Firm Profile > Froriep > Zurich , Switzerland
Froriep > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3
Froriep's practice is best known for its banking M&A, regulatory and international financing expertise. Jean-Luc Herbez assisted investment vehicle JFK Capital Alternative Sicav with obtaining a Swiss collective investment scheme licence from FINMA. Transaction partner Jérôme de Montmollin, Russian/CIS desk lead Dmitry Pentsov and investment product specialist Laetitia Meier Droz, who became a partner in January 2018, make up the core team.
Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3
'Commercially-oriented and responsive' firm Froriep has 'a deep understanding of legal issues' and is 'capable of handling complicated transactions in a timely manner'. A particular area of expertise is banking M&A, which is complemented by regulatory and cross-financing experience. 'Consistently excellent' Dunja Koch advised JSC VTB Bank on the restructuring of a high-value secured facility agreement with Eurasian Resources Group, while team lead Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler assisted Palmarian Group with the bond issuance financing of the acquisition of all shares in Lebara Group. Senior associate Jérôme Pidoux, who (like Koch) is based in London, is also recommended.
'A reliable international partner', Froriep's 'pleasant team' serves as 'a one-stop shop' due to its 'flexible approach' and 'technical capability'. Private M&A and corporate transactions, especially up to mid-market value, are a particular focus of the department, alongside investment rounds for start-ups and the real estate sector. Catrina Luchsinger advised Palmarium Group and its Dutch subsidiary Vieo on the bond-issue acquisition of all shares in Lebara Group, while the 'responsive and trustworthy' Mattias Johnson assisted Envican with its corporate reorganisation, its first financing round and entering into a strategic partnership. Clients further recommend 'organised and knowledgeable' Dmitry Pentsov, who specialises in corporate transactions involving Russian companies, commercial partner Jérôme de Montmollin , who provides 'clear' advice', and 'very good' B-corporations expert Julie Wynne.
Froriep offers representation in civil, white-collar crime and liability proceedings. Focus areas include banking, corporate and commercial, construction, insurance and sports. Isabelle Romy acted for the Department of Environment, Transport and Agriculture of Geneva in a proceeding concerning the remediation of a polluted site related to the construction of the Ceva railway connection. Lucien W Valloni acted for football player Ezequel Matia Schelotto in a Supreme Court dispute against his former agent concerning his transfer to FC Internazionale Milan. Alain Gros and Marcel C Steinegger are other names to note.
Froriep is recommended for its 'dedication and tireless work in order to get cases resolved quickly' and its ability to 'handle complex international insolvency and corporate recovery cases in collaboration with foreign trustees'. It also has considerable experience in insolvency-related litigation, including claw-back actions and liability disputes. Sabina Schellenberg represented a company in international liquidation proceedings, which involved the recognition of the powers of an Israeli trustee in Switzerland and the sale of assets. 'Caring adviser' Daniel Bloch is also recommended. Litigator Marcel Steinegger is another key partner in Zurich.
Intellectual property Tier 3
Froriep's range of services include strategic IP work, enforcement and prosecution matters, as well as transactions for various industries. Key partner Nicola Benz assisted Lebara with the negotiation of a brand licence agreement with another telecoms company as licensee, and also advised Procivis on its alleged infringement of a trade mark. Media companies Lehrmittelverlag Zürich and Meltwater News International receive regular strategic trade mark advice. Frédéric Serra left for HOUSE Attorneys in 2018.
Sports law Tier 3
Froriep's 'knowlegeable' sports law team 'impresses with its vigour, high degree of involvement and its combination of empathy and professional integrity'. Key areas of expertise include employment and transfer matters, the drafting and negotiation of various contracts, as well as disciplinary and litigation matters. Lucien Valloni and Jean Marguerat are representing football club Trabzonspor as the claimant in a match-fixing scandal concerning the 2010/2011 Super League season. The Swiss Association of Football Players is also a client.
Tax Tier 3
The 'pragmatic and efficient' practice at Froriep delivers 'strong international tax expertise and litigation support'. It specialises in tax challenges arising from the digital economy, global tax transparency, international exchange of information and BEPS plans, while also dealing with transactions and tax planning issues for private individuals and corporations. Dimitri Rotter acts as a regular adviser to Elko Grupa, while Julie Wynne assisted Chapel & York with the establishment of a Swiss not-for-profit association. The 'proactive and innovative' Marcel Jung joined from Reichlin Hess AG in December 2017.
TMT Tier 3
'One of the leading Swiss thinkers in blockchain', tokenisation and ICOs, Froriep houses 'a skilled team of IT lawyers who are available when needed'. It 'stands out for its combination of longstanding corporate finance experience with deep knowledge of the fintech start-up industry, which gives the lawyers fantastic credibility'. Additional services include technology transactions, contracts and outsourcing projects, as well as telecoms regulation matters. 'Trusted partner' Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler teamed up with 'pragmatic and broadly knowledgeable' associate Ronald Kogens to assist Procivis with its ICO and data encryption project "Vetri", while 'outstandingly professional subject matter expert' Nicola Benz advises Elea Labs on the licensing of its applications and the development of new blockchain technology for the real estate sector.
Transport Tier 3
Froriep's 'knowledgeable and pragmatic' transport team 'is quick to offer expert legal advice on Swiss-law aviation matters and consider the commercial reality of the situation'. It is best known for assisting with aviation finance and insolvency cases, as well as general corporate and commercial matters, and representing maritime clients in litigation proceedings. Recent highlights include advisory services provided to BoComm Leasing on existing leasing contracts with the insolvent airline Air Berlin and its Swiss subsidiary Belair. 'Very responsive, thorough and risk-attuned' London-based key partner Dunja Koch is 'highly capable and has a clear communication style'. Felix Mathis, who handles commercial aviation matters, and tax specialist Dimitri Rotter are also noted.
The Zurich team of Froriep includes banking, finance and corporate specialist Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler, litigator Sabina Schellenberg, intellectual property and TMT partner Nicola Benz, as well as tax lawyer Marcel Jung. Swiss-qualified transport expert Dunja Koch is based in London.
Private client Tier 4
Froriep is recommended for its 'flexible approach, strategic view and practical solutions'. It handles estate, tax and succession planning, charitable activities, relocation matters and disputes. Of counsel Oliver Arter represented Bettina and Vital Stefanini in a board-member dispute against the Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte before the Federal Supreme Court. The 'very organised and knowledgeable' Dmitry A Pentsov, as well as 'creative and detail-oriented' partners Julie Wynne and Jean-Marie Vulliemin are other names to note.
Inclusiveness and diversity are and have always been core values of our firm and shape the way we run it.
FRORIEP was the first major commercial law firm in Switzerland to have a female partner. FRORIEP is also the first such firm to have appointed a female managing partner, and also the first to have a female successor to a female managing partner. We are committed to creating a working environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and fairness and have the opportunity to give their best and be appropriately recognised, rewarded and supported for their contributions.
We are fortunate to have 7 female partners, including our Managing Partner along with two Office Managing Partners and an ex-Managing Partner. Nearly one-third of our partnership is composed of women. This allows FRORIEP to be recognised as one of the leading Swiss business law firms in terms of female representation and leadership and one of the top female to male partner ratios.
For the past 5 years the London office has recruited trainees from all backgrounds and regions of the world (UK, China, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, France, USA, Germany, Ukraine, Ivory Coast, etc.), simply based on their CV and academic achievements. We discovered how enriching and motivating this experience is for all.
CLIENT: Family Office Palmarium
TESTIMONIAL: The whole team supported us on highly dedicated level with high professional expertise. We work on a regular basis with other law firms especially in the UK and we always realize the difference – quality and price-wise! – in favour of Froriep!
CLIENT: Njara Zafimehy, Founder & CEO, WhatRocks Foundation
TESTIMONIAL: Froriep has been very responsive to our communications, very detail-oriented and very articulate: this was all the more critical to us that we have very limited knowledge of the Swiss law. Froriep has made very useful introductions to potential business partners, clients and investors and is very well connected with the Geneva canton authorities, which tremendously facilitates and accelerates our progress.
Julie Wynne is very pragmatic and adapts easily when business conditions and strategy change, which is very reassuring and comfortable for entrepreneurs like us who do business in a fast-paced, ever-changing business environment.
CLIENT: Catherine Henry, GENUS
TESTIMONIAL: As we stepped into new Business Launch, we sought out a lawfirm to assist, coach and advise through the steps. Froriep came highly recommended and has become one of…if not the best, recommendations I have ever received.
The level of customer service is outstanding. The team has a 360° understanding, anticipates our needs with an effective approach. Proactive, go straight to the point with genuine advises and empathy.
We are extremely fortunate to have a such dynamic and expert team of lawyers around our business which provides us stability for our future and support us for the next challenges.
CLIENT: Derek Queisser de Stockalper, Global Social Enterprise Fund
TESTIMONIAL: “Highly reactive, professional and pro-active services with a keen eye on developing new collaborative platforms. Their Philanthropy practice supports the development of innovative social impact solutions, as well as help address complex personal and institutional governance situations.”
CLIENT: The Naked Heart Foundation, Lama Qamarauli
TESTIMONIAL: We worked with Froriep Legal SA to set-up our office in Switzerland and organise a fundraising event there. Working with Froriep Legal SA has been a pleasure and a real team effort.
They worked tirelessly to meet the deadline and every step was sensitively handled by highly professional and competent lawyers. They are responsive, efficient, and highly knowledgeable.
We are very pleased to have Froriep Legal SA as our lawyers in Switzerland and would highly recommend them.
CLIENT: Earthworm Foundation, Catharina Plummer
TESTIMONIAL: Julie Wynne provided us with great counsel for our non profit as we determined the legal impacts of switching over from a UK charity to a Swiss Foundation. Julies depth of knowledge regarding the laws and her genuine interest in the work we do convinced us she would be the best person to guide us. Shortly after having met her, our organisation overwhelmingly chose to engage with Froriep. We were especially pleased with how the team walked us through every detail of the process and their support through it.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance: Geneva
- Banking and finance: Zurich
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution: litigation
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property
- Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
- Sports law
- Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
- Private client