Lenz & Staehelin > Geneva, Switzerland > Firm Profile

Lenz & Staehelin
ROUTE DE CHÊNE 30
1211 GENEVA 6
Switzerland

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin covers the full range of transactional and regulatory matters, with areas of expertise including leveraged and project finance work, financial restructurings, and asset management issues. Shelby du Pasquier leads the department, and acts for financial institutions, private equity houses, hedge funds and fund managers on a diverse set of matters. Core team members include asset management expert François Rayroux, regulatory specialist Olivier Stahler, and David Ledermann, who is highly experienced in financing transactions. Fedor Poskriakov and Valérie Menoud are also key names, with Poskriakov covering regulatory, contractual and corporate matters, while Menoud has additional experience in financial services and insurance work. Counsel Laurence Vogt Scholler is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Most recently I have worked with Olivier Stahler and his team. It has been a fruitful and effective collaboration. I value his team’s timely responses, thorough work and quality output.’

‘The team is extremely strong, reliable, and committed with huge knowledge of the Swiss banking industry and even beyond that, of the international banking industry.’

‘Shelby du Pasquier has an extremely strong (and perfectly well deserved) reputation. He is highly regarded for his longstanding experience and his deep knowledge and understanding of the Swiss, international and cross-border banking industry.’

‘Fedor Poskriakov is highly regarded for his expertise in financial regulatory matters. Always deeply committed and engaged, he is also one of the best advisers in Switzerland on crypto assets and blockchain related matters.’

‘Excellent law firm. The team demonstrates a broad array of expertise across the Swiss financial sector. L&S are very familiar with our firm’s business model and processes and consistently integrate this element in their advice, which provides precious added value.’

‘Pragmatic approach, efficient, very much skilled, available upon short notice. They combine very good legal knowledge and skills with a pragmatic business-focused approach.’

‘David Ledermann is particularly responsive in the day to day and visionary when dealing with more strategic issues. He also demonstrates a strong capability to assess risks effectively.’

‘Olivier Stahler is the stand-out partner in banking within Geneva. Highly experienced, well respected by the regulator and pragmatic in his advice.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Amundi Suisse SA

Ares Life Sciences / Waypoint

Aviva Investors Global Services

Bain Capital

Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA

Banque Syz SA

BNP Paribas Group

BlackRock

Barclays Bank

Citibank Group

Clariant

Crédit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Edmond de Rothschild Group

Equistone Partners

Goldman Sachs

Fidelity

Hilti

HSBC

INEOS

ING Bank

ISDA

Banco Itau

J.P. Morgan

LafargeHolcim

Macquarie Group

New York Digital Investment Group

Nomura

ODDHO BHF

OROX Asset Management

Pargesa Holding SA

Pensionskasse SBB

Pictet Group

PIMCO

Rabobank

Raiffeisen Bank

REHAU

Reyl & Cie

Saxobank

SIX Swiss Exchange

Société Générale

SoftwareONE

Stratéo

Swissquote Bank SA

UBP

UBS

Unigestion S.A.

Vanguard

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Work highlights

  • Provided corporate and regulatory advice to ODDO BHF in relation to the acquisition of the entire share capital of Landolt & Cie from its existing shareholders.
  • Assisted a client with the sale of one of the leading Swiss independent asset management companies.
  • Assisted various Swiss banks, including Citibank, Deutsche Bank HSBC, Banco Itau, Reyl & Cie and SEB Frankfurt branch, with the implementation of the new financial services regulations under the Financial Services Act.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin‘s ‘efficient and solution-oriented’ team covers the full range of banking and finance work, with expertise in both transactional and regulatory matters. The department has a strong international focus, with multinational clients such as Citibank, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Team lead Marcel Tranchet has a broad practice which includes handling syndicated financings, acquisition finance work and project finance issues, in addition to regulatory matters. Patrick Hünerwadel covers structured and lease financings, asset securitisations and derivatives work, while Stefan Breitenstein handles financial regulatory matters. Patrick Schleiffer, who has expertise in capital markets, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Outstanding expertise and expert knowledge.’

‘Efficient and solution-oriented.’

‘Very pragmatic and very commercial, but supported by first-class legal analyses.’

‘Marcel Tranchet has a sharp legal mind while maintaining an appropriate level of business acumen and pragmatism. I really like to work with him.’

‘Extremely strong finance practice under the lead of Marcel Tranchet.’

‘Marcel Tranchet is a tough negotiator, principled and adamant.’

‘Great experience with legal framework. Experienced in dealing with regulators.’

‘Down to earth people going the extra mile knowing the business in depth.’

Key clients

ABN AMRO

Ares Life Sciences / Waypoint

Arxada

Aviva Investors Global Services

Bain Capital

Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA

Banque Syz SA

BigPoint Holding AG

BNP Paribas Group

Barclays Bank

Chequers Capital

Cinven

Citibank Group

Clariant

Crédit Agricole

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Bank

Edmond de Rothschild Group

Equistone Partners

Eurofima

FINControl Suisse

Geberit

Goldman Sachs

Hilti

Heubach

HSBC

INEOS

ING Bank

ISDA

Itau Group

J.P. Morgan

LafargeHolcim

Macquarie Group

Mediclinic

Neuberger Berman Europe Limited

New York Digital Investment Group

ODDHO BHF

OROX Asset Management

Pargesa Holding SA

Pensionskasse SBB

Pictet Group

Rabobank

Raiffeisen Bank

REHAU

Reyl & Cie

Rivean Capital (formerly Gilde Buy Out Partners)

Saxobank

Sempione Fashion AG

Sika AG

SIX Swiss Exchange

SK Capital

Société Générale

SoftwareONE

Stadler Rail

Stallergenes Greer

Stratéo

Swissquote Bank SA

UBP

UBS

Unigestion S.A.

Valora

Varo

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Zehnder

Work highlights

  • Advised Sika AG on the financing of CHF5.5bn acquisition of MBCC Group.
  • Acted as counsel to the lenders of the inaugural €1bn sustainability-linked financing for SGS.
  • Acted as counsel to Bain Capital and Cinven on all matters of Swiss law in connection with the acquisition of Lonza Specialty Ingredients for an enterprise value of CHF4.2bn.

Switzerland > Capital markets Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin acts on all aspects of capital markets law at a national and international level, with a diverse client list which includes domestic and foreign banks and issuers, as well as ETC and ETF promoters. The department has significant expertise in equity offerings including IPOs, share buybacks, and rights offerings. Securities regulations expert Jacques Iffland leads the Geneva office, working alongside Zurich-based head Patrick Schleiffer. Other core team members include the highly experienced François Rayroux, and financing expert Marcel Tranchet. Senior associate Patrick Schärli is also key practitioner. Hans-Jakob Diem left for Walder Wyss Ltd. in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The partners are close to political and legal developments as well as lobbying efforts, which helps a lot. They are experienced in cross-border matters.’

‘In particular François Rayroux is the partner that key decision makers in the industry rely on. His deep knowledge and experience is unique in Switzerland.’

Key clients

Bank of America

Bank of New Zealand

Blackrock

Bundesverband Deutscher Banken (BBV)

Credit Suisse, UBS

Deutsche Bank

Desmarais and Frère families, Pargesa Holding SA (Pargesa) and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL)

Geberit AG

Holcim

International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)

National Australia Bank NAB

ObsEva SA

On Holding AG

Sika

SKAN Group AG

SoftwareONE

Stadler Rail

UBS

VTG Aktiengesellschaft

Wisdom Tree

Work highlights

  • Advised SKAN Group AG as sole issuer’s counsel on its IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • Advised On Holding AG as issuer’s counsel on its successful IPO on the NYSE.
  • Advised ObsEva on a $135m transaction.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin fields a ‘very efficient and very deal focused’ team, with a strong reputation in public takeovers, private transactions, private equity and venture capital as well as corporate governance. The department has broad sector coverage, with areas of expertise including financial services, chemical, life sciences, and TMT. The Zurich based Tino Gaberthüel co-leads the department with Andreas Rötheli, who heads the Geneva office. Matthias Wolf specialises in private equity transactions and the banking and financial sector, while Jacques Iffland is a key contact for capital markets. Simone Ehrsam made partner in January 2022. Hans-Jakob Diem departed to join Walder Wyss Ltd. in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Lenz & Staehelin’s M&A Practice is clearly 1st tier, providing swift and first-class legal services at any time.’

‘Tino Gaberthüel; smart, swift, great negotiator, knows our preferences, great value for money. Simone Ehrsam; young partner, smart, to-the-point, resilient.’

‘Certain key team members are very sharp and have a pragmatic and business oriented approach.’

‘Tino Gaberthüel is a go-to M&A/corporate lawyers within the firm. He has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of market trends, which allows for efficient and solution-oriented negotiations.’

‘Strong capabilities and competence in M&A and corporate law, pragmatic approach, used to work under tight deadlines.’

‘The team is very efficient and very deal focused. Always very appropriately staffed.’

‘Stephan Erni and Beat Kühni. Both are very efficient, smart, fun and 100% deal focused. They are deal makers.’

Key clients

ABB

Allegion

APG/SGA

Bain Capital

Baloise Insurance Holding

Bank Vontobel

Bank Pictet

Banque Lombard Odier

Bertelsmann (BMG)

BigPoint Holding AG (Martin Haefner)

BTG Pactual

Carlo Gavazzi Holding

The Carlyle Group

Cembra Money Bank

Chequers Capital

Cinven

Citadele

Climeworks

Cognizant

Compagnie Financière Richemont SA

Credit Suisse

Edizione (Autogrill)

Evonik

Garrett Motion

Geberit

Gonet & Cie SA

Gyrus Capital SA

Heubach

Hyundai

Insight Partners

Julius Baer

KKCG / Sazka / Allwyn

Logitech

Lonza

Maus Frères

Medartis

National Hockey League (NHL)

Nomad Foods

Novimmune

ObsEva

Octium Group

On Holding

Pfizer Inc.

Qualcomm

Rakuten Medical

Rivean Capital (Gilde Buy Out Partners)

SABIC

Sika

SK Capital

SoftwareOne

Strateo

Straumann

Sunrise

Swiss Prime Site

Swissquote

Taro Pharmaceutical Industries

Tetra Laval

TVS Motor Company

Unilever

Vail Resorts

Vaudoise Assurance Holding

Water Street

Work highlights

  • Advised SK Capital and the Heubach Group in the CHF 855 million acquisition of Clariant’s pigment business.
  • Advised Edizione, majority shareholder of Autogrill, on the merger of Autogrill and Dufry.
  • Advised the Roche Family Pool in connection with Roche’s purchase of Novartis’ 33% stake of Roche for a consideration of approx. CHF 19 billion.

Switzerland > Competition Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin fields a well-established and highly reputed competition team with experience in all areas of competition law and involvement in most high-profile cases. The firm has unique expertise in abuse of dominance, dawn raids and multi-jurisdictional filings. The multidisciplinary team is headed by Marcel Meinhardt and Benoît Merkt who work across multiple industries+ including banking and finance, fintech, energy and pharmaceuticals. The team is strengthened by key partner Astrid Waser  who has vast experience with regulatory investigations and compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Meinhardt; Benoit Merkt

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Waser; Sevan Antreasyan

Testimonials

‘I deal with 2 people at their place. They are both very customer-oriented, very helpful and also bring a lot of input themselves. We are in business with Lenz & Stählin regarding antitrust law.’

‘The very high quality, their knowledge of antitrust law and their customer focus.’

‘Astrid Waser was a pleasure to work with. Fast, to the point and helpful.’

‘Benoît Merkt has unique expertise in competition law.’

‘Benoît Merkt is extremely knowledgeable, reliable and easy to work with.’

‘Great team, great business advice.’

‘The best antitrust team of Switzerland. Very high capabilities both in Antitrust and merger control.’

‘Dr Benoit Merk and his partner Sevan Antreasyan are highly talented lawyers, very reactive and always very well oriented towards business considerations.’

Key clients

Allfunds Bank Group

Bain Capital Private Equity

BMW

Chanel

Cinven Limited

City of Geneva

Colgate Palmolive

CRH

CTS Eventim

Daimler

Dargaud

Deutsche Bank

EQT AB

ENGIE Services AG

European Broadcasting Union

Flammarion

Ford

Geistlich Pharma AG

HgCapital

Honda

HSBC

Implenia

INEOS Group (Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited)

Mastercard

Maus Frères SA (owner of companies and brands such as Manor, Gant and Lacoste)

MSC

Pfizer

PostFinance

Richemont

Swiss Post

Swisscom

Swissquote

TA Associates

The Carlyle Group

Ticketcorner

TotalEnergies

Unilever

Vigier / Vicat

XXXLutz

Zendesk

Work highlights

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin provides data protection and privacy advice to clients active in a range of industry sectors, with professional and banking secrecy, and related areas of confidentiality obligations particular areas of strength. The team has a solid track record of advising Swiss and foreign companies on domestic, international, and cross-border data privacy issues. Head of practice Guy Vermeil is routinely instructed to handle IT and outsourcing matters related to international and domestic transactions, while co-heads Lukas Morscher and Jürg Simon are leading experts in technology, financial services and business sourcing, and IP law and competition law, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘I work primarily with Dr. Jürg Simon. He is responsive and pragmatic’

Key clients

Apple

AT&T

Bank Vontobel

Carlo Gavazzi AG

Prabina Foundation

Resolution Life

Vontobel Asset Management

Wyss Center

Work highlights

  • Advising a Swiss private bank on its digital transformation from on-premise systems to a digital end-to-end wealth management platform operated on the cloud.
  • Advising a global leader in cloud computing and artificial intelligence on the conclusion of a framework agreement for the provision of public cloud services for the Swiss Federation.
  • Advising a global audit firm in strategic outsourcings for integrated facility management in all legal and regulatory aspects.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 1

Praised as ‘one of the best law firms in Europe for international arbitration’, Lenz & Staehelin  handles disputes under the rules of all major institutions, as well as ad-hoc arbitration proceedings. The group fields practitioners qualified in a range of foreign jurisdictions, and has experience in a diverse range of sectors, including the pharmaceuticals industry, state contracts, and construction and engineering projects. Construction and M&A dispute specialist Harold Frey co-leads the practice alongside ‘fabulous arbitrator’ and president of the Arbitration Court of the Swiss Arbitration Centre Xavier Favre-Bulle. Other key team members include commercial dispute expert Martin Burkhardt, IP specialist Thierry Calame, and counsel Martin Aebi. Counsel Hanno Wehland has expertise in commercial and investment treaty arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘One of the best law firms in Europe for international arbitration.’

‘Xavier Favre-Bulle is a fabulous arbitrator.’

‘Xavier Favre-Bulle and Hanno Wehland – they are both excellent attorneys; very deep knowledge of Swiss procedural and substantive law; excellent at clearly explaining complicated legal points and at identifying and recommending a strategy going forward; extremely responsive; excellent writers and strategic thinkers; and they get results!’

‘The team is very knowledgeable across the generations and provides legal advice that is in the best interest of the clients. Tradition and integrity are their strength.’

‘The firm has one of the most outstanding, leading arbitration lawyer teams in Switzerland.’

‘Harold Frey and Xavier Favre-Bulle are exceptionally well-prepared, fast thinking and highly diligent arbitrators with an excellent sense for productive and value-added solutions.’

‘THE Swiss law firm to advise on international arbitral disputes. Well-organised, great availability and friendly demeanour.’

‘Harold Frey gives succinct, well-considered and researched yet commercially balanced advice. Frey is a pleasure to work with and always delivers quality advice on time. Frey’s vast experience with international litigation is a major plus in any dispute resolution.’

Key clients

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG

State of Palestine

thyssenkrupp Marine Systems GmbH

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Clorox

Work highlights

  • Representing thyssenkrupp in a case brought by the Hellenic Republic under Greek law and with the seat of arbitration in Greece.
  • Represented the State of Palestine in a dispute concerning a private investment.
  • Represented the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in all setting-aside proceedings before the Court, which also involved the Fédération internationale de natation (FINA).

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 1

The ‘large, very experienced and first-class‘ team at Lenz & Staehelin has notable strength in banking and financial litigation, corporate disputes, private client matters, employment issues and contentious real estate work. The practice acts in key economic sectors, including the construction and trusts and estates spaces, and has expertise in money laundering and white-collar crime issues. Daniel Tunik handles all forms of commercial disputes and leads the team in Geneva. Harold Frey heads up the litigation and arbitration practice in Zurich, and acts for a range of multinational companies and financial institutions. Martin Burkhardt has a diverse commercial litigation practice, which includes disputes relating to complex family fortunes, while Dominique Müller leads the investigations practice and has expertise in matters related to white-collar crime. Hikmat Maleh and Xavier Favre-Bulle are key names in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Delivery, efficiency and top-quality advice with proven results.’

‘Availability and deep knowledge of the matters and international mindset required by a multinational organisation.’

‘Large, very experienced and first-class.’

‘Harold Frey is excellent.’

‘The collaboration with Lenz & Staehelin is very easy. They are available, responsive, and they have a wide range of skills.’

‘They have valuable experience in various fields and with Swiss Courts. The communication and the team work, even from different countries, are very smooth. They have quality and trustworthy contacts in different countries, which is very useful for worldwide cases.’

Key clients

Sika AG

Bank BTG Pactual S.A.

Sunrise Communications AG

Implenia Schweiz AG

Work highlights

  • Represented Bank Julius Baer & Co. AG Ltd. in proceedings before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court concerning the application of US sanctions law.
  • Representating Implenia, the largest Swiss construction company, in a dispute over a high-profile construction project in Zurich.
  • Advised the Geneva opera, the Grand Théatre de Genève, in connection with a dispute over the sale of the Opera des Nations, a wooden structure belonging to the opera.

Switzerland > Employment Tier 1

Leadership of the employment team at Lenz & Staehelin is divided between Dominique Müller and Matthias Oertle in Zurich, and Daniel Tunik and Sara Rousselle-Ruffieux in Geneva. Covering all aspects of employment law, the ‘creative’ and ‘talented’ team handles both contentious and non-contentious labour matters for employers and senior employees, including issues such as employment litigation, cross-border employee transfers, discrimination and investigations, social security, employment agreements, and non-compete covenants, among others. Client sectors include education, hospitality, transport, and energy. Former partner Rayan Houdrouge moved to Walder Wyss Ltd. in mid-2022.

Practice head(s):

Dominique Müller; Matthias Oertle; Daniel Tunik; Sara Rousselle-Ruffieux

Other key lawyers:

Anja Affolter

Testimonials

I have relied on the Lenz & Staehelin employment practice for a quite a few years now and have been uniformly very satisfied with their advisory services. Very capable people, from the more junior to the more senior levels. Simply excellent.

I have been dealing with Ms. Sara Rousselle-Ruffieux for a very long time now. She excels at Swiss labour law issues and has helped us deal not only with technically challenging issues pertaining to contracts, incentives, pension fund rules and regulations, labor consequences of M&A or restructuring decisions but also with the more emotionally difficult issues such as firing employees with long tenure or members of management. She manages to bring a kind of reasonableness to the handling of difficult issues while also taking into account the legal and financial ramifications of all decisions. Many times, her advice and counsel has helped us escape difficult predicaments and avoid litigation, fines or useless conflicts. I highly recommend her as an outstanding lawyer and as a good person too!

Diverse and competent team with a variety of skills and experience which represents a real asset for the client.

Sara Rousselle: pragmatic, responsive, solution-oriented, creative and promoting amicable resolution.

Dominique Müller is engaging, calm and quick to respond to matters; and if he is unable to assist capacity-wise he identifies people within his team able to provide quality advice. Advice is given in a clear, no nonsense manner with clear options for navigation and/or resolution.

Employment team is very much aligned: Left hand knows exactly what right hand does and vice versa.

Dr. Dominique Müller: Very sharp. Can easily predict next step of counterparty. Anja Affolter (Associate): very talented, can absorb tons of material in no time.

Sarah Roussel-Ruffieux is very clear and has a lot of knowledge not only in employment law. She is an expert and her advice results from many business cases with clients or authorities. She finds solutions rather than risks or legal issues, so that both client and foreign adviser know exactly how to proceed. As compared to other Swiss advisors, her advice is always simple and understandable, she makes Swiss employment law accessible!

Key clients

Autoliv

FIVE Group

Insight Partners

Gyrus and DuPont Sustainable Solutions

SoftwareONE

Swiss Education Group

Hyundai Motor Company

Salt

Sunrise

NovImmune

Pfizer

Bain Capital/Cinven

Nomad Foods

Tetra Pak

Elanco

Switzerland > Intellectual property Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin provides a full service intellectual property offering and has been praised by clients as ‘without doubt one of the leading – if not the leading – IP teams’. The practice acts for major household-name companies in fields such as food, technology and broadcasting. Thierry Calame and Jürg Simon, both highly experienced IP experts, co-head the practice alongside Sevan Antreasyan, whose promotion to partner in January 2022 has bolstered the group's senior strength. Peter Ling is also recommended for his experience in patent and trade mark litigation.

Practice head(s):

Thierry Calame; Jürg Simon; Sevan Antreasyan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I really appreciate how the Lenz team tried to put themselves in our shoes and understand the overall strategic context for the case. They negotiated hard with the third party counsel on our behalf and we could sense that they were identifying with the case and the matter.

I worked in particular with Peter Ling and I appreciate his responsiveness and pro-active thinking. Even after the case was closed, he kept sending us information about cases which could be relevant for our company. This was very useful for us. He is very pro-active and thinks outside of the box.

Strong presence and knowledge of Swiss intellectual property law.

Jürg Simon and Peter Ling have a strong grasp of Swiss intellectual property law that they relay in a concise and thoughtful manner. Very responsive and great team to work with overall.

The IP team of Lenz & Staehelin is without doubt one of the leading – if not the leading – IP teams amongst firms.

Prof. Jürg Simon, with whom I have worked in many cases for over two decades, is, to my mind and in my experience, one of the leading IP practitioners in Switzerland. He stands out, in particular,  for his work in the trademark area.

Fantastically responsive, helpful, pragmatic and sensible advice, rooted in experience and knowledge.

Barbara Abegg and Thierry Calame are both excellent. Again, very clear and responsive.

Key clients

Abbott

AbbVie

Actavis / Mepha

Apple

Bosch

Champagne producers association (CIVC)

Consorzio Prosecco

Consorzio Aceto Balsamico

Daimler (now Mercedes Benz Group)

Diageo

Dyson

European Broadcasting Union (EBU)

Emmentaler Switzerland

C&E Fein

FIVE Hotels

International Olympic Committee

Mars

Merck & Co.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

MGI Tech

Migros

MSC Cruises

Prada

Pfizer

Sanofi

Swatch Group

Swiss Government, Armasuisse

Swiss Sustainable Yachts

Swiss Salt Works

Tamedia

Teva Pharma

Verweij Fashion

Vinci Construction Terrassement

Weetabix

Wyss Center for Bio & Neuro Engineering

Work highlights

  • Represented Abbott before the Federal Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark decision on standing to sue in trade mark invalidity proceedings under the Madrid System of trade marks.
  • Represented CIVC in an appeal at the Constitutional Court of the Canton de Vaud, thereby enforcing the bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the EU on geographical indications and appellations of origin.
  • Advised the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on drafting and negotiating agreements with the European Space Agency and 20 companies related to the development of solutions that leverage 5G systems in the context of media delivery technologies.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin‘s full service offering includes work in the intellectual property field, employment matters, arbitration, and banking and finance both in Geneva and Zurich. Key names to note for Geneva are managing partner Benoît Merkt, Sevan Antreasyan, Cécile Berger Meyer, Frédéric Neukomm, and Valérie Menoud.

Work highlights

Switzerland > Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin's full service offering includes work in the intellectual property field, employment matters, arbitration, and banking and finance. Key names to note are managing partner Thierry Calame, banking and finance experts Marcel Tranchet and Patrick Hünerwadel, capital markets-focused Patrick Schleiffer, corporate M&A specialists Lukas Morscher and Simone Ehrsam, dispute resolution expert Harold Frey, Astrid Waser, who advises on competition law, and Tanja Luginbühl, an expert in insolvency and restructuring matters.

Switzerland > Private client Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin‘s private client team is headed up by the ‘very experiencedHeini Rüdisühli and Lucien Masmejan. Recent work spans wealth and estate planning issues, establishing new estate planning projects for HNWI, assisting clients with both national and international inheritance law matters, and acting in various re-domiciliation projects. Other team members include Frédéric Neukomm and Daniel Schafer, who are both certified tax experts, and Mark Barmes, who advises on all aspects of wealth planning. Alexandra Hirt, described by clients as a ‘future star‘, was promoted to partner in January 2022, and Géraldine Auberson is the key name at senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Lucien Masmejan; Heini Rüdisühli

Other key lawyers:

Mark Barmes; Fedor Poskriakov; Tanja Luginbuehl; Floran Ponce; Frédéric Neukomm; Géraldine Auberson; Alexander Greter; Jean-Blaise Eckert; Alexandra Hirt; Daniel Schafer

Testimonials

‘Mark Barmes is the most experienced, broad minded and creative private client lawyer in Switzerland. Fedor Poskriakov has a lot of corporate and transactional knowledge which he successfully uses dealing with private client issues.’

‘Lucien Masmejan – very experienced, good with clients and sound commercial judgement. Tanja Luginbuehl – commercially-minded and good with multi-jurisdictional/conflict of law issues. Highly organised. Floran Ponce, Frédéric Neukomm, Géraldine Auberson – able and pragmatic.’

‘My impression of the team as a whole is impressive. Their strengths are their people, who are incredibly specialised and capable of dealing with very complex matters, involving very prominent Ultra High Net Worth individuals, providing a first-class service. For me they are the number one private client firm in Switzerland. They are easy to deal with, efficient and are very clear in their delivery. I cannot recommend Lenz & Staehelin enough and I will continue to work with them, especially Lucien Masmejan.’

‘The primary lawyers I have dealt with at Lenz & Staehelin are Lucien Masmejan and Mark Barmes. Lucien’s strengths are certainly his project management, which he carried out to perfection and his organisation skills are to be admired. He dealt phenomenally well with the coordination of a very large international team. On top of this, in times of high emotional stress, he was extremely tactful with an exceptional approach and rapport. The advice he gave throughout the matter was pragmatic and academic and he led an army of lawyers extremely well. His knowledge of international tax is very impressive. Mark Barmes has an excellent reputation. Géraldine Auberson also assisted Lucien on the case, and I found her to be very impressive.’

‘Deep and proven experience with international clients with interests in Switzerland. Although Swiss, the firm has a very strong international dimension and is outward looking in its approach. This enables the firm to deal with complex cross border issues for its clients.’

‘I work with Alexander Greter. He advises on a very large portfolio of entities for one family and is able to keep all the detail in his head and give excellent and timely advice. He is extremely supportive so he is giving more than just his technical expertise.’

‘We have worked most closely with Lucien Masmejan, Mark Barmes, Jean-Blaise Eckert and Géraldine Auberson. They are all highly skilled, very experienced, excellent lawyers. Lucien is equally strong on contentious and non-contentious trust and private client matters, and is known as a superb corporate lawyer as well. He is a superb litigator, with excellent judgement and creative strategic litigation skills. He is extremely bright and a delightful person with whom to work. Lucien cuts through all the issues to the heart of the matter and finds a novel strategic solution. Mark Barmes is widely recognized as one of the leading international private client lawyers in Switzerland, with an extraordinary cross-border practice of clients from around the world. He is a great pleasure to work with, very bright, creative, thoughtful, deeply experienced. Jean-Blaise Eckert is an outstanding lawyer, deeply experienced and talented in all areas of private client work, from tax to estate planning to litigation. Géraldine Auberson is an extremely talented private client and tax planning lawyer, deeply knowledgeable, with excellent judgment. We have worked closely with Jean-Blaise and Geraldine on very significant and complex matter and Geraldine has handled it masterfully.’

‘Heini Rüdisühli – very experienced operator. Picks up the key points and gives intelligent and clear advice. Alexandra Hirt – definitely a future star. Helpful and intelligent and has learnt a lot from good partner guidance.’

Switzerland > Public law Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin‘s public law team in Geneva and Zurich is jointly headed up by Benoît Merkt, Marcel Meinhardt and Astrid Waser. The firm’s public sector experience includes advising on public procurement law, price surveillance regulations, environmental law, zoning issues, building mandates, energy law, and telecoms and media work. Clients range from state-owned entities and local authorities to private companies. Rayan Houdrouge departed the firm in the first half of 2022 for Walder Wyss Ltd.

Practice head(s):

Benoît Merkt; Marcel Meinhardt; Astrid Waser

Testimonials

‘L&S is always 100% focused on the client’s needs. Their know how about postal industry is broad and deep. As they have a lot of big clients and help them in their procedures, they have a huge knowledge about the authorities.’

‘Marcel Meinhardt (and his team) is still ‘The Man’ to chose, whenever you need external legal know how.’

Key clients

City of Zurich (EWZ)

Expedia

Mastercard

Pro7Sat.1 AG

SAP

Swiss Post

Telecommunications SA

UBER

Kaufmann AG

Work highlights

  • Advised the Swiss Post on many multi-million cases.
  • Advised EWZ, the electricity power plant of the city of Zurich and owned by the city of Zurich, on a high-value transaction.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin advises a diverse range of high profile clients on real estate transactions and construction, with expertise at all stages of project development. The department also has strength in the infrastructure sector, with specialists across a range of industries including energy, water, transportation and communication. Beat Kühni, whose practice includes transactional work, construction and zoning projects, and real estate securitisations, co-leads the team alongside the Geneva-based Cécile Berger Meyer, who advises private and institutional clients in both civil and administrative matters, and Fabiano Menghini, who made partner in January 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Experience, determination, availability, knowledge in real estate matters.’

‘Cécile Berger Meyer is an experienced partner in real estate matters. Very pragmatic approach in helping to close a complicated deal having always in mind the protection of the client.’

‘Very good team, high knowledge.’

‘On time, always available.’

‘Great legal expertise and experience combined with pragmatism and negotiation skills.’

‘Fabiano Menghini combines great legal expertise and experience with pragmatism and negotiation skills.’

‘The team is very experienced in all real estate and construction practice. Excellent knowledge of all specific juridictions and laws in Switzerland. Deadlines are always achieved.’

‘Cécile Berger Meyer is the best real estate lawyer within the Swiss industry. Very efficient, excellent understanding of the business case, always available, and solution-oriented.’

Key clients

Bain/Cinven

BMS

Climeworks

FIVE Resorts Group

Lonza

Vail Resorts

Work highlights

  • Advised Vail Resorts on the acquisition of a majority stake in Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG from Andermatt Swiss Alps AG (ASA), marking Vail Resorts’ first strategic investment in, and opportunity to operate, a ski resort in Europe.
  • Advised Lonza Group AG on its plans to construct a large-scale, commercial drug product fill & finish facility in Stein, Switzerland.  
  • Advised the seller with respect to the sale of 31’000sqm of residential land to a listed real estate fund.

Switzerland > Tax Tier 1

Lenz & Staehelin‘s well-established tax department is highly active in tax planning work, particularly in finance and corporate transactions. The department provides comprehensive guidance to clients on inter-cantonal and cross-border tax matters, and has expertise in restructurings, relocations, and pension plans, as well as VAT and customs issues. Jean-Blaise Eckert, who advises both multinational companies and high-net-worth individuals, leads the Geneva team, while Pascal Hinny, whose specialism is handling national and international tax planning work for major companies, leads in Zurich. Daniel Schafer covers corporate tax, Swiss VAT and real estate taxation, while Heini Rüdisühli and Frédéric Neukomm specialise in private client work. Floran Ponce advises banks, investment funds and corporations on domestic and international tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Great technicality, high reactivity and close relationship with the Swiss tax authorities.’

‘Jean-Blaise Eckert, Pascal Hinny and Daniel Schafer are highly skilled and respected professionals.’

‘Deep knowledge of the local market.’

Key clients

ADM – Archer Daniels Midland Company

Agilent

Arlanxeo (formely Lanxess)

AXA Stiftung Berufliche Vorsorge, Winterthur

Bain Capital Private Equity and Cinven

beqom

Colgate Palmolive

Covestro

Credit Suisse

Deutsche Börse AG

FIVE Hotels & Resorts group

Immosynergies

Mr Olivier Plan

On Holding AG

Richemont

Rothschild Group

Sika AG

SKAN Group AG

Swissquote bank

Tetra Laval

The Carlyle Group

Transatlantic Reinsurance Company

Wal-Mart

Work highlights

  • Advised On Holding AG and its shareholders on the Swiss tax consequences of its IPO at the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Provided tax advice on private equity transactions to a range of companies, advising both investors and target companies.
  • Acting as primary Swiss tax adviser to Richemont and other multinational groups, headquartered within and without Switzerland.

Switzerland > Fintech Tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin provides a range of services to clients operating in the fintech sector, including guidance on regulatory and compliance matters, corporate and M&A advice, IP creation and protection, and issues related to tax. The department also has expertise in crypto finance, digital assets, and insurtech. Co-leading the team are Lukas Morscher, Marcel Tranchet and Fedor Poskriakov. Morscher’s expertise covers digitalisation, blockchain, and data privacy, while Tranchet has experience across regulatory and financing matters, and securities transactions. Poskriakov, who is based in Geneva, handles cybersecurity, data protection, crowdfinancing, and cryptocurrencies.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Large team of partners involved in Fintech-related matters.’

‘Fedor Proskriakov is very knowledgeable about Fintech matters, the functioning of DLT/Blockchain business models. His capital markets background is clearly an asset. He seems deeply involved in the Swiss legal Fintech community. He’s definitely the person I recommend to clients seeking Fintech legal advice in Switzerland.’

Key clients

Allfunds Bank

Capital Markets and Technology Association

Colb Asset SA

Global Asset Manager/RobecoSAM

Global Financial Services Provider

Global Insurance Group

Initial Coin Offering

International Group of Exchanges

Komainu

Leading US Financial Institution

Liberty Mutual

MagicTomato SA

Major Insurance group

Mt Pelerin Group SA

Swissquote Bank SA

UK based client

WisdomTree

Work highlights

  • Advising international crypto trading company in its relocation set-up for artificial intelligence (AI) based crypto fund management and respective development of intellectual property.
  • Advising a global issuer of digital gold tokens on contract, property and regulatory aspects of issuance and transfer of tokens on the blockchain evidencing ownership of physical gold.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin’s practice and experience covers a full spectrum of legal support, ranging from complex patent litigations, with a particular emphasis on pharmaceutical patent litigation, through to projects and M&A. Notable names include Xavier Favre-Bulle , Andreas Rötheli, Guy Vermeil , Thierry Calame , Harold Frey and Stephan Erni .

Practice head(s):

Thierry Calame; Stephan Erni; Harold Frey; Xavier Favre-Bulle; Andreas Rötheli; Guy Vermeil

Testimonials

‘Very effective team work – required expertise in-house; restrict team size (and hence billed hours) to essential individuals required; remarkable information flow across team members, who are always briefed & up to speed.’

‘Extraordinarily committed; very fast turnaround times; very capable to think out of the box and propose customised solutions; competent, concise & precise counselling – can tell you right away, when others have to explore first.’

‘Effective & creative negotiation with difficult counter-parties’

‘Can-do attitude.’

‘In a fast-changing environment, the team focused on the key aspects and worked on solutions rather than pointing out issues. Additionally, the team listen closely to the needs of the client and focuses on key aspects, without losing the side of potential issues. All in all, I felt very comfortable having them as my partner and never the feeling came up that they just collect billable hours.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Alcon Inc.

Alpha Health Group

Altitude Management

Bain Capital Private Equity

Cinven

Chord Therapeutics

dacadoo

Keri Medical

Lonza

Manufacture Modules Technologies

Mark Bischof and Rabah Nedir (owners of the Ardentis group)

Mepha/Teva

Merck & Co., Inc.

Morgan Stanley

MGI Tech

NovImmune SA

Obseva SA

Pfizer

Revance Therapeutics, Inc.

Surveyor Capital

swiss smile Schweiz AG

The Carlyle Group

Wyss Center

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Abbott before the Federal Supreme Court, resulting in a landmark decision on standing to sue in trademark invalidity proceedings under the Madrid System of trademarks. The decision was widely publicized and published in English in IIC.
  • Successfully represented Acino Pharma in complex patent nullity proceedings against Euroceltique S.A. before the Federal Patent Court involving multiple patents in relation to pain relief.
  • Advised a group of investors led by SME Equity Partners and Co-Investor Partners on acquisition of Promedical AG, one of the leading Swiss suppliers of medical consumables and surgery kits.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin boasts significant expertise in complex national and cross-border corporate and debt restructurings. The department is highly active in distressed M&A deals, as well as both enforcement of and challenges to security in insolvency scenarios. Tanja Luginbühl and Roman Graf co-lead the department. Luginbühl has significant experience representing companies in financial distress, in addition to banks and creditors. Graf, who made partner in 2022, focuses on distressed M&A, and has a practice which includes both in-court and out-of-court restructurings. Litigators Dominique Müller and Daniel Tunik are also key names within the department.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘This would be the firm I always go to in Switzerland with complex insolvency law questions.’

‘I have worked with L&S on a few matters now and always found them to be comprehensive, responsive, and commercial in approach.’

‘I find L&S easy to engage with. They get to grips quickly with the issue and have a good understanding of the client’s needs. Tanja Luginbühl stands out as a partner I have worked with on matters.’

Key clients

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited

Agrokor d.d.

APTG AG (formerly Airopack Technology AG)

A.T.U Auto-Teile-Unger Handels GmbH & Co. KG

Bluehorn SA

BP Oil International Ltd.

Creditor of Ethical Coffee Company

Creditor of Privatair

Deutsche Bank AG

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

F. Bernasconi et Cie SA

Garrett Motion

ING Bank N.V.

ISDA, Bundesverband Deutscher Banken, EFET

Lenders to gategroup Holding

Major creditor of Bank Hottinger & Cie AG in liquidation

One of Europe’s most respected furniture manufacturer

Pentland Brands Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Roust Corporation

Royal Bank of Scotland

SAS

Sempione Fashion AG (formerly Charles-Vögele)

Suntech Power International Ltd.

Valartis Group AG

Various key creditors of Lehmann Brothers Finance AG in liquidation

Various creditors of Petroplus Holdings AG and Petroplus Marketing AG

Work highlights

  • Advised SAS, Scandinavian flag carrier, on Swiss law related issues to its restructuring, including its Chapter 11 filing and alternative restructuring measures.
  • Advised one of Europe’s most respected furniture manufacturer, with an annual turnover of more than EUR 1 billion, on cross-border restructuring measures from a Swiss law perspective.
  • Representation of Aston Martin Lagonda Limited in its dispute and its claim enforcements on the insolvency of a Swiss distributor.

Switzerland > Insurance Tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin is active in areas such as market entry, capital investment, outsourcing and insurance policies law. The team’s clients include major Swiss and foreign insurance and reinsurance companies, banks and other industry participants. Olivier Stahler specialises in banking and finance law; his work also includes regulatory advice on the context of the granting of licences for banks. Lukas Morscher’s expertise is in relation to corporate M&A and financial services, especially technology, telecoms, fintech and business sourcing in Switzerland.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Stahler; Lukas Morscher

Testimonials

‘Dr Lukas Morscher and team are strong on regulatory insurance and reinsurance queries/transactions, and an authoritative source of Swiss advice in this space’

‘Dr Lukas Morscher, lead partner on (re)insurance and Swiss regulatory advice: personable, clear communicator who is tenacious in transaction negotiations’

Key clients

Baloise Insurance Holding

consimo

Caterpillar Insurance Company

Generali

Liberty Mutual

Octium Group

Resolution Life

Resolution Re

Schweizerische Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG

TransRe

Unilever Reinsurance AG

Vaudoise Assurances Holding SA

Work highlights

  • Advised global life insurance group Resolution Life and its Bermudian reinsurance platform Resolution Re on its landmark reinsurance transaction with Allianz Suisse Life. The reinsured business is a closed-book of individual life policies comprising a reserve volume of CHF 4 billion.

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations Tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin has capabilities in matters related to white collar and investigations, particularly within the banking sector. Dominique Müller often leads investigations in the banking and finance industry, while Marcel Meinhardt is the go-to lawyer for antitrust investigations. Valérie Menoud regularly advises Swiss and international clients from the insurance and wealth management industry on regulatory and compliance matters. Hikmat Maleh is a criminal and commercial litigator with vast experience in white-collar crime and asset recovery, as well as representing financial clients in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation. Astrid Waser  is a key figure in the team with a wealth of experience in workplace misconduct and environmental investigations.

Practice head(s):

Marcel Meinhardt; Dominique Müller; Hikmat Maleh; Valérie Menoud

Other key lawyers:

Astrid Waser

Testimonials

‘Top quality advice and proven results.’

‘Very technical and precise advice always covering the demands of a complex international organisation.’

‘I have worked closely with Hikmat Maleh on a number of occasions, and he is my go-to lawyer whenever I have a client with a Swiss issue. He is fiercely intelligent, highly responsive and also extremely pleasant to work with. Clients love him.’

Key clients

Hermitage Fund and Bill Browder

Implenia

Unilever

Swiss Post

PostFinance

Work highlights

Switzerland > Sports law Tier 2

Lenz & Staehelin’s practice caters to athletes and sports organisations, in addition to a range of private client services. The team specialises in the resolution of sport disputes, alongside its vast experience of structuring events and providing legal advice to international and national bodies, as well as athletes, agents, event organisers, sponsors, and the media. Xavier Favre-Bulle has expertise on sports law, arbitration, international litigation and ADR, whereas Stephan Erni specialises in real estate transactions, domestic and international M&A transactions. Lucien Masmejan advises his clients from a tax, contractual and sport’s law perspective.

Practice head(s):

Xavier Favre-Bulle; Stephan Erni; Lucien Masmejan

Other key lawyers:

Hikmat Maleh; Sevan Antreasyan; Marc-Anthony de Boccard

Testimonials

‘The people allocated to the team were open and transparent with us since day one. It was very easy to further describe the legal issues and brief the owners of the football club due to the clarity of the briefs provided by the team. The billing was more than fair, compared to the complexity of the work.’

‘I’ve worked closely with Marc Anthony de Boccard and Xavier Favre-Bulle. I was very impressed with the fact that I could reach both of them at any time, even Xavier, who is a partner at the firm.’

‘Xavier Favre-Bulle’s team is very responsive, their advice is straight to the point and very helpful. Marc-Anthony de Boccard is especially memorable in that sense.’

‘Marc-Anthony de Boccard was my main go-to contact at L&S. He is very helpful and undoubtedly an expert. His advice was always straight to the point and left no material questions hanging.’

‘I’ve had the pleasure to work with the firm on commercial and regulatory matters as well as specialised sports law issues and they’re always very helpful and knowledgeable, super responsive and supportive. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘Xavier Favre-Bulle really stands out as one of the best if not the best in Sports arbitration but also in commercial and regulatory matters. He is knowledgeable and pragmatic, always providing sound advice, backed with years of practice and he can rely on the high-quality work of his A-team.’

Key clients

INEOS Group (Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Limited)

Swisscom, CT Cinetrade, Teleclub

Swisscom, CT Cinetrade, Teleclub

Water Sports Tribunal

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

Vail Resorts

On Holding AG

National Hockey League (NHL)

Auto Sport Suisse

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in all setting-aside proceedings before the Court, which also involved the Fédération internationale de natation (FINA).
  • Advised On Holding AG as issuer’s counsel through a completion of its initial public offering on the NYSE.
  • Advises Vail Resorts on th acquisition of a majority stake in Andermatt-Sedrun Sport AG from Andermatt Swiss Alps AG (ASA), marking Vail Resorts’ first strategic investment in, and opportunity to operate, a ski resort in Europe.

Switzerland > TMT Tier 2

Technology transactions and outsourcing arrangements are particular areas of strengths for Lenz & Staehelin‘s TMT practice. Additionally, the team fields in-depth experience in media and entertainment law and is regularly sought after for its know-how in telecoms regulatory and transactional matters. Lukas Morscher and Guy Vermeil, who are frequently involved in transactions and outsourcing projects in the TMT sector, jointly head the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Morscher; Guy Vermeil

Testimonials

‘Internal work in the team is very good, with good interaction and exchange of information. Senior lawyers and partners do not behave in an “egocentric” manner, treating every one, even the youngest member in a very respectful and professional manner.’

‘Very knowledgeable, but with a high capacity to explain the issues in a simple and coherent way.’

Key clients

ARICOMA Group

AT&T

Bank Vontobel

Banque Cramer & Cie SA

Carlo Gavazzi Group

Caterpillar Insurance Co.

China Telecom

ERNI Group

Generali

Intesa Sanpaolo

JP Morgan

Liberty Mutual

Resolution Life

Sopra Steria SE

Truphone

Work highlights

  • Advising a Swiss private bank on its digital transformation from on-premise systems to a digital end-to-end wealth management platform operated on the cloud.
  • Advising a global audit firm on strategic outsourcings for integrated facility management in all legal and regulatory aspects.
  • Advising an international crypto trading company on its relocation set-up for artificial intelligence (AI) based crypto fund management and respective development of intellectual property.

The firm: With over 200 lawyers and offices in three major economic centres, Lenz & Staehelin is one of the largest law firms in Switzerland. Known for its high professional standards, the firm provides its domestic and international clients with a full range of services in the main areas of law. It is ranked amongst the leading practitioners in business law.

Main areas of practice
Asset management:  Due to Lenz & Staehelin’s pioneering role in this area and our strong commitment to both regulatory and self-regulatory organizations, our team is a recognized market leader. Our long-standing expertise allows us to deliver highly specialized advice on all aspects of institutional asset management, investment services and products.

Arbitration: Lenz & Staehelin has enjoyed a leading position in international arbitration for a number of decades. Its attorneys have been involved in several hundred international arbitrations, either as counsel for a party or sitting as arbitrators. The firm has been handling disputes under the rules of all major institutions (including ICC, Swiss Chambers of Commerce, LCIA, AAA, VIAC, CAS, WIPO, ICSID) as well as ad hoc arbitration.

Banking and finance: Advising on regulatory issues, capital market transactions, investment products and services are part of Lenz & Staehelin’s core areas of expertise. Its clients are major Swiss and international banking/financial institutions. They benefit from the firm’s experience in matters of banking/securities dealers licences, asset securitisation, securities offerings, project and structured finance, investment funds, private equity, derivatives and other financial products.

Capital markets: Lenz & Staehelin counts a number of accredited experts for the listing of securities on the SIX Swiss Exchange. Our team delivers advisory and support services for all types of capital markets offerings, including IPOs and rights offerings, bonds, convertible bonds, covered bonds, hybrid bonds and other securities transactions.

Competition: The firm advises in all areas of competition and antitrust law, such as merger control notifications, abuse of dominance, restrictive practices, cartel investigations, dawn raids, leniency procedures and public procurement. It regularly acts in co-ordination with leading foreign law firms in complex multi-jurisdictional merger flings. Its practice also includes proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission and competition litigation before the Swiss cantonal and federal courts.

Corporate and M&A: The firm has a leading position in domestic and cross-border private and public M&A transactions. As such it has been involved in many of Switzerland’s most important corporate deals. The firm advises, amongst others, on corporate takeovers, mergers, joint ventures, takeovers of listed companies, private equity and venture capital. Its services in corporate law include incorporation and administration of companies, corporate governance and compliance.

Employment, pensions and immigration: The firm advises both employers and senior employees. It draws on a long experience in all areas of private employment and public labour law, including employment agreements, bonus and stock option schemes, non-compete covenants, social security benefits, labour litigation and arbitration. It assists foreign nationals in obtaining Swiss work permits, a service underpinned by the firm’s tradition of good contacts with cantonal and federal immigration authorities.

Insolvency and restructuring: The firm offers a leading full-service insolvency practice encompassing the complete range of issues typically encountered in complex insolvencies. It advises and represents creditors (some of which are banks or other financial institutions), liquidators, receivers in insolvency proceedings. It also provides advice to companies in need of financial restructuring.

Intellectual property: The firm provides first-class services in all sectors of intellectual property, such as copyright law, designs and models law, licensing, geographical indications, Swiss and European patent law, trademark law, and related fields such as unfair competition. It has extensive experience in advising clients (e.g. in IP due diligence in mergers and acquisitions process) and in representing them in intellectual property-related litigation either before cantonal and federal courts or before arbitral tribunals.

Investigations: Lenz & Staehelin assists clients in efficiently conducting complex internal investigations, both on their own initiative or in response to inquiries or investigations by governmental authorities, whistle-blower claims or shareholder demands. The firm’s practice covers a broad range of industries and issues (including antitrust, anti-corruption, violation of banking or capital market rules, disclosure and accounting issues, tax and civil or criminal misconduct).

Litigation: The firm’s litigators advise and represent clients in administrative, civil and criminal proceedings. They deal with antitrust and unfair competition litigation, banking/finance/commercial litigation, bankruptcy and debt collection, coordination of international litigation, employment disputes, enforcement of foreign judgments and awards, international legal assistance, intellectual property litigation, money laundering and white-collar crimes, real estate and construction disputes, trust and estate-related litigation.

Private clients: This team of specialists provides corporate and individual clients with comprehensive expert advice on wealth planning and succession issues. The team includes lawyers with particular expertise in international estate planning and structuring and who are qualified under both civil law and common law systems. They offer creative advice on trust and company administration services in Switzerland and Guernsey.

Real estate: The firm provides advice and support to commercial users, institutional investors, real estate investment funds, financial institutions, rating agencies and private clients. The practice group’s capabilities encompass all legal aspects of real estate financing, sale and lease back transactions, commercial lease and real estate development projects.

Tax: The firm’s tax department is one of the largest of any Swiss law firm with more than 25 tax attorneys most of whom are also certified tax experts. In addition to all aspects of tax planning, its services also include the representation of clients in front of tax authorities or in tax litigation, arbitration and mutual agreement procedures. It has particular expertise in tax issues related to financial products, real estate, private equity, M&A/restructurings/buyouts/relocations, in tax planning for private clients, executives and transferees at international companies, and in VAT matters.

Technology and outsourcing: The firm offers a wide range of transactional and regulatory services in technology, media and telecom matters, with a leading position also in outsourcing (both infrastructure and BPO transactions). Services include advice on complex IT projects, hosting and ASP, data protection, eCommerce, convergence issues, public procurement, FinTech, ICT contracts and software licensing, strategic business alliances and joint ventures. It regularly advises important media companies and TV, radio and cinema operators on licensing, advertising and sponsorship issues.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Shelby R. du Pasquier
Banking and finance François Rayroux
Banking and finance Olivier Stahler
Banking and finance Jacques Iffland
Banking and finance David Ledermann
Banking and finance Fedor Poskriakov
Commercial and contracts Andreas von Planta
Commercial and contracts David Ledermann
Competition Benoît Merkt
Corporate and M&A Andreas Rötheli
Corporate and M&A Guy Vermeil
Corporate and M&A Jacques Iffland
Corporate and M&A David Ledermann
Employment, pensions and immigration Daniel Tunik
Foundations and philanthropy Benoît Merkt
Foundations and philanthropy Daniel Schafer
Insolvency and restructuring David Ledermann
Insolvency and restructuring Guy Vermeil
Intellectual property Daniel Tunik
Investigations Fedor Poskriakov
Investigations Benoît Merkt
Litigation and arbitration Daniel Tunik
Litigation and arbitration Xavier Favre-Bulle
Litigation and arbitration Miguel Oural
Private client Lucien Masmejan
Private client Mark Barmes
Private client Frédéric Neukomm
Real estate Cécile Berger Meyer
Real estate Andreas Rötheli
Sports Xavier Favre-Bulle
Tax Jean-Blaise Eckert
Tax Daniel Schafer
Tax Frédéric Neukomm
Tax Floran Ponce
Technology and outsourcing Guy Vermeil
Technology and outsourcing David Ledermann
Photo Name Position Profile
Sevan Antreasyan photo Dr Sevan Antreasyan Partner
Mark Barmes photo Mr Mark Barmes Senior Counsel
Laure Baumann photo Mrs Laure Baumann Counsel
Ariel Ben Hattar photo Mr Ariel Ben Hattar Partner
Cécile Berger Meyer photo Mrs Cécile Berger Meyer Partner, Head of Real Estate
Jamar E. Brown photo Mr Jamar E. Brown Counsel
Eleni Christou photo Mrs Eleni Christou Counsel
Jean-Blaise Eckert photo Mr Jean-Blaise Eckert Partner, Head of Tax
Xavier Favre-Bulle photo Dr Xavier Favre-Bulle Partner, Head of Arbitration
Roman Graf photo Mr Roman Graf Partner
Jacques Iffland photo Dr Jacques Iffland Partner, Head of Capital Markets
David Ledermann photo Mr David Ledermann Partner, Head of Commercial and Contracts
Hikmat Maleh photo Mr Hikmat Maleh Partner
Valérie Menoud photo Dr Valérie Menoud Partner
Benoît Merkt photo Dr Benoît Merkt Managing Partner, Head of Competition
Miguel Oural photo Mr Miguel Oural Partner
Floran Ponce photo Mr Floran Ponce Partner
Fedor Poskriakov photo Mr Fedor Poskriakov Partner
François Rayroux photo Dr François Rayroux Partner, Head of Asset Management
Andreas Rötheli photo Mr Andreas Rötheli Partner, Head of Corporate and M&A
Sara Rousselle-Ruffieux photo Mrs Sara Rousselle-Ruffieux Counsel
Daniel Schafer photo Mr Daniel Schafer Partner
Olivier Stahler photo Mr Olivier Stahler Partner, Co-Head of Asset Management
Daniel Tunik photo Mr Daniel Tunik Partner, Head of Litigation
Guy Vermeil photo Mr Guy Vermeil Partner, Head of Technology and Outsourcing
Laurence Vogt Scholler photo Mrs Laurence Vogt Scholler Counsel
Hanno Wehland photo Dr Hanno Wehland Counsel
Shelby R. du Pasquier photo Mr Shelby R. du Pasquier Partner, Head of Banking and Finance
Number of lawyers : 224
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Contact : Benoît Merkt (managing partner, benoit.merkt@lenzstaehelin.com)
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