Firm Profile > BianchiSchwald LLC > Geneva, Switzerland

BianchiSchwald LLC
PO Box 5839
1211 GENEVA 11

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 2

The team at BianchiSchwald LLC has a good track record in advising commercial and private banks, among others, on regulatory, contentious and financing work as well as on all matters related to investment funds. Thomas Goossens leads the team, which also includes dispute resolution specialist Jean-Marc Carnicé, who has core expertise handling criminal proceedings and banking litigation. Additional support is provided by Thierry Amy in Lausanne; he is a key name for advice relating to the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) and SIX Swiss Exchange.


The team is responsive, provides good quality and has strong technical knowledge.’

Thomas Goossens is a very reliable go-to banking lawyer.

Key clients

Banque Profil de Gestion SA

Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild SA & Grupo BBVA

Industrial Participations Holding BV

Barclays Bank SA

International Commercial Bank

Ghislaine Lambert-Nahoum

BNC Change (Suisse) SA, Geneva

Banque Piguet Galland & Cie Geneva (HQ)

Gadd Wealth Management SA

Employment Tier 2

BianchiSchwald LLC's employment practice 'is very specialised' and 'can address any issue' – ranging from litigation or the negotiation of mass dismissals, to expatriate agreements, work permits and documentation drafting or review. Team head Stéphanie Fuld is 'a pleasure to work with' and leads on most matters; these include assisting with all personnel aspects of a business unit transfer from France to Switzerland for Dalkia Suisse SA and advising on a sensitive employment termination alongside various employee-related matters for UEFA.

Practice head(s):

Stéphanie Fuld


The team is very specialised in labour law and can address any issue, including about collective labour agreements.

I am working in particular with Stéphanie Fuld who is, in addition to being very competent, very nice. It is a pleasure to work with her.

Key clients

Dalkia Suisse SA

Banque Bordier & Cie

Romande Energie SA

Le petit-fils de L.U. Chopard & Cie SA



Sonepar International Services SA

Anabio SA

Atlanticomnium SA

Roquette CH SA

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

BianchiSchwald LLC has a comprehensive offering in the healthcare sector. It counts companies and insurers as well as clinics and doctors among its clients, and the team advises on contractual negotiations, contentious matters and employment law. Marc Metzger is instructed on corporate and commercial mandates and he leads the practice jointly with finance expert Thomas Goossens in Geneva. Thomas Schmid is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Marc Metzger; Thomas Goosens

Key clients

VAMED Management und Service Schweiz AG, Zihlschlacht-Sitterdorf

Rehaklinik Zihlschlacht AG, Zihlschlacht-Sitterdorf

VAMED Health Project Schweiz AG, Zihlschlacht-Sitterdorf

Prexton Therapeutics SA

Calypso Biotech SA

Correvio International Sàrl

Rehaklinik Dussnang AG

Reha Seewis AG

Intellectual property Tier 2

'Exceptional dedication and commitment' makes BianchiSchwald LLC 'the best option in Switzerland' for IP enforcement and prosecution, unfair competition and transactional matters. The 'truly exceptionalChristoph Gasser is a 'first-rate lawyer', who stands out for his 'tactical sophistication and distinguished evaluation skills'; he recently acted for the Swiss Jungfraubahn on a major branding project. The firm also advises on domestic or international trade mark registrations, as well as design portfolio management, for clients including Canada Goose International AG, Micro Mobility Systems AG and Stadler Rail AG.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Gasser


Expertise, reactivity and business approach.

Christoph Gasser: IP expertise, reactivity, pragmatism and excellent human qualities. I can trust him and the quality of his work at anytime.

Very deep understanding of patent licence litigation/arbitration. Deep understanding of clients’ problems and high capabilities in providing relevant strategy.

Christoph Gasser is highly available and able to grasp and advise on very complicated issues in a short period of time.

We have been working with BianchiSchwald LLC for years and I consider that their services provided are with the highest quality, giving complete and specific opinions. I would like to remark on the exceptional dedication and commitment that the firm has to their clients and how well prepared their members are to deal with their client’s needs. Their trade mark practice is outstanding and always provide us with solutions and high standards. They offer accessible prices and personalised attention. Best option in Switzerland.

I would like to highlight Christoph Gasser. He is expert in the IP field particularly in trade marks. As a longtime colleague, he is always available and committed to seek the best interest of our clients. He is well-known in the IP world for his remarkable work and experience.

The practice of the firm is outstanding for its efficiency and quality of its advice. Their pragmatism, speed and responsiveness are truly fascinating. When working with the firm, clients get personal attention and tailor-made assistance. They manage IP matters with a strong strategic vision and are highly intuitive, yet thorough and assertive. What impresses me the most about the firm is their personal approach to clients and the ability to manage complex matters meticulously and flawlessly. Their broad experience and knowledge ensure the best service covering all necessary points.

Mr Christoph Gasser is an outstanding experienced attorney heading the IP department of BianchiSchwald LLC. His pragmatism and approachability guarantee the best possible outcome for clients. What is particularly impressive is his business-tailored approach and capability to see beyond the bounds of legal background of the case. He has a perfect sense for strategy, thus he provides not only the legal support but also the precise and functional guidance at the same time. It is a real privilege to enjoy such confident, effective and encouraging service. His inspiring enthusiasm for IP is what makes him truly exceptional.

Christoph Gasser has an incredible knowledge of IP matters and is extremely experienced in litigation, especially before the Swiss Federal Patent Court. I am particularly fascinated by his way of quickly understanding even most complex issues, being available for discussions and legal advice at any time (24/7), and always being able to communicate in a clear and understandable manner. All this makes him an outstanding lawyer by all accounts.

Excellence in all fields of IP law.

Christoph Gasser: brilliant mind, impressive knowledge and capable of using it for practical advice.

High efficiency, deep legal knowledge, to the point and practical assessment, reliability, responsiveness.

I work closely with Dr Christoph Gasser. He is a brilliant IP attorney, one of the best I have ever met. He understands trade mark law issues in depth and provides practical and dynamic solutions. A brilliant strategist, his advice is acute, prompt and thorough. Extremely reliable, highly efficient, impressively responsive.

Very professional, very close to the business, always available and with huge experience.

They are highly qualified and competent and work really fast.

Dr Christoph Gasser: he is available 24/7 and responds very quickly. He has an excellent understanding of the business requirements. Explains difficult topics in a short and easy way.

Dr Christoph Gasser, LL.M. of BianchiSchwald, the head of the firm’s excellent IP team, features an impressively broad legal knowledge which testifies for his vast legal experience. He excels by his outstandingly fast pace in terms of responsiveness and intellectual grasp of complex legal and factual issues. Apart from mastering legal practice he exhibits an unsurpassed brilliance in thought allowing him to reflect on multidimensional legal matters in the precisest of terms. The quality of his pleadings is accentuated by an eloquence, which is rare even compared among the peers. His tactical sophistication and distinguished evaluation skills round off the profile of a first-rate lawyer among the very “cream of the crop”.

Key clients

Jungfraubahnen AG

Navita Schweiz GmbH

Canada Goose



Johnson Controls

Micro Mobility Systems

Stadler Rail

Pro Zürcher Berggebiet


Real estate and construction Tier 2

The real estate practice at BianchiSchwald LLC covers the gamut of property matters. The team has experience in cross-border transactions and acts for individuals, SMEs and large companies as well as developers, contractors and investors. Geneva-based Yves de Coulon heads the group and is a key contact in construction, leases, asset management, financing and public procurement, among other areas. Marc Metzger regularly applies his knowledge in corporate and commercial law in the real estate field.

Practice head(s):

Yves de Coulon


The team is very competent and strong in negotiations.’

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The team at BianchiSchwald LLC is regularly instructed by SMEs from the manufacturing, healthcare and consumer goods area. It has considerable experience in private equity mandates, joint ventures and private M&A transactions. Practice head Thomas Schmid is also knowledgeable in merger control and restructuring matters, while Marc Metzger further specialises in commercial and contract law. Hans-Peter Schwald is also noted. Geneva's Manuel Bianchi della Porta is experienced in contentious mandates, including shareholders’ conflicts.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmid


The team stands out with its hands-on, pragmatic approach; extremely sound business judgement; and great understanding of the entrepreneurial mind.

Thomas Schmid combines legal excellence with a very practical and business-oriented approach.’

Marc Metzger is highly professional; His availability, reactiveness as well as the quality of his support make him outstanding.’

Key clients

Stadler Rail AG, Switzerland

Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

Richemont International SA

Founders of Prexton Therapeutics SA

Davidson Capital Growth & Co KG

Helvetica Capital AG

VAMED Management und Service Schweiz AG, Switzerland

Banque Profil de Gestion SA

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

BianchiSchwald LLC covers banking and finance, M&A, employment, real estate and tax. The firm has expertise in a variety of industries, including energy, retail, technology and transport, among others. Managing partner Manuel Bianchi della Porta is instructed by companies and entrepreneurs in corporate and commercial matters. Jean-Marc Carnicé heads the dispute resolution and white-collar crime practice, which is a further core pillar of the firm. Other noted individuals include Thierry AmyThomas GoossensStéphanie FuldJoseph Merhai, and Yves de Coulon.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Besides representation in civil proceedings, clients regularly instruct BianchiSchwald LLC in high-stakes criminal disputes, particularly relating to white-collar criminal law. This is also the area of expertise of practice head Jean-Marc Carnicé, who is based in Geneva. Lausanne-based Philippe Vladimir Boss is another key contact in this field, with special knowledge in anti-money laundering and bribery cases. Cyrill Süess also has longstanding experience in the dispute resolution area and is active in commercial litigation and Christoph Gasser is well versed in contentious IP and TMT matters; they are both based in Zurich.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marc Carnicé


Thanks to the qualified knowledge and expertise in the field of commercial and corporate law, BianchiSchwald LLC is able to develop creative solutions in order to protect its client’s interests at all times.’

Cyrill Süess always excels as he is very responsive to requests, even with the shortest notice. His responses are always based on profound legal knowledge and deep understanding of the industry.

Key clients

Navita Schweiz GmbH (formerly Reico Vital Systeme GmbH)

Tax Tier 4

National and international companies, private equity and venture funds regularly instruct BianchiSchwald LLC on tax matters. Led by Joseph Merhai in Geneva, the team advises on restructurings and reorganisations, and it is notably active in tax litigation proceedings. Merhai is also experienced in assisting with the taxation aspects of collective investment schemes. Sébastien Maury is a key contact in Zurich. Managing associate Gianni Fera is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Merhai


A competent team which is able to take on complex matters.’

Joseph Merhai has great technical preparation and professionalism. He has the ability to go straight to the problem and to solve it.’

Gianni Fera is well-prepared and available.’

The firm: BianchiSchwald was founded on 1 January 2017. This new national law firm combines the skills of the Zurich and Bern teams of well-established law firm Staiger, Schwald & Partner with the expertise of the renowned law firm BCCC Attorneys-at-Law in Western Switzerland, in corporate/M&A, intellectual property and litigation.

BianchiSchwald is a leading Swiss full-service business law firm providing comprehensive legal and tax advice and delivering tailor-made legal solution to its clients. With 19 partners and around 50 lawyers and legal professionals in total, BianchiSchwald is well equipped to resolve major and complex assignments, drawing on its combined wealth of experience, passion and personal commitment.

With offices in Geneva, Zurich, Lausanne and Bern BianchiSchwald is providing national coverage. Together with a powerful international network the firm is able to bring together at short notice expert teams focused on and tailored to the needs of the client to deal with local and cross-border transactions/cases.

Top-quality legal advice requires top-performing employees. The firm relies on its outstanding networks in both the business and the academic communities to recruit the best lawyers on an ongoing basis.

Areas of practice: BianchiSchwald is one of the leading Swiss business law firms with offices in Geneva, Zurich, Lausanne and Bern. The firm’s team of highly qualified lawyers acts for top-ranking national and international clients from all business sectors, ranging from individuals to small and medium-size businesses as well as global companies.

BianchiSchwald is a full-service law firm, covering all areas of civil and commercial law. In addition, the firm provides dispute resolution and litigation services before judicial tribunals, criminal and administrative courts and within the arbitration and mediation settings. The firm has gained a solid reputation, with expertise in a broad range of business-based practice areas. Ultimately, the firm’s success is based upon its absolute commitment to clients, having a deep knowledge of clients’ industry needs and through adopting a pragmatic mind-set.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and capital markets Thomas Goossens
Banking, finance and capital markets Thierry Amy
Corporate/M&A Manuel Bianchi della Porta
Corporate/M&A Thomas Schmid
Commercial and Contracts Marc Metzger
Competition law Manuel Bianchi della Porta
Competition law Christoph Gasser
Energy and environment Mathieu Simona
Insolvency, corporate recovery and corporate restructuring Thierry Amy
Insolvency, corporate recovery and corporate restructuring Thomas Schmid
Intellectual property and unfair competition/TMT Christoph Gasser
International assistance/white-collar crime Jean-Marc Carnicé
Employment, Pensions and Immigration Stéphanie Fuld
Litigation and arbitration Jean-Marc Carnicé
Public procurement Yves de Coulon
Public procurement Marc Metzger
Real estate/construction Yves de Coulon
Real estate/construction Marc Metzger
Sport Marc Metzger
Sport Philippe Boss
Tax Joseph Merhai
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Thierry Amy  photo Mr Thierry Amy Thierry Amy has many years of experience in representing and advising the…
Mr Manuel Bianchi della Porta  photo Mr Manuel Bianchi della Porta Manuel Bianchi della Porta advises entrepreneurs and companies. He assists them for…
Mr Philippe Vladimir Boss  photo Mr Philippe Vladimir Boss A former clerk at the Federal Criminal Court of Switzerland, Philippe Vladimir…
Mr Jean-Marc Carnicé  photo Mr Jean-Marc Carnicé Jean-Marc Carnicé is one of the Founding Partners of BianchiSchwald LLC (formerly…
Mr Dominique Christin  photo Mr Dominique Christin Dominique Christin is a recognized expert in corporate, tax, contract and banking…
Mrs Stéphanie Fuld  photo Mrs Stéphanie Fuld Head of the employment team, Stéphanie Fuld has more than 15 years…
Mr Thomas Goossens  photo Mr Thomas Goossens Thomas Goossens is an expert in the fields of banking and financial…
Mr Joseph Merhai  photo Mr Joseph Merhai Expert in corporate tax law, international tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, as…
Mr Mathieu Simona  photo Mr Mathieu Simona Mathieu Simona advises Swiss and international clients in the fields of real…
Mrs Joseane Vieira Meier  photo Mrs Joseane Vieira Meier Joseane Vieira Meier is graduated in Brazilian and Swiss law, what enables…
Mrs Hélène Weidmann  photo Mrs Hélène Weidmann For many years, Hélène Weidmann has been advising private and public companies…
Mr Yves de Coulon  photo Mr Yves de Coulon Yves de Coulon heads the Real Estate and Construction practice group at…
Number of lawyers : 50
at this office : 25
Contact :
Other offices : Bern
Other offices : Lausanne
Other offices : Zurich