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Bern, Brussels, Geneva, Lausanne, Sion, Tehran and 2 more

The firm

Python is one of the major full-scope Swiss firms in terms of size and resources with the know-how and facilities to enable it to play a significant role on the Swiss and international scene. Originally founded in Geneva by four partners in 1981, the firm now also has offices in Lausanne, Bern, Sion and Zug. In 1998, the firm opened an office in Tokyo, becoming the first Swiss law firm to be accredited by the Tokyo Bar. In order to have a link to the EU, a liaison office was also established in Brussels. In 2016, Python became the first ever Swiss law firm to launch an office in Tehran. Effective 1 July 2016, Python & Peter became Python, reflecting the evolution of the firm’s identity in the marketplace. High quality, efficiency, responsiveness and flexibility are the firm’s guiding principles. With its cadre of over 70 experienced, multilingual lawyers, the firm offers legal services in 11 practice areas. The firm’s clients include major international corporations, financial institutions, startups, partnerships and private individuals from Switzerland and all over the world.

Areas of practice

Arbitration: the eminent team has developed extensive expertise serving as counsel or arbitrators in prominent cases under the rules of all the major arbitration institutions and systems, including ICC, LCIA, Swiss Rules, SCC, VIAC, WTO, WIPO, ICSID, CAS and UNCITRAL, as well as in ad hoc matters.

Banking and finance: the noted team deals with a broad range of activities, including the setup and licensing of Swiss banks, subsidiaries, local offices of foreign banks and securities dealers, regulations on anti-money laundering, compliance, enforcement and disclosure matters.

Commercial contracts: the renowned team advises on cross-border transactions and investments, contractual or equity joint ventures, the sale and purchase of business assets, transaction structuring, shipping, raw material trading, maritime and commodities trading, cargo claims, charter party disputes, vessel purchase, registration and sale transactions.

Corporate and M&A: the notable corporate and M&A team advises on mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations, sale of companies and management and ownership successions, stock and asset purchase agreements, negotiations of representations and warranties, disclosure schedules and side agreements, and financing documents.

Employment and immigration: the employment team advises on contracts, maternity/paternity rights, settlement agreements, unfair dismissal claims, redundancies, disciplinary and grievance procedures, individual and mass layoffs, and mediation and litigation. The immigration team assists with work permits, self-employed persons, students, trainees, permit renewals/extensions, changes of canton, job, marital status, departures, official certificates/statements and customs clearances.

IP, IT and telecoms: the acclaimed team advises on patents, trade marks, design and copyright, know-how and trade secret issues, media privacy, advertising law, e-commerce, software and IT matters, in particular domain names, website terms/conditions and data protection policies.

International legal assistance and criminal law: the expert team advises on such matters as international police cooperation, Interpol notices, information exchange between financial regulatory authorities, enforcement of embargos, international assistance in civil matters etc.

Litigation and insolvency: the outstanding team represents clients before all civil, commercial and administrative courts, covering commercial disputes including banking cases, insolvency matters, bankruptcy and debt collection litigation, private insurance litigation, estate/employment disputes, foreign judgments, antitrust and unfair competition litigation.

Private clients: the illustrious team advises on legal/tax issues, including on inheritance law, estate planning, taxes, domiciliation and naturalisation of foreign citizens in Switzerland, and assists with incorporating and administrating all vehicles used in estate planning.

Real estate and construction: the reputable team supports institutional investors, commercial users and private clients in purchase and lease of commercial and residential real estate, sale and lease-back transactions, general contractor agreements and construction contracts.

Tax: the distinguished tax team advises on the full range of Swiss federal, cantonal, inter-cantonal and international taxation matters.

  • Other offices
  • Bern
  • Brussels
  • Lausanne-Pully
  • Sion
  • Tehran
  • Tokyo
  • Zug
  • Number of lawyers: 75
  • at this office: 58
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Dutch
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Gujarati
  • Farsi

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