Mr Beat Schwarz > Pestalozzi > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Corporate / Mergers & acquisitions


Member of the Corporate / M&A group. Focuses on corporate and commercial law as well as on corporate and finance transactions, in particular M&A, private equity, joint ventures, restructurings and debt capital markets. His experience includes numerous transactions involving listed and non-listed companies in different industries. Regularly involved in insurance and other financial services regulatory work as well as in merger control proceedings.


Intern/research associate at Swiss Federal Competition Authorities (WEKO, 2003). University of St Gallen (lic. iur. HSG, 2004). Junior Associate at Pestalozzi (2004). Bar Admission (2006). Associate at Pestalozzi (2006). Cornell University (LL.M., 2007/2008). Foreign associate at US international law firm in New York (2008/2009). Partner at Pestalozzi (2015).


English, German.


Zurich Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Capital markets

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 Kloeti 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.

Switzerland > Insurance

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 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.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Pestalozzi demonstrates ‘availability, proactivity and a business-oriented approach‘ and is noted for covering a wide scope of services. Led by Christoph 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.

Comparative Guides

Switzerland: Insurance & Reinsurance May 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Insurance & Reinsurance laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.

Comparative Guides

Switzerland: Mergers & Acquisitions April 2022 This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.