Firm Profile > Wenger Plattner > Bern, Switzerland

Wenger Plattner
JUNGFRAUSTRASSE 1
3000 BERN 6
Switzerland

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The lawyers at Wenger Plattner have established themselves as 'go-to insolvency practitioners for large Swiss insolvencies'. The team has experience in acting as administrator or bankruptcy trustee as well as in advising creditors and debtors in insolvency cases. Its clients come from a variety of industries, including retail, nutrition, aviation and manufacturing. Practice head Brigitte Umbach-Spahn is a dedicated specialist in the insolvency field; Fritz Rothenbühler in Bern also advises on corporate and competition law; of counsel Karl Wüthrich knows enforcement law well; and senior associate Stefan Bossart is also active in insolvency proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Brigitte Umbach-Spahn

Other key lawyers:

Fritz Rothenbühler; Karl Wüthrich; Stefan Bossart

Testimonials

‘The insolvency and corporate recovery team at Wenger Plattner stands out in the Swiss market and are go-to insolvency practitioners for large Swiss insolvencies particularly ones with a cross border element.’

‘Kark Wüthrich, Brigitte Umbach-Spahn and Stefan Bossart are all excellent. They are very easy to work with and very knowledgeable about Swiss insolvency law and cross border issues.’

‘They are capable receivers and advisors regarding all aspects of a crisis.’

‘Brigitte Umbach-Spahn, Karl Wüthrich and Stephan Bossart are premier insolvency experts regarding Swiss and international insolvency law.’

‘Outstanding quality in legal assessment, responsiveness and very friendly attitude.’

‘Very experienced consultants, fast response times, large team.’

‘Brigitte Umbach-Spahn is very well-networked internationally.’

Key clients

Swissair Group

Petroplus Group

Swissmetal Industries AG

Weidenareal Metall AG

Swiss Dairy Food AG

Unifina Holding AG

Mopac modern packaging AG

2MP AG

Bank Hottinger & Cie. AG

The Enzian Shipping

Swiss Chem Tankers Group

Publicitas AG, in bankruptcy liquidation

SCL / SCT

saltech AG

Gysi AG Chocolatier Suisse

SCL Helvetia AG

Employment Tier 3

Wenger Plattner has a focus on dispute resolution for companies, managers and entrepreneurs, in particular concerning bonus litigation and terminations. The team regularly advises on the employment issues connected to restructurings, insolvency proceedings and M&A transactions which include mass dismissals or social plans. Practice head Roland Bachmann is an experienced litigator focusing on complex bonus disputes as well as termination and separation agreements for managers. Former partner Yves Meili retired.

Practice head(s):

Roland Bachmann

Real estate and construction Tier 3

The real estate practice at Wenger Plattner handles building permits, construction projects and disputes relating to public as well as private law. Another area of activity is conducting buyer due diligence for its clients, which are mostly investment and pension funds. Team leader Thomas Wetzel also advises on the purchase and sale of real estate. Placidus Plattner and Gaudenz Schwitter are also key members of the group.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Wetzel

Other key lawyers:

Placidus Plattner; Gaudenz Schwitter

Testimonials

‘Noted for its reputation, experience and excellent market knowledge – top team.’

Key clients

Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte

VERIT Investment Management AG

Energie 360° AG

Immobilien ETHZF AG

Brandenberger + Ruosch AG

IST Investmentstiftung

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The team at Wenger Plattner is regularly instructed as Swiss counsel on international transactions, not least because of its expertise in the Swiss Merger Act. It is active in contracts, due diligence exercises and M&A transactions for privately listed companies, which are often from the real estate, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors. Practice head Oliver KünzlerDieter Gränicher and tax specialist Urs Schüpfer in Basel are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Künzler

Other key lawyers:

Dieter Gränicher; Urs Schüpfer; Marc Nater

Testimonials

‘The team’s strengths and key capabilities are: partner involvement; responsiveness; clear business language with clear and practical recommendations; identification with the client and the business; excellent value for money; high quality advice and attention to detail throughout all levels.’

‘Oliver Künzler is an excellent lawyer with a deep business understanding. He is extremely dedicated to the needs of the client and knows perfectly what is required to get a deal successfully over the finishing line. He is a fast thinker and has the ability to come up with innovative, sound proposals to resolve difficult situations to the benefit of his clients.’

Dieter Gränicher is extremely experienced and able to cope with unexpected issues anytime.’

‘Easy access and very commercial mindset’

‘Oliver Künzler has a superb commercial mindset. ’

‘Oliver Künzler is experienced and service-minded.’

‘The firm is very business oriented and open minded, always welcoming new ideas.’

‘Oliver Künzler combines a unique expertise in M&A with the regulated pharma market.’

Key clients

Audi AG

Mazda Europe

SIGNA Group

Avaloq

Tamedia AG

SWICA Gesundheitsorganisation

HRG Hotels GmbH

ING Bank NV/SA

Novartis Pharma Ltd.

Julius Baer Group

SSN Group AG, Zug

CIBT, Inc.

HG Commerciale

Hilton Worldwide

ADUR Management AG

Syngenta AG

CENTRUM Gruppe

Magazine zum Globus AG

East West Bank

Competition Tier 4

Wenger Plattner is a go-to adviser for Swiss corporations and SMEs, in particular from the construction, chemical, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors. The team is led by Fritz Rothenbühler in Bern and Dieter Gränicher in Basel, and it covers Swiss and EU competition law advisory work, representation in relevant disputes, and merger control proceedings as well as compliance reviews and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Fritz Rothenbühler; Dieter Gränicher

Key clients

Universitätsspital Basel & Kantonsspital Baselland

Kantonsspital Baselland

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Wenger Plattner represents clients in disputes in a variety of legal fields, where it also to work closely with the firm's insolvency, employment, IP, corporate and insurance teams. It is also active in disputes concerning the real estate, construction and pharmaceutical sectors. Dispute resolution specialist Stephan Kesselbach leads the team which also includes employment expert Roland Bachmann. Karin Graf left the firm in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Stephan Kesselbach

Other key lawyers:

Roland Bachmann; Dieter Gränicher; Sarah Hilber

Testimonials

‘The people involved and entrusted are very sensitive with a clear target focus. Detail oriented.’

‘Stephan Kesselbach: absolutely reliable, a very calm and considerate lawyer with profound expertise as a litigator.’

‘Wenger Plattner has a unique position in being big enough to provide full, high quality service and allocate the specialist to the matter that is needed and on the other hand giving the client a personalised attention which often is the strength of smaller firms.’

‘Very reactive and proactive team.’

‘The members explain very precisely each step, read with attention all the documents, background work is well done.’

‘Wenger Plattner is certainly one, if not the address you choose if you have insolvency-related court proceedings. For Switzerland, it has a unique amount of experience in this legal field and it has been involved in most of the major insolvency based-litigation in Switzerland during the last 20 years or so.’

‘Stefan Kesselbach is a very smart and pragmatic lawyer who really tries to find the best solution for his client. I would highly recommend him.’

‘The main skills of the team are efficiency and experience. The team is familiar with several industries and combines special expertise in litigation with the firm’s widely renowned bankruptcy and insolvency work. The hourly rates and the billing are fair compared to the firm’s competitors.’

‘Stefan Kesselbach: special expertise in both insolvency and litigation and hence, able to handle complex insolvency-related disputes, such as, e.g. D&O liability actions.’

Key clients

Publicitas AG

SAirGroup

Swissair

Petroplus Group

Former Swissmetal Group

Banque Hottinger & Cie Ltd

EBT swiss engineering Ltd.

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 4

Wenger Plattner has a full-service offering and is noted for deep experience in insolvency and restructuring mandates. The team is also active in corporate and M&A, competition, litigation and real estate matters. Brigitte Umbach-SpahnPeter MosimannCarlo Conti, Oliver Künzler, and Karl Wüthrich as well as Stephan Kesselbach, Thomas Wetzel and Urs Schüpfer are prominent practitioners.

Other key lawyers:

Brigitte Umbach-Spahn; Peter Mosimann; Carlo Conti; Oliver Künzler; Karl Wüthrich; Stephan Kesselbach; Thomas Wetzel; Urs Schüpfer 

Key clients

Audi AG

Heineken Group Switzerland

Novartis Pharma Ltd.

Mazda Europe

SIGNA Group

Julius Baer Group

Hilton Worldwide

Swissair

Petroplus Group

Bank Hottinger & Cie. AG

The Enzian Shipping / Swiss Chem Tankers Group

Private client Tier 4

Wenger Plattner's practice focuses on tax planning but also covers setting up and managing charitable foundations,  business succession planning, civil and administrative proceedings. The team is instructed by entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals, and is led by Filippo Beck; he also covers finance and banking law. Employment specialist Roland Bachmann is also active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Filippo Beck

Other key lawyers:

Roland Bachmann

For over 30 years, Wenger Plattner has been advising and representing clients in all aspects of business law. Wenger Plattner has offices in Basel, Zurich and Bern as well as a representative office in Geneva.

We identify practical, workable solutions and help clients implement these to achieve the best possible commercial outcomes. We rely on teams of experts, many of whom are involved in decision-making as members of public authorities and other bodies, giving them an in-depth understanding of client needs.

As a fully integrated partnership, we place a strong emphasis on teamwork and cooperation. You will have access to dedicated, highly experienced specialists who will help you meet your specific objectives efficiently and effectively, delivering the highest standards of quality.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Dr Jürg Rieben juerg.rieben@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Constitutional and administrative law Dr Fritz Rothenbühler fritz.rothenbuehler@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Constitutional and administrative law Dr Beat Stalder beat.stalder@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Contract and commercial Dr Fritz Rothenbühler fritz.rothenbuehler@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Corporate and M&A Dr Jürg Rieben juerg.rieben@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Insolvency law and restructuring Dr Fritz Rothenbühler fritz.rothenbuehler@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Insolvency law and restructuring Simon Fluri simon.fluri@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Intellectual property Dr Fritz Rothenbühler fritz.rothenbuehler@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Life sciences and health law Dr Jürg Rieben juerg.rieben@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Litigation and arbitration Dr Fritz Rothenbühler fritz.rothenbuehler@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Private clients Dr Fritz Rothenbühler fritz.rothenbuehler@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Real estate and construction Dr Beat Stalder beat.stalder@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Real estate and construction Simon Fluri simon.fluri@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Insolvency law and restructuring Pablo Duc pablo.duc@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Real estate and construction Tina Heim tina.heim@wenger-plattner.ch +41 31 357 00 00
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Pablo Duc  photo Mr Pablo Duc Pablo Duc is a partner on the Insolvency and Restructuring team. He…
Mr Simon Fluri  photo Mr Simon Fluri Simon Fluri is a partner on the Real Estate team. He advises…
Ms Tina Heim  photo Ms Tina Heim Tina Marina Heim is a senior associate in the Real Estate team…
Ms Noëmi Nenniger  photo Ms Noëmi Nenniger Noëmi Nenniger is an Associate and member on the real estate and…
Mr Jürg Rieben  photo Mr Jürg Rieben Jürg Rieben acts as a counsel for Wenger Plattner. He advises clients…
Mr Fritz Rothenbühler photo Mr Fritz Rothenbühler Fritz Rothenbühler is a partner on the Insolvency and Restructuring team. He advises…
PD Dr iur Beat Stalder photo PD Dr iur Beat Stalder Beat Stalder is a partner in the Real Estate and Constitutional and Administrative Law…
Mr Dominic Tschümperlin  photo Mr Dominic Tschümperlin Dominic Tschümperlin is an associate on Wenger Plattner’s Insolvency and Restructuring team.…
Number of lawyers : 65
at this office : 10
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