Bratschi Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland > Firm Profile

Bratschi Ltd
BAHNHOFSTRASSE 70
PO BOX
8021 ZURICH
Switzerland

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

With deep regulatory experience, Bratschi Ltd is noted for being ‘flexible‘ and having the ‘high capacity to think out-of-box.‘ The team acts for therapeutic products manufacturers, laboratory services and medical services providers across the full range of matters, including litigation, advertising, commercial cooperation agreements and compliance matters. The team is jointly led by Felix Kesselring, who has a ‘precise and analytic approach‘, and Ursula Eggenberger Stöckli, who is also a pharmacist. Marco Rizzi is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Felix Kesselring; Ursula Eggenberger Stöckli

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very extensive knowledge and experience in the life sciences field support is always of great value.’

‘I consider Felix Kesselring as an excellent practitioner with great expertise and a calm, but precise and analytic approach.’

‘Felix Kesselring is very knowledgeable and pragmatic in advising on complicated situations as well as day-to-day activities.’

‘The firm appears to us to be very agile, uncomplicated, multicultural and solution-oriented. They clearly benefit from their vast experience, their network within the group and also different levels of competencies. High ability to ensure the proper level of support in any situation.’

‘Felix Kesselring has outstanding practical and academic knowledge about legal healthcare issues. His practical industry experience makes him one of the few people to go to in healthcare and life sciences matters.’

‘Deep understanding of the pharmaceutical market combined with legal expertise. Compared to other firms we have got many inputs, how we can work and not just that it is not possible. The response time was always very short and the answers very useful.’

‘Flexible and high capacity to think out-of-box.’

‘Great experience in law and in pharma regulations.’

Key clients

Gilead Sciences Switzerland LLC

Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics Ltd.

Sigma Aldrich Production GmbH, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA

CSL Behring Ltd.

Synaffix BV

IGEN Biolab Group Ltd.

Kantonsspital St. Gallen

Spitalregion Fürstenland-Toggenburg

Oertli-Instrumente AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Gilead Sciences Switzerland LLC on early access of Remdesivir against Covid-19 in Switzerland.
  • Advised Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics on several liability claims.
  • Advised CSL Behring Ltd. on the implementation of a production plant for immunoglobulins in Switzerland.

Switzerland > Public law Tier 2

Bratschi Ltd‘s public law team advises local municipalities, cantonal authorities and the Swiss confederation as well as parastatal entities, such as hospitals, energy providers and infrastructure providers, on a broad range of matters. The ‘very committed‘ team advises on constitutional matters, matters pertaining to subsidies, the health sector, and the media and transport sectors. Labour law matters are also handled. Isabelle Häner specialises in administrative proceedings before cantonal and federal administrative courts. Ulrich Keusen has a focus on administrative procedural law and procurement law, and Jürg Bereuter has a specialisation in spatial planning, public building and environmental law.

Testimonials

‘Isabelle Häner: Highest expertise. Very committed. Especially outstanding expert opinions.’

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Bratschi Ltd covers all aspects of real estate, including transactions, construction and tenancy law matters. The unit is particularly adept at advising at the intersection with public and administrative law, frequently advising local municipalities, cantonal authorities or the confederation as well as parastatal entities. The practice attracts praise for its ‘extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry‘, a sector focus of Ion Eglin who specialises in lease, franchise and hotel management agreements. ‘Excellent negotiatorMarkus Aeschbacher always gives pragmatic advice‘, among others on transactions, plant construction and tenancy law. ‘High-profile professional’ Thomas Schönenberger, Marco Colombini and Ulrich Keusen are further key contacts. Niklaus Hutzli joined in the Berne office in March 2021 from Frey Hueber & Partner.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Ion Eglin is very approachable and reachable, has fantastic knowledge of the hospitality sector and practices. His broad knowledge enables him to spot risky points quickly and find a pragmatic solution rapidly.’

‘Marco Colombini and Markus Aeschbacher are providing an excellent level of service, have very short response times and are abl to rapidly grasp the relevant issues.’

‘The company appears to us to be very agile, uncomplicated, multicultural and solution-oriented. They clearly benefit from their vast experience, their network within the group and also different levels of competencies. High ability to ensure the proper level of support in any situation.’

‘Thomas Schönenberger is a high-profile professional. He was always able to recognise the core of the problem and proposes immediate, very prompt corrective actions. What we appreciate a lot is his ability to break down very complex legal topics into simple explanations, understandable also by non-legal professionals. The matters were always handled with care and having the cost in focus and control.’

‘Great team with very efficient lawyers. Solution- and results-oriented. Pragmatic. Caring for the best interest of their client and very responsive. Excellent knowledge of real estate law.’

‘Markus Aeschbacher: Availability and great experience of many years in the field. Excellent negotiator. Close to his clients. Always gives pragmatic advice. Marius Reinhardt: very efficient, available and tailor-made advice and services.’

‘Ion Eglin has deep expertise in the hospitality industry which is quite rare to find in other firms.’

‘Alexander Blarer has very deep expertise in commercial, real estate and construction law, working seamlessly with the client. Very high sustained engagement going the essential extra mile to win very complex, high stakes and multiple layered proceedings. Ivo Hungerbühler: Excellent expert in commercial, execution, real estate and construction law. Very sharp in dissecting any argumentation of a counter party. Thomas Schönenberger: THE expert and sparring partner for real estate and construction law. Very engaged and resourceful.’

Key clients

BP Europe SE, Hamburg, Zweigniederlassung BP (Switzerland) Zug

SPAR Group, including TopCC AG

Intershop Management AG/Intershop Holding AG

Realstone SA

Steigenberger Hotels AG

Radisson Hotel Group

Merck & Cie.

DPR Constructions

Blumer-Lehmann AG

CSL Behring Bern AG

Spitalanlagengesellschaft Spitalregion Fürstenland-Toggenburg

Meier Tobler AG

Genossenschaft Migros Ostschweiz

Arbonia AG

Asga Pensionskasse Genossenschaft

Kantonsspital St. Gallen

RIMC Schweiz Hotels & Resorts AG

Säntis Home AG

Fortimo AG

Hälg & Co. AG

Westoffice Real Estate AG

Ego Kiefer AG

St. Galler Kantonalbank

Work highlights

  • Advised on a “purchase-sale-and-lease-back”-transaction between Aspiag Management AG, a company of the Austrian SPAR retail group, as seller of real estate property, to a new investor – while TopCC, a large retail group and a company of the Swiss SPAR group, simultaneously leased it back from the new owner.
  • Advised on adjustments regarding a zoning plan and building permit in relation to the implementation of an additional production plant expansion in the middle of a residential area with a deal value of over 100m Swiss Francs.
  • Provided legal support for a hotel in Arosa which was destroyed by a fire in 2016, in all following real estate and legal matters (deconstruction, insurance, tax, zoning, interim use and partial use of the land, etc.), and finally the bidding process and the sale of the land in autumn/winter 2021.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Bratschi Ltd is popular with Swiss and foreign mid-market clients, with particular expertise in the  IT and telecoms, financial services, energy, real estate, healthcare and hospitality industries. Group head Thomas Peteris a prominent practitioner in M&A and private equity transactions. Other key contacts include Matthias Schmid, Florian Jörg and Christian Stambach. Marco Rizzi has ‘excellent knowledge of Swiss law.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Peter

Testimonials

‘Very good and pleasant collaboration with Marco Rizzi. His advice and his work have helped us to proceed smoothly and successfully in this deal.’

‘Marco Rizzi and his team have an excellent knowledge of Swiss Law. Excellent delivery.’

‘The team was very professional and has very good lawyers, always available.’

‘Diverse, but specialised team with good understanding of the local culture.’

‘Efficacy, pragmatism, speed and client focus.’

‘Experience, expectations management, clarity. The simplicity of solutions proposed.’

‘Experienced team, good communication skills and cross-border knowledge.’

‘Very personable, attentive to detail, keen to understand the whole picture and help with all aspects of a complex transaction either directly or by reference to the relevant professionals, also trustworthy.’

Key clients

Collectius AG

Descartes Systems

Migros (Eastern Switzerland)

Paragon Partners GmbH

Jansen AG and Jansen Holding AG

SPAR Holding AG

H2e Power, Pune, India /mPower LLC, Dresden Germany

Obeikan Investment Group (OIG)

VRMotion AG

Glide ‘n’ Lock AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the Jansen Group on the sale of its automotive component business to Mubea.
  • Advised SPAR Holding AG on the acquisition of Store Service AG.
  • Advised Obeikan Investment Group on the sale to SIG Combibloc of its 50% stake in the joint venture business for the Middle East and Africa market for aseptic cartons.

Switzerland > Employment Tier 3

The employment practice at Bratschi Ltd is headed by certified specialist employment lawyer Angela Hensch and Tobias Herren and offers a broad array of contentious and non-contentious employment and labour law advice in addition to covering related topics. This includes support regarding employment issues in transactions, employee incentive schemes, including share and stock option plans, business transfers, collective redundancies and social plans. The team has a particular specialisation in public law-related employment advice regarding, among others, civil servants.

Practice head(s):

Switzerland > Private client Tier 3

Bratschi Ltd is particularly known for advising private clients on matters relating to trusts, foundations and structured assets as well as on estate and succession planning, where the team cooperates closely with the inheritance law department of the firm, and assists with any related litigation. Practice head Ingmar Snijders requently acts as foundation member, trustee, protector and director to trusts and foundations, including charitable foundations. New arrival in March 2021, Michael Suter, has a focus on inheritance law and has experience as a board member of family owned companies. Clients appreciate the ‘superb personal‘, ‘first class services‘.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The private client team is headed by Ingmar Snijders, who is a great one point-of-entry for a complete range within the practice. He is very responsive and very dedicated to serve the needs of the client in a pragmatic, hands-on but diligent way. Ingmar has a huge network they actually use, which is very helpful when a trusted external foreign person/firm is needed to assist the Swiss Bratschi team.’

‘Bratschi Ltd’s private client practice provide superb personal service.’

‘Reliable and discreet. They make sure they understand your business, they are approachable any time for help and advice. They work with you on problems and help to solve them.’

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

‘Ingmar Snijders: flexible and good mind with up-to-date knowledge of the law and business. Very experienced and a good knowledge of the law and practice in various other countries, which is indispensable for international matters and invaluable in working out cost-effective strategies.’

‘The private clients team has high technical expertise, but also the capacity to manage the practical issues arising from the daily management of high-net-worth individuals. The relocation process as well as the immigration procedures are within the perimeter of the team’s expertise.’

‘The team has a great position in the market and provides first class services in private clients.’

‘Ingmar Snijders: Very knowledgeable of trust law and very pleasant to work with. Ingmar is always available and provides efficient and creative service.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 4

Headed by Reto Arpagaus and Ivo Hungerbühler , Bratschi Ltd advises financial intermediaries on a variety of regulatory matters, including on obtaining licences for banks, securities dealers, and asset managers. Further, the team gives ‘high-quality advice‘ on market infrastructures and systems based on distributed ledger technology as well as on the structuring of financing and transactions. Barbara Jecklin is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Reto Arpagaus; Ivo Hungerbühler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Professional and open-minded team. Hands-on approach.’

‘We feel very comfortable relying on their high-quality advice and judgement (response times are very short), and will continue to instruct Bratschi.’

Key clients

UBS Switzerland AG

Sankt Galler Kantonalbank

CreditGate24

Adecco Group AG

Moneypark AG

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Fielding a team of ‘high-profile individuals who are always up to date and proactive in providing information’, Bratschi Ltd’s litigation and debt collection department has bases in seven locations across Switzerland, including the firm’s newly opened Geneva office, and is highly regarded for its expertise in debt and bankruptcy proceedings. Group co-heads Mirco Ceregato and Daniel Glasl are based in St Gallen and Zurich respectively.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Mirco Ceregato is very skilled with tactical and strategic questions; he has a deep understanding of procedural law (important in litigation) and contract law. He is an experienced litigator who bears in mind the client’s interest in all situations.’

‘The lawyers are very qualified and high-profile individuals who are always up to date and proactive in providing us with information.’

‘Creativity in defining tailor-made solutions and negotiation skills.’

‘Bratschi’s litigation practice provides first-class legal services in the various fields of private banking law. Unique is the fact that Bratschi is the only top law firm in Switzerland which has a large practice in St. Gallen.’

‘The firm covers all areas of law for our business activities, criminal law, insurance law but also debt collection and bankruptcy law.’

‘Mirco Ceregato has a high level of expertise and very good written expression.’

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 4

Bratschi Ltd has a full-service offering with areas of particular note being corporate and M&A, real estate, private client matters and public law. The leading practitioners in the team for corporate, commercial and M&A advice are Christian Stambach, Ion Eglin, Ingmar Snijders and Marco Rizzi. Barbara Jecklin specialises in finance matters and Mirco Ceregato represents financial institutions in disputes.

Switzerland > Tax Tier 4

The scope of Bratschi Ltd includes Swiss and international corporate tax planning, in particular in relation to relocations, reorganizations, financing, acquisitions, sales, restructurings, tax-efficient group structures and employee participations schemes. SMEs and listed companies companies, often from the banking, manufacturing, services, retail and travel industries, as well as high-net-worth individuals are on the client roster. Practice head Michael Barrot is well versed in tax proceedings. Cédric-Olivier Jenoure works ‘very efficiently.'

Practice head(s):

Michael Barrot

Other key lawyers:

Cédric-Olivier Jenoure; Pascal Zgraggen

Testimonials

‘Friendly and competent people who know what they do. Quick response.’

‘Cédric Jenoure always kept me posted on the current standing. I was always up to date. Very quick response to my demands etc. Very efficient.’

‘Extremely professional team, with focus on long-term relationships.’

Key clients

LGT Bank (Schweiz) AG

Lancel Group

Evraz Group

Nederman Holding AB

UBS Switzerland AG

Deutsche Private Equity (DPE)

Canadian Descartes Systems Group

Pension Fund of the Credit Suisse Group

Bank am Bellevue Group

Adecco Group

Be Group/Be Shaping the Future AG

DOCOMO Digital/NTT Docomo Group

Indian Clean Tech Startup h2e Power

Nectar Digital Wealth Ltd.

Reichmuth Bank

Viking Cruises Group

Cleeven HE AG

Soladis Group

InveniAI LLC

Ancient India Group AG

The Worldcitizen KLG

Work highlights

  • Advised Viking Cruises Group on the issue of a $675m offering of 13% senior secured notes.
  • Advised LHE Enterprises Ltd. on tax aspects in connection with the sale of online sportsbook and casino operator Argyll Entertainment AG to the listed betting enterprise Esports Entertainment Group.
  • Acted as Swiss tax and legal advisor to the Swiss subsidiary InveniAI GmbH with regard to its investment in the Basel Area and the domiciliation in Basel.

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Partner Marco Rizzimarco.rizzi@bratschi.ch+41 58 258 10 00
General Secretariat Monique Veselymonique.vesely@bratschi.ch+41 58 258 10 00
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Tobias Abt  photo Tobias Abt Attorney-at-Law
Markus Aeschbacher  photo Markus Aeschbacher Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Elisa Aliotta  photo Elisa Aliotta Attorney-at-Law
Kerem Altay  photo Kerem Altay Attorney-at-Law
Reto Arpagaus photo Reto ArpagausAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Linda Augstburger photo Linda AugstburgerAttorney-at-Law and Notary public
Liv Bahner photo Liv BahnerAttorney-at-Law
Michael Barrot photo Michael BarrotAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Claudio Bazzi  photo 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
Arnaud Beuret  photo Arnaud Beuret Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Christian Beutter  photo Christian Beutter Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
Adrian Bieri photo Adrian BieriAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Anja Binder  photo Anja Binder Attorney-at-Law
Alexander Blarer photo Alexander BlarerAttorney-at-LAw, Partner
Cyril Blattner  photo Cyril Blattner Attorney-at-Law
Kurt Blickenstorfer photo Kurt BlickenstorferAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Walter H. Boss photo Walter H. BossAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Jürgen Brönnimann  photo Jürgen Brönnimann Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
Andreas Brenner  photo Andreas Brenner Attorney-at-Law
Livio Bundi photo Livio BundiAttorney-at-Law
Mirco Ceregato  photo Mirco Ceregato Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Member of the Board of Directors
Marco Colombini  photo Marco Colombini Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Nicola Corvi  photo Nicola Corvi Attorney-at-Law
Sandra De Vito Bieri  photo Sandra De Vito Bieri Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Member of the Board of Directors
Pascal Diethelm  photo Pascal Diethelm Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
Ion Eglin photo Ion EglinAttorney-at-Law and Notary, Partner, Member of the Board of Directors
Cedric Flotron  photo Cedric Flotron Attorney-at-Law
Roberto Fornito photo Roberto FornitoAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Thibault Fresquet  photo Thibault Fresquet Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Tanja Frischknecht  photo Tanja Frischknecht Attorney-at-Law
Etienne Gard  photo Etienne Gard Attorney-at-Law
Daniel Glasl photo Daniel GlaslAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Isabelle Häner  photo Isabelle Häner Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
Bigna Heim  photo Bigna Heim Attorney-at-Law
Alexandra Hellige  photo Alexandra Hellige Attorney-at-Law
Angela Hensch  photo Angela Hensch Attonrey-at-Law, Partner
Tobias Herren  photo Tobias Herren Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Thomas Herzog photo Thomas HerzogAttonrey-at-Law and Notary, Partner
Yaël Heymann  photo Yaël Heymann Attorney-at-Law
Céline Hofer  photo Céline Hofer Attonrey-at-Law and Notary public
Markus Huber photo Markus HuberAttorney-at-Law
Ivo Hungerbühler  photo Ivo Hungerbühler Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Niklaus Hutzli  photo Niklaus Hutzli Attorney-at-Law, Notar, Partner
Mark Ineichen  photo Mark Ineichen Attorney-at-Law, Intercessor, Partner
Florian S Jörg  photo Florian S Jörg Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Barbara Jecklin photo Barbara JecklinAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Cédric-Olivier Jenoure  photo Cédric-Olivier Jenoure Attoreny-at-Law, Partner
Samuel Jost photo Samuel JostSamuel Jost specializes in commercial law and practices primarily in the areas…
Daniel Jud  photo Daniel Jud Attorney-at-Law
Philipp Kämpfer  photo Philipp Kämpfer Attorney-at-Law
Curdin Käser photo Curdin KäserAttorney-at-Law
Kevin Kengelbacher  photo Kevin Kengelbacher Attorney-at-Law and Notary public
Felix Kesselring  photo Felix Kesselring Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Ulrich Keusen  photo Ulrich Keusen Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Kathrin Lanz Kneissler  photo Kathrin Lanz Kneissler Attorney-at-Law
Tabea Lorenz photo Tabea LorenzAttorney-at-Law, Tex specialist
Harald Maag photo Harald MaagAttonrey-at-Law, Partner
Nina Maag  photo Nina Maag Attorney-at-Law
Emile Merkt photo Emile MerktAttorney-at-Law
Martin Moser  photo Martin Moser Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Daniel Mosimann  photo Daniel Mosimann Attorney-at-Law and Notary
Serafin Oberholzer  photo Serafin Oberholzer Attorney-at-Law
Simon Osterwalder photo Simon OsterwalderAttorney-at-Law and Partner
Thomas Peter photo Thomas PeterAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Stephanie Pontes photo Stephanie PontesAttorney-at-Law
Pascal Rüedi  photo Pascal Rüedi Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Bruno Räss photo Bruno RässOf Counsel
Marius Reinhardt  photo Marius Reinhardt Attorney-at-Law
Bruno Rieder  photo Bruno Rieder Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Member of the Board of Directors
Marco Rizzi photo Marco RizziAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Thomas Schönenberger  photo Thomas Schönenberger Attorney-at-Law, Partner, President of the Board of Directors
Matthias Schmid photo Matthias SchmidAttonrey-at-Law, Partner
Fatou Sidibe  photo Fatou Sidibe Attorney-at-Law
Louis Siegrist  photo Louis Siegrist Of Counsel
Robert R Sigl photo Robert R SiglAttonrey-at-Law and Notary, Partner
Ingmar JM Snijders photo Ingmar JM SnijdersAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Michael Suter  photo Michael Suter Attorney-at-Law and Notary, Partner
Franz Szolansky photo Franz SzolanskyAttorney-at-Law, Of Counsel
Marco Tamburlini photo Marco TamburliniAttorney-at-Law and Notary public, Partner
Benjamin Trachsel photo Benjamin TrachselAttorney-at-Law
Anton Vucurovic photo Anton VucurovicAttorney-at-Law, Partner
Nadine Wanner photo Nadine WannerAttorney-at-Law
Rolf Weber  photo Rolf Weber Attorney-at-Law, Of Counsel
Urs Wickihalder photo Urs WickihalderAttorney-at-Law, Of Counsel
Christian Wind  photo Christian Wind Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Sascha Wohlgemuth  photo Sascha Wohlgemuth Attorney-at-Law and Notary, Partner
Adrian Wyss photo Adrian WyssAttorney-at-Law and Partner
Lukas Wyss  photo Lukas Wyss Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Hansruedi Wyss  photo Hansruedi Wyss Attorney-at-Law, Partner
Pascal Zgraggen  photo Pascal Zgraggen Attorney-at-Law
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