Dr Benoît Merkt > Lenz & Staehelin > Geneva, Switzerland > Lawyer Profile

Lenz & Staehelin
1211 GENEVA 6

Work Department

Competition, Tax-Exempt/Non-Profit Organizations, Regulated Markets, Public Procurement and Administrative Law, Internal investigations


Managing Partner, Head of Competition


Admission to Bar (1994), Secretariat of the Swiss Competition Commission (1998), Joined Lenz & Staehelin (1999), Partner at Lenz & Staehelin (2006)


French, English, German


Swiss Association of Competition Law (ASAS), International League of Competition Law (LIDC), Swiss Bar Association, Competition Committee (SAV/FSA), International Bar Association (IBA), Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), Former President of the Competition Commission of the UIA (from 2006 to 2008), European League for Economic Cooperation(ELEC), Secretary of the Swiss section (from 1997 to 2002), Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht Schweiz, SwissFoundations (member of the Legal Council), Member of the Board of several public utility foundations of international scope


University of Neuchâtel (lic. iur. 1992), University of Oxford (Master in European and Comparative Law 1996, Berrow Scholar), University of Bern, European and International Trade Law Institute (1997), University of Neuchâtel (Dr. iur. 2001)

Lawyer Rankings

Switzerland > Competition

(Hall of Fame)

Benoît MerktLenz & Staehelin

Lenz & Staehelin‘s scope covers the full gamut of competition and antitrust law. The members of the practice have considerable know-how in merger control notifications, abuse of dominance, restrictive practices, cartel investigations, dawn raids, leniency procedures and public procurement. The group further often deals with multi-jurisdictional merger filings as well as with proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission and competition litigation. It is headed up by the ‘excellent‘ Marcel Meinhardt and the ‘very constructive’ Benoît Merkt in Zurich and Geneva respectively. Astrid Waser brings her expertise in media and telecom law to the table. Sevan Antreasyan made partner in January 2022.

Switzerland > Public law

Lenz & Staehelin offers advice on all areas of public law, such as public procurement, energy, telecoms and media law as well as price surveillance regulation and general administrative law which includes environmental, zoning and building law. The practice is headed by Rayan Houdrouge, Benoît Merkt, Marcel Meinhardt and Astrid Waser from the Geneva and Zurich offices. Merkt has a particular specialisation in the energy and infrastructure sectors as well as public economic law, while Houdrouge focuses on competition law, in particular in respect to internal audits. Meinhardt brings his experience in the postal services and energy sectors to the table, while Waser specialises in public procurement, competition law and environmental law.

Switzerland > Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland

Lenz & Staehelin offers a broad array of services out of its Geneva and Lausanne offices and is particularly known for its advice in banking and finance, corporate and M&A matters as well as practice areas related to new technologies. Banking and finance specialists Shelby Du Pasquier, François Rayroux and Olivier Stahler, dispute resolution expert Xavier Favre-Bulle, competition law specialist Benoît Merkt, transactions specialist Andreas Rötheli as well as key contacts for private clients Lucien Masmejan and Jean-Blaise Eckert are noted.