Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland > Firm Profile

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19
P.O. Box 2201
8021 Zurich
Switzerland

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s Geneva office covers the full range of banking and finance matters, including regulatory matters, complex debt capital market transactions and the issuance of new hybrid bonds programmes. The team, co-headed by the ‘extremely efficient and pleasantTarek Houdrouge and Grégoire Wuest, ‘has a complete grasp on the relevant topics, is always informed on the best path forward‘ and ‘can anticipate client’s needs‘ which is what ‘separates the lawyers of Schellenberg Wittmer from the rest‘. Caroline Clemetson  specialises in investment management and investment products. ‘Most exceptional lawyerGrégoire Tribolet has additional expertise in internal investigations.

Testimonials

‘The comprehensive understanding of the law separates the lawyers of Schellenberg Wittmer from the rest. The firm has a complete grasp on the relevant topics, and is always informed on the best path forward.’

‘The level of knowledge and competence has allowed Grégoire Tribolet to differentiate himself from the rest. Grégoire has a full understanding of his area of law. He is clear, informed, and hard-working – which all leads to excellent results. Grégoire Tribolet is the most exceptional lawyer that I have worked with.’

‘Very professional, efficient, solution-oriented. Quick returns. Experienced.’

‘The banking team is always very up to date with relevant regulations, applicability, questions, legal advices. They have an excellent practical approach and can anticipate client’s needs.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge is always very helpful and has a very good knowledge and understands client’s needs. He anticipates a lot of regulatory questions and he always has good ideas for implementing new regulations.’

‘What makes Schellenberg Wittmer unique is the truly extraordinary people that work there. Not only are they deeply experienced in their respective practices, they are also very ethically driven, which in my experience with law firms, makes them unique.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge could anticipate the key challenges we would face so that we could manage them proactively. He demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the legal aspect of our work, but also a good understanding of the cultural specificities of our structure. We were extremely happy with the experience.’

‘For me, Tarek Houdrouge’s key strength is that he demonstrates both a very strong in-depth legal knowledge in each specific banking topic I addressed with him, and very good communication/strategy skills. It makes it extremely efficient and pleasant to work with him.’

Key clients

UBS

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

Emeram

Eny Finance AG

Bank Julius Baer

Swiss Bankers Association

Reuss Private Group Ag

Bank Itau (Suisse) SA

Banco Santander

Bank Vontobel

Deutsche Bank SA

Diamond Capital Management (Switzerland) Ltd

EFG Bank

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse)

Mirabaud & Cie SA

UBP

CACEIS

Landolt Investment SICAV

Procimmo SA

e-GTSA S. A

Standard Chartered

Computershare / Equatex

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss counsel to Swiss private investors on a major transaction in July 2020, namely a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of the Swiss operations of furniture and electronics retailer Conforama in a landmark deal in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advised Alpian on the preparation of a banking license application.
  • Advised a major international banking group with a strong presence in Switzerland with its first ever shariah-compliant yacht financing for a prominent Middle-Eastern client.

Switzerland > Competition Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is ‘characterised by an excellent team with strong specialists who work respectfully in tone, but hard in substance.’ With special know-how in the TMT, pharmaceuticals, energy, finance, retail, and luxury goods industries, the practice is regularly involved in investigations and merger control procedures. The members are well versed in dominance and distribution cases, dawn raids, and distribution agreements. Team lead David Mamane  impresses with a broad practice encompassing procurement, regulatory and competition law. Of counsel Peter Georg Picht  can also draw on IP expertise. Counsel Frank Bremer and senior associate Amalie Wijesundera are further dedicated specialists.

Practice head(s):

David Mamane

Other key lawyers:

Peter Georg Picht; Frank Bremer; Amalie Wijesundera

Testimonials

‘David Mamane is an incredible lawyer. Knowledgeable, easy-going, always calm and with a solution ready.’

‘Peter Georg Picht has an encyclopedia mind and provides a great back-up comparative law support. ‘

‘Amalie Wijesundera is an extremely quick senior associate with a bright future.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer is characterised by an excellent team with strong specialists who work respectfully in tone, but hard in substance.’

‘David Mamane is arguably the best antitrust lawyer in Switzerland at the moment and is respected by colleagues and the authorities.’

‘Amalie Wiejesundera is characterised by the highest quality with exceptional commitment. At the same time, she always remains empathetic and friendly.’

‘Outstanding individuals are David Mamane and Frank Bremer. Both have an extremely broad understanding of the legal matters but also of the financial sector and this combination makes them the perfect match for our company.’

‘David Mamane and Frank Bremer are the persons we are working with. They have a very business-minded approach and strive to come up with a solution rather than just outlining problems from a legal perspective. They are very knowledgeable experts in the area of competition/antitrust law.’

Key clients

Philip Morris International

Aldo

Mammut

Adobe

Gazprom Marketing & Trading

Fischer

SIX Interbank Clearing

Husqvarna

Samsung Electronics

Warner Music Group

Uber

Olympus

Bouygues Construction

CSL Behring AG

Ascensia

Apax

Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG

Gasverbund Mittelland (GVM)

Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB)

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz

Lonza Ltd

Rheinmetal Air Defence

Lafarge Holcim

Procter & Gamble

Barry Callebaut

Bouygues Energies & Services Schweiz AG

Novartis

Dacoso

dormakaba

Skoda

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Michelin

Bucher Landtechnik

AOP Orphan Pharmaceuticals AG

Ams AG

Ringier

Conforama Switzerland

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented and advised the Swiss health insurance companies CSS and Visana, the pharmacy service provider zur Rose, and health service provider medi24 (a subsidiary of the Allianz group) on the creation of health platform WELL.
  • Acted as Swiss competition law advisor for the planned merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the PSA group (Peugeot, Citroen, Opel, etc.).
  • Advised Swissgrid on its participation in the joint venture Equigy with the transmission system operators TenneT (Netherlands/Germany) and Terna (Italy), in particular on competition law, procurement, regulatory and corporate aspects.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is praised for its ‘outstanding reputation for arbitration’ and team of ‘true problem solvers’, led globally by Elliott Geisinger in Zurich and vice-chaired by Philippe Bärtsch and Christopher Boog  in Geneva and Zurich respectively. The practice excels in commercial, investment and sports arbitration proceedings as well as handling setting aside proceedings before the Swiss Supreme Court; the team recently represented the Russian Anti-Doping Agency in the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Clients single out ‘seasoned arbitration counselSebastiano Nessi and the ‘outstandingStefan Leimgruber; other key names include Anya George, who is recommended for insurance, energy and commodities work; Anna Kozmenko, IP specialist Philipp Groz and counsel Anne-Carole Cremades.

Testimonials

‘The speed at which Elliott Geisinger and his team are able to assimilate case material (seemingly no matter how large or complex) is impressive. He is able to quickly pin-point matters that are of most importance to a case, without losing sight of the big picture.’

‘Marco Vedovatti is an excellent lawyer. I have had the chance to work with him several times and he is highly qualified, available and nice to work with.’

‘Senior associate Marco Vedovatti stands out as a quite fearsome opposing counsel. His submissions are on-point, his pleadings are concise and decisive, and his arguments come across as robust, yet reasonable.’

‘I have worked with Sebastiano Nessi, whom I highly recommend. He is a very sharp and efficient lawyer.’

‘The team is outstanding and very well-regarded in the Swiss legal market. Sebastiano Nessi provided excellent and timely legal advice.’

‘Sebastiano Nessi is a seasoned arbitration lawyer with deep knowledge of procedural and substantive law, wealth of experience and great judgment. I was truly impressed by the quality of his work (clear, concise, and informative written advice), the depth of analysis he performed despite facing time pressure and the level of attention to important details.’

‘It has an outstanding reputation for arbitration and is well known for working on some of the highest profile matters in the field of arbitration. A team of true problem solvers.’

‘Philippe Bärtsch, outstanding counsel, extremely clear submissions be it orally or in writing. Elliott Geisinger, gentlemanly manners which are most helpful to score his points. Christopher Boog, outstanding counsel, knows how to make his point calmly but with determination. Stefan Leimgruber, outstanding counsel, clear-minded.’

Key clients

Coty

BASF

Tetra Pak

Samsung

RUSADA

Chubb

The Russian Federation

Republic of Hungary

Alpiq

Procter & Gamble

GUPC SA

Catalent Pharma Solutions

Celgene Corporation

PEB Steel Asia

Johnson & Johnson

CTI Systems

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc.

Ingersoll Rand Group

Quark Pharmaceuticals

EnviTec

Kujtesa Net

CRH

Wanxiang A123 Systems Asia

39 Olympic Russian Athletes

Nutra Essential OTC, S.L.

Work highlights

  • Represented the Russian Anti-Doping Agency against the World Anti-Doping Agency before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in one of the largest and most complex CAS arbitrations to date involving numerous parties and intervenors.
  • Representing the Russian Federation in four investor-state arbitrations under the Russia-Ukraine BIT – each of these cases involve claims by Ukrainian claimants relating to alleged investments in Crimea – as well as two additional matters before the Swiss Supreme Court.
  • Representing a German multi-national in an ICC arbitration against a Kazakh company in a dispute under a series of supply and engineering contracts related to a large-scale metals processing plant.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

Fielding a team that is ‘commercial, clever, responsive and a pleasure to deal with’, Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd handles high-profile, complex commercial litigation, often with a cross-border element. The team particularly stands out for its commercial and banking expertise and counts Credit Suisse, Volkswagen, EFG International and UBS as clients. Peter Burckhardt heads up the group in Zurich, while Louis Burrus and Clara Poglia were recently appointed as co-heads of the Geneva team. Other key practitioners include Christian Girod and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny, who focus on banking litigation; ‘top-notch litigatorStefan Leimgruber, Benjamin Borsodi, who leads the internal corporate investigations group, and of counsel Vincent Jeanneret. Katherine Bell was promoted to the partnership and Daniela Dardel was promoted to counsel in early 2022.

Testimonials

‘The team has outstanding legal expertise and always keeps clients’ interests in the centre of their analysis, excellent availability and thinking out of the box.’

‘The white-collar crime team of Schellenberg Wittmer in Geneva is dedicated, well prepared and always available. They have an excellent ability to deliver high quality work even under pressure in cases involving complex problematics.’

‘Benjamin Borsodi is formidable and highly regarded both locally and internationally.’

‘Charles Goumaz is known to be an excellent strategist and white-collar crime litigator. His name appears at the forefront of business criminal defence, having worked on various high-profile complex cases. Charles Goumaz is regarded as one of the most insightful and talented white-collar crime litigators of his generation. He is also very dedicated and provides outstanding services to his clients.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer has a very strong footprint and excellent reputation in the Swiss dispute resolution market.’

‘Stefan Leimgruber is an excellent litigator with outstanding legal and tactical skill. At the same time, he follows a very hands-on approach and is always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Louis Burrus has gravitas. He is exceptionally bright and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Clara Poglia is a brilliant lawyer, she has excellent client management skills, is solution-oriented and has a wealth of legal knowledge. Benjamin Borsodi is a brilliant litigator who is never scared of a fight.’

Key clients

Sunrise Communications AG

Volkswagen

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Doosan Heavy Industries

Fondazione Enasarco

Gazprom Neft PJSC, Russia

Hetronic International Inc.

Quark Pharmaceuticals

EFG International AG / EFG Bank AG

UBS AG/UBS Switzerland AG

Gunvor

Odebrecht & Braskem

Work highlights

  • Defending Volkswagen in a class action case before the Zurich Commercial Court and the Swiss Supreme Court against damages claims of 6000 car owners in the so-called diesel scandal.
  • Representing a foreign trading company as a private claimant in criminal proceedings for fraud and misappropriation against a former trustee.
  • Lead counsel to Sunrise Communications AG in the first large civil cartel damages case in Switzerland which arises from an abuse of a dominant market position by former monopolist Swisscom in the ADSL broadband internet market between 2002 and 2007.

Switzerland > Employment Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd ‘is the most competent firm for employment law matters in Geneva‘ offering the full scope of contentious and non-contentious employment law as well as all related social security, labour and immigration law matters. Practice head Vincent Carron has ‘outstanding technical and strategical skills‘ and shoulders a varied practice that includes unilateral and collective dismissals, structure of severance payments, aspects of international employee transfers, and international social security coordination. Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer and Michael Hess are the key contacts in the Zurich office.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd Employment team, under the lead of Mr. Vincent Carron, is the most competent firm for employment law matters in Geneva. They constantly deliver with excellence including for very complex and highly technical topics in employment law matters.’

‘Vincent Carron is an extremely qualified employment lawyer, very responsive and engaged and with outstanding technical and strategical skills.’

‘The client’s service is excellent. Schellenberg Wittmer understands perfectly the industry and the needs of our activity.’

‘In regards to the labour law department, Vincent Carron is one of the most qualified lawyers in Geneva. His level of knowledge is very high and his approach in litigation cases is always strategic. He takes into account every aspect of a case (for example related to tax, insurance etc.. and not only the employment law side) and anticipates the issues that could occur in a procedure.’

‘I found Schellenberg Wittmer team (Michael Hess and his team) really professional and very supportive; able to give our company a great help in dealing with sensitive issues.’

‘Michael Hess is an outstanding professional in legislation knowledge and he’s a great leader who takes into considerations the different circumstances to be considered from a management point of view too.’

‘The attorneys are very specialised in particular fields of law and work together to provide the best expertise.’

‘Vincent Carron mastered the subject and is quite pragmatic. The collaboration with him is very pleasant, which is also of importance.’

Key clients

Cardinal Health

Ram Active Investments SA

Bouygues Construction

Procter & Gamble

Schroder Bank AG

Panalpina Welttransport (Holding) AG

SIX Group

ams AG

Axpo Holding

Work highlights

  • Advised Axpo Holding AG on the sale of Avectris AG, Baden, a major Swiss IT service provider for medium-sized companies, to Swiss IT-provider GIA Informatik AG, Oftringen.
  • Advised the client, an internationally active Luxembourg group of companies, in connection with the winding down of part of its operation in Switzerland and the termination of some eight high-profile employees in this office.
  • Advised a non-Swiss international airline company with a considerable number of employees in Switzerland that has been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in connection with the procedure for applying for short-time work compensation in Switzerland, the consultation with and information of affected employees in this connection and the answering of queries by the employees in this connection.

Switzerland > Fintech Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s fintech practice is ‘very up to date on all matters pertaining to fintech and ICOs and blockchain and distributed ledger technology‘ and members of the team ‘excel in the regulatory elements of such structures‘. The team is adept at advising on various fintech matters, including the issuance of crypto currencies, utility tokens and asset tokens, crypto currency brokerage and storage solutions, ICO executions and smart contracts. The ‘excellentOlivier Favre and Tarek Houdrouge, ‘one of the best for fintech-related work‘ head the practice and are specialised in regulatory and transactional matters. Samuel Klaus has ‘great legal expertise‘ regarding technology projects. Caroline Clemetson is highly experienced in digital asset matters.

Testimonials

‘The team from Schellenberg Wittmer is highly professional and offers excellent law expertise under a friendly working atmosphere. Their work was always done in time and everyone was very punctual and kind.’

‘’Olivier Favre’s blockchain expertise is excellent.’

‘Schellenberg Wittmer has a reputation for being at the forefront of innovation when it comes to market know-how and skills, especially in regard to technology and LegalTech, and how developments in those areas might impact my business.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge is highly knowledgeable on all Fintech and financial regulatory matters. He is very responsive, efficient and offers pragmatic solutions. He understands perfectly my legal needs and knows well the industry and how to help me to fully achieve my objectives in the best way. I was particularly impressed by his incredible expertise in these fields, but he has also great communications skills and he is very approachable.’

‘The team is very up to date on all matters pertaining to FinTech and ICO’s and Blockchain and DLT. They excel in the regulatory elements of such structures.’

‘Olivier Favre is excellent. Olivier in particular stands out as offering calm and thoughtful advice. He obviously knows his area of law very well, but remains commercial in his delivery and consideration of the legal points.’

‘Samuel Klaus showed great legal expertise, always keeps his calm. I was very much impressed with his flexibility and skill when it comes to using new technology.’

‘The smartest lawyers in their field. Always one step ahead.’

Key clients

Crypto Fund AG

Crypto Finance AG

Decentralized Autonomous Vehicles (DAV)

E-GTSA Limited

Alpian SA

SEBA Bank AG

iintega

ITOCHU Corporation

Crypto Fund AG

Crypto Finance AG

Decentralized Autonomous Vehicles (DAV)

E-GTSA Limited

Alpian SA

SEBA Bank AG

iintega

ITOCHU Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised SEBA Bank AG on the set-up of its business activities for (1) trading OTC derivatives on crypto currencies, (2) preparing the credit support documentation to be used in connection with such OTC derivatives agreements, (3) trading exchange-traded derivatives referencing crypto currencies, (4) its margin lending activities regarding loans secured by crypto assets and (5) the lending and borrowing of crypto currencies.
  • Advised various European and international investors led by ITOCHU Corporation on a Series A investment in fintech Farmer Connect SA, providing an ecosystem built around a blockchain core connecting businesses (like cooperatives, exporters, importers and traders) to the supply chain through the application Farmer ID.
  • Advised iintega on preparing the documentation of an asset token designed to be the equivalent of a bond offering, used for the purposes of financing the client’s on-going business activities.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd fields a team of practitioners with considerable expertise in insolvency and restructuring. The firm covers the full spectrum of matters, with high activity in distressed M&A and refinancing, restructuring, enforcement and litigation cases. The group’s ability to draw on cross-departmental know-how adds value in interdisciplinary matters. Counsel Vincent Jeanneret has longstanding expertise in contentious R&I matters and heads up the practice. Of counsel Olivier Hari is well versed in distressed refinancings and cross-border instructions, while Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny and Louis Burrus focus on dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Jeanneret

Other key lawyers:

Olivier Hari; Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny; Louis Burrus; Benno Strub

Testimonials

‘Louis Burrus and his team are extremely thorough, responsive and efficient.’

‘Louis Burrus is a highly gifted lawyer, with both a practical and a technical approach of the cases.’

‘Excellent skills.’

‘Solution and practice-oriented, helps a lot to come to take a decision.’

‘Cuts through complexity to assist with decision making.’

Key clients

Three foundations in Assura group of companies

Hypotheka

Gilbert Albert employees’ pension plan – Cantonal Department of Finance – The Cantonal Supervisory Board for Foundations

Petroplus – Neuchâtel Court of First Instance

Alevo Group SA and Alevo International

Supra Assurances SA – Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Mr. Reto Stöcklin

Stigma Partners SA

Zenith Vie, Life insurance

EP Electricité

G. Holtz

A Creditor of Privatair

Several creditors of Ethical Coffee Company Ltd and Ethical Coffee Company (Switzerland)

Liquidators of Joannou & Paraskevaides (Overseas) Limited

Work highlights

  • Appointed by the Tribunal du Littoral et du Val-de-Travers (Neuchatel) as an official administrator of Petroplus Refining Cressier SA.
  • Representing Hypotheka in a major bankruptcy case that concerned 100+ pension funds with debts of CHF100-150m.
  • Assisted with the liquidation of an insolvent life insurance company authorized by FINMA.

Switzerland > Insurance Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on all issues regarding the regulation and establishing of insurers and reinsurers as well as on insurance and reinsurance portfolios. The team, headed by cover disputes specialist Alexander von Ziegler, is further adept at advising on co- and reinsurance schemes, issues concerning insurance brokers, defense matters und all types of liability insurance programmes, fraud defense as well as cover issues and is experienced in multi-jurisdictional litigation. Zurich key contact Olivier Favre has a focus on insurance and re-insurance regulation while Tarek Houdrouge, key contact in the Geneva office, is experienced in insurance broker matters. Grégoire Tribolet made partner in 2021.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Uber

Work highlights

  • Advised a company on the set-up of a brokerage business in Switzerland.
  • Advised a major insurance company on regulatory aspects of cross-border insurance products.
  • Provided advice and assistance to a major transport company regarding insurance products.

Switzerland > Intellectual property Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s intellectual property practice focuses on IP litigation and arbitration as well as transactional matters. The latter primarily includes the development, licensing, trade and distribution of technology and branded products. Litigation and arbitration specialist Philipp Groz leads the team and has experience in unfair competition, licensing and distribution, with the life sciences, automotive and telecommunication sectors as particularly busy lines of work. Lorenza Ferrari Hofer has a focus on cross-border matters relating to product development, licensing, trade and distribution of technology, therapeutic, health and food products as well as on patent infringement and injunction proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Addlife AB

ITOCHU Corporation

Standard Chartered

Zimmer Biomet

UBS

Locarno Film Festival

Hetronic International

Porsche

BASF

Bayer AG

Philip Morris International

Samsung

Volkswagen

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

Molson Coors

SIX Group No

ams AG

Work highlights

  • Defended Volkswagen in Swiss unfair competition/misleading advertising litigation related to Diesel issue, the largest mass claim litigation ever in Switzerland.
  • Advised the Swiss subsidiary of a healthcare company on the enforcement of SPC rights on an original patented antipsychotic medicine (blockbuster), used as a maintenance treatment for the symptoms of schizophrenia in adult patients.
  • Advised Sonova on internal measures to ensure adequate protection of confidential information and proprietary know-how based on numerous interviews with management and a due diligence of existing documentation and standard operating procedures.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is particularly well known for its activities in all forms of dispute resolution, encompassing international arbitration and litigation as well as white-collar crime cases and investigations, as well as its banking and finance practice, with further strength in the real estate and construction sector. Key contacts for dispute resolution are Philippe Bärtsch, Louis Burrus, Benjamin Borsodi and Paul Gully-Hart while Caroline Clemetson, Tarek Houdrouge and Grégoire Wuest are the key figures for banking and finance advice. Real estate and construction specialist Yves Jeanrenaud and corporate and M&A-focused Christoph Vonlanthen are also noted.

Switzerland > Private client Tier 1

The ‘fantastic private client team‘ at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd ‘stands out for the personalised service it offers to its clients‘. The service encompasses all contentious and non-contentious legal issues for families and individuals, such as estate and succession planning, private wealth and business asset structuring, family office organisation, trust administration and inheritance disputes. The unit is further experienced in the sale or acquisition of unique assets, such as art pieces, private jets and yachts. Bernard Vischer has ‘impressive multi-jurisdictional tax and estate planning knowledge‘, the ‘outstandingChristian Girod has a focus on estate and trust disputes, as does Alexander Jolles. Caroline Lopez Nagai is experienced in cross-border succession planning. The practice further includes Grégoire Wuest. Clients are ‘extremely impressed‘ by David Wallace Wilson and Andrea Dorjee-Good.

Testimonials

‘Christian Girod was particularly helpful in explaining both the legal basics and the subtleties applicable to my specific situation. I found our exchanges to be particularly efficient and well-led.’

‘SW has a fantastic private client team, with high levels of technical knowledge and excellent client service. We find them extremely collegiate.’

‘Bernard Vischer is intellectually astute and commercial. Impressive multi-jurisdictional tax and estate planning knowledge.’

‘This team stands out for the personalised service it offers to its clients. They are also very knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

‘David Wilson and Christian Girod are an outstanding team. I have valued their very quick responsiveness, extremely detailed knowledge of the law, cross-jurisdictional strategic understanding and collaborative nature.’

‘We place Schellenberg Wittmer at the top tier of the firms in Switzerland. They are first rate.’

‘We have worked most closely with David Wallace Wilson and Andrea Dorjee-Good and have been extremely impressed with them. They are highly skilled, very experienced, excellent lawyers.’

Key clients

Rhone Trust

NBK Banque Privée (Suisse) SA

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to two co-defendants, heirs of a very large estate, in a large, complex, cross-border estate litigation.
  • Advised and represented two HNWI’s in proceedings initiated by other family members to challenge a will.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises clients on the drafting, negotiating, implementing and enforcing of all types of real estate contracts as well as on real estate-related matters, including environmental law, tax and administrative matters. The ‘very well organised‘ and ‘efficient‘ team further represents clients in contentious matters, such as post-closing, lease and construction disputes. Practice heads Yves Jeanrenaud and ‘hard-working and successfulJosef Caleff specialise in real estate investments and transactions, including sale and lease back transactions, share and asset deals, as well as commercial leases and general contracts. Elliott Geisinger and Christopher Boog are the names to note for construction litigation and arbitration. Head of the Zurich construction team Katherine Bell made partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd team has always been available to meet our needs, even in an emergency, providing us with qualified skills in highly specialized areas of construction. Taking into account the legal and contractual aspects goes hand in hand with the operational aspects and the proper functioning of a company. Schellenberg Wittmer understands these issues perfectly and adapts its services to best serve our needs.’

‘The individual relationships with the team members are always very pleasant. The fact of having almost always only one interlocutor, having the mastery of the file, is an asset and an appreciable saving of time. The availability of the team members is, once again, remarkable.’

‘Internally very well organised (both in Geneva and Zurich), no overstaffing of project teams; efficient project work and the right persons on the job. ‘Can do’ attitude, extremely high level of responsiveness and availability. Very pleasant to work with (also in situations of stress).’

‘Josef Caleff: A hard-working and successful lawyer, but nevertheless a humble person. He  can explain complex issues in a very comprehensible way and remains calm in every moment of the transaction. Josef is proactive and also thinks in options and two steps ahead.’

‘Availability and response times of Josef Caleff were always excellent.’

Key clients

International Labour Organization

Bouygues Construction

BMS – Bristol Myers Squibb

BASF

Credit Suisse AG

Digital Realty

Procimmo AG

Christie’s

UK Land Estates

Hotel Beaulac, Neuchatel

Implenia SA

Parker Hannifin Group

Société Privée de Gérance

Patrizia AG

SV Group AG

SPG Intercity

Vantage Data Center

Barry Callebaut AG

Lokales Wasster 37 AG

Celgene International II Sarl

DuPont de Nemours

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to DuPont de Nemours on the sale of a 57,000sqm facility in the Canton of St. Gallen to the Waste Disposal Association VfA of the region.
  • Advised Vantage Data Center on Swiss aspects in its pan-European expansion with a total value of $2bn.
  • Assisted Celgene with the negotiation, drafting and signing of a business transfer agreement related to the operation of a pharmaceutical production site located in Couvet, Neuchâtel by way of a bulk asset transfer pursuant to the Merger Act (including plots land, buildings, contracts and employment agreements).

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations Tier 1

Clients praise Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd for its ‘ability to engage constructively with the Swiss prosecutors.’ The firm fields a sizeable team of lawyers specialising in internal investigations, white-collar crime and related litigation. It works closely with the tax, M&A, competition and banking & finance practice groups to cover topics such as bribery and corruption; fraud and violation of tax, banking and capital market rules; and sanction violations. The ‘formidable’ Benjamin Borsodi and white-collar crime expert Peter Burckhardt jointly head up the group. Other notable team members include litigator Louis Burrus and of counsel Paul Gully-Hart.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Borsodi; Peter Burckhardt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very efficient, pragmatic approach to disclosure requests by public prosecutors.’

‘SW have an impressive regulatory and investigations practice and are lovely to work with. What I have found particularly good about this team is their practical knowledge of Swiss criminal procedure and their ability to engage constructively with the Swiss prosecutors.’

‘The white-collar crime team of Schellenberg Wittmer in Geneva is dedicated, well prepared and always available. They have an excellent ability to deliver high-quality work even under pressure in cases involving complex problematics.’

‘Excellent to work with – as a team and as individuals.’

‘Benjamin Borsodi is formidable and highly regarded both locally and internationally.’

‘Roland Ryser: very client-oriented, efficient, easy to work with, with excellent regulatory knowledge.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Gunvor

Stephan Schmidheiny

BeltechExport

Czech Republic

UBS

Odebrecht and Braskem

EFG Bank AG

Volkswagen

Bucher Landtechnik

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz

Work highlights

  • Representing a prominent high-ranking official in Swiss criminal investigation proceedings.
  • Representing the Czech Republic – which had fallen victim to major fraud, occurring in the privatization of the coal mining industry in North Bohemia in a major investigation into the fraud, money laundering and other offences by Swiss federal prosecutors.
  • Providing advice and assistance to a large international commodity trading group in the context of several foreign requests for mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

Switzerland > TMT Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is particularly adept at advising on interdisciplinary matters requiring telecommunication, information technology, intellectual property as well as competition law expertise. The group has particular sector expertise in the retail, healthcare and life sciences, finance, banking as well as insurance industries where the practice advises on issues regarding emerging technologies as well as data privacy and data protection matters. The team, which has an impressive track record of advising on technology transactions, is headed by Roland Mathys, who also advises on software development, digital platforms and technology IP protection issues. Samuel Klaus' specialisms include outsourcing projects.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Bouygues

Pax

Fairtiq

Manor

BEKB/Berner Kantonalbank

UBS

Voi

Valentino, Zanotti, Prada, Loro Piana, LVMH Group and further global top end fashion brands

Cognizant

Innofactory

CSS Insurance

Kardex

Swizzonic

Husqvarna / Gardena

SIX Paynet

AddLife AB

Axpo

ITOCHU Corporation

Standard Chartered

Facebook

Tesla

Amazon

Aon

CommVault

DHL

Novartis

DocuSign

Incyte

Lindt & Sprüngli

Vifor

Weatherford

Work highlights

  • Advised SIX Paynet AG on the sale of its B2B and B2C E-Invoicing Business to PostFinance AG.
  • Advised Axpo Holding on the sale of Avectris AG, a Swiss IT service provider for medium-sized companies, to Swiss IT-provider GIA Informatik AG.
  • Advised a group of Swiss private investors on their landmark acquisition of leading furniture and home appliance retailer Conforama Switzerland from its French parent company Conforama Holding, a subsidiary of Steinhoff International Holdings NV.

Switzerland > Transport Tier 1

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd’s transport practice impresses with ‘profound legal knowledge in Switzerland related to international transport law‘. The team advises clients on all aspects of transport, including financing, insurance and trading, and represents clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Further, the practice is adept at advising on shipping and aviation regulatory matters, such as the regulatory framework for passenger services and obtaining route licenses. Alexander von Ziegler is at the very top of shipping lawyers in Switzerland‘ and is experienced in maritime, aviation and trade law, in particular involving insurance litigation. Bernard Vischer focuses on the sale, purchase or financing of aircraft and yachts, among others.

Testimonials

‘Profound legal knowledge in Switzerland related to international transport law.’

‘Alexander von Ziegler is at the very top of the shipping lawyers in Switzerland known internationally for his work.’

Key clients

EasyJet

Work highlights

  • Frequently acting for EasyJet on several ongoing matters.
  • Assisted the client, a liability provider for the freight forwarding industry, on various indemnity claims/recourse actions in trans-border shipments for negligent documentation handling and failing to comply with the client’s instructions (including customs and port authority issues).
  • Regularly advised a leading bank on the financings of vessels, yachts and aircrafts.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd provides ‘high-end legal advice in banking and finance matters‘. The ‘outstanding‘ team includes Anita Schläpfer, ‘a highly skilled and very experienced transaction lawyer in the finance area‘, Olivier Favre, who has a focus on derivatives and structured finance transactions, and Martin Lanz, a specialist for capital markets and stock exchange law. Recently, the unit, headed by Philippe Borens, has been particularly active in investment management matters, for example setting up collective investment schemes, and has further assisted financial institutions with LIBOR transitions and advice on Swiss market abuse legislation. Caroline Clemetson is a further key contact.

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Testimonials

‘Schellenberg Wittmer has an outstanding team supporting its clients with its deep banking and finance knowledge. Compared to other Swiss or international law firms, Schellenberg Wittmer is always available upon short notice and the quality of their work was significantly above the industry average. Instead of only focusing on legal aspects, Schellenberg Wittmer has a holistic approach covering also business aspects which is exceptional compared to other law firms.’

‘We would like to highlight the work of Fabio Elsener which is extraordinary and it is always a great pleasure working together with him. He has a unique knowledge in the banking and finance practice that we can highly recommend to anyone. He is also extremely efficient and it is very pleasant to work together with them. Fabio Elsener has also a deep understanding of the business which makes his work even more valuable for us.’

‘They provide high-end legal advice on banking and finance matters. Highly reliant and quick.’

‘Fabio Elsener is very knowledgeable in his field.’

‘Very responsive and top notch experts.’

‘Peter Burckhardt is down to earth, responsive, a hands-on expert. Oliver Triebold is an M&A crack.’

‘The team is extremely efficient in the handling of finance transactions. Outstanding level of responsiveness and a remarkable capability to accomodate and enforce clients’ needs.’

‘Anita Schläpfer from the Zurich Office is a highly skilled and very experienced transaction lawyer in the finance area. She combines an impressive level of precision and knowledge as well as a pragmatic hands-on approach to get things done efficiently.’

Key clients

UBS

BNP Paribas

Raiffeisen Switzerland

Credit Suisse

Crypto Fund AG

Falcon Private Bank

Nord Anglia Education

Emeram

Bank Julius Baer

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank

Reuss Private Group AG

Helvetische Bank AG

Bank Itau (Suisse) SA

Banque Thaler

Bank Vontobel

Deutsche Bank SA

Diamond Capital Management (Switzerland) Ltd

EFG Bank

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse)

Mirabaud & Cie SA

UBP

Reichmuth Investment Management AG

Landolt Investment SICAV

Procimmo SA

Oxford Finance LLC

e-GTSA S. A

Standard Chartered

Leonteq

Barclays Bank PLC

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Schroder & Co Bank

Pierer Mobility AG

Alpian SA

Lennox International

Computershare / Equatex

Global Funds SA

Bonhôte Immobilier

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to InRoll AG, a railway freight wagons asset company managed by Reichmuth Investment Management AG, in respect of a CHF150m senior secured credit facility granted by a syndicate of Swiss banks with UBS AG acting as collateral agent.
  • Advised a group of Swiss private investors who signed and closed a share purchase agreement for the acquisition of the Swiss operations of furniture and electronics retailer Conforama in a landmark deal in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to ams AG on issuing €760m 2.125% bonds due 2027 and convertible into ordinary shares of ams AG.

Switzerland > Capital markets Tier 2

Clients highlight Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd for having ‘a holistic approach also covering business aspects.‘ The group is often sought after by a variety of clients, including industry associations, from the financial services, energy, engineering, industrials, IT, life sciences and real estate sectors. It covers the full gamut of capital market matters, including OTC and exchange-traded derivatives, and the issuance of structured products. Its regulatory expertise is further noted. Department head Philippe Borens is well versed in equity as well as in debt capital market transactions. Martin Lanz also advises on stock exchange law. Olivier Favre specialises in derivatives and structured finance. Tarek Houdrouge is the key contact in Geneva. Senior associate Fabio Elsener is ‘extremely efficient.’

Practice head(s):

Philippe Borens

Other key lawyers:

Pascal Hubli; Tarek Houdrouge; Christoph Vonlanthen; Martin Lanz; Olivier Favre

Testimonials

‘Schellenberg Wittmer has an outstanding team supporting its clients with its deep capital markets knowledge. Compared to other Swiss or international law firms, Schellenberg Wittmer is always available upon short notice and the quality of their work was significantly above the industry average. Instead of only focusing on legal aspects, Schellenberg Wittmer has a holistic approach also covering business aspects which is exceptional compared to other law firms.’

‘We would like to highlight the work of Fabio Elsener which is extraordinary and it is always a great pleasure working together with him. He has exceptional knowledge in capital markets that we can highly recommend to anyone. He is also extremely efficient and it is very pleasant to work together with him. Fabio Elsener has also a deep business understanding which makes his work even more valuable for us.’

‘Philippe Borens is an outstanding lawyer with high skills in capital market matters and able to provide perfect structures meeting the client requirements.’

‘Tailor-made and pragmatic advice, solution-orientated.’

‘High responsiveness, straight to the point, commercial approach.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas (various entities in UK, Ireland, France, Germany and Switzerland)

Bank Reichmuth

AXA Life Ltd

Barclays Bank PLC

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (formerly Calyon)

First Quantum Minerals

Schroder & Co Bank

ams AG

Bank Vontobel

Raiffeisen Switzerland

Spice Private Equity Ltd (formerly APEN/AIG Private Equity Ltd)

Deutsche Bank

Zurich Kantonalbank, Zurich

Credit Suisse AG

UBS AG

Rapid Nutrition PLC

InRoll AG

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

Futures Industry Association (FIA)

Swiss Bankers Association (SBA)

China Construction Bank

Leonteq Securities AG

Standard Chartered

Helvetische Bank AG

Bauwerk Boen AG

Reuss Private Group AG

Alpiq AG

Banque Cramer & Cie SA

Mirabaud Asset Management

REYL & Cie SA

PIERER Mobility AG

Technogroup IT Services AG

OC Oerlikon Corporation AG

CargoRoll Holding

Work highlights

  • Acted as Swiss counsel to SIX-listed ams AG in connection with its all-cash takeover offer for all shares in DAX-listed OSRAM Licht AG, with the financing of the transaction secured through an acquisition bridge facility by HSBC and UBS, to be refinanced through a combination of equity and debt issuances.
  • Advised Leonteq Securities AG (Leonteq) on the drafting of its new FinSA compliant Programme for the issuance of structured products, warrants and other debt instruments.
  • Acted as counsel to the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) for the preparation of its documentation incorporating fallbacks for LIBOR rates into derivatives transactions documented under Swiss Master Agreements for OTC Derivatives Transactions in view of the transition from LIBOR rates to alternative risk-free rates.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Clients appreciate Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd for ‘producing fast and efficient solutions that are legally watertight.‘ The group handles the full spectrum of corporate law and transactions, from start-up financing rounds to private equity deals as well as private and public M&A cross-border matters. It is particularly noted for its strength in interdisciplinary matters, frequently collaborating with the competition, IP and tax teams. Lorenzo Olgiati has more than 25 years of experience in the field and leads the practice together with Jean Jacques Ah Choon who has considerable know-how in the venture capital space. Senior partner Martin Weber  is the key contact for banking clients. Other prominent practitioners are Oliver Triebold, Pascal Hubli and Tarek Houdrouge. Senior associate Marcel Jakob is ‘a very technically sound and strong lawyer.’

Testimonials

‘It was an absolute pleasure to work with the M&A team, both professionally and personally. The M&A team was sensational and available more or less 24/7.’

‘Lorenzo Olgiati is great to work with. He is extremely responsive, client-focused, deal-oriented and quick – an excellent, very experienced and highly qualified M&A lawyer with great commercial skills and a superb support team.’

‘I would like to recommend Marcel Jakob. He is a very technically sound and strong lawyer. He is quick, diligent and understands business.’

‘Pascal Hubli was always available to us, even at short notice, took great initiative in client-side communications when issues rose and always made sure to coordinate all necessary actions in a productive way within his team.’

‘The team is very much solution-focused and has a great understanding of our needs and an excellent business acumen, rare to find with legal firms. This produces fast and efficient solutions that are legally watertight. Simply excellent!’

‘The outstanding Oliver Triebold, Marcel Jakob are not only very competent, but also great in the personal interaction, always available and very fast in responding.’

‘Tarek Houdrouge knows the M&A process well, has excellent writing skills, excellent availability and communication, and is pleasant to interact with.’

‘Martin Weber: extensive know-how, focused, calm attitude. Always in charge and thinking ahead, great focus on the client’s need, even brings up topics which are not strictly legal, but highly relevant for the project. Very likeable on a personal level with a great sense of humour.’

Key clients

ams AG

TE Connectivity

Axpo

Panalpina Welttransport Holding AG

Rothschild & Co Bank AG

Lennox International

Standard Chartered Bank/Standard Chartered Ventures (Singapore)

Lufthansa Group

CSS Health Insurance

Zdenek Bakala, Gregory Finger and Petr Svoboda (Group of buyers of Lausanne Hockey Club)

Alpian SA

Leonardo S.p. A

Oxford Finance

GCA Corporation

Santhera Pharmaceuticals

Lantal Textiles AG

Heiq Materials AG

Philip Morris International/Philip Morris Equity Partners

Julius Bär

SIX Group

BNP Paribas

Cardinal Health

Helvetia Schweizerische Versicherungsgesellschaft

Hugo Fund Services

EFG International

MoneyPark AG

AddLife

ZKB Zürcher Kantonalbank/Swisscanto Holding

BASF Schweiz AG

Bouygues Construction

RAM Active Investments

Schroder & Co Bank

Shire International GmbH

SET Ventures

Cigna/Ascent Health

Eficode

cm.shoes GmbH

Graphic Packaging Holding Company

Implenia AG

OC Oerlikon

KPS Capital Partners

SIX Paynet AG

ITOCHU Corporation

Synergy Sports

Work highlights

  • Advised Rothschild bank on its acquisition of Banque Paris Bertrand.
  • Advised Addlife AB on its acquisition of Vision Ophthalmology Group.
  • Advised TE Connectivity on its acquisition of Erni Group.

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s data protection and data privacy team works closely with related practices of the firm, such as regulatory, competition and intellectual property, in order to offer a full service to clients. The team has specialist knowledge of the banking and finance, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, retail and construction sectors. The practice, headed by Roland Mathys, is experienced in acting for a wide range of clients, from start-ups to international publicly listed companies, on both the vendor and buyer side in the information and communications technology industry and has a noteworthy track record of M&A transactions and related due diligence reviews.

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Work highlights

  • Advised FAIRTIQ on all their technology law and data privacy related matters since their inception, including advice on prepaid ticketing concepts (e.g. need of a banking licence and other regulatory restrictions, applicability of AML legislation) and business continuity.
  • Advised Swedish medtech company AddLife on the acquisition of Vision Ophthalmology Group GmbH, a leading provider of ophthalmic products and services from Stirling Square Capital Partners.
  • Advised Pax, one of the largest life and pension insurance companies in Switzerland, since many years on all its outsourcing, data protection and regulatory matters, including on the client’s outsourcing of its SAP and non-SAP systems and environment to Avectris, a major Swiss-based tech provider.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has core capabilities in representing life sciences clients in disputes as well as advising them on corporate and commercial aspects, such as licensing deals, joint ventures and M&A transactions. The team is led by Philipp Groz who also forms an experienced IP duo with Lorenza Ferrari Hofer.

Practice head(s):

Philipp Groz

Other key lawyers:

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd advises on all aspects of business law with particular experience in banking and finance, capital markets and corporate and M&A matters with further expertise in dispute resolution, where Peter Burckhardt, Christopher Boog and Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny are active. Philippe Borens, Lorenzo Olgiati, Oliver Triebold, Lorenza Ferrari Hofer and David Mamane are the key names for IP and competition law matters. Other names to note include Pascal Hubli, Josef Caleff, Anya George, Anna Kozmenko, Olivier Favre and Andrea-Dorjee Good.

Switzerland > Sports law Tier 2

The sports practice at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd is led by Philippe Bärtsch and Christopher Boog, ‘an unmatched pair of counsel that has proven extremely efficient to win difficult cases.’ Clients such as sports federations, organizations, and athletes as well as state entities and involved corporations instruct the group in a variety of matters. Sports arbitration, agreements, broadcasting rights, and doping matters are areas of particular strength. Anna Kozmenko has ‘deep knowledge of sports law.’

Practice head(s):

Philippe Bärtsch; Christopher Boog

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Testimonials

‘The team is composed of numerous lawyers, all very knowledgeable.’

‘They do not leave any stone unturned.’

‘Chris Boog and Philippe Bärtsch form an unmatched pair of counsel that has proven extremely efficient to win difficult cases.’

‘SW has consistently demonstrated superb knowledge and expertise in all major areas of sports law and delivered very good results in rather challenging circumstances. In some of the most difficult cases, the SW lawyers have really exceeded our expectations. From our perspective, this team has firmly established their reputation in sports law. We plan to use their services in the years to come.’

‘Among the members of the SW team, two partners stand out – Philippe Baertsch and Anna Kozmenko. One could not help but appreciate their hands-on approach, can-do mentality, high-quality legal advice and attention to the needs of the client.’

‘Anna Kozmenko’s deep knowledge of sports law, her positive attitude and warm personality shone brightly throughout many tough proceedings.’

‘Highly effective and extremely intelligent lawyers; very skilled and experiences in sports law, and in particular in arbitration.’

‘Christopher Boog, Anna Kozmenko and Phillipe Bärtsch really stand out. They are extremely good and very dynamic.’

Key clients

Saoud Al-Mohannadi, Vice-President of the Qatar Football Association

Mr. Sun Yang

39 Olympic Russian Athletes

4 Prominent Members of the Russian Olympic Ski Team

Russian Paralympic Athlete: Mikhalina Lysova

International Boxing Federation (AIBA)

6 Olympic Track and Field Athletes

RUSADA (Russian Anti-Doping Agency)

Kujtesa Net

Work highlights

  • Represented the Russian Anti-Doping Agency against the World Anti-Doping Agency before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a CAS arbitration involving numerous parties and intervenors.
  • Representing Sun Yang in a high-profile arbitration before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, having helped the Athlete to successfully set aside before the Swiss Supreme Court an earlier award rendered by another CAS Panel for reason of bias of the Panel president.
  • Acted as Swiss legal counsel to the US enterprise Synergy Sports in respect of its acquisition by Sportradar.

Switzerland > Tax Tier 2

The team at Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd has an established tax practice which regularly advises Swiss and international industrial groups, high-net-worth individuals and NGOs. The close collaboration with the firm’s corporate and M&A, banking & finance, real estate, litigation, private clients and employment practices enables the team to cover the full range of tax matters. It often deals with tax authorities when obtaining advance clearances and rulings for its clients, and also advises on VAT and customs. Michael Nordin and Pietro Sansonetti lead the practice and both act for corporations and individuals alike. Jean-Frédéric Maraia‘s scope covers taxation for art-related matters and tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Pietro Sansonetti; Michael Nordin

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Frédéric Maraia; Danielle Hostettler; Roland Wild

Testimonials

‘The team of Schellenberg Wittmer gave as top advice in the areas and within the time required.’

‘Hands-on, client oriented, top knowledge.’

‘Michael Nordin: smart, responsive, on top of the tasks.’

‘The firm is very client-oriented in terms of availability, hands-on advice and recommendations.’

‘Apart from the highly qualitative advice provided, Roland Wold managed to get input from related areas to provide a full service. This felt like a ‘one-stop’ shop adding additional value to the services requested.’

Key clients

Barana Group

CIR – Compagnie Industriali Riunite S.p.A.

Credit Suisse

European Broadcasting Union

HSBC

International Committee of the Red Cross

Julius Bär

Swiss Re Group

Vontobel

Scor

AXA

Schroder Bank

Banco Santander

Wyatt Estates II Limited

Swiss Life

Reyl & Cie

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel to REYL on the long-term strategic partnership with private banking division of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group, together with Deloitte SA.
  • Advised an international non-governmental organisation on a potential major acquisition of a foreign commercial entity which would bring synergies with the NGOs activities.
  • Advising a Swiss Canton on the re-drafting of the legislation for the taxation at source meaning drafting a new law, and implementing regulations including the explanations for the parliament.

Switzerland > Public law Tier 3

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd‘s public law practice has a focus on advising on all issues related to administrative law and public procurement procedures. The ‘highly engaged, proactive‘ team acts for clients from a variety of sectors, including energy, life sciences, healthcare, transport, media and telecommunications, including representation in administrative proceedings before cantonal and federal courts. The ‘super bright, easy to work with, fast, responsiveDavid Mamane  heads the team with Yves Jeanrenaud. Roland Mathys and Frank Bremer are further key contacts.

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Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They really know their stuff, are highly engaged, proactive and clear in their advice.’

‘David Mamane is super bright, easy to work with, fast, responsive, clear and to the point.’

Key clients

Axpo Energy Utility

BKW (Utility company for the canton of Bern)

Uber

Varo Energy

Sopra Steria

ELCA Informatique

CSC Computer Science Corporation

Fairtiq

Bouygues Construction

Husqvarna

Orphanhealthcare

Gasverbund MIttelland (GVM)

Industrielle Werke Basel (IWB)

Energie Wasser Luzern

Erdgas Zentralschweiz

SWITCH

Paul Scherrer Institute

Pandemic Taskforce of the Information Security Society Switzerland (ISSS)

Ringier AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Swissgrid on its participation in the joint venture Equigy with the transmission system operators TenneT (Netherlands/Germany) and Terna (Italy), in particular on competition law, procurement, regulatory and corporate aspects.
  • Provided regulatory and corporate advice to Uber, in particular in the context of the implementation of new regulations in various cantons.
  • Advised and represented Ringier Axel Springer Switzerland, a leading national publisher of newspapers and journals, in an appeal to the Federal Administrative Court regarding the request for temporary emergency aid for the media due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Schellenberg Wittmer is your leading Swiss business law firm with more than 150 lawyers in Zurich and Geneva, and an office in Singapore. We take care of all your legal needs – transactions, advisory, disputes.

    • Experts in more than 17 distinct practice areas and 14 sectors and industries.
    • Collaboration with 300 law firms worldwide in more than 50 jurisdictions.

We strive to meet your needs by providing commercially focused, dedicated legal advice of the highest quality.

In your best interests
We live in a time of unprecedented technological and commercial change. New challenges, new opportunities. We are here to cover all your legal needs.

We encourage a distinctive team spirit that runs through our more than 150 qualified lawyers. When you ask us to manage your legal affairs, you do so in the knowledge that our people will be collaborating to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

We do our utmost to cultivate a personal, engaging approach based on openness and transparency, designed to maintain a close and responsive relationship with you at all times.

International reach
We have amassed extensive cross-border experience, regularly piloting and participating in major international projects. We are able to set up and coordinate international teams of legal advisors to handle complex matters with a minimum of delay.

Our Singapore office provides us with a gateway to the Asian market, enabling us to assist clients with their inbound and outbound investments in Asia. We also represent clients in connection with international arbitration matters in all major Asian cities.

Main areas of practice
Dispute resolution and international arbitration: Advising in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, including full representation in proceedings, pre-litigation case assessment and ADR solutions, provisional and interim measures, asset tracing, as well as enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments. Members of the group frequently sit as arbitrator.

Banking and finance: Advising Swiss and foreign banks, borrowers, insurance companies, fund managers and other financial institutions on the full range of legal and regulatory matters, from syndicated lending and acquisition finance to OTC transactions, structured products and prudential rules.

Capital markets: As authorised representatives at the six Swiss Exchange, working with domestic and foreign issuers on all aspects of Swiss equity and debt capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights offerings, convertibles, share buy-backs, derivatives programs, bond and note issues and public tender offers.

Corporate and commercial: Assisting companies in all corporate and commercial matters including the establishment of businesses and corporate governance; assisting clients in drafting/negotiating all contracts related to their businesses.

Mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital: Advising on public takeovers, private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs and restructurings, assisting with seed/expansion capital, management buy-outs/buy-ins, pre-IPO investments and various aspects of asset management for private equity and venture capital.

Employment: Assisting in all employment-related matters, i.e. employment documentation, labour litigation, residence and labour permits, employee participation schemes, severance packages, etc.

Taxation: Advising companies and individuals on Swiss tax law, including double taxation treaties and VAT, acting as counsel in tax litigation, as well as extensive experience in tax enforcement matters.

Private wealth: Working with individuals and families in the global planning and structuring of their private and business assets to ensure an efficient wealth structure and enable a smooth succession from one generation to the next; representing clients in estate and trust disputes.

Restructuring and insolvency: Assisting creditors and companies in restructuring, bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings as well as complex insolvency matters; serving as court or FINMA-appointed trustees, liquidators and receivers.

Trade and transport: Providing support in all aspects of trade and transport, including sales and import/export contracts, trade finance, marine/cargo insurance, maritime/aviation/land transportation and ship/aircraft finance.

Real estate and construction:
Assisting on all issues relating to real estate and environment, including finding the best financing and investment structure, negotiating/drafting contracts to lease, purchase or sell Swiss real estate, planning/developing construction projects, contract management.

Insurance: Representation in insurance and reinsurance-related litigation and arbitration; advising on all aspects of insurance law, including the establishment, relocation, conduct and run-off of (re-)insurance relating to activities in and from Switzerland and regulatory issues.

Intellectual property and IT: Advising on all areas of intellectual property, including drafting/negotiating agreements and representing clients in litigation and arbitration; assisting in structuring/negotiating IT projects and in drafting all related contracts.

Competition and antitrust: Advising comprehensively on merger control and the impact of Swiss and EU competition law on client commercial practices and agreements; representing clients in administrative proceedings brought by the Swiss Competition Commission.

White-collar crime and compliance: Representing companies or officers unwillingly involved in criminal investigations and proceedings; leading large scale internal investigations; advice regarding international assistance between foreign and domestic law enforcement authorities and all aspects of compliance.

Sports, arts and entertainment: Advising collectors, museums, auction houses, galleries, artists, insurers, etc. in all matters relating to art works or entire collections, including sale, loan and consignment, import/export, copyrights, insurance as well as litigation; advising sports organisations, athletes and sponsors as well as media companies in all matters related to their businesses. The firm also represents clients both in prosecution and defence, in high-stake cross-border arbitration matters before various adjudicatory bodies of many sports federations, as well as before CAS. This includes violations of the WADA code, issues with media rights and sponsorship agreements, unfair competition and dismissal claims, large-scale corruption investigations, and highly disputed bids for hosting major sports events.

Life sciences: Advising in all aspects of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and food law, including regulatory and contractual matters such as licensing and R&D agreements; assisting clients in health law, medical malpractice and product liability matters.

Blockchain technologies and fintech: Multidisciplinary and integrated team advising clients looking to take full advantage of the high potential of blockchain technology, Areas advised on include crowd-funding (preliminary analysis and set-up), incorporation of legal entities in Switzerland, initial coin offering setup, smart contracts, data protection and transaction security, tax implications, dispute resolution.

Hotels and leisure: Counsel to hotel chains and investors on all legal matters in the hospitality industry including acquisitions, disposals, developments, construction, litigation and M&A, leasing and operation.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Administrative Law and Public Procurement David Mamanedavid.mamane@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Art and Entertainment Law Alexander Jollesalexander.jolles@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Banking and finance Philippe Borensphilippe.borens@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Blockchain Technologies & FinTech Roland Mathysroland.mathys@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Blockchain Technologies & FinTech Olivier Favreolivier.favre@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Business Aviation Alexander von Ziegleralexander.vonziegler@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Capital markets Philippe Borensphilippe.borens@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Capital markets Martin Lanzmartin.lanz@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Capital markets Lorenzo Olgiatilorenzo.olgiati@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Capital markets Martin Webermartin.weber@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Competition and Antitrust David Mamanedavid.mamane@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Corporate and Commercial Lorenzo Olgiatilorenzo.olgiati@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Dispute Resolution: Litigation Peter Burckhardtpeter.burckhardt@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Employment Christine Beusch-Liggenstorferchristine.beusch@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Energy Lorenzo Olgiatilorenzo.olgiati@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Financial Services Philippe Borensphilippe.borens@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Financial Services Caroline Clemetsoncaroline.clemetson@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Financial Services Peter Burckhardtpeter.burckhardt@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Hotels and Leisure Josef Caleffjosef.caleff@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Information and Communication Technology Roland Mathysroland.mathys@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Insurance Alexander von Ziegleralexander.vonziegler@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Insurance Olivier Favreolivier.favre@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Intellectual Property Philipp Grozphilipp.groz@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Internal Corporate Investigations Peter Burckhardtpeter.burckhardt@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
International Arbitration Christopher Boogchristopher.boog@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
IT Security and Cybercrime Roland Mathysroland.mathys@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Life Sciences Philipp Grozphilipp.groz@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Mergers & Acquisitions Lorenzo Olgiatilorenzo.olgiati@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Private Wealth Alexander Jollesalexander.jolles@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Real estate and construction Josef Caleffjosef.caleff@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Real estate and construction Nathalie Vosernathalie.voser@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Restructuring and Insolvency Urs Hoffman-Nowotnyurs.hoffmann-nowotny@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Taxation Michael Nordinmichael.nordin@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Telecommunication Roland Mathysroland.mathys@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Telecommunication David Mamanedavid.mamane@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
Transport and international trade Alexander von Ziegleralexander.vonziegler@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
White-Collar Crime and Compliance Peter Burckhardtpeter.burckhardt@swlegal.ch+41 44 215 5252
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Katherine Bell photoMs Katherine BellKatherine Bell is a Counsel in our Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich.…
Christine Beusch-Liggenstorfer photoDr Christine Beusch-LiggenstorferChristine Beusch-Liggenstorfer is Of Counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Corporate and Commercial Group,…
Christopher Boog, FCIArb, FSIArb photoDr Christopher Boog, FCIArb, FSIArbChristopher Boog is a Vice-Chair of the International Arbitration Practice Group and…
Philippe Borens, LL.M. photoDr Philippe Borens, LL.M.Philippe Borens is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office where he…
Frank Bremer, LL.M. photoDr Frank Bremer, LL.M.Frank Bremer is a Counsel in our Competition and Antitrust Group and…
Peter Burckhardt photoMr Peter BurckhardtPeter Burckhardt leads Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich, as well…
Josef Caleff, LL.M., MRICS photoMr Josef Caleff, LL.M., MRICSJosef Caleff heads Schellenberg Wittmer’s Real Estate Group in Zurich and is…
Caroline Clemetson, LL.M. photoMrs Caroline Clemetson, LL.M.Caroline Clemetson is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Banking and Finance Group…
Andrea Dorjee-Good photoMs Andrea Dorjee-GoodAndrea Dorjee-Good is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Private Clients and Estates…
Olivier Favre, LL.M. photoDr Olivier Favre, LL.M.Olivier Favre is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Banking and Finance Group…
Lorenza Ferrari Hofer photo Lorenza Ferrari HoferPartner Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is a Partner in our Intellectual Property and…
Peter Georg Picht, LL.M. photoProf Dr Peter Georg Picht, LL.M.Peter Georg Picht is a professor of law and holds the Chair…
Anya George, ACIArb photoMs Anya George, ACIArbAnya George is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich.…
Philipp Groz, LL.M. photoMr Philipp Groz, LL.M.Philipp Groz is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Intellectual Property and Dispute…
Michael Hess, LL.M. photoMr Michael Hess, LL.M.Michael Hess is a Counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Corporate and Commercial Group…
Urs Hoffmann-Nowotny photoDr Urs Hoffmann-NowotnyUrs Hoffmann-Nowotny is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group in…
Pascal Hubli photoMr Pascal HubliPascal Hubli is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group…
Marcel Jakob photoMr Marcel JakobMarcel Jakob is a Senior Associate in our Mergers & Acquisitions Group in Zurich.…
Alexander Jolles photoMr Alexander JollesAlexander Jolles is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution and Private…
Samuel Klaus photoDr Samuel KlausSamuel Klaus is a Partner in our Information and Communication Technology (ICT)…
Anna Kozmenko, LL.M. photoDr Anna Kozmenko, LL.M.Dr. Anna Kozmenko is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution and Sports…
Martin Lanz photoDr Martin LanzMartin Lanz is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office. He focuses…
Stefan Leimgruber photoDr Stefan LeimgruberStefan Leimgruber is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich. His…
David Mamane, LL.M. photoMr David Mamane, LL.M.David Mamane is a partner and head of Schellenberg Wittmer’s Competition Group…
Roland Mathys photoMr Roland MathysRoland Mathys is a Partner and head of Schellenberg Wittmer’s Information and…
Michael Nordin photoDr Michael NordinMichael Nordin is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Zurich office, where he…
Lorenzo Olgiati, LL.M. photoDr Lorenzo Olgiati, LL.M.Lorenzo Olgiati heads Schellenberg Wittmer’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group in Zurich. His…
Roland M. Ryser photoDr Roland M. RyserRoland Ryser is a Counsel in our Dispute Resolution Group in Zurich…
Anita Schläpfer, LL.M. photoMs Anita Schläpfer, LL.M.Anita Schläpfer is a partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Banking and Finance Group…
Madeleine Simonek photoProf Dr Madeleine SimonekMadeleine Simonek is a professor of law and holds the Chair for…
Benno Strub, LL.M. photoMr Benno Strub, LL.M.Benno Strub is a counsel in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group…
Oliver Triebold photoDr Oliver TrieboldOliver Triebold is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group…
Martin Weber photoDr Martin WeberMartin Weber is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group…
Amalie Wijesundera photoMs Amalie WijesunderaAmalie Wijesundera is a Senior Associate in our Competition as well as…
Alexander von Ziegler, LL.M., Mediator SKWM, SAV, CEDR photoProf Dr Alexander von Ziegler, LL.M., Mediator SKWM, SAV, CEDRAlexander von Ziegler is a Partner in Schellenberg Wittmer’s Dispute Resolution Group…
Number of lawyers firm-wide : 162
Number of lawyers in Zurich : 87
Number of partners firm-wide : 44
Number of partners in Zurich : 28
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Chinese
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Managing Partner : Philippe Bärtsch
Contacts : Josef Caleff and Pascal Hubli
Other offices : Geneva and Singapore

International reach

We have amassed extensive cross-border experience, regularly piloting and participating in major international projects. We are able to set up and coordinate international teams of legal advisors to handle complex matters with a minimum of delay.

While remaining independent, we build on our long-term experience and relationships with leading law firms around the globe, cooperating with over 300 foreign law firms from more than 50 jurisdictions to forge solid international relationships.

Our offices in Zurich and Geneva cover the whole of Switzerland, while our office in Singapore is a gateway to and from the Asia-Pacific region. We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to a worldwide client base of domestic and international companies and entrepreneurs.

Cross-border capabilities

Schellenberg Wittmer has extensive cross-border experience on transactional and contentious matters – both inbound and outbound. We represent an array of international clients for matters that span Europe and further afield. Some of the practice areas such as M&A, Sports Law and White-Collar Crime do not handle a single case without a cross border element.

International Arbitration:

Schellenberg Wittmer has one of the world’s leading international arbitration practices, ranked first-tier in Chambers, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, and has been featured regularly in GAR30 as one of the 30 leading arbitration practices worldwide. Many of its international team members are recognised in these same publications.

With an outstanding combination of skills and resources, we are committed to providing our clients with creative and result-oriented advocacy in international arbitration, from critical pre-arbitration injunctions to effective enforcement strategies.

The team:

Schellenberg Wittmer actively recruits candidates with a wide range of backgrounds. Practitioners within our ranks have very diverse professional or academic experiences and an in-depth knowledge of foreign legal environments. Overall the team speaks a total of 15 languages represent over 30 nationalities.

Your leading Swiss business law firm in Singapore: Our Singapore office provides us with a gateway to key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, enabling us to assist clients with their inbound and outbound investments in Asia. We also represent clients in connection with international arbitration matters in all major Asian cities. Furthermore, we offer top-tier representation to corporations, states and individuals in international commercial, investment and sport arbitration.

Regional desks:

Our Regional Desks were set up to develop our existing cross-border business initiatives, centralise case-work across these regions, and underpin Schellenberg Wittmer’s commitment to the provision of top-tier, full business law services to clients on a global level. This structure ensures we have the best in-depth knowledge of the regional specificities (legal and cultural) and a strong qualified network:

  • Africa – contact: Tarek Houdrouge (tarek.houdrouge@swlegal.ch)
  • Brazil – contact: Grégoire Wuest (gregoire.wuest@swlegal.ch)
  • China – contact: Dr Christopher Boog (christopher.boog@swlegal.ch)
  • Italy and Italian speaking Switzerland – contacts: Pietro Sansonetti (pietro.sansonetti@swlegal.ch) and Clara Poglia (clara.poglia@swlegal.ch)
  • Midle East and Turkey – contact: Bernard Vischer (bernard.vischer@swlegal.ch)
  • Russia & Eurasia – contacts: Philippe Bärtsch (philippe.baertsch@swlegal.ch) and Dr Manuel Liatowitsch (manuel.liatowitsch@swlegal.ch)
  • South East Asia– contacts: Dr Christopher Boog (christopher.boog@swlegal.ch), Dr Philippe Borens (philippe.borens@swlegal.ch) and Julie Raneda (julie.raneda@swlegal.ch)

Publications and articles:

Our practitioners regularly publish on issues relating to cross-border and international work:


Schellenberg Wittmer is strongly committed to furthering diversity and inclusion with a focus on gender diversity. There has been a consensus within the partnership to reduce the gender gap which has been reinforced and formalized in 2016 in the Schellenberg Wittmer Gender initiative. The firm has been extremely active in introducing multiple diversity initiatives and measured targets that strongly commit to a more gender diverse workforce especially in the promotion of higher numbers of female representation within leadership and strategic positions.

We are committed to breaking away from past realities and the current cultural norm and to promote equal gender as crucial to the firm’s on-going success, strategy, growth and vision. We wish to positively influence the trend upwards and hope the market will follow suite as a result of the positive pressure our firm is applying on the market.

Today the firm has over 25 % women in leadership positions (lawyers and operations), which is higher than the 13-15 % market average.

A dedicated task force led by Partners Caroline Clemetson (Member of the Management Committee) and Stefan Leimgruber put into place a measured plan to translate the firm’s vision into a clear business strategy and has set targets in direct connection with succession planning. Below are examples of some of the major projects of the task force substantive program:

  • Key Talent Program for Women: with the aim to identify and support talented women at an earlier stage, providing them with coaching and enabling them to be on track to becoming successful partners.
  • “Stopping the Clock” in the Partner Track Timeline, including no interruption of progress on partner track during maternity leave.
  • Education and Mentoring: training on Diversity & Inclusion; mentoring & information exchange.
  • Networking: Launch of the Women in White Collar Crime Defense Association; “Ladies only” dinners; Corporate Membership of Women in Business Society.
  • Work-life balance: maternity leave transition policies, remote working, enhanced maternity facilities and policies for new fathers

Tangible results have already occurred in 2019 and 2020, including:

  • Schellenberg Wittmer promoted 7 new partners between 2019-2020, 5 of which are women. This sets a remarkable precedent for women in business law in Switzerland as no Swiss firm in history has promoted this many female partners in any given year.
  • A further 2 women were promoted at a counsel level (in Switzerland this is one level of seniority below a partner), representing a ratio of over 50 % for total promotions announced as women between 2019 and 2020.
  • In May 2019, Caroline Clemetson was elected to the Management Committee by unanimous vote. Schellenberg Wittmer is the first firm in Switzerland to have a women on the management board.
  • In 2019, the partnership set a priority to review the firm’s compliance framework and standardize all existing policies and a new Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Harassment Policy has been implemented. This policy reaffirms the firm’s commitment towards diversity and inclusion and provides an update on an existing policy on anti-harassment (especially towards women).