Firm Profile > Kellerhals Carrard > Zurich, Switzerland
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Kellerhals Carrard > The Legal 500 Rankings
The Lugano office of multi-regional firm Kellerhals Carrard covers dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, IP and tax law. Arbitrator and corporate partner Henry Peter, banking litigator Ivan Paparelli, private client and tax specialist Giovanni Stucchi and M&A partner Massimiliano Maestretti are the names to note. The former head of KPMG's legal department in Lugano, Lars Schlichting, joined in June 2018, bringing experience in blockchain and ICO matters.
Public law Tier 1
Kellerhals Carrard has 'outstanding expertise in procurement law, providing profound advice on the client's position and perspective'. Other focus areas include regulatory matters relating to energy, transport and postal services, as well as immigration and administrative criminal law. 'Outstanding and experienced public-law litigator' Christoph Jäger assists Swiss Post with internal investigations concerning its subsidiary PostBus Switzerland's compliance with subsidy law. In other work, it is representing Tamedia in its complaint against railway company Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)'s granting of a public tender bid for advertising to APG Allgemeine Plakatgesellschaft.
Sports law Tier 1
The 'extensively knowledgeable, experienced and very responsive' sports law team at Kellerhals Carrard 'demonstrates a comprehensive approach' and provides 'flexible solutions and clear explanations of possible consequences'. Its range of services includes anti-doping proceedings, football disputes and governance issues, as well as commercial, media-related and regulatory advice. The 'pragmatic' Jean-Pierre Morand leads the representation of the International Olympic Committee against the appeals brought by more than 40 Russian athletes concerning violations of anti-doping rules, while 'globally leading doping arbitration expert' Ross Wenzel defended the International Association of Athletics Federation against an appeal brought by an athlete who had participated in the 2011 World Athletics Championships. 'Deeply knowledgeable, fully dedicated, organised and coherent' attorney and barrister David Casserly, who joined the firm in 2017, 'stands out as an advocate in oral hearings'. François Carrard, who has an 'analytical' approach, is another name to note.
Capital markets Tier 2
Transactions, exchange-traded products, IPOs, asset management, derivatives and disclosure matters make up the bulk of work at Kellerhals Carrard. Dominik Oberholzer advised Man Group on the foundation of an international CLO investment vehicle, and also assisted UBS with the regulatory registration and listing of financial products on SIX Swiss Exchange. Beat Brechbühl acted for Aventron on a cross-border share capital increase.
The practice at 'business-oriented, efficient and pragmatic firm' Kellerhals Carrard 'cares about client objectives and offers great service and know-how in all areas'. It is especially known for mid-cap M&A transactions, corporate governance and fintech matters. 'Highly intelligent and entrepreneurial' managing partner Beat Brechbühl advised the families Inäbit and Haag on the sale of its 70 per cent stake in Haag Streit Group to Metall Zug, while Edgar Philippin acted for Accor on its acquisition of Mövenpick's hotel business. Clients also recommend 'practical and precise thinker' Ines Pöschel.
Employment Tier 2
Present in all parts of Switzerland, Kellerhals Carrard acts for a number of long-term clients, frequently advising on contractual matters and negotiations, as well as dispute resolution. In a major highlight, the team advised numerous clients on the drafting of employment agreements and incentive plans in connection with the implementation of say-on-pay rules. Daniel Alder heads the team.
Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2
A popular choice for industry-related litigation, regulatory and financing advice, Kellerhals Carrard is recommended for its 'high levels of responsiveness and knowledge'. In a recent highlight, Thomas Eichenberger is representing Roche Pharma in an administrative appeal proceeding against regulatory authority Swissmedic concerning its decision to prohibit certain phrases included in the summary of product characteristics for Herceptin.
Kellerhals Carrard focuses on company restructurings and liquidation proceedings. Lukas Bopp represents Banque Privée Espírito Santo in a voidance action related to a payment dating back before its insolvency, while Daniel Staehelin and Jean-Luc Chenaux are handling the client's ongoing liquidation.
Competition Tier 3
The competition practice at Kellerhals Carrard is recommended for serving as 'a very efficient one-stop shop for antitrust, abuse of dominance and merger control cases'. Other areas of expertise include compliance audits and training, as well as representation in price supervision proceedings. Many clients stem from the healthcare and life sciences, manufacturing, construction and telecoms industries. Daniel Emch, who is 'a brilliant and experienced competition lawyer with outstanding economic expertise', assists with the Swiss merger control notification of the joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Carl Zeiss. The team is also representing Erne Holding AG, Galenica, HCI Solutions and Groupe Editis in separate appeal proceedings against ComCo decisions.
Kellerhals Carrard employs 'arbitration specialists' in Zurich and Bern, who mainly cover commercial and sports arbitration. A recent highlight for Bernhard Berger and Martin Molina was the representation of the claimant, the Republic of Croatia, in $5bn setting-aside proceedings against a final award granted to MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company. François Kaiser, Henry Peter and senior associate Olivier Mosimann are also key practitioners.
Insurance Tier 3
The 'vastly knowledgeable and solution-driven' insurance team at Kellerhals Carrard is known for its 'reliable, efficient, professional and personable collaboration' with clients and 'a good connection to commercial ancillary practices'. It handles a range of work, including the resolution of disputes, liability and coverage issues and the design of insurance products, as well as regulatory advice and negotiations with FINMA. Basel-based Pascal Grolimund, who 'has a very clear judgement of situations', defended a large insurance company against a multimillion-dollar coverage claim brought by a policy holder, including bringing a counter-claim concerning alleged insurance fraud related to a disability pension. Practice head Christoph Frey produces 'outstanding work' and 'never fails to keep the client informed with to-the-point memos'.
Intellectual property Tier 3
Kellerhals Carrard advises on the strategy, implementation, commercialisation and protection of patents, copyrights, trade marks, designs and other types of intellectual property. Zurich-based Daniel Alder and commercial specialist Stefano Perucchi in Lugano are the key contacts.
Kellerhals Carrard opened its Geneva office in January 2019 following its merger with De Pfyffer & Partners. The Lausanne office is recognised for its strengths in corporate, dispute resolution, insolvency, sports and TMT matters. François Carrard, Edgar Philippin, Jean-Luc Chenaux and Ross Wenzel are the main practitioners.
With significant sector-based expertise, Kellerhals Carrard is renowned for its experience in sports matters and public law, as well as capital markets, corporate and M&A and insolvency law. Managing partner Beat Brechbühl, Thomas Eichenberger, Daniel Emch and Christoph Jäger are key names.
TMT Tier 3
The TMT team at Kellerhals Carrard focuses on litigation, outsourcing projects, IT licensing, fintech and e-commerce matters. Lausanne-based Edgar Philippin assists the Basketball Champions League with the commercialisation of its media rights and outsourcing of media contents production. Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch and Nicolas Mosimann are other key names.
Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 4
Kellerhals Carrard fields 'a business-driven, responsive, accurate and client-oriented' team, which handles asset management, regulatory issues, leasing transactions and fintech projects. Notable clients include UBS, Man Group and Deutsche Bank. Dominik Oberholzer is 'a go-to lawyer for questions on Swiss regulations, funds and asset management'. Armin Kuehne and Cornelia Stengel are also key practitioners. Blockchain expert Lars Schlichting, who is based in Lugano, joined with three attorneys from KPMG Switzerland.
'Well known and experienced commercial litigation firm' Kellerhals Carrard displays 'a clear, partner-managed and aggressive approach in court'. The sizeable team is active in litigation related to corporate and commercial matters, insolvency proceedings and post-M&A disputes throughout Switzerland. Co-lead Andreas Guengerich is acting for a Swiss architects firm in its additional compensation claim against a city due to modifications applied during the construction of a new theatre, while his 'pleasant, professional and competent' counterpart Lukas Bopp supported the insolvent Banque Privée Espirito Santo in a voidance action concerning a payment made during liquidity. Clients also recommend the 'very experienced and commercially knowledgeable' Peter Schatz. Lugano-based Ivan Paparelli and François Roger Micheli, who joined the new Geneva office from Python in January 2019, are other names to note. Life sciences, internal compliance and corruption specialist Claudia Götz was a new arrival from Novartis in October 2018.
Kellerhals Carrard > Firm Profile
Kellerhals Carrard is a full-service law firm with more than 200 legal experts and offices in Basel, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne, Lugano, Sion and Zurich as well as representative offices in Shanghai and Tokyo. The firm offers a full range of legal services for national and international clients in all areas of corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on cross border transactions. The firm is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, understanding of business needs and pragmatic approach.
Kellerhals Carrard advises and represents companies and entrepreneurs from all industries and economic sectors, public authorities, national and international organisations and private individuals before all judicial and administrative bodies nationally and abroad in practically all areas of the law. Kellerhals Carrard’s activities are focused on:
- Company and corporate law, external legal department
- Litigation, arbitration and insolvency law
- M&A and capital markets law
- Regulatory financial markets law, financial services, collective investments, leasing, insurance
- IT/IP, distribution, competition and anti-trust law
- International sports law
- Public law
- Employment and social insurance law
- Commercial criminal law and international mutual assistance / compliance
- Family and inheritance law for private customers
- Notarial office
KC focuses in particular on the areas of financial services, life sciences, IMT sport, energy, real estate/construction as well as on trading and retail.
|Managing Partner KC||Beat Brechbuehlemail@example.com||+41 58 200 35 00|
|Managing Partner KC Basel||Marco Balmellifirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 58 200 30 00|
|Managing Partner KC Bern||Philippe Frésardemail@example.com||+41 58 200 35 00|
|Managing Partner KC Geneva||Emmanuèle Argandfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 58 200 32 00|
|Managing Partner KC Geneva||Clarence Peteremail@example.com||+41 58 200 32 00|
|Managing Partner KC Lausanne/Sion||Jean-Philippe Rochatfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 58 200 33 00|
|Managing Partner KC Lugano||Massimiliano Maestrettiemail@example.com||+41 58 200 31 00|
|Managing Partner KC Zurich||Daniel Lengauerfirstname.lastname@example.org||+41 58 200 39 00|
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Staff FiguresPartners : more than 80 Senior Associates : more than 20 Associates : more than 60 Notary Public : 10 Of Counsels : 15 Legal Counsels : 5 Attorneys trainee : more than 20
LanguagesEnglish German Swiss German French Italian Spanish Portuguese Polish Russian Arabic Mandarin Japanese
MembershipsSCG Legal TAGLaw - A Worldwide Alliance of Independent Law Firms IBA (International Bar Association) ABA (American Bar Association) Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) International Association of Lawyers (UIA) AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Capital markets
- Commercial, corporate and M&A
- Healthcare and life sciences
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- Dispute resolution: arbitration
- Intellectual property
- Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland
- Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland
- Banking and finance: Zurich
- Dispute resolution: litigation