Firm Profile > Pestalozzi > Zurich, Switzerland

Pestalozzi
LÖWENSTRASSE 1
8001 ZÜRICH
Switzerland

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Pestalozzi's arbitration practice is well versed in a variety of commercial and investment disputes, and is equally adept at handling domestic and international arbitration proceedings. The team regularly acts for corporates, states, individuals and investors from a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, commodity, energy and consumer goods, among others. The firm's dispute resolution group is led by Michael Kramer, who is also experienced in sports and telecoms-related disputes. Laurent Killias and Geneva-based Thomas Legler head up the arbitration practice, which also includes Thomas Rohner and Florian Mohs, who is 'highly dedicated to defend the rights of his clients'.

Practice head(s):

Laurent Killias; Thomas Legler

Other key lawyers:

Michael Kramer; Thomas Rohner; Florian Mohs; Lukas Rusch

Testimonials

‘The law firm provides everything that multinationals require. Great educational background and experience, practical approach to every matter and business oriented work. Personal interaction has been also outstanding in all the dossiers with Pestalozzi team. Highly ranked for Switzerland based firms.’

‘Thomas Rohner: great background and experience, practical and business-oriented approach and close relationship with the client.’

‘Laurent Killias is among the best in Switzerland in the field of international arbitration.’

‘Michael Kramer is a very experienced arbitration counsel.’

‘Thomas Rohner is an excellent legal mind representing parties in commercial arbitrations.’

‘Florian Mohs in an excellent arbitration counsel highly dedicated to defend the rights of his clients.’

‘Pestalozzi has a long-standing dispute resolution practice with excellent team members guaranteeing high quality work.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Bouygues Construction

DHL

First International Bank of Israel

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

Oliver Maus (owner of Maus Frères SA)

Republic of India

Republic of Kazakhstan

Swiss Life AG

Türkmengaz

Union Bank of Israel

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Pestalozzi has a sizeable dispute resolution team which handles a broad variety of commercial, corporate and financial litigation. Working closely across departments, it represents clients, which are states, companies, enterprises and high-net-worth-individuals in regulatory, criminal and civil disputes before all relevant courts; there is a strong collaboration with the banking and finance, construction and life sciences practice groups. Geneva-based Christophe Emonet stands out for disputes concerning white-collar crime; he jointly leads the practice with 'experienced litigatorMichael KramerLaurent Killias is instructed in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Private client specialist Thomas Rohner and Nicolas Herren in Geneva are also key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kramer; Christophe Emonet

Other key lawyers:

Laurent Killias; Thomas Rohner; Nicolas Herren

Testimonials

‘What’s unique about Pestalozzi’s approach is the fact that it immediately understood the personal nature of the grievances that we presented the team with. Since then, the members vehemently championed our cause with what can only be described as a fine balance between ferocity and restraint.’

‘Christophe Emonet is by far the most outstanding professional we’ve had the pleasure of working with. We immediately felt at ease having Christophe in our corner.’

‘Nicolas Herren is intelligent and driven.’

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

‘Laurent Killias is a very experienced litigator and arbitration practitioner. He is focused on high-end work and provides in-depth analysis combined with pragmatic solutions that serve the client’s needs. He is very responsive and pro-active.’

‘The team consists of very dedicated and resourceful professionals and is highly regarded in the market. Clients benefit from the practice’

‘Thomas Rohner is a mastermind in litigation who knows the law and understands his clients.’

‘Very long-standing practice attracting high profile attorneys.’

‘Michael Kramer is a very experienced litigator who is always very well prepared and knows all the details of the file.’

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

Fahad Al Rajaan

First International Bank of Israel

Glencore

Rusal

Trafigura

Vitol

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

Olivier Maus (stakeholder of Maus Frères SA, Lacoste)

Republic of Kazakhstan

Swiss Life AG

Türkmengaz

UBP

Union Bank of Israel

Vitaly Malkin

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 2

One of Pestalozzi's key strengths is representing clients in banking and finance disputes. The team is well known for handling civil claims for banks, as well as matters relating to asset tracing and recovery, white-collar criminal law and regulatory proceedings, all areas of strength for practice co-head Christophe Emonet. The group is further active in banking M&A and finance transactions, which is fellow co-head Sébastien Roy's speciality. Other names to note are Ludivine Boisard and Nicolas Herren. Andrea Huber, who is a key name for asset management and investment funds, was a new arrival in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sébastien Roy; Christophe Emonet

Other key lawyers:

Ludivine Boisard; Nicolas Herren; Christophe Berclaz; Andrea Huber

Testimonials

‘Christophe Emonet is by far the most outstanding professional we’ve had the pleasure of working with. His decisiveness and insight has garnered faith and reverence from all parties, including the opposing counsel. His leadership and effectiveness have drawn intelligent and driven associates to his team, Nicolas Herren and Christophe Berclaz.

‘Pestalozzi has an exceptionally strong legal team. It is very experienced in all types of finance transactions and has a deep knowledge of the market.’

‘I usually work with Ludivine Boisard on various finance transactions. She is a real professional. Ludivine is responsive, client- and deal- oriented and has a deep knowledge of market. ’

Key clients

Bank of America

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

First International Bank of Israel

Glencore

Rusal

Trafigura

Vitol

Goldman Sachs

UBP

UBS

Union Bank of Israel

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

Pestalozzi's banking and finance practice is regularly involved in high-end financing transactions, where it acts for lenders and borrowers. The group also advises on banking M&A, structured products, and new technologies matters. Through close cooperation with other departments, the team also acts for a range of clients in disputes, as well as on regulatory, investigations and tax matters. Another area of expertise is commodities finance. Urs Kloeti leads the Zurich team and is noted for his broad practice. Oliver Widmer 'provides exceptionally constructive legal advice', and Thomas Rohner is the key contact for contentious cases.

Practice head(s):

Urs Kloeti

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Widmer; Thomas Rohner; Severin Roelli; Joseph Steiner

Testimonials

‘Pestalozzi have an exceptionally strong legal team. It is very experienced in all types of finance transactions and has a deep knowledge of the market.’

‘Oliver Widmer provides exceptionally constructive legal advice. He has an in-depth knowledge of law and the market.’

Key clients

Apollo

Bank of America

Bank Vontobel

Barclays

Bayerische Landesbank

Berkshire Hataway

Citibank

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Goldman Sachs

ING

J.P. Morgan

Märki Baumann

UBP

Zuercher Kantonalbank, ZKB

Capital markets Tier 2

The capital markets practice at Pestalozzi is active in an impressive range of matters, including IPOs, debt and bridge financings, equity derivatives, and stock exchange listings. A particular area of expertise is acting for a variety of clients in high yield bond issues. Active clients include entities of the calibre of Swisscom, Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs. The practice co-heads are bonds-expert Oliver Widmer and structured products advisor Urs KloetiSeverin Roelli knows the SIX listing regulations and stock exchange law well, while Beat Schwarz focuses on debt capital markets. Christian Leuenberger is a key contact in raising capital. Ludivine Boisard is an integral team member in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Widmer; Urs Kloeti

Other key lawyers:

Severin Roelli; Beat Schwarz; Christian Leuenberger; Ludivine Boisard

Testimonials

‘This is a team you can trust as a client.’

Oliver Widmer is client-oriented professional who has a deep understanding of the company’s business, and also works as an excellent manager of the whole process, making it time and cost efficient. He is a great expert in Swiss law providing timely advice even to urgent and complicated queries of the client.’

 

Key clients

AIG

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Barry Callebaut

Blackstone Group

BX Swiss

China Resources Capital Management Limited

Coca Cola

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

HSBC

Novartis

Schlumberger Ltd.

Swisscom

VTB

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Pestalozzi fields a team of specialists which advise a wide range of clients on the full spectrum of corporate and M&A work. The group represents buyers, sellers and financial advisers in joint ventures, asset and share deals. Another area of expertise is advising on public-to-private transactions and vice versa. Christoph Lang brings to bear his additional experience in competition matters and Sébastien Roy in Geneva is well versed in financing; together, they lead the team, which also includes noteworthy practitioners Severin RoelliFranz SchubigerBeat Schwarz and Christian Leuenberger.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang; Sébastien Roy

Other key lawyers:

Severin Roelli; Franz Schubiger; Beat Schwarz; Christian Leuenberger

Testimonials

‘Super professional, quick, resourceful, excellent in every way.’

‘Christian Leuenberger. Superb. Extremely knowledgeable. Attentive. Brilliant in devising strategy. Perfect relationship with takeover board.’

‘Complicated cross border transaction handled very well. Always available and provided great insights with respect to structuring and legal aspects of the deal. ’

‘Christian Leuenberg is very creative and comes up with great suggestions to minimize risks.’

Key clients

Acquinex

Agile Sports Technologies, Inc.

AIA Insurance

AIG

AmTrust Financial

AON (AON (NYSE))

AXA Climate

AXA XL

AXIS

Barry Callebaut (BARN (SWX))

BMW

BP PLC

Celgene (CELG (NasdaqGS))

CH Media

China Resources (Holding) Co

Coca Cola (KO (NYSE))

Coop

Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies AG

Dow Chemical (DOW (NYSE))

Fortissimo Capital

FSN Capital

General Electric (GE (NYSE))

Glencore (GLEN.L (LSE))

Goldman Sachs Private Capital (GS (NYSE))

Howden

Hyperion Insurance Group

iQ International AG (FSE: IQL)

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ (NYSE))

Leclanché SA (LECN.SW (SWX))

Microsoft (MSFT (NasdaqGS))

Nexo Group

Opel

Peugeot

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

Quintet

Ringier

Royal Bank of Canada (RY (NYSE))

ryd suisse AG

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Sony (SNE (NYSE))

Swiss Life

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

Zahid Group

Zimmer Biomet (ZBH (NYSE))

Employment Tier 2

Pestalozzi’s employment team is fully integrated into the corporate and M&A department of the firm and, as a result, provides ‘to the point, concise and relevant practical commercial solutions’ on a wide array of employment matters and related issues. Martin Müller specialises in business transfers, pensions and executive employment, especially the structuring of compensation schemes. Christian Roos advises on the employment aspects of restructurings, business transfers and mass dismissals and is experienced in immigration law.

Practice head(s):

Martin Müller; Christian Roos

Other key lawyers:

Andreas Lienhard

Testimonials

‘All members of the Pestalozzi employment team are fast thinkers, always spot on and super responsive. They are problem solvers and they address the issues in a way so that we can implement solutions efficiently.’

‘The Pestalozzi employment team was the first to tell us how the fast evolving Swiss COVID law will impact our business. They gave us clear recommendation on what needs to be done. Other law firms started to send out legal updates later, but Pestalozzi’s advice has always been to the point, concise and relevant – the most efficient advice in these very challenging times.’

‘Martin Müller advises us in strategically relevant employment issues, like complex reorganizations, mass dismissals, TUPEs and senior executive employment matters. He provides tailor-made service and excellent advice. Martin Müller is very keen to better understand what the future of our businesses looks like. This allows him to come up with very efficient advice: He doesn’t provide lengthy memoranda, but really adds value to our business. Andreas Lienhard, senior associate, is an excellent employment litigator. He thinks ahead and is always prepared for the move of the counterparty.

‘Well functioning team of professionals.’

‘Highly responsive, very knowledgeable, practical commercial solutions.’

‘Martin Müller is responsive, practical and knowledgeable.’

‘Christian Roos is always very accessible and extremely responsive. The solutions provided are very pragmatic and well thought out.’

‘I appreciate the specialized knowledge available and that the department is still in a position to give sound and practical advice without producing extensive memos. Turn-around time has also proven to be very good. ’

‘I have had a few occasions where I worked with Martin Müller. I appreciate his sound knowledge and expertise in the area of employment law, his practical and solution-driven approach to issues we have raised with him and his responsiveness and quick turn-around time. He has also proven to be very quick in grasping the legal issues at hand. ’

‘The team has a very good understanding of what solutions are needed by the clients.’

Key clients

Akorn Pharma

C&A (Fashion Retail)

Coca-Cola HBC AG

Cofra Holding

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

Kelly Services

Lionbridge

Mandarin Oriental Hoel

Microsoft

PSA (Opel, Citroën, Peugeot, DS)

Saxo Bank

Shire / Baxalta / Takeda

Syneos Health

Synthes

Wing Aviation / Google

Zimmer GmbH

Fintech Tier 2

Pestalozzi advises clients operating in the fintech space on legal, regulatory and tax matters throughout the entire process of the development, implementation and operation of blockchain and other technologies in the financial services sector. The team assists clients with obtaining licences from the Swiss financial market authority, advises on initial coin offerings and drafts and implements internal processes and guidelines, among other work. Oliver Widmer is experienced in regulatory work, such as assisting clients with applications and non-action letters, and also advises on blockchain-based bond issuance. Urs Kloeti is a key name for cryptocurrencies.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Widmer; Urs Kloeti

Testimonials

‘Practical advice, able to assess a situation quickly, straight-talking.’

‘Oliver Widmer is able to assess questions and facts quickly due to his strong experience. He is approachable and flexible for discussions and meetings. Urs Klöti is a performer.’

Key clients

Aximetria

Capital.com

De Beers

Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd

Goldman Sachs

Instimatch

Leonteq

Microsoft

Nivaura

Positif.ly

RobecoSAM

Swiss Crypto Bank

Swiss Life

Token Commons Foundation

UDS oil

Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation

Swisscom

Custodigit

Tezos Foundation

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Pestalozzi's team is predominantly active in bankruptcy and composition proceedings, in particular on the creditor side. It has experience in matters which require civil and criminal law co-ordination. The team is also well versed in obtaining recognitions of foreign bankruptcies. Dispute resolution experts Christophe Emonet in Geneva and Thomas Rohner in Zurich lead the practice. Beat Mumenthaler in Geneva handles freezing orders and asset tracing.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Emonet; Thomas Rohner

Other key lawyers:

Beat Mumenthaler; Ludivine Boisard

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely responsive and capable.’

‘Outstanding quality of skill, service, commitment and responsiveness.’

‘Very short response time but at the same time taking a comprehensive approach reflecting not only the legal but as well the commercial point of view.’

‘Thomas Rohner is highly capable, responsive and proactive. He gave us sound advice in our matter and inspired a lot of trust.’

‘Thomas Rohner in Zurich and Christophe Emonet in Geneva are both first class lawyers, responsive and skilled in international business disputes.’

‘Thomas Rohner – outstanding quality not only with respect to legal matters but everything is done in an easy and self-explaining way.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank Vontobel

Banque Cantonale de Genève

Coop

Credit Agricole

Credit Suisse

First International Bank of Isreal

Glencore

Johnson & Johnson

Swiss Life AG

Union Bank of Israel

Intellectual property Tier 2

Pestalozzi’s IP practice represents clients from the food, luxury goods, life sciences and retail sectors in disputes relating to the defence and enforcement of trade marks, patents, designs, domain names, copyrights and trade secrets. The team also assists with cooperation arrangements for research projects, proceedings before Swiss regulatory and registration authorities, unfair competition issues, patent and license agreements, arbitration proceedings, sponsorship agreements and the transfer of IP rights. Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier lead the group. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer departed to Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Legler; Michèle Burnier

Testimonials

‘Pestalozzi offers a high level of advice and is good to refer to SME’s or innovative companies or research organisations- We work with them on IP, IT data privacy and contractual work. They have the capacity to work in an international context.’

‘Michèle Burnier has great experience and expertise in trade mark matters. She quickly understood our needs, individualised the problems to be solved and their respective urgency, and gave us sound advice which has been very useful when put into practice. She is very results-oriented.’

‘Michèle Burnier is very responsive and she gave us quick responses when needed.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Festival internazionale del Film Locarno

British American Tobacco

ZimmerBiomet

McDonald’s

Jemako

Zoll Inc.

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Pestalozzi offers 'seamless service to clients, demonstrating commercial awareness and presenting creative solutions'. The Geneva-office's strengths are financial transactions, regulatory, litigation and arbitration, M&A and white-collar criminal law matters. Dispute resolution specialist Christophe Emonet and transaction expert Sébastien Roy are key contacts. Nicolas Herren and Ludivine Boisard are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Christophe Emonet; Sébastien Roy

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Herren; Ludivine Boisard; Jean-Baptiste Lhôte

Testimonials

‘Sébastien Roy is pro-active, available and handles the work in an efficient and effective manner. The work is predominantly done by him without leveraging too many other partners/associates on the file and the result thereof is that the fees are managed and controlled very well.’

‘Pestalozzi’s Corporate/M&A Group and Financial Services Group offer a seamless service to clients, demonstrating commercial awareness and presenting creative solutions to clients. They go the extra mile. Thoroughly recommended.’

‘Sébastien Roy is an expert in his practice area, very goal-oriented and pragmatic in the solutions offered to complex problems. He is very responsive, highly professional and very approachable. A pleasure to work with.’

Jean-Baptiste Lhôte is an excellent lawyer who is always available and can be relied upon to provide commercial and practical solutions to get a deal across the line.’

‘The team consists of the real professionals who are available for a client 24/7. The team has a solid experience to work during holidays and day and night if necessary at a rush time. A client does not need to motivate them, to the contrary, the team motivates a client. The team always offers several options of solving a problem together with their recommendation to choose one of them to facilitate your choice.’

‘Christophe Emonet is superb. His experience and judgment are second to none.’

‘Christophe Emonet is great practitioner, tough negotiator and extremely concentrated on the merits. He has a very deep knowledge of law, is able to learn something new, including even foreign national law.’

‘Christophe Emonet and his team are formidable – commercial, strategic and extremely hard-working.

Key clients

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA

Bank of America

Banque Cantonale de Genève

City of Almaty

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Fahad Al Rajan

First International Bank of Israel

Glencore

Goldman Sachs

Olivier Maus

Republic of Kazakhstan

Türkmengaz

UBP

Union Bank of Israel

Vitaly Malkin

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Pestalozzi has a strong offering in banking and finance, capital markets, litigation and arbitration matters. Key contact for those areas include Urs KloetiChristoph LangMichael KramerThomas RohnerLaurent Killias and Florian Mohs. The firm also impresses with expertise in private client mandates, where Oliver Widmer is noted and with its real estate and construction practice under the lead of Michael Lips.

Practice head(s):

Urs Kloeti

Other key lawyers:

Nils Harbeke; Christoph Lang; Michael Kramer; Thomas Rohner; Laurent Killias; Florian Mohs; Michael Lips; Oliver Widmer

Testimonials

‘The broad know-how of the lawyers, ability to think-out-of the box and come up with solutions we may not have considered, strong commitment to the clients, the accessibility of the lawyers, courteous and friendly lawyers and assistants. Partners are accessible and responsive. Strong international network in case of need for an external law firm in a third jurisdiction.’

‘Good knowledge of the market, fun to work with, responsive.’

‘Florian Mohs – very commercial, strategic good advice, responsive.’

‘Oliver Widmer: is an extremely committed lawyer, with a strong experience and knowledge of the banking business. Oliver has a very good understanding of the different types of loans and the way that banks structure them. Oliver has the ability to understand the ambitious goals of our business and has excellent personal skills to condense complex information into practical advice that we can understand and act on. Oliver has also a very friendly character, which we appreciate.’

‘Thomas Rohner: is an extremely committed, utmost honest and confident lawyer who has a strong ability to read people. We experience Thomas as a tough negotiator and litigator who fights to secure the best outcome, however staying courteous and composed at all times. He has strong negotiation skills and an ability to identify and communicate what’s necessary to make a strong case for us.’

‘The organizational and time management skills of Thomas Rohner are also appreciated: Thomas can deal with a mound of paperwork and balance a number of different aspects of the case, while dealing with simultaneous deadlines – and this while paying an excellent attention to detail and the fine print of agreements.’

Key clients

Advance Magazine Publishers Inc. and Conde Nast Publications SA

AIA Insurance

Apollo

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

Fortissimo Capital

Gazprombank

General Electric

Glencore

Goldman Sachs

ING

Johnson & Johnson

Leclanché SA (LECN.SW (SWX))

Maerki Baumann

Microsoft (MSFT (NasdaqGS))

Oliver Maus (owner of Maus Frères SA)

Opel

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

Peugeot

Quintet

Ringier

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Sony

Swiss Life AG

Türkmengaz

Zimmer Biomet (ZBH (NYSE))

Zuercher Kantonalbank, ZKB

Private client Tier 2

Pestalozzi covers a wide range of private client matters, with particular expertise in the dispute resolution space relating to inheritance, estate and trust matters, immigration and relocation queries, execution of wills and the planning of taxes and estates. The team acts for  individuals, families, foundations, private banks and wealth management service providers from Switzerland and abroad. Finance law specialist Oliver Widmer, DR-practitioner Thomas Rohner and Geneva-based Christophe Emonet, who handles litigation and estate planning, are the practice heads. Michael Lips is the key contact for real estate mandates.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Widmer; Thomas Rohner; Christophe Emonet

Other key lawyers:

Michael Lips; Andrea Rohrer-Lippuner

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

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

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Pestalozzi's team is active in projects in the industrial, commercial and residential sectors, and has an active construction practice. The offering includes portfolio transactions, financing and due diligence. Other areas of expertise are public procurement processes and environmental law. The group, which is led by real estate specialist Michael Lips, is regularly instructed by national and international companies from the retail, consumer goods and life sciences industries. Counsel Paola Wullschleger also specialises in real estate litigation and tenancy law and is highlighted alongside associate Andrea Rohrer-Lippuner.

Practice head(s):

Michael Lips

Other key lawyers:

Paola Wullschleger; Andrea Rohrer-Lippuner

Testimonials

‘Michael Lips is very experienced in real estate transactions.’

Key clients

Zurich University Hospital

McDonald’s

Johnson & Johnson

Holcim

The Capra Hotel

Riken Yamamoto & Field Shop

Sonder USA Inc.

Groupe PSA

Gilead Sciences Switzerland Sàrl

Cantonal Hospital Baselland

Tax Tier 2

Pestalozzi's tax team is noted for providing solutions in a 'timely, transparent and courteous manner'. Its areas of expertise are providing tax advice to international companies and financial institutions in connection with financings, M&A restructurings, real estate transactions, bond issuance and social security compliance matters. The team, which is led by the 'outstandingNils Harbeke, also handles tax litigation and private client instructions. Jonas Sigrist focuses on corporate tax matters. Counsel Silvia Zimmermann and senior associate Noëlle Mathis provide additional support.

Practice head(s):

Nils Harbeke

Other key lawyers:

Jonas Sigrist; Silvia Zimmermann; Noëlle Mathis

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable regarding Swiss tax law. Polite and professional in answers given to clients and with quick feedback. Great teamwork within the organization.’

‘Attention to detail and timeline. Attention to individual situation and needs, while still highlighting alternatives, options or improvement ideas.’

‘Jonas Sigrist: great industry knowledge, good connections to tax authorities.’

‘Jonas Sigrist and his team have a deep understanding, both from a local and international perspective.’

‘Nils Harbeke is outstanding.’

‘Jonas and his team are great listeners and are keen to learn all aspects of international commercial transactions and structures before providing advice.’

‘Solutions are delivered in a timely, transparent and courteous manner and consider IP, tax and owner implications where relevant. We would highly recommend them to international companies doing business in Switzerland.’

‘Very responsive, pragmatic and solution-oriented.’

‘Understands the issue very quickly and can easily adapt to in-house issues and offer solutions.’

Key clients

Alpha Simplex Group

Ardian

Axa

AXA Climate

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

CIS Asset Management

City of Lugano Pension Fund

Commerzbank

Cott Beverages / Primo Water

Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies Ltd

Deezer

EFG Bank

Ellen Bassermann Kulturstiftung

EMPIRA AG

Fitness World Group A/S

Freyssinet Group

GE

Glencore

Gonvarri Industries

Hansa Trust

Haus des Stiftens gGmbH

IDINVEST Partners

Klarna Bank AB

Littelfuse Inc.

L’Oréal

Mylan Pharma

Novartis Ltd.

Phillips 66 GmbH

Plasser & Theurer

Rémy Cointreau

Sony Music Entertainment Switzerland GmbH

Swisscanto

Swisscom

Targobank

VP Bank

Westinghouse

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Pestalozzi’s data privacy and data protection practice predominantly acts for clients from the IP and TMT, as well as fintech and life sciences sectors. The team is experienced in advising on digital data concerning information and communication platforms, the regulatory aspects of digital medical data and digital data in regulated areas, including the financial services sector. Thomas Legler and Michèle Burnier are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Legler; Michèle Burnier

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

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

Pestalozzi has expertise in a broad range of healthcare and life sciences matters, covering M&A, asset purchases and venture capital and private equity transactions; regulatory and compliance matters; product safety and liability; and dispute resolution. The team, which is led by Christian Roos and Franz Schubiger, is regularly instructed by medical devices and pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributers, service providers, investors and non-profit research organisations. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer left in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

Christian Roos; Franz Schubiger

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Drukarch

Testimonials

 

Key clients

Akorn Pharmaceuticals

Astellas Pharma Europe

GE Healthcare

Gilead

Kite Pharma

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc.

Merck KGaA

Promethera Biosciences SA

University Hospital Zurich (USZ)

Zimmer Biomet

Insurance Tier 3

Pestalozzi advises national and international insurers on a variety of matters and has particular experience of insurance M&A transactions as well as regulatory work. The team regularly acts as the Swiss legal representative of major insurers, covering all relevant areas both in insurance and re-insurance, as well as drafting re-insurance policies. Practice head Christoph Lang is specialised in insurance and M&A, frequently advising clients on governance and policy issues. Beat Schwarz is experienced in insurance contracts and insurance regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang

Other key lawyers:

Beat Schwartz; Thomas Rohner

Testimonials

‘We have dealt a lot with Beat Schwarz who has been outstanding in his flexibility, speed of responses and suggestions of the best way to proceed.’

‘Very responsive, including out of hours. Very technically knowledgeable and quick to suggest commercial solutions. Have found them more willing to commit to advising on potential solutions rather than just relying on strict law or ask the regulator than some other firms.’

‘In Insurance law, Pestalozzi is the leader of the pack in Switzerland. They have an outstanding team that is able to address any insurance law issue while following a pronounced commercial approach. Especially their in-depth legal expertise and experience are impressive as is their huge attention to detail. They are completely reliable, trustworthy and absolutely committed to delivering best results. Also, their availability and responsiveness makes them stand out from the market.’

‘Thomas Rohner is a superb insurance law expert and a highly regarded colleague, especially in D&O matters. He is on top of every detail of even the most complex cases but also always has the bigger picture in sight. He has extraordinary depth of legal expertise and entrepreneurial thinking which makes him a first-rate counsel and great strategist. Extremely strong and professional in negotiations and litigation he continues to prove his calm in any given circumstance as well as his excellent communication skills. I absolutely trust his judgement.’

Key clients

Acquiney

AIG

AmTrust Financial

AXA XL

AXA Climate

AXIS

Credit Suisse Insurance Linked Strategies AG

Howden

Hyperion Insurance Group

ryd suisse

Swiss Life

The Prudential Insurance Company of America

TMT Tier 3

Pestalozzi acts for TMT clients on contentious and non-contentious matters and has particular experience in IT and data protection work. The team advises on data outsourcing, online distribution, advertisement, software licensing and e-commerce mandates, and also negotiates and drafts contracts. Thomas Legler advises on telecoms, data protection and media and entertainment issues and has experience in arbitration proceedings. Michèle Burnier specialises in data protection, IT and telecoms work and represents clients before civil and criminal courts. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer left the firm in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Legler; Michèle Burnier

Testimonials

‘The team is very competent in its field and the collaboration is always very efficient and goal-oriented. What makes Pestalozzi unique is that they exactly understand our needs and always delivered accurate content.’

‘The partner was always very easy to reach and the communication was very prompt and timely. I appreciate the pragmatic approach and the partner always delivered exactly what was agreed upon in advance. It is obvious that the partner is very experienced and outstanding in their respective field.’

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson group of companies

Festival internazionale del Film Locarno

Coca-Cola

Ringier

McDonald’s

CH Media

Zoll Inc.

ZimmerBiomet

Competition Tier 4

The competition team at Pestalozzi is led by Christoph Lang, who has a 'wealth of experience'. The group advises on merger control filings, leniency applications, and investigations in the context of abuse of dominance or pricing, among others. Beat Schwarz advises on competition aspects in M&A and transactions and Michèle Burnier is the key contact in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Lang

Other key lawyers:

Beat Schwarz; Michèle Burnier

Testimonials

‘Very strong experience in the field of distribution agreements, with in-depth understanding of route-to-market process, logistics constraints and market realities. Ability to come up with practical solutions. Also up-to-date on the latest developments.’

‘The expertise in Competition Law lies primarily with Christoph Lang, who has a wealth of experience, in addition to being always very available.’

 

Key clients

BMW Group

Boardriders/Quiksilver

British American Tobacco

Coca-Cola

Glencore

Groupe PSA (Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel, Vauxhall)

Johnson & Johnson

Microsoft

Ringier

Sony

Pestalozzi is a multicultural Swiss business law firm focusing on high-end work for domestic and international clients since 1911. Pestalozzi lawyers are strong and empathic personalities, known for their truly independent approach to advising and representing their clients. The firm guides and supports its clients in their strategic business decisions, anticipates their future challenges and helps them solve their critical issues. Being fully integrated, Pestalozzi encounters no internal limits in shaping the most competent and efficient teams for the clients’ needs. With over 100 professionals in Zurich and Geneva, the firm is at home in Switzerland’s two main commercial hubs – and has developed a wealth of experience in its key industries of Banking, Life Sciences, Commodity Trading and Insurance. While being locally embedded, Pestalozzi has also developed sought-after expertise in dealing with multi-jurisdictional transactions and disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate / M&A Christoph Lang christoph.lang@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 39
Litigation & Arbitration Michael Kramer michael.kramer@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 32
Banking & Finance Urs Klöti urs.kloeti@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 92
White-Collar Crime Christophe Emonet christophe.emonet@pestalozzilaw.com +41 22 999 96 10
Restructuring & Insolvency Thomas Rohner thomas.rohner@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 58
Life Sciences Christian Roos christian.roos@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 00
Private Clients Oliver Widmer oliver.widmer@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 42
Intellectual Property & TMT Michèle Burnier michele.burnier@pestalozzilaw.com +41 22 999 96 00
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
Employment, Executive Compensation & Pension Martin L. Mueller martin.mueller@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 60
Real Estate & Environment Michael Lips michael.lips@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 92 67
Energy Franz J. Kessler franz.j.kessler@pestalozzilaw.com +41 44 217 93 42
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Jakob Höhn  photo Dr Jakob Höhn Practice in private and public M&A (including unsolicited takeovers). Also active in…
Mr Nils Harbeke  photo Mr Nils Harbeke Nils Harbeke is head of Pestalozzi’s Tax Practice Group. He has a…
Ms Andrea Huber  photo Ms Andrea Huber Andrea Huber is a Partner and member of Pestalozzi’s Financial Services Group…
Dr Franz J. Kessler  photo Dr Franz J. Kessler Franz J. Kessler is a partner and member of Pestalozzi’s Corporate /…
Dr Laurent Killias  photo Dr Laurent Killias Long-standing expertise in international arbitration and commercial litigation in complex disputes. In…
Mr Urs Klöti  photo Mr Urs Klöti Practice is focused on regulatory matters, anti-money laundering, compliance, finance and all…
Mr Michael Kramer  photo Mr Michael Kramer Practice is focused on national and international commercial litigation, arbitration and judicial…
Dr Christoph G Lang  photo Dr Christoph G Lang Practice in corporate law with focus on corporate governance, M&A, Swiss and…
Dr Christian Leuenberger  photo Dr Christian Leuenberger Member of the Corporate / M&A group in Zurich. Specializes in domestic…
Dr Michael Lips  photo Dr Michael Lips Michael Lips is partner and head of Pestalozzi’s Real Estate and Environment…
Dr Martin L Müller  photo Dr Martin L Müller Member of Pestalozzi’s Corporate/M&A as well as Employment & Pensions groups in…
Dr Florian Mohs  photo Dr Florian Mohs Member of the Litigation & Arbitration group in Zurich. Acts as counsel…
Ms Tanja Planinic  photo Ms Tanja Planinic Member of the Litigation & Arbitration group. Practice includes all aspects of…
Mr Severin Roelli  photo Mr Severin Roelli Member of the Corporate/M&A group in Zurich. Advises both foreign and domestic…
Dr Thomas Rohner  photo Dr Thomas Rohner Represents clients in litigation before Swiss courts and in international arbitration proceedings.…
Mr Christian Roos  photo Mr Christian Roos Member of the Employment & Pensions group and Co-head of Pestalozzi’s Life…
Mr Lukas Rusch  photo Mr Lukas Rusch Lukas Rusch is partner and member of Pestalozzi’s litigation and arbitration group…
Mr Franz Schubiger  photo Mr Franz Schubiger Member of Pestalozzi’s Corporate / M&A and Life Sciences groups in Zurich.…
Mr Beat Schwarz  photo Mr Beat Schwarz Member of the Corporate / M&A group. Focuses on corporate and commercial…
Mr Jonas Sigrist  photo Mr Jonas Sigrist Member of the Tax group in Zurich. Practice involves a wide range…
Mr Oliver Widmer  photo Mr Oliver Widmer Practice in banking, finance and capital markets in regulatory (including FinTech and…
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