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Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte has broad sector expertise, with notable areas of focus including manufacturing, healthcare, real estate, and technology. The group is active for clients both in relation to day-to-day corporate matters and major mandates, such as transactions and restructurings. Markus Alder co-leads the department with the ‘priceless’ Arlette Pfister. Michael Bosch has signifiant experience in general corporate advice, while Thomas Loher handles M&A transactions, restructurings, and corporate governance.

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‘Great team with a very broad knowledge and well-connected on a global level. With Thouvenin it is easy to drive even international projects based out of Switzerland. Detailed knowledge about the laws, business focused and deep knowledge of the business models that could help us.’

‘Good team, competent, pleasure to work with.’

‘Thomas Loher: a highly competent, very professional senior lawyer, has at all times a good overview of all open issues as well as risks and chances of alternatives, clear and concise advice, swift and precise. A great support in complex cases.’

‘Very professional.’

‘Working with Miss Arlette Pfister is a real pleasure. Her knowledge and commitment is priceless.’

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

Hexagon AB

Essity Group

Work highlights

Switzerland > Employment Tier 3

The employment team at Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte is particularly experienced in providing support to executive employees, with practice co-head Thomas Loher having specialist experience in relation to relocation, immigration, and secondment matters for senior management. Co-head Anna Neukom Chaney is a specialist employment lawyer, as certified by he Swiss Bar Association and is especially adept at employment matters concerning work permits and data protection. Clients commend the firm’s ‘highly qualified‘ and ‘dedicated’ team.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Loher; Anna Neukom Chaney


‘Anna Neukom Chaney is a very experienced employment lawyer with a quick mind and extremely pleasurable to work with.’

Highly qualified professional, very responsive, always provides excellent strategic advice, able to cover many different legal topics, guided us successfully through different conflicts.

From giving advice on our day-to-day employment concerns to advising on complex employment strategies and questions, Thouvenin’s employment team provides practical advice on a broad spectrum of labour and employment law matters. 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 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!

Key clients

Kline Hill Capital Partners

Zeeto Group

British Telecom Group


Switzerland > Insurance Tier 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte’s team acts for a strong roster of insurance companies; the team handles insurance and liability law, and private insurance law. A particular area of focus for the team is claims management. The team is led by Martin Bürkle, who covers all aspects of insurance law.

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Martin Bürkle

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte is a boutique dispute resolution firm with a long-standing focus on banking and estate litigation. The department has recently expanded to cover commercial and corporate litigation, and has developed expertise in distribution and licensing claims, post-M&A disputes, and liability matters. Daniel Stoll and Patrick Rohn co-lead the practice.

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‘Patrick Rohn along with his teammates is committed and diligent, paying attention to details without losing the big picture. They always stay cool-headed and are professional in every way. They are a pleasure to work with. Not to mention the fact that they know how to identify a path to win.’

‘Exceptional analytical and strategic skills. Paying attention to details without losing the big picture. True partner for a client.’

‘Very responsive, with detailed and accurate analysis of matters and able to make a balanced judgement in the clients’ best interest.’

‘Daniel Stoll: An archetype of a reasonable, balanced individual with thorough legal knowledge and top analytical skills.’

Switzerland > Private client Tier 4

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte handles the full spectrum of private client mandates spanning estate planning issues, wills, pre and post-nuptial agreements and estate litigation. The practice is headed up by Sandra Spirig, Daniel Stoll and Pius Bumann, and clients compliment the group on its ‘long-standing expertise‘ and ability to provide ‘tailor-made advice‘.

Practice head(s):

Sandra Spirig; Daniel Stoll; Pius Bumann

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Loher


‘Thouvenin has an excellent private client team of lawyers. The team is small enough to provide tailor made advice to entrepreneurs and HNWI, yet it is sufficiently specialised to take care of the specific needs of private clients.’

‘Daniel Stoll and Thomas Loher stand out for their long-standing expertise. Sandra Spirig for her particular experience in inheritance law.’

‘The legal services provided remain at the highest level of merit, the lawyers demonstrate excellent knowledge and an individual approach to the client.’

‘Competent and responsive firm, good client engagement and access to partners.’

‘Small independent boutique and generally free of conflicts of interest. Very good advice also regarding tactical approach, responsive, professional lawyers with a high level of expertise in the offered fields of specialisation.’

‘Thomas Loher: Customer interest is the focus, reasoned approach, plus tactical approach, responsive, professional lawyer with a high level of expertise.’

‘Trusted long term relationship. Pragmatic and client oriented.’

‘Thomas Loher is a very experienced lawyer and has my full trust as an adviser not only on legal matters.’

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection

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
New Technology, ICT and Data Protection Marco Meier
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
Corporate and commercial Dr. Daniel Küpfer
Mergers and acquisitions Markus Alder
Mergers and acquisitions Arlette Pfister
Mergers and acquisitions Dr. Daniel Küpfer
Banking and finance Dr Daniel Stoll
Banking and finance Dr. Daniel Küpfer
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
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…
Daniel Küpfer, LL.M. photo Dr Daniel Küpfer, LL.M. Dr. Daniel Küpfer advises non-listed and listed companies on a broad range…
Thomas Loher photo Mr Thomas Loher Thomas Loher has been a Partner with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2006. He…
Raphael Meier photo Mr Raphael Meier Raphael specializes in domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration as well…
Marco S. Meier photo Mr Marco S. Meier Marco S. Meier is Counsel at Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte and specializes in information…
Laura Müller photo Miss Laura Müller Laura Müller has been an Associate with Thouvenin since 2023. Prior to…
Anna Neukom Chaney photo Mrs Anna Neukom Chaney As a Certified Specialist SBA Employment Law Anna has in-depth knowledge of…
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…
Roger Steiner photo Mr Roger Steiner Roger is specialized on commercial litigation and arbitration as well as matters…
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…
Sabina Suppiger photo Miss Sabina Suppiger Sabina Suppiger is an Associate with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since November 2021. Prior…
Sophia Zgraggen photo Miss Sophia Zgraggen Sophia Zgraggen has been an Associate with Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte since 2021. Prior…
Partner : 12
Counsel : 3
Associates : 8
Junior Associate : 2