Dr Urs Kägi > Bär & Karrer Ltd. > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions | Corporate & Commercial | Listed Companies | Corporate Governance | Capital Markets | Financing | Reorganization & Insolvency | Banking & Insurance


Urs Kägi advises listed and non-listed companies on a broad range of corporate and regulatory matters. A main focus of his work is on M&A transactions (both in a domestic and a cross-border setup), including mergers, spin-offs, public offers, joint ventures, complex intra-group restructurings, relocations, as well as private equity and family succession transactions, on corporate restructurings of financially distressed companies, and on corporate governance (including “Minder”/compensation issues) and securities laws issues.

Urs has advised a number of Swiss blue chips and major multi-national clients. Apart from his transactional work, he provides ongoing corporate advice to a number of listed companies, including several Swiss-domiciled clients with a primary or secondary listing abroad. He has in-depth expertise of the financial services sector, in particular banking, insurance and stock exchanges. In the context of his expertise in connection with cross-border bank reorganizations and resolution actions, he has recently been invited to speak as a panelist by the Financial Stability Board’s Legal Experts Group.


  • Partner at Bär & Karrer (since 2014)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (2005)
  • Trainee at Bär & Karrer (2003)


English, German


  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Recognized Representative for the Listing of Securities at the SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Co-editor of the law journal “Gesellschafts- und Kapitalmarktrecht (GesKR)”
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Lawyers Association (SJV)


  • University of Fribourg: Dr. iur. (2012); Peter-Jäggi-Award (for the best dissertation in the area of private law of the faculty of law of Fribourg); Professor-Walther-Hug-Award (for the best law dissertations in Switzerland); Joseph-Vigener-Award (for the best dissertations of the University of Fribourg)
  • University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley): LL.M. (2011)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (2005)
  • University of St. Gallen: lic. iur. (2003)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Capital markets

Bär & Karrer Ltd. demonstrates strength in acting for both issuers and lead managers on IPOs as well as on the issuance of bonds and notes. Other areas of expertise are equity-linked and regulatory capital instruments, private placements and recapitalisation programmes. The practice is regularly active in the banking, insurance, industrials, technology, healthcare & life sciences as well as the real estate sectors. Rolf Watter and Ralph Malacrida both have considerable experience in capital market transactions. Urs Kägi is well versed in capital increases, IPOs, new listings, and dual listings. Other prominent practitioners are Lukas Roesler, Dieter Dubs and Frédéric Bétrisey.