lic iur Daniel Hayek > Prager Dreifuss AG > Zurich, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Prager Dreifuss AG

Work Department

Banking & Finance, Corporate & M&A, Insolvency & Restructuring, Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution




Daniel Hayek is chairman of the management committee and head of Prager Dreifuss’ Corporate & M&A team. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions (mainly strategic buyers), corporate finance, takeovers, banking and finance and corporate matters. He is advising business clients in all types of domestic and cross-border transactions, including finance and real estate transactions. Daniel advised major US and German banks in acquisition finance transactions and in the recovery of distressed debt. In these fields Daniel is also representing clients in court and before arbitration tribunals. Lately, Daniel’s practice involved acquisitions of Swiss targets for major strategic buyers from a variety of industries (chemical, automotive, transport) as well as debt restructuring and insolvency law.

Chambers Europe recommends his “extensive knowledge and experience in complex, cross-border cases”  and his very good judgment and strategic advice” (Chambers Europe 2018 edition). Daniel is rated as “highly regarded” in the IFLR1000 Lawyer Profile 2019 for the practice areas “Banking and M&A”.


German, English, French


Zurich and Swiss Bar Association
International Bar Association
INSOL Europe


New York University (LL.M., 1995)
Swiss bar (1993)
University of Zurich (lic.iur., 1990)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich

Prager Dreifuss AG has a strong track record in advising on syndicated loans in the Swiss market and continues to have a focus on cross-border project and transaction financing where the unit advises clients on appropriate financing structures. Recent activity has included negotiations of credit facilities regarding leveraged finance transactions. Daniel Hayek and Andreas Moll head the ‘extremely knowledgeable, practical and efficient‘ team.

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland

Prager Dreifuss AG has a good reputation for advising on banking, capital markets, insurance, tax, corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution. Key individuals are chairman of the board Daniel Hayek and Roland Böhi, a member of the firm’s management committee. Competition law specialist Philipp E. Zurkinden, financial markets regulation expert Urs Bertschinger, insurance specialist Christoph Graber and dispute resolution focused Gion Christian Casanova are also noted.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Prager Dreifuss AG is well positioned to advise creditors such as banks, hedge funds or other financial institutions, in large national and cross-border insolvency and restructuring proceedings. Another pillar of the practice are arbitration proceedings and enforcement strategies of arbitration awards. Team head Daniel Hayek and Gion Christian Casanova are also well versed in acting in bankruptcy-related litigation. Gion Jegher covers insolvencies, reorganisations and restructurings. Counsel Mark Meili is described as ‘sharp and highly qualified.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation

The ‘very cohesive and supportive team’ at Prager Dreifuss AG is a key name for insurance and reinsurance disputes and has additional expertise in debt collection and local bankruptcy cases as well as fielding a medical law team, which handles issues relating to the healthcare sector. Urs Feller leads the practice and is active in international cases; Christoph K. Graber, bankruptcy litigation group head Daniel Hayek, Hans-Ulrich Brunner and Gion Christian Casanova also contribute.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Prager Dreifuss AG covers the full spectrum of corporate and M&A matters. The team regularly advises companies on their set-ups, restructurings, housekeeping and compliance, as well as on relocations and contract matters. The comprehensive transactional practice includes venture capital matters. Energy and infrastructure specialist Andreas Moll and transaction practitioner Daniel Hayek direct the practice. Matthias Bürge and Michael Mosimann left the firm at the end of 2020.