Firm Profile > VISCHER > Basel, Switzerland

VISCHER
AESCHENVORSTADT 4
4010 BASEL
Switzerland

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

VISCHER is 'one of the go-to firms in Switzerlandfor data privacy and data protection'. It facilitates digital transformation projects for companies in the finance and energy sectors, and advises pharmaceutical companies – including Piqur Therapeutics AG – on requirements during clinical trials. Managing associate Thomas Steiner heads the department and is able to 'explain complex aspects in a way that helps'; in recent work, he assisted the Swiss Bar Association with shaping regulations. Steiner and Rolf Auf der Maur 'are both valued experts in the field'. Other highlights include advising Hocoma and Tiko Energy Solutions on Swiss and EU data privacy laws relating to their respective cloud-based connected care and power solutions.

Testimonials

While being well grounded and well experienced in Swiss law, the team very quickly and efficiently picked up our goal and challenges in providing a worldwide cloud-based data service for medical devices that provides data synchronisation, analysis and management for personal health data of neurological patients. The team helped us identifying the key requirements both on the legal/contract sides as well as the technical/operational side, specifically roll-out plans for Switzerland, Europe and the rest of the world. Our project is still ongoing and we are happy that we can keep relying on Vischer with our current and upcoming steps after we have made consistently positive experiences in the collaboration so far.

Thomas Steiner was and is always very open, provides precise and correct responses, provides deliverables as promised and can explain even complex aspects in a way that helps our internal and external stakeholders. He provided key insights for our roll-out strategy for Switzerland, Europe, US and China based on his knowledge and international network of partners. I want to stress that his openness was key to success as we could discuss options on the legal side as well as the technical concepts such that we could find an efficient concept that balances the legal burden with the effort for technical implementation.

Vischer is one of the go-to firms in Switzerland regarding data privacy, data protection and the digital services industry.

The team always reacted very quickly to our requests and we always felt in good hands. Working with Thomas Steiner and Rolf Auf der Maur was a very pleasant experience. They are both valued experts in the field and are active in our industry’s associations like Swico and formerly Simsa. They have been invaluable contributors to the Code of Conduct Hosting which serves as an outstanding tool for dealing with legal requests in our company as well for the whole hosting industry in Switzerland.

Key clients

Hocoma AG

Tiko Energy Solutions AG

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

IAB Switzerland

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials AG

Sympany Services AG

Swiss International Air Lines AG

Hostpoint AG

cyon GmbH

Avenir Group AG

Piqur Therapeutics AG

Privacy and Security Academy

Swiss Bar Association

3 Plus Group AG

Urovant Sciences

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

VISCHER has a strong track record in transactions in the life sciences space, in which it acts for companies, entrepreneurs and investors alike. It is also well versed in advising clients on compliance matters, administrative procedures and other regulatory matters. Stefan Kohler has longstanding experience in the sector and further advises on IP and technology law. He jointly leads the practice alongside Matthias Staehelin in Basel, who is a key contact for M&A, IPOs and financings in this space. Christian Wyss, also in Basel, has considerable knowledge in setting up contracts and assisting start-ups.

Testimonials

Vischer has a strong commitment to support emerging life science companies and has a very good understanding of the specific needs, capabilities and limitations of these young firms.’

The firm provides services which are extremely robust and also cost-efficient for the client. It has the broadest experience and knowledge of the life sciences industry and can provide relevant advice based on its cultivated know-how. The firm stands out for its knowledge, accuracy, speed, integrity and customer focus.’

Matthias Staehelin is an excellent lawyer in all corporate and board matters.’

Christian Wyss stands out as an extremely knowledgable professional. He is always going beyond the basic requirements in order to understand his client’s needs and strives to see problems from their point of view. He takes extreme care to produce results which attend to the current and future needs of his clients.’

Key clients

Anaveon AG

Oculis SA

TransLink Capital

Azafaros B.V.

Numab Therapeutics AG

Mattern Pharma AG

Cibdol AG

Polyphor AG

AC Immune SA

Polares Medical SA

Dermedis Group

BACHEM HOLDING AG

Kuros Biosciences AG

ALENTIS Therapeutics

Polyneuron Pharmaceuticals AG

Urovant Sciences

Arvelle Therapeutics

Yonsung Pharmaceuticals

Drossapharm AG

Novo Nordisk

Public law Tier 1

The public law department at VISCHER has core strengths in energy-related work, where it handles litigation, regulatory and strategic advice, and healthcare matters, acting in disputes against regulators as well as handling transactions. Team lead Stefan Rechsteiner advised Axpo Services AG on the reorganisation of its corporate structure, and acted as legal counsel to the Rheinkraftwerk Säckingen AG, Kraftwerk Ryburg-Schwörstadt AG and Kraftwerk Reckingen AG power plants, which are located at the Swiss-German border, following the rejection of their application to use a high-voltage grid for hydro-energy projects. Michael Waldner is acting for the University Hospital of Zurich and the Cantonal Hospitals of St Gall and Lucerne in disputes against healthcare insurers relating to treatment tariffs.

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. Gall

Cantonal Hospital of Aarau

Cantonal Hospital of Lucerne

Claraspital, Basel

TMT Tier 1

Clients appreciate VISCHER's 'fast response times, great flexibility' and 'good business sense' when handling cloud-based software as a service offerings, cross-border data security and GDPR issues, and IT sourcing transactions. The team advised Tiko on the business-to-business and customer agreements for its energy consumption optimisation service and is assisting Swisscom AG with various matters following on from representing it in Switzerland's first ISP blocking case. Practice head Rolf Auf der Maur has 'excellent knowledge' and is noted for his 'transparent working methods'. Other work, largely led by Basel-based Christian Wyss, involves third-party collaboration and software licensing agreements for DigitalPK, Skillue and Sympany.

Testimonials

Fast response times, great flexibility, good business sense.’

Rolf Auf der Maur is characterised by: always available, short response times, excellent knowledge of the ICT industry, transparent working methods.’

Key clients

Tiko Energy Solutions AG

Hocoma AG

Swisscom Event & Media Solutions AG

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

IAB Switzerland

3 Plus Group AG

Swisscom AG

additiv

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials AG

DigitalPK

Skillue

Sympany

Capital markets Tier 2

VISCHER advises on a broad spectrum of capital market matters, including IPOs (where it is particularly active in the life sciences industry), bond issues and regulatory matters. The client portfolio is similarly diverse with national and foreign banks, hedge funds, and companies, among others, instructing the team. Team leader Markus Guggenbühl focuses on debt financing, capital market transactions and public takeovers, while Jana Essebier is well versed in structured products and other financial instruments. Basel-based Matthias Staehelin and Robert Bernet are other key practitioners.

Key clients

Julius Baer

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited

Berenberg Bank

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse

OC Oerlikon Corporation AG, Pfäffikon

UBS

Kuros Biosciences AG

Helvetia

Baloise

Symetis SA

CRISPR Therapeutics AG

Medartis Holding AG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Lundbeck A/S, Valby, DK

BACHEM HOLDING AG

Polyphor AG

Warteck Invest AG

AC Immune AG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

VISCHER has a solid track record in national and cross-border M&A and private equity transactions in the mid-market. Other areas of expertise are public takeovers and proxy solicitations, and the team is particularly well versed in the life sciences sector. Jürg Luginbühl and Robert Bernet lead the M&A practice groups in Zurich and Basel respectively. Matthias Staehelin, also in Basel, is an expert in life sciences mandates, while Gian-Andrea Caprez specialises in the TMT/ICT sector.

Testimonials

Vischer has a dynamic team with strong entrepreneurial and commercial spirit as well as a life science practice second to none.’

Jürg Luginbühl is a highly skilled lawyer with a profound business understanding. He approaches legal issues in a pragmatic, and yet very thorough way.

Matthias Staehelin is the key expert with a solution-oriented style.’

Gian-Andrea Caprez is a rising star in corporate / M&A. A diligent, astute and knowledgeable lawyer with sound commercial judgement and deal-making skills. He is exceptionally hard-working and responsive as well as well-connected in the Swiss market.’

Key clients

Jacobs Holding AG

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Swisscom AG

H. Lundbeck A/S

Axpo Services AG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Polyphor Ltd.

Medartis

HQ Equita

CRISPR Therapeutics AG

Oculis SA

Cham Group AG

MCH Group

Openlimit Holding

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Equistone Partners Europe

Syngenta

Poscom Ferien Holding AG

Fidelium GmbH

Swisspower Renewables AG

Barnes Group Inc

Kuros Biosciences Ltd

Anokion SA

NOUSCOM AG

Versantis AG

TOLREMO therapeutics AG

JSR Corporation

Balderton Capital

MCM Fashion Group

Deichmann Shoes

AFINUM

Bertelsmann

Acronis

SkyCell AG

Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group

The Travel Leaders Group, LLC

Quest Software Inc.

Aeterna AG

Westermo Network Technologies AB / Beijer Electronics Group AB

Continental AG

Fr. Sauter AG

Spaeter AG

Translink Capital

Cotta Gruppe

Competition Tier 2

VISCHER's team is a popular choice for numerous national and international companies from the TMT, finance, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries as well as branded products. Practice head Klaus Neff is a specialist in acting for clients in administrative and civil proceedings related to competition, as well as in merger control proceedings. He is supported by managing associate Thomas Steiner, who is also a key name for data and technology law.

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

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 2

VISCHER's dispute resolution team is particularly active in the banking and insurance; IT and telecoms; and transport sectors. It is a popular choice for domestic as well as cross-border commercial litigation mandates. Practice heads Felix Meier-Dieterle and Thomas Weibel are based in Zurich and Basel, respectively; the former is well versed in debt enforcement and insolvency proceedings while the latter has special expertise in the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, and disputes related to white-collar crime. Daniele Favalli in Zurich is a key contact for insurers in contentious matters. Christian Oetiker splits his time between Zurich and Basel.

Testimonials

The Vischer team gives straightforward advice even in complex situations. It listens to concerns and inputs, and then give direction with a practical hands-on and problem-solving approach.’

The firm’s strengths are its focus on quality and in-depth advice as well as  renowned practitioners and extremely talented associates.

Christian Oetiker is a master of the courtroom with his calm approach; he diligently keeps control of what happens in the proceeding.’

The considerate Daniele Favalli is a seasoned business lawyer, who has good tactical and strategic skills.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

Employment Tier 2

VISCHER has a full-service approach to employment work, regularly handling work permits, restructurings, transactions and collective labour disputes. Highlights included acting for Covance Inc and LabCorp in a mass dismissal procedure; defending InnerWorkings Inc against a variety of employment-related claims; and advising Deutsche Bank (Schweiz) AG on documentation and employment terminations for executive and director-level staff. Team lead Marc Prinz is 'a star' and provides 'excellent support with a commercial focus', while remaining 'pragmatic in his approach'. Basel-based senior associate Anela Lucic is another name of note.

Testimonials

VISCHER provide very good legal support and are amongst the top tier of our external advisors.

Marc Prinz continues to provide us with excellent support with a commercial focus. He has taken the time to understand our business and preferred approach to issues so that he can provide advice that matches our values. Marc is available and pragmatic in his approach. He has supported us in some complex employment matters as well as ensuring we are compliant as a corporate.

Very quick, efficient and commercial advisors. I trust them explicitly with advising my HR team directly as well as advising the legal team.

Marc is a star – always available, brilliant and sound advice. I trust him completely.

Key clients

Covance Inc/LabCorp

InnerWorkings Inc

Equistone Partners Europe

HAYS plc

Mallinckrodt Inc

Audatex (a Solera Company)

Deutsche Bank (Schweiz) AG

Barnes Group Suisse Industries GmbH

SUSI Partners AG

FARO Technologies Inc

Swiss International Air Lines Ltd

Fintech Tier 2

VISCHER's team handles asset tokenisation and international blockchain disputes, as well as providing legal compliance training to start-ups and drafting their set-up agreements. Mobile payments and crowdfunding expert Jana Essebier heads the practice, which has acted as a main adviser to the Interchain Foundation on all fintech-related issues, assisted Vreo with the set-up of an in-game video advertising platform, and acted for Bank CIC (Schewiz) AG on the development of its mobile payment processes. Stefan Grieder and Basel-based Christian Wyss are other names to note.

Key clients

Interchain Foundation

OneNow Insurance AG

Sympany

DigitalPK

Vreo

F10

additiv AG

wefox Group

Bank CIC (Schweiz) AG

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

Insurance Tier 2

VISCHER's client portfolio includes insurance companies, brokers and insured parties. The practice is adept at settling coverage issues and acting in disputes concerning financial line policies, crime, property, and D&O liability. Team head Daniele Favalli represents parties in coverage litigation matters and oversees all insurance-related regulatory and corporate issues. Senior associate Tina Jäger is another name of note in this area.

Intellectual property Tier 2

VISCHER's IP practice handles patent litigation and protection strategies, copyright licensing and agreements for online models and video on demand (VOD) platforms, and trade mark portfolio management. Highlights included team head Stefan Kohler co-ordinating the European market launch of Migros Delica's new coffee capsules compatible with Nespresso machines, and Rolf Auf der Maur successfully defending Swisscom in the first-ever national ISP blocking case. Christian Wyss focuses on due diligence and M&A-related cases.

Key clients

Migros Delica

Numab AG

Pfizer

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials

Kebo AG

Swisscom (Schweiz) AG

3 Plus Group AG

Control4 Corporation

Polyphor AG

swissQuant

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

VISCHER is highly regarded for its healthcare, TMT and transport practices as well as its expertise in capital markets, M&A, public law, competition and litigation matters. Key at the firm include Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf der Maur, Benedict ChristStefan Rechsteiner and Christian OetikerMichael Waldner, Klaus Neff and Christian Wyss are other names to note.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

VISCHER has a strong footing in Basel, where it can offer notarial services and also advises on tax and legal aspects in the real estate aspects. The team's involvement in foreign investment projects and in the development of urban housing projects is highlighted. Roland M. Müller leads the practice and is well versed in commercial leases, transactions and investments. Andreas Albrecht is an expert in real estate projects and transactions. Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer specialises in environmental law. All above noted practitioners are based in Basel; Benedict Christ is a key contact in Zurich.

Testimonials

Vischer is noted for providing outstanding legal expertise within the given time frame. It has excellent team spirit and is focused to find pragmatic but legally sound solutions in a cost-conscious way.’

The team has a holistic view on the overall project, providing the client with different perspectives.’

Key clients

Acino Holding Pension Fund

Bâloise Holding AG, Basler Leben AG

MEININGER Group

UBS

General Dynamics European Land Systems –Mowag GmbH

Parking Kunstmuseum AG

Poscom Ferien Holding AG

Axpo Power AG

Aluminium Laufen AG

Schätzle AG

Siemens Schweiz AG

Aeterna AG

Pax, Schweizerische Lebensversicherungs-Gesellschaft

BASF Schweiz AG / Swiss Life AG

Transport Tier 2

VISCHER's transport practice regularly acts for airlines on insurance, regulatory and transactional matters. The firm is also the primary legal consultant for Swiss International Air Lines; in recent work, it represented the client in a high-value tax litigation case before the Federal Court, assisted with international employment laws, and handled corporate governance and data protection duties. Other work includes acting for Jet Aviation in various disputes. Team head Urs Haegi and Christoph Niederer are the main names to note.

Key clients

Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

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

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3

At VISCHER, the team is active in financing transactions, banking-related dispute resolution, insolvencies and fintech. The broad client portfolio includes a mix of domestic and foreign banks, funds, insurance companies, securities dealers and asset managers. The team is jointly led by Markus Guggenbühl , who is also well versed in financial market regulations, and Adrian Dörig, who specialises in structured finance transactions. Jana Essebier is noted for her expertise in financial instruments, including derivatives and structured products, and is also active in fintech-related matters, where she advises on crowdfunding, mobile payments and blockchain. Stefan Grieder in Basel and senior associate David Weber are further key contacts.

Testimonials

Vischer is very responsive and solution oriented; it works with excellent team spirit and is able to propose innovative solutions.’

Markus Guggenbühl is an excellent group leader. He motivates team members to bring in their ideas and views, and he always gives well-balanced, solution-oriented advice.’

Jana Essebier is very solution oriented; she is open to propose new solutions and anticipates potential upcoming issues.’

David Weber has excellent analytical skills and detailed knowledge of the cases.’

Key clients

Basler Kantonalbank

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Bank CIC (Switzerland) Ltd.

Berenberg Bank

AFINUM Achte Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Arvelle Therapeutics

UBS AG

Bregal Unternehmerkapital

Credit Suisse

ISP Securities Ltd

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The team at VISCHER is led by Basel-based David Jenny, who has extensive experience in assisting governing bodies of companies and creditors and in acting as liquidator. The team is also involved in bank bankruptcy proceedings. Another key member is Jana Essebier; her practice includes dispute resolution and regulatory law. Markus Guggenbühl and Thomas Weibel in Basel are also noted.

Key clients

FINMA

Weidenareal Metall AG

Sports law Tier 3

At VISCHER, Robert Bernet and managing associate Moritz Jäggy lead a 'reliable and very competent' team that demonstrates 'a high level of accuracy, availability and competency' in sports matters. Recent work includes advising Swiss Beach Soccer GmbH on the organisation of beach soccer in Switzerland, including negotiations and the resolution of disputes with Beach Soccer Worldwide and FIFA. The firm also assisted Starc Marketing & Sports GmbH with all legal matters regarding sports event marketing.

Testimonials

The team is reliable and very competent.’

The partners at Vischer are accurate, showing a high level of accuracy, availability and competency.’

Key clients

PUMA Retail AG

Dosenbach-Ochsner AG Schuhe und Sport

Snipes (Schweiz) AG

Sportshop Karrer AG

SWISSLOS Interkantonale Landeslotterie

Tennis Club Old Boys Basel

Starc Marketing & Sports GmbH

Pirelli Tyre (Suisse) SA

Swiss Football Federation

Home of eSports GmbH

Tax Tier 3

VISCHER's team covers a broad range of tax matters, including support on M&A transactions, restructurings, relocation of businesses and litigation proceedings. The client portfolio includes domestic and international companies from a variety of sectors, including aviation, financial services, pharmaceutical and life sciences, among others. Practice co-head Nadia Tarolli Schmidt, who is based in Basel, has particular expertise in tax matters relating to the pharmaceutical industry. She jointly leads the team with Christoph Niederer, who can provide comprehensive insight into tax matters related to blockchain and ICOs. Senior associate Adrian Briner is also noted.

Testimonials

Vischer is extremely knowledgeable, creative, responsive and collaborative. It works well with counsels from other firms when tax advice needs to be integrated.

Nadia Tarolli is a creative leader who communicates clearly, sets goals and works with the company and her team to deliver on time.’

Christoph Niederer is professionally competent, helpful and always responsive.’

Adrian Briner is a thoughtful associate who implements deliverables.’

Key clients

AC Immune

Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems Co.

Polyphor AG

Work in Progress

Republik AG

Fuji Packaging GmbH

Catholic Evangelic- Reformed as well as Israelite Church of Basle

Swiss International Air Lines AG

St. Clara Group

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

The team at VISCHER is particularly well known for its experience in the enforcement of arbitral awards as well as asset freezing and practitioners frequently sit as arbitrators. Thomas Weibel and Christian Oetiker combine dispute resolution skills with knowledge in aviation law. Daniele Favalli is well versed in commercial disputes and Mladen Stojiljkovic joined as counsel from Homburger in November 2019.

Testimonials

The Vischer team gives straightforward advice even in complex situations. It has a practical hands-on and problem-solving approach. Vischer provides very prompt and reliable advice on a must-do basis and for good value for money.’

Christian Oetiker is a key contact for contentions matters. He is a master of the courtroom admired for his calm approach and how he diligently keeps control of what happens in the proceedings.’

Daniele Favalli is a seasoned business lawyer with a number of years of experience working in the U.S. and in the international arena. He is considerate and looks ahead. Daniele has good tactical and strategic skills and the ability to think outside the box.’

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Andreas C Albrecht  photo Dr Andreas C Albrecht
Dr Rolf Auf Der Maur photo Dr Rolf Auf Der Maur Partner
Dr Robert Bernet  photo Dr Robert Bernet
Dr Sebastian Burckhardt  photo Dr Sebastian Burckhardt
Dr Thomas Gelzer  photo Dr Thomas Gelzer
Dr Stefan Grieder  photo Dr Stefan Grieder
Dr David Jenny  photo Dr David Jenny
Dr Roland M Müller  photo Dr Roland M Müller
Dr Christian Oetiker  photo Dr Christian Oetiker
Dr Michael HP Pfeifer  photo Dr Michael HP Pfeifer
Dr Matthias Staehelin  photo Dr Matthias Staehelin
Mrs Nadia Tarolli Schmidt  photo Mrs Nadia Tarolli Schmidt
Dr Ulrich Vischer  photo Dr Ulrich Vischer
Dr Thomas Weibel  photo Dr Thomas Weibel
Mr Christian Wyss  photo Mr Christian Wyss
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