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Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte offers clients a ‘to the point, practical, solution-oriented and experienced approach.‘ The team is particularly active for companies from the manufacturing, healthcare, real estate and technology industries whom it advises on the full range of corporate, commercial and M&A topics. Practice head Markus Alder  is also able to assist clients with succession planning issues. Arlette Pfister combines ‘strong and precise knowledge of the law with an excellent understanding of a client’s business needs.’ Michael Bösch is a key contact for corporate matters.

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‘Very responsive and flexible in availability. To the point, practical, solution-oriented and experienced approach.’

‘Thouvenin has a very able team with highly accessible and hands-on partners.’

‘Arlette Pfister is an excellent lawyer, combining strong and precise knowledge of the law with an excellent understanding of client’s business needs.’

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Wal-Mart Inc.

Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG


Collagen Matrix, Inc., USA

Mediq B.V.

Sirona Dental Systems GmbH

Leica Geosystems AG

Admicasa Holding AG

Jenoptik AG

Switzerland > Employment Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte offers employment advice across a broad spectrum of matters ranging from ‘giving advice on day-to-day employment concerns to advising on complex employment strategies and questions‘. The team, headed by Thomas Loher, is specialised in matters concerning executive employees, such as CEOs and managing directors, frequently negotiating hiring and termination packages whilst acting for both the employer as well as employee side. ‘Outstanding employment law expert’ Anna Neukom Chaney made partner in 2022. Arlette Pfister and Markus Alder are further key contacts.

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‘Anna Neukom Chaney is an outstanding employment law expert with vast experience also in litigation matters. She not only has profound knowledge and experience in both fields, but also a very quick mind.’

‘Thouvenin gets concrete results and doesn’t shy away from giving practical advice.’

‘Anna Neukom Chaney is one of the top employment law specialists on the Swiss market, professional, results-oriented and highly respected by clients and colleagues for her practice-based knowledge and straightforward, practical advice.’

‘Extremely dedicated, fast, reliable, with a deep understanding of our business aspects. High social competence, ideal for long-term relationships.’

‘The cooperation is valued by both sides. We are supported and advised extremely well.’

‘Anna Neukom Chaney is an outstanding employment law specialist and communicates at eye level. She is reliable, duteous and takes on any topic.’

‘The team’s practitioners are dedicated and provide timely and valued advice for all our employment law issues, including representation in court.’

‘Anna Neukom Chaney is of an entrepreneurial nature and she is personally invested in the success of her clients. She understands not only our legal, but also our business needs as well as internal processes. She is extremely reliable and renders tailor-made, but still pragmatic advice and follows a cost-efficient approach. We greatly appreciate her hands-on client relationship management and her open and friendly nature – she is perfect to work with!’

Switzerland > Insurance Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte focuses on advising insurance companies on insurance law and liability law as well as social security law, occupational pension plans, private insurance law and supervisory law, in particular in contentious matters. The practice is headed by Martin Bürkle, a specialist in judicial and extra-judicial claims management of all varieties for on behalf of insurance companies. The team further assists clients with regards to coverage issues, the drafting of policies as well as settlement issues.

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Switzerland > TMT Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte is adept at handling regulatory proceedings and compliance issues for clients from various TMT backgrounds, especially the telecommunications and new technologies markets. Additionally, the group demonstrates strength in M&A transactions involving technology companies and has considerable experience in tech-related litigation and arbitration. Katia Favre, who has a background in computer sciences with specialisms in data protection and outsourcing matters, is the head of the team. Clients feel that ‘her extended expertise in ICT and data protection law makes her very valuable‘.

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‘The firm’s core strength lies in the great expertise in ICT regulatory matters and in understanding the implications of regulation on corporations.’

‘Katia Favre is a highly skilled and experienced lawyer who has a profound insight in ICT regulatory issues and a very good understanding of client requirements.’

‘Extraordinary financial and IT-legal support. Very innovative and reliable.’

‘Fast and expert support in all legal matters.’

‘Great understanding of IT law, quick and on-point consulting, reliable and trustworthy people,’

‘Katia Favre communicates very clearly and focuses entirely on the client’s interests.’

‘Thouvenin’s TMT team provides practical advice on a broad spectrum of IT and privacy matters. We have direct access to the competent experts for our specific needs. As a client, we feel very valued.’

‘Katia Favre has a broad understanding of her clients’ needs and a hands-on approach, good communication and interpersonal skills. The combination of her extended expertise in ICT and data protection law makes her very valuable and we highly recommend her.’

Key clients


Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Boutique litigation firm Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte has traditional strength in banking and estate litigation but has recently been notably active in broader commercial litigation, distribution and licensing claims, post-M&A disputes and liability matters. The team also gains international work from its involvement in the Interlaw network. The group is jointly headed up by banking litigator Daniel Stoll and corporate and professional liability dispute specialist Patrick Rohn.

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‘Daniel Stoll: Responsive and to the point.’


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.

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
Markus Alder photoMr Markus AlderMarkus specializes in corporate and commercial, mergers & acquisitions, venture capital as…
Michael Bösch photoMr Michael BöschMichael Bösch is Managing Partner of Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2022. He is…
Julien Boulter photoMr Julien BoulterJulien Boulter’s practice focuses on dispute resolution. Further, he represents and advises…
Martin Bürkle photoMr Martin BürkleMartin Bürkle has been a Partner with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2016. He…
Katia Favre photoDr Katia FavreKatia Favre specializes in technology law, and has been acting as legal…
Simon Hohler photoMr Simon HohlerSimon Hohler is Counsel in the Litigation and Arbitration Team. He specializes…
Daniel Küpfer, LL.M. photoDr Daniel Küpfer, LL.M.Dr. Daniel Küpfer advises non-listed and listed companies on a broad range…
Thomas Loher photoMr Thomas LoherThomas Loher has been a Partner with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2006. He…
Raphael Meier photoMr Raphael MeierRaphael specializes in domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration as well…
Anna Neukom Chaney photoMrs Anna Neukom ChaneyAs a Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law Anna has in-depth knowledge of…
Nicola Orlando photoMr Nicola OrlandoNicola Orlando has been an Associate with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2022. Prior…
Arlette Pfister photoMrs Arlette PfisterArlette Pfister is a partner at Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte. She mainly practices in…
Patrick Rohn photoDr Patrick RohnPatrick Rohn has been a partner with THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte since 2013. He…
Rolf Schuler photoMr Rolf SchulerDue to his former function as judge, Rolf is an acknowledged specialist…
Stefan Seiler photoMr Stefan SeilerStefan Seiler was a partner with THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte from 2009 to 2014.…
Sandra Spirig photoMrs Sandra SpirigSandra specializes in Swiss and international inheritance law, offering advice to Swiss…
Roger Steiner photoMr Roger SteinerRoger is specialized on commercial litigation and arbitration as well as matters…
Daniel Stoll photoDr Daniel StollDaniel has extensive experience in resolving and litigating disputes in banking, financial…
Hansjörg Stutzer photoDr Hansjörg StutzerHansjörg founded Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte together with André Thouvenin in 1983. He acted…
Sabina Suppiger photoMiss Sabina SuppigerSabina Suppiger is an Associate with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since November 2021. Prior…
Marzel Wyden photoMr Marzel WydenMarzel specializes in contract law, mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructuring as…
Sophia Zgraggen photoMiss Sophia ZgraggenSophia Zgraggen has been an Associate with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2021. Prior…
Partner : 10
Counsel : 4
Associates : 6
Junior Associate : 1