Firm Profile > Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte > Zurich, Switzerland

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

At Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte, the group acts for domestic and international companies from the manufacturing, technology, healthcare and real estate industries on the full range of related issues, including transactions, commercial and corporate law. Markus Alder, who combines his corporate and M&A practice with employment and insolvency law, leads the practice together with Arlette Pfister, who also handles joint ventures and corporate governance matters. Michael Bösch, Martin Bürkle and associate Marzel Wyden are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Markus Alder; Arlette Pfister

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Loher; Michael Bösch; Martin Bürkle; Marzel Wyden


‘Thouvenin has a small, but strong team of lawyers, the majority being partners. Despite the rather small size of the firm, it provides legal advice on all of the most relevant business areas. The firm offers excellent quality of work at a very attractive price/performance ratio compared to many competitors.’

‘Arlette Pfister is the best corporate lawyer and it is a pleasure working with her.’

‘Thomas Loher and Markus Alder: both partners are very responsive, smart, hands-on and easy to work with.’

‘Very professional and always available to support ’

Key clients

Leica Geosystems AG

Microsoft Corporation

Wal-Mart Inc.

Escrow Agent activities

Essity Group

Unifi Inc.


Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


Rackspace Technology

GP Strategies


Employment Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte is a popular choice for executives and, in particular, has a strong track record in hiring and employment termination packages for CEOs and managing directors. General assistance to human resources managers is another key area of the firm’s ‘quick and efficient’ service which includes advice on all areas of Swiss employment law. Practice head Thomas Loher handles compensation schemes and harassment claims. Arlette Pfister and Markus Alder are experienced in immigration matters, company relocations to Switzerland and international litigation respectively.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Loher

Other key lawyers:

Arlette Pfister; Markus Alder


‘Responsiveness via email and phone. The answers are detailed enough but straight to the point. Quick and efficient understanding of our requests.’

Insurance Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte’s client base consists primarily of insurance companies which the firm advises predominantly on the areas of insurance, liability, private insurance and supervisory law as well as pension plans. Practice head Martin Bürkle is experienced in all areas of insurance law with a particular focus on claims management and assisting insurance companies with coverage, risk and settlements as a Swiss Bar Association-certified specialist in tort and insurance law.

Practice head(s):

Martin Bürkle


‘Martin Bürkle has a profound knowledge in the legal accident insurance of Switzerland. The personal contact with him is very pleasant and uncomplicated. It is a big value that we can discuss with him cases on a very high professional level and we have a very good success rate at the courts, where he stands in for our positions.’

‘The relationship between Martin Bürkle and me has grown to a really big interdependent trust. He always does a very good job and is worth what he brings to account. The technical input is on the highest level I know within this special insurance sector.’

TMT Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte acts for clients from various sectors, including the IT, telecoms and productive industries, on TMT matters pertaining to blockchain, data protection, outsourcing and software as a service issues. The team assists with compliance, contractual and regulatory mandates and represents clients in litigation. Practice head Katia Favre is experienced in licensing matters, M&A and development work, telecoms compliance issues as well as litigation, data protection and lawful interception mandates.

Practice head(s):

Katia Favre


‘The outstanding service, high-quality standards, deliveries on time, professionality.’

‘I work with Katia Favre who offers an outstanding legal service. I especially appreciate the high quality, the personal mental attitude connected with a real interest in the legal problems and the human beings. I can highly recommend this law firm.’

‘Great service at fair rates.’

‘I have worked with Katia Favre several times, who is an expert on IT law, cloud, outsourcing and many other subjects. She is very responsive, knowledgeable and helpful!’

‘Thorough knowledge of specialised telecoms laws combined with exceptional grasp of technology.’

‘Katia Favre is thorough, responsive, and provides informed advice that is practical and reliable.’

‘For the Swiss telecoms market, Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte KLG has the essential knowledge to support clients professionally, comprehensively and especially successfully.’

‘Extremely competent, service oriented and reliable, especially Katia Favre.’

Key clients


Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Zurich-based boutique law firm Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte's key areas of activity is dispute resolution; the team is particularly active in banking and estate proceedings, where it acts for Swiss and foreign banks as well as individuals. It also covers cases relating to distribution, licensing, director's liability, and joint ventures as well as post-M&A-litigation. Daniel Stoll and Patrick Rohn are the main practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Stoll; Patrick Rohn

Other key lawyers:

Simon Hohler


‘The clients and their needs are in the focus. The lawyers are practical, thorough and to the point, but still always very balanced and friendly.’

‘Thouvenin’s litigation team can play in international matters in a team of several law firms across the borders. It is responsive and reliable.’

‘Daniel Stoll: thorough, responsive, innovative, balanced and experienced.’

Key clients

Riyadh Al-Azzawi

The firm: Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte is a successful market player since more than 35 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
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
Banking and finance Stefan Seiler
Employment and migration Thomas Loher
Employment and migration Anna Neukom Chaney
Employment and migration Markus Alder
Intellectual property and technology Dr Patrick Rohn
Distribution, licensing and competition Dr Patrick Rohn
Restructuring and insolvency Rolf Schuler
Restructuring and insolvency Stefan Seiler
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 Carolina Keller Jupitz
White-collar crime, governance and compliance Rolf Schuler
White-collar crime, governance and compliance Dr Daniel Stoll
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Markus Alder  photo Mr Markus Alder Markus specializes in corporate and commercial, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital as…
 Michael Bösch photo Michael Bösch Michael is specialized in arbitration as well as in corporate and commercial…
Mr Martin Bürkle photo Mr Martin Bürkle Martin Bürkle has been a Partner with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2016. He…
Mr Julien Boulter  photo Mr Julien Boulter Julien Boulter’s practice focuses on dispute resolution. Further, he represents and advises…
Dr Katia Favre  photo Dr Katia Favre Katia Favre specializes in technology law, and has been acting as legal…
Mr Simon Hohler  photo Mr Simon Hohler Simon Hohler is Counsel in the Litigation and Arbitration Team. He specializes…
Mr Thomas Loher  photo Mr Thomas Loher Partner since 2006. Thomas specializes in corporate and employment law. He has…
Mr Raphael Meier  photo Mr Raphael Meier Raphael specializes in domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration as well…
Mrs Nicola Neth  photo Mrs Nicola Neth Nicola practices primarily in the fields of general contract law, corporate and…
Mrs Anna Neukom Chaney  photo Mrs Anna Neukom Chaney As a Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law Anna has in-depth knowledge of…
Mrs Arlette Pfister  photo Mrs Arlette Pfister Arlette Pfister is a partner at Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte. She mainly practices in…
Dr Patrick Rohn  photo Dr Patrick Rohn Patrick Rohn has been a partner with THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte since 2013. He…
Mr Rolf Schuler  photo Mr Rolf Schuler Due to his former function as judge, Rolf is an acknowledged specialist…
Mr Stefan Seiler  photo Mr Stefan Seiler Stefan Seiler was a partner with THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte from 2009 to 2014.…
Mrs Sandra Spirig  photo Mrs Sandra Spirig Sandra specializes in Swiss and international inheritance law, offering advice to Swiss…
Mr Roger Steiner  photo Mr Roger Steiner Roger is specialized on commercial litigation and arbitration as well as matters…
Dr Daniel Stoll  photo Dr Daniel Stoll Daniel has extensive experience in resolving and litigating disputes in banking, financial…
Dr Hansjörg Stutzer  photo Dr Hansjörg Stutzer Hansjörg founded Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte together with André Thouvenin in 1983. He acted…
Mr Marzel Wyden  photo Mr Marzel Wyden Marzel specializes in contract law, mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructuring as…
Partner : 10
Counsel : 4
Associates : 6
Junior Associate : 1