Firm Profile > Pestalozzi > Geneva, Switzerland

Pestalozzi
COURS DE RIVE 13
1204 GENÈVE
Switzerland

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Pestalozzi fields a large team of dedicated practitioners and is highly regarded for its knowledge of disputes in the commodities and pharmaceutical industries. Laurent Killias in Zurich and Geneva-based Thomas Legler jointly head the firm's practice and are both also instructed as arbitrators. Michael Kramer has notable expertise handling arbitration relating to telecoms and construction. Florian Mohs and Thomas Rohner are also prominent practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Killias; Thomas Legler

Testimonials

Pestalozzi is at the top of its game, delivering commercial, accurate and useable advice. It can both get into the legal detail of the arguments required, and deliver strategic advice to the very top of our organisation.’

Pestalozzi has a very well-known arbitration practice team. The team is used to handling highly complex matters in an efficient manner adhering to the highest standards.’

Laurent Killias is a very experienced and highly skilled arbitration practitioner. He has extensive experience, not only as counsel but in particular also as arbitrator in large and complex cases. ‘

Florian Mohs is simply an excellent lawyer, both at understanding the detailed legal position and at understanding how to place this in a strategic business context.

Michael Kramer and Thomas Rohner are both partners you can easily connect with and provide a quick turnaround. They know what they are doing and it’s obvious that they have been around in the arbitration world for a while.’

Key clients

Glencore

Swiss Life AG

Johnson & Johnson

Coop

Türkmengaz

Bouygues

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Pestalozzi has a good track record in disputes in its key focus areas: the commodities, pharmaceutical and financial services sectors. The team regularly represents banks, insurers and companies in their - often cross-border - litigation proceedings. In Zurich, the practice is headed up by Michael Kramer, who has a broad background in the dispute resolution space. Christophe Emonet leads the department in Geneva; he is well versed in contentious banking matters. Other key names in the Geneva office include IP-specialist Thomas Legler, as well as Laurent Killias and Beat Mumenthaler. Zurich-based Thomas Rohner, who is experienced in inheritance and trust disputes, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kramer; Christophe Emonet

Testimonials

First class international disputes team ready, willing and able to move quickly but efficiently and come up with creative solutions.’

Offering an extensive portfolio, the team stands out in its high professionalism and cross-border capabilities. Their responsiveness is impressive, they are efficient and resourceful. Apart from their in-depth legal expertise they stand out in commitment and service-orientation.’

Michael Kramer is excellent – he explains things very clearly, is reliable and his work output is very high quality.’

Christophe Emonet is a superb lawyer. He is capable of working efficiently and coming up with commercial solutions.

Thomas Rohner is a brilliant financial disputes lawyer with a delightful demeanour.

Key clients

Glencore

Banque Cantonale de Genève

City of Almaty

Credit Suisse

Swiss Life AG

Johnson & Johnson

Türkmengaz

Union Bank of Israel

First International Bank of Israel

Vitaly Malkin

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 2

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd's practice covers the full gamut of banking and finance matters, which includes handling work in the transactional, regulatory and litigation area. It has international financial institutions and private banks in its client portfolio but also advises borrowers, particularly in the form of commodities traders. Sébastien Roy, who is a key contact for acquisition financing and M&A transactions in the banking sector, and Christophe Emonet, who is particularly active in banking litigation, are the practice heads. Ludivine Boisard advises on regulatory and contractual matters and Nicolas Herren is active in enforcement proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Roy; Christophe Emonet

Testimonials

The team is extremely thorough and dedicated to its clients.’

Christophe Emonet stands out among Swiss lawyers. He always goes the extra mile.’

Sebastien Roy is very knowledgeable, experienced, calm and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Banque Cantonale de Genève

City of Almaty

Credit Suisse

First International Bank of Israel

Republic of Kazakhstan

Union Bank of Israel

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

Pestalozzi covers the full gamut of banking and finance matters; it has a good track record in banking-related transactions and disputes, and with practice head Urs Kloeti,the team also has an expert in regulatory matters. The client portfolio is similarly broad as the team acts for buyers as well as sellers and advises foreign and national banks, financial institutions, securities dealers and asset managers. Oliver Widmer is particularly active in structured finance transactions and unsecured lending, while Severin Roelli specialises in public M&A transactions and stock exchange law. Associates Joseph Steiner and Daniela Fritsch are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Urs Kloeti

Testimonials

The team has in-depth know-how and is meeting deadlines at all times. Fantastic support even for smaller mandates.’

The team has an exceptional understanding of the processes, needs and requirements of a financial institution. Very solution orientated, giving clear guidance and assessment on subjects in various areas.’

Urs Kloeti provides excellent, on-the-point service.’

Oliver Widmer has impressive know-how, which goes beyond Swiss law and comes up with creative solutions; whenever possible suggests various options.’

Key clients

Gazprombank

BNP Paribas

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Credit Suisse

Credit Agricole

Bank Vontobel

Goldman Sachs

Berkshire Hathaway

Landesbank Baden

Württemberg

Barclays Bank (Suisse) SA

Nordea Bank

JPMorgan

GE Capital

Bank of Montreal

ING Bank NV

BBVA Santander

ABN Amro

China Development Bank

Capital markets Tier 2

Pestalozzi is instructed by national and international companies and financial institutions in a variety of capital markets matters but is particularly well versed in bond issues, securitisations and notes issues. Oliver Widmer has expertise in notes issuances, IPOs and ICOs, exchange traded products and derivatives, among others. Managing partner Urs Kloeti is able to assist with regulation matters and Finma investigations. Beat Schwarz specialises in debt capital markets, while Christian Leuenberger is a key name for public and private M&A transactions. Franz Schubiger and Severin Roelli are also recommended. Sébastien Roy and Ludivine Boisard are the key contacts in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Widmer; Urs Kloeti

Testimonials

Pestalozzi is an established law firm in Switzerland, with outstanding quality level and hard-working teams.’

Oliver Widmer is a passionate lawyer, with outstanding technical as well as negotiation skills, and excellent response times.

Ludivine Boisard and Sébastien Roy are clearly knowledgeable and great people to deal with.’

Key clients

AIG

Credit Agricole

HSBC

A.G.P./Alliance Global Partners

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Credit Suisse

Barry Callebaut

Blackstone Group

Ladenburg Thalmann & Co. Inc.

Coca-Cola

Glencore

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Greenhill & Co.

GE Capital

ICBC Standard Bank

Deutsche Bank

Commerzbank

BNP Paribas

BMO Capital Markets

Barclays Capital

Apollo Global Management

Market Axxess

CME

Thomson Reuters

BX Swiss

Goldman Sachs

Instimatch

Vicenda

Leonteq

Bank Vontobel

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Pestalozzi's corporate and M&A practice is active in the full gamut of related services; the team advises on director and officer liability, corporate control, restructurings and compliance, among others, and is instructed by clients from the financial services, life sciences, food, new media and trading industries. Christoph Lang heads up the team in Zurich and is well versed in corporate governance mandates. Franz Schubiger and Beat Schwarz also have expertise in private equity matters. Geneva-based Sébastien Roy  heads the team with Lang. Severin Roelli and Jakob Höhn are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang; Sébastien Roy

Testimonials

The team is professional, competent, thorough and diligent. The members are customer-oriented, understand time urgency and always deliver with the highest quality.’

Franz Schubiger is appreciated for his expertise, competence and friendly and collaborative approach.

Key clients

Akorn Pharmaceuticals

Alexion Pharmaceuticals

AmTrust Financial

Barry Callebaut

CC Industries

Coca-Cola

Dow Chemical

FSN Capital

General Electric

Glencore

Goldman Sachs Private Capital

GTCR Private Equity

HarbourVest Partners

KGH Custom Services / Bridgepoint

KGH Customs

Mason Group Holdings

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Provisur Technologies

Proximus

Prudential Financial & The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Resonetics

Ringier

Royal Bank of Canada

Sony

Volksbank Vorarlberg

Zimmer Biomet

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Pestalozzi is renowned for its work for clients in regulated industries for banks, insurers and life sciences companies. It also handles issues with big data and processing methods in the medical sector, alongside reviewing policies and preventing IT security breaches. Michele Burnier is 'a calm and measured voice'; and disputes expert Thomas Legler is experienced in handling cases involving corporates and private individuals. The team advises on data protection issues for the Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation. Other clients include Zimmer Biomet, Akorn Pharma and Ferrari SpA. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer left the firm in 2020.

Testimonials

In my small experience of using this practice – to seek advice on GDPR law changes and its implications for our company – I have found their work very good.

I have had contact only with Mme Michele Burnier. She has been able to identify quickly where GDPR applies to the specific context of our small company and its activities. She has also put us at ease about the various measures we have to take, prescribing exactly what is needed, rather than over-prescribing and scaremongering. Hers was a calm and measured voice at a time when there was lots of “noise” in newspaper articles, online blog posts, YouTube videos, etc. about all the things companies supposedly had to do to comply with this law. I really appreciated this approach of hers.

They are quick, can work in several languages, have political sensitivity, understand our business very well. They also work with interdisciplinary teams (including corporate, tax and public procurement). This is extremely important for us.

Key clients

CH Medien

Akorn Pharma

Ferrari SpA

Infor Group

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Ringier

McDonald’s

ZimmerBiomet

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.

Festival del Film Locarno

Ticino Film Commission

Organizzazione turistica Lago Maggiore e Valli

Employment Tier 2

The team at Pestalozzi is 'highly specialised, extremely knowledgeable' and 'super responsive'. It handles personnel agreements, terminations, bonus plans and general disputes. Practice head Martin Müller is 'an outstanding employment lawyer' and 'excellent negotiator', having assisted MicroFocus with implementing a pension plan structure following its merger with Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Restructuring and immigration specialist Christian Roos is 'very knowledgeable' of 'personnel lending and mass dismissals'; he advised Takeda Pharmaceuticals on all employment issues relating to its acquisition of Shire. Other clients include Dow Chemicals, Du Pont, Cilag GmbH and Baxalta Manufacturing Sàrl.

Practice head(s):

Martin Müller

Testimonials

The Pestalozzi employment team covers all aspect of Swiss employment law, including immigration. They are all highly specialised, extremely knowledgeable, supper responsive and efficient. Their advice is always to-the-point. We are also relying on Pestalozzi for complex international employment issues. Further, the team works seamlessly together, so they make sure that we are always getting the best advice. They are very quick in seeing the bigger picture from a corporate perspective.

Martin L Muller is the head of Pestalozzi’s employment practice, and I am dealing with him on a very regular basis. He is an outstanding employment lawyer and a very good guide through Swiss employment law: He perfectly knows how to solve very complex employment issues, how to structure a complex restructuring or how to handle difficult situations. Further, Martin is extremely responsive and very clear in his advice. He is an excellent negotiator and very experienced in handling employment issues of senior executives. Christian Roos, he is a specialist for immigration matters and very knowledgeable for personnel lending and mass dismissal issues. His advice is very efficient, to-the-point and with supersonic turn-around times. Christian is a true strategic employment adviser. For us, Christian is always stepping in when Martin is away.

Very good availability and responsiveness; very good and detailed knowledge of Swiss labour law.

My main contact is Christian Roos (partner) for Swiss labour law questions. In particular his very good availability and very quick responses stand out. The advice and guidance provided is always very pragmatic and aligned with client requirements.

Always reachable, with a very good understanding of our organisation. Pleasant collaborative event team approach.

Key clients

Shire/Baxalta/Takeda

HCL Technologies

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies

Sarepta

MicroFocus

Kelly Services

Johnson & Johnson

Coca-Cola HBC AG

Nordea Bank

Cofra Holding

Fintech Tier 2

At PestalozziUrs Kloeti and Oliver Widmer jointly head the team, which provides advice of 'a very good quality'. Recent highlights include assisting Microsoft and Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation with cloud and digital outsourcing solutions, and ICO handling, respectively. The firm has also advised global crypto-exchange platforms Lykke and Xapo on regulatory matters and on applying for a banking licence in Switzerland through Finma, and assisted with the set-up of Alternative Mining's innovative cryptocurrency platform for farming and trading.

Practice head(s):

Urs Kloeti, Oliver Widmer

Testimonials

Excellent experience.

The firm is more efficient than most others I have worked with. The result is a very good quality work for a fair price.

I have long-time experience working with Mr Urs Kloeti who is the partner, attorney-at-law. I would like to highlight a few of the following strong qualities of the company, for which I am grateful to this co-operation. The first is that despite rich legal experience, Mr Kloeti retained interest in new approaches that are especially important for fintech companies, when non-standard solutions are proposed that contribute to the growth of business opportunities, this becomes a factor in the rapid development of business. Often in conditions of uncertainty in the position of the law, working with the Pestalozzi team begins with a clear statement of the problem and possible areas of study. Another advantage of working with Mr Kloeti is that he always gives a reliable assessment of the probability of a positive result, without over promise. And finally, it gives great comfort in working with the team that we get a clear result, without blurring the meaning of the legal opinion that we have often met in other law firms.

Clear structure and high transparency within the teams. At any time responsive and fast as well as high quality answers to our questions.

Highest professional combination, coupled with entrepreneurial sensitivity and assertiveness.

Key clients

Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation

Positif.ly

Alternative Mining Ltd.

Swiss Life

Xapo

Swiss Crypto Bank

Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd

Leonteq

Nivaura

Microsoft

Instimatch

Capital.com

UDS oil

Aximetria

Goldman Sachs

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Pestalozzi focuses on regulatory, litigation, product liability and corporate matters, and the team is also increasingly involved in acquisitions and asset purchases and divestitures. It is experienced in working for international life sciences companies. The practice is led by trade and employment specialist Christian RoosFranz Schubiger and Florian Mohs are further key practitioners. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer left the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christian Roos

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Zimmer Biomet

University Hospital Zurich(USZ)

Ivoclar Vivadent

Astellas Pharma Europe

GE Healthcare

Promethera Biosciences SA

Gilead / Kite Pharma

Merck KGaA

Recordati Rare Diseases

Akorn Pharma

Intercos Sp

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Pestalozzi's team has a particularly strong track record in bankruptcy proceedings and asset recovery actions. Beyond that, it advises national and international banks and companies on a wide range of insolvency and restructuring matters. The Geneva practice is headed by Christophe Emonet, who specialises in insolvency proceedings. In Zurich, co-head Thomas Rohner is also a dispute resolution expert. Beat Mumenthaler in Geneva as well as Florian Mohs are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Emonet; Thomas Rohner

Testimonials

Pestalozzi delivers a practical and commercial as well as intelligent and strategic approach.’

The team is deal-oriented, very time efficient and able to provide substantial advice on non-standard structures.’

Christophe Emonet is a tough but sensible lawyer, who understands the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Glencore

Swiss Life AG

Johnson & Johnson

Coop

Credit Suisse

First International Bank of Israel

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Credit Agricole

Olivier Maus

Republic of Kazakhstan

City of Almaty

Union Bank of Israel

Intellectual property Tier 2

Pestalozzi primarily acts for clients from the pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetics, IT and food industries. Work ranges from trade mark, branding and patents advice, to handling distribution disputes and defence against product liability claims. The 'very result-orientedMichele Burnier 'has great experience and expertise in trade mark matters' and works 'with empathy and professionalism'. Renowned IP and licensing arbitrator Thomas Legler is another name to note. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer left the firm in 2020.

Testimonials

Michele Burnier has great experience and expertise in trade mark matters. We asked for legal advice regarding intellectual property matters and problems related to the distribution of our products worldwide (competition rules, e-commerce law and contract law). She quickly understood our needs, individualized the problems to be solved and their respective urgency, and gave us sound advice which has been very useful when put into practice. Ms Burnier is always trying to find a practical solution. She is very result-oriented.

Ability to deeply understand client’s needs and objectives in a negotiation. Excellent command of law. Human approach also towards counterparts.

Availability, knowledgeable and willingness to work with other IP lawyers. Very protective of our interest as a small company (costs).

The ability to track all our intellectual property worldwide, with full knowledge of the facts. Both in their field of name and intellectual property protection and in our field, namely cosmetics and medical devices and our family company.

We have known each other for years now. What makes the big difference with competitors is that we always have the same interlocutors. These people are extremely attentive and adapt their advice to our company, our financial resources and our needs. These are not boat tips but handmade, tailor-made advice. Ms Michele Burnier is our main contact, it is always with her that we discuss and who gives us the right advice and manages our portfolio with empathy and professionalism.

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Festival internazionale del Film Locarno

British American Tobacco

Astella

ZimmerBiomet

McDonald’s

Jemako

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA

Zoll Inc.

Credit Suisse

Organizzazione turistica Lago Maggiori e Valli

Merck KGaA

Ferrari SpA

Recordati

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Pestalozzi impresses with its expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, litigation and arbitration, real estate, tax and intellectual property. The firm is also active in competition, fintech and insolvency matters. Leading practitioners at the firm are Urs Kloeti, Oliver Widmer, Christoph Lang, Michael Kramer, Nils Harbeke, Thomas Rohner and Michael Lips. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer left the firm in 2020.

Testimonials

The lawyers are intelligent, creative and dedicated to their cases. The team understands not only its client’s business and challenges but also its needs. Personal attention and responsiveness from start to finish.’

Oliver Widmer is a master of his field; he is always updated in the latest legal latest developments in the market, as well as friendly and available.’

Christoph Lang is a recommended, capable contact in Zurich.’

Thomas Rohner is a hard-working, dedicated, well-spoken, thick-skinned individual, who is a tough litigator and arbitrator in court while staying courteous and calm at all times.’

Key clients

ABN Amro

Affiliated Managers Group

Apollo

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of India

Bank of Montreal

Bank Vontobel

Barclays Bank (Suisse) SA

BBVA Santander

Berkshire Hathaway

Blackrock

BNP Paribas

BX Swiss

Commerzfactoring

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Postbank

Deutsche Postbank

Gazprombank

GE Capital

General Electric

General Electric Capital

Goldman Sachs

Greenhill & Co.

ICB Standard Bank

ING Bank NV

JPMorgan

Landesbank Baden Württemberg

Maerki Baumann

Nordea Bank

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Privatbank IHAG

Sony

Standard Chartered Bank

Targo Bank

UniCredit

VTB Bank

Private client Tier 2

Pestalozzi's private client practice includes specialists from the tax, banking, real estate and litigation areas. It is experienced in advising on inheritance and estate planning as well as on relocations and executions of wills, among other matters. The team is jointly led by banking and finance specialist Oliver Widmer and dispute resolution experts Thomas Rohner and Christophe Emonet in Geneva. Sibylle Pestalozzi-Früh and Michael Lips are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Widmer; Thoma Rohner; Christophe Emonet

Testimonials

Experienced private client team with cross-department capabilities.

Oliver Widmer is increasingly visible on the private client stage. His background allows him to approach matters with a commercial view, something clients are increasingly looking for.

Thomas Rohner is a stand-out partner.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Bank Reichmuth

Bank IHAG

Bank Rothschild

Fleming Family & Partners (Suisse) AG

Stonehage (Zürich) AG

Private Clients Partner

Cofra Holding AG

Porsche family

CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research

Zulauf Family

Merrill Lynch Trust Services

Marcuard

Deutsche Bank Private Banking

Bank Maerki Baumann

Credit Agricole

Societe Generale

Bank Vontobel

Julius Baer

Real estate and construction Tier 2

The team at Pestalozzi has considerable experience in hotel, commercial and residential projects. Its comprehensive practice also covers land use and zoning law, construction permits and tax matters, among other areas. The group is further noted for its specialisation in the environment field. Michael Lips leads the team and is also well versed in public procurement. Other prominent group members are senior associate Paola Wullschleger and associate Andrea Rohrer-Lippuner.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lip

Testimonials

Pestalozzi has a very competent team always gives expert advice while also being responsive and having fast turn around times.

Michael Lips has the outstanding ability to get to the point.

Andrea Rohrer-Lippuner and Michael Lips both are very competent and helpful, always make the client their first priority and let them feel safe and well informed.’

Key clients

DowDuPont

Universitäts Spital Zürich

Holcim

The Capra

Pensionskasse der Stadt Lugano / Cassa Pensioni di Lugano (CPdL)

Coop

Coca-Cola

McDonald’s

Johnson & Johnson

International Paper

Tax Tier 2

Pestalozzi's team has experience of advising on the tax aspects of M&A, financing and real estate transactions, with particular expertise in various kinds of restructurings. Another core practice is advising private clients on tax planning and compliance matters. Nils Harbeke heads up the group; he is well versed in international taxation, and inbound and outbound tax planning for domestic and foreign clients. Jonas Sigrist regularly advises on matters related to corporate tax. Counsel Silvia Zimmermann is another key name.

Practice head(s):

Nils Harbeke

Testimonials

The Zurich tax team of Pestalozzi combines perfect Switzerland tax skills with excellent personal contacts to relevant tax authorities’ officials in a country where the personal contact is absolutely necessary and decisive.’

The support of the tax team is excellent. It should be emphasised that the solutions presented are tailor made and can therefore be implemented directly.

Nils Harbeke always makes a good impression.’

Jonas Sigrist has very good skills in solving complex tax questions, in particular dealing with VAT and Swiss inbound questions.

Silvia Zimmermann is a very experienced top senior tax lawyer of Switzerland. She always provides hands-on solutions and does a very good job.

Key clients

ADVA Optical Networking

AXA

CommerzFactoring Targo Bank, CommerzBank

Cott Beverages

Ardian

FIEGE Logistics

L’Oréal

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Glencore

Phillips 66 GmbH

Sony Music Entertainment Switzerland GmbH

GE

EFG Bank

Swisscanto

Swisscom

City of Lugano Pension Fund

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Littelfuse

Insurance Tier 3

Pestalozzi acts for longstanding clients including SwissLife and AIG and is adept at handling insurance M&A transactions, both in the domestic market and with a cross-border element. Practice head Christoph G Lang's expertise in both Swiss and European insurance law allows the firm to take on complex matters. In a particular highlight, the team advised AmTrust on its acquisition of a stake in Canopius Reinsurance. Beat Schwarz is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang

Key clients

AIG

Swiss Life

Howden

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Hyperion Insurance Group

Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies AG

AmTrust Financial

Axa

Acquinex

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law Ltd has considerable experience in dispute resolution and white-collar crime mandates, M&A, finance and IP matters. Christophe Emonet is, besides litigation and arbitration, also instructed on regulatory work and investigations. Thomas Legler also regularly acts as an arbitrator. Sébastien Roy is strong in banking transactions. Beat MumenthalerLudivine Boisard and Nicolas Herren are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Emonet; Sébastien Roy

Testimonials

Pestalozzi is a superb firm.’

Sébastien Roy is very experienced, calm, thought-through and solution-oriented.’

Christophe Emonet is an outstanding practitioner.

Key clients

Glencore

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.

Conde Nast Publications SA

Banque Cantonale de Genève

City of Almaty

Credit Suisse

First International Bank of Israel

Trafigura, Vitol, et al

Olivier Maus

Türkmengaz

Union Bank of Israel

Vitaly Malkin

TMT Tier 3

Pestalozzi's practice regularly handles data protection and e-commerce work for banks, insurers and pharmaceutical companies. It also specialises in telecoms law, IT distribution and outsourcing projects, as well as more general fintech and medical technology matters. Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier are key contacts. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer left the firm in 2020.

Key clients

CH Medien

Sony Computer Entertainment Switzerland AG

Infor Group

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Ringier

WPP

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc.

Festival del Film Locarno

Ticino Film Commission

Organizzazione turistica Lago Maggiore e Valli

Competition Tier 4

Pestalozzi covers a wide range of competition matters, from merger notifications and leniency applications to dawn raids and cartel investigations. The group also advises on matters relating to WTO, customs, and registrations. Christoph Lang, who leads the practice, combines expertise in Swiss and European antitrust law with M&A and corporate knowledge. Christian Roos and associate Severin Etzensperger are also prominent practitioners. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer left the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang

Testimonials

The team has know-how and experience in distribution matters.

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Dow Chemical

Sony

Glencore

Ringier

Microsoft

Groupe PSA

British American Tobacco

Swiss Life

Coca-Cola

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate / Mergers & Acquisitions Sébastien Roy sebastien.roy@pestalozzilaw.com +41 22 999 96 40
Litigation & Arbitration Christophe Emonet christophe.emonet@pestalozzilaw.com +41 22 999 96 10
Financial Services Sébastien Roy sebastien.roy@pestalozzilaw.com +41 22 999 96 40
Intellectual Property & TMT Lorenza Ferrari Hofer lorenza.ferrari@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 57
Tax Nils Harbeke nils.harbeke@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 24
Blockchain & Crypto Assets Oliver Widmer oliver.widmer@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 42
Competition & Trade Christoph Lang christoph.lang@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 39
Compliance Sébastien Roy sebastien.roy@pestalozzilaw.com +41 22 999 96 40
Employment & Pensions Martin L. Mueller martin.mueller@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 60
Life Sciences Christian Roos christian.roos@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 00
Private Clients Christophe Emonet christophe.emonet@pestalozzilaw.com +41 22 999 96 10
Real Estate & Environment Michael Lips michael.lips@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 67
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ludivine Boisard  photo Ms Ludivine Boisard Member of the Financial Services, the Real Estate & Environment and the…
Ms Michèle Burnier  photo Ms Michèle Burnier Michèle Burnier is a partner and member of Pestalozzi’s IP&TMT group as…
Mr Christophe Emonet  photo Mr Christophe Emonet Christophe Emonet heads the Geneva Litigation & Arbitration Group and the White-collar…
Mr Nicolas C Herren  photo Mr Nicolas C Herren Member of the Litigation & Arbitration group in Geneva. Specializes in national…
Dr Thomas Legler  photo Dr Thomas Legler Thomas Legler is partner and head of the arbitration team in Geneva.…
Mr Beat Mumenthaler  photo Mr Beat Mumenthaler Member of Pestalozzi’s Litigation & Arbitration group in Geneva. Litigation activity involves…
Mr Sébastien Roy  photo Mr Sébastien Roy Advises financial institutions, corporations and individuals on their transactions, contracts and regulatory…
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