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Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

Switzerland > Employment Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte provides support to its longstanding clients on a broad range of employment and labour matters, such as day-to-day employment concerns, complex employment strategies and questions, defending our clients’ interests in court, including ex parte injunctive reliefs, and assisting them in mass dismissals, transfer of business and work controls. The team is co-headed by Thomas Loher, who regularly advises employers and senior management staff on transfers of undertakings and compensation schemes, and Anna Neukom Chaney, who has expertise in domestic and international employment and labour litigation.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Loher; Anna Neukom Chaney

Other key lawyers:

Arlette Pfister; Markus Alder; Michael Bösch; Rolf Schuler; Marco Meier; Julien Boulter


‘Arlette Pfister is absolutely amazing. High professionalism, strong legal expertise, commercial orientation and a very sound common-sense judgment.’

‘Anna Neukom Chaney is our go-to person. She is very knowledgeable, approachable and just very good to work with.’

‘Thomas Loher is an excellent partner.’

‘Anna Neukom Chaney’s service quality and efficiency is outstanding.’

‘Anna Neukom Chaney is very constructive, goal-oriented and highly efficient and can advise clients extremely well because of her exhaustive experience and knowledge.’

Key clients

Kline Hill Capital Partners, Greenwich, CT USA

British Telecom Group


Switzerland > Insurance Tier 3

Helmed by Martin Bürkle, Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte is geared to handle a diverse scope of matters, from contractual liability and tort to private insurance law. The team demonstrates considerable proficiency in issues related to claims management. Bürkle, who is regarded as possessing ‘excellent knowledge’, fields a broad practice that covers all aspects of insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Martin Bürkle


‘I specially work together with the Martin Bürkle in the field of accident insurance. He has a real excellent knowledge in this special field.’

‘The collaboration is very comfortable. The discussions are very good and Martin Bürkle always presents good solutions to solve the claims.’

‘Martin Bürkle is always reachable and there are no long waiting times.’

Work highlights

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte's 'very efficient' team’s experience encompasses an extensive range of industries, including manufacturing, real estate and technology, among others. Markus Alder and Arlette Pfister jointly front the practice, with the latter demonstrating proficiency in relation to domestic and cross-border M&A and reorganisations, among other issues. Thomas Loher principally focuses on corporate and employment-related matters, and Michael Bösch is accustomed to advising clients on corporate issues.

Practice head(s):

Markus Alder; Arlette Pfister

Other key lawyers:


‘Very collegial and efficient to work with.’

‘Thomas Loher is very efficient and to the point.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Wal-Mart Inc.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


Collagen Matrix, Inc., USA

Mediq B.V.

Leica Geosystems AG

Admicasa Holding AG

Hexagon AB

Essity Group

TA Associates


Körber Group

Haussmann Group

Finad Group

Index Werke

Vantage Specialties Group

Kline Hill Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG on its global realignment projects and on post-closing issues.
  • Advised Wal-Mart, Inc. Group on its worldwide group restructuring projects which involved various major cross-border corporate transactions.
  • Advised Microsoft Corporation as an investor of USD 50 million into Climeworks AG’s CO2 capture and sequestration projects in Iceland.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Boutique dispute resolution firm Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte possesses considerable strength across a varied scope of banking and estate litigation, as well as enhancing their practice with further capabilities in commercial and corporate litigation. Patrick Rohn steers the team, bolstering the practice with his post M&A and joint venture dispute expertise, while Daniel Stoll focuses on trust and estate matters, alongside commercial fraud.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Rohn

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Stoll; Michael Bösch

Work highlights

Switzerland > Private client Tier 4

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery

Led by former bankruptcy judge Rolf Schuler, the team at Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte supports both debtors and creditors on a wide range of insolvency and restructuring related claims, including liability and restitution claims. Roger Steiner, whose practice covers litigation, debt enforcement, and bankruptcy matters, is a key team member.

The firm: Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte is a successful market player since more than 40 years. The firm distinguishes itself by operating lean teams with a flat hierarchy – the Partners are not only responsible for acquisition and client care but also act personally on each matter. The firm provides efficient and high-quality advice and has established long-term partnerships with its clients.

The fully-integrated structure of the firm’s partnership ensures that the right lawyer is always selected for the right case. The firm’s approach of multiple specialization also ensures that its lawyers not only provide professional and solution-oriented advise within, but also identify relevant aspects outside of their area of specialization. For complex and multidisciplinary matters, the lawyers of Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte also work in small and dedicated teams.

Several members of the firm are specialists certified by the Swiss Bar Association (Fachanwalt) such as in inheritance law or employment law.

Most of the firm’s lawyers have either studied abroad or worked for foreign law firms. Their cumulative experience in foreign jurisdictions, the firm’s long-standing cooperation with partner law firms abroad, and its integration into an international network allow Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte to provide expert advice tailored to its clients’ needs also in cross-border matters.

Practice groups
Corporate and commercial, M&A: Whether for private individuals, companies domiciled in Switzerland or foreign companies or groups of companies, anyone doing business or intending to do business in Switzerland is confronted with various legal hurdles. The firm’s practice group has many years of expertise and experience to develop the legal framework to ensure the success of its clients’ business.

The firm’s corporate law practice ranges from incorporating entities domiciled in Switzerland to advising on capital increases and providing corporate housekeeping, reorganizing companies through mergers, spin-offs, etc. and their liquidation. Its M&A lawyers cover the entire spectrum of the transaction business, namely from the first negotiations, drafting letters of intent, preparation of the data room and due diligence to the purchase contract and closing.

The firm’s commercial practice advises on all matters relating to contract law with work spanning from the drafting, negotiation and implementation of contracts. Moreover, the members provide legal advice the areas of  private equity and venture capital, new technology, ICT and data protection, employment and migration, banking and capital markets law, distribution, competition and intellectual property rights and insolvency and restructuring. The firm has finally also vast experience in the area of white-collar crime, including pertaining proceedings before state courts.

Dispute resolution: In  conflict situation, the firm’s dispute resolution team assesses the clients’ success chances and support them to develop and implement an effective dispute resolution strategy. The group’s lawyers support and represent their clients with commitment, strategic foresight and tactical skill in civil, arbitration and administrative proceedings.

The firm’s litigators have in-depth expertise and many years of experience in contractual and corporate disputes, in particular disputes arising from M&A transactions, joint ventures, liability claims, shareholders’ agreements and disputes arising from distribution, agency, licensing and employment relationships. They are also highly competent in banking and insurance law disputes (including asset management) and in intellectual property and unfair competition disputes and represent clients in insolvency proceedings (including freezing orders, collocation and restitution proceedings), enforce foreign judgments and arbitral awards.

The firm’s arbitration team represents clients in commercial arbitration and in sports-related disputes. As such, it has years of experience in proceedings before domestic and international arbitral tribunals, including those conducted under the most common institutional rules or ad hoc. The team also acts in proceedings to defend against or to set aside arbitral awards before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. Members of the firm’s arbitration team regularly act as chairman, party-appointed arbitrator or sole arbitrator.

Private client/entrepreneurs: For decades, the firm’s team has closely accompanied and advised private individuals and entrepreneurs in family and inheritance law matters. The team’s experience and the fact that its specialized lawyers often continue working for the same clients for many years has established a relationship of trust and longevity with their clients. The expertise of the team members in other legal areas also allows them to provide comprehensive advice in complex situations, to implement succession and asset arrangements and, if necessary, to represent the clients’ interests in court. In international cases, the team can rely on a global network of specialists.

The group’s work relating to inheritance, estate and asset planning includes the drafting of marriage and inheritance contracts, matrimonial property agreements, gifts and wills but also advising on estate planning, the structuring of private and business assets through trusts, foundations and companies in Switzerland and abroad, and on the establishment and management of charitable foundations.

For families, the firm’s team designs and assumes tailor-made family office functions, including long-term governance and asset structure management.

The practice group also mediates between family members and ensures a balance of interests within the family whenever possible and represents its clients, where legal disputes are unavoidable, in proceedings under property, inheritance and foundation law before the Swiss authorities and courts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Dispute resolution: litigation and arbitration Dr Hansjörg Stutzer
Dispute resolution: litigation and arbitration Michael Bösch
Dispute resolution: litigation and arbitration Dr Daniel Stoll
Dispute resolution: litigation and arbitration Dr Patrick Rohn
Dispute resolution: litigation and arbitration Rolf Schuler
Corporate and commercial Arlette Pfister
Corporate and commercial Markus Alder
Corporate and commercial Michael Bösch
Corporate and commercial Martin Bürkle
Mergers and acquisitions Markus Alder
Mergers and acquisitions Arlette Pfister
Banking and finance Dr Daniel Stoll
Employment and migration Thomas Loher
Employment and migration Markus Alder
Intellectual property and technology Dr Patrick Rohn
Distribution, licensing and competition Dr Patrick Rohn
Restructuring and insolvency Rolf Schuler
Private client – estate and asset planning Dr Daniel Stoll
Private client – estate and asset planning Thomas Loher
Private client – estate and asset planning Sandra Spirig
Private client – estate and asset planning Pius Bumann
White-collar crime, governance and compliance Rolf Schuler
White-collar crime, governance and compliance Dr Daniel Stoll
Photo Name Position Profile
Markus Alder photo Mr Markus Alder Markus specializes in corporate and commercial, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital as…
Michael Bösch photo Mr Michael Bösch Michael Bösch is Managing Partner of Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2022. He is…
Julien Boulter photo Mr Julien Boulter Julien Boulter’s practice focuses on dispute resolution. Further, he represents and advises…
Pius Bumann photo Mr Pius Bumann Pius Bumann has been a Partner with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2018. He…
Martin Bürkle photo Mr Martin Bürkle Martin Bürkle has been a Partner with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2016. He…
Simon Hohler photo Mr Simon Hohler Simon Hohler is Counsel in the Litigation and Arbitration Team. He specializes…
Sugandha Kumar photo Miss Sugandha Kumar Sugandha Kumar joined Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte KLG in 2023. She advises and represents…
Thomas Loher photo Mr Thomas Loher Thomas Loher has been a Partner with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2006. He…
Laura Mahler photo Miss Laura Mahler Laura Mahler has been an Associate with Thouvenin since 2023. Prior to…
Raphael Meier photo Mr Raphael Meier Raphael specializes in domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration as well…
Nicola Orlando photo Mr Nicola Orlando Nicola Orlando has been an Associate with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2022. Prior…
Arlette Pfister photo Mrs Arlette Pfister Arlette Pfister is a partner at Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte. She mainly practices in…
Patrick Rohn photo Dr Patrick Rohn Patrick Rohn has been a partner with THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte since 2013. He…
Rolf Schuler photo Mr Rolf Schuler Due to his former function as judge, Rolf is an acknowledged specialist…
Sandra Spirig photo Mrs Sandra Spirig Sandra specializes in Swiss and international inheritance law, offering advice to Swiss…
Daniel Stoll photo Dr Daniel Stoll Daniel has extensive experience in resolving and litigating disputes in banking, financial…
Hansjörg Stutzer photo Dr Hansjörg Stutzer Hansjörg founded Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte together with André Thouvenin in 1983. He acted…
Sophia Zgraggen photo Miss Sophia Zgraggen Sophia Zgraggen has been an Associate with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2021. Prior…
Partner : 11
Counsel : 2
Associates : 6
Junior Associate : 2