Firm Profile > Homburger > Zurich, Switzerland
Homburger > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 1
Homburger's range of services covers "too big to fail" regulations and fintech-related regulatory advice for banks, investment firms and insurers, as well as financing transactions, securitisation and financial restructuring matters. Jürg Frick handled an up to $150m senior multi-currency revolving credit facility financing transaction between client SR Technics Switzerland, lender Credit Suisse and a consortium consisting of three banks. Other highlights include Daniel Haeberli advising funds managed by Apollo Global Management on an additional facility granted to Airopack Technology by Coöperatieve Rabobank, as well as René Bösch's recovery and resolution-related regulatory advice to Credit Suisse and UBS. Practic head Benedikt Maurenbrecher and Benjamin Leisinger are also key partners.
Capital markets Tier 1
Homburger is 'valued for its strong client focus, market intelligence, competence and high-quality work products'. With considerable expertise in equity, hybrid and debt transactions, the team is also well known for advising on IPOs, equity raisings, capital and debt issuances, as well as traded investment products. Recent highlights include advising on the updating of UBS Group's senior debt programme, work which was led by Stefan Kramer, who has 'strong knowledge of banking regulations', and the 'skilled and client-oriented' Benedikt Maurenbrecher. Other core practitioners are René Bösch, a key counsel for Credit Suisse, and Daniel Daeniker, who acted for Sensirion on the listing of over eight million shares in connection with its IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange. 'Outstanding legal adviser' Hansjürg Appenzeller and 'solution-driven' counsel Lee Saladino are also recommended.
Homburger is renowned for providing 'very knowledgeable and accessible' specialist teams, ensuring that 'the right people work on the right tasks'. The practice includes M&A and capital market transactions, as well as restructuring matters, compliance issues and internal investigations, as well as dispute resolution. In a major highlight, Dieter Gericke handled ChemChina's $43bn acquisition of Syngenta. Daniel Daeniker assisted Fairfax Financial Holdings with its $4.9bn merger with Allied World Assurance. Daniel Hasler acted for MTH Retail Group during its purchase of OWiba Group. M&A partner Frank Gerhard is another name to note, while clients also recommended the 'well-connected' Daniel Oser and Claude Lambert.
Competition Tier 1
As 'one of the top practices in Europe', Homburger's 'excellent team' impresses with its 'outstanding knowledge, regular client communication and 24-hour availability'. Handling both Swiss and European competition and antitrust matters, as well as administrative and civil court proceedings, the practice focuses on merger control notifications and filings, litigation and investigations in connection with horizontal and vertical restraints, as well as compliance and contractual matters. It fields a team of 'experienced' practitioners including the 'well-connected and solution-driven' Marcel Dietrich and 'thorough, efficient and thoughtful' counsel Andreas Burger, who have significant strength in the regulated industries. Dietrich assisted Alpiq with all competition aspects concerning the CHF800m acquisition of Alpiq In Tec and Kraftanlagen München by Bouygues. Franz Hoffet is representing Airbus in Swiss merger control proceedings. Booking.com, ChemChina and Clariant also feature in its client roster.
Homburger's arbitration team 'has a deep understanding of industrial clients' needs' and works under 'quick reaction times'. The client base largely consists of blue-chip companies and businesses from regulated industries, and the group frequently handles M&A, commercial, energy, pharmaceutical and financial disputes. Felix Dasser represented Pawlowski as claimant in an ICSID case against the Czech Republic concerning a real estate development project, while Mariella Orelli acted for Alpiq in an ICSID proceeding relating to the unlawful termination of long-term electricity supply agreements by Romania's state-owned power generation company Hidroelectrica. Team lead Balz Gross defended a pharmaceutical company against a US competitor in a patent license dispute. The 'very responsive and well-organised' Gabrielle Nater-Bass is also recommended.
The 'pragmatic and knowledgeable' team at Homburger impresses with its 'good bi-lingual capability, sound commercial judgement and goal-oriented approach'. With many blue-chip companies among its client base, the litigation practice covers disputes for the regulated industries and further specialises in M&A, as well as commercial-, finance- and fraud-related proceedings. Balz Gross and Claudio Bazzani represent the liquidators of a Ukrainian and Cypriot company in criminal proceedings regarding embezzlement against the company's former owners, while 'experienced procedural lawyer' Felix Dasser has the litigation lead for Swatch Group's negative declaratory relief claim against an English company concerning Swatch's global spare-parts distribution system. Clients also recommend Gabrielle Nater-Bass, Roman Richers and counsel Julian Schwaller, who 'go out of their way to assist during cases'.
Employment Tier 1
Zurich-based firm Homburger impresses with 'quick response times and a straightforward, common-sense approach'. The team is particularly experienced in the creation and implementation of employee participation and compensation plans, as well as employment matters related to transactions and restructuring. 'Very convincing' practice head Balz Gross advises General Motors on the divestment and transfer of Opel brand employees to Peugeot. Clients also recommend 'pragmatic and practical' executive compensation specialist Claude Lambert and 'extremely bright' associate Andreas Müller. Employment litigator Gregor Bühler is a key name for resolving top-management and data protection disputes.
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1
Homburger handles a range of matters for clients in the healthcare and life sciences industry, including intellectual property, M&A, regulatory advice and dispute resolution. IP partner Andri Hess is representing Novartis in the enforcement of several blockbuster drug patents in court and is also defending the client against nullity actions brought by competitors. Another recent highlight was Dieter Gericke's advice to ChemChina on its $43bn acquisition of Syngenta via a public tender offer. Marcel Dietrich and Franz Hoffet are the key contacts for regulatory and competition law matters.
Intellectual property Tier 1
The fifteen-lawyer team at Homburger 'has an excellent reputation in the market' and impresses with its 'very good business knowledge'. It regularly handles advisory and contentious intellectual property matters for clients in the pharmaceutical and life sciences, telecoms, media, entertainment and technology sectors. Andri Hess represents Illumina in several international biotech patent infringement disputes before the Swiss Federal Patent Court, and successfully defended Nestlé and Nepresso against a patent infringement claim concerning its Dolce Gusto product from Ethical Coffee Company. 'Knowledgeable and reliable litigator' Georg Rauber and Gregor Bühler lead the practice.
As one of the best firms in Zurich, Homburger delivers superb work on banking and finance, corporate, M&A and capital markets law. René Bösch, Benedikt Maurenbrecher and Daniel Daeniker are the key contacts. Other prominent areas include Franz Hoffet's and Marcel Dietrich's competition practice, the dispute resolution work of Felix Dasser and Balz Gross, as well as the IP and TMT departments, led by Georg Rauber and David Rosenthal. Dieter Grünblatt and Peter Riedweg are recognised for their tax expertise.
Tax Tier 1
'Knowledgeable' firm Homburger 'provides outstanding advice on all transaction-related legal areas, especially tax' and 'delivers appropriate solutions with a focus on implementation'. The practice also undertakes tax planning for high-net-worth individuals and handles contentious matters. The 'client-oriented' Peter Riedweg advised Avaloq Evolution on the tax structuring of an incoming $300m investment by Warburg Pincus, while the highly regarded Stefan Oesterhelt assisted Johnson & Johnson with the structuring and authority negotiation of its tender offer to acquire Actelion. 'Outstanding capital markets and tax expert' Dieter Grünblatt assists Nord Stream 2 with the implementation of a tax-efficient capital structure.
TMT Tier 1
Zurich-based firm Homburger has 'one of Switzerland's leading practice groups for data privacy law'. The team combines intellectual property and patent law with regulatory and commercial expertise in telecoms and media, as well as marketing, e-commerce and internet law. Georg Rauber assisted Viacar with the negotiation of a re-design project for its core application platform, while Gregor Bühler is defending Google against defamation claims concerning the right to be forgotten. 'Approachable, supportive and pragmatic leading lawyer' David Rosenthal advises Open Systems on IT security services contracts with international companies.
Public law Tier 2
Acting for sovereign states, companies and financial institutions, Homburger has considerable experience in the energy, IT, pharmaceutical, healthcare and banking sectors. Marcel Dietrich is advising on the restructuring of Alpiq's energy distribution network in accordance with Swiss market liberalisation and regulatory requirements, and is representing Implenia in several public procurement procedures.
Real estate and construction Tier 2
The real estate practice at Homburger has 'a very good reputation in the market' due to its 'hands-on approach, flexibility and responsiveness'. Its experience covers transactions, various types of contracts, agreements and permits, dispute resolution, infrastructure projects and financing matters. Recent highlights include handling the structuring and implementation of a mortgage financing platform for UBS Switzerland, as well as assisting Careal and Amag with obtaining a construction permit for the realisation of a public car park in central Switzerland. Key names include Daniel Hasler, Marcel Dietrich, Stefan Kramer, Balz Gross and Gabrielle Nater-Bass.
Homburger provides bankruptcy, restructuring and transactional advice, while also acting for clients in related litigation and foreign-bankruptcy recognition proceedings. Practice head Stefan Kramer advised Kauphing Bank on its Swiss-law composition plan and the recognition of Icelandic insolvency decrees in Switzerland. Credit Suisse and ISDA are other key clients. Benjamin Leisinger made partner in January 2018. Simon Vorburger left for Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (Schweiz) GmbH in July 2018.
Insurance Tier 3
Homburger advises on Swiss insurance regulations and risk transfers, as well as transactions in the insurance sector. It also handles liability disputes, D&O claims, reinsurance litigation and FINMA proceedings. Hansjürg Appenzeller assisted Ergo Versicherung with the sale of DAS Rechtsschutz-Versicherung to Allianz Suisse Versicherungs-Gesellschaft. Felix Dasser is the key contact for dispute resolution.
Private client Tier 3
Homburger is well known as 'a one-stop shop private client boutique covering all relevant areas', such as inheritance matters, foundation and trust law, tax structuring and dispute resolution. 'Straightforward and solution-oriented' estate planning and asset protection lawyer Gabrielle Nater-Bass, 'sophisticated cross-border tax specialist' Claudia Suter and Harold Grüninger are the names to note.
Sports law Tier 3
Homburger has 'a great reputation in the market' and impresses with its 'impeccable delivery times and advice in accordance with all perspectives'. Specialising in M&A, fraud law, commercial, intellectual property and finance disputes involving marketing companies and sports organisations, the multilingual team, led by Georg Rauber and Balz Gross, mostly works on international matters. Gregor Bühler 'makes one feel like the most important client of his firm' and provides 'excellent results by an agreed deadline'.
Homburger > Firm Profile
As a leading Swiss corporate law firm, we advise and represent enterprises and entrepreneurs in all aspects of commercial law – transactions, proceedings and complex cases both in a domestic and a global context.
We offer our clients comprehensive legal advice, support them through negotiations and transactions, represent them before public authorities and in court, and protect their interests in administrative proceedings. Throughout, we place great emphasis on identifying legally sustainable solutions to complex legal issues while never losing sight of our clients’ commercial objectives.
We work closely with leading law firms abroad, which enables us to offer optimal solutions to companies with an interest in Switzerland, wherever their business activities take place.
Homburger’s focus lies on corporate and M&A, capital markets, financial services, competition and regulatory, intellectual property and information technology, litigation and arbitration, tax, employment law, private clients, restructuring and insolvency, white collar crime and investigations, insurance and real estate.
All of the 33 partners and approximately 150 lawyers and tax advisors are members of at least one expertise team. Most of our lawyers have additional legal qualifications and have studied or worked abroad. Legal publications and league tables consistently rank Homburger in the top tier of its main areas of practice.
In addition to Switzerland, we focus on established markets in Europe, North America and Asia. This is supported by regional focus groups that foster good relations with selected regional markets.
Areas of practice
Arbitration: Our arbitration experts have extensive experience representing clients in the field of international commercial and investment arbitration as well as with other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Banking and Finance: Our Banking and Finance Team advises on all aspects of Swiss financial market regulation, capital markets and other financing transactions, as well as the structuring and documentation of innovative investment products. We represent clients in Swiss and foreign proceedings before authorities and courts in relation to Swiss financial market regulation.
Capital Markets: Our Capital Markets Team advises Swiss and international issuers and securities dealers on all aspects of capital markets law. Our second to none capital markets team (Legal 500) is renowned for its expertise in structuring and documenting equity and debt transactions, including regulatory capital instruments, derivatives, structured products, and securitization transactions. We have longstanding experience in advising clients on the most complex and innovative transactions.
Competition | Regulatory: Our Competition | Regulatory Team advises clients on Swiss and EU competition law, public and economic administrative law, as well as regulated markets. We represent clients before administrative authorities and courts, as well as in civil antitrust litigation.
Compliance: Compliance plays an important role in every company. The consequences of non-compliance can be devastating and trigger a corporate crisis. Our Compliance Team helps our clients avoid regulatory risks and to stay on top of legal and regulatory requirements and developments at all times.
Corporate | M&A: Our Corporate | M&A Team offers domestic and global enterprises and entrepreneurs expert advice and support with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, equity capital market transactions, private equity and venture capital, as well as corporate governance.
Crisis Management: No company is safe from unforeseeable events that could seriously affect its objectives, reputation and financial situation. Crises can arise in various forms, through employee misconduct, technical failures, sudden economic downturns, fraud, government action or leaks. Our Crisis Management Team provides immediate assistance and develops comprehensive strategies to manage crises.
Employment Law and Executive Compensation: Our multidisciplinary Employment Law and Executive Compensation Team is made up of recognized specialists who advise on all areas of employment law, including regulatory issues, executive compensation, pensions, as well as taxes and social security. In addition, we represent companies and entrepreneurs in litigation.
IP | IT: Our IP | IT Team provides support in litigation, prosecution proceedings and transactions in all areas of intellectual property, media, IT and privacy|data protection. We are fascinated by technology and support enterprises and entrepreneurs with all aspects of technological change.
Insurance: Our Team offers client centric expertise in the insurance sector. We provide dedicated advice in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and risk transfer transactions as well as in insurance and regulatory matters. Our practice is further focused on insurance disputes.
Investigations and Enforcement: Our Investigations & Enforcement Team regularly leads complex investigations, both in international matters and in focused domestic inquiries. We use our longtime experience in conducting investigations for the benefit of our clients.
Litigation: Our Litigation Team is one of the largest and most effective in Switzerland. We support our clients in the avoidance of disputes and represent enterprises, entrepreneurs, foundations and private persons in civil and commercial matters before all Swiss courts and in administrative proceedings before Swiss authorities. Furthermore, we support our clients in their litigation in other countries and coordinate parallel contentious matters in various jurisdictions.
Private Clients: Our Private Clients Team offers comprehensive and bespoke advice to entrepreneurs and families. Our clients include family offices, trustees, financial institutions and other service providers, foundations, members of management, as well as board of directors and foundation council members.
Real Estate: Our Real Estate Team has extensive knowledge and experience in real estate related legal matters. Our interdisciplinary approach enables us to provide comprehensive legal services to domestic and foreign real estate investors and real estate departments in all industry sectors, real estate developers and real estate investment funds, and other companies in all areas of real estate law.
Restructuring | Insolvency: Our Restructuring | Insolvency Team advises clients in connection with solvent restructurings and all aspects of insolvency law. We have vast experience in representing Swiss and international clients in domestic and cross-border insolvency proceedings.
Tax: Our Tax Team advises clients on national and international tax law, on M&A and capital markets transactions, reorganizations, corporate financings, structured finance (asset backed, investment and property funds), re-domestications, private equity and employee participations.
White Collar Crime: Our White Collar Team advises and represents companies in white collar crime matters, typically involving breaches of capital market rules, fraud, insider trading, money laundering and corruption.
|Banking and finance||B Maurenbrecher|
|Banking and finance||HJ Appenzeller|
|Banking and finance||R Bösch|
|Banking and finance||D Daeniker|
|Banking and finance||J Frick|
|Banking and finance||D Haeberli|
|Banking and finance||K Ivell|
|Banking and finance||S Kramer|
|Banking and finance||B Leisinger|
|Capital markets||D Gericke|
|Capital markets||B Maurenbrecher|
|Capital markets||HJ Appenzeller|
|Capital markets||R Bösch|
|Capital markets||D Daeniker|
|Capital markets||F Gerhard|
|Capital markets||D Haeberli|
|Capital markets||S Kramer|
|Capital markets||C Lambert|
|Capital markets||B Leisinger|
|Capital markets||D Oser|
|Crisis management||F Romerio|
|Crisis management||C Bazzani|
|Crisis management||D Daeniker|
|Employment law and executive compensation||G Bühler|
|Employment law and executive compensation||G Gross|
|Employment law and executive compensation||U Huber|
|Employment law and executive compensation||C Lambert|
|Employment law and executive compensation||G Nater-Bass|
|Employment law and executive compensation||C Suter|
|Investigations and enforcement||F Romerio|
|Investigations and enforcement||C Bazzani|
|Investigations and enforcement||K Ivell|
|Private clients||H Grüninger|
|Private clients||R Heuberger|
|Private clients||F Hoffet|
|Private clients||G Nater-Bass|
|Private clients||G Rauber|
|Private clients||C Suter|
|Real estate||D Hasler|
|Real estate||M Dietrich|
|Real estate||J Frick|
|Real estate||D Gericke|
|Real estate||B Gross|
|Real estate||S Kramer|
|Real estate||C Lambert|
|Real estate||G Nater-Bass|
|Real estate||S Oesterhelt|
|Real estate||H Schärer|
|Restructuring and insolvency||S Kramer|
|Restructuring and insolvency||D Haeberli|
|Restructuring and insolvency||U Huber|
|Restructuring and insolvency||B Leisinger|
|Restructuring and insolvency||B Maurenbrecher|
|Restructuring and insolvency||G Naegeli|
|White-collar crime||C Bazzani|
|White-collar crime||F Romerio|
|White-collar crime||R Richers|
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