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Niederer Kraft Frey AG

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG advises leading banks and financial institutions on the full range of matters, with expertise across financing and regulatory matters, in addition to expertise in banking and insolvency litigation. The firm benefits from close relationships with regulatory authorities, and frequently plays an active role in the development of new legislation. Lead partner Sandro Abegglen has a strong reputation as a regulatory lawyer, with further expertise in contentious matters. Bertrand Schott and Adrian Koller are core team members, with Schott bringing experience in financial regulations and contractual work, while Koller specialises in financing transactions, including those with cross-border elements. Marco Häusermann and Philippe Weber are key names, as is Philip Spoerlé, who joined from Baker McKenzie in January 2022.

Practice head(s):


‘Commercially minded and always available.’

‘Adrian Koller provides timely and appropriate advice, keeps it simple and does not overcomplicate or take too much time.’

Key clients

UBS Switzerland AG,

Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd.

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Bank Julius Bär

Deutsche Bank

International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and International Securities Lending Association (ISLA)

Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs



ED&F Man

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS Switzerland AG and Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd. on the one hand and Zürcher Kantonalbank and further cantonal banks on the other hand, on the landmark refinancing of Swiss Prime Site’s existing bank mortgages.
  • Advised the arrangers on all Swiss law and tax aspects for the financing of Bain and Cinven for the acquisition of Lonza’s Specialty Ingredients (now called Arxada), a division of Lonza AG (a Swiss headquartered listed company), for an enterprise value of CHF4.2bn consisting of a combination of credit and sustainability-linked notes issuances.
  • Advised the bank syndicate, including Zürcher Kantonalbank, acting as arranger and agent, Credit Suisse, acting as arranger and security agent, and UBS, acting as arranger, on the acquisition financing of Aebi Schmidt Group for its acquisition of Monroe Truck Equipment.

Switzerland > Capital markets Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG covers the full spectrum of debt, equity and hybrid capital market products, and has particular strength in handling IPOs. The team is noted for its ability to manage large cross-border transactions, which draws in a highly international client base. Key names within the department include the highly experienced François M. Bianchi, transaction specialist Daniel Bono, and Philipp Haas, whose practice includes spin-offs and IPOs. Till Spillmann has broad expertise across complex international and domestic matters, while Philippe Weber advises on equity and debt capital market transactions, and Andrea Giger has experience in rights offerings and block trades.

Key clients

PolyPeptide Group AG

Bank Julius Baer Ltd.

EPIC Suisse

Kernkraftwerk Leibstadt AG


Bell Food Group

Global Blue Holding AG

Swiss Steel Group AG

Banking syndicate led by BofA Securities, SVB Leerink and Credit Suisse

Banking syndicate consisting of Berenberg, Zürcher Kantonalbank and Commerzbank


Bain and Cinven

Macquire Group Limited (MGL)

Digital Realty

Sportradar Group AG

Julius Baer Group Ltd.

Idorsia Ltd

Meyer Burger Technology AG

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co KG, Commerzbank AG

EQT, VFS Group

Axpo Holding AG

Chronext AG

Swiss Re, Glencore, JP Morgan, Citibank, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch International, Morgan Stanley, HSBC, Natwest, UBS Limited, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered

Credit Suisse AG


Work highlights

  • Advised UBS and ZKB in their capacity as joint bookrunners on Mobimo’s successful capital increase by way of a rights offering launched in April 2022, in which Mobimo shareholders were allocated subscription rights in proportion to their shareholdings in Mobimo.
  • Advised EPIC Suisse AG as issuer’s counsel in connection with its initial public offering and listing on SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • Advised Sportradar Group AG (Sportradar) on its IPO on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, which launched with a total market capitalisation of approximately $8bn.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG acts in a diverse range of high profile and multinational transactions, with notable sector expertise in the pharmaceutical and life sciences, financial services, and high-tech industries. Practice head Philipp Haas focuses on cross border transactions for listed and privately held companies. Core names include M&A and corporate finance specialist, Adrian Koller, as well as Moritz Maurer and Patrik Peyer, both of whom have expertise in private equity and venture capital. Also key to the team are capital markets experts, Till Spillmann and Thomas Brönnimann, and Philippe Weber who handles governance and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):


‘The team is for each task / transaction always perfectly staffed (diverse, not too many, not too few). Each team member takes ownership (on his/her level) and always thinks one step ahead.’

‘Moritz Maurer is my go-to M&A lawyer. He makes the deal happen. He is extremely quick, 24/7 on top of things, a brilliant negotiator and 100% reliable. Moritz is the perfect M&A lawyer with the right business mindset. And, on top, he is fun to be around.

‘They are massively responsive to the needs of their clients, a real “class act”.’

‘Dr Philippe Weber, one of the hardest working lawyers I have ever worked with.’

‘Thomas Brönnimann, one of the brightest lawyers I have worked with – never misses a point.’

‘Moritz Maurer: always available even under pressure, actively develops leads, which is not done by many competitors.’

‘Philipp Haas really stands out. Excellent advice and a great communication style.’

‘Customer needs are totally addressed. The customer is totally in the focus.’

Key clients

A.P. Møller Holding


Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (FEMSA)

EQT Private Equity



ICI / Corden Pharma

SFS Group

Akara Group

Storskogen Group AG

Partners Group

Ardian’s portfolio company Frulact Serviços Partilhados SA

Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services AG

INA Invest Holding AG

Fidelidade Companhia de Seguros, S.A.


Vantage Education Group

HCL Technologies

responsAbility Investment AG


Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss counsel to A.P. Møller Holding A/S on the acquisition of Unilabs from funds advised by Apax Partners LLP.
  • Advised in its capacity as lead counsel EQT Private Equity on the sale of a majority stake in VFS Global, the leading visa outsourcing services provider, to Blackstone.
  • Acted as Swiss counsel to leading Latin American retailer FEMSA on the acquisition of Valora Holding AG by way of public tender cash offer.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG acts in both domestic litigation and cross-border disputes, with a client list that includes global banks, leading technology companies, multinational corporations and high-profile sports organisations. ‘World class lawyer’ Daniel Eisele, who has over 25 years’ experience in litigation and arbitration, co-leads the practice alongside Tamir Livschitz, who is praised for being ‘well connected in the Swiss industry and beyond’. Other key names in the group include Valerie Meyer Bahar, who covers corporate, commercial and employment litigation, Lukas Beeler, who focuses on the financial market, and white-collar crime specialist Juerg Bloch. Associate Anja Vogt is a key force of the team at the junior level.

Practice head(s):


‘The team works very efficiently, responds very quickly even to last-minute enquiries and provides competent and courteous advice. The coverage of the legal fields is very broad and deep.’

‘NKF’s litigation practice is of outstanding quality. We are highly satisfied with their work. It consists of great legal minds, paired with longstanding experience in difficult cases – which is really helpful if you are in need of a very good representation.’

‘Daniel Eisele is our key contact person. He is a world class lawyer, extremely experienced, smart, tactically brilliant, with good judgements and able to present the best possible arguments. He is the litigator you want to have in your team.’

‘NKF has a very strong dispute practice. They can handle complex matters, keep good oversight, have a pragmatic approach and are very capable in drafting submissions.’

‘We have mainly worked with Daniel Eisele, who is the head of the litigation practice. He is a top litigator who is extremely experienced, having fought many difficult legal battles in the past. He has not only a very good legal, but also an excellent commercial understanding.’

‘NKF is the best choice for complex dispute matters in Switzerland. They have a team of highly competent people – very committed to win cases, to convince the court with the best available arguments. ‘

‘The depth and breadth of NKF’s litigation team is excellent. They have outstanding experts on all levels, senior and junior. NKF’s reaction time for client requests is short. You get prompt answers to all questions and they provide reliable and highly competent services.’

‘The team leader, Tamir Livschitz, is well connected in the Swiss industry and beyond. The team is exceptionally knowledgable, fast and international.’

Key clients


Black Diamond Equipment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BSI Bank



Credit Suisse AG

EFG International AG


HDI Global

Prada Group

UBS Group

EMIX Trading AG

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

Work highlights

  • Advising EMIX Trading AG in relation to parliamentary and governmental investigations conducted in Switzerland and Germany.
  • Acted as Swiss law expert for a US insurance company in connection with a UK court proceeding regarding a serious accident in Switzerland.
  • Filed a statement of defence on behalf of a Swiss company, in relation to claims of more than CHF100m made against the client by two Swiss plaintiffs.

Switzerland > Employment Tier 1

The employment team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG - frequently identifed as ‘exceptionally strong' and ‘excellent’ - is co-led by the ‘outstanding’ and ‘exceptionally skillful' Valerie Meyer Bahar and the ‘first class' Catherine Grun Meyer; it advises clients on the full scope of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Particular areas of expertise include cross-border personnel lending matters, employment matters in relation to M&A transactions, employment litigation, and discrimination claims. The practice group’s industry sector experience is wide, with clients ranging from technology, finance and insurance, to professional services and family offices.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Grun Meyer; Valerie Meyer Bahar

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Casutt


Very valuable support. To the point, carefully weighing various options, targeted advice.

Dr. Andreas Casutt is a highly professional and pleasant lawyer who wants the best for the client. Exceptional customer orientation. Excellent value for money.

Deep expertise on the employment issues that matter to me; not just the legal facts but also the interpretation. Solid advice on contractual matters, including practical suggestions on what tradeoffs to make in negotiation.

Highly responsive, professional, helpful. Wiling to take time whilst on holiday to help me meet a deadline. Overall, a pleasure to work with, while also leaving me confident that I was getting the best advice possible.

The employment-law team at this firm is characterised by its exceptionally strong and experienced individuals, who are able to demonstrate impressive expertise and extremely strong negotiating skills.

We experienced Dr. Valerie Meyer Bahar as an exceptionally skillful employment lawyer and litigator who provided highest-quality advice which she is able to deliver very comprehensibly. We can recommend Dr. Valerie Meyer Bahar in every respect as an outstanding professional.

As a full service and tier-one firm, Niederer Kraft Frey cover all aspects of a client’s needs. Even though we usually use Catherine (Grun) as a single point of entry, we always get a tailor-made solution by the respective specialists without delay. Hence, the firm can solve complex issues on a top-level basis. We are extremely content with them in all areas where they work for us. Niederer Kraft Frey are easy to work with. They get the job done. They know how we operate and what we value. We trust each other which speeds up the process so that we get quickly to the core of the issue.’

‘Catherine Grun is a great pleasure to work with. Her advice is well thought out, measured and to the point. She has a capacity to understand and deal with what is going on at every level. She applies her deep legal expertise and broad industry knowledge to get to the results a client needs. She is a first-class lawyer.’

Key clients

Capvis Equity Partners



Global Blue and Silverlake




Swiss Steel Holding

HCM International

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders regarding the dismissal for cause (immediate termination) of the CEO of a family office as a result of his breach of duty, abuse of the trust of the family, and acted for his own benefit instead of that of the company. Deal value CHF1.6m.
  • Representing a Swiss private bank and its subsidiary against the former CEO of the latter; the ongoing dispute concerns the termination of an employment relationship as well as the potential payment of kick-backs to the former CEO by third parties – it may also involve a criminal proceeding.
  • Advising a client in the Swiss financial industry on litigation against the former top management, against multiple former employees, and against a discrimination claim brought by a former employee, as well as advising the client on all aspects of employment law. Deal value CHF5m.

Switzerland > Fintech Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG acts for traditional financial service providers and fintech companies of all sizes, and provides support on the full range of M&A transactions, litigation, and regulatory matters. The department has notable expertise in the cryptocurrency area, often working with crypto brokers, crypto exchanges, and wallet providers. Practice head Thomas A Frick handles a diverse range of matters including the setup of crypto exchanges, structuring security token offerings, repositioning existing cryptocurrencies, and the filing of fintech licenses. Bertrand Schott is another key name, and has expertise across financial market regulations, financial infrastructure, and payment system regulations.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AMNIS Treasury Services


BC Capital

Crescent Fintech Ltd.

Move Digital

Finch Capital




Swiss Impulse Group AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Crescent Fintech Ltd on setting up a Swiss asset manager for foreign crypto investment funds.
  • Advised Hyperion on setting up a crypto asset manager.
  • Provded Newcent with general legal advice on all matters related to the legal set up of a Swiss FinTech licence.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG's Zurich office covers sectors including energy, transport, life sciences, financial services, real estate, and technology. The firm handles dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, tax, banking, and competition matters, among other areas.

Other key lawyers:

Philippe WeberPhilipp HaasTamir Livschitzele/">Danielele/"> Eisele; Clara-Ann Gordon; András Gurovits; Thomas Graf; Catherine Grun Meyer; Andreas F Vögeli; Nicolas Birkhaeuser

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG’s is well recognised for its tailored advice which covers the full lifecycle of real estate from acquisition to disposition in all major cantons of Switzerland. The firm leverages its multidisciplinary status, often collaborating with other practice groups including tax, banking, and dispute resolution to increase efficiency. Andreas F Vögeli  heads the team and has considerable experience in multi-jurisdictional real estate transactions and land development. He is often supported by Oliver Zbinden who has vast experience with complex Lex Koller issues and with environmental matters.

Practice head(s):

Andreas F. Vögeli

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Zbinden; Annina Fey; Jamie Lee Mancini



‘Law firm with an excellent reputation and a very strong real estate team that goes always the extra mile to achieve best results.’

‘Very good people and communication skills, persuasive personality, high availability, outstanding negotiating skills, perfect knowledge about real estate law (especially Andreas Vögeli but also his team members Oliver Zbinden, Annina Fey and Jamie Lee Mancini).’

‘The team is reliable; binding and trustworthy; they are understanding the different supply chain steps in the real estate industry. They are using the technical state-of-the-art standards state.’

‘They are interested in understanding the problem und try to solve it; the team is content and solution oriented.’

‘Longstanding market practice Excellent network Nice People Deal oriented and pragmatic.’

‘Very broad know-how in real estate issues. Individuals with a high degree and experience in their specialty. So – from our point of view – a competent partner for real estate “challenges” for all legal issues.’

‘Annina Fey understood very quickly where the challenges lay in the topics presented. This is remarkable because in the area of real estate for telecommunications buildings, many issues are extremely closely linked to the challenges of Swisscom’s core business. In addition, the cooperation was extremely trusting, committed, open and very professional.’

‘Andreas Voegeli, in-depth real estate, market and legal knowledge.’

Key clients

A.P. Møller Holding A/S

Boltshauser Architekten AG


Frulact Serviços Partilhados SA

Ina Invest Holding AG

Mettler2Invest AG

Swiss Finance Property AG

Swisscom Immobilien AG

AXA Investment Managers (Schweiz) AG

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

Canton of Zug

Credit Suisse Asset Management AG (resp. its Real Estate Funds and Real Estate Foundation; SIX Swiss Exchange listed)

EQT Partner AG

REWE Group (

Rhystadt AG

RUAG Real Estate AG

Schroder Investment Management (Switzerland) AG (resp. the Real Estate Fund Schroder ImmoPlus|(SIX Swiss Exchange listed)

ZKB / Swisscanto Invest

Work highlights

  • Advised Ina Invest on the acquisition of a majority stake in CERES Group Holding Ltd (CERES) and contracts regarding the “Bredella” development project at Pratteln railway station and three ancillary properties in Pratteln and Aesch, Basel-Land.
  • Advised on the acquisition of a large commercial property with a single tenant and a “roof and shed” lease as well as the sale of two very large commercial buildings in Zurich.
  • Advised on various real estate transactions (on seller as well as buyer side) throughout Switzerland (including the German, French and Italian speaking regions of Switzerland) and various large construction / development projects.

Switzerland > Tax Tier 1

Niederer Kraft Frey AG provides a diverse range of tax services, including handling litigation and negotiations with authorities, advising on high-value corporate and capital market transactions, and supporting high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Team lead Thomas Graf, who has significant experience in the tax space, specialises in advising large businesses on tax matters related to M&A, corporate reorganisations, and financing transactions. Also key are Markus Kronauer, whose areas of expertise include securities and capital markets transactions, and Christina Rinne, who covers matters related to national and international VAT for both corporate and private clients. Daniela Schmucki is particularly active on behalf of high-net-worth individuals, and has notable expertise handling tax matters for athletes and sports organisations.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

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‘This team is one of the leading tax teams in Switzerland, which we especially use for their unrivalled expertise in indirect taxes (VAT and customs) related to cross-border transactions and international supply chain structuring.’

‘Christina Rinne is definitely the go-to expert! Her extraordinary expertise and know-how allows us to find (tax) efficient solutions for global supply chain challenges.’

‘Thomas Graf is an excellent tax practitioner.’

Key clients



Anheuser Busch

beecom Products AG

Credit Suisse AG Switzerland

Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) SA

CGS Management

EFG International

Invision AG

SIG Combibloc PurchaseCo S.à r.l

Selecta Group

PolyPeptide Group AG (Issuer) and Draupnir Holding B.V. (Selling Shareholder)

Julius Baer Group Ltd.

Axpo Holding AG

ObsEva SA

Mobimo (Proj Bernina)

Global Blue


Peach Property

Akara Group

Work highlights

  • Advised UBS and ZKB in their capacity as joint bookrunners in Mobimo’s successful capital increase by way of a rights offering launched on 21 April 2022, in which Mobimo shareholders were allocated subscription rights in proportion to their shareholdings in Mobimo.
  • Advised Axpo Holding AG on the placement of a CHF500m bond. The bond is issued in two tranches and is the first sustainability-linked bond placed by a Swiss utility provider.
  • Advised Credit Suisse (Switzerland) Ltd., acting as arranger, agent, security agent and original lender, on the financing of AS Equity Partners’ acquisition of SPS Post Solutions from Swiss Post.

Switzerland > Competition Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG is reputed for its collaboration with international firms on complex, precedent setting, competition matters across various industries including retail, pharmaceuticals, finance, and infrastructure. The firm is regularly involved in investigation proceedings and management during dawn raids. Practice head Nicolas Birkhäuser has particular expertise with distribution systems and merger control. He is supported by Thomas A Frick and Paloma Alcántara who have experience with international matters.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Thomas A Frick; Paloma Alcántara


‘Very deep know-how of the topics. Great collaboration.’

‘Niederer Kraft & Frey is a law firm with excellent knowledge and services and is solution oriented.’

‘They understand the business of the clients. Also, Nicolas Birkhäuser has an excellent knowledge of the complex material.’

‘Lots of knowledge of competition laws as well as local competition experience.’

‘Nicolas Birkhäuser: local competition experience, thorough review and clear advice / suggestions.’

Key clients


FibroGen Inc.


Coop Genossenschaft (Coop Cooperative)

CLS Bank International

Credit Suisse AG

BMW Leasing

Flumroc AG / ROCKWOOL group

Procter & Gamble

Schweiter Technologies AG


Birchmeier Bau AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Procter & Gamble on various legal matters, including matters relating to distribution, advertisement, promotions, relative market power and dominance as well as in relation to initiatives of the Competition Commission.
  • Advised Coop Cooperative in various competition law matters, including advising on contractual relationships, listings, complex negotiations of significant long-term contracts, and standing by in case of a dawn raid.

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG‘s ‘highly skilled‘ data privacy practice assists large multinational tech corporations, healthcare providers, and biotech companies in data privacy compliance and cyber security audits, cross-border data transfers, and outsourcing matters. The team is jointly led by András Gurovits, whose corporate practice overlaps with matters in the area of technology, and Clara-Ann Gordon, who focuses on TMT, outsourcing, as well as transactional and contentious matters Fintech, machine learning, and blockchain are areas of recent growth for the team.


‘Professional and timely responses.’

‘Quick responses and good understanding of the business.’

‘Highly skilled across multiple levels of seniority. Strong sense of ownership and commitment.’

‘The team I work with has deep expertise, is highly engaged and drives business oriented output.’

Key clients

Allianz Global


Axpo Services AG



Balgrist Hospital


Grasshopper Football Ltd



Mediterranean Shipping Company MSC


Mercury Engineering Ltd

General Motors





SR Technics


World Economic Forum

Zoll Medical

EntServ (DXC Group)

Work highlights

  • Advised NEC Corporation on the acquisition by way of an auction of Avaloq, a global leader in digital banking solutions.
  • Acting as Swiss counsel to Microsoft Corporation in the negotiations of a collaboration agreement for Mixed Reality research with ETH Zurich. Especially in relation to the design of the contracts on which the cooperations are based, with a focus on security and data protection.
  • Acting as Swiss legal counsel on the acquisition of a Swiss technology provider, covering all M&A and corporate aspects as well as shareholder matters.

Switzerland > Intellectual property Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG‘s intellectual property team is led by Nicolas Birkhäuser, who has extensive experience with commercial contracts and both national and international intellectual property strategies. The practice provides assistance on matters including dispute settlement, litigation, brand protection strategies, trade marks and licensing agreements, among others, and clients describe the practice as possessing ‘great expertise'. The team’s experience spans numerous areas including life sciences, arts, financial services, politics and consumer goods.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Birkhäuser

Other key lawyers:

Janine Reudt-Demont; Valerie Meyer


Helpful and able to explain complex things.’

Janine Reudt-Demont is an exceptional attorney when it comes to life sciences and healthcare regulatory issues.

Customers are taken seriously, their needs are addressed, the great expertise provides security and the broad know-how creates trust. The solution is always in the foreground.

Our contact person is Nicolas Birkhäuser. In the meantime, he knows our needs and requirements, is human, listens, understands, looks for the right solution and responds to the customer. He works quickly and professionally.

Our work with this team is very smooth, I cannot recall at any moment we feel distressed for: 1. not knowing what to do – they always hold your hand; 2. not sure where the case is heading towards – they are very experienced lawyers and they know the process, the outcome for similar cases, and analyze counter party’s possible reaction. In short, you feel very comfortable your case is in good hands.

Valerie Meyer and Nicolas Birkhauser led our case, and both are absolutely great. Our company deals with various type of legal issues in different regions, and Meyer and Birkhauser stand out in terms of: 1. The confidence they give us in everything we discuss about the case – this comes from their extended experiences. 2. Clear legal strategy since start of the case – it’s very comforting as a client knowing where we are heading.

NKF has been our firm in Switzerland for years. They have extensive knowledge of our clients’ business and are trusted collaborative partners in the region.

Nicolas Birkhäuser has been my initial contact for years, but the firm, as a whole, is very responsive. Nicolas responds in a timely manner and always has sound advice in a very challenging business climate.

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

SkySale Schweiz

Thomson Reuters



Josef Binkert

The Body Shop


Assa Abloy


Navistar International

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Procter & Gamble concerning IP and unfair competition matters in Switzerland.
  • Advising SkySale Schweiz with its brand “” with respect to an alleged infringement of the trade mark “Apple” and sales of various allegedly counterfeit products.
  • Advising a company providing intelligent business information with regard to its trade mark strategy, trade mark applications and the administration of its existing trade marks.

Switzerland > Private client Tier 2

Catherine Grun Meyer and Thomas Graf lead the private client team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG; Meyer has expertise in succession planning work, while Graf specialises in national and international tax law. The firm’s client roster consists of Swiss and Swiss-domiciled individuals, which the group advises on estate planning issues, international asset transfers, family disputes, art law, and relocation mandates, among others. Clients particularly compliment the firm’s ‘tailor made‘ and ‘pragmatic’ solutions.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Grun Meyer; Thomas Graf

Other key lawyers:

Michaela Zehnder; Daniel Antognini; Tom Hochstrasser


‘I have worked with Thomas Graf and Catherine Grun Meyer. They are both very engaged, personable and knowledgeable.’

‘Catherine Grun Meyer – strong analytical skills and cross-border/conflict of laws expertise. Thomas Graf – a wealth of experience on Swiss and international tax matters relevant to private clients and their businesses. Pragmatic and solution-driven.’

‘As a full service firm, Niederer Kraft Frey can cover all aspects of a client’s needs. I always get the tailor-made solution by the respective specialists without delay. Hence, the firm can solve complex issues at a top-level. I am extremely content with them in all areas they work for me. Niederer Kraft Frey have a broad and in depth-knowledge and are very hands-on, always thinking of the best solution for the client. They know how I operate and what I value. We trust each other which speeds up the process so that we get quickly to the core of the issue.’

‘Catherine Grun Meyer is a pleasure to work with. Her advice is well thought through, measured and to the point. She has the capacity to understand and deal with what is going on at every level. She applies her deep legal expertise and broad industry knowledge to get to the results a client needs. She is a first-class lawyer and a great professional, and not only shows deep understanding of the case from a legal perspective, but also understands the personal implications for me.’

‘Catherine Grun Meyer is a true market leader. Daniel Antognini and Tom Hochstrasser are increasingly visible in the market too.’

‘Niederer Kraft Frey covers the whole spectrum of corporate, Tax and Private Client law. They know the Swiss market and market participants extremely well and are exceptionally well networked on the legal market. Every lawyer from Niederer Kraft Frey has remarkable knowledge of complex Private Client matters. The team have a lot of experience and bring innovative solutions with a holistic approach. In addition to its comprehensive legal capability, the firm has an incredibly modern set-up.’

‘Catherine Grun Meyer is my first person of contact and a very much appreciated legal colleague. With many years of experience in the practice of private clients, she is truly a luminary in the field of private client law with a strong technical knowledge. Catherine has great experience advising on complex private client matters. It is amazing how smoothly the cooperation with Catherine always runs and it is a real pleasure to work with her.’

‘Catherine Grun Meyer, Michaela Zehnder and Thomas Graf are all first-rate lawyers. They display significant care regarding outcomes for their clients. They are involved with the ‘whole family’ from the principals to the children – they know what makes each family member tick and this translates into practical advice.’

Switzerland > Sports law Tier 2

Niederer Kraft Frey AG‘s particular strengths include sports arbitration, sports-related commercial disputes, sanctions, anti-doping rule infringements and eligibility matters, alongside its media expertise. Clients range from sports federations and enterprises to individuals, and the team is led by András Gurovits, who has extensive experience advising sport governing bodies and athletes, as well as serving as an arbitrator in sports matters. Daniel Eisele is specialised in disputes concerning entertainment and sports issues, with further knowledge of construction, banking, pharmaceuticals, and commerce. Tamir Livschitz‘s key focus is dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

András Gurovits

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Eisele; Tamir Livschitz; Thomas Hochstrasser


‘NKF’s sports team has in-depth field and theoretical knowledge that is relevant for clients’ legal issues.’

‘Andras Gurovits and Thomas Hochstrasser provide prompt response to questions and straightforward answers for clients.’

‘I have worked in several international arbitration cases with András Gurovits. He is a very talented and hard-working lawyer, who has a profound knowledge of the sports regulations and practice as well as of Swiss Law. It is always a pleasure working with him.’

‘Pleasant cooperation and commitment in all matters.’

‘Competent, friendly and professional support.’

Key clients

Junckers Industrier A/S

Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)

Ferencváros Budapest Football Club

Grasshopper Football Foundation

Grasshopper Football Ltd

Hungarian Football Federation

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors Football Club

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

Swiss Ice Hockey Federation

FC Basel Holding AG, FC Basel 1893 AG

FC Winterthur

David Degen (former national player of the Swiss national football team, owner FC Basel)

Philipp Degen (former national player of the Swiss national football team, owner SBE Management AG)

Daniela Ryf (world famous triathlon athlete)

Loris Benito (football, Swiss national team, FC Girondins Bordeaux)

Gregor Kobel (football, Swiss national team, Borussia Dortmund)

SBE Management AG (leading football agency)

Jan van Berkel (Swiss national team, triathlon)

Silvan Dillier (Swiss national team, road cycling)

Adrian Grbic (football, FC Lorient)

Kevin Rüegg (football, Hellas Verona)

Ludovic Magnin (former national player of the Swiss national football team, former coach FC Zürich)

Shkodran Mustafi (football, German national team)

Julian von Moos (football, FC Basel)

Pajtim Kasami (football, Swiss national team, FC Basel)

Yusuf Demir (football, FC Barcelona)

Becir Omeragic (football, FC Zurich)

Work highlights

  • Advises Grasshopper Football Ltd. in a wide range of sports and corporate matters.
  • Advises the IIHF in a wide range of sports and corporate matters, as well as compliance issues.
  • Advises Ferencváros in a wide range of sports and corporate matters as well as in legal proceedings.

Switzerland > TMT Tier 2

The ‘highly engaged’ TMT team at Niederer Kraft Frey AG combines expertise in broadcasting rights, data privacy and IoT with in-depth sector knowledge, for example in relation to sports. The firm is also often approached by clients for its strengths in cybersecurity and frequently advises on M&A transactions in the TMT sector. The ‘very devoted’ András Gurovits leads the practice together with Clara-Ann Gordon, who focuses on outsourcing, data protection, e-discovery and compliance.

Practice head(s):

András Gurovits; Clara-Ann Gordon


‘Highly skilled across multiple levels of seniority. Strong sense of ownership and commitment.’

‘The team has deep expertise, is highly engaged and drives business-oriented output.’

‘András Gurovits is very devoted to his clients, and you can count on him 100% when you need it.’

Key clients

Allianz Global

Atlas Technology, China





Schindler Holding AG

Swiss life

SR Technics


RHI Magnesita

World Economic Forum



General Motors




Zoll medical

ING Bank

Regnology (previously BearingPoint RegTech)


Mercury Engineering Ltd


Cyberfish AG

QNB (Switzerland) Ltd


Investindustrial Acquisition Corp.

A.P. Møller Holding A/S

Ironman Group

Pitcher AG

beecom AG

Work highlights

  • Advised NEC Corporation on an acquisition by way of auction of Avaloq, a global leader in digital banking solutions.
  • Advised Microsoft on negotiations with Swiss Federation for public cloud.
  • Acting as Swiss legal counsel for Huawei Technologies Inc. on the acquisition of a Swiss technology provider, covering all M&A and corporate aspects as well as shareholders matters.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Niederer Kraft Frey AG has strength in both domestic and international arbitration proceedings, and covers a broad range of sectors, including the financial, construction, and defence industries. Daniel Eisele has more than 25 years’ experience in dispute resolution, and specialises in commercial arbitration proceedings in the construction, licensing, and real estate sectors. Eisele co-leads the team alongside Tamir Livschitz, who is qualified to practice in Israel and the State of New York, in addition to Switzerland. Valerie Meyer Bahar, and Anja Vogt, who made partner in January 2023, are also key names.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘Daniel Eisele is very experienced and tactically agile, with very good judgement and excellent legal skills. Tamir Livschitz is very responsive and drafts convincing submissions, an efficient and very internationally minded counsel. Anja Vogt is also a very talented arbitration counsel with great expertise in challenging arbitration cases. She is well organized and extremely responsive.’

‘Daniel Eisele is an immensely experienced and brilliant tactician; his strategic instincts are second to none. Daniel really fights hard for his clients and always gets straight to the heart of the matter. He has a fantastic manner with clients and colleagues alike and is a real team player.’

‘I was always impressed with the NKF team and find them to be outstandingly skilful, exceptionally experienced, very precise, efficient and responsive. They show total dedication to their cases and clients and really do the absolute best for their clients. Their advice is always legally incisive, precise, solution-oriented and concrete.’

‘Tamir Livschitz is an extremely bright arbitration practitioner, with extensive experience in the fields of international arbitration. He is razor-sharp, focused and unflappable. Tamir has superb judgement and an excellent grasp of the law, and is very thorough in his approach. For Anja Vogt: Anja is a very bright and switched on practitioner with a meticulous attention to detail.’

‘The team consists of very skilful, highly capable and impressively bright practitioners with extensive experience in handling the most complex arbitrations. I always valued their thought-through, pragmatic and straightforward advice. NKF’s practitioners are exceptionally dedicated, energetic, hard-working and truly collaborative.’

‘Daniel Eisele is an extraordinarily creative and immensely experienced legal mind. He is a brilliant strategic thinker and capable of developing compelling arguments when others might simply have given up. I always found that Daniel displays unparalleled commitment, energy, and commitment. What always impressed me is his measured advocacy and his ability to disarm the opponent in a calm and polite way. Daniel is simply great to work with.’

‘They have a very profound understanding of the law, are very client-focused and have an impressive ability to present the most complex case in a convincing and comprehensible manner. The NKF team members have a true fighting spirit and always provide concrete and straightforward advice. In addition, they are very friendly and down-to-earth. In my opinion, NKF has an outstanding arbitration practice.’

‘NKF has an excellent ability to represent clients in large arbitration cases. Tactically savvy and good commercial awareness for the client’s needs. NKF’s lawyers are very responsive. They are easy to work with and have a great commitment to advising the client in the best possible way.’

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Niederer Kraft Frey AG has comprehensive experience in both restructuring and insolvency, with a record of acting for companies, creditors, banks, and bankruptcy liquidators on the full range of matters. Marco Häusermann has broad expertise in restructurings and workouts of all forms of debt, and co-leads the department with Thomas Sprecher, who advises clients in litigation, bankruptcy, and restructuring. Bertrand Schott covers national and cross-border restructuring and insolvency cases.

Key clients

ED&F Man Group

International Capital Markets Association

Vantage Education AG

International Securities Lending Association


Credit Suisse


Morgan Stanley


Work highlights

  • Advised the ED&F Man Group and its Swiss subsidiary, Volcafe Ltd, on its successful restructuring, cross-border USD 1.5bn refinancing and in connection with the implementation of its UK restructuring plan.
  • Advised Vantage Education AG on the acquisition of the Swiss Marketing Academy from the distressed (former) Swimac Swiss Marketing Academy GmbH.
  • Rendering the Swiss legal opinions on the validity and enforceability of the Global Master Repurchase Agreement and the various Securities Lending Master Agreements used worldwide by banks and other financial institutions.

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations Tier 3

Niederer Kraft Frey AG is active in multi-jurisdictional white-collar matters and regularly collaborates with leading international firms. The team has capabilities in the banking, insurance, energy, retail, and healthcare industry in matters such as bribery, antitrust, cybercrimes and extradition. The practice is particularly adept at advising financial institutions on economic sanctions and export control matters, and has conducted several cross-border and domestic investigations related to anti-money laundering and harassment amongst others. Philipp Candreia  primarily represents clients in the financial sector in domestic and cross border regulatory investigations, as well as enforcement proceedings; he is supported by Juerg Bloch who has over 14 years of experience in investigations and white-collar crime defense work.

Practice head(s):

Juerg Bloch; Philipp Candreia


‘Very focused, keep the overview in a very complex case in several jurisdictions, available 24/7, out of the box thinking.’

‘Juerg Bloch – We have worked with Juerg for several years. Juerg is the team leader at NKF (of a team of 5-10 attorneys) and lead counsel to various firms across the globe. Juerg is the strategic mastermind who at the same time is on top of every detail. It is very easy to work with Juerg as he is a low-key and a very pleasant person.’

‘Very good work quality, responsiveness and pro-active support.’

‘Jürg Bloch: very good knowledge in compliance and investigations matters, in particular with regard to sanctions and legal assistance in international litigation. Very dedicated and willing to deliver.’

‘Very user friendly, organized, and effective. Energetic.’

‘Juerg Bloch is calm, clear, and thoughtful.’

‘NKF has simply the best, most experienced investigations and regulatory team in Switzerland, nobody comes close.’

‘Juerg Bloch is among the best lawyers available to counsel US clients on navigating the complex world of obtaining evidence or litigating in Switzerland.’

Key clients


Black Diamond Equipment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

BSI Bank



EMIX Trading AG

Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA)


HDI Global


Prada Group

UBS Group

Credit Suisse

International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)

B.A. Group

Work highlights

  • Advised EMIX Trading AG regarding a comprehensive cross-border investigation and regulatory, criminal and civil defence mandate.
  • Represented a multi-billion Swiss family trust office in a comprehensive multi-jurisdictional compliance investigation and various criminal and regulatory enforcement proceedings.
  • Represent a listed Swiss bank in regulatory pre-enforcement proceedings relating to a potential fraud matter by a third-party FX platform affecting clients of the bank, and alleged AML-related offences.

The firm:
Niederer Kraft Frey is a leading full service Swiss law firm based in Zurich and Geneva 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 innovative finance transactions, financial services regulatory and compliance matters, enforcement proceedings and governmental investigations.

    • The NKF regulatory team advised UBS, the world’s largest wealth manager, on legal and regulatory aspects of the retention of inducements paid by product providers i.c. with advised and execution only-transactions carried out for clients and the requirements on the monitoring of the bank’s relevant product shelves.
    • The NKF finance team acted as counsel on numerous domestic and cross-border credit and notes financings such as the landmark refinancing of Swiss Prime Site’s existing bank mortgages by two parallel unsecured ESG-linked credit facilities agreements with an aggregate value of CHF 2.6 billion or the financing for Bain and Cinven for the acquisition of Lonza’s Specialty Ingredients business and operations for an enterprise value of CHF 4.2 billion consisting of a combination of credit and sustainability-linked notes issuances.
    • NKF represented Credit Suisse in FINMA proceedings relating to the “spygate” affair which ended with a decree favourable for the bank in October 2021 and now advises Credit Suisse on the implementation of regulatory improvement measures.

Capital markets:
NKF regularly advises on the largest and most complex capital market transactions and have 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 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
    • Counsel to Porsche on its international initial public offering and listing on Frankfurt Stock Exchange
    • Swiss Counsel to the Global Coordinator, 4 other Joint Lead Managers and 15 Joint Bookrunners in the CHF 4 billion capital raise of Credit Suisse Group
    • Counsel as issuer or underwriter counsel on eight of the nine 2022 GDR listings on SIX Swiss Exchange under the China-Switzerland Stock Connect program launched in July 2022
    • Landmark CHF 20 billion Credit Suisse Switzerland Covered Bonds Programme
    • Represented Arrangers or Originators in all SIX listed Swiss ABS transactions since 2012

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.

NKF advises and represents individuals and multinational companies on all aspects of compliance, in particular anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, sanction and embargo compliance as well as antitrust compliance matters.

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.

    • Counsel to leading Latin American retailer FEMSA on the acquisition of Valora Holding AG by way of public tender cash offer
      Counsel to Partners Group on the acquisition of a majority stake in leading Swiss watchmaker Breitling from CVC
    • Represented Actelion on its USD 30 billion 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 USD 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 and handles all types of proceedings, in particular civil litigation, arbitration, administrative, criminal, and tax/customs proceedings.

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.

NKF has broad experience advising clients across many sectors on how to successfully manage ESG risks and availing ESG opportunities. The focus lies on the three key ESG pillars “ESG risk identification, reporting and disclosure”, “ESG risk management” and “sustainable and green Finance”.

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, multijurisdictional 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 Ina Invest Holding AG on the acquisition of 82’600 sqm within the development site Bredella
    • Advised Rhystadt AG on the acquisition of 160,000 sqm within the Klybeck site from Novartis
    • Advised Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank Credit Suisse Asset Management AG and Schroders on various real estate transactions

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.

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 INA Invest (spin-off from Implenia) on a major real estate acquisition transaction with respect to all tax issues including for the financing of the transaction
    • Advised Swiss global private banking group Julius Baer on the bond issuance by its parent company, Julius Baer Group Ltd., of USD 320 million perpetual non-cumulative and unsecured Additional Tier 1 (AT1) securities with no Swiss withholding tax on interest payments

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 Worldline on a technology driven strategic partnership in which Worldline acquired SIX Payment Services, the payment services division of SIX Swiss Exchange
    • 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
Banking and finance
Capital markets
Corporate/mergers and acquisitions
Data protection and privacy
Dispute resolution
Intellectual property
Private clients
Public law
Real estate
White-collar crime
Sandro Abegglen photoDr Sandro AbegglenSandro Abegglen advises leading Swiss and international banks, broker-dealers, asset managers, fund…
Paloma Alcántara photo Paloma AlcántaraPaloma Alcántara has broad international experience on Antitrust & Competition matters and…
Daniel Antognini photo Daniel AntogniniDaniel Antognini specialises in private and commercial client work and advises national…
Christoph Balsiger photoDr Christoph BalsigerChristoph Balsiger specializes in the fields of banking, regulatory and capital market…
Lukas Beeler photoDr iur Lukas BeelerLukas Beeler has extensive experience in dispute resolution. He specializes in domestic…
François M. Bianchi photoDr iur François M. BianchiFrancois Bianchi specializes in the fields of banking regulatory and capital market…
Nicolas Birkhaeuser photoMr Nicolas BirkhaeuserNicolas Birkhäuser advises undertakings in the field of Swiss and European competition…
Juerg Bloch photoDr iur Juerg BlochJuerg Bloch’s practice focuses on advising companies and individuals on corporate internal…
Daniel Bono photoMr Daniel BonoDaniel Bono’s practice focuses on capital markets, derivatives and structured finance, corporate…
Thomas Broennimann photoMr Thomas BroennimannThomas Brönnimann advises issuers, banks and institutional investors in capital market and…
Philipp Candreia photoDr Philipp CandreiaPhilipp Candreia, Partner, specializes in M&A transactions with a focus on the…
Andreas Casutt photoDr iur Andreas CasuttAndreas Casutt’s practice focuses mainly on corporate law, corporate governance, employment law…
Daniel Eisele photoMr Daniel EiseleDaniel Eisele specializes in large and complex litigation and arbitration proceedings, commercial…
Peter Forstmoser photoProf Dr Peter ForstmoserProf. Forstmoser specializes in Corporate Law (in particular Law of Stock Corporations…
Thomas A Frick photoDr iur Thomas A FrickThomas Frick specializes in counselling Swiss and foreign banks and other financial…
Andrea Giger photo Andrea GigerAndrea Giger’s practice focuses on complex international and domestic public and private…
Clara-Ann Gordon photoMs Clara-Ann GordonClara-Ann Gordon is specialized in the areas of TMT/Outsourcing, data privacy, internal…
Thomas Graf photoDr iur Thomas GrafThomas Graf specializes in national and international tax law. He has a…
Catherine Grun Meyer photoMs Catherine Grun MeyerCatherine Grun mainly focuses on inheritance, estate and family law (including marital…
András Gurovits photoDr iur András GurovitsAndrás Gurovits specializes in Technology (IT, Telecoms, Manufacturing, Regulatory) transactions (including acquisitions,…
Philipp Haas photoMr Philipp Haas
Marco Haeusermann photoMr Marco HaeusermannMarco Häusermann is a partner in the NKF banking, finance & regulatory…
Thomas Hochstrasser photo Thomas HochstrasserThomas Hochstrasser advises private clients on all matters of commercial, corporate, banking,…
Peter C Honegger photoDr iur Peter C HoneggerPeter Honegger specializes in banking and finance, mergers & acquisitions as well…
Peter R Isler photoDr iur Peter R IslerPeter Isler uses his broad legal experience in various areas of law,…
Livia Keller photo Livia KellerLivia Keller represents clients in employment, in contractual as well as in…
Adrian Koller photoMr Adrian KollerAdrian Koller’s practice focuses on public and private M&A and on financing…
Markus E Kronauer photoMr Markus E KronauerMarkus Kronauer specializes in all matters of tax advice for corporations, in…
Tamir Livschitz photoMr Tamir LivschitzTamir has extensive experience in different fields of dispute resolution, with a…
Moritz Maurer photoMr Moritz MaurerMoritz Maurer focuses on mergers & acquisitions, in particular as buyer’s advisor…
Valerie Meyer Bahar photoDr Valerie Meyer BaharValerie Meyer Bahar specializes in commercial litigation and arbitration as well as…
Patrik R Peyer photoDr Patrik R PeyerPatrik Peyer is the managing partner of Niederer Kraft Frey. He is…
Janine Reudt-Demont photo Janine Reudt-DemontJanine Reudt-Demont is a life sciences and healthcare specialist at Niederer Kraft…
Christina Rinne photoMs Christina RinneFor more than 20 years Christina Rinne has specialised in national and…
Ernst F Schmid photoDr iur Ernst F SchmidErnst F. Schmid is the former head of the dispute resolution group…
Daniela Schmucki photoMs Daniela SchmuckiDaniela Schmucki specializes in Swiss and international tax law. She has devoted…
Bertrand G. Schott photoDr Bertrand G. SchottBertrand Schott specialises in the regulation of financial services, investment funds and…
Rolf Sethe photoProf Dr iur Rolf SetheRolf Sethe’s practice focuses mainly on corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate…
Philip Spoerlé photoMr Philip SpoerléPhilip is a corporate finance specialist with a focus on complex debt…
Thomas Sprecher photoDr iur Thomas SprecherThomas Sprecher is recognised for his expertise in foundation law, association law…
Andreas F Vögeli photoMr Andreas F VögeliAndreas F. Vögeli heads the Real Estate team at Niederer Kraft Frey.…
Anja Vogt photo Anja VogtAnja Vogt represents clients of various industry sectors in international and domestic…
Philippe Weber photoDr Philippe WeberPhilippe Weber has vast experience in high profile corporate/M&A and capital markets…
Manuel Werder photoMr Manuel WerderManuel Werder’s practice focuses on corporate law and M&A, including private equity…
Oliver Zbinden photo Oliver Zbinden“Excellent real estate lawyer” (Legal 500 2022) Oliver Zbinden specialises in real…
Gaudenz G Zindel photoDr iur Gaudenz G ZindelGaudenz Zindel specializes in corporate and commercial law, particularly the law on…
Ulysses von Salis photoDr iur Ulysses von SalisUlysses von Salis specialises in private equity, M&A and corporate transactions as…
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Inmarsat selects SWISSto12’s HummingSat for I-8 Satellites to power L-band network

Niederer Kraft Frey advised SWISSto12 in its landmark deal with Inmarsat to build its new generation of spacecraft.

Ecorobotix SA completes Series B Prime financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Ecorobotix SA as Swiss counsel on its CHF 46 million Series B Prime financing round led by AQTON Private Equity GmbH and Cibus Capital LLP. Additional investments came from Swisscanto Invest/Swisscanto Growth Fund I, Yara Growth Ventures, Flexstone Partners, as well as existing investors including Swisscom Ventures, BASF Venture Capital, 4FOX Ventures and Verve Ventures.

NewBiologix raises USD 50m in series A financing

Niederer Kraft Frey advised NewBiologix on its launch and its USD 50 million series A financing.

Swiss Finance & Property AG arranges CHF 135m rights offering of Orascom Development Holding AG

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Swiss Finance & Property AG as sole lead manager and Helvetische Bank as settlement agent in Orascom's successful capital increase by way of a rights offering launched on 14 April 2023. The transaction consisted of an offering of subscription rights and a backstop commitment by the majority shareholder for shares for which subscription rights were not exercised. Orascom has issued 19,228,617 registered shares with a par value of CHF 5.00 each, leading to gross proceeds in an amount of approximately CHF 135 million. The cash proceeds from the offering will be used to finance current development projects in Oman, Montenegro and the United Kingdom and for general corporate purposes. The newly issued registered shares are listed and traded on SIX Swiss Exchange.

Stadtcasino Baden AG acquires the remaining 19% minority stake in Casinò Locarno SA and becomes sole shareholder

Niederer Kraft Frey advised the Stadtcasino Baden group on its acquisition of the remaining 19% minority stake in Casinò Locarno. With this acquisition, the Stadtcasino Baden group owns all shares of Casinò Locarno and further strengthens its position in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland.

VectivBio has its IPO on Nasdaq

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.

Securitisation of auto lease assets originated by AMAG Leasing AG

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 Programme

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.

PolyPeptide Group AG successfully opens Swiss IPO Season 2021 with an up to CHF 848m offering

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.

BC Capital AG (Bluecode) closes EUR 20m financing round

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.

Invision AG acquires majority stake in SkySale Schweiz GmbH

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.

Transgourmet acquires GM FOOD

Niederer Kraft Frey advised Transgourmet on the acquisition of GM FOOD.

Montana Aerospace AG successfully launches its IPO and starts trading on SIX

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.

David Degen acquires majority of shares in FC Basel Holding AG from Bernhard Burgener

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.

beecom AG acquired by Eficode

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.