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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Geneva, Lugano, Zug, Zurich

Prof Dr Rashid Bahar

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Bär & Karrer Ltd.

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Banking & Insurance | Financing | Mergers & Acquisitions | Funds, Financial Products & Asset Management | Capital Markets | Internal Investigation | Listed Companies | Corporate Governance | Corporate & Commercial | Fintech


Rashid Bahar's practice focuses on banking, finance and capital markets, as well as general corporate law. He heads the funds, financial products and asset management practice group.

He regularly advises Swiss and foreign financial institutions on transactional and regulatory matters. He is often involved in M&A transactions and complex financings, where he advises both lenders and borrowers. He regularly represents clients in licensing and enforcement proceedings before the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA and other authorities. Rashid Bahar has extensively published and is regularly invited to speak on these issues.

Rashid Bahar is also an associate professor at the University of Geneva, where he teaches corporate law and financial markets regulation. He is a member of the executive committee of the Center for Banking and Financial Law and the editorial committee of the Swiss Business Law Review. He was appointed as an expert member of the working group of the Federal Department of Finance responsible for drafting the Federal Act of Financial Services (FIDLEG) and its implementing ordinance.


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2012)
  • Associate at a Swiss law firm (2001-2005)
  • Senior Research Assistant at the Center for Banking and Financial Law, University of Geneva (2004-2006)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (since 2005)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant to Prof. Rita Trigo Trindade (2001-2003)
  • Trainee at a Swiss law firm (1998-2000)


English, French, German


  • Association genevoise de droit des affaires
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Lawyers Association
  • Associate professor at the University of Geneva


  • Harvard Law School: LL.M. (2007)
  • Harvard Law School: Visiting Researcher (2003-2004)
  • University of Geneva: Dr. iur. (2003)
  • University of Geneva: D.E.S (2000)
  • Admitted to the Geneva Bar (2000)
  • University of Geneva: lic. iur. (1998)


Banking and finance: Geneva

Within: Banking and finance: Geneva

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for advising financial institutions on regulatory and compliance issues, internal restructurings and financings, as well as during enforcement proceedings, white-collar criminal law matters and investigations. Rashid Bahar assisted Forte Securities with obtaining a licence from FINMA related to the opening of a representative office in Switzerland. Team lead Cédric Chapuis, financing transaction partner Martin Anderson and financial products lawyer Frédéric Bétrisey are the names to note.

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Banking and finance: Zurich

Within: Banking and finance: Zurich

Bär & Karrer Ltd. is best known for handling financing deals, derivative transactions and debt structuring, as well as banking M&A. Regulatory advice, enforcement proceedings and investigations are additional focus areas. Peter Hsu advised Tellco Vorsorge on its acquisition of private bank Dominick Company, while Rashid Bahar acted for HQLAx on the first live securities lending transaction via R3's Corda blockchain platform. Eric Stupp acted for Copernicus during the establishment of a Swiss holding company and application for a FINMA licence. Transaction partner Ralph Malacrida, internal investigation practice lead Andreas Länzlinger and fintech partner Daniel Flühmann are other names to note.

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