Firm Profile > Niederer Kraft Frey AG > Zurich, Switzerland

Niederer Kraft Frey AG
BAHNHOFSTRASSE 53
8001 ZÜRICH
Switzerland

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG impresses with a broad practice, advising on regulatory aspects, Finma licensing matters, bank financing and litigation, as well as supervisory proceedings and investigations. The team is instructed by major foreign and Swiss banks and other financial institutions. Sandro Abegglen and François Bianchi are the practice heads and are specialists in regulatory matters. Marco Häusermann is well versed in credit financings and debt capital markets. Other key contacts include corporate finance expert Till SpillmannThomas FrickUlysses von Salis; and Bertrand Schott, who has a comprehensive practice advising on financial markets infrastructure and derivatives trading.

Practice head(s):

Sandro Abegglen; François Bianchi

Testimonials

The team is responsive and knowledgeable.

Bertrand Schott is smart, friendly, and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Bank of New York Mellon

CLS Bank International, New York / CLS Services, London

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

EFG Group

BSI

Fixed Income Clearing Corporation

HSBC Private Bank

Leonteq

Morgan Stanley

UBS

UniCredit

BNP Paribas

Capital markets Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG fields a team of experienced lawyers, who are regularly instructed by national and foreign clients. It is particularly known for its IPO practice, but also acts on securitisation and quarterbacking transactions, rights offerings and private equity placements, as well as on debt and hybrid capital markets transactions. Philippe Weber leads the group and is a reputed expert in equity and debt security transactions. Daniel BonoChristoph BalsigerTill Spillmann, Thomas Brönnimann and Philipp Haas  handles a broad spread of work. François Bianchi has considerable knowledge of listing and enforcement proceedings before the SIX Swiss Exchange, while Marco Häusermann is a key contact for debt capital markets transactions. Other names to note are counsel Christina Del Vecchio and senior associate Deirdre Ní Annracháin.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Weber

Testimonials

NKF has one of the most experienced IPO franchises in Switzerland, which adds value with its early engagement and proactive approach. The team has superb understanding of client’s needs and delivers highly professional service on all levels.’

Philippe Weber is an extremely experienced partner advising on the most challenging technical and tactical matters. He also has a high responsiveness.’

The very dynamic and customer focussed Till Spillmann delivers highly efficient interaction at all times.

Christina DelVecchio is a key person in a successful prospectus drafting due to vast experience. She is highly efficient in the negotiation of legal agreements.’

Deirdre Ní Annracháin is a key team member and has a very high level of responsiveness at all times.

Key clients

Stadler Rail AG

Medacta Group SA

Bank Vontobel

Klingelnberg

SFS Group

Leonteq AG

VAT Group AG

Idorsia Ltd

EFG / EFG International

Glencore

Landis+Gyr

Newron Pharmaceuticals SpA

Partners Group

Swedish Match

Swiss Confederation

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG's team has a solid track record in public takeovers and M&A transactions. which are frequently cross-border. The client portfolio includes a number of companies and institutions from the pharmaceutical and life sciences, financial services and technology sectors. Philipp Haas and Philippe Weber jointly lead the team, in which Till SpillmannUlysses von Salis and Manuel Werder are prominent practitioners. Patrik Peyer is well versed in private equity transactions. The team also advises on corporate restructurings and venture capital.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Haas

Testimonials

Great team of highly skilled and experienced M&A and capital markets lawyers.’

The team is responsive, knowledgeable and well coordinated, so that advice in many disciplines is delivered clearly and on a timely basis.’

Philipp Haas is highly competent and experienced in public M&A and sophisticated in deal structuring. The more complex a deal the more value-add he will have.’

Philippe Weber is a star lawyer in Swiss M&A and capital markets. The trusted advisor of many c-level managers and boards on legal matters.’

Till Spillmann is commercial, deal oriented and responsive. With his strong presence, he is an excellent communicator and negotiator.’

Key clients

Idorsia Ltd

Assa Abloy

Boston Scientific Corporation

Broadcom

Credit Suisse Group AG

GlaxoSmithKline plc

IBM Corp., Armonk N.Y. and IBM Switzerland AG

OC Oerlikon

Nordic Capital

Paragon Partners

KK

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

The dispute resolution team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG is instructed by banks, sports organisations, and companies from various sectors to handle litigation that frequently has an international component. The group is jointly led by Ernst Schmid and Peter Honegger, who both have more than 20 years of experience in the area. Daniel Eisele is active in a variety of different disputes, with particular expertise in commercial and white-collar criminal law matters. Tamir Livschitz is also admitted to practice law in New York and Israel. Valerie Meyer Bahar specialises in shareholder and employment litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ernst Schmidt; Peter Honegger

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

NKF is an excellent choice for both litigation and arbitration. They have talented lawyers at all levels – from interns and junior associates to partners. They are particularly experienced in navigating cross-border matters for clients involving parallel proceedings in Switzerland and other jurisdictions.’

The team’s strengths are its responsiveness, its in-depth legal expertise, its strategic mind and its outcome-oriented approach and high commitment.

Ernst Schmid is an experienced litigator who provides consistently insightful and practical advice.’

Daniel Eisele is a leading, experienced litigation practitioner who works efficiently and pragmatically, with a creative mind.

Tamir Livschitz has an exceptional understanding of the law and is a very convincing and straight forward litigator who gets to the point.

Valerie Meyer-Bahar is a very experienced lawyer who provides hands-on advice with a deep understanding of entrepreneurial challenges. Fast, responsive and easy to communicate with.

Anja Vogt is a very bright, dedicated and persistent associate.

Key clients

BMW AG

Credit Suisse AG

EFG International AG

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

UBS Group AG

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Employment Tier 1

The 'very responsive' practice at Niederer Kraft Frey AG has 'deep knowledge and wide expertise' in the drafting of work agreements, employment-related M&A, bonus-related matters and wrongful termination disputes. Andreas Casutt and Thomas Sprecher are the practice heads. The team has recently conducted employment due diligence and assisted with the transfer of employees and pension funds for Finastra, and advised on corporate personnel and contractual affairs for Singapore Airlines. Catherine Grun Meyer 'offers tailor-made solutions' for large private and listed companies. Litigator Valerie Meyer Bahar is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Casutt, Thomas Sprecher

Testimonials

The employment law team has a deep knowledge and wide expertise; they always provide answers straight to the point and are keen on finding the best solution for the client. They are very responsive.

Catherine Grun Meyer (partner) is the one to turn to for all employment law matters. She understands the facts and circumstances in no time and offers tailor-made solutions. Daniel Antognini (senior associate) has a broad experience and is a top employment law litigator.

The team displays a great sense of customer orientation; in addition, they have a good understanding of how to find the balance of pragmatic approach and compliance with legal regulation.

Valerie Meyer displays a great sense of customer orientation in addition they have a good understanding of how to find the balance of pragmatic approach and compliance with legal regulation.

Key clients

Actelion

ARYZTA AG

Boston Scientific Corporation

Capvis Equity Partners AG

FIFA

Klopman AG

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd.

NKT Photonics A/S

PriceWaterhouseCoopers AG

Singapore Airlines Ltd.

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG fields a strong team of lawyers, who are particularly noted for their experience in matters relating to corporate and M&A, where Philipp Haas is the key name; capital markets, where managing partner Philippe Weber stands out; and and tax, where Thomas Graf is a specialist. Daniel Eisele and Tamir Livschitz are experts in dispute resolution mandates, while Andreas Vögeli know the real estate area well. Further leading individuals are Clara-Ann Gordon, Catherine Grun Meyer and András Gurovits.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG is noted for its comprehensive practice, which covers the gamut of relevant matters in the commercial, hospitality and residential real estate field. Andreas Vögeli leads the team and is an experienced advisor in real estate transactions. Till Spillmann is often involved in real estate finance. Besides such mandates, the team also acts on litigation and tax mandates. Associate Oliver Zbinden supports the team.

Practice head(s):

Andreas Vögeli

Testimonials

The team stands out through broad experience, great availability and its quality of execution.

Andreas Vögeli is a highly experienced, quickly working and straightforward communicator. He focuses on realistic execution more than academical work.’

Key clients

ZKB / Swisscanto Invest

Mettler2invest AG

AXA Investment Managers (Schweiz) AG

AFIAA Foundation for International Real Estate Investments

BVK Personalvorsorge des Kantons Zürich (Pension Fund of the Canton of Zurich)

Credit Suisse

RUAG Real Estate AG

Nidwalden Airpark AG

Procimmo SA

Schroders ImmoPlus

UBS AG

Sports law Tier 1

The practice at Niederer Kraft Frey AG is 'very experienced in all relevant matters of sports law' and is singled out for its 'outstanding' levels of expertise across the board. Team head András Gurovits regularly works as a CAS arbitrator and was appointed as acting president of Grasshopper Club Zurich in June 2019, where he is responsible for all strategic, recruitment and legal decisions. It is advising FIFA on World Cup hosting agreements and assisting the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) with its intellectual property protection, compliance issues and exploitation of media rights. Data protection and matters related to GDPR readiness are other areas of expertise. Daniel Eisele specialises in resolving cross-border disputes, as does Tamir Livschitz.

Practice head(s):

András Gurovits

Testimonials

Very experienced in all relevant matters of sports law. Very responsive and able to handle complex matters fast and efficiently. Their expertise in sport matters is outstanding.’

Key clients

Berlinger Group

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)

Grasshopper Football Ltd

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

Swiss Ice Hockey Federation

Tax Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG fields a team of lawyers, who are experienced in advising on general tax matters, structuring and litigation. Together with the firm's capital markets and financing departments, it also advises on significant transactions and financial products. Clients include companies and institutions, as well as private clients, athletes and sports associations. Practice head Thomas Graf is kept busy handling the tax aspects of cross-border business structures, M&A, and corporate reorganisations. Markus Kronauer is a key contact for issuers of asset-backed securities transactions. Recently promoted partner Christina RinneDaniela Schmucki and counsel Elga Reana Tozzi are also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Graf

Testimonials

Marcus Kronauer has an excellent way of handling clients and his communicative side, making hard things easy to understand, is fabulous.

Christina Rinne is a key contact and trusted adviser for Swiss customs and tax matters. She is very well connected to all authorities to discuss in advance what will be needed to make a project a success. She is a real business enabler with a sense of ownership.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Cembra Money Bank AG

EFG / EFG International

Invision Private Equity AG

Thomson Reuters Corporation

Helvetische Bank (HB)

UBS

Microsoft

HSBC, UK

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG handles GDPR and Swiss law-related issues, data-oriented audits and compliance assessments in the manufacturing, insurance and technology sectors. The team assisted Schindler with IT negotiations and relevant data protection matters; advised Klingelnberg AG on conducting due diligence and an assessment of GDPR alignment; and acted for SR Technics on its worldwide compliance programme. Other clients include Bühler, Nordic Capital, Allianz Global and Microsoft. Practice heads Clara-Ann Gordon and András Gurovits are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Clara-Ann Gordon, András Gurovits

Testimonials

For data privacy and data protection, our main counterparts are Andras Gurovits and Clara-Ann Gordon. We highly appreciate their teamwork approach. It is an ideal combination as Andras Gurovits has a business background in technology and sports and Clara-Ann Gordon comes from data privacy. This combination is ideal for our needs.

Key clients

Allianz Global

Amdocs

Audatex

Bitfinex

BearingPoint

Boston Scientific

Bühler

Constellium

Econis

FIFA

Finastra

Huawei

Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC

Microsoft

RedBull

Schindler

Selecta

SR Technics

The Body Shop

Weatherford

World Economic Forum

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG impresses by covering a wide array of arbitration matters, such as post-M&A and joint venture disputes as well as proceedings relating to commercial agreements. The team is well versed in a variety of industries, with notable strength in the areas of defence, pharmaceutical and construction. Daniel Eisele has core experience handling high-value arbitrations. Tamir Livschitz is highlighted for his international practice and has been admitted in various common law jurisdictions. Valerie Meyer Bahar is a key name for arbitration in the financial services and insurance industries. Ernst Schmid and Peter Honegger lead the group, in which associate Anja Vogt is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ernst Schmidt; Peter Honegger

Testimonials

Very experienced lawyers that provide hands-on advice with a deep understanding of entrepreneurial challenges. Fast, responsive and easy to communicate with.’

NKF’s arbitration practice is a leading force in the Swiss market. Its team consists of highly knowledgeable and 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.’

Daniel Eisele is a disputes lawyer with exceptional legal and tactical skills who has an unmatched ability to see the big picture and to present a case.’

Tamir Livschitz is first-class arbitrator and litigator who is exceptionally dedicated, convincing and creative.’

Anja Vogt is a very talented, extremely thorough and knowledgeable associate.’

Fintech Tier 2

Thomas Frick and Patrik Peyer lead the fintech team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG. Recent highlights include its assistance to BC Capital AG with its second shareholder financing round, structuring Babb Ltd's ICO and the associated tokens, as well as setting up Crescent Fintech Ltd's asset manager for foreign crypto-investment funds. The practice regularly acts in proceedings before Finma, assesses new business model regulatory compliance, and drafts terms for Saft agreements. It also advised on the formation of a new Swiss crypto bank.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Frick, Patrik Peyer

Testimonials

The team displays a great sense of customer orientation; in addition, they have a good understanding of how to find the balance of pragmatic approach and compliance with legal regulation.

Key clients

Finastra

Finch Capital

BC Capital

Nectar Financial

BABB Ltd.

Leontec

Swiss Impulse Group AG

Keyman

Crescent Fintech Ltd

Intellectual property Tier 2

The 'very responsive' team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG provides 'comprehensive' and 'commercially minded' advice on a wide range of brand protection strategies and dispute settlements. It advised Partners Group Ltd on all IP-related matters before public authorities and courts, acted for Capvis on rebranding across various jurisdictions and in a conflict against a registered trade mark, and drafted a joint venture and IP licensing agreement between Chr. Hansen Holding A/S and Lonza AG. Key contacts are the 'very diligent' practice head Nicolas Birkhäuser and Clara-Ann Gordon.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Testimonials

Very responsive team; advice is comprehensive and typically commercially-minded.

Nicolas Birkhauser (partner) is very diligent, provides timely and comprehensive advice, even if he is on holiday.

Key clients

Capvis

Thomson Reuters

Partners Group

Procter & Gamble

Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

Krüger GmbH & Co. KG

Healey Sports Cars Switzerland

ASSA ABLOY AB

The Body Shop

Navistar

TMT Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG fields 'a very strong team' and it is adept at handling data security projects and GDPR compliance matters, along with IT licensing and technological procurement. Department heads András Gurovits and Clara-Ann Gordon are 'an ideal combination'. Data protection-oriented Gordon is 'very experienced' and stands out for her 'strategic-thinking'. Recent work includes handling a cross-border outsourcing agreement drafting for Schindler; assisting SR Technics with its worldwide data privacy programme; and acting as Swiss counsel to Microsoft on its Mixed Reality research collaboration with ETH Zurich.

Practice head(s):

András Gurovits, Clara-Ann Gordon

Testimonials

All in all a very strong team that knows Switzerland like their pocket.’

Ann Gordon is a very experienced and strategic-thinking lawyer. She’s very responsive and delivers her task on point. Highly recommendable. She’s also very well connected and shows a strong business acumen.’

Expertise is excellent – clear statements and explanations – very structured working style – quickly notices the crucial points (Clara-Ann Gordon, Partner)

Availability is excellent; – efficient responsiveness; – very client orientated and mediates that you are an important client.’

We have a very longstanding relationship with NKF. NKF is a tier 1 law firm in Switzerland which offers legal advice in all fields that are relevant to us at FIFA. In particular, NKF also has expertise in sports law, litigation, tax law, etc., which is obviously very important to us. Due to this very longstanding relationship, NKF has deep insights into and is familiar with the particularities at FIFA.’

With regard to TMT, our main contacts are Clara-Ann Gordon and Andreas Gurovits. We highly appreciate their teamwork approach – it is an ideal combination since Clara-Ann comes from data privacy and Andreas has a business background in technology and sports. This is ideal for our needs.’

Key clients

Allianz Global

Amdocs

Audatex

Bitfinex

BearingPoint

Boston Scientific

Bühler

Constellium

Econis

FIFA

Finastra

Huawei

Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC

Microsoft

Red Bull

Schindler

Selecta

SR Technics

The Body Shop

Weatherford

World Economic Forum

Competition Tier 3

The team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG is regularly instructed by clients from a variety of industries, such as automotive, life sciences, insurance, consumer goods, and retail, among others. Led by Nicolas Birkhäuser, the group is experienced in investigations, M&A transactions, and drafting agreements, as well as cartels and abuse of dominance. Thomas Frick, who is well versed in the finance industry, is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Key clients

Credit Suisse AG

Atos / Worldline

Capvis Equity V LP

Coop Genossenschaft (CoopCooperative)

Procter & Gamble

CLS Bank International

ASSA ABLOY AB

Emere AG

Chr. Hansen Holding A/S

Birchmeier Bau AG

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG covers an impressive range of insolvency and restructuring matters. It regularly acts for creditors as well as banks and bankruptcy liquidators. Thomas Sprecher and Marco Häusermann lead the practice and both have a broad practice in the field. Bertrand Schott specialises in debt and equity restructurings and corporate workouts.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Sprecher; Marco Häusermann

Testimonials

The team’s style and approach is very professional and responsive. It is pleasant to work with and the expertise is excellent.’

Key clients

Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)

Bundesverband Deutscher Banken

Cytos Biotechnology AG

International Capital Markets Association (ICMA)

International Securities Lending Association (ISLA)

Leclanché

Securities Industry and Financial Market Association (SIFMA)

Securities Lending and Repo Committee (SLRC) – Capital Adequacy Directive Working Group

UniCredit

Commerzbank

Bluebay Asset Management

Private client Tier 3

Niederer Kraft Frey AG combines tax and private client practitioners in one team. It advises on a broad range of matters, including estate planning, matrimonial property law and foundation and philanthropic work; another area of expertise is divorce law. Thomas Graf is a tax specialist and leads the practice together with Catherine Grun Meyer, who can also offer assistance in employment law and dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Graf; Catherine Grun Meyer

Testimonials

The team has an excellent client base, pragmatic approach, good relationship with the cantonal revenue authorities, and great knowledge of the Swiss tax system.’

Thomas Graf has an excellent grasp of commercial, technical and personal issues.

Catherine Grun Meyer is appreciated for her professionalism, experience and intelligence. She provides outstanding work.’

Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust/competition
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Corporate governance
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions
Data protection and privacy
Dispute resolution
Employment
Intellectual property
Investigations
Private clients
Public law
Real estate
Social security and pensions
Sports
Tax
TMT
Trusts and foundations
White-collar crime
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