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Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 1
The sizeable team at 'dynamic' and 'highly professional firm' Lenz & Staehelin is renowned for its regulatory and transactional expertise provided to clients such as Banque Pictet & Cie, Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan, as well as its 'strong ties with international peers'. Investment management partner François Rayroux advised Paris-based Amundi Asset Management on the merger of 33 exchange traded funds, while Swissquote banking group instructed fintech specialist Fedor Poskriakov on all contractual and regulatory aspects concerning bitcoin trading. Financing expert David Ledermann, the 'hands-on and pragmatic' Olivier Stahler and 'pre-eminent lawyer' Shelby du Pasquier are among the key practitioners.
Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 1
The 'reliable and prompt' team at Lenz & Staehelin advises on financing, regulatory matters and proceedings, internal investigations and fintech projects, and has 'very good knowledge of both the Swiss market and EU developments'. Marcel Tranchet assisted Banque Internationale à Luxembourg with the transfer of a majority stake from Precision Capital to Chinese company Legend Holdings. Practice lead Patrick Hünerwadel, who is 'a master of his profession', and Patrick Schleiffer, who 'provides very helpful advice', are also noted.
Capital markets Tier 1
One of the 'leading practices in Switzerland', Lenz & Staehelin's 'depth and quality is world class'. Equity transactions, bond offerings, securitisation, derivatives, convertibles and structured notes are among its areas of expertise. 'Stand-out performer' Jacques Iffland advised ObsEva on a $60m private investment of shares and short-term warrants regarding a public equity transaction with several investors, while Rudolf Tschäni and Hans-Jakob Diem assisted Sika with its CHF1.65bn issuance of senior convertible bonds on SIX Swiss Exchange. 'Knowledgeable and thorough' derivatives and structured products expert François Rayroux and Zurich co-lead Patrick Schleiffer are other names to note.
Lenz & Staehelin's 'highly recommended, hands-on' team stands out for its 'very thorough levels of preparation' and 'impeccable integrity', 'combining exceptional lawyers with tremendous collegiality and client service'. Focus areas include private and public M&A, corporate governance, and private equity transactions. In a recent highlight, 'world-class M&A lawyer' Hans-Jakob Diem assisted Saudi Basic Industries with its upcoming 24.99% share capital acquisition in Clariant. Rudolf Tschäni is another key practitioner, while clients further recommend 'extraordinarily smart' Tino Gaberthüel; 'committed' Beat Kühni, who has 'an encyclopaedic knowledge'; 'clear, proactive and quick' Stephan Erni; as well as 'efficient and flexible' Geneva-based Guy Vermeil.
Competition Tier 1
The 'dedicated and trustworthy team' at Lenz & Staehelin is recommended for providing an 'outstanding' service, including 'accurate, business-focused legal advice'. Merger control notifications, international merger filings, abuse of dominance, cartel investigations, dawn raids, leniency procedures and Swiss court litigation are some of the key areas of expertise. Recent highlights include representing Pfizer in its successful appeal against multimillion-CHF fines imposed by the Competition Commission (ComCo) for alleged unlawful resale price maintenance in connection with the drug Viagra. Key names in Zurich include the 'results-focused and highly knowledgeable' Marcel Meinhardt, who is 'one of the leading experts in competition and antitrust law'; counsel Felix Prümmer, who has an 'analytical' approach; associate Frank Bremer; and Astrid Waser, who is acting for Ticketcorner in a merger control appeal. Benoît Merkt is the recommended key contact in Geneva.
The multi-jurisdictional practice at Lenz & Staehelin 'thinks strategically' and 'has exceptionally strong knowledge of the nuts and bolts of Swiss arbitration' and has a 'diligent' approach and 'sharp understanding of foreign law matters'. The team acts for various industries, including pharmaceuticals, construction, telecoms, sports and energy. 'Outstanding and high-calibre' practitioner Harold Frey, who impresses with 'actionable advice and on-the-spot arguments in court', achieved the dismissal of all claims against the State of Palestine concerning a private investment, which were brought by a private company. 'Hands-on, dedicated arbitrator' Xavier Favre-Bulle is the key partner in Geneva.
Lenz & Staehelin's strengths in litigation include banking and finance, liability claims, white-collar crime, shareholder and post-M&A litigation, inheritance disputes, employment claims, as well as contentious intellectual property and real estate matters. In 2018, Harold Frey and Dominique Müller reached a settlement for client Sika, the Burkard family and Saint-Gobain concerning the €1.8bn dispute over the attempted sale of the family's stake to Saint-Gobain, terminating all proceedings and maintaining Sika's status as an independent company. Frey acts for respondent Bank Julius Bär in ongoing monetary claim proceedings against the German government body BvS (Federal Institute for Special Tasks Arising from Unification). Daniel Tunik heads the team in Geneva.
Employment Tier 1
The sizeable employment and pension practice at Lenz & Staehelin 'provides very commercial advice in a responsive manner, managing delivery expectations well'. With special experience in the drafting of employment rules and regulations, executive compensation aspects and cross-border employee transfers, clients stem from a variety of sectors, including banking, engineering, IT, retail and pharmaceuticals. In an ongoing highlight, Rayan Houdrouge represents Uber in multiple social security disputes, such as appeal proceedings against authorities, employment-related claims from drivers and administrative proceedings concerning the requirement of a staff leasing licence. Matthias Oertle, who 'is good at explaining legal provisions in a user-friendly way', advised Moody's Analytics on its acquisition of Bureau van Dijk Editions Electroniques.
Intellectual property Tier 1
Lenz & Staehelin 'responds swiftly and adequately' and houses a team of 'professionals who know what they are talking about'. With a focus on life sciences, consumer products, culture and the public sector, services include strategic IP advice and management, such as patent, trade mark, copyright and design law, as well as unfair-competition matters, IP arbitration and litigation. In recent successful matters, Jürg Simon represented Emmentaler Switzerland against antitrust claims and in an appellation of origin matter in Italy, while Thierry Calame defended Migros against a patent infringement claim concerning coffee capsules manufactured in Switzerland. 'Proactive' counsel Lara Dorigo, who 'provides clear, comprehensive advice', is also recommended.
Geneva- and Lausanne-based firm Lenz & Staehelin receives major recognition for its banking expertise, alongside its outstanding strength in capital markets, private client matters, tax, real estate, sports law and dispute resolution. Key lawyers include Shelby Du Pasquier, Olivier Stahler, François Rayroux, Lucien Masmejan, Andreas Rötheli, Jean-Blaise Eckert, Benoît Merkt and Xavier Favre-Bulle.
Lenz & Staehelin has supreme experience of banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, competition and dispute resolution, with additional expertise in IP, TMT, sports and tax matters. Patrick Hünerwadel, Marcel Tranchet, Hans-Jakob Diem, Harold Frey, Marcel Meinhardt, Jürg Simon and Lukas Morscher are among the leading individuals.
Private client Tier 1
The 'pragmatic and efficient' private client team at Lenz & Staehelin 'operates at the highest technical levels' and 'has an outstanding ability to provide comprehensive advice to international clients on business succession, taxation, family governance, estate planning and wealth management matters'. The practice also handles contentious matters, with a strong focus on trust litigation. Key partners include Lucien Masmejan, 'an outstanding lawyer who has a wealth of experience advising and coordinating matters for high-net-worth families', 'trust structure expert' Mark Barmes and 'technically able, clear adviser' Heini Rüdisühli in Zurich.
Public law Tier 1
The 'proactive, dedicated and involved' public law team at Lenz & Staehelin provides 'a level of service that is excellent in every respect' and is 'capable of anticipating the next steps that public authorities are going to take'. It handles public procurement, infrastructure, energy, TMT, environmental and real estate matters, with a particular focus on public tender proceedings, price surveillance issues, transmission grid tariffs and various sector regulations. Marcel Meinhardt, who 'has a strong ability to understand even the most complex circumstances', represents Swiss Post in a Supreme Court matter involving a regulatory complaint and request for lowering the postal fees on newspaper delivery from Swiss houses. Clients also recommend 'outstandingly skilled lawyers' Felix Prümmer and Frank Bremer.
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Lenz & Staehelin is best known for advising on real estate financing, sale-and-lease-back transactions, commercial leasing, developments, public-sector matters and regulatory law. Subsequent to handling the acquisition, Beat Kühni is assisting Marriott and Ritz-Carlton with the transition and refurbishment of a luxury five-star hotel to be relaunched as "The Ritz Carlton, Hotel de la Paix Geneva". Eli Lilly and Z Capital Partners are among its other clients. Cécile Berger Meyer is the key contact in Geneva. Geneva-based Andreas Rötheli handles transactional real estate matters.
Sports law Tier 1
Best known for acting for athletes and sports organisations, Lenz & Staehelin provides a broad range of services, including dispute resolution, corporate and commercial law, competition, immigration, intellectual property and tax matters. Marcel Meinhardt acts for Swisscom, CT Cinetrade and Teleclub in the foreclosure of ice-hockey content on pay TV being distributed over Swisscom's TV platforms. Head of arbitration Xavier Favre-Bulle has expertise in CAS and tribunal disputes.
Tax Tier 1
'Great law firm' Lenz & Staehelin 'has a large and competent team with comprehensive expertise in international tax structuring, which is able to provide clear and succinct advice'. The practice also handles tax dispute resolution and matters relating to the exchange of information. 'Excellent lawyer' Pascal Hinny advised on the tax issues arising from Sika's placement of senior convertible bonds on SIX Swiss Exchange, while 'highly skilled practitioner' Jean-Blaise Eckert represented several banks in various litigation matters relating to the refusal to withhold tax refunds due to alleged dividend stripping strategies. Other key practitioners include 'very smart and easy-to-work-with' Frédéric Neukomm and 'open-minded strategist' Daniel Schafer.
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2
Core areas of expertise at Lenz & Staehelin include intellectual property and commercial disputes, regulatory advice, M&A and licensing transactions, as well as product liability, competition and outsourcing matters. Thierry Calame represents Mepha as the claimant in several patent nullity proceedings concerning breast cancer treatment, while Stephan Erni assisted Coltene with the acquisitions of SciClan and MicroMega. Counsel Lara Dorigo is another key practitioner.
The 'very professional and proactive team' at 'top firm' Lenz & Staehelin is 'very knowledgeable and vastly experienced in cross-border insolvency cases'. The enforcement of creditors' rights, restructuring matters and risk analyses form the core areas of expertise. 'Good strategic and conceptual thinker' Tanja Luginbühl and the 'thoroughly prepared and assertive' Roland Fischer are handling the restructuring of Sempione Fashion. Senior associate Anja Affolter Marino is recommended for her 'excellent foreign language capabilities' and ability to 'translate legal knowledge into practical terms'.
Insurance Tier 2
Lenz & Staehelin's client portfolio features international and domestic insurers and re-insurers, financial institutions, funds and regulators, among others. The team is best known for advisory services in a corporate, investment, transactional and outsourcing environment, while also handling insurance policy and risk transfer aspects. Carterpillar Insurance, AXA, Baloise and Schweizerische Mobiliar receive regular assistance from the team, which is headed by Olivier Stahler and Lukas Morscher.
TMT Tier 2
Lenz & Staehelin is renowned for its transactional, contractual, licensing, regulatory, e-commerce, advertising and outsourcing experience, including longstanding expertise in the banking sector. In recent work, Lukas Morscher assisted a global banking group with the regulatory and transactional aspects concerning intra-group hosted data platform solutions. Transactions partner Guy Vermeil is the main contact in Geneva.
Lenz & Staehelin > Firm Profile
With over 200 lawyers and offices in three major economic centres, Lenz & Staehelin is the largest law firm 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.
|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|
|TMT 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: August 2019
Authors: Mrs Cécile Berger Meyer Mr Beat Kühni Dr Nathalie Adank Mrs Romaine Zürcher
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Construction laws and regulations that may occur in Switzerland.
Switzerland: Restructuring & Insolvency
Published: August 2019
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.
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: July 2019
Authors: Marcel Meinhardt Astrid Wasert Benoît Merkt Damian Joho
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Cartels 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.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance: Geneva
- Banking and finance: Zurich
- Capital markets
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- 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