals of St Gall and Lucerne in disputes against healthcare insurers relating to treatment tariffs.
  • Acting for Rheinkraftwerk Säckingen AG, Kraftwerk Ryburg-Schwörstadt AG and Kraftwerk Reckingen AG power plants, which are located at the Swiss-German border, following the rejection of their application to use a high-voltage grid for hydro-energy projects.

Walder Wyss Switzerland Global

The 'skilled' team at Walder Wyss Switzerland Global is 'very responsive' and known for its 'deep experience in the transport and procurement areas' of public law. Recent highlights include acting for Swiss Federal Railways in collective appeal proceedings over the Disability Equality Act, assisting AxpoPower with administrative affairs before the Federal court regarding the Beznau power plant, and advising on a new draft of the Swiss public procurement code. 'Highly pragmatic' practice head Hans Rudolf Trüeb demonstrates 'an extensive understanding of economic and technical matters'. Managing associate Martin Zobl is 'a rising talent'. Ramona Wyss made partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Hans Rudolf Trüeb

Testimonials

The team is very responsive, has a large knowledge-base and covers a wide range of legal topics.’

Dr Hans Rudolf Trueeb is an excellent lawyer, but has also an extensive understanding of economic and technical matters. This is of particular importance in contract negotiations with suppliers.’

Very skilled partners in this areas of expertise. Close to the client’s practical issues, very pragmatic in the solutions they suggest. Very fast in capturing the issue and coming to executable solutions.’

Very trustworthy and trusted partner, quick in capturing the issue at hand, suggesting pragmatic and executable solutions, thinking outside of the box. High availability when needed. Fair pricing for advice/work provided.’

Walder Wyss has managed to build up a strong public law team with deep experience in the transport and procurement areas. This is quite unique in the Swiss market which is otherwise dominated by niche firms or single practitioners. Due to the knowledge and depth of the Walder Wyss team, we benefit from clever, fast, business-oriented and hands-on advice. They regularly exceed our expectations.

Prof. Trueb has headed the Walder Wyss team for many years. He has worked for SBB for one and a half decades, so there is a lot of mutual trust. Prof. Trueb provides excellent advice and wins his cases, while always remaining highly pragmatic. We also work with a number of senior and junior associates of Walder Wyss and would mention Dr Zobl who has supported us in two high profile cases regarding the procurement of new railway cars. Dr Zobl is definitely a rising talent. Also, we very much appreciate to work with Florian Roth, a younger associate specialising in public law litigation. Florian is quick, smart and very efficient.’

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

Zurich University

Universität Kinderspital Zürich Eleonorenstiftung

Hirslanden AG

Zuger Kantonsspital AG

Spital Thurgau AG

Helsana Versicherung AG

Tertianum Gruppe

Work highlights

  • Acting for Swiss Federal Railways in collective appeal proceedings over the Disability Equality Act.
  • Representing AxpoPower in administrative affairs before the Federal court regarding the Beznau power plant.
  • Advising on a new draft of the Swiss public procurement code.

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

At Bär & Karrer Ltd., the team handles public law matters related to infrastructure, financial and export control services in the transport, education, healthcare, media and life sciences sectors. The team, which is led by Markus Schott, acted for Swiss TV Corporation in a sports media rights dispute; assisted with the dismissal of a head physician from the Department of Health at the Canton of Zurich; and acted for Swissgrid AG on general legal and public procurement matters. Phyllis Scholl departed for Baryon AG in late 2018.

Practice head(s):

Markus Schott

Key clients

Swissgrid

Swiss TV Corporation

Canton of Zurich

SBB (Swiss Federal Railroad Company)

Work highlights

  • Representing Swiss TV Corporation in a sports media rights dispute.
  • Assisting with the dismissal of a head physician from the Department of Health at the Canton of Zurich.
  • Advising Swissgrid AG on general legal and public procurement matters.

Bratschi Ltd

Bratschi Ltd's public and administrative law department acts for domestic municipalities, cantonal authorities and private foundations on constitutional, subsidy, health, state organisation, media, traffic and labour law matters. Practice head Isabelle Häner has a significant presence in all Federal public and Cantonal courts.

Practice head(s):

Isabelle Häner

Homburger

The public law practice at Homburger has experience in regulated sectors, including the energy, IT, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, and also handles work for various blue-chip clients. Highlights included representing Siemens in a Swiss merger control procedure; acting for Alpiq in a dispute with Romanian suppliers relating to electricity provision; and representing Implenia in public procurement proceedings. Other clients include Airbus, Booking.com and Nestlé. Competition law expert Marcel Dietrich and international disputes specialist Mariella Orelli lead the team; Richard Stäuber made partner in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Dietrich, Mariella Orelli

Key clients

Siemens

Nestlé/Nespresso

Novartis

SOCAR

Zurich Insurance

Airbus

Booking.com

Implenia

Nord Energia

Rosatom

Sandoz

Slovenský plynárenský priemysel

Fluxys

Alpiq

Illumina

Edwards Lifesciences

Tokyo Electron

Transocean

Wacker Neuson

AMAG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Siemens in Swiss merger control proceedings.
  • Acting for Alpiq in a dispute with Romanian suppliers relating to electricity provision.
  • Representing Implenia in public procurement proceedings.

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Regularly advising in administrative disputes before Cantonal and federal courts, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd also provides regulatory, compliance and procurement advice across the energy, life sciences, healthcare, transport and telecoms sectors. David Mamane leads on most matters alongside Roland Mathys, including acting for Husqvarna in a Swiss Competition Commission investigation over motor fuels, and representing Energie Wasser Luzern and Erdgas Zentralschweiz in proceedings regarding gas structure access. The team is advising Uber Switzerland on regulatory, corporate and competition matters. Yves Jeanrenaud is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

David Mamane, Roland Mathys, Yves Jeanrenaud

Key clients

Axpo Energy Utility

BKW

Uber

Varo Energy

Sopra Steria

ELCA Informatique

CSC Computer Science Corporation

Fairtiq

Bouygues Construction

Husqvarna

Olympus

Orphanhealthcare

Gasverbund MIttelland (GVM)

Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB)

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz

Uber

SWITCH

Work highlights

  • Acting for Husqvarna in a Swiss Competition Commission investigation over motor fuels.
  • Representing Energie Wasser Luzern and Erdgas Zentralschweiz in proceedings regarding gas structure access.
  • Advising Uber Switzerland on regulatory, corporate and competition matters.

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd provides 'extremely responsive' and 'customer-oriented' advice to clients predominantly in the energy sector. The firm assists energy generation companies, distributors, suppliers and traders with contract negotiations and strategy-based decisions. Practice head Marc Bernheimer is 'very approachable, responsive and practical', and has further experience working in regulated industries more widely. Highlights included representing grid operator Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG in a concession fee case, acting for Swiss Climate Cent Foundation in a financial dispute, and advising on the legal aspects of Swiss fuel importation for Enerprice Services Ltd.

Practice head(s):

Marc Bernheim

Testimonials

Very responsive, good international network, high-level knowledge.

Very customer-oriented and geared to the current topic.’

Extremely responsive team. Very practical advice. Making complicated matters simple.’

Marc Bernheim is very approachable, responsive and practical.’

Key clients

Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG

Swiss Climate Cent Foundation

Erdöl-Vereinigung (Association of Swiss fuel oil importers and producers)

Enerprice Partners AG, Enerprice Service AG

SN Energie AG

Work highlights

  • Representing grid operator Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG in a concession fee case.
  • Acting for Swiss Climate Cent Foundation in a financial dispute with Petroplus Marketing AG.
  • Advising on the legal aspects of Swiss fuel importation for Enerprice Services Ltd.