Firm Profile > Bratschi Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland

Bratschi Ltd

Switzerland > Public law Tier 2

Bratschi Ltd advises a broad range of clients on a myriad of public law issues, including areas such as subsidy law, state organisation law, constitutional law, media law and road traffic law. Clients of the firm range from municipalities over Cantons and their entities to parastatal entities, such as public transport organisations and hospitals, as well as private companies. Isabelle Häner, Ulrich Keusen and Jürg Bereuter head the team from the Zurich, Bern and St. Gallen offices respectively.

Practice head(s):

Isabelle Häner; Ulrich Keusen; Jürg Bereuter

Key clients

Politische Gemeinde Diepoldsau

Politische Gemeinde Balgach

Politische Gemeinde Schänis

Politische Gemeinde Wil

Politische Gemeinde Berg SG

Politische Gemeinde Berneck

Politische Gemeinde Eichberg

Baudepartement des Kantons St.Gallen

Vereinigung St.Galler Gemeindepräsidentinnen und Gemeindepräsidenten

St.Gallisch Appenzellische Kraftwerke AG (SAK)

Fortimo Invest AG

Selectivbau AG

Thoma Immobilien Treuhand AG

Bücheler Immobilien AG

Bernet Gruppe

Kantonalverband Steine, Kies und Beton

HASTAG St.Gallen Bau AG

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Noted for its local presence in six different cities in Switzerland, Bratschi Ltd has extensive coverage of the real estate market. The team's comprehensive offering, which includes construction law, transactions and contractor agreements, was recently bolstered further by the arrival of practice co-head Markus Aeschbacher, with a specialisation in contracts, and Marco Colombini; both joined in October 2020 from the now-defunct Hartmann Müller Partner. The group's client portfolio comprises investors, developers, companies and individuals. The Zug-based Ion Eglin jointly leads the team and is highlighted for his 'great knowledge in the hotel business'. Thomas Schönenberger and Ulrich Keusen  are key contacts in St. Gallen and Bern, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Ion Eglin; Markus Aeschbacher

Other key lawyers:

Marco Colombini; Thomas Schönenberger; Ulrich Keusen


‘Its expertise in the hospitality industry, its branches over the country and the access to in-house partners with additional expertise in other fields.’

‘Ion Eglin is very reliable, dedicated and experienced in his field, his expertise in the hospitality industry is unique in CH. He is going the extra mile for his clients.’

‘Ion Eglin has a great knowledge in the hotel business and is very confident in negotiations.’

Key clients

PSP Real Estate AG

PSP Group Services AG

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz

St. Galler Kantonalbank AG

Meier Tobler AG

Radisson Hotel Group

Steigenberger Hotels AG

Helvetia Schweizerische Versicherungsgesellschaft AG

Semtech International AG

Spitalregion Fürstenland-Toggenburg

Säntis Home AG

Fortimo AG

Kantonsspital St. Gallen

Hälg & Co. AG

Arbonia AG

Asga Pensionskasse Genossenschaft

Ego Kiefer AG

Pensionskasse Stadt St. Gallen

Westoffice Real Estate AG

Sigma-Aldrich Production GmbH, subsidiary of Merck KGaA

Losinger Marazzi AG

Steiner AG

Halter AG


RIMC Schweiz Hotels & Resorts AG

Aminona Luxury Resort and Village SA

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate and commercial practice at Bratschi Ltd has strong ties to mid-cap and large-cap Swiss corporations, frequently drawn from the IT and telecoms, energy, financial services, real estate and healthcare industries. Practice head Thomas Peter handles M&A and private equity transactions, and Christian Stambach in St. Gallen is well versed in contracts, corporate governance and compliance. Other names to note include Ion Eglin in Zug and Harald Maag.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Peter

Other key lawyers:

Christian Stambach; Ion Eglin; Harald Maag


‘Very lean and efficient team of specialists. Tailor-made solutions for problems and requirements.’

‘Thomas Peter leads the team. He is very pragmatic and hands on. He listens and makes an effort to understand the problems. Thomas thinks “out of the box”. He does not only deliver what is required but actively advises on options and brings in new ideas. The quality of his legal work is outstanding.’

‘Professionalism, reactivity and pragmatism. A focus on respecting budget while delivering quality.’

‘Harald Maag stands out as pragmatic, able to deal with complicated or unusual situation while favouring simple but effective solutions.’

‘Bratschi’s commercial and corporate lawyers are generally flexible and pragmatic and I appreciate their responsiveness. The firm’s presence in the main cities of Switzerland allows it to efficiently support with issues in different areas of Switzerland and different languages.’

‘Experienced team with broad knowledge. Very responsive and dedicated to complete projects successfully. Pragmatic whenever possible.’

‘Thomas Peter – very experienced in many fields and a real asset in terms of corporate transactions. Dedicated project leader, pragmatic and very accurate.’

‘Ion Eglin – very committed to achieve the best results for the clients and a real expert in corporate law and other areas.

Key clients

Smith & Nephew

vestr AG

Synektil S.A.

h2e Power Systems

Paragon Partners GmbH

Descartes Systems Group

Avenir Sports and Entertainment Group

VRMotion AG

Collectius AG

Blue Sail Medical Co. Ltd


Migros (Eastern Switzerland)

Zünd Precision Optics Ltd and Optivac AG

HR Group

Roth Soft AG

Switzerland > Employment Tier 3

Bratschi Ltd advises on all areas of employment law and public personnel law, including litigation and arbitration. Angela Hensch heads the practice. Stefan Rieder and Marco Rizzi are other names to note.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The team at Bratschi Ltd puts an emphasis on its regulatory practice, for which it is regularly instructed by therapeutic products manufacturers, laboratory services and medical services providers. The group is jointly led by pharmacist Ursula Eggenberger Stöckli in Bern and Felix Kesselring, who joined the firm in January 2020 from CMS. The department also covers dispute resolution, including administrative and court proceedings, commercial agreements, financial benefits and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Ursula Eggenberger Stöckli; Felix Kesselring


‘Bratschi Ltd is a long-established firm based in Switzerland, which provides a broad range of legal services. The members are dedicated to their clients and go out of their way to provide a professional and personal service. They’re responsive and highly knowledgeable as well as determined to achieve their client’s objectives and form a tight knit team putting the client’s needs first.’

‘Felix Kesselring is very dedicated and has excellent knowledge of the law and the industry. He is very service oriented and I really enjoy working with him.’

‘A very mature, competent, reliable and straight-forward business partner with high customer and problem-solving oriented approach.’

‘Felix Kesselring has a profound interest in the client’s problems and commercial goals and is able to provide legal solutions quickly ready to be implemented. He has the ability to explain complex legal issues with simple words. He is extremely motivated and always goes the extra mile’.

‘Felix Kesselring’s approach is simple: he makes the client’s project happen by providing high-quality legal solutions. He is an excellent problem-solver. Felix Kesselring is highly skilled and unquestionably has an outstanding legal expertise. He also has an in-depth industry knowledge especially in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors based on first-hand and industry working experience. His advice is, therefore, excellent value for money.’

‘High quality, the air of a boutique, with a personalized approach.’

‘Ursula Eggenberger is highly rcommended. She and her team offer an extraordinary expertise and industry knowledge in the field of pharma and life science. This in combination with many years of experience and many successes, also when it comes to legal cases with authorities, means an invaluable added value for the customer.’

Key clients

Gilead Sciences Switzerland LLC

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Ltd.

Sigma Aldrich Production GmbH

CSL Behring Ltd.

Kantonsspital St. Gallen

Spitalregion Fürstenland-Toggenburg

Oertli-Instrumente AG

Switzerland > Private client Tier 3

Bratschi Ltd is noted for providing 'clear and swift advice'. The core pillars of its practice are trusts and foundations, estate planning and structured assets. The team is often approached by wealthy families from Russia and wider Europe to assist with relocations to Switzerland. Practice head Ingmar Snijders and Walter Boss are also active as foundation members and trustees of various companies.

Practice head(s):

Ingmar Snijders

Other key lawyers:

Liv Bahner; Walter Boss


‘Very clear and swift advice, both legally precise and comprehensible for clients. ’

‘Liv Bahner always gives intelligent advice, quick and practically useful. Very good legal and practical understanding of cross border cases.’

‘The team has a practice which is familiar with cross-border issues.’

‘Ingmar Snijders is practical and commercial in advising his clients.’

‘Despite being a Swiss law firm, Bratschi has a diverse team of partners. Very little rotation of lawyers. Well rounded in private and corporate tax matters and willing to look into international tax matters.’

‘Ingmar Snijders provides a personalized service.’

‘Bratschi is a reputable, competent and responsive professional service provider for managing complex cross border tax issues and ramifications related to private clients and in general to trust estate and private wealth.’

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 4

The team at Bratschi Ltd is regularly instructed by national and foreign banks, insurance companies, asset managers and securities dealers, for which it handles a range of regulatory matters, such as representation in procedures and in applications. Ivo Hungerbühler and Marcel Aellen jointly lead the practice. Barbara Jecklin is well versed in a variety of finance mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ivo Hungerbühler; Marcel Aellen

Other key lawyers:

Barbara Jecklin


‘High calibre legal expertise, availability, responsiveness. Bratschi meets, and partly exceeds, any and all standards one would expect an international finance firm to satisfy.’

‘Barbara Jecklin is highly recommended.’

Key clients

UBS Switzerland AG

Sankt Galler Kantonalbank


Adecco Group AG

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

The team at Bratschi Ltd is instructed in a variety of disputes, with notable expertise in debt enforcements and bankruptcies, commercial and corporate proceedings. The practice is jointly headed by Mirco Ceregato, who predominantly focuses on contract and liability disputes, and media specialist Daniel Glasl. Other names to note are Lukas Wyss in Bern and Sandra De Vito Bieri.

Practice head(s):

Mirco Ceregato; Daniel Glasl

Other key lawyers:

Lukas Wyss; Sandra De Vito Bieri; Kurt Blickenstorfer


‘Sandra De Vito Bieri and Mirco Ceregato are very fast, focus oriented and very well prepared. ’

‘Both Sandra De Vito Bieri and Mirco Ceregato understand the international and Italian needs of clients and are flexible to tailor the best solution for the need of clients, with very good experience in cross-border litigation.’

‘The law firm is very solution-oriented. It is the right size to solve even detailed legal questions of international law, whereby the partners involved do not lose sight of the overall solution.’

‘The experienced Bratschi team truly understands business and is able to provide the clients with tailor-made solutions.’

‘Working with Sandra DeVito Bieri is a pleasure, because she is an experienced and reliable partner with the ability to present the complex legal issues in the most comprehensive and business-friendly way.’

‘Excellent technical team and very pro-active in finding solutions.’

Key clients

Roman Abramovich

Bruno Hug

Frederik Paulsen

Dairy Solutions GmbH

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 4

Bratschi Ltd's stand-out practitioners are Marco Rizzi, Barbara Jecklin, Ingmar Snijders, Walter Boss, Ion Eglin in Zug, Christian Stambach and Mirco Ceregato in St. Gallen. The group has a full-service offering and its activity in corporate and M&A, real estate, private client work and public law are highlighted. It is present in various cities throughout the German-speaking regions of Switzerland.

Other key lawyers:

Ion Eglin; Marco Rizzi; Barbara Jecklin; Ingmar Snijders; Walter Boss; Christian Stambach; Mirco Ceregato

Switzerland > Tax Tier 4

Bratschi Ltd's group is particularly involved in assisting private clients with the tax aspects of setting up family offices, but also advises companies on tax planning, reorganisations and tax litigation. The team has experience acting for clients from the banking, travel and manufacturing industries. Practice head Michael Barrot is a key name for administrative tax law.

Practice head(s):

Michael Barrot

Other key lawyers:

Walter Boss


‘The Bratschi team is easily accessible and has excellent technical skills. They have a good understanding of cross border tax matters and are very responsive. They have an excellent if not brilliant understanding of complex tax matters, but at the same time have a very pragmatic approach to finding the best solution for the client.’

‘Michael Barrot and Walter Boss are excellent tax lawyers who take the extra step to make a transaction work.’

‘Complex cross border tax structuring and advice including for non-Swiss nationals relocating to Switzerland.’

‘Michael Barrot is very commercially minded and understands the interests of his clients and is able to make appropriate suggestions to help his clients achieve their desired tax structuring result.’

Key clients

Adecco Group

Be Group / Be Think, Solve, Execute AG

Canadian Descartes Systems Group

Deutsche Private Equity (DPE)

DOCOMO Digital / NTT Docomo Group

Indian Clean Tech Startup h2e Power

LGT Bank (Schweiz) AG

Nectar Digital Wealth Ltd.

Nederman Holding AB

Pension Fund of the Credit Suisse Group

Reichmuth Bank

UBS Switzerland AG

Viking Cruises Group

Bratschi Ltd. is one of Switzerland’s leading law firms with over 90 attorneys in six major business centers of Switzerland. Our experienced attorneys advise and represent national and international enterprises as well as private individuals and the public sector in all areas of commercial law, tax law as well as public law and notarial matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Partner Marco Rizzi +41 58 258 10 00
General Secretariat Monique Vesely +41 58 258 10 00
Photo Name Position Profile
lic iur Tobias Abt  photo lic iur Tobias Abt Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Markus Aeschbacher  photo lic iur Markus Aeschbacher Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Elisa Aliotta  photo lic iur Elisa Aliotta Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Kerem Altay  photo lic iur Kerem Altay Attorney-at-Law
Dr iur Reto Arpagaus photo Dr iur Reto Arpagaus Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Frau Rain Liv Bahner photo Frau Rain Liv Bahner Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Michael Barrot photo lic iur Michael Barrot Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Dr iur Claudio Bazzi  photo Dr iur Claudio Bazzi Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Annina Berchtold-Schreiner  photo Annina Berchtold-Schreiner Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Jürg Bereuter  photo Jürg Bereuter Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Arnaud Beuret  photo lic iur Arnaud Beuret Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Christian Beutter  photo lic iur Christian Beutter Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
Dr iur Adrian Bieri photo Dr iur Adrian Bieri Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Dr iur Anja Binder  photo Dr iur Anja Binder Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Alexander Blarer photo lic iur Alexander Blarer Attorney-at-LAw, Partner
lic iur Cyril Blattner  photo lic iur Cyril Blattner Attorney-at-Law
Dr iur Kurt Blickenstorfer photo Dr iur Kurt Blickenstorfer Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Walter H. Boss photo lic iur Walter H. Boss Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Jürgen Brönnimann  photo Jürgen Brönnimann Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
Dr iur Andreas Brenner  photo Dr iur Andreas Brenner Attorney-at-Law
Dr iur Livio Bundi photo Dr iur Livio Bundi Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Mirco Ceregato  photo lic iur Mirco Ceregato Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Member of the Board of Directors
Dr iur Marco Colombini  photo Dr iur Marco Colombini Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Nicola Corvi  photo lic iur Nicola Corvi Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Sandra De Vito Bieri  photo lic iur Sandra De Vito Bieri Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Member of the Board of Directors
lic iur Pascal Diethelm  photo lic iur Pascal Diethelm Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Ion Eglin photo lic iur Ion Eglin Attorney-at-Law and Notary, Partner, Member of the Board of Directors
lic iur Cedric Flotron  photo lic iur Cedric Flotron Attorney-at-Law
Dr iur Roberto Fornito photo Dr iur Roberto Fornito Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Thibault Fresquet  photo lic iur Thibault Fresquet Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Tanja Frischknecht  photo lic iur Tanja Frischknecht Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Etienne Gard  photo lic iur Etienne Gard Attorney-at-Law
Dr iur Daniel Glasl photo Dr iur Daniel Glasl Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Isabelle Häner  photo Isabelle Häner Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Bigna Heim  photo lic iur Bigna Heim Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Alexandra Hellige  photo lic iur Alexandra Hellige Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Angela Hensch  photo lic iur Angela Hensch Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Tobias Herren  photo lic iur Tobias Herren Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Dr iur Thomas Herzog photo Dr iur Thomas Herzog Attonrey-at-Law and Notary, Partner
lic iur Yaël Heymann  photo lic iur Yaël Heymann Attorney-at-Law
 Céline Hofer  photo Céline Hofer Attonrey-at-Law and Notary public
 Ivo Hungerbühler  photo Ivo Hungerbühler Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Niklaus Hutzli  photo lic iur Niklaus Hutzli Attorney-at-Law, Notar, Partner
lic iur Mark Ineichen  photo lic iur Mark Ineichen Attorney-at-Law, Intercessor, Partner
 Florian S Jörg  photo Florian S Jörg Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Dr iur Barbara Jecklin photo Dr iur Barbara Jecklin Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Cédric-Olivier Jenoure  photo Cédric-Olivier Jenoure Attoreny-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Daniel Jud  photo lic iur Daniel Jud Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Philipp Kämpfer  photo lic iur Philipp Kämpfer Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Kevin Kengelbacher  photo lic iur Kevin Kengelbacher Attorney-at-Law and Notary public
Dr iur Felix Kesselring  photo Dr iur Felix Kesselring Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Ulrich Keusen  photo lic iur Ulrich Keusen Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Kathrin Lanz Kneissler  photo lic iur Kathrin Lanz Kneissler Attorney-at-Law
Dr iur Tabea Lorenz photo Dr iur Tabea Lorenz Attorney-at-Law, Tex specialist
Dr iur Harald Maag photo Dr iur Harald Maag Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Nina Maag  photo lic iur Nina Maag Attorney-at-Law
Dr iur Martin Moser  photo Dr iur Martin Moser Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Daniel Mosimann  photo lic iur Daniel Mosimann Attorney-at-Law and Notary
lic iur Serafin Oberholzer  photo lic iur Serafin Oberholzer Attorney-at-Law
Dr iur Simon Osterwalder photo Dr iur Simon Osterwalder Attorney-at-Law and Managing Partner
lic iur Thomas Peter photo lic iur Thomas Peter Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Pascal Rüedi  photo Pascal Rüedi Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Marius Reinhardt  photo lic iur Marius Reinhardt Attorney-at-Law
lic iur Bruno Rieder  photo lic iur Bruno Rieder Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Member of the Board of Directors
lic iur Marco Rizzi photo lic iur Marco Rizzi Attorney-at-Law, Partner
 Thomas Schönenberger  photo Thomas Schönenberger Attorney-at-Law, Partner, President of the Board of Directors
lic iur Matthias Schmid photo lic iur Matthias Schmid Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Fatou Sidibe  photo lic iur Fatou Sidibe Attorney-at-Law
lic oec Louis Siegrist  photo lic oec Louis Siegrist Of Counsel
Dr iur Robert R Sigl photo Dr iur Robert R Sigl Attonrey-at-Law and Notary, Partner
lic iur Ingmar JM Snijders photo lic iur Ingmar JM Snijders Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Michael Suter  photo lic iur Michael Suter Attorney-at-Law and Notary, Partner
lic iur Franz Szolansky photo lic iur Franz Szolansky Attorney-at-Law, Of Counsel
lic iur Marco Tamburlini photo lic iur Marco Tamburlini Attorney-at-Law and Notary public, Partner
lic iur Anton Vucurovic photo lic iur Anton Vucurovic Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Prof Dr iur Rolf Weber  photo Prof Dr iur Rolf Weber Attorney-at-Law, Of Counsel
Dr iur Urs Wickihalder photo Dr iur Urs Wickihalder Attorney-at-Law, Of Counsel
Dr iur Christian Wind  photo Dr iur Christian Wind Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Sascha Wohlgemuth  photo lic iur Sascha Wohlgemuth Attorney-at-Law and Notary, Partner
lic iur Hansruedi Wyss  photo lic iur Hansruedi Wyss Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Dr iur Lukas Wyss  photo Dr iur Lukas Wyss Attorney-at-Law, Partner
lic iur Pascal Zgraggen  photo lic iur Pascal Zgraggen Attorney-at-Law
Attorneys-at-Law : 99