Dr Christoph Neeracher > Bär & Karrer Ltd. > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Bär & Karrer Ltd.

Work Department

Mergers & Acquisitions | Corporate & Commercial | Reorganization & Insolvency | Litigation | Employment | Transport & Logistics | Energy | Financing | Life Sciences | Data Protection


Christoph Neeracher specializes in international and domestic M&A transactions (focusing on private M&A and private equity transactions, including secondary buyouts, public to private transactions and distressed equity), transaction finance, venture capital, startups, corporate restructurings, relocations, corporate law, general contract matters (e.g. joint ventures, partnerships and shareholders agreements) and all directly related areas such as employment matters for key employees (e.g. employee participation and incentive agreements). 

He is experienced in a broad range of national and international transactions both sell and buy side (including corporate auction processes) and the assistance of clients in their ongoing corporate and commercial activities. Additionally, Christoph Neeracher represents clients in litigation proceedings relating to his specialization.

Chambers Global and Europe rank him as a leader in the field of M&A (since 2010) and IFLR 1000 lists him as one of the leading lawyers in Switzerland (since 2012). The International Who’s Who of M&A Lawyers lists Christoph Neeracher as one of the world’s leading M&A lawyers. The Legal 500 (2012) describes him as “extremely experienced in M&A matters and very strong in negotiations” and ranks him among the leading individuals. Christoph Neeracher is ranked first in Mergermarket’s Profile League Table for 2016’s most prolific individual DACH legal advisors.


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2007)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (2001)
  • Law Clerk at the District Court of Meilen (1997-1998)


English, German


  • Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • German – Swiss Association of Legal Professionals
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • IPBA (Inter-Pacific Bar Association)


  • New York University: LL.M. in Corporate Law (2001)
  • University of Zurich: Dr. iur. (2000)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1999)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1996)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

(Leading individuals)

Christoph NeeracherBär & Karrer Ltd.

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is recognised as one of the leading practices for takeover transactions in the public and private area, as well as for private equity and corporate governance mandates. It is a popular choice for clients from the healthcare and life sciences, financial and banking, real estate and venture sectors. Rolf Watter acts as the senior M&A head, supported by local team leaders Martin Anderson in Geneva and Paolo Buttini in Lugano. Christoph Neeracher is a private equity specialist, and Mariel Hoch and Dieter Dubs focus their practice on public M&A transactions. Ralph Malacrida is also experienced in venture capital transactions. Raphael Annasohn made partner in early 2020.

Switzerland > Transport

The transport practice at Bär & Karrer Ltd. acts for clients from all transport backgrounds, including maritime, aviation, rail and road. The team has particular experience in advising on M&A transactions and financing, and also assists with regulatory issues, data protection and antitrust matters. Luca Jagmetti and Christoph Neeracher specialise in corporate and commercial law, procurement and outsourcing projects as well as M&A transactions and both represent transport clients in disputes.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Bär & Karrer Ltd. has an excellent market reputation for its full service offering; team members have deep experience in the areas of capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking, insurance, dispute resolution, and real estate, among others. The team includes experts such as Eric StuppRalph MalacridaRashid BaharPeter HsuRolf WatterMariel Hoch and Christoph NeeracherTina Wüstemann specialises in private clients, while Daniel Bader and Susanne Schreiber cover tax matters. Michele Bernasconi knows TMT and sports law well. Andreas Länzlinger is an established litigator and handles internal investigations. Daniel Hochstrasser is an expert in arbitration and the chairman of the board of directors.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Bär & Karrer Ltd. covers the full spectrum of insolvency and restructuring mandates, often in close collaboration with the firm’s other practice groups, such as corporate and disputes. A particular area of expertise is out-of-court restructurings, and the team is generally instructed by foreign companies and financial institutions. Distressed M&A specialists Christoph Neeracher and Luca Jagmetti as well as Thomas Rohde, who handles insolvency proceedings, lead the practice. Martin Anderson is the key contact in Geneva.

Comparative Guides

Switzerland: Private Equity January 2021 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Private Equity laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.