VISCHER > Basel, Switzerland > Firm Profile

VISCHER
AESCHENVORSTADT 4
4010 BASEL
Switzerland

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

VISCHER has a strong data & privacy team embedded in its full-service offering. The group is well positioned to cover matters relating to Swiss and EU data protection and data law requirements, data-related aspects of M&A transactions, data compliance queries, as well as data protection-related disputes. Team head David Rosenthal is considered to be ‘an absolutely brilliant mind, one of the leading data protection lawyers in Switzerland‘. His practice encompasses information technology, data privacy and e-discovery. TMT-specialist Rolf Auf der Maur is another name to note.

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Testimonials

‘Very knowledgable and able to listen and to adapt to clients needs.’

‘David Rosenthal: An outstanding expert who is able to speak ‘normal’ language with the clients.’

‘In our experience, the team is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, has an excellent focus on goals and results, communicates very well and is also very well organised.’

‘We had the great pleasure to work with David Rosenthal. In our experience, he is an absolutely brilliant mind, one of the leading data protection lawyers in Switzerland, fun to work with, the best you can get in Switzerland, goal-oriented and extremely efficient. Our experience with him is outstanding and exceptional in every respect.’

Key clients

eBay

Raiffeisen

AXA

Medbase

Ringier

Comparis

Open Systems

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials (MCAM)

Swisscom

Universitätsspital Basel

Luzerner Kantonsspital

Novocure

Lyfegen

MCH Group

SwissPower

Implenia

Work highlights

  • Advised several Swiss financial institutions on how to move to the ‘cloud’, in particular given their sensitive data.
  • Advised multiple Swiss headquartered companies on how to get and remain compliant with the GDPR and/or the revised Swiss Data Protection Act.
  • Advised OneLog (Ringier/TX Group) on the data law issues in their joint ‘single sign-on’ project.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, entrepreneurs/start-ups as well as private equity and individual investors regularly turn to the team at VISCHER for advice. Areas of expertise are regulatory matters, including compliance and administrative procedures, and patent cases in the biotech and pharmaceutical sector. Furthermore, it is also involved in IPOs, financing rounds and M&A deals. Stefan Kohler, a life sciences IP specialist, and transaction expert Matthias Staehelin lead the practice. Christian Wyss is a key contact for start-ups.

Other key lawyers:

Christian Wyss; Damien Conus; Vincent Reardon

Testimonials

‘Vischer provides integrated support to biotech firms with in-depth knowledge of this business area. Quality, reliability, broad know-how.’

Key clients

NBE-Therapeutics

Numab Therapeutics

Kuros

Novartis

Haya Therapeutics

Oculis

Mestex

MTIP

STIMIT

Trustar Capital

Noema Pharma

Medartis

Synendos Therapeutics

Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals

Polyphor

T3 Pharmaceuticals

Novaremed

ClearView Healthcare Partners

RELIEF THERAPEUTICS HOLDING SA

Sonnet BioTherapeutics, Inc.

Labcorp Drug Development (formely Covance)

Hirslanden

CTI Vascular

Work highlights

  • Advised NBE-Therapeutics and its shareholders on sale to Boehringer Ingelheim for €1.18bn.
  • Advised Numab Therapeutics on global co-development and regional licensing agreement with Kaken Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) for Numab Therapeutics’s novel multispecific anti-inflammatory drug.
  • Advised Novartis on a collaboration agreement and option to acquire Zurich based start-up Cellerys.

Switzerland > Public law Tier 1

The public law department at VISCHER has a particular focus the healthcare and energy sectors with further clients coming from other regulated industries, including banks, postal services and lottery providers. Michael Waldner is the key contact when it comes to providing regulatory advice to hospitals, assisting them with transactional matters disputes with regulatory authorities at all levels of government. Practice head Stefan Rechsteiner acts for energy companies on transactions, contracts and concessions in addition to representing them in regulatory disputes.

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Key clients

Axpo Service AG

Rheinkraftwerk Säckingen AG, Kraftwerk Ryburg-Schwörstadt AG, Kraftwerk Reckingen AG

Repower AG

Energie 360 Grad AG

EBL (Genossenschaft Elektra Baselland)

Energiedienst Holding AG

University Hospital of Zurich

University Hospital of Bern (“Inselspital”)

University Hospital of Basel

Cantonal Hospital of St. Gallen

Cantonal Hospital of Aarau

Cantonal Hospital of Lucerne

Claraspital, Basel No

Die Schweizerische Post AG

Switzerland > TMT Tier 1

VISCHER‘s full-service TMT practice includes regulatory matters in the telecom and media sector, data security and data privacy, technology transfer arrangements, cloud-based software as a service offerings as well as fintech, smart energy and health IT. Rolf Auf Der Maur is considered ‘best in class‘, in particular with respect to his specialisms in digitalisation and online business matters. The advice of David Rosenthal ‘has huge practical value‘, among others when it comes to the ‘application of data protection implications in the litigation and investigation context‘.

Testimonials

‘David Rosenthal is a leader in the area of data protection. He has significant experience in the application of data protection implication in the litigation and investigation context. David Rosenthal provides valuable practical advice to navigate cooperations through the issue of cross-border transfers.’

‘Rolf Auf der Maur is best in class in Switzerland.’

‘Deep knowledge and experience around regulatory and data-related topics with focus on Switzerland, also including GDPR.’

‘Pragmatic, business-focused approach.’

Key clients

Open Systems

Comparis

Raiffeisen

Implenia

AXA

Allianz Suisse

Lyfegen

Netflix

Hocoma

University Hospital of Basel (USB)

Lucerne Cantonal Hospital (LUKS)

Additive

Swisscom

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Novocure

Work highlights

  • Advised Netflix on Swiss copyright and regulatory matters.
  • Advised over a dozen Swiss financial service institutions regarding moving to the ‘cloud’ in view of sensitive data and secrecy obligations, including negotiating clients’ contracts with Microsoft.
  • Advised Hocoma on creating a worldwide network of health-care robots.

Switzerland > Capital markets Tier 2

VISCHER is noted for its expertise in assisting underwriters and issuers with the listing of securities at the SIX Swiss Exchange, share listings and equity transactions in general; these often take place in the life sciences and FinTech space. Other skills also include supporting clients in dealing with a variety of bond issues, distressed bonds, public takeovers and proxy solicitations in addition to covering regulatory work. Key contacts Markus Guggenbühl and Jana Essebier are well versed in derivate instruments. Robert Bernet  deals with public takeovers of listed companies. Adrian Dörig leads the department.

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Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited

Credit Suisse

UBS

Kuros Biosciences AG

Helvetia

Baloise

Medartis Holding AG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Lundbeck A/S, Valby DK

Bachem AG

Polyphor AG

RELIEF THERAPEUTICS Holding SA

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss legal advisor to hedge fund Elliott in relation to various matters with Swiss ends or involvements.
  • Advised Relief Therapeutics Holding SA on all its major capital markets transactions and on compliance with capital markets and stock exchange rules.
  • Supported Ridgex in setting up an Exchange Traded Commodities program and advised on DLT-related matters.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The team at VISCHER has a considerable track record in national and international mid-market M&A and private equity transactions, with a particularly active practice in the life sciences. Furthermore, the practice offers a dedicated China desk and extensive experience in advising venture capital investors, corporates and start-ups in financing rounds and exits. Transaction specialists Jürg Luginbühl, Robert Bernet and Damien Conus lead the group, which also includes life sciences expert Matthias Staehelin. Gian-Andrea Caprez has notable know-how in the technology sector.

Key clients

H. Lundbeck A/S

Axpo Services AG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Polyphor Ltd.

Medartis Holding AG

Oculis SA

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Swisscom AG

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Equistone Partners Europe

Syngenta

Swisspower Renewables AG

Barnes Group Inc

Kuros Biosciences Ltd

Anokion SA

NOUSCOM AG

JSR Corporation

MCM Fashion Group

Deichmann Shoes

AFINUM

SkyCell AG

Bachem Holding

Rigeto Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Jacobs Holding AG

Invision Private Equity

Helvetica Capital

Colosseum Dental Group

Continental AG

3 Plus Group AG

Swissterminal AG

Control4 Corporation

Loomis AB

RELIEF THERAPEUTICS Holding SA

MCH Group AG

Sauter Group

Spaeter Group

Quest Software Group

Noema Pharma

Snyk Ltd.

Eleven Sports Network Limited

Red Ventures

Mediashop Group

Work highlights

  • Advised NBE Therapeutics and its shareholders on its share purchase agreement with a total transaction value of €1.18bn with Boehringer Ingelheim.
  • Assisted AFINUM and the shareholders of the evitria Group with a share purchase agreement with Atlas Antibodies, Sweden.
  • Advised Novartis on the signing of a collaboration agreement and an option to acquire Cellerys, a Zurich-based start-up that is researching an innovative therapy to combat multiple sclerosis (MS).

Switzerland > Competition Tier 2

Advising on a range of competition law matters, the team at VISCHER is particularly active for clients from the TMT, digital, banking and finance, branded products and automotive industries. It represents clients in related investigations and litigation, and advises on a wide range of topics, including cartels, pricing, competition law infringements, and abuse of dominance. Practice head Klaus Neff specialises in antitrust matters and appellate cases.

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Testimonials

‘Very precise.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Swiss International Air Lines

Universal Music

AB Inbev

Swisscom AG

3 Plus

Air Canada

Brenntag Schweizerhall AG

Baloise Holding

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Switzerland > Employment Tier 2

VISCHER‘s employment practice advises on all aspects of employment and labour law as well as related fields of immigration, social security, pensions and data protection. The team is highly experienced in major corporate restructurings and all related issues, such as union disputes and strikes, and has further notable experience with internal investigations regarding gender discrimination and harassment. Specialist for executive remuneration, staffing and all employment related issues of restructurings Marc Ph. Prinz heads the practice and is supported by co-heads Anela Lucic and Gerald Virieux from the Basel and Geneva offices respectively.

Key clients

Covance/LabCorp

Acino

Audatex/Solera

Alpha Financial Markets

Nobel Biocare

Invacare Corporation

FARO Technologies Yes

Robeco Switzerland Ltd. Yes

HAYS plc No

Proman Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Covance/LabCorp on a contentious restructuring of its Geneva operations.
  • Assisted HAYS Switzerland on all matters involving the highly regulated staffing business (placement and staff leasing).
  • Advised Nobel Biocare on various ongoing court cases including a contentious harassment matter and various bonus disputes.

Switzerland > Fintech Tier 2

VISCHER has long-standing experience a wide range of fintech matters. The practice is particularly experienced in crowdfunding projects and distributed ledger technology projects, having recently advised on one of the few DLT projects in Switzerland that went beyond the proof of concept phase. Jana Essebier heads the team and, together with Stefan Grieder, has recently been involved in policy making regarding venture capital financing and new technologies. Christian Wyss has a particular focus on insurance-related technology companies and David Rosenthal is the specialist for the data privacy and protection aspects of fintech projects.

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Key clients

Tokentrust AG

Bank CIC

F10 Investment AG

Social Media Platform

Digital PK

Work highlights

  • Advised Tokentrust AG as general legal advisor on the implementation of Atomyze, a Hyperledger-based platform in the area of tokenisation of assets.
  • Advised various large Swiss banks and insurance companies on moving to the cloud.
  • Advised DigitalPK on offering pension fund platform solutions for companies, pension funds and brokers.

Switzerland > Insurance Tier 2

The insurance clients of VISCHER, which include insurance companies, brokers and insured parties, come to the firm for regulatory, corporate and coverage issues, including D&O and crime policies, property policies and financial line policies. The practice is headed by Daniele Favalli who has a specialisation in coverage analysis, coverage claims, and coverage litigation. Tina Jäger is noted for her experience in insurance litigation representing insurance companies and their insured before Swiss courts.

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Key clients

AIG

Switzerland > Intellectual property Tier 2

VISCHER acts in litigation and arbitration cases regarding, in particular, trade marks and patents, and also covers regulatory issues as well as transactional matters, such as licensing, cooperations, joint ventures and franchising. Practice head Stefan Kohler is a ‘very valuable patent litigator‘ with a focus on arbitration in pharmaceutical and biotech matters. Rolf Auf Der Maur is ‘best in class in IP topics in the media and telecommunications sector‘ and Christian Wyss has a focus on the IP aspects of M&A transactions. IP litigator Lorenz Ehrler is the key contact in the Geneva office.

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Testimonials

‘Rolf Auf der Maur is best in class in intellectual property topics in the media/telco sector in Switzerland.’

‘Great combination of technical know-how and legal knowledge. Knows our company very well.’

‘Stefan Kohler’s double major in natural sciences and law make him a very valuable patent litigator.’

Key clients

Netflix

CH Media TV AG

Swisscom

myTV AG

V-ZUG

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

VISCHER has particular experience when it comes to M&A, capital markets and litigation matters as well as healthcare, TMT and transport matters. The team is further noted for its expertise in public law and competition matters with Michael Waldner and Klaus Neff  active here. Rolf Auf der Maur, Stefan Kohler and David Rosenthal have strengths in IP, IT, TMT and data. Benedict Christ, Stefan Rechsteiner, Christian Oetiker and Christian Wyss are other names to note.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Full-service law firm VISCHER ‘has specialised lawyers‘ which advise on all real estate matters, including related issues such as taxes, contracts for work and services, public procurement, intellectual property and environmental law. The team, headed by Maxime Chollet and Roland Müller, has a ‘great deal of practical experience in supporting demanding real estate projects‘ and ‘is also extremely experienced and skilled in conducting difficult and complex negotiations‘. Andreas Albrecht and Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer are key contacts for planning and zoning law as well as environmental law. Litigation and arbitration specialist Raphael Butz made partner in 2021.

Testimonials

‘Vischer has specialised lawyers for all relevant requirements (public building and planning law, contract for work and services, public procurement law, intellectual property law, etc.) whom they can call in immediately if necessary. They have a great deal of practical experience in supporting demanding real estate projects. Vischer always responds very quickly to requests; our wishes are processed on time.’

‘Andreas Albrecht is an excellent lawyer; he is also extremely experienced and skilled in conducting difficult and complex negotiations. He is efficient, solution-oriented, conveys clear messages, has valuable know-how (not only concerning legal matters) and is quick to recognise the needs of his clients.’

‘My impression is that the whole team works excellently hand in hand without any redundancies.’

‘Peter Kühn and Urs Haegi are very supportive and service-orientated, meaning we always receive swift and competent replies in written or oral form. Beside that there is a always a personal note and much empathy. They really try to understand our business.’

Key clients

University Hospital Basel

Migros/Sigma, Partner Central Group

Huntsman Advanced Materials (Switzerland) GmbH

Spiegelfeld Immobilien AG

Glanzmann Generalunternehmung AG

Helvetia Insurance Switzerland

Procimmo SA, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne

SF Urban Properties AG

Einwohnergemeinde Reinach

Aluminium Laufen AG, Liesberg

MEININGER Hotels Group

Thanasis Martinos

Spaeter Pension Fund

SUN Bürglen

Work highlights

  • Advised University Hospital Basel on the construction of new and additional clinic buildings.
  • Represented Glanzmann Generalunternehmung AG in complex litigation proceedings against its subcontractors concerning a multi-level car parking project for F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG.
  • Notarized the sale of major real estate transactions (Globus/Migros; Huntsman/Turidomus).

Switzerland > Transport Tier 2

VISCHER has a strong focus on advising airlines on a broad array of corporate matters. The advice encompasses contracts negotiations with service providers, such as travel offices, air-traffic authorities and airport operators, representation in damage and insurance cases as well as advice on leasing, buying and selling aircraft. Urs Haegi heads the practice and gives ‘very pragmatic‘ advice on various aviation-related contracts as well as on the setting up of airlines and corporate transactions regarding airline companies. The tax aspects of international transport matters are a focus area of Christoph Niederer.

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Testimonials

‘Fast, effective, broad diversity in legal areas.’

‘Urs Haegi: very client-oriented, very pragmatic and not complicated.’

Key clients

Swiss International Air Lines Ltd. No

Deutsche Lufthansa AG No

Edelweiss Air

LSG Sky Chefs Schweiz AG

Lufthansa Technik AG

Swiss Aviation Training AG

Austrian Airlines AG

DLH Fuel Company mbH

Jet Aviation Ltd.

Schweizerische Rettungsflugwacht (Rega)

Export Development Canada

Lufthansa AirPlus Servicekarten GmbH

AirPlus International AG

Air Canada

Swissterminal AG

Work highlights

  • Regularly advising Swiss International Air Lines, the national carrier of Switzerland, on various legal and tax matters.
  • Regularly advising Jet Aviation Ltd on various litigation matters and transactional work.
  • Regularly advising Swiss International Air Lines and various other Lufthansa group companies in relation to a range of matters in Switzerland.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3

The banking and finance team at VISCHER specialises in advising borrowers and lenders in financings, regulatory queries as well as on matters at the intersection with insolvency, capital markets and IP/IT where the close collaboration with the firm’s other teams adds value. The practice also often acts for defendants in contentious cases. Practice head Adrian Dörig specialises in structured finance transactions and aviation finance. Markus Guggenbühl and managing associate David Weber are a ‘very competent team.Jana Essebier impresses with FinTech and insolvency expertise in addition to her banking knowledge.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent market knowledge and response times.’

‘Markus Guggenbühl and David Weber: very competent team, immediate availability, quick and responsive.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG acting as liquidator of Lehman Brothers in Switzerland

Tokentrust AG

Swiss Cantonal Bank

Bank CIC

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited

UBS

IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG

RELIEF THERAPEUTICS Holding AG

Dermavant Sciences, Inc.

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised Tokentrust AG as general legal advisor on the implementation of Atomyze, a Hyperledger-based platform in the area of tokenization of assets.
  • Advised various large Swiss banks and insurance companies on moving to the cloud.
  • Advised Dermavant Sciences, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to developing and commercializing innovative therapeutics in immuno-dermatology, on a $200m financing round.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

With ‘a very commercial and pragmatic approach’, VISCHER has continued its recent growth strategy with the early 2021 promotion of Raphael Butz to partner and the recruitment in late 2021 of corporate dispute expert Karin Graf from Wenger Plattner. While the group has a broad litigation practice, the team has notable expertise in asset-related matters, international litigation and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Daniele Favalli, Thomas Weibel and Gerald Virieux lead the team from Zurich, Basel and Geneva respectively. Managing partner Christian Oetiker, Felix C Meier-Dieterle and Lorenz Ehrler also contribute to the practice.

Testimonials

‘Very commercial and pragmatic approach to big disputes.’

‘Daniele Favalli – Always looks at the big picture and has an excellent strategic view. He knows the relevant details and points out weaknesses as well as how to eliminate them. He can put together, delegate and instruct his team very well. When needed, he is always available, absolutely reliable and committed. In addition, it is always a pleasure to work with him.’

Key clients

KSL AG

Telekom Srbija a.d.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sakto Corporation

Pirelli

Huntsman

T-Systems

AIG

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sakto in challenges against a false campaign by a Swiss NGO.
  • Supporting PricewaterhouseCoopers as liquidator of Lehman Brothers Finance SA, and successfully fended off a €500m claim of Tschira and currently defending an action from the Italian pension fund Enasarco.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

VISCHER has know-how in distressed M&A and corporate restructurings, as well as in liquidations, in particular in the finance sector. The team also covers insolvency-related litigation, corporate finance and voluntary liquidation and freezing debtor assets. The offering further includes enforcements on behalf of creditors. Benedict Christ combines corporate, M&A and insolvency experience. David Jenny can act as liquidator and Jana Essebier assists clients in pre-and post-insolvency situations.

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Testimonials

‘Great understanding of interaction with foreign insolvency regimes.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG acting as liquidator of Lehman Brothers in Switzerland

FINMA

Weidenareal Metall AG

Estate of Lehman Brothers Finance AG and its appointed Liquidator PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

Alibion AG

Switzerland > Sports law Tier 3

VISCHER demonstrates know-how in questions regarding TV and online broadcasting rights, sports betting, sports marketing and merchandising, transfer agreements, corporate structures and association law. The group is active for a range of Swiss organisations, athletes and companies, often from the football and eSport space. Corporate practitioner Robert Bernet and the ‘highly skilled‘ managing associate Moritz Jäggy head the team.

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Testimonials

‘The team is headed by Moritz Jäggy, a professional beach soccer player who understands the sports business.’

‘Moritz Jäggy is highly-skilled, commercially-minded and knows the sports business by heart.’

Key clients

PUMA Retail AG

SWISSLOS Interkantonale Landeslotterie

Swiss Football Association

Tennis Club Old Boys Basel

Home of eSports AG

Swiss Beach Soccer GmbH

Football Association of North-western Switzerland & Football Association of the region Aargau

Swiss Gymnastics Association

Swiss Ice Skating

Athletes Network & Athletes Academy AG

Telesport International AG

Eleven Sports Network Limited

Bodyclub

DAZN

Dosenbach-Ochsner AG Schuhe und Sport

Switzerland > Tax Tier 3

VISCHER‘s team is noted for being ‘extremely up to speed, very business-oriented and pragmatic.’ The offering includes tax support in M&A transactions, representation in tax litigation, including administrative assistance in international proceedings and the handling of cross-border restructuring. The group has a track record of advising clients from the TMT, aviation, financial services and life sciences sectors; Nadia Tarolli Schmidt is particularly experienced in the latter. She leads the practice together with Christoph Niederer whose skillset includes transfer pricing matters.

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Grieder; Patrik Fisch

Testimonials

‘Vischer’s tax team works and delivers as a team and the deliverables are always of exceptional quality.’

‘Christoph Niederer is renowned for a very clear analysis of cases, out of the box solutions that are at the same time compliant and suit client needs. Very good understanding of internal processes and limitations and inputs that are needed by a financial institution to implement a tax-compliant solution.’

‘The tax team around Christoph Niederer is extremely up to speed, very business-oriented and pragmatic. Christoph Niederer and Patrik Fisch were always able to serve as sharp-minded counterparts to discuss alternative finance structures, they asked critical questions which helped me to navigate around the hot tax topics.’

‘They are extremely up to speed, responsive and immediately understand what my needs are, what the challenges from both a commercial and legal perspective are and how difficult topics can be resolved. They do not present problems, but develop solutions. You feel that they really want to make a transaction happen.’

‘Deep know-how of Swiss tax system, able to work diligently with other non-Swiss firms.’

‘Motivated, engaged, thoughtful, to-the-point.’

‘Nadia Tarolli and Stefan Grieder are very client-oriented and invest time and effort in really understanding where you’re coming from, what the source of the question or issue is and to adapt solution elaboration. No copy/paste or recycling of legal opinions.’

Key clients

Bank Rothschild & Co AG

Groupe Mutuel Holding SA

Ardian Growth Polyphor AG

Continum Unternehmerkapital AG

Spaeter Pension Fund

Sunfire GmbH

Clarunis AG

Emmanko AG

Swisspower Renewables AG

Credentis AG

Eleven Sports Network Ltd.

Thanasis Martinos

MCAM Symalit AG

Raphael Dal Bo

Kuros Biosciences AG

Fidelium GmbH

NBE Therapeutics

DCS Pharma AG

Numab Therapeutics AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Groupe Mutuel SA on the tax aspects of the acquisition of MZ Beratung AG.
  • Advised Polyphor AG on different tax matters.
  • Advised Bank Rothschild & Co AG on various matters, including a group restructuring project.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

VISCHER’s ‘excellent and balanced team’ has been active in a broad range of mandates, acting as both counsel and arbitrator. The group is led by Daniele Favalli, Christian Oetiker and Gerald Virieux in Zurich, Basel and Geneva respectively. Other key individuals include Thomas Weibel, Raphael Butz and new recruit Karin Graf, who joined from Wenger Plattner in 2021.

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and provides a very cost-efficient legal service. Their advice is user-friendly and easy to understand.’

‘Christian Oetiker is very responsive and can work across various time zones. His drafting is very simple and clear. He is very well connected in Swiss arbitration circles and therefore can provide great local insights – which can be very practical and client-friendly.’

‘Excellent and balanced team with deep knowledge and high efficiency.’

‘Daniele Favalli – outstanding professional, very knowledgeable and intelligent.’

Key clients

KSL AG (Kolmar Group)

Telekom Srbija a.d.

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sakto Corporation

Pirelli

Huntsman

T-Systems

AI

Work highlights

  • Representing the Swiss trading entity of a Russian coal producer in the reorganisation of the trading business, including various parallel litigation claims and two arbitration matters.
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Arbitration, ADR Dr Christian Oetiker
Arbitration, ADR Dr Thomas Gelzer
Banking Dr Andreas C Albrecht
Banking Stefan Grieder
Competition Dr Thomas Gelzer
Corporate, commercial Dr Sebastian Burckhardt
Corporate, commercial Dr Michael Pfeifer
Employment Marc Ph Prinz
Environment Prof Dr Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer
Estate planning Dr Andreas C Albrecht
Estate planning Dr Thomas Weibel
Private equity Dr Matthias Staehelin
Private equity Christian Wyss
Restructuring, insolvency Dr David Jenny
Restructuring, insolvency Dr Roland M Müller
IT/IP Christian Wyss
Life sciences Dr Matthias Staehelin
Life sciences Christian Wyss
Litigation Dr Thomas Gelzer
Litigation Dr Thomas Weibel
Mergers and acquisitions Dr Sebastian Burckhardt
Mergers and acquisitions Dr David Jenny
Mergers and acquisitions Dr Robert Bernet
Civil law notaries Dr Roland M Müller
Civil law notaries Dr Andreas C Albrecht
Tax Nadia Tarolli Schmidt
Real estate and construction Dr Andreas C Albrecht
Real estate and construction Dr Roland M Müller
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Andreas C Albrecht photoDr Andreas C AlbrechtPartner.
Robert Bernet photoDr Robert BernetPartner
Sebastian Burckhardt photoDr Sebastian BurckhardtPartner.
Raphael Butz photo Raphael ButzPartner. Litigation and Arbitration. Leading the practice area of construction and real…
Thomas Gelzer photoDr Thomas GelzerPartner; Litigation and Arbitration Practice Team
Stefan Grieder photoDr Stefan GriederPartner
Moritz Jäggy photo Moritz JäggyPartner, Head of the Sports Law Team, corporate law, real estate and…
David Jenny photoDr David JennyPartner. Head of Insolvency.
Anela Lucic photo Anela LucicManaging Associate in VISCHER’s Labour & Employment Law Practice Group; Co-Head of…
Roland M Müller photoDr Roland M MüllerPartner. Real Estate & Construction Law: Advising investors, developers, property managers on…
Christian Oetiker photoDr Christian OetikerChristian Oetiker is a partner in VISCHER’s litigation and arbitration team. He…
Michael HP Pfeifer photoDr Michael HP PfeiferPartner.
Vincent S. Reardon photo Vincent S. ReardonVincent S. Reardon is a Swiss corporate lawyer who focuses his practice…
Matthias Staehelin photoDr Matthias StaehelinPartner, Co-head VISCHER Life Sciences Team, primarily involved in the life sciences…
Nadia Tarolli Schmidt photoMrs Nadia Tarolli SchmidtPartner; Head of tax and social security team
Ulrich Vischer photoDr Ulrich VischerPartner.
Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer photoProf Dr Beatrice Wagner PfeiferCounsel
Thomas Weibel photoDr Thomas WeibelPartner – Head of Dispute Resolution. Main practice areas: Litigation and Arbitration,…
Christian Wyss photoMr Christian WyssChristian Wyss is Partner and head of VISCHER’s Corporate & Commercial team.…
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The firm: VISCHER is one of the largest Swiss law firms, with more than 100 fee earners. The firm supports its clients in a solution oriented manner as regards all aspects of commercial, tax and regulatory law. Its professionals are organised into more than 20 practice teams, each of them under the direction of experienced partners. This enables them to effectively handle instructions, always tailored to the requirements of the individual project.

Practice areas:

  • Antitrust and competition
  • Aviation
  • Banking and finance
  • China desk
  • Civil law notaries
  • Corporate and commercial
  • Data and privacy
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environmental, social and governance (ESG)
  • Health care
  • Immigration
  • Information and communication technology
  • Intellectual property
  • International judicial assistance
  • Investigations & eDiscovery
  • Legal profession law
  • Life sciences, pharma, biotech
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Media and entertainment
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Pension funds
  • Private clients
  • Private equity & venture capital
  • Public sector and regulatory
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Sports law
  • Startup desk
  • Transport
  • Tax
  • White-collar crime

Main areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: VISCHER’s corporate and M&A team advises on all legal aspects relating to the listing of securities, mergers, purchase and sale of corporations and participations, spin-offs, management buyouts, execution of shareholder agreements, joint ventures, auction proceedings and related financing.

Litigation and arbitration: VISCHER has a strong and dedicated litigation and arbitration team representing clients before all Swiss Courts, as well as the Swiss Supreme Court in Lausanne and in international and domestic arbitration proceedings. Members of the firm frequently act as arbitrators.

Banking and finance: VISCHER advises banks and other financial institutions in regulatory and supervisory matters. VISCHER’s structured finance team advises Swiss companies and foreign investors with regard to lease and acquisition financing, project financing and securitisation.

Life sciences, pharma, biotech: VISCHER’s life sciences is the leading practice group of its kind in Switzerland. VISCHER represents over 50 private and public companies, from start-ups to listed companies. The firm’s expertise spans the full range of disciplines including transactions and financing; partnering, licensing and commercialisation; know-how and innovation management; and regulatory, administrative procedures and compliance.

Public sector and regulatory: VISCHER has a dedicated and experienced team that advises companies in regulated markets such as energy, telecommunications, electronic media, drugs and health and represents clients before regulatory authorities and in court proceedings.

Tax: VISCHER’s tax team provides advice on all aspects of corporate tax law including value added tax issues. The team also advises high-net-worth individuals in Switzerland and abroad with regard to succession issues and also in obtaining flat rate tax assessments in Switzerland.

Real estate: The VISCHER real estate team advises on all kinds of real estate projects and transactions, including buying or selling real estate property, contractual issues of multiple ownership (joint ventures, community of heirs etc.), land registry issues and issues of zoning.

Antitrust and competition: VISCHER advises domestic and foreign clients on Swiss and EU competition law and represents them before the Swiss Competition Commission and the courts. The team advises on administrative merger control, behavioural, contentious and civil antitrust cases, as well as in compliance matters.

Information technology and intellectual property: The firm’s IP/IT team advises on all areas of intellectual property and IT-related legal issues including telecommunications, outsourcing projects, data protection and regulatory matters. The firm also has a substantial practice in media and entertainment, including production agreements and broadcasting regulatory matters.

Restructuring and insolvency: In financially critical situations, the coordinated collaboration of specialists from a variety of areas of expertise is indispensable: in addition to proficiency in insolvency law itself, expertise in the areas of corporate law, litigation, labour law, IP law and tax law is also essential. The firm has the in-depth knowledge and extensive experience necessary for managing complex mandates, whether from the perspective of a creditor or an affected company.

Aviation: VISCHER advises and represents airline companies in their core business and also in associated fields such as catering. The team’s experience covers litigation and insurance cases of all types, assistance in contract negotiations with travel offices, air-traffic authorities and airport operators as well as advising on the leasing, buying and selling of aircrafts.

Data protection/privacy: VISCHER has one of the largest and most experienced data protection/privacy teams in Switzerland. The team advises national and international clients on all matters regarding data protection and privacy including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and represents clients in litigation and other proceedings in these matters.

Employment and executive compensation: VISCHER’s employment and executive compensation team is led by a partner exclusively dedicated to this field. The team advises on all areas of employment law, including regulatory issues, executive compensation, pensions, as well as taxes and social security and has earned an excellent reputation for representing companies and entrepreneurs in litigation.

White-collar / investigations: VISCHER advises and represents companies in white collar crime matters such as fraud, insider trading, money laundering and corruption. A dedicated team supports clients in conducting internal investigations – be it international or domestic matters – and handling eDiscovery cases.

Number of partners worldwide: 38
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 110
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin

English
French
German
Italian
Chinese (Mandarin)

VISCHER values and shows consideration for its employees. Every employee, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race or ethnicity, has the same rights and is treated equally. VISCHER wants all employees to feel valued, appreciated, and free to be who they are. Our experience has taught us that the more diversity we have in our team, the more unique perspectives and bright ideas we share.

For VISCHER, diversity and its inclusion, use and appreciation have strategic importance and are an integral part of our corporate culture. Therefore, we promote diversity and its appreciation among our employees and actively sensitise them to it. We create an environment that enables, values and promotes different perspectives, cultures and ways of thinking. We aim to build a culture of respect and trust which embraces differences and encourages diversity in our firm.

We treat each other with respect, constantly develop our skills and promote diversity in all relevant dimensions. Inclusion allows a diverse mix of people to complement each other to form a high performing team. It is important to remember that inclusion does not just mean treating people equally, but recognising and valuing all visible and invisible differences.

We foster an environment based on trust. This is our way of combining excellent business results and personal flexibility. The flexible working models we offer worldwide include mobile working, part-time and flexible working hours. Our employees remain our most important capital, in which we will continue to invest going forward.


Clients 

VISCHER’s experienced lawyers advise clients and provide international services at the highest standard across the globe. Working from modern offices in Zurich, Basel and Geneva, our attorneys, tax advisers and public notaries are organised under the direction of experienced partners in practice teams, covering all areas of commercial law. VISCHER has worked with various international companiesfor example: 

  • ABInbev
  • AFINUM
  • AIG
  • Axpo Services AG
  • BaloiseHolding
  • Credit Suisse
  • Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited
  • General Dynamics
  • Helvetia
  • Huntsman
  • IKEA
  • MCH Group AG (SIX listed)
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • Syngenta
  • T-Systems

Team 

Our principal company languages are German, English, French, Italian and Mandarin, but we have employees of various nationalities so are able to cover many more languages and provide professional advice to clients from all over the globe. 

Highly regarded China Desk 

VISCHER has established a China Desk that, over the years, has become widely regarded as the market leader among Swiss law firms for Chinese inbound and outbound transactions. We advise many Swiss companies regarding their China business and support Chinese businesses interested in establishing a presence in Europe. 

VISCHER’s network 

We have spent decades building networks with attorneys, subject matter experts and firms worldwide that meet our high standards and provide the best possible service to our clients. We can help our clients, directly or in conjunction with foreign law firms, to navigate the requirements of the relevant Swiss legal and regulatory frameworks, and build a team of experts to deal with their specific challenges.