The Geneva team includes outstanding lawyers in most of the firm’s practice areas and sectors of industry expertise. These include capital markets, banking and finance – in particular trade finance and private banking -, litigation and international commercial arbitration, asset tracing and international judicial assistance, oil & gas and intellectual property.
Firm Profile > Froriep > Geneva, Switzerland
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1211 GENÈVE 12
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.
Froriep > Firm Profile
|Arbitration||Franz X Stirnimann|
|Employment||Franz X Stirnimann|
|Corporate and commercial||Jean-Luc Herbez|
|Corporate and commercial||Jérôme de Montmollin|
|Corporate and commercial||Franz X Stirnimann|
|Private clients||Jean-Luc Herbez|
|Private clients||Jean-Marie Vulliemin|
|Private clients||Nicolas Junod|
|Private clients||Julie Wynne|
|Competition||Franz X Stirnimann|
|M&A and transactions||Jérôme de Montmollin|
|M&A and transactions||Jean-Luc Herbez|
|Banking and finance||Jean-Luc Herbez|
|Banking and finance||Jérôme de Montmollin|
|Banking and finance||Laetitia Meier Droz|
|Litigation||Laetitia Meier Droz|
|Capital markets||Franz X Stirnimann|
|Capital markets||Laetitia Meier Droz|
|Charity and social enterprise||Julie Wynne|
|M&A & Transaction||Hubert Orso Gilliéron|
|Competition||Hubert Orso Gilliéron|
|Corporate & Commercial||Hubert Orso Gilliéron|
|Arbitration||Hubert Orso Gilliéron|
|Mr Laurent Develle||View Profile|
|Dr Hubert Orso Gilliéron||View Profile|
|Mr Alain Gros||View Profile|
|Mr Jean-Luc Herbez||View Profile|
|Ms Natalia Hidalgo||View Profile|
|Ms Vibeke Jaggi||View Profile|
|Mr Nicolas Junod||View Profile|
|Mr Jean Marguerat||View Profile|
|Mr Tomás Navarro Blakemore||View Profile|
|Mr Dmitry A Pentsov||View Profile|
|Dr James F. Reardon||View Profile|
|Ms Xenia Rivkin||View Profile|
|Dr Franz X. Stirnimann Fuentes||View Profile|
|Ms Laura Tscherrig||View Profile|
|Ms Julie Wynne||View Profile|
|Mr Jérôme de Montmollin||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 56 at this office : 17
LanguagesDanish English French German Italian Portuguese Russian Spanish Hungarian
OtherContact : Jean-Marie Vulliemin Other offices : London Other offices : Madrid Other offices : Zug Other offices : Zurich
Froriep > Firm Profile
Founded in Zurich in 1966, Froriep is one of the leading law firms in Switzerland, with offices in Zurich, Geneva and Zug, as well as foreign offices in both London and Madrid, serving clients seeking Swiss law advice. The firm has grown a domestic and international client base ranging from large international corporations to private clients. The firm’s unique, truly integrated, international structure mirrors its strong cross-border focus. It values and promotes continuity and strong client relationships. Froriep teams are tailor-made, assembled from every practice area and across its network of offices. Many of the firm’s lawyers are recognised as leaders in their practice areas, and clients benefit from their in-depth knowledge and the rich diversity of talents, languages and cultures that make the firm’s lawyers particularly versatile and adaptive.
Areas of practice
Froriep is a Swiss law firm with a unique international presence and perspective, where the highest standards of professional excellence, thoroughness and efficiency go hand-in-hand with a cultural diversity, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit that set it apart. The firm’s practice is directed primarily towards the corporate, finance and international trade sectors. Commercial litigation and arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, securities market, banking (regulation and transactions) and finance, employment, insolvency, intellectual property, tax and aviation are areas of activity which span the firm’s domestic and international practice.
|Corporate and commercial||Eric Haymannfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Corporate and commercial||Felix M Mathisemail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Corporate and commercial||Peter J Merzfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|M&A and transactions||Catrina Luchsinger Gähwileremail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Capital markets||Catrina Luchsinger Gähwilerfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Banking and finance||Catrina Luchsinger Gähwileremail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|TMT||Nicola Benzfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Real estate||Isabelle Romyemail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Real estate||Lucien Vallonifirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Employment||Marcel C Steineggeremail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Data protection||Nicola Benzfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Tax||Marcel R Jungemail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Intellectual property||Nicola Benzfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Arbitration||Lucien Valloniemail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Arbitration||Isabelle Romyfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Sports||Lucien Valloniemail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Litigation||Isabelle Romyfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Litigation||Marcel C Steineggeremail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Litigation||Lucien Vallonifirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Litigation||Sabina Schellenbergemail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Private clients||Eric Haymannfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Private clients||Oliver Arteremail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Private clients||Marcel R. Jungfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Disruptive technologies||Catrina Luchsinger Gähwileremail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Disruptive technologies||Peter J Merzfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 44 386 60 00|
|Disruptive technologies||Nicola Benzemail@example.com||+41 44 386 60 00|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 60 at this office : 28
LanguagesAlbanian English French German Hebrew Italian Spanish Chinese (Mandarin) Russian
OtherContact : Isabelle Romy Other offices : Geneva Other offices : London Other offices : Madrid Other offices : Zug
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.
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