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Niederer Kraft Frey AG > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 1
Niederer Kraft Frey AG is noted for its 'excellent technical knowledge combined with a great understanding of the Swiss market.' The team covers the full gamut of relevant banking and finance matters, including deep experience in the regulatory space as well as banking litigation and financings. Swiss banks and international financial institutions are among the firm's clients. Regulatory specialists Sandro Abegglen and François Bianchi lead the practice. The team also includes Marco Häusermann, whose focus is on financing transactions, and Bertrand Schott, who is well versed in financial market infrastructures regulations. Till Spillmann 'knows the Swiss market inside out' and Adrian Koller made partner in January 2021.
Sandro Abegglen; François Bianchi
Other key lawyers:
Marco Häusermann; Bertrand Schott; Till Spillmann; Adrian Koller; Thomas Frick; Christine Hohl; Yannick Wettstein
‘Excellent technical knowledge combined with a great understanding of the Swiss market and strong negotiation capabilities. Very time efficient and hands-on. ’
‘Till Spillmann is an excellent adviser with a great understanding of the big picture in a transaction. He knows the Swiss market inside out and knows which points to push and which to trade. He is exceptionally hands-on in a heated deal phase and always available to move quickly.’
‘Very responsive, commercial and thorough team. Very pleasant to work with.’
‘Till Spillmann is one of our preferred advisors in Switzerland: very fast, thorough, commercial and pleasant to work with – with a broad expertise from M&A to financing.’
‘Very professional, fast and reliable.’
‘Highly committed and reliable, solution oriented, fun to work with.’
CLS Bank International, New York / CLS Services, London
Fixed Income Clearing Corporation (FICC)
Bank of New York Mellon
HSBC Private Bank
China Construction Bank
Quintet Private Bank Luxembourg and Switzerland
Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited
Mitsuho International Plc
Capital markets Tier 1
Niederer Kraft Frey AG has developed a strong reputation in the capital markets space, and is consistently involved in high-value IPOs, Swiss domestic securisation transactions as well as those on an international level, and rights offerings. Its impressive client roster includes KKR, Morgan Stanley and Glencore. The team is also regularly involved in regulatory matters and in developing capital markets products. Philippe Weber has longstanding expertise in equity and debt transactions and Philipp Haas is an established key contact for listed companies. The practice is led by François Bianchi, and it also includes dedicated specialists Daniel Bono, Thomas Brönnimann, Till Spillmann and counsel Christina Del Vecchio.
Other key lawyers:
Marco Häusermann; Christina Del Vecchio; Daniel Bono; Till Spillmann; Philippe Weber; Philipp Haas; Thomas Brönnimann
Zurich Cantonal Bank
Medacta Group SA
SFS Group AG
Stadler Rail AG
Global Blue Group
Niederer Kraft Frey AG's team has established itself as a key player for advising listed companies on large cap-M&A transactions and is also a popular choice for domestic and international private equity houses. The practice has a focus on clients from the pharmaceutical, healthcare, financial services and technology sectors. In a notable development, the team also recently launched a dedicated desk which advises start-ups on venture capital possibilities; Patrik Peyer, Till Spillmann and Ulysses von Salis are the driving forces in this space. The team is led by Philipp Haas, who also handles public M&A mandates. Philippe Weber assists with boardroom and governance matters. Other key names are Manuel Werder and Moritz Maurer, who made partner in early 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Andrea Casutt; Patrik Peyer; Till Spillmann; Ulysses von Salis; Philippe Weber; Manuel Werder; Moritz Maurer
‘Excellent commercial understanding and technical know how. Very well connected in the Swiss market and with an excellent understanding of market trends. Always available and down to earth with excellent problem solving capabilities.’
‘Patrik Peyer has proven to be an excellent attorney who can make the difference. He is always available and focuses on the most important topics in critical situations, which give his clients an edge in competitive M&A processes.’
‘Moritz Maurer has excellent project management capabilities and is very diligent in conducting his work.’
‘Strong understanding of the business/commercial issues supported by a strong and deep understanding of local and international law. Continues to work on dilemmas/issues until the right solution is developed.’
‘Pragmatic and experienced M&A team.’
‘Patrik Peyer – always available, pragmatic, solution driven, very pleasant and friendly demeanour, even in contentious negotiation situations – keeps his focus on content, solutions and is client-focussed.’
‘Efficient workflow, good seminars for clients, quick response time, good quality.’
‘Moritz Maurer is available 24/7 if needed and extremely responsive. Very client focussed.’
‘Manuel Werder is a very good lawyer. He is always available, is able to provide pragmatic, solution oriented and creative advice, always based on a very solid foundation of legal knowledge. He has excellent social and negotiation skills. We appreciated his high personal involvement and commitment and his proactive approach.’
‘General broad knowledge of all spectres of the issues and challenges within the relevant practice areas.’
Boston Scientific Corporation
Credit Suisse Group AG
IBM Corp., Armonk N.Y. and IBM Switzerland AG
Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Niederer Kraft Frey AG impresses with a broad litigation practice and team members have experience acting before all relevant courts. The group is instructed by national and international banks, sports organisations, and corporations from industries including oil, automotive and luxury goods. The team is led by the experience Ernst Schmid, and also includes 'outstanding litigator' Daniel Eisele and cross-border specialist Tamir Livschitz. Valerie Meyer Bahar has corporate and employment law expertise. Lukas Beeler and Juerg Bloch were promoted to the partnership in January 2020. Senior associate Anja Vogt is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Eisele; Tamir Livschitz; Peter Honegger; Valerie Meyer Bahar; Lukas Beeler; Juerg Bloch; Anja Vogt
‘Lukas Beeler stands out as an excellent litigator who is calm, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’
‘The team is highly competent and responsive – it is a pleasure to work with them, not only academically, but also as a team. The team is capable of managing highly complex and international litigation in an extremely professional manner.’
‘The litigation and arbitration practice of NKF is truly outstanding. I consider them the number one firm in Switzerland in these two areas. NKF’s cross-border expertise and its longstanding experience with large cases is of key importance.’
‘Daniel Eisele is a top litigation and arbitration expert with very broad professional experience. He has a very straightforward and credible demeanour, can quickly recognize and understand the most relevant aspects of a case, and is able to develop innovative and practical solutions. He is incredibly responsive, readily available to address problems in person or remotely on demand.’
‘The team is particularly strong in international litigation, having in-depth knowledge of various jurisdictions, ability to “dig-out” the required case law examples, as well as to assess all aspects that may come up in the process.’
‘Lukas Beeler has proved to be a brilliant litigator who has the knowledge and experience and who pays attention to every detail that will later turn around the case.’
‘NKF really has an extraordinary dispute team.’
‘Daniel Eisele is an excellent lawyer, has great advocacy skills and can differentiate between relevant and irrelevant issues. He has a pragmatic approach and knows how to solve difficult problems. He has particular expertise in large commercial contracts, sports and insurances cases.’
‘Tamir Livschitz is very internationally minded and can argue in a convincing manner.’
‘Anja Vogt is extremely dedicated, very well organized and legally skilful.’
‘A stand-out litigator is Daniel Eisele. He can present the arguments to the court in the best possible manner. He is reliable, responsive and pragmatic.’
‘Lukas Beeler is the best choice for international and complex disputes. Lukas is able to manoeuvre different EU jurisdictions and proceedings before the European Court of Justice. He has also impressed us with his impeccable work-ethic. He is always available and ready to solve complex questions the client may have.’
‘NKF’s litigation team is absolutely top. It provides first class quality work. Its leading litigation practice consists of excellent lawyers.’
‘Daniel Eisele: He is a very experienced and outstanding litigator who is able to present and argue cases in a convincing manner. He has a very practical approach and always sees the big picture.’
‘Tamir Livschitz is a talented and skilful lawyer who knows how to concentrate on the key facts. He really fights for the interests of his client.’
‘Anja Vogt is one of the best associates I’ve ever encountered.’
‘The team has particular expertise in the areas of banking, employment and commercial contracts. NKF’s dispute team is excellent ’
‘Daniel Eisele is legally skilful and very experienced, having fought many fights in the past. He is a leading figure in the Swiss dispute scene.’
‘NKF is in my view an outstanding firm for all types of dispute work, and I can highly recommend them. We very much appreciate its extraordinary legal, strategic and tactical skills. They are prompt to respond to any queries a client may have and they are able to determine the key aspects of a matter.’
‘I can highly recommend Daniel Eisele as excellent litigator. With his creativity and commitment he is able to find practical and sustainable solutions. In addition, he knows how to convince and how to best present the facts and the legal reasoning.’
‘NKF has a very talented disputes practice, with a strong emphasis on cross-border matters. Its lawyers are excellent and they are multi-lingual. They are committed to achieving the best possible results for their clients.’
‘Daniel Eisele is a highly regarded, top-tier litigator, with an extensive roster of blue-chip clients. He has worked on many high-profile and complex cases, such as the FIFA case. He has exceptional advocacy and legal skills.’
‘Juerg Bloch is an extremely talented litigator and white-collar defense attorney.’
‘The lawyers deal with the very complex issues of private international law.’
‘Tamir Livschitz is very motivated and always open to questions.’
‘The NKF Litigation practice offers a great combination of decades-long top tier experience in most complex litigation matters, brightest young minds and seamless coordination with the firm’s other expert teams. In addition, the firm and its litigation practice remains truly unique due to its strong personalities, personality-driven character and an understated leadership style which makes every-day work with them a particular pleasure also on a personal level.’
‘Due to its legendary character and decades-long commitment to excellence, the firm and its litigation practice is able to continuously attract the brightest young talent on the market. In combination with the experience and strategic guidance of senior partners, this makes the practice truly great and exceptional.’
‘Lukas Beeler, a young partner in NKF’s litigation team, is a particularly skilled and talented litigator and one of the brightest young minds on the market. Without a doubt, Dr. Beeler can be described as a young star in the field of complex international banking litigation.’
Black Diamond Equipment
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Credit Suisse AG
EFG International AG
Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA)
UBS Group AG
Employment Tier 1
Niederer Kraft Frey AG advises companies and professionals in managerial positions on all matters relating to employment law. In M&A and restructuring scenarios, the team handles issues including incentive programmes and contracts as well as related topics such as tax issues, social insurance and pension law. Catherine Grun Meyer and Valerie Meyer Bahar jointly head the team, with the latter particularly experienced in wrongful employment terminations, compensation matters and employment law disputes. The role of practice heads has swapped from Andreas Casutt and Thomas Sprecher are also noted.
Catherine Grun Meyer; Valerie Meyer Bahar
Other key lawyers:
Andreas Casutt; Thomas Sprecher; Livia Keller
‘High level of knowledge and expertise, fast turnaround, to the point solutions, strategic thinking and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Catherine Grun Meyer has been a reliable partner for us throughout the last years. She is easy to work with, straight forward and can think out of the box to find the appropriate solution.’
‘The Niederer Kraft Frey employment team is very customer-oriented and flexible to work in a way that we clients wish. Furthermore the communication with NKF employment is very uncomplicated, fast and to the point. In particular NKF has broad international experience – and is capable of providing advice in a concise way, understandable not only for lawyers but also for an international senior management with limited knowledge of Swiss employment law. ’
‘Catherine Grun Meyer has great communication skills and is a strategic thinker. She is always available and is able to tailor her services to my wishes. Catherine Grun Meyer makes a great team with Livia Keller, who has profound knowledge of Swiss employment law, including jurisprudence of the Swiss Federal Tribunal. ’
‘NKF’s relationship with us is lasting for years and pre dates my start date at the firm. I highly appreciate their know how relating to our company.’
‘Daniel Antognini is a top employment law litigator- focused, fast-thinking and always on top of the case.’
Capvis Equity Partners AG
Global Blue and Silverlake
Fintech Tier 1
Niederer Kraft Frey AG advises fintech companies of all sizes, ranging from start-ups and emerging growth companies to publicly traded enterprises, and works with investors, such as venture capitalists and private equity houses with a fintech focus. The team assists fintech clients with blockchain technologies, artificial intelligence projects and cryptocurrency matters as well as initial coin offerings. The group also represents clients before the Swiss regulatory authorities and also handles transactions. Thomas Frick is experienced in setting up crypto-exchanges, structuring security token offerings and liquidating ICO-foundations. Patrik Peyer is specialised in advising investors, particularly venture capitalists.
Thomas Frick; Patrik Peyer
AMNIS Treasury Services
Crescent Fintech Ltd.
Swiss Impulse Group AG
Niederer Kraft Frey AG strengths lie in capital markets, corporate and M&A, and tax, areas where Philippe Weber, Philipp Haas and Thomas Graf are highly regarded. The team also handles disputes, private client matters, real estate and competition, where Daniel Eisele, Tamir Livschitz, Clara-Ann Gordon, Catherine Grun Meyer, Andreas Vögeli and Nicolas Birkhäuser are names to note.
Other key lawyers:
Philippe Weber; Philipp Haas; Thomas Graf; András Gurovits; Daniel Eisele; Tamir Livschitz; Clara-Ann Gordon; Catherine Grun Meyer; Andreas Vögeli; Nicolas Birkhäuser
Real estate and construction Tier 1
The members of Niederer Kraft Frey AG act as trusted advisors for Swiss and foreign investors, for which the team handles the acquisition, development, leasing, financing and sale of real estate. The team is highlighted for its 'quick, sustainable and economic solutions', and has additional expertise in tax and litigation, as well as providing assistance with contract issues. It is led by the well-reputed Andreas Vögeli, who impresses with a broad background in the field. Oliver Zbinden is a key member of the team at the associate level.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Real Estate legal team of Niederer Kraft Frey (NKF) is capable to deal with complex situations. The team provides deep understanding and broad knowledge in all real estate disciplines. But the highest value of NKF’s Real Estate team is the strong commitment for its customer in the sense of quick, sustainable and economic solutions.’
‘Andreas Vögeli is the best real estate lawyer in Switzerland.’
‘Unique is the combination of know-how and experience in different fields of the real estate industry and the pragmatism of advice and solutions; the team is constantly solution oriented; the partners have broad and deep experience in different fields; for a client the “one stop shop” is important.’
‘The real estate team of NKF with head Andreas Vögeli is highly competent to deal with complex real estate cases. Questions are answered in a pragmatic and goal-focused manner. Andreas Vögeli helps in negotiations, is clear in his communication and clearly one of the best in this field in Switzerland. ’
‘Andreas Vögeli has seen various cases in his professional life and has always an answer when faced with problems. He is up-to-date and has high negotiation skills.’
‘Outstanding network, deal supporting-mindset, super responsive, pragmatic and overall always very helpful – a top-of-mind law firm in the real estate sector.’
‘In-depth and broad market knowledge.’
Schroder Investment Management (Switzerland) AG
BVK Personalvorsorge des Kantons Zürich
RUAG Real Estate AG
AXA Investment Managers (Schweiz) AG
AFIAA Foundation for International Real Estate Investments
EQT Partner AG
Tax Tier 1
Niederer Kraft Frey AG is noted for having 'great experience in particular in highly complex cross-border tax structuring tasks'. Under the lead of the highly-regarded Thomas Graf, the team is often instructed by financial institutions to assist them with tax matters concerning M&A, reorganisations, structured products and private equity matters but also in tax litigation proceedings. Other areas of expertise are advising private clients, athletes and - a notable focus of Daniela Schmucki - sports associations. Markus Kronauer has a strong track record in a variety of transactions, while Christina Rinne assists with customs, international trade and VAT.
Other key lawyers:
Daniela Schmucki; Markus Kronauer; Christina Rinne; Elga Reana Tozzi
‘The NKF team has a great experience in particular in highly complex cross-border tax structuring tasks. Their solutions are always tailor-made and very pragmatic. The NKF team perfectly understands the client’s business and needs, no matter how complex these are.’
‘Thomas Graf has a unique experience and an exceptionally pragmatic sense in giving advice regarding complex cross-border transactions and international sports events – in his field of expertise he is truly stellar. He helped us to be always at the forefront of developments and he is a true pleasure to work with.’
‘They are hands on. Their knowledge of tax law is really high. They are client focused, accessible and provide a high level of attention.’
Nestlé Skin Health
Procimmo Swiss Commercial Fund
Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan
Helvetische Bank (HB)
Niederer Kraft Frey AG advises clients on a broad variety of data privacy and data protection matters, such as compliance programmes, cross-border data transfers, data breaches and leaks as well as data privacy audits. The team also advises on the data privacy aspects of M&A transactions. Clara-Ann Gordon is focused on audits and GDPR compliance and represents clients in arbitration, mediation and court proceedings. András Gurovits has a background in software engineering and is specialised in e-commerce and M&A transactions, especially in the technology markets.
Clara-Ann Gordon; András Gurovits
‘The team is keen to provide the best service for the client. It is highly professional, reliable and very quick in its services.’
‘Clara-Ann Gordon has a huge knowledge in data privacy and always strives for the best solutions for her clients. She is an expert and supports her clients with pragmatic solutions.’
Axpo Services AG
Grasshopper Football Ltd
Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC
Mercury Engineering Ltd
World Economic Forum
Niederer Kraft Frey AG stands out for its expertise in disputes in the construction, energy, manufacturing and sports areas where team members act as counsel as well as arbitrators. The team, which is led by Ernst Schmid, has a strong track record handling joint venture and post-M&A proceedings, often with cross-border elements. Notable practitioners also include Tamir Livschitz; Daniel Eisele, who has considerable experience in a variety of disputes; and Valerie Meyer Bahar, who is well versed in arbitration proceedings in the insurance and financial services sectors. Lukas Beeler made partner in January 2020. Senior associate Anja Vogt is 'very knowledgeable, quick and diligent'.
Other key lawyers:
Tamir Livschitz; Daniel Eisele; Valerie Meyer Bahar; Lukas Beeler; Anja Vogt
‘Great legal knowledge skill and empathy.’
‘Efficient and qualified team with a practical approach. Keeps in mind that clients not necessarily want to set case law but find a satisfying solution to problems.’
‘Tamir Livschitz has great oratory and court skills.’
‘Top legal know-how combined with shrewd tactics. ’
‘Tamir Livschitz: Just outstanding. Unbelievably responsive: the longest time I had to wait for a substantive response to a question was two hours, but normally it goes faster than this.’
‘NKF has a leading and very strong arbitration practice in Switzerland. The NKF dispute team has outstanding and very experienced arbitration lawyers. The team consists of talented younger and older lawyers. They can handle difficult and complex matters.’
‘Daniel Eisele is an excellent, efficient and creative arbitration practitioner. He is very experienced, having worked in this field for more than two decades. He knows how to handle the most complex arbitration cases with a practical approach, has an extraordinary tactical sense and anticipation skills. Daniel is very responsive and it is always a pleasure to work with him. He is on top of his matters and he is a trusted advisor to clients.‘
‘Tamir Livschitz is an excellent and forthright arbitration practitioner with a great legal and strategic acumen. He is very precise and outstandingly good at finding creative and pragmatic solutions to problems. He has an excellent knowledge of arbitration law and has been successfully tested in practice many times.‘
‘Daniel Eisele is a top arbitration and commercial counsel with excellent legal and advocacy skills. Daniel has broad experience in commercial and sports arbitration, is very responsive and easy to work with.’
‘Tamir Livschitz und Anja Vogt are both very good, broad-minded lawyers, they have a fighting spirit and always attempt to best serve their clients.’
‘NKF’s arbitration team consists of highly knowledgeable and outstandingly experienced lawyers who are results-oriented and always fully committed to win. They are pragmatic and efficient and know how to handle the most complex international arbitration proceedings with great competence and excellent tactical skills. It is always a pleasure to work with NKF’s arbitration team who are very collegial, responsive and reliable.’
‘Anja Vogt is a very impressive young arbitration practitioner. She is very knowledgeable, quick and diligent. She is a rising star in the Swiss arbitration scene, having been involved in many large arbitration cases in the past. She is very talented, pragmatic and I can highly recommend her.‘
‘The team of NK&F demonstrates utmost professionalism, capability to work under stress and with tight deadlines, and most importantly – the ability to argue the case on the basis of legislation of different countries.’
‘Tamir Livschitz is considered as an outstanding professional. He demonstrates outstanding professionalism, ability to organize the proceedings and work in an international environment, as well as excellent command of foreign languages. In addition, Mr. Tamir Livshitz demonstrated high skills in conducting proceedings when foreign law is applicable to the case. ’
Intellectual property Tier 2
Niederer Kraft Frey AG acts for multinational companies, financial service providers and technology, media, telecoms and life sciences companies on brand protection strategies, unfair competition issues, IP contracts and the IP aspects of transactions; it also acts in IP litigation. The team handles trade mark, domain name and design registrations and administrations, licensing disputes and franchising schemes. Nicolas Birkhäuser focuses on trade marks, designs, licensing issues and transactional work, while Clara-Ann Gordon has particular expertise in the TMT sector.
Other key lawyers:
Clara-Ann Gordon; Janine Reudt-Demont
‘Nicolas Birkhäuser took up our concerns competently and quickly, asked questions and promptly, reliably and competently dealt with the issue!’
‘I had direct contact with Nicolas Birkhäuser. There are people where it just fits and Nicolas Birkhäuser is one such person!’
‘We’ve been working with NKF for years, and they’ve always made us feel like their most important clients, despite us being one of many. They know our clients’ business, which allows them to assist in making the right decisions in Switzerland.’
‘Nicolas Birkhäuser and his team have a solid understanding of our clients’ offerings, (which they’ve mastered in their own time). This is instrumental in efficient intellectual property prosecution, and helps to avoid costly mistakes and omissions. I always trust that my work is in good hands when this team is involved.’
‘I work with the firm on trade mark clearance and prosecution. I particularly appreciate their advice on what may be available for use on a commercial basis, not just based on the state of the register. That proves to me that they took the time to fully understands our business. They are always available.’
‘The only partner I work with directly is Nicolas Birkhäuser. His attention to my requests for services are handled promptly. He responds to my emails directly. Although he may delegate the initial work to junior associates when it is more cost-effective to do so, I am confident he is overseeing the work and treats me like he would a client with a much larger trade mark portfolio with the firm.’
‘Janine Reudt-Demont’s recent move to Niederer Kraft Frey is a valuable addition to the firm’s capabilities. Janine Reudt-Demont is still young, but she is experienced, very proactive and efficient. Today, Niederer Kraft Frey is a big name in M&A and IT and Janine’s arrival will boost the firm’s IP and life sciences positioning.’
‘Knowledgeable and strategic.’
ASSA ABLOY AB
Healey Sports Cars Switzerland
Josef Binkert AG
Navistar International Corporation
Procter & Gamble
The Body Shop
Sports law Tier 2Niederer Kraft Frey AG acts for sports federations, enterprises as well as individuals in a variety of contentious and non-contentious matters, frequently in the areas of football and hockey. The team is experienced in arbitration proceedings concerning anti-doping violations, commercial disputes and eligibility matters as well as commercial matters, such as the exploitation of commercial rights, and compliance matters, including data protection compliance. Practice head András Gurovits is a member of the board of the football team Grasshopper Club Zurich and is responsible for a majority of the Club's operational and strategic decisions. Daniel Eisele and Tamir Livschitz are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Eisele; Tamir Livschitz
‘Andras Gurovits has an excellent knowledge of sports law and having the wider Niederer offering (e.g. corporate, tax etc.) alongside the sports expertise is a differentiator.’
‘I have worked extensively with the members of NKF’s sports law practice for several years in connection with commercial and corporate sports law matters. I was always impressed with NKF’s sports law team and find them to be outstandingly skilful, efficient, precise and responsive. The team has extensive experience and is well versed in the field of sports law. They always provide top notch and pragmatic advice. In my view, NKF’s sports law team is among the very best in Europe.’
‘Daniel Eisele is one of the top experts in sports law in Europe. He has been involved in the negotiation of some of the largest sports contracts ever concluded, in particular in the area of television and marketing. He has also been involved in the preparation of sports legislations in four different countries on three continents (Switzerland, Brazil, Russia and South Africa). He has also great expertise in sports law related disputes, in particular concerning sports commercial matters. It is always a pleasure to work with him, he is persistent and attentive.’
Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)
Ferencváros Budapest Football Club
Grasshopper Football Foundation
Grasshopper Football Ltd
International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)
Swiss Ice Hockey Federation
TMT Tier 2
Niederer Kraft Frey AG has a notable track record in M&A in the telecoms sector, regularly advising on large, cross-border transactions; it also assists with the regulatory and contractual aspects of corporate work as well as data protection mandates. The team is further experienced in matters pertaining to the internet of things, software as a service, artificial intelligence, blockchain and cryptocurrency projects. András Gurovits specialises in technology matters, industrial projects, and telecoms issues and is experienced in contentious work, while Clara-Ann Gordon focuses on data protection mandates, internal investigations, compliance issues and TMT transactions.
András Gurovits; Clara-Ann Gordon
Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC
Grasshopper Football Ltd
International Ice Hockey Federation
Mercury Engineering Ltd
Competition Tier 3
The core pillars of Niederer Kraft Frey AG's competition practice are merger control, investigation proceedings before the relevant authorities and compliance advice. The team works seamlessly with other practice groups to provide cross-departmental assistance when needed, and it has notable experience in the financial services, retail, construction and automotive industries. Practice head Nicolas Birkhäuser 'impresses with in-depth knowledge and expertise'. He is well versed in cartel and abuse of dominance topics. Thomas Frick is also a name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Thomas Frick; Stephanie Huchler
‘The team has incredible know-how in competition law fields. The communication is open and very forthcoming.’
‘Nicolas Birkhäuser: very smart, concise and flexible (also under time pressure).’
‘Nicolas Birkhäuser is a real antitrust expert with a lot of enthusiasm and a fighting spirit.’
‘Profound knowledge, experience and expertise.’
‘The NKF attorneys are friendly and easy to work with. They are very responsive when I need them to be. They also go the extra mile to ensure the client is satisfied with both their work product and the fees charged. ’
‘Nicolas Birkenhäuser is a great lawyer, very knowledgeable about competition law and the industry. He is a pleasure to work with, very responsive and with great business understanding and results driven. ’
‘Nicolas Birkhäuser has a keen understanding of the realities of the Swiss financial market and banking business and is able to provide advice with a view to practical implementation.’
‘Nicolas Birkhäuser is an expert in his field but also has an affinity for the business side of a matter and manages to provide advice and solutions which ensure good governance.’
‘A perfect combination of technical expertise and commercial pragmatism.’
‘Nicolas Birkhäuser provides very valuable and straight to the point advice. He addresses the critical aspects of competition and antitrust law with the necessary thoroughness and his expertise allows him to answer very concrete, practical questions.’
‘NKF is an excellent firm with very intelligent lawyers. A particular asset of NKF is its solution-focused advice and knowledge of the industry.’
‘Nicolas Birkhäuser impresses with in-depth knowledge and expertise. He is also hardworking and very responsive.’
‘Very proactive entrepreneurial lawyers who are trying to identify the client’s exact needs.’
‘Highest competence in the field. Very human and business-like. ’
‘Smart and flexible team, also under time pressure.’
‘Nicola Birkhäuser, a complete and enthusiastic business lawyer, with outstanding skills, very creative, knows the Swiss market and its particularities.’
ASSA ABLOY AB
Birchmeier Bau AG
Credit Suisse AG
Coop Genossenschaft (Coop Cooperative)
CLS Bank International
Flumroc AG / ROCKWOOL group
Procter & Gamble
The insolvency team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG works closely with the firm's banking and finance group in order to assist financial institutions with capital adequacy and liquidity requirements, and protective measures; it also has a notable track record advising creditor banks. Thomas Sprecher, who also handles contentious matters, and the 'professional, approachable and responsive' Marco Häusermann lead the team. Bertrand Schott is a key contact for banks, funds and corporates. Senior associate Roman Sturzenegger has strong expertise in corporate reorganisations.
Marco Häusermann; Thomas Sprecher
Other key lawyers:
Bertrand Schott; Moritz Maurer; Roman Sturzenegger
‘NKF team is open for new ideas and solutions. In their work they merge their knowledge from different areas of law and exceptional experience and their proposals are always business orientated and tailor-made. They are also ready to work at any time, including weekends and late hours and they were always ready to provide us the support that we need.’
‘Moritz Maurer – exceptional communication skills merged with specialized legal knowledge. His international background is essential to describe Swiss legal details to persons who are used to totally different legal mechanisms.’
‘Roman Sturzenegger – persistent, well organized and scrupulous. Open to out-of-box solutions and thanks to his knowledge and argumentation skills capable to convince courts and offices to accept new ideas and solutions.’
‘My experience of NFK is that they are excellent technical lawyers and very professional.’
‘Marco Häusermann – very thorough with an excellent understanding of the law and market. Professional, approachable and responsive.’
Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)
Ares Management Limited
Bluebay Asset Management
Cytos Biotechnology AG
International Capital Markets Association (ICMA)
International Securities Lending Association (ISLA)
Securities Industry and Financial Market Association (SIFMA)
Securities Lending and Repo Committee (SLRC) – Capital Adequacy Directive Working Group
Steinhoff Europe AG
Private client Tier 3
Niederer Kraft Frey AG is highlighted for fielding an 'extremely savvy, exceptionally trained, highly experienced and truly engaged' team. With its integrated private client and tax practice, the group assists Swiss and foreign (U)HNWIs in estate planning, asset transfers, matrimonial property law matters and the acquisition of real estate and art. It also handles divorces, foundations and philanthropy issues. The practice is jointly led by 'exceptionally committed' private client specialist Catherine Grun Meyer and tax expert Thomas Graf. Senior associates Daniel Antognini and Thomas Hochstrasser are well versed in dispute resolution.
Catherine Grun Meyer; Thomas Graf
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Antognini; Thomas Hochstrasser
‘NKF rightfully enjoys a prime reputation as the top law firm in Zurich for private client matters and beyond. Its level of professionalism, client focus, expertise and responsiveness is truly unique. As in any people’s business industry, it in my view more than anything is NKF’s team that makes them stand apart: extremely savvy, exceptionally trained, highly experienced and truly engaged, they’re acting as their client’s advisors in all aspects.’
‘In particular, I value the thought-through strategy for the case, unparalleled research and subject matter expertise, case-specific application of the applicable laws, outstanding collaboration with my lawyers in other jurisdictions as well as highest level of both preparedness and sovereignty in written disputes as well as courtroom hearings. NKF has a team of highly qualified and very motivated professionals tirelessly and seamlessly working towards achieving my goals.’
‘Catherine Grun Meyer is an outstanding lawyer, exceptional strategic thinker and second to none expert in her field. Always available despite her very busy agenda, she is fully dedicated to excellently represent her clients.’
‘Catherine Grun Meyer developed a thought-through strategy for our cases and follows it through with an unparalleled level of experience and expertise – she not only delivers outstanding analysis and application of the law in an innovative, robust and coherent way on constantly extremely high quality levels, she also knows how to read personal profiles of the disputants and how to best handle the different authorities and governmental bodies/ agencies involved. She is an exceptionally committed partner to have at your side in a huge amount of difficult situations, and works non-stop, following the agreed strategy she permanently improves, to meet the goals.’
‘The team is worldly-wise and very cognisant of issues and conflict of law issues for international individuals and their estate planning.’
‘Thomas Graf – an expert on international tax matters and very pragmatic.’
‘Catherine Grun Meyer is very knowledgeable in complex succession law matters across jurisdictions.’
‘Top notch attorneys with broad experience.’
‘Very collegial and a great partner for foreign lawyers looking for excellent Swiss counsel.’
‘Daniel Antognini is an excellent litigation lawyer with impressive knowledge and experience, extremely focused, who doesn’t stop researching a case before having found the best applicable legal argument to cover all aspects involved. He tirelessly works towards the strategy developed, outperforms highest standards and never falls short of ensuring the argument made is consistent and well-rounded. A true pleasure to work with and rely on.’
‘NKF have one of the most experienced private client practice in Switzerland. I truly appreciate their dedication and way to work with clients and peers.’
‘Catherine Grun Meyer is easy to work with, highly experienced and genuinely dedicated to her clients’ case.’
Niederer Kraft Frey AG > Firm Profile
The firm: Niederer Kraft Frey is a leading full service Swiss law firm based in Zurich with an international approach. The firm works closely with its clients in Switzerland and internationally, to implement strategic goals, strengthen businesses and navigate change effectively.
Niederer Kraft Frey offers integrated advice across the whole spectrum of corporate, finance and business law. The firm has a long track record of dealing effectively with complex challenges by combining legal excellence with commercial focus. Over decades, Niederer Kraft Frey has worked on the most significant and demanding matters in the Swiss market. This is the foundation of the firm’s distinct market knowledge, legal expertise and its capacity for innovative thought.
Main areas of practice
Antitrust and competition: The team advises companies in cartel and abuse of dominant position investigations and in merger control proceedings, as well as in high-profile transactions, including the setup and growth of their business, cooperation, distribution, sourcing, R&D, market dominance and compliance. Clients include Swiss and international companies from a broad range of sectors and industries.
- Advising companies in major cartel investigations, such as in the LIBOR, FX, leasing and bid rigging investigations
- Swiss counsel to, among others, ASSA ABLOY, BMW, Coop Genossenschaft, CLS Bank International, Credit Suisse AG, Procter & Gamble, See Tickets
Banking, finance and regulatory: NKF’s team represents all kinds of financial services providers around the globe, their clients and investors in cutting-edge finance transactions, financial services regulatory and compliance matters, enforcement proceedings and government investigations.
- Lead counsel for domestic and cross-border Swiss law governed credit financings
- Legal advisor for Microsoft in connection with cloud data outsourcing solutions for Swiss regulated financial institutions
- Represents Credit Suisse Group in FINMA proceedings around “spygate”, matter which caught international media attention
Capital markets: NKF regularly advises on the largest and most complex capital market transactions and has been at the forefront of the development of new and innovative capital market products for many years. The team advises banking and insurance clients on the structuring of novel hybrid, Covered Bond Programmes and other innovative regulatory capital instruments and on the regulatory capital treatment of capital market transactions.
- Swiss counsel in the largest Swiss IPOs every year since 2014
- Largest Swiss rights offerings in 2020, incl. Idorsia (CHF 850m) and Dufry (CHF 820m)
- Counsel to Selecta Group in 2020 recapitalisation regarding EUR1.24bn and CHF250m notes
- Landmark CHF20bn Credit Suisse Switzerland Covered Bonds Programme
- Represented Arrangers or Originators in all SIX listed Swiss ABS transactions since 2012
Commercial: NKF’s specialist lawyers cover the entire spectrum of corporate services. The team supports companies in the full range of their operational activities, from procurement and production through to the distribution of products and the provision of services.
Corporate/M&A: NKF’s practice covers: general aspects of corporate law, including capital markets laws and regulations applicable to public companies and groups; corporate restructurings and insolvency; preparation and holding of shareholders’ meetings of listed companies; advising senior management and boards of directors and their committees on a wide range of issues, including corporate governance and liability management; corporate housekeeping and compliance; and business succession planning for owner-managed and family businesses.
- Represented Actelion on its US$30bn transaction with Johnson & Johnson
- Advised Tokyo-listed NEC Corporation in its acquisition of leading Swiss financial software company Avaloq Group AG
- Advised Global Blue Group Holding AG in its US$2.5bn merger with Far Point Acquisition Corporation and listing on the NYSE
- Advised Broadcom on the US$18.9bn cash acquisition of CA Technologies
- Advised Électricité de France (EDF) on the sale of its 25% participation in Alpiq Holding AG
Dispute resolution: The NKF team has extensive experience advising on complex and high-value cases, with a significant international element. The team’s extensive experience covers disputes in a wide range of industries from financial, commodities, sports, energy, construction, and pharma disputes to global investigations and risk management.
Employment: NKF advises publicly listed and private companies, financial institutions, executive employees and directors on all aspects of employment law from recruitment and contract negotiation to termination, including related fiscal, compensation, pension and social insurance law matters.
Intellectual property: NKF’s IP team has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law including the licensing, sale and securitisation of IP rights, copyright and trademark protection, unfair competition, bribery and the protection of know-how and business secrets.
- Advised Navistar International Corporation on Swiss law aspects of a framework agreement for collaboration with Volkswagen Truck & Bus
- Advising Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s leading sources of intelligent business information
Investigations and enforcement, white-collar crime: NKF’s investigations and enforcement lawyers have broad experience in conducting transnational, multi-jurisdictional internal regulatory and white collar crime investigations as well as in defending clients in governmental investigations, enforcement proceedings by Swiss and foreign supervisory authorities, and related civil disputes.
- Advising several financial institutions and individuals in relation to Swiss and foreign investigations and enforcement proceedings
Private client: NKF’s expertise in advising wealthy individuals, family businesses and entrepreneurs extends across the firm, with a particular focus on private wealth services, estate planning, corporate, commercial property and tax planning.
- Estate planning, matrimonial property law, divorce law, foundation and philanthropic work
Real estate: The real estate team specialises in high value, complex real estate transactions including sale and lease back transactions, hotel and leisure projects and the development of former industrial sites. NKF advises on property acquisition and investment, development, regulatory framework and structures, management, insurance, financing, restructuring, and disposal of all asset classes of real estate.
- Advised Rhystadt AG on the acquisition of 160,000 sqm within the Klybeck site from Novartis
- Advised Schroders in a sale & leaseback transaction from Syngenta
- Advised Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank an Credit Suisse Asset Management AG on various real estate transactions
Sport: The NKF team advises international and national sports associations, leading sports clubs, global players in the sports industry and top athletes on all international and transdisciplinary sports law matters.
Tax: The NKF tax team has deep expertise in structured finance, securitisation, corporate finance, corporate migration, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, capital markets transactions, investment funds, private equity, real estate, employee benefits and participation, sports, charities, art and global operations.
- Lead counsel to various single family offices of UHNWI
- Advised the seller of one of the leading providers of higher education programs in Switzerland, that will remain independent
- Advises one of the largest global media and information firms on their financing
Technology: NKF advises domestic and international clients across industries on all aspects of technology, IT, outsourcing, telecoms, data privacy and cybersecurity. Years of practical experience, both in the legal field and in relevant business functions with technology providers, enables the team to offer clients commercially pragmatic advice on both domestic and international projects.
- Advising Schindler in worldwide outsourcing and IoT projects
- Advising the World Economic Forum (WEF) on data protection matters and GDPR compliance
- Advising Microsoft in negotiations with public institutions in cloud contract matters
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|Dr Sandro Abegglen||Sandro Abegglen advises leading Swiss and international banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, fund…||View Profile|
|Dr Christoph Balsiger||Christoph Balsiger specializes in the fields of banking, regulatory and capital market…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Lukas Beeler||Lukas Beeler has extensive experience in dispute resolution. He specializes in domestic…||View Profile|
|François M. Bianchi||Francois Bianchi specializes in the fields of banking regulatory and capital market…||View Profile|
|Mr Nicolas Birkhaeuser||Nicolas Birkhäuser advises undertakings in the field of Swiss and European competition…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Juerg Bloch||Juerg Bloch’s practice focuses on advising companies and individuals on corporate internal…||View Profile|
|Mr Daniel Bono||Daniel Bono’s practice focuses on capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, corporate…||View Profile|
|Mr Thomas Broennimann||Thomas Brönnimann advises issuers, banks and institutional investors in capital market and…||View Profile|
|Dr Philipp Candreia||Philipp Candreia specializes in complex M&A transactions in various industries with a…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Andreas Casutt||Andreas Casutt’s practice focuses mainly on corporate law, corporate governance, employment law…||View Profile|
|Mr Daniel Eisele||Daniel Eisele specializes in large and complex litigation and arbitration proceedings, commercial…||View Profile|
|Prof Dr Peter Forstmoser||Prof. Forstmoser specializes in Corporate Law (esp. Law on Stock Corporations and…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Thomas A Frick||Thomas Frick specializes in counselling Swiss and foreign banks and other financial…||View Profile|
|Ms Clara-Ann Gordon||Clara-Ann Gordon is specialized in the areas of TMT/Outsourcing, data privacy, internal…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Thomas Graf||Thomas Graf specializes in national and international tax law. He has a…||View Profile|
|Ms Catherine Grun Meyer||Catherine Grun mainly focuses on inheritance, estate and family law (including marital…||View Profile|
|András Gurovits||András Gurovits specializes in Technology (IT, Telecoms, Manufacturing, Regulatory) transactions (including acquisitions,…||View Profile|
|Mr Philipp Haas||View Profile|
|Mr Marco Haeusermann||Marco Häusermann is a partner in the NKF banking, finance & regulatory…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Peter C Honegger||Peter Honegger specializes in banking and finance, mergers & acquisitions as well…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Peter R Isler||Peter Isler uses his broad legal experience in various areas of law,…||View Profile|
|Mr Adrian Koller||Adrian Koller’s practice focuses on public and private M&A and on financing…||View Profile|
|Mr Markus E Kronauer||Markus Kronauer specializes in all matters of tax advice for corporations, in…||View Profile|
|Mr Tamir Livschitz||Tamir has extensive experience in different fields of dispute resolution, with a…||View Profile|
|Mr Moritz Maurer||Moritz Maurer focuses on mergers & acquisitions, in particular as buyer’s advisor…||View Profile|
|Dr Valerie Meyer Bahar||Valerie Meyer Bahar specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration as well as…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Hans Niederer||Hans Niederer specializes in large capital and cross-border finance transactions, equity capital…||View Profile|
|Dr Patrik R Peyer||Patrik R. Peyer is a Corporate law specialist with a main focus…||View Profile|
|Ms Christina Rinne||For more than 20 years Christina Rinne has specialised in national and…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Ernst F Schmid||Ernst F. Schmid is the former head of the dispute resolution group…||View Profile|
|Ms Daniela Schmucki||Daniela Schmucki specializes in Swiss and international tax law. She has devoted…||View Profile|
|Dr Bertrand G. Schott||Bertrand Schott’s practice focuses on banking including both transactions and regulatory issues.…||View Profile|
|Prof Dr iur Rolf Sethe||Rolf Sethe’s practice focuses mainly on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Till Spillmann||Till Spillmann specializes in large and complex international and domestic private and…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Thomas Sprecher||Thomas Sprecher is an expert in Foundation Law, Association Law and Law…||View Profile|
|Andreas F Vögeli||Andreas Vögeli heads our real estate practice group which deals with a…||View Profile|
|Dr Philippe Weber||Philippe Weber often represents Swiss and international clients in some of the…||View Profile|
|Mr Manuel Werder||Manuel Werder’s practice focuses on corporate law and domestic and cross-border M&A…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Gaudenz G Zindel||Gaudenz Zindel specializes in corporate and commercial law, particularly the law on…||View Profile|
|Dr iur Ulysses von Salis||Ulysses von Salis specializes in private equity, financing and M &A transactions,…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : >100
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Press Releases27th May 2021 Niederer Kraft Frey advised the banking syndicate, led by BofA Securities, SVB Leerink and Credit Suisse, in connection with the initial public offering of VectivBio Holding AG and the listing of its shares on Nasdaq. Through its IPO, which priced on 8 April 2021 at USD 17 per share, VectivBio raised gross proceeds of USD 146.6 million (including greenshoe). At market close on the first day of trading, VectivBio had a market capitalisation of USD 824 million.
27th May 2021 Niederer Kraft Frey advised Credit Suisse as Arranger and Joint Lead Manager and Zürcher Kantonalbank as Joint Lead Manager in connection with the auto lease securitisation and issuance by Swiss Car ABS 2021-1 AG of CHF 200,000,000 0.50 per cent. asset-backed notes due 2031. The notes, which are backed by a portfolio of Swiss auto lease assets originated by AMAG Leasing AG, have been assigned a “AAAsf” / “AAA(sf)” rating by Fitch / S&P and are listed on SIX Swiss Exchange. The transaction closed on 19 April 2021 and constitutes the sixth auto lease securitisation of AMAG Leasing AG following its debut transaction in 2015.
Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) SA issues CHF 200m Covered Bonds under its innovative Covered Bond Programme27th May 2021 On 9 April 2021, Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) SA successfully completed its second issuance under its Swiss Covered Bond Programme, issuing CHF 200 million Series 2021-1 0.125 per cent. Fixed-Rate Covered Bonds due April 2031 (with extended maturity date April 2032). The Covered Bonds are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and rated “AAA” by Fitch. In respect of the issuance, Credit Suisse AG and Crédit Agricole CIB acted as Joint Lead Managers.
27th May 2021 PolyPeptide Group AG, advised by Niederer Kraft Frey as lead counsel, today commenced trading on SIX Swiss Exchange. This represents the first traditional IPO in Switzerland since late 2019. The IPO was multiple times oversubscribed given strong demand from investors across Switzerland and internationally.
27th May 2021 Niederer Kraft Frey advised BC Capital AG, a Fintech company with registered offices in Lachen, in connection with its latest financing round. The EUR 20 million financing round, which included existing as well as new investors, was led by the family office of the Hopp family.
27th May 2021 Niederer Kraft Frey advised Invision AG, a leading equity investment company, on the acquisition of a majority stake in SkySale Schweiz GmbH. The transaction was completed on 27 April 2021.
27th May 2021 Niederer Kraft Frey advised Transgourmet on the acquisition of GM FOOD.
27th May 2021 Today, Montana Aerospace AG commenced trading on SIX Swiss Exchange. The offering consisted of 17,153,997 new shares at an offer price of CHF 25.65 per share (with an over-allotment option of up to 2,573,099 existing shares offered by Montana Tech Components AG), implying an offering volume of approximately CHF 506 million and a total market capitalisation of approximately CHF 1.2 billion.
27th May 2021 Niederer Kraft Frey advised former Swiss national football player and entrepreneur David Degen on the acquisition of a majority of the shares in FC Basel Holding AG from Bernhard Burgener. FC Basel Holding AG owns 75 percent of FC Basel (FC Basel 1893 AG), 25 percent belongs to the association FC Basel 1893. FC Basel is a Swiss football club rich in tradition, which in its history has been Swiss Champion 20 times and Swiss Cup Winner 13 times.
27th May 2021 Niederer Kraft Frey acted as counsel to the selling shareholders in the sale of beecom AG to Eficode, Europe’s leading DevOps company. The transaction was successfully closed in May 2021.
The risk-based approach under the GDPR and Swiss data protection lawsThe General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Revised Swiss Data Protection Act (revised FADP) embrace a risk-based approach to data protection. Organisations that control the processing of personal data (controllers) are encouraged to implement protective measures corresponding to the level of risk of their data processing activities.
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