Firm Profile > VISCHER > Zurich, Switzerland

VISCHER
SCHÜTZENGASSE 1
8021 Zurich
Switzerland

Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

VISCHER’s data privacy and data protection team advises companies on compliance matters relating to Swiss and EU data protection and data law requirements as well as the data-related aspects of commercial contracts and M&A transactions. The group has also seen an uptick in instructions to handle data protection-related disputes, including those related to data subject requests. David Rosenthal - an expert in matters of data privacy and data protection’ - is at the forefront of developments in the industry and has been involved in the creation of a statistical method designed to assess the data law risks of foreign lawful access in cases of Swiss banks, hospitals and other operations with sensitive data held in the cloud. Rolf Auf der Maur advises companies primarily from the media, telecoms and IT sectors on all aspects of data law.

Practice head(s):

David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Rolf Auf der Maur

Testimonials

‘High level of expertise in matters of data privacy and data protection. And they have a very business minded approach and strive to come up with a solution rather than just outlining problems from a legal perspective.

‘David Rosenthal is one of the best experts in matters of data privacy and data protection. I was impressed by his ability to present an extremely complex legal analysis in a format which was understandable. He is very responsive and a great person to work with. And he is very flexible when it comes to adapting to a new situation.’

Key clients

Open Systems

Comparis

Allianz Suisse

Lyfegen

Zentralstelle für Kreditinformation (ZEK)

Verein Unternehmens-Datenschutz (VUD)

Luzerner Kantonsspital

Swisscom

Hocoma

Tiko Energy Solutions

IAB Switzerland

Mitsubishi Chemical MCAM Services

PriceWaterhouseCooper

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

The well-established life sciences practice at VISCHER is sought after by a range of players in the industry, including pharmaceutical companies, start-ups and investors. Covering the healthcare, pharmaceutical, biotech and cosmetics sectors, the team handles contentious and non-contentious regulatory and patent matters as well as financing rounds and M&A transactions. Stefan Kohler enjoys a strong reputation among his peers and has experience in IP and technology law. He jointly leads the practice with Basel-based Matthias Staehelin, who is well versed in capital markets, venture capital and agreements in the relevant field. Christian Wyss, also in the Basel office, is noted for his knowledge in R&D, technology transfers and license agreements.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Kohler; Matthias Staehelin

Other key lawyers:

Christian Wyss

Key clients

Versameb

Polyphor AG

Resistell AG

DCS Pharma AG

Numab Therapeutics AG

ARTIDIS AG

YONSUNG Pharmaceutical

Immunos Therapeutics AG

EraCal Therapeutics AG

Anokion SA

T3 Pharmaceuticals AG

Versantis

BiognoSYS AG

MIGROS

Kuros Biosciences AG

Novo Nordisk

Straub Medical AG

Philip Morris International

Anaveon AG

Oculis SA

Azafaros B.V.

Urovant Sciences

Arvelle Therapeutics

Public law Tier 1

VISCHER’s public law practice is highly focused on the energy and healthcare sectors but is also experienced in other regulated industries, including gambling and financial services. The team handles disputes with regulatory bodies at all governmental levels as well as regulatory issues regarding transactions, concessions, tariffs and contracts. Stefan Rechsteiner heads the firms’ energy practice and represents companies active in regulated markets before regulators and administrative courts. Head of the healthcare practice Michael Waldner represents hospitals before courts in regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Rechsteiner

Other key lawyers:

Michael Waldner

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

VISCHER provides ‘first-class legal advice’ to various TMT clients in the media and entertainment sector as well as regulated sectors, including the pharmaceuticals and financial services industries. The team has particular expertise in matters concerning data protection and security issues, including GDPR regulations and cloud-based data storage mandates, cross-border transactions and IT sourcing work. Rolf Auf der Maur specialises in digitalisation projects and online businesses, and David Rosenthal, who joined in mid-2020, handles IT matters with notable expertise in data privacy and e-discovery work. Christian Wyss focuses on IP and IT transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rolf Auf der Maur; David Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Christian Wyss

Testimonials

‘Vischer, and in particular Rolf Auf Der Maur, are a pleasure to work with because they have a deep understanding of the market and the dynamics of a quickly developing industry. Thus, they are able to provide very practical advice which does not only consider the legal framework but also business requirements.’

‘The ability to both provide first-class legal advice and combine it with a clear understanding of business needs and processes in a fast changing environment, is a particular strength of partner Rolf Auf der Maur.’

‘They bring knowledge in all legal fields relevant for us and also have the contacts to foreign law firms.’

‘We mainly work with David Rosenthal and appreciate his uncomplicated way of working. He is very responsive and return calls are made on the same day. His recommendations have been applied to our business and therefore offer real added value.’

Key clients

Open Systems

Comparis

Allianz Suisse

Lyfegen

Netflix

Hocoma

additive

Swisscom

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Capital markets Tier 2

The VISCHER team has a notable sweet spot in public takeovers and proxy solicitations but also assists issuers and underwriters with the listing of securities at the SIX Swiss Exchange. The group is sought after by clients from the life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors in particular, but also acts for banks, securities dealers, insurance companies, hedge funds, and asset managers. Adrian Dörig leads the team, which also includes key practitioners Markus GuggenbühlJana Essebier and counsel Peter Kühn.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Dörig

Other key lawyers:

Robert Bernet; Matthias Staehelin; Markus Guggenbühl; Jana Essebier; Peter Kühn

Key clients

Julius Baer

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse

OC Oerlikon Corporation AG

UBS

Kuros Biosciences AG

Helvetia

Baloise

Medartis Holding AG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Lundbeck A/S, Valby DK

Bachem AG

Polyphor AG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

VISCHER is well-established in the mid-market, where the team advises on a high number of M&A and private equity transactions. It has a particularly strong standing with companies from the life sciences sectors, as well as private equity funds, venture capital investors and start-ups, and is noted for its China desk. The practice is headed by Zurich-based Jürg LuginbühlRobert Bernet in Basel and - following his arrival in September 2019 from CPV Partners - Damien Conus in Geneva. Matthias Staehelin in Basel is an expert in the life sciences space and Gian-Andrea Caprez has knowledge of the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Jürg Luginbühl; Robert Bernet; Damien Conus

Other key lawyers:

Matthias Staehelin; Benedict Christ; Gian-Andrea Caprez

Testimonials

‘A very good firm with reliable quality offerings across a breadth of areas and CH regions.’

‘Robert Bernet stands out, managing teams very efficiently, reacting quickly and perfectly judging the level of intensity with which to get involved.’

Key clients

H. Lundbeck A/S

Axpo Services AG

Cantonal Bank of Basel

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Polyphor Ltd.

Medartis

HQ Equita

Oculis SA

Cham Group AG

Bregal Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Swisscom AG

Openlimit Holding

Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund

Equistone Partners Europe

Syngenta

Poscom Ferien Holding AG

Cedarlake Private Equity Fund I, Hong Kong, China

Fidelium GmbH

Swisspower Renewables AG

Barnes Group Inc

Kuros Biosciences Ltd

Investors in Molecular Partners AG

Anokion SA

Symetis SA

NOUSCOM AG

Versantis AG

JSR Corporation

Balderton Capital

MCM Fashion Group

Deichmann Shoes

AFINUM

Bertelsmann

Acronis

SkyCell AG

Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group

Bachem Holding

Quest Software Inc.

Aeterna AG

Fr. Sauter AG

Rigeto Unternehmerkapital GmbH

Schneider Logistik Holding AG

Jacobs Holding AG

Invision Private Equity

Beijer Group

RELIEF THERAPEUTICS Holding SA (SIX Listed)

ETF Partners

Pix4D SA

QoQa Services SA

Helvetica Capital

Colosseum Dental Group

Continental AG

3 Plus Group AG

Swissterminal AG

Control4 Corporation

Ardian

Sonnet Biotherapeutics, Inc (NASDAQ listed)

Groupe Mutuel

Tokai Cobex

Competition Tier 2

VISCHER has considerable expertise handling matters related to the TMT, automotive, and financial services industries. The team advises clients on the full range of competition and antitrust matters; it handles issues such as cartels, pricing, competition law infringements, and abuse of dominance, and is also active in related investigations and litigation. Practice head Klaus Neff is the key contact and a specialist in the competition field.

Practice head(s):

Klaus Neff

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

Employment Tier 2

VISCHER advises on the full scope of employment law services and related areas, including work permits, social security and pensions. The 'business-oriented' team also assists with restructurings and has been sought out for mass dismissals and internal investigations. Marc Ph. Prinz covers contentious and non-contentious employment law and specialises in executive compensation, staff leasing and recruiting. Gérald Virieux, who joined the team in September 2019 from Bugnion Ballansat Ehrler, and Anela Lucic are both experienced in employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Marc Ph. Prinz; Anela Lucic; Gérald Virieux

Testimonials

‘Very business oriented and able to find good and practicable solutions.’

‘Business focused mindset, high availability, ad-hoc fast guidance if needed.’

 

Key clients

Covance Inc. / LabCorp

Acino International Ltd

Conduent Inc.

Audatex, a Solera Group Company

Air Canada

B3i Ltd. Yes

Invacare Corp.

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting plc

Nobel Biocare Ltd

Nuance Communications Inc.

SWISS International Air Lines

Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials Composites AG

RobecoSAM AG

Bethesda Spital AG

FARO Inc

ThermoFisher Corp.

Equistone Partners Europe

HAYS plc

Mallinckrodt Inc.

SUSI Partners AG

H. Lundbeck A/S

Polyphor Ltd No

Barnes Group Inc.

Deichmann Shoes

3 Plus Group

Control 4 Corporation

Swiss Medi Kids AG

Spencer Stuart

Fintech Tier 2

VISCHER advises clients, which include fintech incubators, financial service providers and insurers, on projects involving crowdfunding platforms, mobile payments, cryptocurrencies and financial instruments, among others. The team, often including lawyers from the TMT, banking and tax teams, also represents clients in contentious matters and has previously provided policy-making advice to the Swiss government. Jana Essebier heads the team and is specialised in fintech matters. Stefan Grieder has specialist expertise in finance and capital markets and M&A-related matters and Christian Wyss is focused on insurance related tech-companies. David Rosenthal joined from Homburger in June of 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jana Essebier

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Grieder; Christian Wyss; David Rosenthal

Testimonials

‘Prompt response time. Extremely competent and reliable work. Great understanding of market and client objectives.’

‘We value them as team members and not just lawyers. They know our business and know our long term goals and have that in their mind when working with us.’

Key clients

Tokentrust AG

Interchain Foundation

OneNow Insurance AG

Sympany

Digital PK

Informal Systems Inc.

Additiv AG

wefox Group

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

Home of eSports GmbH

Saba Software

SEBA Bank AG

Insurance Tier 2

VISCHER's core strength lies in representing insurance companies and brokers in coverage litigation matters pertaining to, among others, D&O liabilities, crime policies, property policies and financial line policies. The group also assists its insurance clients with regulatory matters and corporate issues and also represents insured parties in covered disputes under the respective insurance policy. Practice head Daniele Favalli has experience of assisting Swiss insurance companies and their insureds as foreign counsel in cross-jurisdictional matters. Tina Jäger is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Daniele Favalli

Other key lawyers:

Tina Jäger

Testimonials

‘The pro-active, forward thinking approach in problem solving and strategy is highly valued and very helpful in advising tactical approaches in disputes and potential litigations.’

Key clients

AIG

Intellectual property Tier 2

VISCHER’s IP acts for companies in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences fields as well as the media and online entertainment industries. A particular area of expertise for the practice is handling copyright matters related to online music and audiovisual works, including production agreements and licensing issues, for TV and video-on-demand operators. The team also handles trade marks, including Swiss and international trade mark registrations, assists with anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy measures and acts on commercial IP transactions. Rolf Auf der Maur and practice head Stefan Kohler are experienced trade mark and patent litigators respectively; and Christian Wyss focuses on the IP aspects of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Stefan Kohler

Other key lawyers:

Rolf Auf der Maur; Christian Wyss

Testimonials

‘We worked with VISCHER on an IP related civil and criminal case. Their work was instrumental in the conduct of the case.’

‘Stefan Kohler provided outstanding legal advice to our clients.’

‘Our interaction with the Vischer’s team is great. They do not only provide very precise legal advice on different matters but based on the long-standing experience in working with start-up companies and biotech, the team offers invaluable support for strategic decisions and corporate development.’

‘The Vischer team is a perfect partner for sustainable and successful corporate development. They offer a rounded set of services that is custom-tailored and it is complemented with an in-depth knowledge of the start-up/biotech ecosystem. This makes this firm a top choice for us.’

Key clients

Netflix

CH Media TV AG (formerly 3 Plus Group AG)

Swisscom

myTV AG

ROLEX SA

Numab

Migros

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Key practice areas for VISCHER are capital markets, M&A, healthcare, TMT and transport as well as public law, competition and litigation. Among the names to note are Klaus Neff, Stefan Kohler, Rolf Auf Der Maur, Benedict Christ, David Rosenthal and Stefan Rechsteiner  as well as Christian Oetiker, Michael Waldner, and Christian Wyss.

Other key lawyers:

laus Neff; David Rosenthal; Stefan Kohler; Rolf Auf Der Maur; Benedict Christ; Stefan Rechsteiner; Christian Oetiker; Michael Waldner; Christian Wyss

Real estate and construction Tier 2

VISCHER fields several civil law notaries in the Basel office and is also well versed in the life cycle of urban housing projects, including zoning, land register, financing and negotiation matters. Roland Müller in Basel also handles transactions and investments; he jointly leads the practice with Maxime Chollet, who is based in Geneva. In the Basel office, Andreas Albrecht is also experienced in planning and zoning law, while Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer specialises in public and environmental law.

Practice head(s):

Roland Müller; Maxime Cholet

Other key lawyers:

Benedict Christ; Andreas Albrecht; Beatrice Wagner Pfeifer

Testimonials

‘Expertise and experience in accompanying large real estate transactions. Provision of legal advice and notarial services from a single source. Covers all Swiss cantons with its own branches and network of associated law firms.’

Key clients

BASF Schweiz AG, Basel and Swiss Life AG, Zurich

Migros

Helvetia Insurance

MEININGER Hotels group

AFINUM Achte Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Dubai’s DP World and Swissterminal

UBS

General Dynamics European Land Systems Mowag GmbH

Parking Kunstmuseum AG

Aluminium Laufen AG

Schätzle AG

Procimmo SA

Transport Tier 2

VISCHER acts for clients from the aviation sector, particularly airlines, on their core business as well as on related areas, including maintenance and catering. The team assists in contract negotiations with air-traffic authorities, handles insurance and damage claims, advises on labour law, tax law, data protection and antitrust issues as well as on the sale, purchase and leasing of aircraft. Practice head Urs Haegi focuses on contract law, transactions and succession planning. Christoph Niederer advises on national and cross-border tax and the social security aspects of transport matters.

Practice head(s):

Urs Haegi

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Niederer

Testimonials

‘Combination of practicability and professionality.’

‘Christoph Niederer has outstanding know-how.’

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

Lufthansa AirPlus Servicekarten GmbH

AirPlus International AG

Air Canada

Swissterminal AG

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3

The team at VISCHER is led by Adrian Dörig, who is sought after to handle structured finance transactions for private equity funds, companies and debt fund lenders. Other areas of expertise for the group are bank insolvency matters, takeovers, disputes and regulatory issues. Markus Guggenbühl has know-how in debt financings and Jana Essebier is also able to advise on fintech matters. Stefan Grieder is a key contact in Basel.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Dörig

Other key lawyers:

Markus Guggenbühl; Jana Essebier; Stefan Grieder

Testimonials

‘Pragmatic, to the point, deliver precisely what is needed.’

‘The members have good business empathy and understand what is needed.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers AG acting as liquidator of Lehman Brothers in Switzerland

AFINUM Achte Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

IKEA

Urovant Sciences

BFW Liegenschaften AG

Basler Kantonalbank

Helvetia

Bank CIC

Tokentrust AG

Dermedis Group / Rigeto Erste GmbH

Export Development Canada

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

VISCHER's client roster includes various national and international companies from the banking, insurance, construction, aviation and telecoms industries, for which the team handles a variety of commercial litigation mandates. Thomas Weibel in Basel is also well versed in disputes arising out of private equity investments and Felix Meier-Dieterle covers insolvency proceedings; they lead the team together with Gérald Virieux, who joined in 2019 from the now defunct Bugnion Ballansat Ehrler. Insurance specialist Daniele Favalli and Christian Oetiker are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Weibel; Felix Meier-Dieterle; Gérald Virieux

Other key lawyers:

Daniele Favalli; Christian Oetiker

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sakto Corporation

Pirelli

Huntsman

T-Systems

AIG

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The team at VISCHER acts for creditors and debtors in a range of matters; it assists in insolvency disputes, voluntary liquidation and extracting funds, as well as in the freezing of assets. Its members also act as liquidators and administrators. The practice is led by David Jenny in Basel, who also has corporate expertise. Jana Essebier's expertise includes bankruptcy proceedings of banks.

Practice head(s):

David Jenny

Other key lawyers:

Jana Essebier; Thomas Weibel

Key clients

FINMA

Weidenareal Metall AG

Estate of Lehmann Brothers Finance AG and its appointed liquidator PricewaterhouseCoopers AG

Sports law Tier 3

VISCHER’s sports law practice includes several active and formerly active professional athletes and advises on sports marketing and merchandising, TV and online broadcasting rights, esports, sporting goods production and trading, sponsorship and transfer agreements. The team, led by Moritz Jäggy and Robert Bernet, acts for clubs, sports associations and individuals as well as sports agencies and corporations in litigation as well as advisory and tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Moritz Jäggy; Robert Bernet

Testimonials

‘As well as experts in sport, they are clearly very knowledgeable on Swiss Law issues and are the go to firm when we require advice on Swiss law.’

‘Moritz Jäggy is extremely responsive, clear and practical in the advice he provides.’

‘The team combines all legal expertise that is relevant for the sports sector, in particular corporate law, but also intellectual property and dispute resolution.’

‘Moritz Jäggy, head of the sports law team, is not only an excellent lawyer, but also a professional beach soccer player and captain of the Swiss national team. He is a highly skilled legal professional and fun to work with. What makes him stand out is that he is also president of the Disciplinary Commission of the Swiss Football Federation, so he has in-depth knowledge of the football business.’

‘On-point legal advice with specific knowledge of the special needs in sports.’

‘Moritz Jäggy – due to his own career as competitive beach soccer player he has an in-depth understanding of the market and its stakeholders.’

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 von Aargau

Swiss Gymnastics Association

Swiss Ice Skating

Athletes Network & Athletes Academy AG

Dosenbach-Ochsner AG Schuhe und Sport

Snipes (Schweiz) AG

Sportshop Karrer AG

Starc Marketing & Sports GmbH

Tax Tier 3

VISCHER's tax practice covers the full spectrum of related matters. The team advises on the tax aspects of M&A transactions, restructurings, relocation of businesses and tax litigation. Its client portfolio includes companies from the life sciences, financial services, aviation and technology industries. The practice is jointly led by the 'impressiveNadia Tarolli Schmidt and Christoph Niederer who advises on the tax elements of restructurings and financing arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Niederer; Nadia Tarolli

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Briner

Testimonials

‘The team effort is extraordinary. In the case of difficult transnational tax problems, Vischer immediately put together a team of experts who recorded and analyzed the problem and then made the legal situation available to the authorities in a competent and informative manner.’

‘In general, it must be said that the cooperation between the employees in the team was unusually competent and goal-oriented.’

‘Very responsive team with a proven track record. They constantly delivered accurate assessments in the projects we collaborated. They are very well connected with members of the fiscal management which helps considerably in solving (also very urgent) matters in a timely manner.’

‘Nadia Tarolli and Adrian Briner deliver excellent work results also under pressure with very tight timelines.’

‘The team acts in a highly professional manner and has a very broad and deep expert knowledge in all aspects of tax law (Swiss cantons, Swiss general tax code, international).’

‘The team is very customer-oriented, fast/responsive, proactively informs on new tax regulations/changes in tax law and communicates in a clear and understandable way.’

‘Nadia Tarolli is impressive: she is very knowledgeable in all aspects of tax law, communicates clearly, communicates when results/feedbacks can be expected and holds these deadlines.’

Key clients

3 Plus Group AG

Qiagen AG

Numab Therapeutics AG

SBSW GmbH

Thommen Group AG

Luzerner Kantonalbank AG

Lake Solutions AG

SEBA Bank AG

Advanced Osteotomy Tools – AOT AG

Raphael Dal Bo AG

Matthias Werder

Ardian Growth

Swissterminal Holding

Thanasis Martinos

Helvetia Asset Management AG

Groupe Mutuel

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

VISCHER fields a team of 'challenging sparring partners', who act as arbitrators and counsel in a broad range of arbitration cases. A particular area of expertise is the enforcement of arbitral awards. Daniele Favalli is an 'outstanding arbitration specialist' and leads the practice together with Christian Oetiker in Basel and Gérald Virieux in Geneva. Thomas Weibel is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Daniele Favalli; Christian Oetiker; Gérald Virieux

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Weibel

Testimonials

‘Very quick and reliable. Understanding the “business part” as well.’

‘Daniele Favalli is always available and quick to answer. Good business point of view.’

‘Daniele Favalli is an experienced multilingual arbitrator.’

‘Vischer is an all-in-one stop and has built a team dedicated to biotech / pharma. They are involved at various levels in the biotech Swiss world, which is a great advantage.’

‘Very good team, one of the best in Zurich.’

‘Daniele Favalli – outstanding arbitration specialist.’

‘Daniele Favalli: business acumen, creativity, solution-driven.’

‘The lawyers are challenging sparring partners who always try to represent their customers in the best possible way. They have an excellent understanding of the specific client’s business and needs. To do so they are deeply involved in the facts and can understand technically and financially challenging details in a short time period.’

‘Diversity, as far as it can be implemented and communicated in Switzerland, is implemented by VISCHER in an exemplary manner.’

‘Daniele Favalli always has a look 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

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Sakto Corporation

Pirelli

Huntsman

T-Systems

AIG

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Dr Markus Guggenbühl
Banking and finance Dr Adrian Dörig
Capital markets Dr Markus Guggenbühl
Capital markets Dr Adrian Dörig
Commercial litigation Felix C Meier-Dieterle
Commercial litigation Daniele Favalli
Arbitration, ADR Daniele Favalli
Employment Marc Ph Prinz
Corporate, commercial Dr Felix W Egli
Mergers and acquisitions Dr Jürg Luginbühl
Mergers and acquisitions Benedict F Christ
Estate planning Erwin R Griesshammer
Restructuring, insolvency Felix C Meier-Dieterle
Competition Klaus Neff
Competition Dr Stefan Rechsteiner
IT, IP Dr Rolf Auf der Maur
IT, IP Dr Stefan Kohler
Life sciences Dr Stefan Kohler
Tax Christoph Niederer
Tax Erwin R Griesshammer
Aviation Urs Haegi
Media, entertainment Dr Rolf Auf der Maur
Energy Dr Stefan Rechsteiner
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Rolf Auf Der Maur photo Dr Rolf Auf Der Maur Partner, Head of Information and Communication Technology, Head of Media and Entertainment
Mr Gian-Andrea Caprez  photo Mr Gian-Andrea Caprez Partner; Gian-Andrea Caprez has broad experience in domestic and cross-border M&A and…
Dr Benedict F. Christ  photo Dr Benedict F. Christ Partner. Ben is a versed M&A lawyer experienced across a broad spectrum…
Dr Adrian Dörig  photo Dr Adrian Dörig Partner, Head of Banking & Finance Practice Group. Adrian Dörig is primarily…
Dr Felix W Egli  photo Dr Felix W Egli Partner
Dr Jana Essebier  photo Dr Jana Essebier Partner, specialised in financial services law, FinTech, blockchain, insolvency and restructuring, advice of…
Mr Daniele Favalli  photo Mr Daniele Favalli Partner, head Arbitration practice.
Mr Erwin R. Griesshammer  photo Mr Erwin R. Griesshammer Senior Counsel.
Dr Markus Guggenbühl  photo Dr Markus Guggenbühl Markus Guggenbühl regularly advises Swiss and foreign clients in debt financing, capital…
Mr Urs Haegi  photo Mr Urs Haegi Senior Partner; Head of Transport/Aviation Team and Immigration Team; regular adviser of…
Dr Peter Kühn  photo Dr Peter Kühn Counsel
Dr Stefan Kohler  photo Dr Stefan Kohler Partner; Co-head VISCHER Life Sciences Team; Head VISCHER IP Team
Dr Jürg Luginbühl  photo Dr Jürg Luginbühl Partner
Mr Felix C Meier-Dieterle  photo Mr Felix C Meier-Dieterle Partner civil litigation, enforcement proceedings, real estate and labour law
Mr Klaus Neff  photo Mr Klaus Neff Partner. Head of Antitrust Practice Group.
Mr Christoph Niederer  photo Mr Christoph Niederer Partner, Head of Tax
Mr Marc Ph. Prinz  photo Mr Marc Ph. Prinz Partner; Head of Labour & Employment Law Practice Group
Dr Stefan Rechsteiner  photo Dr Stefan Rechsteiner Partner.
Mr Michael Waldner  photo Mr Michael Waldner Partner
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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
  • Health care
  • Immigration
  • Information and communication technology
  • Intellectual property
  • International judicial assistance
    Life sciences, pharma, biotech
  • Litigation and arbitration
  • Media and entertainment
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Pension funds
  • Private clients
  • Private equity, venture capital, corporate finance
  • Public sector and regulatory
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Sports law
  • Startup desk
  • 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: 36
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 70
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.