Pestalozzi > Geneva, Switzerland > Firm Profile

Pestalozzi
COURS DE RIVE 13
1204 GENÈVE
Switzerland

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Pestalozzi’s ‘top Swiss arbitration practice’ is jointly led by Laurent Killias and IP specialist Thomas Legler in Zurich and Geneva respectively. The group acts for a broad range of clients in the full spectrum of arbitration proceedings including ad hoc, institutional, commercial and investment arbitrations; the team recently represented Turkmengas in a high-value ICC gas distribution dispute against the National Iranian Gas Company. Other key individuals include wider litigation and arbitration group head Michael Kramer, Thomas Rohner, Tanja Planinic and Florian Mohs. Lukas Rusch was promoted to the partnership and Christine Moehler became a counsel in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Pestalozzi is top ranked law firm in Switzerland, but at the same time provides boutique firm support, with very personal attention and understanding of client needs. Great background of all professionals and magnificent experience in all areas of expertise, mainly but not limited to litigation, business and other.’

‘Thomas Rohner – High personal and professional standards and magnificent background, with a business-oriented approach, practical and cooperative with customer needs.’

‘Very smart, extremely knowledgeable, and super nice people.’

‘Florian Mohs and Lukas Rusch worked very efficiently, presenting clearly the most relevant facts in a very simple and understandable way. Communication with them was very good.’

‘Top Swiss arbitration practice.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bouygues Construction

DHL

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

Republic of India

Swiss Life AG

Turkmengas

Work highlights

  • Represented Bouygues Construction in a post-M&A dispute against Alpiq concerning the sale of Alpiq’s engineering services business and achieved a favourable settlement for the client in late December 2020.
  • Represented Turkmengas in a high-value ICC gas arbitration dispute between Turkmengas and its Iranian counterpart, the National Iranian Gas Company, as well as in corresponding set-aside proceedings before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Led by Michael Kramer and Christophe Emonet in Zurich and Geneva respectively, Pestalozzi’s litigation and arbitration department has a broad base of sector expertise spanning the finance, energy, life sciences, industrial, retail, media, telecoms and construction industries, with particular experience in commodities and banking disputes as well as internal investigations. Within the group, Emonet also leads the white-collar crime practice, Kramer focuses on cross-border work, Thomas Rohner handles commercial, asset tracing, insolvency and inheritance matters; and Laurent Killias assists with both litigation and arbitration proceedings. Nicolas C Herren is also a key name to note, and Lukas Rusch was promoted to the partnership in 2021.

Testimonials

‘Very professional and greatly organised team.’

‘Laurent Killias is a great colleague who is extremely smart and knowledgeable. He employs great strategy and always maintains a friendly and productive working environment on the case.’

‘Thomas Rohner, partner, professional, quick response, client driven, realistic legal approach, exceptional level of services provided.’

‘A commanding approach to legal and tactical issues.’

‘Christophe Emonet – a sensible and thoughtful practitioner who makes sure that his client’s interests are pursued and protected.’

‘The large team stands out in its in-depth legal expertise, responsiveness and efficiency. Their work output is high quality and they come up with creative solutions.’

‘A hard-working, diligent and knowledgeable team. They live and breathe cases for their clients.’

‘Thomas Rohner is an excellent litigator, highly experienced in banking litigation and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA

Bank of America

Banque Cantonale de Genève

City of Almaty

Coop

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

First International Bank of Israel

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

National Oil Corporation of Libya

Olivier Maus (stakeholder of Maus Frères SA, Lacoste)

Swiss Life AG

Turkmengas

Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)

Union Bank of Israel

Work highlights

  • Advising the former CEO for several decades of the Pension Fund of Kuwait in the context of one of the biggest ever banking secret commission claims filed in 2019 before the Commercial Court of London.
  • Acting for Johnson & Johnson, which has been sued by a leading Saudi company before the state courts in Switzerland for alleged breach of contracts in connection with the delivery of medical goods to hospitals in Saudi Arabia as well other countries in the Emirates.
  • Acting for the City of Almaty in large-scale cross-border civil disputes, recovery actions and criminal investigations relating to the ongoing worldwide investigations, recovery actions and civil disputes regarding one former public agent and his family.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 2

Pestalozzi advises a broad array of national and international banks and financial institutions, including securities firms, exchanges and asset managers, on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Specialisms of the ‘superb team‘ team, headed by the ‘highly experiencedChristophe Emonet and Sébastien Roy, are finance matters, including commodities trade financings, mezzanine financings, project finance agreements and syndicated loans, as well as digital regulatory matters, financial restructurings, investigations and regulatory enforcement. Nicolas C Herren, Ludivine Boisard and Christophe Berclaz round off the team with expertise in contractual and regulatory banking disputes, financing transactions and white-collar crime disputes.

Testimonials

‘Ludivine Boisard and Oliver Widmer are outstanding professionals who provide concise and very helpful advice.’

‘Christophe Emonet leads a superb team at Pestalozzi. They are excellent lawyers, extremely responsive and practical.’

‘Christophe Emonet is superb. Christophe Berclaz also stands out.’

‘A hard-working, diligent and knowledgeable team. They live and breathe cases for their clients.’

‘Christophe Emonet is a highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. He is a hands-on partner, who is invested in his clients’ cases. Christophe Berclaz is similarly a very knowledgeable lawyer.’

Key clients

AGCO International GmbH/AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO)

Bank of America

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Canton of Aargau

CH Media

Cott Beverages

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Fahad Al-Rajaan

First International Bank of Israel

Glencore

Rusal

Trafigura

Vitol

General Electrics

Goldman Sachs

Hauck & Aufhäuser

Instimatch

National Oil Corporation of Libya

River Rock

Saxo Bank (Schweiz) AG

UBP

Union Bank of Israel

Work highlights

  • Advised the former CEO of the pension fund of Kuwait and coordinated his defense in the context of one of the biggest ever banking secret commission claims (£950m) filed in 2019 before the Commercial Court of London.
  • Advised a group of global financial institutions on the Swiss aspects of the comprehensive financial restructuring of Swissport group.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

Pestalozzi has a long-standing track record of transactions and regulatory advice in the banking and finance sector where the unit continues to be very active. Urs Klöti, a specialist for regulatory, anti-money laundering and compliance issues, heads the practice together with Sébastien Roy from the Geneva office. Andrea Huberhas an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge in the fintech sector‘. Thomas Rohner is the specialist for all contentious matters and Oliver Widmer acts for various players in banking, finance and capital market matters. Commodities trade financing is an area of particular strength.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘A practical approach focused on finding a solution in a time-efficient manor makes this a valuable relationship. The ability to analyse and find the core questions and their answers creates value for us as clients!’

‘Andrea Huber has vast experience in her field. When combining that with her great personal skills and approachable personality you get the right solutions presented in practical way.’

‘We are mainly working with Andrea Huber who is a great lawyer: vast know-how, straight to the point and always available.’

‘The full commitment of the lawyers as well as their extensive experience in all areas of fintech law enables them to provide tailor-made and targeted solutions for Swiss and international clients. The firm enjoys an international reputation for the diversity and integrity of its lawyers, as well as for its high quality and proven efficiency.’

‘Andrea Huber has an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge in the fintech sector, which she can use to the greatest advantage of her clients. Response times are very short and the solutions proposed are always very workable.’

‘Excellent know-how, ability to “think outside of the box” and do the extra-mile for us.’

‘Precise, transparent and regular communication on the costs, outstanding know-how, friendliness. We feel taken care of.’

‘For Andrea Huber and the other Pestalozzi lawyers, clients always come first. Pestalozzi understands their business and puts their interests ahead of their own interests. They are honest and pursue a transparent communication. From my experience they are simply fun to work with. Pestalozzi staff constantly dedicate their time, energies and talents to improve the firm.’

Key clients

AGCO International GmbH/AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO)

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barclays Capital

Canton of Aargau

CH Media

Citibank

Cott Beverages

Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Gazprombank

General Electrics

Goldman Sachs

ING

Instimatch

International Finance Corporation

Jefferies

JP Morgan

Metinvest International SA

Noble Corporation

River Rock

Saxo Bank (Schweiz) AG

Swissport

UBS

Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB)

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of America on various regulatory aspects, notably with respect to its BREXIT strategy.
  • Advised Gazprombank on commodity trade financings (Swiss law governed) in excess of $1bn.
  • Advised Noble Corporation on Swiss legal and tax matters in a restructuring/financing in excess of $1.5bn with Noble coming out of Chapter 11.

Switzerland > Capital markets Tier 2

Pestalozzi is an established go-to counsel to domestic and international banks and corporations in the capital market area. The team has experience acting in a range of equity, debt and securitisation transactions, with particular strength in bond issuances, advising also on capital markets platforms and exchanges and listing of ETPs. In a recent highlight, it was involved in one of Switzerland’s first green bonds. Several team members are also recognised issuers’ representatives. Practice head Oliver Widmer is ‘always up-to-date and his advice is very helpful.’ Urs Klöti and Christian Leuenberger can offer know-how at the intersection of finance and corporate law respectively. Beat Schwarz is a debt capital market contact, while Andrea Huber covers regulatory aspects.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Christian Leuenberger is very pleasant to work with. He is very pragmatic and has great ‘dealmaker’ abilities.’

‘Pestalozzi is a very professional firm with expertise in all possible law matters. This makes us as a client sure to get well documented and accurate legal advice on any subject matter we are discussing with them.’

‘They are extremely responsive and always sharp in their legal opinions.’

‘They always advised in a timely manner and were capable of dealing with the authorities (if required). They were up to date with the most recent regulatory developments. The lawyers understand our needs from a commercial perspective and are innovative in finding a sophisticated yet workable solution.’

‘Oliver Widmer is always up-to-date and his advice is very helpful. He is available 24/7 and one of the top lawyers in his area.’

‘I can recommend this firm because of the high quality of their services and their client-oriented approach, reliance and trustworthiness. These values along with competitive rates and accurate billing have made our cooperation so long.’

‘We appreciate Oliver Widmer for being reliable, accurate and punctual, and providing expertise of a high quality.’

‘Oliver Widmer is one of the leading Swiss lawyers. We love to work with him, very skilled and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Achiko AG

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Citigroup

Coca Cola HCB

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

DTEK

Goldman Sachs

H.C. Wainwright & Co

Instimatch

J.P. Morgan

Leclanché

Mettler2Invest

Noble

RiverRock European Capital Partners LLP

Schlumberger

STX Fixed Income

Swisscom

Work highlights

  • Advised Swisscom, a state-controlled ICT company in Switzerland, on one of the first Swiss green/sustainable bond issues of CHF1bn, also coordinating with foreign counsel.
  • Advised the Noble Group, including six Swiss financing companies on the re-financing of its debt, including a credit facility and the issuance of a bond in connection from Noble emerging from chapter 11.
  • Advised the initial purchasing banks (Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Credit Suisse) in connection with a €825m notes offering by Salt.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Pestalozzi demonstrates ‘availability, proactivity and a business-oriented approach‘ and is noted for covering a wide scope of services. Led by Christoph G Lang and Sébastien Roy, the practice advises national and international clients on corporate and commercial law matters, public and private M&A transactions, as well as on private equity and venture capital issues. Severin Roelli has know-how in acquisition finance. Franz Schubiger specialises in life sciences clients. Beat Schwarz ‘excels with his assessment skills, guidance, and support.’ Christian Leuenberger brings his experience in post-M&A disputes to the table. Petra Hanselmann was a new arrival in 2022.

Testimonials

‘I have dealt with a number of law firms during my career, and Pestalozzi always stands out to me because they always provide a very high-quality service, often on very short turnaround times.’

‘Franz Schubiger is always contactable and extremely warm and professional.’

‘What I would like to highlight is the dedication of the team to our case. The answer times were exceptional as well as the know-how regarding M&A transactions. This helped us to achieve a very good transaction result.’

‘Beat Schwarz has shown exceptional availability and engagement. All our questions were answered in a short time with a very high degree of useful guidance for us that I have rarely experienced before.’

‘Christian Leuenberger is as good as they come.’

‘The team’s strengths: availability, proactivity and business-oriented approach.’

‘I appreciated Sébastien Roy’s calmness, reactivity and his pragmatic approach to dealing with issues.’

‘Christoph Lang. A joy to work with. smart, knowledgeable and business-minded. Focusing on the important things, knows to differentiate between relevant and less relevant.’

Key clients

Achiko AG (SIX: ACHI)

Agile Sports Technologies, Inc.

AIA Insurance

AIG

AmTrust Financial

AON (NYSE: AON)

AXA Climate

AXA XL

Barry Callebaut (SWX: BARN)

BMW (Xetra: BMW)

Bolttech/the Pacific Century Group

Celgene (NasdaqGS: CELG)

CH Media

China Resources (Holding) Co

Coca Cola (NYSE: KO)

Coop

Corza Medical

Dantherm / Procuritas

Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW)

Fortissimo Capital

Froneri International

FSN Capital

General Electric (NYSE: GE)

Glencore (LSE: GLEN.L)

Goldman Sachs Private Capital (NYSE: GS)

GTCR

iQ International AG (FSE: IQL)

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)

KHS GmbH

Leclanché SA (SWX: LECN.SW)

Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT)

Nexo Group

Opel

Peugeot

Prudential Financial & The Prudential Insurance Company of America (NYSE: PUK)

Quintet

Ringier

Royal Bank of Canada (NYSE: RY)

ryd suisse AG

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Sony (NYSE: SNE)

Swiss Life /SWX: SLHN)

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Union Park Capital

Wainwright & Co

Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH, SWX: ZBH)

Work highlights

  • Avised Froneri International Ltd. on all Swiss law matters of the sale of Findus Switzerland to Nomad Foods Limited.
  • Advised Ringier AG on all Swiss legal aspects of the acquisition of Axel Springer’s stake in the existing joint venture of Ringier and Axel Springer in Hungary, the Baltics, Serbia and Slovakia.
  • Advised Volvo Autonomous Solutions AB on all Swiss legal aspects of the acquisition of 60% of the shares of Designwerk Technologies AG.

Switzerland > Employment Tier 2

Pestalozzi advises corporate clients and senior employees on the full range of employment matters as well as all related aspects of immigration and labour law. The unit is particularly adept at advising on agreements regarding senior employees, such as executive remuneration, bonus schemes and any related disputes, as well as terminations, mass redundancies, and employee transfers following corporate restructurings. Clients ‘particularly like to work with‘ Martin L Müller, who has vast experience with board-level disputes, discrimination and whistleblowing cases. The ‘very pragmaticChristian Roos specialises in mass dismissals, restrictive covenants and social plan negotiations.

Testimonials

‘Very client-oriented and responsive. More pragmatic and hands-on than other firms we worked with.’

‘We particularly like to work with Martin Müller in the field of employment law.’

‘Christian Roos is very pragmatic, responsive, clear and solutions-focused.’

‘Very fast response time and pragmatic advise.’

‘Very good availability of the partners and detailed knowledge on the company I work in.’

Key clients

Agilent Technologies

APG

AXA XL

Covagen

Ferrexpo AG

Froneri International Limited

Glencore

Johnson&Johnson

Medos International SA

Senior Executive of SIX (Swiss Stock Exchange)

Shire International LLC

Synthes GmbH, Synthes Produktions GmbH

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

Zimmer GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised AXA XL on the variation of contracts of all its 300 Swiss employees, triggering a mass dismissal and the roll-out of amended work conditions.
  • Advised Medos International SA, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, on the closure of three different sites in the canton of Neuenburg.
  • Advised the board of listed APG, an outdoor advertising company, on the remuneration of its top senior management under the Swiss say on pay rules in light of the business disruption caused by COVID-19.

Switzerland > Fintech Tier 2

Pestalozzi has ‘extensive experience in all areas of fintech law‘ offering the full array of legal, tax and regulatory advice to clients aiming to develop and operate new fintech products. The team, headed by Oliver Widmer and Urs Klöti, assists with regulatory impact assessments and licensing applications. In addition, the unit assists financial services clients with tackling external financial fraud as well as with regulatory recovery and liability issues. Matters cover blockchain and cryptocurrency projects, such as ICOs, as well as the related fields of insurtech, data privacy and protection, artificial intelligence and software licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The full commitment of the lawyers as well as their extensive experience in all areas of fintech law, enables them to provide tailor-made and targeted solutions for Swiss and international clients. The firm enjoys an international reputation for the diversity and integrity of its lawyers, as well as for its high quality and proven efficiency.’

‘Response times are very short and the solutions proposed are always very workable.’

Key clients

Amazon Web Services

Aximetria

Axpo

Clarksons Platou

Custodigit

De Beers

Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd

Goldman Sachs

Gunvor

iCapital Network

Instimatch

Imcore

Kraken Crypo Currency Exchange

Leonteq

Libra

Lighthouse

New – X Impact Market

New-X

Nexo

Nivaura

Polkadot

Positif.ly

RobecoSAM

Swiss Crypto Bank

Saxo Bank

Swiss Life

Swisscom

Synpulse

Tezos Foundation

Token Commons Foundation

UDS oil

Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation

WMZ

Work highlights

  • Advised Instimatch on setting up an innovative B2B platform for money markets, debentures, private placements and alternative financing.
  • Advised insurtech unicorn bolttech on the acquisition of i-surance.
  • Advised Synpulse on the structuring of a vehicle in which the Open Wealth community can collaborate.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Pestalozzi has a ‘fantastic team adept at providing prompt, clear and commercial advice‘ in insolvency and restructurings. The practice acts for creditors, corporate debtors and investors in bankruptcy-related litigation involving the coordination of civil and criminal proceedings; obtaining recognition of foreign bankruptcies in Switzerland; asset recovery actions; and refinancing and restructuring of existing debt. Dispute resolution specialists Thomas Rohner and Christophe Emonet jointly head up the practice. Beat Mumenthaler‘s ‘longstanding work in various cross-border complex restructuring matters has enabled him to well understand various cultural differences.’

Testimonials

‘They have a strong commercial practice which supports the insolvency side well.’

‘Beat Mumenthaler and Jean-Baptiste Lhôte worked very well as a team and were very responsive.’

‘The firm is extremely well involved in various Swiss legal market areas. They are easy to approach and very responsive.’

‘Beat Mumenthaler’s longstanding work in various cross-border complex restructuring matters has enabled him to well understand various cultural differences while proceeding with the matters. He is also very well respected among his Swiss colleagues in this field.’

‘A fantastic team adept at providing prompt, clear and commercial advice.’

‘Beat Mumenthaler is our ‘go-to’ lawyer in Switzerland. Beat has a style which is very liked by clients and delivers an excellent service. He has particular expertise within the commodity industry.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank Vontobel

Banque Cantonale de Genève

City of Almaty

Coop

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

First International Bank of Israel

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

Olivier Maus

Swiss Life AG

Union Bank of Israel

Work highlights

  • Advised global investors on all Swiss legal and tax aspects of the comprehensive restructuring of the Swissport Group and its acquisition from HNA as part of a debt-for-equity swap.
  • Advising Leclanché on complex restructurings.
  • Assisted City of Almaty with cross-border civil disputes, recovery actions and criminal investigations.

Switzerland > Insurance Tier 2

Pestalozzi advises clients from the insurance industry on a wide range of regulatory, transactional, insurance litigation matters as well as insurance and reinsurance contracts. Working closely with the banking regulatory department of the firm, the team is also adept at advising on insurance-linked financial services products and services. Christoph G Lang, Andrea Huber and Beat Schwarz jointly head the practice. Schwarz is ‘very knowledgeable about corporate transactions in the insurance sector‘ and Huber is ‘very experienced in the field of supervisory law‘. Lang frequently advises clients on policy and governance issues. Counsel Markus Winkler was a new arrival in June 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has always acted very pragmatically, demonstrated an excellent commercial understanding, and proved to have an in depth understanding of Swiss insurance (supervisory) law. It was truly a pleasure to work with the entire Pestalozzi team and we can highly recommend them!’

‘The team has a holistic approach and thinks in a solution-oriented way. Supporting their client is definitively their number one priority. Beat Schwarz: Excellent and efficient advice. Very knowledgeable about corporate transactions in the insurance sector. Andrea Huber: Very experienced in the field of supervisory law.’

‘The team was very knowledgeable, very responsive even at unsocial hours and able to give technical advice, but also suggest commercial solutions.’

‘I really enjoy working with Beat Schwarz – he is very responsive and knowledgeable, has a great relationship with the regulator and is able to suggest commercial alternatives.’

‘Friendly, collaborative and willing to help on small and large matters.’

‘Beat Schwarz is knowledgeable, helpful and efficient on corporate and regulatory insurance matters.’

‘The services of Pestalozzi are absolutely accurate. Legal advice is delivered on the money and without any unnecessary statements. We appreciate the economic and client-driven approach.’

Key clients

Acquiney

AIG

AmTrust Financial

AXA Climate

AXA XL

AXIS

Bolttech (i-surance AG)

Credit Suisse

Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies AG

Howden

Hyperion Insurance Group

Swiss Life

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Work highlights

  • Advised insurtech unicorn Bolttech on its acquisition of i-surance AG and its expansion in Europe.
  • Advised Swiss Life on transactional matters.
  • Advised AXA XL on regulatory, contract, transactional as well as litigation matters.

Switzerland > Intellectual property Tier 2

Pestalozzi advises on the IP aspects of cross-border M&A transactions as well as on the transfer and licensing of intellectual property rights, know-how and data. Further, the team demonstrates ‘excellent expertise on international matters‘ and is experienced in representing clients in protection and enforcement disputes concerning patents, trade marks, copyright, designs and domain names. The ‘very experienced and well-connectedMichele Burnier and Thomas Legler jointly head the practice with Burnier covering geographical indications, advertising, e-commerce, IT and telecommunications, among others, and Legler the litigation and arbitration of patent, copyright and trade mark matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team is very close to its clients and manages the relationship very well. They are pragmatic lawyers ready to help in any occasion.’

‘Good knowledge of the industry (IT) – excellent expertise on international matters.’

‘Pestalozzi is a reliable firm in the TMT IT field. Reliable technically and nice and flexible to work with.’

‘Michèle Burnier is a reliable person, taking good care of clients with a business approach. She works with associates in a quite autonomous way from their Geneva office.’

‘I like the involvement of Pestalozzi which will do everything necessary to ensure that your brand is well protected or defended if necessary. We can rely 100% on this company not to miss any renewals and to give us the best advice.’

‘I really appreciate Michèle Burnier putting her heart into defending and protecting our brand. Always available and very efficient, I know that my brand is well managed. There is a very personal and warm contact that I appreciate very much.’

‘Well-connected locally and internationally, holistic view on case and on top of current developments.’

‘Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier are very experienced and well connected.’

Key clients

Advance Magazine

Coca-Cola

Johnson & Johnson

Leclanché

McDonald’s

ZimmerBiomet

Zoll Inc.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Pestalozzi’s Geneva office has a strong reputation for advice regarding regulatory matters, financial transactions and M&A transactions as well as representation in litigation and arbitration proceedings including white-collar crime cases. Christophe Emonet and Nicolas C Herren are the key contacts for dispute resolution. Sébastien Roy, Ludivine Boisard and Jean-Baptiste Lhôte are the key practitioners handling a broad variety of banking and finance as well as M&A transactions.

Testimonials

‘Sébastien Roy – Availability, calm, legal knowledge.’

Key clients

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA (editors of Vogue magazine)

AGCO International GmbH / AGCO Corporation (NYSE: AGCO)

Bank of America

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Canton of Aargau

City of Almaty

CH Media

Cott Beverages

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Fahad Al Rajan

First International Bank of Israel

General Electrics

Glencore

Goldman Sachs

Hauck & Aufhäuser

Instimatch

National Oil Corporation of Libya

Republic of Kazakhstan

Saxo Bank (Schweiz) AG

Türkmengaz

UBP

Union Bank of Israel

Vitaly Malkin

Work highlights

  • Assisted a high profile client in the framework of highly publicised criminal investigations, related civil, banking and international mutual assistance proceedings in criminal matters regarding investments and banking transactions worth USD 80 billion.
  • Assisted the National Oil Corporation of Libya (“NOC”) in the context of a Swiss federal criminal investigation and recovery actions.
  • Advised a group of global financial institutions on Swiss law aspects of the comprehensive financial restructuring of the Swissport group.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Pestalozzi acts for national and international clients. The team has expertise in particular in regard to banking and finance and capital markets matters as well as in litigation and arbitration where Florian Mohs, Laurent Killias, Thomas Rohner and Michael Kramer are active. Taxes, financial services and real estate are covered by Nils Harbeke, Oliver Widmer and Michael Lips, respectively. Christoph G Lang is also noted.

Key clients

AIA Insurance

AXA XL

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank Vontobel

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Barclays

Barry Callebaut (BARN (SWX))

Blackrock

BMW

Bouygues Construction

BP PLC

CH Media

China Resources (Holding) Co

Coca Cola (KO (NYSE))

Coop

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Dow Chemical (DOW (NYSE))

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Gazprombank

General Electric

Glencore

Goldman Sachs

ING

Johnson & Johnson

Leclanché SA (LECN.SW (SWX))

Microsoft (MSFT (NasdaqGS))

Opel

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Peugeot

Quintet

Ringier

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Sony

Swiss Life AG

Türkmengaz

Zimmer Biomet (ZBH (NYSE))

Zuercher Kantonalbank, ZKB

Switzerland > Private client Tier 2

Pestalozzi is well known for representing high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their families in disputes in addition to advising private banks in regard to individual clients and wealth structuring. The services also include inheritance and estate planning, execution of wills, tax planning advice, trust and foundation structuring and advice regarding private equity transactions. Thomas Rohner ‘is brilliant with clients and has a comprehensive understanding of the law‘, in particular regarding his focus areas: the litigious aspects of inheritance, trust, succession and estate law. Oliver Widmer has a focus on advising high-net-worth individuals on banking, finance and capital markets matters and litigation and arbitration specialist Christophe Emonet is adept at representing clients in international banking and commercial disputes and investigations. Michael Lips and Andrea Rohrer-Lippuner are further key contacts.

Testimonials

‘Christophe Emonet has extensive experience in the business world. His advice and his strategy are very useful to us.’

‘Oliver Widmer is always available to provide very useful and concise advise corresponding to our needs. His attentiveness and willingness to support us is very much appreciated.’

‘Excellent and hugely knowledgeable.’

‘Thomas Rohner is brilliant with clients and has a comprehensive understanding of the law. A real star!’

‘A hard-working, diligent and knowledgeable team. They live and breathe cases for their clients.’

‘Christophe Emonet is a highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. He is a hands-on partner, who is invested in his clients’ cases.’

‘The Pestalozzi firm’s strength is in the quality of the services they offer their clients. They have a deep expertise in this field, speak and write English with ease and their practice is set up in such a way that there is always someone in the office to respond to our questions and handle our work.’

‘Thomas Rohner’s work is outstanding in every way: he is highly professional and knowledgeable about his area of expertise; he is articulate verbally and in written form; he is easy to understand, possesses a keen and practical sense on problem solving; he is unfailingly responsive, and he is interested in his clients and caring of their welfare and interests.’

Key clients

Bank IHAG

Bank Maerki Baumann

Bank Reichmuth

Bank Rothschild

Bank Vontobel

Banque Cantonale de Genève

CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research

Cofra Holding AG

Credit Agricole

Deutsche Bank Private Banking

Fahad Al-Rajaan

Fleming Family & Partners (Suisse) AG

Hauck und Auhäuser

Julius Baer

Maerki Baumann & CO

Marcuard

Merrill Lynch Trust Services

Porsche family

Private Clients Partner

Société Générale

Stonehage (Zürich) AG

Zulauf Family

Work highlights

  • Advised Fahad Al-Rajaan in worldwide investigations regarding transactions worth $80bn.
  • Supported CEO and the co-owner of a global media group to protect the position in a private investment involving a loan of €245bn borrowed from one of Switzerland’s leading listed banks.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Pestalozzi‘s real estate team covers all aspects of transactions, such as acquisition, financing, portfolio transactions and sale and lease back agreements, as well as contractual matters regarding construction projects, including zoning law and permits, and all related disputes. The ‘very hands-on, engaged‘ and ‘very entrepreneurial‘ team has a specialisation in real estate developments concerning hotel resorts. Practice head Michael Lips is ‘absolutely top in terms of competence and character‘ and advises on, among others, environmental and regulatory compliance, as does Andrea Rohrer-Lippuner. Litigation and arbitration specialist Paola Wullschleger advises clients on easements, building rights and building and work contracts.

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Testimonials

‘Very hands-on and engaged. Not your typical law firm focused only on billable hours. Very entrepreneurial. Highly responsive and proactive.’

‘Michael Lips is absolutely top in terms of competence and character.’

Key clients

Navigare Hotel Resorts AG

Matterhorn Peak AG

Froneri International Limited

COSI Hospitality GmbH

Urban Campus

Johnson & Johnson (various group entities)

Holcim

McDonald’s (various group entities)

Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop

The Capra Hotel

Sonder USA Inc.

Zurich University Hospital

Work highlights

  • Advised Navigare Hotel Resorts on all Swiss legal matters relating to the development of a major hotel resort in Saas-Fee, ultimately consisting of eight buildings with over 60 luxury apartments.
  • Advised Matterhorn Peak AG on all Swiss legal matters relating to the development of a major hotel resort in Zermatt with approximatively 70 luxury guest rooms and 25 luxury hotel-apartments in separate residence buildings.
  • Advised McDonald’s on Swiss legal matters relating to its existing and relating to new restaurants in Switzerland, including for example long-term rental agreements, building rights, construction projects and related proceedings.

Switzerland > Tax Tier 2

Pestalozzi has a ‘very fast understanding of fact pattern and problem, and finds quick and pragmatic solutions.‘ The practice is particularly well versed in the financial services sector. In cooperation with specialists from the relevant practice groups, the team regularly advises on tax implications of bond issuances, financing, M&A and restructuring, and real estate transactions. It further has know-how in HR tax and social security compliance matters relating to mobility programs, private client counseling and tax litigation. Team head Nils Harbeke is well versed in regulated industries. Other key practitioners are Silvia Zimmermann and Jonas Sigrist.

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Testimonials

‘Good understanding of complex securities tax and able to break down to tackle client-specific issues. High availability.’

‘Availability, ability to reduce complexity and provide a clear explanation on specific cases.’

‘The team have a very international view of the implications of Swiss tax matters. It is refreshing to work with this approach. The advice is always well considered and delivered in a polite, straightforward manner. This is essential when working with cross-border tax matters.’

‘Very fast understanding of fact pattern and problem; they find quick and pragmatic solutions. Extremely responsive.’

‘Nils Harbeke is outstanding; very smart and to the point.’

‘Specialist know-how in tax on financial services/transactions. A pragmatic approach.’

‘Nils Harbeke: exceptional good know-how. Very open-minded, pragmatic approach. Always good feedback.’

Key clients

Alpha Simplex Group

Ambridge Group

Ardian

Axa

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

CIS Asset Management

Commerzbank

Cott Beverages/Primo Water

Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative

Deezer

EFG Bank

Eksportfinans

Ellen Bassermann Kulturstiftung

EMPIRA AG

Fitness World Group A/S

GE

Glencore

Gonvarri Industries

Hansa Trust

IDINVEST Partners

Johnson & Johnson

Klarna Bank AB

L’Oréal

Novartis Ltd.

Phillips 66 GmbH

Plasser & Theurer

Sony Music Entertainment Switzerland GmbH

Swisscanto

Swisscom

Synpulse

Targobank

Viatris (formerly) Mylan Pharma

VP Bank

Westinghouse

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Work highlights

  • Advised Novartis Ltd. as lead tax counsel on a cross-border project worth billions of Euro.
  • Advised Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative Foundation on all tax and legal aspects related to the establishment of DAC as a Swiss foundation in Geneva.
  • Advised the CEO of a global media group on the tax aspects of a private investment worth €245m in a transaction.

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

The team at Pestalozzi is often instructed by clients from regulated industries such as banks, insurance and life sciences companies. The practice scope includes representing clients in disputes arisen from data protection issues relating to digital data, and assistance with the protection and use of big data on ICT platforms. Another area of expertise is advising media and movie industry clients on data protection and privacy matters. The ‘dedicatedMichèle Burnier and arbitration specialist Thomas Legler lead the practice.

Testimonials

‘The data protection team is highly experienced and quite responsive, with an ability to explain Swiss law in a clear and useful manner to foreign lawyers and clients. They are also able to find useful and practical solutions in innovative fields of law.’

‘Michèle Burnier is an expert in her field and dedicated to her clients. She takes the time to understand the issues and the specific context of the client, and is thus able to provide very useful analysis and suggestions of compliance or strategy steps.’

Key clients

Akorn Pharma

CH Medien

Coca Cola

Infor Group

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Leclanché

McDonald’s

Ringier

ZimmerBiomet

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Pestalozzi‘s client portfolio features manufacturers and distributors of pharmaceutical products and medical devices, service providers, investors, and NGOs. Led by Christian Roos and Franz Schubiger, the team advises on M&A, PE and VC-transactions in the life sciences area, but also on R&D, cooperation and licensing matters. It also offers support in compliance, regulatory and disputes. Its IP offering was bolstered with the arrival of Lara Dorigo from Lenz & Staehelin in January 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Drukarch; Lara Dorigo

Key clients

Akorn Pharmaceuticals

Astellas Pharma Europe, belonging to Astellas Pharma, Inc.

European Investment Bank (EIB)

GE Healthcare/GE Medical Systems (Switzerland)

Gilead Sciences/Kite Pharma

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc.

Nutriathletic AG

Merck KGaA

University Hospital Zurich (USZ)

Zimmer Biomet (NYSE: ZBH)

Work highlights

  • Advising the European Investment Bank on a €20m financing agreement with BioVersys.
  • Advising H.C. Wainwright & Co in $20m underwritten offering and concurrent private placement in ObsEva SA.
  • Advising Johnson & Johnson on a broad range of Swiss legal and tax matters relating to its subsidiaries operating in and from Switzerland.

Switzerland > TMT Tier 3

Pestalozzi is particularly experienced in advising domestic and international clients on issues concerning IT services. The caseload includes IT outsourcing, software licensing, data privacy and protection, online advertisement and e-commerce matters. The healthcare and banking sectors feature prominently in the group’s caseload in regulated sectors. Michèle Burnier has particular expertise in matters involving intellectual property, including unfair competition, advertising and e-commerce matters. Thomas Legler, also an intellectual property specialist, is an experienced arbitrator.

Key clients

Coca-Cola

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Leclanché

McDonald’s

Ringier

ZimmerBiomet

Zoll Inc.

Switzerland > Competition Tier 4

Pestalozzi‘s competition team works closely together with the firm’s corporate and M&A group, facilitated by practice head Christoph G Lang who has experience in both areas. International and national corporations turn to the practice for merger notifications, leniency applications, and internal investigations as well as compliance programmes, dawn raids and trade-related matters. Associate Severin Etzensperger is ‘very knowledgeable.’

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Testimonials

‘Good interaction between partner and associates, very efficient and knowledgeable.’

‘Christoph Lang: business-minded and very knowledgeable not only in competition matters, but also in M&A, a combination which is rare.’

‘Severin Etzensperger: very knowledgeable in competition matters.’

‘Christoph Lang is knowledgeable, easy to work with, practical.’

Key clients

BMW Group

Boardriders/Quiksilver

Coca-Cola

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

Microsoft

Ringier

Sony

Volvo Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Ringier AG on competition law aspects in connection with the acquisition of all shares of Axel Springer in Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
  • Advised Volvo Group on competition law aspects in connection with the acquisition of a stake of 60% in the Swiss target company Designwerk Technologies AG and (indirectly) in its subsidiary Designwerk.
  • Advised Ringier on competition law aspects in connection with La Mobilière’s acquisition of a 25% shareholding in Ringier.

Pestalozzi is an independent multicultural and multilingual Swiss law firm founded in 1911, focusing on Swiss commercial law and international work. It is one of the country’s most established law firms, with 27 partners and some 70 other fee earners in Zurich and Geneva. Pestalozzi lawyers are capable of handling complex transactions and are team players within interdisciplinary project groups. The firm is part of the Lex Mundi international network and can draw on an extensive international network of lawyers in other jurisdictions, with whom they work seamlessly in multi-jurisdictional matters. Pestalozzi predominantly represents and advises enterprises as well as associations, public institutions, foundations, and private individuals in economic and legal affairs with a connection to Switzerland. About half of the clients are located in Switzerland while the other half is located all over the world and includes top-ranked enterprises, as well as medium-sized and smaller companies from a broad range of sectors.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions Sébastien Roysebastien.roy@pestalozzilaw.com+41 22 999 96 40
Litigation & Arbitration Christophe Emonetchristophe.emonet@pestalozzilaw.com+41 22 999 96 10
Financial Services Sébastien Roysebastien.roy@pestalozzilaw.com+41 22 999 96 40
Intellectual Property & TMT Lara Dorigolara.dorigo@pestalozzilaw.com+41 44 217 92 15
Tax Nils Harbekenils.harbeke@pestalozzilaw.com+41 44 217 92 24
Blockchain & Crypto Assets Oliver Widmeroliver.widmer@pestalozzilaw.com+41 44 217 92 42
Competition & Trade Christoph Langchristoph.lang@pestalozzilaw.com+41 44 217 92 39
Compliance Sébastien Roysebastien.roy@pestalozzilaw.com+41 22 999 96 40
Employment & Pensions Martin L. Muellermartin.mueller@pestalozzilaw.com+41 44 217 92 60
Life Sciences Christian Rooschristian.roos@pestalozzilaw.com+41 44 217 92 00
Private Clients Christophe Emonetchristophe.emonet@pestalozzilaw.com+41 22 999 96 10
Real Estate & Environment Michael Lipsmichael.lips@pestalozzilaw.com+41 44 217 92 67
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Ludivine Boisard photoMs Ludivine BoisardMember of the Financial Services, the Real Estate & Environment and the…
Michèle Burnier photoMs Michèle BurnierMichèle Burnier is a partner and member of Pestalozzi’s IP&TMT group as…
Christophe Emonet photoMr Christophe EmonetChristophe Emonet heads the Geneva Litigation & Arbitration Group and the White-collar…
Nicolas C Herren photoMr Nicolas C HerrenMember of the Litigation & Arbitration group in Geneva. Specializes in national…
Thomas Legler photoDr Thomas LeglerThomas Legler is partner and head of the arbitration team in Geneva.…
Beat Mumenthaler photoMr Beat MumenthalerMember of Pestalozzi’s Litigation & Arbitration group in Geneva. Litigation activity involves…
Sébastien Roy photoMr Sébastien RoyAdvises financial institutions, corporations and individuals on their transactions, contracts and regulatory…
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