Firm Profile > Froriep > Zurich, Switzerland
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The Froriep team 'sets the focus on the client's need' and is 'very knowledgeable' on GDPR issues, with 'prompt and substantive' analysis on matters ranging from data security breach incidents to blockchain technology data protection advice. Nicola Benz leads most advisory work, including on Vetri Foundation's consumer platform for personal data, Hiag AG's cloud and digital infrastructure, and a data protection compliance programme for the Swiss Equestrian Federation. Benz and 'meticulous' associate Cornelia Mattig 'are extremely customer-focused with a practical, hands-on mentality'. Ronald Kogens made partner in July 2019.
‘Legal counselling particularly on data protection started late 2017, ever since they demonstrated their excellence in not only Swiss and EU GDPR, but also international data protection competencies. Worthy of special mention is that FRORIEP always puts the protection of our interest as highest priority and sets the focus on the client’s need. This is a valuable strength in comparison to other firms and much appreciated from our side.‘
‘The strength of a firm is characterised by the competence of its employees. In particular, Nicola Benz and Cornelia Mattig distinguish with outstanding excellence. It is a pleasure to work with such dedicated and passionate individuals. In addition to the ordinary skills of structured working method, communication ability and quick response times, Nicola and Cornelia are extremely customer-focused with a practical, hands-on mentality. To us this fundamental understanding and shouldering responsibility is highly valuable and means that they go far beyond the requirements advising on certain parts of our business we have not even thought about yet. Their critical thinking is a beneficial contribution and reflection on our work. Nicola and Cornelia give precise advice as well as clear explanations of what the purpose is and why exactly it is recommendable to be this way; a great addition to their outstanding customer service.‘
‘The team is very knowledgeable in GDPR issues and their analysis has been prompt and substantive.‘
‘The partner Nicola Benz is very engaging and prompt when responding to requests, with respectable working ethics. The communication is very clear and direct. Associate Cornelia Mattig was meticulous in terms of execution and very responsive as well. I would recommend the team for GDPR issues that has to be taken care of by international organisations based in Switzerland.‘
‘Our demand was review all GDPR documents established by another law firm which were not suitable for us at all. Changing and modifying articles usually take more time and attention, but Froriep did it in a very short time limit without sacrificing quality.‘
‘Ms Cornelia Mattig was professional and conscientious. She listened to client requests and adapted the clauses to business needs. She was always available and respected the schedule. It was a great pleasure to collaborate with her.‘
International Exhibition Logistics Association
Meltwater News International
Swiss Association of Horse-riding Sports (Swiss Equestrian Federation)
Soroptimist International of Europe, Headquarters Office (Association)
Fintech Tier 2
Froriep advises DLT providers on expanding their global presence, acts for companies launching ICOs and ensures tokens are tax and regulatory-compliant. The practice is known for its 'extremely high flexibility' and 'synergy and teamwork between team members'. In recent work, it advised Liot AG on its creation of a business-to-business energy trading platform and assisted with structuring ICOs for Securosys SA, block.one LLC and Rubicon Markets Inc. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler and Ronald Kogens 'provide top-notch expert advice'; Kogens is particularly 'excellent to work with' and made partner in July 2019.
‘FRORIEP Legal are the most innovative legal counsellors in the blockchain sector I know. Their views and deep understanding of the changes in business and society, combined with their sector-wide knowledge of solutions and opportunities, make FRORIEP the ideal legal extension of our team.‘
‘Dr. Catrina Luchsinger Gaehwiler and Ronald Kogens are excellent and top professional legal counsels. They are able to put themselves in the position of disruptive start-ups and provide top-notch expert advice in their best interest. They are a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Excellent skills in blockchain and strong senior leadership.‘
‘Ronald Kogens was knowledgeable and excellent to work with.‘
‘The team covered all legal aspects of a security token offering.‘
‘We highly valued the profound IT understanding of the team members.‘
‘The team is highly-skilled in legal topics regarding the fintech industry. At the same time they show extremely high flexibility and are very fast at responding to new requests. The synergy and teamwork between team members of different legal areas has delivered very satisfying results and teamwork within the company seems to be working very efficiently.‘
‘Individuals do not only react to given problems and tasks, but also think out of the box and come up with very creative and new solutions.‘
Rubicon Markets Inc.
LexRay Blockchain GmbH
Transport Tier 2
Froriep's transport practice is headed by London-based partner Dunja Koch, who has 'excellent knowledge' in the field and 'a pragmatic approach'. The 'responsive' team often goes 'above and beyond' for clients. Recent work includes assisting Carlyle Aviation with an aircraft purchase; advising Merx Aviation on the acquisition and leaseback of an Airbus A321; and acting for Irish company Engine Lease Finance Corporation on lease extension agreements and purchases. Felix Mathis, who handles commercial mandates, and Dimitri Rotter, who specialises in aviation tax queries, lead on most matters alongside Koch.
‘Responsive, helpful and working above and beyond to assist in closing out transactions.’
‘The aviation team of Froriep led by Dunja Koch is one of the top two aviation teams in Switzerland. Koch has excellent knowledge and a great network within the Swiss authorities and the Swiss aviation sector. In particular her pragmatic approach is great and it is always a pleasure to work with her.’
Apollo Aviation Group
Carlyle Aviation (formerly Apollo Aviation)
Merx Aviation Services Limited
Plane Care Solutions
Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3
Froriep has a good track record handling the structuring of financial products and M&A transactions in the banking sector. Another area of expertise is assisting with regulatory aspects, which is also an area of strength of Jean-Luc Herbez and Laetitia Meier Droz. The duo are also regularly involved in banking proceedings, while Meier Droz also advises on collective investment schemes, asset management and alternative investments. Jérôme de Montmollin is a key name for debt collection and transactions in the oil and gas sector, while Dmitry Pentsov combines his banking practice with corporate, commercial and private client law.
Valres Fund Management SA
Alvotech hf (Iceland)
BIL (Banque Internationale à Luxembourg)
Banque Privée BCP (Suisse) SA
Longbow Finance SA
JFK Capital Alternative
SICAV, à risque particulier
Global Keys SA
Sberbank of Russia
PJSC “Credit Agricole Bank”
OTP Bank PLC, Russia
Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3
Froriep's team handles M&A work in the banking sector, financing and regulatory matters. Other areas of expertise include assisting with the structuring and distribution of financial products as well as providing legal support to asset managers with new regulations. Dunja Koch, who is based in London, is experienced in advising clients from English-speaking countries on leveraged and acquisition finance transactions in particular. Catrina Luchsinger handles regulatory matters and contractual issues relating to the financial markets sector. The client portfolio predominantly comprises foreign banks and financial institutions.
‘The team really knows how to build and keep strong client relationships. The members are responsive and knowledgeable.‘
‘Catrina Luchsinger always goes the extra mile.’
Development Klybeck Area, Basel
ANZ Australia and New Zealand Banking Corporation
Standard Chartered Bank
European Investment Bank
Fundo Soberano de Angola (Sovereign Fund of Angola)
The dispute resolution practice at Froriep covers a wide range of criminal and civil cases. The team has good international exposure with additional offices in London and Madrid, and consists of lawyers with different disciplines: Geneva-based Alain Gros represents clients in corporate and contractual matters, while Isabelle Romy in Zurich is well versed in environmental and construction law. Also in Zurich, Lucien Valloni has a particularly strong sports law practice, which he combines with whit-collar criminal law matters, similarly to Marcel Steinegger. Sabina Schellenberg and Geneva's Jean Marguerat are other key practitioners.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Froriep practice offers legal assistance with a high degree of specialized knowledge. The team’s biggest strength is that it offers tailor-made, targeted solutions for every individual client and case.’
‘The team is smart, responsive and well-used to dealing with cross-border issues.’
‘Lucien Valloni is an exceptionally good lawyer with a strong expertise and a very good approach to clients.‘
Bank of America
Dr. Bettina Stefanini + Vital Stefanini
Ezequiel Matias Schelotto
FSDEA (Sovereign Fund of Angola)
Froriep has considerable experience in restructurings, whether inside or outside the courtroom. The team is also active in bankruptcy proceedings, clawback actions and liability lawsuits. Sabina Schellenberg and Marcel Steinegger's main area of focus lies in the dispute resolution space, in which both have a solid track record. The key contact in Geneva is Jérôme de Montmollin, who has expertise in debt collection and bankruptcy and is particularly active in the oil and gas industry.
‘Sabina Schellenberg is very knowledgeable and has a practical approach to handling difficult legal situations for clients in financial stress. The combination of her professional and personal way of working together stands out.’
Bank of America
Intellectual property Tier 3
Froriep impresses with its 'professional, solution-oriented and fast' responses to IP queries in the financial, consumer goods, food and telecoms industries. Recent highlights include acting for the Indian Agricultural and Processed Food Products Exports Development Authority in the enforcement of claims against an importer of mislabelled rice, and representing a medical device manufacturer in infringement proceedings before the Zurich Commercial Court. Nicola Benz has particular copyright and licensing expertise and advised Meltwater on EU laws related to the same. Senior associate James Merz has the 'ability to understand and focus on what really matters to his clients'.
‘Nicola Benz, James Merz, Cornelia Mattig, Daniela Walchli and Ronald Kogens are professional, solution-oriented and fast.‘
‘On several occasions, James Merz provided our law firm (specialised in construction and real estate) and/or our clients with legal support in the field of intellectual property. James’ response time is consistently fast, his legal analyses thorough and his recommendation clear and useful. As a matter of fact, all his recommendations lead to a successful outcome of the cases for which we consulted him. Overall, we appreciate James for his friendly and professional attitude and, in particular, for his ability to understand and focus on what really matters to his clients.‘
Meltwater News International Holding GmbH
Bumble Holding Ltd
EIM Executive Interim Management
Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation
Uber Technologies Inc.
Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.
Jean-Luc Herbez, Jean Marguerat, Jérôme de Montmollin, Julie Wynne and Dmitry Pentsov are among Froriep's key practitioners. The Geneva office is especially noted for its offering in banking and finance, corporate, sports and private client law.
Real estate and construction Tier 3
Froriep's team covers a wide range of matters in the private and public construction and environmental law area, including real estate transactions and regulatory matters. Its client base comprises property owners and companies from industries such as oil, manufacturing, transport and chemicals. Dispute resolution practitioner Isabelle Romy is an expert in questions relating to environmental issues. Catrina Luchsinger Gähwiler specialises in corporate and financial market law.
Credit Suisse AG and Nova Property Fund Management AG
Cand Landi SA
Bci Betriebs AG
bfw Liegenschaften AG
Kimberly Clark Europe
1291 Die Schweizer Anlagestiftung
Sports law Tier 3
The team at Froriep 'thinks for the client' and provides 'to-the-point' legal advice for club owners, athletes and sports organisations and governing bodies. 'Outstanding' practice head Lucien W Valloni is 'a very strong litigator' and provides 'comprehensive' advice. In headline work, he acted for the Fédération Internationale des Associations des Footballeurs Professionels, and others, in a legislative consultation regarding improved player protection. The firm also provides ongoing representation to Trabzonspor before CAS and the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in seeking a back-dated Süper Lig title, after accusations of match-fixing by Fenerbahçe SK during the 2010/11 season.
Lucien W Valloni
‘They do think for the client and do try to find out what is the best way forward. Always come to the point on advice.’
‘Attorney Dr Lucien Valloni is an outstanding lawyer. He is very professional and is able to advise on very complex issues. Especially in any case of transfer of players or proceedings for players. He is a very strong litigator and very good negotiator.’
‘Knowledge of the job.’
‘Mr Valoni has been very kind, comprehensive and is always there to reply to any questions at any time; availability is important.‘
Swiss Association of Football Players (SAFP)
Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels (FIFPro)
World Associations of Ice Hockey Players Unions (WAIPU)
Curacao Sport & Olympic Federation (CSOF)
Trabzonspor Sportif Yatirim ve Futbol Işletmeciliği Tic. A.Ş
Trabzonspor Futbol Işletmeciliği Tic. A.Ş.
Trabzonspor Kulübü Derneği
Doyen Sports Investments Ltd (Malta)
Ezequel Matias Schelotto
Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC)
Geoffrey Mujangi Bia
P.R.O. International AG
Tax Tier 3
Froriep stands out for its broad tax practice, which focuses in particular on cross-border mandates. It assists with tax planning for a variety of clients and transactions, exchange of information, transfer pricing and tax proceedings. It has a notable focus on digital-related matters, including blockchain, cryptocurrencies, crowdfunding and e-payment. Marcel Jung heads up the team; besides his broad tax practice, he also advises on stock corporation law, financial accounting and financial reporting law. Other key names are Dimitri Rotter and Julie Wynne in Zug and Geneva, respectively.
‘The team has a very good understanding of the client’s needs and is technically very capable.’
‘Marcel Jung is an outstanding tax lawyer with specific expertise on international tax matters.’
Central Real Estate Basel AG
Naked Heart Foundation
TMT Tier 3
Froriep delivers 'good quality' advice on distributed ledger technology, the tokenisation of tangible or intangible assets, general technology transactions and data protection matters. Recent work includes advising on the formation of privacy policies and contracts for Vetri's stakeholders and network users and representing Naxoo in proceedings regarding the alleged abuse of a market position. Nicola Benz and Catrina Luchsinger lead on the majority of matters. The 'responsive and quick-thinking' Ronald Kogens 'has a deep understanding of practice in his field of expertise' – disruptive and new technologies – and made partner in July 2019.
‘They have the know-how required by me, deliver good quality in time for a good price. They do not try to oversell and quickly understand the problem.’
‘I work with Ronald Kogens. Despite his relatively young career he has a deep understanding of practice and law in his field of expertise. He is uncomplicated, responsive and quick-thinking.’
Meltwater News International
Swiss Association of Football Players
HIAG Data AG
Uber Technologies Inc.
Froriep has a good track record in a variety of transactions - but particularly in private M&A - in the small-to mid-sized market. Among the team's clients are international companies, social enterprises and start-ups. Catrina Luchsinger is experienced in the financial industry, while Geneva-based Julie Wynne specialises in advising charities, B Corps and social enterprises. Zug-based Matthias Johnsonis a key name for corporate reorganisations and commercial law. Counsel Mark Montanari is also noted. Hubert Orso Gilliéron joined the Geneva office in February 2019 from Baker McKenzie.
‘Froriep is a law firm suited to take on any challenges in the field of business related law. Its strength lies in the awareness of the client’s business and the problems associated with it. Knowledge is power someone once said and in the case with Froriep its the main attribute.’
‘The firm is full service and focused on the needs of the client whilst also being commercial. It works efficiently and effectively.’
‘Mattias Johnson is always reachable and a very good and reliable source of advice in company law matters, M&A as well as corporate finance matters and also very good to just discuss your business with.’
‘Catrina Luchsinger Gaehwiler and Mark Montanari are very focused and responsive as well as supportive. They are also commercial and understand what is needed from the lawyers.’
Lebara Mobile Group
Banque Privée BCP (Suisse) SA
The Earthworm Foundation
SOUTH STREAM SERBIA AG
BFW Liegenschaften AG
Utopia Music AG
Froriep's arbitration team is regularly instructed by private or public sector clients from a variety of sectors, such as energy, automotive, art and aviation, among others. Key names in the Geneva-based practice are Franz Stirnimann, who has over 20 years of experience; Jean-Marie Vulliemin, who splits her time between Madrid and Geneva; and Jean Marguerat, who is a specialist in sports and commercial arbitration.
‘What makes the practice unique is its tailor-made approach to every client and its dedication in exercising due diligence. Its strength is also a specific skill of creativity and out of the box thinking and approach.‘
‘Jean-Marie Vuillemin is an excellent practitioner and arbitration technician.‘
‘Jean Marguerat is easy to work with and a no-nonsense person.’
Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH
Mr Ezequiel Matias Schelotto
FCC Construcciones SA
Froriep' team includes key practitioners Catrina Luchsinger, Sabina Schellenberg, Nicola Benz, Isabelle Romy and Marcel Jung, who are specialists in finance, litigation, IP and TMT, environment and tax, respectively. Its corporate and M&A practice, where London-based Dunja Koch is active, is also noted.
Private client Tier 4
Froriep's private client practice specialises in estate planning, charitable structures and trust and succession disputes. The team is well versed in assisting companies in the oil, shipping and fund industries, both national and international. Julie Wynne has a broad practice with niche expertise in social entrepreneurship and B Corporations. Another highlighted practitioner is Dmitry Pentsov, who specialises in assisting Russian clients.
‘This firms works unified with strong beliefs and common strategy, having very talented individual lawyers who make the difference.’
‘Julie Wynne is energetic and passionate in that capacity and contributes a great deal to our organisation.‘
‘Dmitry Pentsov is an excellent lawyer and true professional. He shows an excellent knowledge of Swiss corporate law and EU law.‘
Naked Heart Foundation
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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
- Data privacy and data protection
- Banking and finance: Geneva
- Banking and finance: Zurich
- Dispute resolution: litigation
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Intellectual property
- Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
- Real estate and construction
- Sports law
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution: arbitration
- Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
- Private client