Firm Profile > Kellerhals Carrard > Basel, Switzerland

Kellerhals Carrard
Henric Petri-Strasse 35
P.O. Box 257
CH-4010 Basel
Switzerland

Employment Tier 1

Among the largest employment practices in Switzerland, Kellerhals Carrard advises on the full spectrum of employment law matters as well as immigration and data protection. The team acts for Swiss and foreign corporations and has specialised industry knowledge of the pharmaceutical, health care, insurance, fashion, sports and construction sectors. Practice heads Christoph Zimmerli and Urs Marti regularly handle company and employment disputes, including dismissals of senior employees and disputes regarding bonus payments. Ivan Paparelli, Jonathan Bernasconi and Daniel Alder are further key contacts. The team in Bern was joined in late 2019 by Michael Daphinoff from Walder Wyss Ltd..

Practice head(s):

Christoph Zimmerli; Urs Marti

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Alder; Jonathan Bernasconi; Ivan Paparelli; Michael Daphinoff

Key clients

CSL Behring AG and CSL Behring Lengnau AG

STS Group/ STS Group Switzerland AG

H&M Hennes & Mauritz AG

VF International Sagl (VANS, The North Face, Timberland, Dickies, Altra, Bulwark FR, Eagle Creek, Eastpak, Icebreaker, Jansport, Kipling and Napapijri)

Zegna Group (Consitex SA, Coti Service, Ermenegildo Zegna, Z Zegna, Agnona)

Moncler Suisse SA (Moncler Group)

K12 Inc.

Staar Surgical Company

International School of Berne AG

Lindenhofgruppe AG

Walo Bertschinger AG

Bern Welcome AG

RUAG Ammotec AG

Fintech Tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard’s fintech practice advises its clients, which range from start-ups and mid-size companies to international players in the financial services sector, on a host of matters involving payment systems, asset management, initial coin offerings, crowd funding and lending as well as crypto-exchanges, funds and certificates. The team covers the regulatory aspects of fintech projects as well as data protection, funding and transactions. Cornelia Stengel frequently performs legal analysis of new systems, products and technologies within the financial market. Lars Schlichting is experienced in decentralised finance projects as well as setting up companies with tokenized shares.

Practice head(s):

Cornelia Stengel

Other key lawyers:

Lars Schlichting

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with superb knowledge. They are really on top of things in terms of Swiss legal and regulatory framework for blockchain and other fintech areas.’

‘Emanuel Dettwiler is a real expert in fintech matters.’

Key clients

Swiss FinTech Innovations

trustwise.io ag

ORS SA

Eidoo

Santiment Gmbh

Sppyns

Dukascopy SA

Orell Füssli Holding AG

Eight Roads Ventures (Fidelity)

CreditGate24 (Schweiz) AG

Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

The practitioners at Kellerhals Carrard's Lugano office are active in a range of practice areas, notably in M&A, intellectual property, dispute resolution and tax. Led by private client specialist Massimiliano Maestretti, the line-up also includes corporate adviser Henry PeterGiovanni Stucchi who knows tax and commercial law well, and DR-expert Ivan Paparelli as well as Andrea Fioravanti and Stefano Perucchi.

Practice head(s):

Massimiliano Maestretti

Other key lawyers:

Henry Peter; Giovanni Stucchi; Ivan Paparelli; Andrea Fioravanti; Stefano Perucchi; Lars Schlichting; Jonathan Bernasconi

Key clients

36th America’s Cup Arbitration Panel

AF Corse Srl

Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana SpA

Audi Sport GmbH (W Racing Team SA, Belgium and Comtoyou Racing JNVS Sprl, Belgium)

Deborah Group SpA

Dukascopy Bank

Euroleague Basketball

Fondo Edifici di Culto

Inpeco SA

Manchester City Football Club Ltd.

Parmalat Group

TAS International

Zegna Group

Public law Tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard offers ‘high level quality’ advice across all economy related areas of public law, including litigation, from both a Swiss and international perspective. The team has specific expertise in public procurement law, acting for both tenderers and awarding bodies as well as in public construction, planning and environmental law. The ‘excellentChristoph Jäger is specialised in litigating in areas of regulatory affairs, especially concerning key public infrastructures, and heads the Bern office together with Andreas Güngerich. The Lugano office is headed by Ivan Paparelli, who is experienced in litigation concerning, among others, construction law, and Jonathan Bernasconi.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Jäger; Andreas Güngerich; Ivan Paparelli; Jonathan Bernasconi

Testimonials

‘Cases, regardless of specialization, are handled very professionally, comprehensively, competently and extremely quickly (on time).’

‘All partners perform exceptionally well.’

‘Christoph Jäger and Thomas Geiger are very experienced litigators in the field of administrative law, work very customer-orientated, but give legal guidance whenever it is necessary. Highly professional litigators, also for complex cases!’

‘Very high focus on conceptual rule-of-law issues combined with high attention to fact-finding and willingness to defend a client’s position also against regulatory bodies. Very responsive and detail-minded while maintaining the ability to clearly and abstractly bring legal concepts to bear and convincingly argue against contrarian views.’

‘The team, headed by Christoph Jäger, always provides the support you need in the desired time. High level quality. You always can rely on their advices. High availability when needed. Fair pricing regarding the quality of services and results.’

‘Christoph Jäger is an excellent and trustworthy lawyer, highly qualified, with a deep understanding of business issues. At the same time he is socially competent, co-operative and engaged. It is a pleasure to work with him. Uncomplicated, close to our practical issues, very pragmatic in finding executable and reasonable solutions. Very fast in capturing new issues.’

Key clients

BKW Energie AG

AVAG AG

Losinger Marazzi AG

BLS AG

Vigier Group

eOperations Schweiz AG

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

Canton of Berne, several agencies

Swiss Federal Administration, several agencies

Sports law Tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard acts for numerous international and national sports federations, clubs, teams and individuals on a variety of regulatory, transactional, contractual as well as contentious matters and has a particular specialism in the field of anti-doping litigation. The team is experienced in matters concerning football, athletics and motorsports and has an enviable track record in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Ross Wenzel and Jean-Pierre Morand are specialised in sports commercial matters. David Casserly and Marco Balmelli are key names for litigation concerning football-related matters, among other issues. François Carrard is an experienced arbitrator and advises sports organisations on organisational and structural matters. Massimiliano Maestretti focuses on Formula One teams. Nicolas Zbinden is also noted.

Practice head(s):

François Carrard; Jean-Pierre Morand; Ross Wenzel; Marco Balmelli; David Casserly; Massimiliano Maestretti

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Zbinden

Testimonials

‘Ross Wenzel is one of the very best operators in the field of sports disputes. He has particular expertise in anti-doping where his knowledge and experience is second to none in my experience. He does his own advocacy and is equally adept before disciplinary bodies and the Court of Arbitration for Sport. He is always available for clients and incredibly good at turning around work in short periods of time. He really is the go to guy for international federations and anti-doping organisations.’

‘All their lawyers are very good and they work perfectly together.’

‘The sports law practice group at Kellerhals Carrard stands out because of its high-level expertise. There are several lawyers (Jean-Pierre Morand, Ross Wenzel and David Casserly to name three) who have more experience representing international federations than anyone else in the world.’

‘They proved to be the best in the speciality (motorsport) for which we sought their service.’

Key clients

FIBA / Basketball Champions League SA

Paris Saint-Germain Football SASP (France)

FC Nantes

Santos FC

Ukrainian Association of Football

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

World Athletics

International Weightlifting Federation

Ducati Motor Holding SpA

AF Corse Srl

Audi Sport GmbH (W Racing Team SA, Belgium and Leopard Racing Team Audi Comtoyou Racing JNVS Sprl, Belgium)

Manchester City Football Club

Euroleague Basketball

Grasshopper Club Zurich

International Swimming Federation (FINA)

FC Porto (Portugal)

Euroleague (Basketball)

Doyen Sports Investments

World Rugby

Football Association of Ireland

Phnom Penh Crown Football Club

SC Internacional

International Powerlifting Federation

European Bridge League

World Bridge Federation

Adrien Silva

Capital markets Tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard is regularly instructed by asset managers and investors to advise on listed financial products. The team is particularly active for national and international companies and banks, for which it also handles capital market transactions in the mid-market. Beat Brechbuehl in Bern has experience of equity offerings and IPOs, while Dominik Oberholzer specialises in financial products. Edgar Philippin and Jean-Luc Chenaux are the key practitioners in Lausanne.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbühl; Dominik Oberholzer

Other key lawyers:

Edgar Philippin; Jean-Luc Chenaux

Key clients

Daetwyler Holding AG

EOS Holding SA

UBS AG

Franklin Templeton Group

Deutsche Bank / DWS

BKW Energie AG

Aventron Ltd

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard advises a diverse range of clients from various sectors, including technology, healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality, as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations. Team heads Nicolas Mosimann, Daniel Alder, Ralph Gramigna, Christophe Rapin and Stefano Perucchi advise on tracking technology and employee data protection issues, direct marketing issues and international data transfer arrangements, among others. With regard to compliance programmes, the team regularly cooperates with the firm’s white-collar crime/internal investigations team.

Practice head(s):

Nicolas Mosimann; Daniel Alder; Ralph Gramigna; Christophe Rapin; Stefano Perucchi

Key clients

Magnolia International AG

Swiss FinTech Innovations (SFTI)

Eidoo SA

Undo Studio SA

Novartis Group

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard's team is 'characterised by its excellent cooperation with each other and with clients', which makes cross-departmental collaboration run smoothly. A particular area of expertise is dispute resolution, where the group represents national and foreign companies as well as doctors and hospitals in litigation and arbitration proceedings. The team's offering also includes regulatory advice and compliance matters, as well as financing and M&A transactions. Thomas Eichenberger in Bern leads the team and is also well versed in tort and product liability law. Basel-based Claudia Götz Staehelin is noted as a 'highly experienced litigator and a superb advocate with excellent strategic skills'. Nicolas Mosimann, Christoph Zimmerli and Jean-Luc Chenaux are key contacts in Basel, Bern and Lausanne, respectively. Oliver Brupbacher from Novartis joined the Basel office in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Eichenberger

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Götz Staehelin; Nicolas Mosimann; Christoph Zimmerli; Jean-Luc Chenaux; Oliver Brupbacher; Claudio Helmle

Testimonials

‘The team is outstanding. Its knowledge in pharmaceutical is exceptional, given the background and long-standing experience as in-house executives. The team is able to understand company’s internal processes and needs and adapt it very well to legal strategies and solutions.’

‘The Kellerhals Carrard group includes partners with strong experience within life sciences companies, and they bring a practical results-oriented approach to counseling and representing clients. The Kellerhals lawyers are very good at helping clients achieve their business objectives within the law, and effectively defending clients when their actions have been challenged; such an approach adds real value.’

‘Claudia Götz Staehelin manages to be both intellectually rigorous and practical at once, and calmly approaches even the biggest crises. She asks hard questions and digs for not just “right” answers, but the best answers. She is a natural leader.’

‘Oliver Brupbacher brings a thirst for innovation and a command of the intricacies of Swiss-US legal interactions that makes him immensely valuable to any cross-border or multinational dispute team; he is also thoughtful and thorough, and seeks out practical solutions.’

‘Kellerhals Carrard has a long lasting track record of profound knowledge of the Healthcare and life science sector and provide timely legal advice and have a profound knowledge also on the related proceedings in this field. ’

‘Thomas Eichenberger has a profound knowledge in the field and is THE expert to go to in the field of Swiss Healthcare and Life sciences law. ’

‘The team is characterized by its excellent cooperation with each other and with the clients and is able to conduct all types of litigations at any time. It is quick to react, efficient and delivers solutions that are waterproof.’

‘Claudia Götz Staehelin is a highly experienced litigator and a superb advocate with excellent strategic skills. She is a sharp tactician, always looking a few steps ahead strategically. Given her background, Claudia has a great reputation for her deep industry and business understanding. She has particular experience in handling large compliance investigations and cross-border proceedings, and Claudia is excellent in including not only the legal aspects in the case strategy, but also aspects beyond that, such as reputation and real crisis management.’

Key clients

Roche Pharma (Schweiz) AG

Interpharma

Gilead Sciences Switzerland Sàrl

Novartis Group

Vifor Pharma AG

Amazentis SA

Arctos Medical AG/Walter Inaebnit

IQVIA Inc.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard is active in advising officers and directors in corporate and insolvency reorganisations. The team, which is led by litigators Daniel Staehelin and Lukas Bopp in Basel, also advises clients on the purchase of businesses or assets of distressed companies and acts as court-appointed trustees. Its client portfolio includes a variety of banks and other financial institutions. Also in Basel, Emanuel Dettwiler is a key practitioner in distressed M&A.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Staehelin; Bopp Lukas

Other key lawyers:

Emanuel Dettwiler

Key clients

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Lehman Brothers Limited

Peter Lang AG

Parmalat Group

Banque Privée Espírito Santo SA en liquidation

Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana S.p.a.

Insurance Tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard has a strong reputation for the resolution of insurance law disputes, acting for domestic and international insurers, policyholders and brokers on all issues regarding liability and coverage, often achieving ‘outstanding results in litigation’. The team, consisting of a number of partners and lawyers focusing primarily on insurance and re- insurance law, further advises on the design of insurance products as well as regulatory and supervisory matters. Christoph Frey, Pascal Grolimund, Thomas Eichenberger, Nicolas Gillard and Ivan Paparelli head the Zurich, Basel, Berne, Lausanne and Lugano offices respectively.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Frey; Pascal Grolimund; Thomas Eichenberger; Nicolas Gillard; Ivan Paparelli

Testimonials

‘Very personal and customer-oriented legal service provider. Extremely efficient support with outstanding results in litigation and well-rounded and to the point work products.’

‘Christoph Frey with his team of Matthias Spinner and Anna Menzi provide an outstanding and very broad palette of legal support. Minimal instruction effort leads nevertheless to optimal outcome.’

Key clients

KPT Versicherungen AG

Visana Services AG

Basler Versicherungen

Chubb Insurance (Switzerland) Limited

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard is noted for its broad offering, in terms of practice areas and cities covered. The key practitioners are Beat BrechbuehlChristoph JägerDaniel Emch and Thomas Eichenberger in the Bern office as well as Claudia Götz Staehelin in Basel and Cornelia Stengel in Zurich; they cover, M&A, litigation, investigations, sports, and capital markets matters, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbuehl

Other key lawyers:

Christoph Jäger; Daniel Emch; Thomas Eichenberger; Claudia Götz Staehelin; Cornelia Stengel

Key clients

Daetwyler Holding AG

Alpiq Holding AG / EOS Holding SA

UBS AG

Vivendi / Groupe Editis

Swiss Football League

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AG

Zegna Group (Consitex SA, Coti Service, Ermenegildo Zegna, Z Zegna, Agnona)

Swiss FinTech Innovations (SFTI)

Orell Füssli Holding AG

Swiss Financial Market Authority (FINMA)

Lehman Brothers Limited

Parmalat Group

Man Group plc

ETH Board (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)

Schmolz+Bickenbach Beteiligungs GmbH

UBS Fund Management / UBS “Sima”

CSL Behring

GS Banque SA, now One Swiss Bank

Franklin Templeton Group

DWS

Barings

GAM Investment Management (Switzerland) Ltd.

AXA Versicherungen AG,

Swiss FinTech Innovations

Provins SA

aventron

Möbel-Pfister Ltd.

Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS)

United Sec

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard's banking and finance practice is noted for its activity in novel areas such as payment systems, crowd lending, cryptocurrencies and blockchain. The group also advises on anti-money laundering matters, financing instruments and asset management. The team is led by Cornelia Stengel, who has deep experience in financial services regulation. Other key practitioners are Dominik Oberholzer and Armin Kühne, who have notable expertise advising on matters relating to investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Cornelia Stengel

Other key lawyers:

Armin Kühne; Dominik Oberholzer

Testimonials

‘Excellent and timely service. Always available and hard-working, and pro-actively seeking solutions.’

Key clients

GS Banque SA, now One Swiss Bank

Franklin Templeton Group

DWS

Barings

GAM Investment Management (Switzerland) Ltd.

Man Group plc

UBS AG

AXA Versicherungen AG

Swiss FinTech Innovations

Dukascopy

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard fields a sizeable team of specialists in this area that are spread out across the firm's various Swiss offices. The practice is noted for its expertise in advising on deals in the the mid-cap space and on corporate governance matters. The group is also active in the start-up scene, where it is able to leverage the wider firm's strengths in fintech and technology. Key names include Beat Brechbuehl in Bern; Ines Poeschel and Reto Schumacher  in Zurich; Edgar Philippin in Lausanne; Emanuel Dettwiler in Basel; Lugano-based Massimiliano Maestretti; and Clarence Peter in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbuehl; Ines Poeschel; Edgar Philippin; Emanuel Dettwiler; Massimiliano Maestretti; Reto Schumacher; Clarence Peter

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Luc Chenaux; Nicolas Mosimann

Key clients

Provins SA

aventron

Möbel-Pfister Ltd.

Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport (DDPS)

United Security Providers

Vifor Pharma AG

BKW Energie AG

Arctos Medical AG

ETH Board (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich)

IQVIA Inc.

Basler Versicherung AG

Schmolz+Bickenbach Beteiligungs GmbH

Mobiliar

Tally Weijl Holding AG

Bilcare Ltd.

Rhenus Alpina AG

Competition Tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard regularly advises companies from industries such as life sciences, construction, telecoms and consumer products on competition matters. Its offering includes assistance in cartel and abuse of dominant position investigations, merger control filings, compliance and representation in relevant disputes. The practice is jointly led by 'smart strategistDaniel Emch in Bern and Lausanne-based Christophe Rapin, who joined from Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd in January 2020. Daniel Lengauer is the key contact in Zurich.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Emch; Christophe Rapin

Other key lawyers:

Stefanie Karlen; Daniel Lengauer

Testimonials

‘Christophe Rapin is an outstanding competition lawyer handling complex matters. We value his experience and pragmatic way of approaching often complex scenarios – always a great experience. ’

‘The team is impressive. Daniel Emch and his associates act very quickly, they communicate clearly and they always follow a clear and goal-oriented strategy. They ensure that the client is not bothered with unnecessary questions of detail and can concentrate on the crucial issues that are of importance for the company.’

‘Daniel Emch is a very smart strategist. He has a good feeling for realistic points of view. He also has an impressive knowledge of economics. Towards clients he is uncomplicated, direct and natural.’

‘Strong team in business practice.’

‘Christophe Rapin is an outstanding professional in business law.’

‘The antitrust team of Kellerhals Carrard is very convincing. Being present in all parts of the country and having German, French as well as Italian-speaking antitrust lawyers, the team can definitely handle any large and international cases.’

‘Daniel Emch analyses quickly and precisely and has a very good tactical sense for target-oriented strategies. He is a brilliant lawyer with extraordinary good knowledge of competition and regulatory economics.’

‘The lawyers from Kellerhals Carrard have a good knowledge of the competition law, have a good understanding of the pharmaceutical business and provide profound and useful legal advise in a timely manner.’

Key clients

Vivendi / Groupe Editis

Groupe PSA (Peugeot)

 

Spie / Fanac & Robas

Frutiger Group

Nobel Biocare AG – Danaher Group

Fenaco / Grana Group

Vilebrequin

L’Oréal Suisse SA

Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard's team includes a 'good mix of senior people with industry knowledge and young talent with global connections'. Team members are involved as counsel, mediators and arbitrators in a variety of arbitration proceedings. Bern-based Bernhard Berger stands out for agency and distribution, M&A and joint venture cases and Martin Molina has core expertise in the commodity trading, medtech and energy fields. In Basel, Olivier Mosimann has a 'strong commercial background' and Claudia Götz Staehelin is a key names for life sciences disputes. François KaiserHenry Peter and Jean-Cédric Michel are the key contacts in Lausanne, Lugano and Geneva, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Berger; Martin Molina; Olivier Mosimann; François Kaiser; Henry Peter; Jean-Cédric Michel

Testimonials

‘Martin Molina is fluent in German, French, English and Spanish making his practice very international. Martin is an excellent professional with exceptional strategic approach to the case. He is very calm and this quality radiates through to the team around him. It is very reassuring because you know that he is in control of the situation.’

‘Olivier Mosimann is an expert in both litigation and arbitration. Very smart, knowledgeable and easy to work with. Certainly one of the up and coming dispute resolution specialists in Switzerland.’

‘Bernhard Berger is one of the top Swiss arbitrators.’

‘The firm has a very efficient and focused approach, which helped resolve a complicated matter in a very short timeframe. Full partner attention at all times.’

‘Olivier Mosimann is very professional and has excellent judgement.’

‘Bernhard Berger is unique – with or without a team.’

‘Bernhard Berger is an exceptional lawyer. He is very precise, quick and pays the necessary attention to detail.’

‘Martin Molina is a strong practitioner, very knowledgeable and reliable. His ability to work seamlessly in French, German, English and Spanish is very impressive.’

‘Good mix of senior people with industry knowledge and young talent with global connections and very strong academic background.’

‘Claudia Götz has incredible industry know-how paired with legal rigor and a deep understanding of the business. This is significant and unique in this combination.’

‘Olivier Mosimann is an up and coming partner who has global connections through his long time involvement with the Vis Moot and Basel university, and a very strong academic background he knows how to put into practice.’

‘Basically form a dream-team for every in-house lawyer.’

‘Bernhard Berger is clearly a leader in arbitration. Very pleasant to work with, very diligent as an arbitrator. ’

‘Claudia Götz: always keeps oversight of the bigger picture and the strategy.’

‘Olivier Mosimann: Strong commercial background, absolute CISG expert.’

‘The Swiss market has a lot of strong players in the international arbitration space, but Kellerhals has shown excellent strength in intellectual property, and has been able to marry these two strengths for purposes of the matter on which we are collaborating.’

‘Martin Molina has very good instincts in the international arbitration context, and is exceedingly easy to work with.’

‘Dynamic and internationally-oriented arbitration team. Small, but very efficient team with highly qualified lawyers.’

‘Very dedicated and thorough lawyers, some with substantial in-house experience and an understanding of what clients need.’

‘Claudia Goetz is very sharp, great strategic thinker.’

‘Olivier Mosimann is thorough and very smart.’

Intellectual property Tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard assists clients with various contentious and non-contentious IP matters, especially trade mark and patent mandates across the whole span of registration, protection, exploitation, enforcement and anti-counterfeiting work. For contractual mandates, the team handles distribution, brand development and brand protection strategies and drafts various agreements including manufacturing, purchase and supply agreements. Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch and Nicolas Mosimann heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Alder; Daniel Emch; Nicolas Mosimann

Key clients

Magnolia International AG

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard is noted for covering a broad range of industries and practice areas. It has offices in Lausanne, Sion and Geneva, and its team has expertise in sports law, corporate and M&A, tax, competition, regulatory and disputes. Julien Rouvinez is the head of the Sion practice, and Emmanuèle Argand and Clarence Peter co-manage the Geneva office. Other key practitioners include Edgar PhilippinFrançois CarrardJean-Luc Chenaux and Christophe Rapin.

Practice head(s):

Edgar Philippin; Julien Rouvinez; Emmanuèle Argand; Clarence Peter

Other key lawyers:

François Carrard; Jean-Luc Chenaux; Christophe Rapin

Real estate and construction Tier 3

The sizeable team at Kellerhals Carrard has an 'excellent reputation in the construction sector', in which it is instructed by contractors, developers, real estate companies and governments. The team has considerable experience in public procurement and construction disputes, and has recently advised on the digitalisation of the construction sector. Practice head Bernd Hauck in Basel is a recognised practitioner in the field. He is supported by Andreas Guengerich and Mario Marti in Bern.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Hauck

Other key lawyers:

Fabrizio Gabrielli; Andreas Guengerich; Mario Marti

Testimonials

‘Kellerhals Carrard is one of the big law firms in Switzerland. The team has multiple resources and can therefore handle very complex matters. It provides high level and practical advice at decent hourly fees. ’

‘Bernd Hauck is the leader of the real estate team. Bernd is an excellent speaker and specialises in international construction law questions.’

‘The practice has unique knowledge of construction law, public procurement and planning contracts.’

‘Mario Marti is the best expert in construction law, public procurement and planning contracts.’

‘The law firm is present in the entire country (all languages) and is therefore aware of the various regional differences (which is key in the Swiss market). Even though the quality of the law firm services is outstanding the requested fees are still very fair. ’

‘Bernd Hauk’s out of the box thinking and his ability to give advice both in German and French is appreciated. First and foremost, he tries to understand the client’s needs helping to implement practical solutions.

‘I am a big fan of Bernd Hauck. He is extremely well connected with overseas construction lawyers and my experience of doing client work with him is that he can resolve problems in a measured and efficient way.’

‘The team is known for its excellent reputation in the construction sector. With their offices in all of the language regions in Switzerland, they cover the entire country. And they are big: The outstanding Real Estate and Construction team includes more than 30 lawyers.’

Key clients

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg

Steiner Investment Foundation

Bricks Group AG

CSL Behring

Itten+Brechbühl AG

Leonhard Weiss Bau AG

PDP Capital AG

STS Group

STS Group Switzerland AG

UBS Fund Management

UBS “Sima”

Ultimate Concepts Ltd.; Kigali (Rwanda)

TMT Tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard acts for various TMT clients, from small start-ups to multi-national corporations, on various matters, including tax, contractual, regulatory and litigation mandates. Headed up by Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch and Nicolas Mosimann, the team advises on issues pertaining to software developments, partnership agreements, software as a service matters, cloud computing work, licensings and data protection projects. Oliver Brupbacher joined in mid-2020 from an in-house role.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Alder; Daniel Emch; Nicolas Mosimann

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Brupbacher

Key clients

Magnolia International AG

Swiss Broadcasting Company (SRG SSR)

Vivendi / Groupe Editis / Interforum

Novartis Group

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Team members at Kellerhals Carrard are noted for 'working smoothly together to deliver excellent results'. The firm impresses with its broad litigation practice, offering legal assistance to companies from industries including pharmaceutical and life sciences, insurance, banking, construction and sports. It has contacts in all business centres of Switzerland: Lukas Bopp in Basel; Nicolas Gillard in Lausanne; Andreas Guengerich in Bern; Lugano-based Ivan PaparelliPeter Schatz in Zurich as well as Annemarie Streuli in the Geneva office. Life sciences specialist Claudia Götz Staehelin in Basel is also noted for her work in this space.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Bopp; Nicolas Gillard; Andreas Guengerich; Ivan Paparelli; Peter Schatz; Annemarie Streuli

Other key lawyers:

Claudia Götz Staehelin

Testimonials

‘The team handles disputes and investigations at the highest level, is very reliable and easy to work with.’

‘It is highly professional, dedicated and works seamlessly together to deliver flawless results. At the same time, it has a “down-to-earth” approach.’

‘The team has a quick grasp of issues that goes beyond just litigation advice, and is well-versed to strategically handle dispute and white collar crime problems of all sizes and at all levels of complexity.’

‘What makes the team stand out is their collaborative and business-oriented approach: the litigators, many of them former senior in-house leaders, have an excellent business understanding, broad and deep knowledge of various industries and a constant willingness to learn and explore new approaches to improve their work, including in the area of technology, data and digital.’

‘Claudia Götz Staehelin, with unrivalled industry expertise, is a highly experienced and technically qualified litigator, energetic and personally engaged with a quick mind. She is a strategic thinker and at the same time very pragmatic and client-oriented. She is a good team leader and easy to work with.’

‘The Kellerhals Carrard litigation team delivers excellent work, is very professional, responsive and, due to its grounded and pragmatic approach, easy to work with.’

‘All dispute resolution lawyers are highly experienced, dedicated and work smoothly together to deliver excellent results.’

‘The litigation team consists of talents from top to bottom and all levels contribute at a high level. They have very experienced lawyers with a practical approach who in a short time can provide what other firms charge hours of time to put together. I appreciated their ability to manage cases very efficiently and effectively.’

‘What makes the Kellerhals Carrard dispute team stand out is that the litigators have an excellent understanding of the client.’

‘Claudia Götz Staehelin is highly experienced, quick and sharp thinking; she combines the ability to set and navigate a clear case strategy with great legal and commercial judgment. She is very dedicated to her cases and tireless in achieving the best result for her clients. As the former Head of Litigation at Novartis, Claudia Götz Staehelin has unmatched industry knowledge and a clear understanding of clients’ needs and how to manage these needs.’

Key clients

Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Ost-Süd, Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Mitte, Cautionnement Romand, Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft SAFFA

Novartis Group

Jacques de Groote

Banque Privée Espiritó Santo SA in Liq.

Roche Pharma (Schweiz) AG and Interpharma

IQVIA

Private client Tier 4

Kellerhals Carrard acts for Swiss and foreign (U)HNWI, entrepreneurs, private banks and family offices in various locations throughout Switzerland. The key contacts are 'outstanding inheritance law expertIngrid Iselin, family law specialist Annette SpycherNicolas Gillard and Thomas Hentz in Geneva, Bern, Lausanne and Basel, respectively; the team also includes practitioners in Zurich and Lugano. The team advises on wills, estate planning and structuring of private investments, among other work.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Iselin; Annette Spycher

Other key lawyers:

Nicolas Gillard; Thomas Hentz; Sabine Wyss; Nicolas Hoffmann

Testimonials

‘Ingrid Iselin is very knowledgeable and fights very hard for the interests of her clients.’

‘Annette Spycher is very much to the point and very responsive.’

‘Personal treatment on sensitive matters.’

‘Annette Spycher was well available at any moment to support the client, even out of office.’

‘The Geneva firm has an excellent reputation in the private client sector. It is very responsive and customer oriented. You never have to wait for a qualitatively good and timely response.’

‘Geneva-based Ingrid Iselin-Zellweger is an outstanding inheritance law expert. We always work with her when we have a legal procedure in the French speaking part of Switzerland. She regularly achieves stunning results in negotiations. Her team’s responsiveness is also outstanding.’

‘Strong, clear advice and proven ability to collaborate effectively on international matters.’

‘Ingrid Iselin is a thorough inheritance specialist.’

‘Annette Spycher is a focussed and practical source of strategic input on a complex jurisdictional matter, providing invaluable insight in a timely manner.’

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
  • Tax
  • 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner KC Beat Brechbuehl beat.brechbuehl@kellerhals-carrard.ch +41 58 200 35 00
Managing Partner KC Basel Nicolas Mosimann nicolas.mosimann@kellerhals-carrard.ch +41 58 200 30 00
Managing Partner KC Bern Philippe Frésard philippe.fresard@kellerhals-carrard.ch +41 58 200 35 00
Managing Partner KC Geneva Emmanuèle Argand emmanuele.argand@kellerhals-carrard.ch +41 58 200 32 00
Managing Partner KC Geneva Clarence Peter clarence.peter@kellerhals-carrard.ch +41 58 200 32 00
Managing Partner KC Lausanne/Sion Edgar Philippin edgar.philippin@kellerhals-carrard.ch +41 58 200 33 00
Managing Partner KC Lugano Massimiliano Maestretti massimiliano.maestretti@kellerhals-carrard.ch +41 58 200 31 00
Managing Partner KC Zurich Daniel Lengauer daniel.lengauer@kellerhals-carrard.ch +41 58 200 39 00
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr iur Lukas Bopp  photo Dr iur Lukas Bopp Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
Dr iur Oliver M. Brupbacher photo Dr iur Oliver M. Brupbacher Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
Dr Emanuel Dettwiler  photo Dr Emanuel Dettwiler Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
 Claudia Götz Staehelin  photo Claudia Götz Staehelin Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, PartnerCertified International Privacy Professional (CIPP/E)
Dr iur Fabrizio Gabrielli  photo Dr iur Fabrizio Gabrielli Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Prof Dr iur Pascal Grolimund  photo Prof Dr iur Pascal Grolimund Prof. Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
Dr iur Bernd Hauck  photo Dr iur Bernd Hauck Dr. iur., Attorney at Law (CH and DE), Partner
lic iur Thomas Hentz  photo lic iur Thomas Hentz lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Dr iur Nicolas Mosimann  photo Dr iur Nicolas Mosimann Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
Dr iur Olivier Mosimann  photo Dr iur Olivier Mosimann Dr. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
lic iur Andrea Schmutz  photo lic iur Andrea Schmutz lic. iur., Attorney at Law and Notary Public, Partner
Prof Dr Daniel Staehelin  photo Prof Dr Daniel Staehelin Prof. Dr. iur., Attorney and Notary Public, Partner
Partners : 88
Counsels : 8
Senior Associates : more than 20
Associates : more than 60
Notary Public : 10
Of Counsels : 15
Legal Counsels : 5
Attorneys trainee : more than 20
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