Dr Markus Guggenbühl > VISCHER > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

8021 Zurich
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Work Department

Banking and Finance


Markus Guggenbühl regularly advises Swiss and foreign clients in debt financing, capital market transactions (related to debt, equity, hybrid and derivative financial instruments) and financial services regulations. He ranks among the leading experts in Switzerland in these fields and brings to the table many years of experience in corporate law, mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and insolvency as well as in advising private clients and family offices. In addition, he is a recognized issuer representative at the SIX Swiss Exchange.


Court Clerk, Research Assistant to Professor Arthur Meier-Hayoz (University of Zurich), Associate with major Swiss law firms and with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York. Partner at VISCHER since 2000.


German, English and French.


Zurich and Swiss Bar Association, Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce, International Bar Association, American Bar Association, Swiss Arbitration Association.


University of Zurich (lic. iur., 1985; Dr. iur., 1990), Columbia University School of Law, New York (LL.M., 1992), University of St.Gallen (Diploma in European Economic Law, 1994), Bar Admission (Zurich 1987, New York 1994).

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

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.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich

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.

Switzerland > Capital markets

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.