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Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 1
The banking and finance team at Lenz & Staehelin has an excellent reputation in the market. It handles the full gamut of transactional and regulatory matters and is routinely instructed by global banks and financial institutions. Practice head Shelby du Pasquier has longstanding experience in the field and is also a key contact for offshore private equity houses and investment funds. François Rayroux is an expert in fund management and derivative instruments, while Olivier Stahler focuses his practice entirely on regulatory matters. Fedor Poskriakov is noted for his expertise in fintech matters and David Ledermann is skilled in multiple kinds of debt financings. Counsel Laurence Vogt Scholler is able to advise on various aspects of regulatory, contractual and corporate law.
Shelby du Pasquier
‘Lenz & Staehelin has the ability to give top quality advice by being large enough to have a wide range of experts but also the size to ensure a client-focused approach.’
‘Shelby du Pasquier has an exceptional network and great influence. He is able to offer very pragmatic and useful solutions while being fully engaged and dedicated.’
‘François Rayroux is a leading individual in Switzerland in all legal aspects relating to funds and asset management. Great lawyer, very modest.’
‘Olivier Stahler has excellent regulatory contacts, an impeccable banking knowledge, and a pragmatic approach to matters.’
‘Fedor Poskriakov is very knowledgeable and able to propose outside the box solutions.’
‘David Ledermann really stands out thanks to his highest level of professionalism, superb knowledge about the industry, diligent working style and utmost commitment to achieve the common goals.‘
‘Laurence Vogt Scholler has profound specialist knowledge as well as broad practical experience.’
Banque Pâris Bertrand SA
Banque Pictet & Cie SA
Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA
Crédit Agricole next bank (Suisse) SA (formerly Crédit Agricole Financements (Suisse) SA)
Edmond de Rothschild Group
OROX Asset Management
Pargesa Holding SA
Sempione Fashion AG
SIX Swiss Exchange
Swissquote Bank SA
Union Bancaire Privée UBP
Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 1
Lenz & Staehelin's experienced and sizeable banking and finance team is active across the full spectrum of work in the space; it covers commercial banking, structured finance, derivatives, and private banking matters for a broad and international client portfolio. Practice head Marcel Tranchet is an expert in particularly in acquisition, structured and project finance. Patrick Hünerwadel is a key name for financing and regulatory matters. Patrick Schleiffer specialises in financial markets law, while Roland Fischer is noted for his expertise in insolvency and restructurings. Other key contacts include Stefan Breitenstein and dispute resolution expert Martin Burkhardt.
‘L&S has a profoundly experienced team. Outstanding in terms of work quality, availability and attitude. Strategic thinkers with a hands on approach.’
‘The banking and finance team in Zurich is highly professional, always very well prepared, highly convincing with fact-based reasoning, very efficient and very short response time.’
‘Marcel Tranchet has a fantastic level of expertise in financing matters, which allows him to guide parties through the most complex issues in a very efficient and cooperative manner.‘
‘Patrick Hünerwadel has a very rare combination of strengths, which are his highly integral personality, his deep legal knowledge in Swiss, UK and US law and his capability to provide background information and to put things into a perspective.’
‘Roland Fischer is well known for insolvency and restructuring cases.‘
Banque Pictet & Cie SA
Banque Lombard Odier & Cie SA
Edmond de Rothschild Group
OROX Asset Management
Pargesa Holding SA
Sempione Fashion AG
SIX Swiss Exchange
Capital markets Tier 1
Lenz & Staehelin's capital markets team impresses with its strong expertise in equity transactions, offerings of bonds, loan participation notes, mortgage-backed transactions, and convertibles, among others. It is experienced in acting for national as well as international clients and is often involved in cross-border work. Capital markets expert Jacques Iffland heads up the Geneva practice, where François Rayroux is a key contact on derivatives and structured products. Patrick Schleiffer is well versed in capital markets, stock exchange and securities law, among others. He leads the team in Zurich together with Hans-Jakob Diem, who is noted for his knowledge in capital market transactions.
Jacques Iffland; Patrick Schleiffer; Hans Jakob Diem
‘LS has, due to its expertise, a leading role in Switzerland. The team is politically involved and spends a lot of time on non-billable work with regulators and official bodies. It is highly specialised and committed.‘
‘François Rayroux is a senior and experienced lawyer as well as an outstanding personality.’
‘Patrick Schleiffer is reliable and it is always an excellent cooperation with him.’
AEVIS HOLDING SA
Edmond de Rothschild
Crédit Agricole Financements (Suisse) SA
Deutsche Bank AG
International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA)
Pargesa Holding SA
Sunrise Communications Group
Lenz & Staehelin has a highly reputed corporate and M&A practice with offices in both Zurich and Geneva. It assists clients from the financial services, healthcare and life sciences, TMT, manufacturing and real estate sectors with matters including public takeovers, private transactions and corporate governance. Practice head Hans-Jakob Diem has a strong, international practice. Rudolf Tschäni is an expert in public M&A, hostile takeover situations and related disputes. Tino Gaberthüel combines strength in commercial and corporate matters with capital markets expertise. Stephan Erni and Geneva-based Andreas Rötheli, Jacques Iffland and David Ledermann are other prominent practitioners.
‘Excellent, elite Swiss firm with deeply knowledgeable, client-friendly, practical lawyers.’
‘The team is pragmatic, goes straight to the point and quickly identifies the key risk factors without getting lost into minor issues.‘
‘Tino Gaberthüel is an excellent M&A lawyer who is very easy to communicate with.’
‘Rudolf Tschäni, Hans-Jakob Diem, Matthias Wolf and Tino Gaberthüel are all outstanding professionals striving for excellence while being pragmatic wherever this is required. They provide excellent service and high value added to customers and further stakeholders.’
‘Andreas Rötheli is very international, knows his practice perfectly as well as Swiss specificities. He has excellent insight and gives valuable advice while being responsive and reliable.’
‘Stephan Erni is technically excellent and a very thorough thinker.‘
Apple Inc. No
Baloise Insurance Holding
Banque Lombard Odier
Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL)
Bordier & Cie
Chequers Capital Yes
Gonet & Cie SA
Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS)
Novo Holdings A/S
Quilvest Private Equity
Rothschild & Co
Reynaers Aluminium NV
State Street Bank
Sunrise Communication AG
TAG Aviation Holding SA
The First International Bank of Israel
Unilabs Group Services
Union Bancaire Privée (UBP)
Vaudoise Assurance Holding
Z Capital Partners LLC
Competition Tier 1
The team at Lenz & Staehelin is highly regarded for its broad coverage of the competition area, with expertise in cartel investigations, abuse of dominant position, dawn raids, and leniency procedures, among others. It has a strong line-up with key individuals including Marcel Meinhardt and Benoît Merkt, who are experts in merger control matters; and Astrid Waser, who is particularly well versed in the gas and electricity industry. Senior associate Sevan Antreasyan is also recommended. Felix Prümmer, formerly counsel, left the firm.
Marcel Meinhardt; Benoît Merkt
‘One of the best competition teams, both in merger control and antitrust litigation. It has extensive experience and high capability to deliver top-notch advice.‘
‘LS combines technical excellence with commercial pragmatism.’
‘Benoît Merkt is a highly recognized professional, very well known for cartels, abuses of dominant position and complex merger cases.’
‘Sevan Antreasyan is responsive, accurate, and quick to understand client needs.’
‘Lenz & Staehelin’s competition and antitrust law team is probably the team with most experience in Switzerland. They are involved in all important cases. Therefore they are really focussed on competition and antitrust law and spend all or most of there time in this field of practice.’
‘Marcel Meinhardt: He is just brilliant. He is probably one of the most competent specialists for competition and antitrust law in Switzerland. Collaboration with him is a pleasure. Astrid Waser: She is brilliant, too. However focussed more on public procurement law.‘
‘The team of Marcel Meinhardt is involved in more or less every big action in Switzerland. So their practice know-how is all-embracing.’
European Broadcasting Union
Geistlich Pharma AG
Swisscom / CT Cinetrade AG / Teleclub
Lenz & Staehelin's practice is singled out for its 'holistic thinking', 'in-depth knowledge' of Swiss legislation, and ability to provide 'state-of-the-art' counsel. The team advised a world-leading investment management firm and a global audit firm on their assessment measures for GDPR compliance; assisted One.Thing.Less AG with its launch of a personal information management system; and consulted on potential data breaches in the banking and construction sectors. Zurich-based Lukas Morscher has particularly 'vast experience in the technology and telecoms sectors' and is 'the leading authority in international data privacy and data protection topics', working alongside Jürg Simon. Managing partner Guy Vermeil and Rayan Houdrouge oversee matters in Geneva.
Lukas Morscher, Jürg Simon, Guy Vermeil, Rayan Houdrouge
‘Holistic thinking that goes beyond first-order consequences for all stakeholders involved (data subject, data controller, data processor, data protection authorities, public opinion, media, investors, employees etc). Excellent in-depth knowledge of data privacy and data protection topics/legislation beyond the legal realm and related to real-life developments. Pragmatism in approaching challenges and finding solutions. Excellent English skills greatly reduce the potential for misunderstandings and miscommunication. Superior client-relationship-management skills compared with other firms.‘
‘Dr Lukas Morscher is the leading authority in international data privacy and data protection topics, a fact even acknowledged by senior partners at other firms. His vast experience in the technology and telecommunications sectors and drive to find solutions make him an exceptional resource. Furthermore he is very well connected, so that significant network opportunities arise from working with him. Leo Rusterholz as an attorney-at-law has proven himself as very knowledgeable and reliable partner who provides outstanding suggestions in problem-solving. Both of them demonstrate as well a very high level of EQ in all interactions with us and third parties.‘
‘Lenz’s real strength and added value lies in the fact that it is a large legal firm, bringing together lawyers with specialised and varied expertise, thus able, within a short period of time, to deal with the sometimes complex requests of its clients.‘
‘Olivier Stahler, Daniel Schafer, Yaniv Benhamou, Andreas von Planta, Rayan Houdrouge, Benoit Merkt are some of the attorneys with whom we have dealt and have provided state-of-the-art advice, each in their own field of specialisation.‘
Carlo Gavazzi AG
Saxo Bank (Switzerland) Ltd
The practitioners at Lenz & Staehelin have considerable expertise in acting as counsels as well as arbitrators. The team is involved in disputes arising between parties from the energy, telecoms, construction and pharmaceutical industries as well as sports and IP proceedings. Zurich-based Harold Frey is a popular choice for instructions from states. Xavier Favre-Bulle, who is based in Geneva and jointly heads the practice with Frey, is also active in a variety of arbitrations, including those arising post-M&A and joint ventures. Other names to note are Daniel Tunik in Geneva, as well as Martin Burkhardt and counsel Martin Aebi in Zurich.
Harold Frey; Xavier Favre-Bulle
‘A very responsive, diligent and hard-working team well experienced in handling complicated cases involving foreign law issues.’
‘Harold Frey is an excellent lawyer with sharp understanding of the legal matters of the cases he is handling, articulate legal argumentation and great strategic capability.’
thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG
State of Palestine
Bank BTG Pactual S.A.
The dispute resolution group at Lenz & Staehelin is a key player in the contentious banking and finance space, where it acts for clients in clawback actions, as well as in regulatory, civil and criminal proceedings. Other areas of expertise include representation in corporate, real estate and private client-related cases. Harold Frey is particularly well versed in M&A and joint venture disputes and Geneva-based Daniel Tunik is a specialist in litigation in the banking sector. Martin Burkhardt was recently involved in several high-volume commercial disputes, while Miguel Oural, who splits his time between Geneva and Lausanne, specialises in criminal proceedings.
Harold Frey; Daniel Tunik
‘All members of the litigation team have outstanding capabilities, are quick to understand issues and to respond to the client’s needs. They rank among the best in litigation practice in Switzerland.’
‘Lenz & Staehelin is unique by its capacity to understand the business and to put it in perspective. They are often ahead in their reasoning and creative in finding solutions.’
‘Harold Frey is a very approachable and experienced lawyer.’
‘Daniel Tunik is a litigator who stands out. He is very clear, understands quickly and is able to “think outside the box” to find appropriate solutions.’
‘Miguel Oural has perfect knowledge of all legal resources available to find the required solution. He gives very clear explanations to clients and has a remarkable practical approach.‘
‘Dominique Müller is a very attentive and an outstanding litigator.‘
Bank BTG Pactual S.A.
Bank Julius Bär & Co. AG
Employment Tier 1
Lenz & Staehelin's team is 'able to deal with all aspects of employment in Switzerland for international businesses'. It is adept at handling contentious and transactional matters in the private and public sectors, pensions matters, and obtaining Swiss work permits for foreign nationals. Recent work includes representing Uber in disputes regarding driver qualification and self-employment status, and advising various multi-national companies following sexual harassment investigations. The team is jointly headed by the 'very dedicated' Rayan Houdrouge, the 'pragmatic' and 'diligent' Matthias Oertle and Dominique Müller, who is based in Zurich.
Rayan Houdrouge, Matthias Oertle, Dominique Müller
‘Some of the features that make this firm one of the best options in Switzerland is the speed of their answers to our company issues. Nowadays, it is very important for a multinational company to have legal but also practical solutions and that is precisely what Lenz is offering us. We always look for a comprehensive advice including different points of view and not only from a rigid legal perspective. The way we see it, the most valuable feature of this firm is the ability to combine both the legal perspective with the business needs of a company like ours.‘
‘We would like to highlight the work of Rayan Houdrouge, who is always prompt to help with any labor-related matter. From our point of view, one of his main qualities is his ability to understand what the client needs in every moment and adjust his answer to those needs. He is very dedicated and his solutions combine an accurate and legal perspective with a practical solution which always proves to be the most effective way of addressing the matter at hand. It is very easy to address him and he is always ready to provide the advice that the company needs. His proactivity is remarkable and he is always ready to add extra value to his legal advice. He is able to see the matter at hand and at the same time provide some advice which fits within the philosophy of the company.‘
‘Effective team with one entry point (manager) who sought internally required knowledge to resolve the case. Effective global coordination with a responsible partner.‘
‘Excellent business case knowledge from the manager but as well best quality interpersonal skills and empathy. Pro-active attitude and polite reminders where required. Excellent time management toward full efficient case process.‘
‘Lenz & Staehelin has been providing tax and HR matters services to our firm for various years. They characterize themselves by a great level of expertise, availability, capability of coming up with creative solutions for sometimes complex situations. We have been working with them for several years and have not desired to go elsewhere.‘
‘Our main contacts are Rayan Houdrouge, Sara Rouselle-Ruffieux and Guillaume Gonczy. We have always felt that we were taken care of at a high level, we have created a close bond and that facilitates when dealing with complex situations and find out of the box solutions.‘
‘This is a high-powered practice, well able to deal with all aspects of employment in Switzerland for international business.‘
‘Matthias Oertle is very knowledgeable and diligent. But, most importantly, he is very pragmatic, able to deal with the real-life challenges that international businesses throw at him. My clients particularly appreciated his ability to state with confidence what current market practice is in their industry (financial services). Thierry von Aarburg is extremely hard-working and delivers what you need, when you need it.‘
‘Very quick in understanding the business situation. Proposes options including risks to move forward. Easy understandable assessment for business people with no further legal background.‘
Agios Pharmaceuticals Inc.
CorFlow Therapeutics AG
J.P. Morgan Chase
Intellectual property Tier 1
Lenz & Staehelin provides 'a competent and highly professional' level of service, with the team including 'genuine experts in their fields'. IP disputes form the core of its work, along with trade mark or design portfolio management and advisory cases relating to rights, unfair competition and trade secrets. 'Outstanding professional' Thierry Calame heads the practice with Jürg Simon, who 'has a profound understanding' of Swiss law and 'is simply a pleasure to work with'. Geneva-based Daniel Tunik oversees the litigation side of the department, where senior associate Peter Ling and Lara Dorigo 'are among the best in field'. Notable highlights involve trade mark protection for Apple Inc. and assistance with strategy and prosecution for Sky International AG.
Thierry Calame, Jürg Simon, Daniel Tunik
‘I worked with Lenz & Staehlin’s IP team for more than two decades. They have handled numerous cases predominantly in the trademark area or our (in this case mostly German) clients in Switzerland. Their services are simply excellent, competent and highly professional.‘
‘I have known Prof Dr Jurg Simon for more than a quarter of a century. To my mind, he is among of the best (if not the best) IP practitioners in Switzerland. He is particularly impressive in the trade mark area (he was involved in the privatisation of the Swiss Intellectual Property Office as its then director some years ago and thus also has an intimate knowledge of this institution and its workings. He has a profound understanding of Swiss (but also of EU!) trade mark law. He is simply a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Very commercial and considered in their approach. Communication is always clear and complete. Excellent understanding and knowledge of IP law but always with an eye to the commercial goals.‘
‘Lara Dorigo – a pleasure to work with. You really feel that she is on your side and she always gives an honest and considered opinion. Great responsiveness and nothing is ever too much trouble.‘
‘Thierry Calame and Lara Dorigo were extremely knowledgeable about all the aspects of the law, and they engaged and worked well with subject matter experts and worked very well with me and other members of my company (both in our Swiss subsidiary and in the US patent company). They provided me with excellent advice, and gave advanced and detailed instructions. They also worked extremely well with the other legal teams handling the related matters in other countries, which was very important due to the multi-jurisdictional nature of the case. In fact, some of the members of the other legal teams told me how impressed they were by them. I can’t praise them highly enough.‘
‘Good communication, good strategy, clear and straightforward billing practices.‘
‘Thierry Calame and Barbara Abegg have been excellent. They have good strategy and have gotten us excellent results.‘
‘All the lawyers we work with at Lenz & Staehelin are personally committed to us and always interested to meet with us, hear about our views and business developments, and discuss ways of how we can improve our collaboration and the service that they are offering us. They are genuine experts in their fields, knowledgeable about the issues we are currently facing, and pro-active in identifying potential new legal threats that may lie just around the corner. They are great at listening to us in order to manage our expectations, understand our needs and deliver value for us. We were further impressed with the firm’s sense of communication and urgency. These are all traits of successful law firms.‘
‘Lara Dorigo and Adrian Wyss are both: extremely efficient and professional and have a straightforward approach to a cost effective outcome; very knowledgeable in their field; possess extraordinary skill in trade mark law matters and are very client-sensitive and responsive; very hands on on every aspect of our matters and very thorough with never-ending paperwork. They always keep us well informed and welcome any and all of our questions, are always available to answer questions and very easy to work with. They take their clients very seriously.‘
‘Clear, concise and practical advice.‘
‘Lenz & Staehelin is quite possibly the fastest law firm our company uses in the world, with respect to delivering favourable outcomes on IP enforcement matters. Barbara Abegg and Thierry Calame are both very quick to respond to emails and have worked tirelessly on our behalf to ensure a market in Switzerland that is clear of any inauthentic versions of our products.‘
‘Both Barbara Abegg and Thierry Calame have been a joy to work with. They are both very quick to respond to our requests, quick to provide advice, and quick to deliver the results that we request.‘
‘Thierry Calame is an outstanding professional for IP litigation. Very nice to work with. Peter Ling and Lara Dorigo in Thierry’s team are among the best in field as well. Unstoppable team.‘
Champagne producers association
Leap Partners AG
Merck & Co., Inc.
Swatch Group (Omega)
Swiss government, Armasuisse
Swiss Sustainable Yachts AG
Swiss Salt Works AG
Sky International AG
Teva Pharma AG
Verweij Fashion B.V.
Lenz & Staehelin has an impressive full-service offering, with experienced lawyers based in Geneva as well as Lausanne. The firm has a particularly strong track record in banking and finance, dispute resolution, private and public M&A and sports matters. Names to note include Shelby Du Pasquier, François Rayroux, Xavier Favre-Bulle, Benoît Merkt, Olivier Stahler and Jean-Blaise Eckert as well as Lucien Masmejan and Andreas Rötheli.
Lenz & Staehelin has an excellent market reputation, with expertise in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution as well as in competition, IP, TMT, sports and tax matters. Key practitioners include Patrick Hünerwadel, Hans-Jakob Diem, Marcel Tranchet, Harold Frey, Jürg Simon, Marcel Meinhardt and Lukas Morscher.
Private client Tier 1
Lenz & Staehelin impresses with a broad coverage of the private client area. The team advises on inheritance law, wealth and estate planning, related litigation mandates as well as establishing trust companies. It has a particularly strong standing with Swiss ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI). Practice co-head Lucien Masmejan splits his time between Lausanne and Geneva; he focuses on real estate and family governance issues. He leads the team with Heini Rüdisühli , who is an expert in tax law. Geneva's Mark Barmes, noted for his experience in wealth planning, and Frédéric Neukomm are also prominent practitioners.
Lucien Masmejan; Heini Rüdisühli
‘An excellent law firm with a grip on strategic issues, which puts the client first and forefront.’
‘The team has good commercial as well as technical legal and tax knowledge. This brings an additional element of support to clients with underlying family business interests. The team additionally has strong cross-border insight.‘
‘Lucien Masmejan is a highly experienced tax lawyer with an international approach particularly with businesses and individuals who are connected with Switzerland. With the level of experience he has he is able to offer that experience to clients and better able them to make the right decisions.‘
‘Heini Rüdisühli is committed to meeting his clients’ goals with creative solutions in a practical and efficient manner. ‘
‘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 very bright, creative, thoughtful, deeply experienced.’
Public law Tier 1Lenz & Staehelin's 'practice know-how is all-embracing' in public law, with lawyers recognised for their 'tactical thinking' and 'top-quality' performance levels. The 'brilliant' Astrid Waser is a key name for procurement work. In recent highlights, the 'co-operative' Marcel Meinhardt is acting for Swiss Post in ongoing appeals in the Swiss Federal Administrative Court regarding allegedly abusive discounts for large businesses. Other work includes acting for Saraco SA in administrative law proceedings concerning the new fuel supply pipeline at Geneva Airport and advising Uber on social security, employment and regulatory disputes. Benoît Merkt and Rayan Houdrouge are other key contacts.
Benoît Merkt, Rayan Houdrouge, Marcel Meinhardt, Astrid Waser
‘The team of Marcel Meinhardt has know-how, tactical thinking, overview of key procedures.’
‘You always get the support you need in the desired time, in top quality; you always can rely on their support.‘
‘Marcel Meinhardt: highly qualified, quick, technically and socially competent, co-operative, engaged.’
City of Zurich (EWZ)
ICA Traffic GmbH
Real estate and construction Tier 1The real estate practice at Lenz & Staehelin is highly regarded by investors, real estate investment funds and public bodies, as well as by clients from the renewable energy sector, financial institutions, commercial users and private clients. Besides handling the gamut of transactional work, the team also covers litigation, tax and public law mandates. Geneva-based Cécile Berger Meyer has a broad practice, with experience in civil as well as administrative law matters. Beat Kühni has a similarly comprehensive background in the real estate and construction space; together they lead the group. Andreas Rötheli in Geneva is also a prominent practitioner.
Cécile Berger Meyer; Beat Kühni
‘What makes the team unique is its availability, punctuality to provide material and experience in the RE industry.’
‘The team is very approachable with high level of availability. In-depth knowledge allows for added value in all processes.’
‘Cécile Berger Meyer stands out for her accountability, knowledge of the case and sympathy levels. She’s available 24/7 if needed and always remembers every detail of a complex case.‘
Eli Lilly and Company
Ritz Carlton & Marriott International
Sports law Tier 1
Lenz & Staehelin's client portfolio includes broadcasters, international governing bodies and various sporting regulators. The firm is advising Swisscom, Cinetrade and Teleclub on a matter concerning ice hockey television rights and the foreclosure of content on paid service platforms. Zurich-based Stephan Erni, Lucien Masmejan in Lausanne and Geneva-based Xavier Favre-Bulle, who has a longstanding track record before CAS and in larger tribunal cases, are the practice heads.
Tax Tier 1
Lenz & Staehelin impresses with its expertise across the full gamut of tax matters. It handles tax planning and structuring; tax litigation and arbitration; M&A, restructurings and buyouts; and custom duties, among others. The team is experienced in cross-border mandates and is also regularly instructed by private clients; the latter is a particular strength of Geneva-based practice co-head Jean-Blaise Eckert. Tax planning expert Pascal Hinny, who is based in Zurich, is the practice co-head. Heini Rüdisühli , who is also in Zurich, and Geneva-based Daniel Schafer and Frédéric Neukomm are also key contacts.
Jean-Blaise Eckert; Pascal Hinny
‘Lenz & Staehelin has leading Swiss tax lawyers. Its specialists cover all areas of international tax law in an excellent way.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable in tax and is very responsive and client service oriented.’
‘Pascal Hinny is an excellent international tax lawyer who always finds the right solution.’
‘Jean-Blaise Eckert, Daniel Schafer and Frédéric Neukomm are each an expert in Swiss tax and are very knowledgeable about US tax which differentiates them from other law firms.’
‘Heini Rüdidühli is an excellent specialist in international tax law.‘
‘Daniel Schafer is an outstanding tax lawyer, noted for always coming straight to the point.’
ADM – Archer Daniels Midland Company
AXA Stiftung Berufliche Vorsorge, Winterthur
Clinique des Grangettes
Deutsche Börse AG
Gonet & CIe
Fintech Tier 2
The 'well-informed' team at Lenz & Staehelin has a 'unique ability and willingness to challenge the status quo'. It is a popular choice for matters relating to digitalisation, ICO set-up and token-generating projects, as well as for Finma and regulatory licensing cases. Highlights included advising Mt Pelerin Group SA on its launch of public tokenised shares, and assisting a New York financial institution with the Swiss roll-out of its services for digital assets. Financial specialists Lukas Morscher and Marcel Tranchet head the Zurich practice, while Shelby du Pasquier and Fedor Poskriakov, who has an 'excellent network' and 'international view and understanding' of fintech regulations, lead in Geneva.
Lukas Morscher, Marcel Tranchet, Shelby R. du Pasquier, Fedor Poskriakov
‘Very well-informed team, at the heart of key topics and today’s preoccupations in this sector. One of the leading teams in Switzerland re: fintech.‘
‘Fedor Poskriakov: excellent network, very good understanding of the laws/regulations re: fintech, has an international view and understanding. Above all else, he is passionate about the topic and able to understand the underlying technologies (which is very rare among lawyers) which makes his advice even more useful.‘
‘The team is combining a very large expertise, combined with a unique ability and willingness to challenge the status quo. This is a key requirement, especially in the fintech area.‘
‘Some individuals are distinctive, because they are truly interested in understanding how the technology works and how it could improve status quo.‘
Swissquote Bank SA
Saxo Bank (Switzerland) Ltd.
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2
The healthcare and life sciences team at Lenz & Staehelin includes practitioners from the corporate, M&A, regulatory, dispute resolution and IP practices. It advises national and international companies from the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and medical devices sectors, among others. The key practitioners are patent experts Thierry Calame and counsel Lara Dorigo; transactions specialist Stephan Erni; Jacques Iffland in Geneva, who is experienced in capital markets; and litigation and arbitration expert Harold Frey.
Thierry Calame; Stephan Erni; Jacques Iffland; Guy Vermeil
‘The team has good communication, great strategy, and straightforward billing.’
‘Thierry Calame is an excellent advocate who gets tremendous results.‘
‘Lara Dorigo stands out for know-how, dedication, creativity, and her ‘make-it-happen’ philosophy.’
COLTENE Holding AG
Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Hirslanden Group of Hospitals
Johnson & Johnson
Novo Holding A/S
MSD Merck Sharp & Dohme; Merck & Co. Inc.
Portola Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Teva Pharma AG
Unilabs, Laboratoire d’analyses médicales SA
The team at Lenz & Staehelin is experienced in assisting clients with corporate and debt restructurings, preventive advice and enforcement proceedings. It is instructed by banks as well as companies in the chemical, retail, real estate and transportation sectors, among others. Practice head Tanja Luginbühl regularly advises companies in financial distress, banks and creditors. Roland Fischer is also well versed in finance transactions. Dominique Müller is a key contact for contentious matters.
Sempione Fashion AG (formerly Charles-Vögele)
ING Bank N.V.
Royal Bank of Scotland
Suntech Power International Ltd.
BP Oil International Ltd.
Deutsche Bank AG
Valartis Group AG
Various creditors of Lehmann Brothers Finance AG in liquidation
Various creditors of Petroplus Holdings AG and Petroplus Marketing AG
Pentland Brands Limited
Insurance Tier 2
Olivier Stahler and Lukas Morscher jointly head the 'very responsive' and 'diligent' team at Lenz & Staehelin, which counts AXA, Caterpillar Insurance Company, Liberty Mutual and Unilever Reinsurance AG among its clients. Highlights included advising Baloise on the insurance aspects of its acquisition of majority stakes in both devis.ch and Bubble Box AG; assisting Vaudoise Assurances Holding SA with the acquisition of Pittet Associés; and acting as Swiss counsel on Unilever Reinsurance Group's unification. Corporate, investment and outsourcing, insurer policies and risk transfers are other areas of expertise.
Olivier Stahler, Lukas Morscher
‘The team was very responsive, diligent and worked to the required timelines.’
AXA Stiftung Berufliche Vorsorge
Caterpillar Insurance Company
Schweizerische Mobiliar Versicherungsgesellschaft AG
Unilever Reinsurance AG
Vaudoise Assurances Holding SA
TMT Tier 2
Highlights for Lenz & Staehelin's team included advising on outsourcing for a leading international pharmaceutical company; assisting with the regulatory aspects of new cloud services and data protection compliance for a global audit firm; and advising an insurance client on all aspects of Brexit planning. The firm benefits from significant transactional, data management and licensing experience in the banking sector. Zurich-based practice head Lukas Morscher assisted a China-based telecoms service provider group with the launch of its Swiss operations. Corporate and M&A transactions partner Guy Vermeil manages the Geneva office.
Lukas Morscher, Guy Vermeil
Carlo Gavazzi AG
Deloitte Consulting AG
ISKO (part of SANKO group)
Saxo Bank (Switzerland) Ltd.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, anticorruption, violation of banking or capital market rules, disclosure and accounting issues, tax and civil or criminal misconduct).
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.
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.
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.
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 sofware 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.
|Banking and finance||Patrick Hünerwadel|
|Banking and finance||Stefan Breitenstein|
|Banking and finance||Patrick Schleiffer|
|Banking and finance||Beat Kühni|
|Banking and finance||Roland Fischer|
|Banking and finance||Marcel Tranchet|
|Capital markets||Patrick Schleiffer|
|Capital markets||Matthias Wolf|
|Commercial and contracts||Beat Kühni|
|Commercial and contracts||Stephan Erni|
|Corporate and M&A||Hans-Jakob Diem|
|Corporate and M&A||Rudolf Tschäni|
|Corporate and M&A||Stephan Erni|
|Corporate and M&A||Tino Gaberthüel|
|Corporate and M&A||Matthias Wolf|
|Employment, pensions and immigration||Matthias Oertle|
|Foundations and philanthropy||Tanja Luginbühl|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Tanja Luginbühl|
|Insolvency and restructuring||Roland Fischer|
|Intellectual property||Thierry Calame|
|Intellectual property||Jurg Simon|
|Litigation and arbitration||Harold Frey|
|Litigation and arbitration||Martin Burkhardt|
|Litigation and arbitration||Alex Wittmann|
|Litigation and arbitration||Dominique Müller|
|Private client||Heini Rüdisühli|
|Private client||Stefan Breitenstein|
|Real estate||Beat Kühni|
|Real estate||Stephan Erni|
|Technology and outsourcing||Lukas Morscher|
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Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 224 at this office : 104
LanguagesGerman English French Italian Russian Spanish
OtherContact : Stefan Breitenstein (managing partner, email@example.com) Other offices : Geneva Other offices : Lausanne
While Lenz & Staehelin is acknowledged by most as Switzerland’s leading law firm, its connections and expertise span the globe.
With over 200 lawyers, its ability to innovate and adapt to the ever-changing complexities of legal and regulatory environments in Switzerland and beyond, has attracted many of the world’s top corporations as well as private individuals.
Published: September 2019
Authors: Jean-Blaise Eckert
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Tax laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
Published: March 2020
Authors: David Ledermann Marcel Tranchet
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Securitisation laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
Switzerland: Mergers & Acquisitions
Published: March 2020
Authors: Hans-Jakob Diem Tino Gaberthüel
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Mergers & Acquisitions laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
Switzerland: Employment & Labour Law
Published: March 2020
Authors: Matthias Oertle Rayan Houdrouge Sara Rousselle-Ruffieux
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Employment & Labour Law laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
Published: April 2020
Authors: Marcel Meinhardt Astrid Wasert Benoît Merkt Sinem Süslü
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Cartels laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
Published: April 2020
Authors: Mrs Cécile Berger Meyer Mr Beat Kühni Fabiano Menghini
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Construction laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
Switzerland: Restructuring & Insolvency
Published: June 2020
Authors: Tanja Luginbühl Dr. Roland Fischer
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Restructuring & Insolvency laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance: Geneva
- Banking and finance: Zurich
- Capital markets
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Data privacy and data protection
- Dispute resolution: arbitration
- Dispute resolution: litigation
- Intellectual property
- Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
- Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
- Private client
- Public law
- Real estate and construction
- Sports law