Firm Profile > BianchiSchwald LLC > Zurich, Switzerland

BianchiSchwald LLC
P.O. BOX 1162

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 2

BianchiSchwald LLC's team is a go-to address for international commercial and national private banks. The offering includes representation in disputes, financing and comprehensive financing support. It has considerable expertise in the regulatory space, be it advising institutions on the implementation of new laws or on cryptocurrencies and blockchain topics; practice head Thomas Goossens is a key name in this space. Lausanne-based Thierry Amy is experienced in acting for clients before the FINMA and SIX Swiss Exchange.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Goosens

Other key lawyers:

Thierry Amy


‘The team is very reactive and efficient.’

‘Very good knowledge of the client’s structure and same partner as from the beginning.’

Key clients

Banque Profil de Gestion SA

HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA

Grupo BBVA

Hinduja Bank (Switzerland) SA

Barclays Bank SA

Macquarie Bank Limited

BNP Paribas SA

BNC Change (Suisse) SA, Geneva

Banque Piguet Galland & Cie Geneva (HQ)

Gadd Wealth Management SA

Task Wealth Management SA

Primis Investment (Suisse) SA

Berauk Capital AG

Employment Tier 2

Covering all language areas of Switzerland but with a particularly strong presence in the French-speaking areas, BianchiSchwald LLC acts on all kinds of employment issues, including pensions and immigration and acts in litigation and arbitration proceedings. The team has knowledge of criminal law issues and investigations related to employment matters, including sexual harassment and data fraud. Practice head Stéphanie Fuld advises on complex participation plans, hiring, secondments, transfers and mass dismissals and is also active in litigation. Clients include national and international companies as well as senior executives.

Practice head(s):

Stéphanie Fuld

Key clients

Dalkia Suisse SA

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

TPG / Transports publics genevois

UEFA / Union of European Football Associations

Sonepar International Services SA

Atlanticomnium SA

Philip Morris Products SA

Alcon Management SA


Intellectual property Tier 2

The IP practice at BianchiSchwald LLC has a strong footprint in trade mark, design and patent litigation. The team acts for various clients in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences, transport, fossil fuel and financial services sectors. The group also assists with general IP contractual issues including licensing and unfair competition matters, and trade mark, patent, design and domain name prosecutions and enforcement mandates. Praised as an ‘exceptionally capable, knowledgeable and generally formidable intellectual property lawyer’, Christoph Gasser heads up the team and is experienced in trade mark, patent and design litigation and arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Gasser


‘The intellectual property practice at BianchiSchwald is composed of exceptionally skilled lawyers who are unparalleled experts in all dimensions of intellectual property law: from patent to trade mark and design to copyright law. Where the team really stands out is their truly global outreach. Although based in Switzerland, BianchiSchwald lawyers can handle IP-related matters (including arbitration disputes) in various jurisdictions.’

‘I’d like to commend Christoph Gasser, head of the intellectual property practice. He is a renowned subject matter expert in IP and information technology law. I find his IP expertise impressive, especially when combined with his practical know-how gained at the Swiss Federal Patent Court as well as the Swiss Patent Bar. Christoph Gasser has a business-driven approach and is always able to come up with pragmatic solutions. He is approachable and responsive, which makes collaborating with him an exciting experience.’

‘BianchiSchwald has qualified and experienced attorneys and specialists who provide a full-service legal practice in Switzerland. It is well-positioned to deliver outstanding legal advice at local, national and international levels.’

‘I would recommend Christoph Gasser who is super efficient, responsive and very knowledgeable and experienced. It is a great pleasure working with him and I can rely on him to look after our trade mark cases.’

‘We have been working with BianchiSchwald 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.’

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

‘Great knowledge and expertise in this field of law. The fact that they manage and take care of such number of relevant clients is clearly a significant clue that they are a perfect match to in-house peers. We have received a number of positive recommendations to use this practice.’

‘Clearly Christopher Gasser is the firm’s best asset. His combination of lawyer and partner of the firm together with having been a patent judge is a perfect match, as his knowledge and legal approach are always an advantage when litigating and approaching conflicts.’

Key clients

Johnson Controls / Tyco




Canada Goose

Navita Schweiz

Micro Mobility Systems

Chilli Pro Scooter


Medtronic / Covidien

General Mills

Stadler Rail

Pro Zürcher Berggebiet



Promat / ETEX


Philipp Morris International

SVIT (Association of Swiss Real Estate Agents)

Saline Park

Dagda Consulting

Freshbox Switzerland

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

BianchiSchwald LLC is a trusted adviser to predominantly Swiss entities, with notable experience in private M&A transactions, private equity, joint ventures and public procurement projects. The client portfolio includes national SMEs, in particular from the industrial, consumer goods and healthcare sectors. Practice head Thomas Schmid stands out for 'his deal-making abilities', according to one clientOther names to note are Geneva-based Manuel Bianchi della PortaHans-Peter Schwald and Marc MetzgerHélène Weidmann in Lausanne and Stefan Scherrer are also active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Schmid

Other key lawyers:

Marc Metzger; Manuel Bianchi della Porta; Thomas Goossens; Hans-Peter Schwald; Hélène Weidmann; Stefan Scherrer


‘The individuals are throughout academically excellent and at the same time have a very sound commercial understanding. They are very hands on and always available.’

‘Thomas Schmid gives full client attention, always hands on, a very sound commercial understanding coupled with a can-do attitude that has made all clients happy. ’

‘Excellent know-how paired with entrepreneurial culture; always solution-oriented and efficient; involve not only legal considerations.’

‘Stefan Scherrer is customer- and solution-oriented with an entrepreneurial mindset. In addition to his expertise, he is also a strong negotiator and where necessary, he consults other experts, but keeps the overall coordination. Always top prepared, very efficient, 100% reliable.’

‘Thanks to its knowledge and expertise in the field of commercial and corporate law, BianchiSchwald LLC is able to develop creative and efficient solutions.’

‘Thomas Schmid is distinguished by his deal-making abilities and exceptional ability to swiftly apprehend the core of the matter in question. He is also able to point out possible risks and dangers and thus contribute to realistic and feasible solutions in order to protect our interest in the best and most efficient way possible. In difficult negotiations when pressure is high and time is running out, he was able to lead and guide us to breakthrough proposals, convince the opposite parties of these solutions and draft the respective agreements in an efficient and quick manner.’

‘Thomas Schmid is able to perfectly combine his profound knowledge of commercial, corporate and M&A matters with his know-how in shipping and especially legal questions connected to the sale of deep-sea vessels. This enables Thomas Schmid and his team to represent his clients to their complete and full satisfaction ’

‘Excellent support.’

Key clients

Stadler Rail AG, Switzerland

Swiss Federal Department of Finance

Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

Knowles Corporation, USA

Helvetica Capital AG

Richemont International SA

Davidson Capital Growth & Co KG

Banque Profil de Gestion SA

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 3

The broad life sciences practice at BianchiSchwald LLC advises healthcare groups, clinics and professionals on various topics, covering approvals, contract negotiations and dispute resolution, among other areas. Marc Metzger handles transactions and distribution agreements and leads the practice jointly with Geneva-based Thomas Goossens, who is well versed in private equity-related mandates. Stefan Scherrer is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Marc Metzger; Thomas Goossens

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Schmid; Stefan Scherrer


‘Reactiveness and strong experience in the field.’

‘Thomas Goossens is easy to work with, detail-oriented, available and has great practical knowledge in the field of biotech financing and corporate law and a good knowledge of the industry.’

‘The revision of healthcare contracts is very timely and efficient.’

Key clients

VAMED Management und Service Schweiz AG, Zihlschlacht-Sitterdorf

Rehaklinik Zihlschlacht AG, Zihlschlacht-Sitterdorf

VAMED Health Project Schweiz AG, Zihlschlacht-Sitterdorf

GliaPharm SA

Calypso Biotech SA

Correvio International Sàrl

Rehaklinik Dussnang AG

Reha Seewis AG

Widex Hörgeräte AG

WS Audiology AG

bloom Hörakustik AG

Kreos Capital

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

BianchiSchwald LLC is active for clients from industries including financial services, transport, healthcare and life sciences, and retail, among others. The group has experience in banking and finance, M&A, employment, real estate and tax. Managing partner Thomas Goossens is also knowledgeable in investment funds. Thierry AmyManuel Bianchi della Porta, and disputes specialist Jean-Marc Carnicé as well as Yves de CoulonStéphanie Fuld and Joseph Merhai are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Goosens

Other key lawyers:

Thierry Amy; Manuel Bianchi della Porta; Jean-Marc Carnicé; Yves de Coulon; Stéphanie Fuld; Joseph Merhai

Key clients

Banque Profil de Gestion SA

TPG / Transports publics genevois

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

Richemont International SA

Kreos Capital

Barclays Bank SA

BNP Paribas SA

Real estate and construction Tier 3

BianchiSchwald LLC covers a wide range of real estate matters, ranging from financing, transactions and leases to procurement, planning and rural property law. With offices across Switzerland, the team can provide specific and local assistance to its client base, which comprises national and international medium and large enterprises. It is led by Marc Metzger, who is also well versed in contract and construction law, and Yves de Coulon, who is based in Geneva, where he has particularly deep insight into the real estate market. Hans-Peter Schwald and associate Andreas Suter are also noted members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Yves de Coulon; Marc Metzger

Other key lawyers:

Hans-Peter Schwald; Andreas Suter

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

BianchiSchwald LLC's key areas of expertise are civil proceedings, criminal cases and disputes relating to sports law. The team is particularly well versed in white-collar criminal law matters, including anti-money laundering; practice co-head Jean-Marc Carnicé is a key name in this space. He jointly leads the practice with Cyrill Süess, who has experience in a variety of commercial disputes. The client portfolio includes national companies and individuals.

Practice head(s):

Jean-Marc Carnice; Cyrill Süess

Other key lawyers:

Dominique Ritter; Adrian Trutman


‘All the people showed very good analytical thinking and an exceptional ability to find and focus on the key parameters of the dispute.’

‘Cyrill Süess has an immense power of perception and a keen sense for conflict resolution, both in and out of court.’

‘Thanks to the qualified knowledge and expertise in the field of commercial, criminal and corporate law, BianchiSchwald LLC was able to develop creative and efficient solutions in order to protect our interests at all times. ‘

‘Adrian Trutman has shown a very good understanding of technical problems and was able to identify the key problem.’

‘The lawyers identify the situation very quickly and react adequately. ’

Key clients

Navita Schweiz GmbH (formerly Reico Vital Systeme GmbH), Huenenberg, Switzerland

Bouygues E&S InTec Schweiz AG

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 4

BianchiSchwald LLC's practitioners have experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, energy, nutrition, healthcare and life sciences, and sports. The group is active in capital markets, corporate, commercial and M&A matters, as well as in tax and IP matters. The names to note are Hans-Peter SchwaldMarc MetzgerThomas Schmid, and Christoph Gasser as well as Cyrill SüessSébastien Maury and Stefan Scherrer.

Tax Tier 4

BianchiSchwald LLC has expertise in direct and indirect taxes, customs and other levies as well as in tax litigation and the tax aspects of restructurings. The team is led by Joseph Merhai in Geneva, who is also well versed in criminal law as it relates to tax, and transfer pricing specialist Sébastien Maury. The group acts for corporations, investors, individuals and trusts. Gianni Fera handles corporate tax law.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Merhai; Sébastien Maury

Other key lawyers:

Gianni Fera


‘Focus on key sectors such as commodity trading tax-related issues. Strong execution capabilities. Good coordination between associates and the partner in charge who gets personally involved.’

‘Their strong command in international commodity trading (from a tax stand point) is a clear advantage. Meetings are well prepared.’

‘Joseph Merhai is a strong asset.’

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
Intellectual property and unfair competition/TMT Christoph Gasser
International assistance/white-collar crime Jean-Marc Carnicé
Stéphanie Fuld
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Christoph Gasser  photo Mr Christoph Gasser Christoph Gasser (Dr. iur. (Bern); LLM (Michigan)) is a partner and the…
 Sébastien Maury  photo Sébastien Maury Sébastien Maury is a specialist in corporate tax law, international tax planning,…
Mr Marc Metzger  photo Mr Marc Metzger Marc Metzger has more than twenty years of experience in advising listed…
 Cyrill Süess  photo Cyrill Süess Cyrill Süess is an accomplished dispute resolution expert in civil and commercial…
Mr Stefan Scherrer  photo Mr Stefan Scherrer Stefan Scherrer has many years of experience in advising listed and privately…
Mr Thomas Schmid  photo Mr Thomas Schmid Thomas Schmid is a recognized expert and your competent partner regarding national…
Mr Hans-Peter Schwald  photo Mr Hans-Peter Schwald Hans-Peter Schwald advises national and international companies in corporate legal matters, in…
Mr Adrian Trutmann photo Mr Adrian Trutmann Adrian Trutmann (MLaw, bilingual (German/French), Fribourg (CH)) advises and represents national and…
Number of lawyers : 50
at this office : 20
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Other offices : Bern
Other offices : Lausanne
Other offices : Geneva