Kellerhals Carrard > Geneva, Switzerland > Firm Profile

Kellerhals Carrard

Switzerland > Employment Tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard advises clients on various employment issues, such as gender discrimination, internal investigations, mass redundancies, drafting of internal regulations, and compensation claims. The team prides itself on its longstanding relationships with high-level clients, as well as its ability to continuously expand its clientele across various industries including consumer goods and retail, healthcare, life science, and pharma. Team co-head Christoph Zimmerli has extensive expertise in collective labour law, permit law, and occupational benefits. Urs Marti, who also co-heads the team, is a specialist in all issues of employment law from individual and collective employment law to public employment law. The team also benefits from the expertise of employment specialists Daniel Alder and Jonathan Bernasconi .

Practice head(s):

Christoph Zimmerli; Urs Marti

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Bernasconi; Daniel Alder; Melanie Huber; Sabine Wyss; Cendrine Rouvinez


‘Urs Marti and his team of associates are excellent. They are dedicated, engaged and understand our employer’s perspective. We are very pleased with Urs and his team.’

‘Urs Marti has a very deep knowledge and expertise in employment and social security matters. He is a very pragmatic lawyer, fast thinker, and his work is always of high value and quality.’

Key clients

CSL Behring AG and CSL Behring Lengnau AG

H&M Hennes & Mauritz AG

L’Oréal Suisse SA (L’Oréal Group)

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

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

Swiss National Radio and Television Company

Swisscom Directories AG

Mayr-Melnhof Karton Aktiengesellschaft

Staar Surgical Company

Siegfried AG

AMG Group

International School of Berne AG

Securitas AG

Gebaeudeversicherung Bern (GVB)

Work highlights

  • Advising CSL Behring AG and CSL Behring Lengnau AG Swiss subsidiaries on a transfer of business/outsourcing project, as well as the setting-up of a social security plan, a working time scheme regulation, various lawsuits and non-judicial disputes involving C-Level employees.
  • Advising Swiss National Radio and Television Company in employment and labour law-related matters, including a dispute against a trade union regarding a parallel collective labour agreement.
  • Acting as counsel to H&M regarding the implementation of a social plan in connection with the restructuring of its stores throughout Switzerland, the collaboration with the employee representative committee (ERC), drafting of internal regulation and various civil lawsuits (bonus disputes, alleged abusive dismissals).

Switzerland > Fintech Tier 1

Noted for operating in a ‘proactive and client-oriented manner’, Kellerhals Carrard enjoys a strong reputation in a diverse array of areas, from payment systems and tokenisation to credit and digital asset management. Practice head and ‘absolute pro’ Luca Bianchi advises clients on complex capital market transactions, the regulation of financial services and securitisation transactions. ‘Well connected’ Cornelia Stengel primarily focuses on financial services regulation and data protection. Transactional expert Emanuel Dettwiler and data protection expert Luca Stäuble are other key members of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Luca Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Cornelia Stengel; Emanuel Dettwiler; Luca Stäuble


‘The FinTech team of Kellerhals Carrard has an excellent and comprehensive understanding of FinTech related matters. As a result, the team renders swift, precise and goal-oriented legal advice in a pro-active and client-oriented manner. The team truly makes a difference when it comes down to FinTech related matters!’

‘Luca Bianchi is an absolute pro when it comes to modern legal financial topics, in particular FinTech matters. Due to his extensive experience in this field, Luca is key person when interactions with relevant stakeholders take place, in particular financial market authorities.’

‘Luca Bianchi is always very responsive and very kind making it a true pleasure to work with him. ’

‘Cornelia Stengel and her team invest as well in their knowledge outside legal e.g. technology or what is happening outside Switzerland.’

‘Cornelia Stengel and her team work in a collaborative, transparent way. You are always up to date and most importantly the delivery is on agreed time with high quality.’

‘They are very competent and strongly committed to this topic. The collaboration is very efficient and the billing is in line with the market.’

‘Although diversity does not play a major role with regard to technological aspects, the firm also seems to be very open-minded in this area.’

‘Our main point of contact on the topic of FinTech is Cornelia Stengel. She is very well connected in the Swiss financial centre up to the highest circles, which makes the interaction with her even more valuable.’

Key clients

Block Green AG

Dukascopy SA

Ephelia Group SA

Kasparund AG

Major Swiss Bank


Sygnum Bank AG


Quid CH AG, Quid Global ltd

Rulematch AG

Santiment Gmbh


SwissBanking Association

Swiss FinTech Innovations ag


UB Partner

Undo Studio SA


Work highlights

  • Advising the Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) on “project deposit token”. If issued by regulated banks, a deposit token could make an important contribution to Switzerland’s future competitiveness and innovative power, as well as bolster its sovereignty. The SBA has published a white paper on a digital Swiss franc, in which it outlines various designs of “tokenised” deposits on the blockchain.
  • Supporting Rulematch in developing an exchange for digital assets and in applying for one of the first licences for a DLT trading facility. This type of license having been recently introduced, the requirements and the legal uncertainty are very high.
  • Advising Bricksave on real estate crowdfunding and other innovative financial products.

Switzerland > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Primarily based in Bern, the team at Kellerhals Carrard handles the full gamut of life sciences and healthcare mandates involving price differentiation and information governance issues, and research and development (R&D) agreements. Co-leading the practice, Jörg von Manger-Koenig is known for his longstanding expertise in advising clients on corporate management issues, and co-head Claudio Helmle is known for his ‘exceptional‘ knowledge of reimbursement and product recalls within the biotech and pharma spaces. Working out of the Basel office, co-head Nicolas Mosimann has ample expertise in advising pharma, biotech, and healthtech startups on manufacturing agreements and licensing mandates. Thomas Eichenberger acts for a variety of clients, including doctors and hospitals on product liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Jörg von Manger-Koenig; Claudio Helmle; Nicolas Mosimann

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Eichenberger; Frédéric Rochat


‘The team has broad legal knowledge, and is able to dive deep, and have specialised resources as required. The team is very reactive to their clients and has always found solutions that are adapted to our needs.’

‘Very professional, very fast, and very thorough; They really want to understand their client’s business and its needs to adopt their approach of legal counseling.’

‘Claudio Helmle is very competent, always supportive and responsive. ’

‘Kellerhals not only offers exceptional, in-depth expertise, but they bring a business-oriented mindset, determined to find the best possible solution for the client in the most efficient way.’

‘Claudio Helmle has exceptional, in-depth expertise on healthcare matters. He is always easy to reach and fully dedicated to finding the best possible solution in the most efficient way. In addition to his excellent legal understanding he demonstrates a keen business acumen.’

‘Claudio is very approachable, flexible and competent. I feel like he is part of the inhouse team. He is very good in giving pragmatic feedback and communicating directly to the business. Perfect mix between know-how and pragmatism, overall a very amicable colleague.’

‘The key members of their life sciences team previously worked for big pharma companies or for the Federal Office of Public Health, so they know the sector very well.’

Key clients

Actelion Pharmaceuticals



Eli Lilly

Entrydell SA

Fondation EuroVacc

Fondation Health Sciences e-Training

Gebro Pharma AG

Gene Predictis SA

Gilead Sciences Switzerland Sàrl


MoonLake Immunotherapeutics AG

Vifor Pharma AG

Ypsomed Holding AG

Biognosys AG

Pharmaledger Association


Neurim Pharmaceuticals

Zuger Kantonsspital



KPT Versicherungen


Work highlights

  • Assisted Roche with understanding and adhering to the Swiss healthcare legislation and supporting them in reimbursement matters and assisting them in navigating competition law.
  • Advising MoonLake Immunotherapeutics, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, on clinical trials, including the negotiation of the master service agreement with ICONN (the CRO), the negotiation of the global clinical trial insurance policies, the negotiation of all clinical trial agreements and letter of indemnifications with all site organizations and additional agreements with members of committees, key opinion leaders and other individuals, including strategic advice on data protection matters and selected regulatory aspects.
  • Assisting Novartis’ Swiss subsidiary with market access & reimbursement as well as in the area of early access, anti-corruption, and contract law.

Switzerland > Leading firms: Italian-speaking Switzerland Tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard‘s Lugano team demonstrates proficiency across a multitude of areas, from arbitration and mediation to IP and TMT related mandates. Ivan Paparelli helms the practice with his extensive experience in domestic and international litigation, with an established presence in corporate, commercial and banking law areas. Tax and commercial law expert Giovanni Stucchi and sport and M&A expert Massimiliano Maestretti are additional names of note. Other key contacts include Andrea Fioravanti, Stefano Perucchi and Jonathan Bernasconi. Lars Schlichting departed in March 2023 to set up his own firm, Lexify.

Practice head(s):

Ivan Paparelli

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Stucchi; Massimiliano Maestretti; Andrea Fioravanti; Stefano Perucchi; Jonathan Bernasconi; Lorenza Ferro

Key clients


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

Ehpelia Group SA|Ephelia Capital Sagl

Euroleague Basketball

Fondo Edifici di Culto

GSA Gestion Sportive Automobiles, Geneva

Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli

Municipality of Lugano

Parmalat Group

Qui CH AG; Quid Global Ltd

Undo Studio SA

Zegna Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Parmalat in the context of criminal proceedings conducted by the Office of the attorney General of Switzerland in front of the Federal Criminal Court and the Federal Court in particular for money laundering in connection with the bankruptcy of the Parmalat Group in the contest of which have been seized and confiscated also in view of the award to the person harmed.
  • Delivering legal advice to the Swiss entity of l’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics company on different matters, including labour law, in particular civil proceedings against employees.
  • Providing general assistance to the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli sailing team, which is preparing to compete in the XXXVII America’s Cup in Barcelona in 2024.

Switzerland > Public law Tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard‘s ‘professional, customer-orientated and efficient’ team supports private companies and individuals, as well as public bodies and institutions on a range of relevant matters, including public procurement and litigation. The team has particular strength in regulatory matters relating to public infrastructure, environmental law, and expropriation law. Bern team head Christoph Jäger handles contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues relating to public infrastructure, public procurement, public construction, and planning law matters. In Zurich, Isabelle Romy, whose practice covers environment and construction law, heads the team. Dispute resolution expert Ivan Paparelli heads the Lugano team, whilst Bernd Hauck, who has particular expertise in construction law, trade law, and public procurement, leads the Basel team.

Practice head(s):

Christoph Jäger; Isabelle Romy; Ivan Paparelli; Bernd Hauck

Other key lawyers:

Martin Föhse; Jonathan Bernasconi; Jean-Rodolph Fiechter; Thomas Geiger; Gregor Bachmann; Denise Wohlwend


‘Pragmatic, open-minded, customer-oriented, speed, availability high.’

‘The team is extremely well-organised and coordinated. A contact person is available at all times. The work results are of exceptionally high quality.’

‘The lawyers are very professional, customer-orientated and efficient.’

‘Christoph Jäger is a top expert in public procurement law. He helps us find good solutions and gives us confidence in dealing with this complex area of law.’

‘The team is available on short notice and provides excellent work in the different fields required by our NGO in the Public Law field.’

‘Christoph Jäger is a very trustworthy and dedicated lawyer. His work is characterized by pragmatism, fast and reasonable solutions. His reserved but very interested manner allows everyone to create a good working atmosphere.’

‘Kellerhals Carrard is a modern law firm with many extremely talented people providing excellent legal services. Despite the size of the law firm, close personal legal advice was offered at all times in a small team, which made us feel like one of their most important clients, which we appreciated very much.’

‘We were legally advised and represented by Christoph Jäger and Thomas Geiger. Both have in-depth expertise in this area of law and are characterised by a very serious attitude to work and accurate working methods. They are always available and always willing to get the best possible deal for their clients.’

Key clients

Vigier Group

Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation

Post CH AG


BKW Energie AG

eOperations Schweiz AG

Conference of Cantonal Directors of Building, Planning and Environment (BPUK)

Strabag AG

Bovida Real Estate AG

Marti Gesamtleistungen AG

Office for Land and Buildings of the Canton of Bern

Office for Integration and Social Affairs of the Canton of Bern

Office for Municipalities and Spatial Planning of the Canton of Bern

Grande Cariçaie / ARSUD

Ville de Lausanne


Immobilienpartner AG

Konferenz Kantonaler Energiedirektoren (EnDK)

Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse

Losinger Marazzi AG

Gérard Benone Immobilien an der Rheinlehne

Work highlights

  • Advising and representing Swiss Post in a very complex project development and building permit procedure on a former industrial site.
  • Acting on behalf of the Federal Office for Defence Procurement armasuisse as neutral experts to examine the existing processes and measures against corruption in connection with armament procurements.
  • Advising the City of Lausanne in regard to the immediate measures and additional investigations ordered in response to the finding of dioxin pollution found in the soil of a large residential area in the upper part of the City of Lausanne earlier last year.

Switzerland > Sports law Tier 1

Kellerhals Carrard is a ‘leading firm in sports law’ with ‘deep knowledge’ of doping-related and football disputes before CAS, regulatory and governance matters, as well as non-contentious work around event hosting, sponsorship, media, merchandising, and licensing. The team is headed by David Casserly SC, who is qualified as an Irish barrister and was appointed as a silk there in 2023, whose practice covers advising on significant commercial sports deals such as player transfers and club investments and representing international clients before CAS, and Jean-Pierre Morand, who is an anti-doping dispute specialist and has extensive expertise in the field of sports marketing and hosting contracts. Sports commercial contracts and sports arbitration are also the expertise of Luc Argand, Andrea Fioravanti , Massimiliano Maestretti, Stefano Perucchi , Henry Peter, and Jean-Philippe Rochat .

Practice head(s):

David Casserly SC; Jean-Pierre Morand

Other key lawyers:

Luc Argand; Andrea Fioravanti; Massimiliano Maestretti; Stefano Perucchi; Henry Peter; Jean-Philippe Rochat; Nicolas Zbinden; Anton Sotir; Adam Taylor


‘A leading firm in sports law matters with a wide range of knowledge in sports regulations, in particular with regard to football matters. Always up to date and with a very important network in sports related entities.’ 

‘Strongly professional, always available, and able to address all types of problems irrespective of its dimension/complexity. Client driven and with a well-prepared team with deep knowledge in different fields of specialization. A firm that you can trust and rely on, and which delivers honest results.’

‘Their sports law team had worked together for many years which makes them a value to any club especially because they can address side issues in other fields of law with their colleagues within the firm. The client can be assured that its matters will be taken care in the same place and by and by professionals of similar quality.’

‘Mr. David Casserly SC is without a doubt one of the best, if not the best, lawyer in sports law. His career speaks for itself, representing the biggest clubs and federations in the world. His unique ability to organize and his systematically thinking means that clients can entrust him with the most diverse and complex cases. For some years now Mr. Casserly has been assisted by a younger but no less competent lawyer, Mr. Anton Sotir and nowadays he is also the one who deals with various club matters.’

‘A highly efficient team led by David Casserly SC. A thorough understanding of the workings of the sport courts. Advanced legal skills. Lethal accuracy. Great ability to call on the best professionals in other fields and abroad.

‘David Casserly SC is a great professional. Sharp, competent, tenacious. Excellent intuitive skills. Outstanding litigator. A master. Adam Taylor and Anton Sotir, who work alongside David, are invaluable helpers, contributing to the team’s great efficiency. Competent and responsive. Edgard Philippin is a tremendous expert in Swiss law.’

‘What separates Kellerhals Carrard from other sports law practices is the industry experience of the various members of the team. Their lawyers have held and continue to hold senior positions within international sports bodies. In addition, the fact that Kellerhals Carrard, as a Swiss law firm, has various English-speaking barristers is a significant asset.’

‘I worked primarily with Nicolas Zbinden and the team of lawyers working for him in the anti-doping space. Nicolas is one of the most experienced anti-doping lawyers in the world having acted, for many years, for WADA, World Athletics, IWF and many other international federations. His technical expertise in anti-doping matters is truly first class. I also trust his strategic judgement implicitly.’

Key clients

Comtoyou Team Audi Sport

Ducati Motor Holding SpA

Euroleague Basketball

European Bridge League

European Club Association (ECA)

FC Dallas

FC Nantes

FC Porto

FIBA / Basketball Champions League SA

Football Association of Ireland (FAI)

Global Association of International Sports Federations

Grasshopper Football Club

International Biathlon Union (IBU)

International Cheer Union

International Olympic Committee (IOC)

International Powerlifting Federation (IPF)

International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA)

International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF)

Leopard Racing Team Audi

Manchester City Football Club

Paris Saint-Germain

Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF)

World Air Sports Federation (FAI)

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

World Athletics (WA)

World Bridge Federation

World Dance Sport Federation

World Games

World Rugby

Work highlights

  • Advised the European Club Association (ECA) on the creation of a new joint venture with UEFA for the exploitation of all commercial rights relating to European club football competitions (UEFA Champions League, Europa League, Conference etc.) from 2024 onwards.
  • Represented World Anti-Doping Agency WADA at the ad hoc division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to challenge the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee’s decision to lift the suspension of figure skater Kamila Valieva.
  • Acting for Paris Saint-Germain before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in a dispute with Spanish club Real Betis regarding the transfer of Tottenham Hotspur and Argentina footballer Giovani Lo Celso.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard’s expanding team advises high-profile domestic and international clients, including banks, securities firms, asset managers and insurance companies with asset management entities on a wide range of banking and finance-related areas such as financial regulation, investment banking, complex financing transactions, and asset management. The team assists various fintech projects from advising start-ups on the digitalisation of processes to supporting large banks with the structuring of their NFT offerings. Team head Luca Bianchi has a special focus on capital market transactions and the regulation of financial services. Cornelia Stengel has extensive expertise in fintech and regularly advises innovation projects on digitalisation issues. Dominik Oberholzer specialises in financial markets, capital markets, and anti-money laundering matters. Armin Kühne advises clients on asset management, insurance matters, and anti-money laundering matters.

Practice head(s):

Luca Bianchi

Other key lawyers:

Cornelia Stengel; Armin Kühne; Dominik Oberholzer; Lea Ruckstuhl; Michael Kremer


‘The banking and finance team of Kellerhals Carrard has an excellent and comprehensive understanding of banking and finance matters as well as regulatory topics.’

‘Luca Bianci is an absolute pro when it comes to regulatory, banking or finance matters (incl. IPOs). Due to his extensive experience, Luca is often the key person when interactions with relevant stakeholders take place, in particular financial market authorities.’

‘Kellerhals Carrard is a law firm with an excellent record and extensive experience. It specialises in complex issues and has extensive experience resolving highly complex legal, regulatory and fund law matters.’

‘Armin Kühne is a legal attorney with an excellent record, extensive experience and outstanding analytical skills.’

‘The team has a strong expertise in Swiss regulation in the fund and asset management industry. Partners are well connected in the Swiss industry and with authorities, in particular FINMA.’

‘Armin Kühne is well connected in the fund and asset management industry and with relevant Swiss authorities. Therefore, he has a great overview on market practices. ’

Key clients


Swiss FinTech Innovations


Franklin Templeton Group.



Macquarie Group

Sygnum Bank AG

Partners Group

Novo Banco SA

Zürcher Kantonalbank

LGT Gruppe Holding AG


Work highlights

  • Advising UBS AG on financial services regulatory matters and with regards to  the set-up, registration and listing at SIX Swiss Exchange of listed and non-listed funds (total of approx. 150 funds).
  • Advised BKW AG as borrower of its CHF 1.5bn syndicated multicurrency revolving credit facility.
  • Advised Twint AG on regulatory matters.

Switzerland > Capital markets Tier 2

A ‘pragmatic, solution-oriented and efficient’ team, Kellerhals Carrard routinely operates for banks and large companies, with particular expertise in asset management and financial services, as well as digital capital markets. Transaction expert Beat Brechbühl and Dominik Oberholzer steer the team, with the latter being particularly active in the field of asset management and listed financial products. Luca Bianchi is often engaged in the regulation of financial services, institutions and infrastructures, while Jean-Luc Chenaux’s expertise encompasses IPO and capital market transactions.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbuehl; Dominik Oberholzer

Other key lawyers:

Luca Bianchi; Jean-Luc Chenaux; Christian Witschi


The team is pragmatic, solution-oriented and efficient. Besides that, they understand entrepreneurship from the bottom, take new roads and find innovative solutions.’

‘Beat Brechbühl is highly efficient, a very strong negotiator and quick in analysis; he is very business oriented and fun to work with. The whole team is recommended.’

‘High personal commitment and partner attention.’

‘Beat Brechbühl is highly experienced. He is a good leader (not only an advisor), hands-on, very efficient and pragmatic and comes up with creative solutions. Especially worth mentioning his proximity to his clients and his complete understanding of their needs.’

‘Luca Bianchi is very quick and smart, thorough but pragmatic, highly efficient and very nice and good advice.’

‘They follow an “embedded lawyers” concept in which one or several specialists dedicates his time for the project or the case only and is ready to be on site.’

‘They use technology tools (such as data processing in DD) but in a smart way: we as the clients don’t see it, but we profit with respect to efficiency and billing.’

‘Beat Brechbühl is precise, fast and pragmatic.’

Key clients

Bank Vontobel


BV Holding/Skan

Dätwyler Holding Inc.

Deutsche Bank

Disruptive Issuance PCC Ltd

Edisun Power Europe AG

Franklin Templeton


Kursaal Bern AG


MoonLake Immunotherapeutics AG


RealUnit Schweiz AG


Sygnum Bank


Vaudoise Assurances Holding SA

Vifor Pharma

Work highlights

  • Advised BKW AG as borrower of its CHF 1.5bn syndicated multicurrency revolving credit facility. The transaction is BKW’s largest debt funding transaction of all time.
  • Advised Galenica on their successful placement of a bond of over CHF 240m.
  • Advised Dätwyler Holding Inc. (SIX: DAE) on their successful placement of a CHF 240m fixed rate bond.

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The team at Kellerhals Carrard advises officers and directors as to the measures to be implemented in the event of an imminent insolvency, represents financial institutions, debtors, acquirers of businesses or assets of financially distressed companies in insolvency related proceedings, and acts as court appointed trustees. The team is headed by Daniel Staehelin, who represents major creditors in high-profile insolvency proceedings and is often appointed as trustee in bankruptcy proceedings and bank litigations, and Lukas Bopp, whose practice includes acting as court appointed commissioner in insolvency proceedings and handling insolvency related litigation such as director’s liabilities claims, voidance actions, and claims regarding wrongful trading. Jean-Luc Chenaux specialises in M&A, financing, restructuring and governance whilst Alexandre Gachet supports clients with restructuring and insolvency matters, particularly in the banking sector. Ivan Paparelli acts as liquidator of companies under appointment by the FINMA and Emanuel Dettwiler has a special focus on distressed M&A transactions and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Staehelin; Lukas Bopp

Other key lawyers:

Jean-Luc Chenaux; Alexandre Gachet; Ivan Paparelli; Emanuel Dettwiler


‘Lukas Bopp and Daniel Staehelin are among the most experienced and esteemed insolvency practitioners in Switzerland.’

‘Outstanding theoretical and practice knowledge with the necessary touch of understanding of economical and management issues of a company.’

Key clients

Alitalia – Società Aerea Italiana S.p.a.

Banque Privée Espirito Santo

Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Ost-Süd

Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Mitte

Cautionnement Romand

Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft SAFFA

iQ International AG

Landert Motoren AG

Parmalat Group

Peter Lang AG

Simatex AG

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Tally Weijl Holding AG

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel of Tally Weijl Holding AG which ran into a liquidity shortage following the pandemic.
  • Acting as counsel of the bankrupt estate of Banque Privée Espirito Santo in a voidance action in the amount of CHF 1.5 million in relation to payments of restructuring services just before insolvency.
  • On March 12, 2021 iQ International AG had to file for a Composition Moratorium. Daniels Staehelin was appointed as commissioner and Lukas Bopp as Co-commissioner to supervise the restructuring of the company; to restructure the company, the assets of the companies (various patents and shareholdings in manufacturing companies in Ecuador, Italy and the US) are to be sold to a new investor.

Switzerland > Insurance Tier 2

Jointly spearheaded by Christoph Frey, Pascal Grolimund, Thomas Eichenberger, Nicolas Gillard and Ivan PaparelliKellerhals Carrard’s insurance practice is particularly proficient in assisting notable insurance and reinsurance companies with a diverse spectrum of corporate and regulatory matters. The team also provides legal support to underwriting departments of insurers regarding Swiss law. Grolimund is well-versed in the remit of insurance disputes, while Frey is regularly entrusted by clients in matters of torts and third party liability disputes.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Claudio Helmle; Laura Manz, Karin Friedli, Matthias Spinner


Specialist knowledge of insurance law and practice.’

‘Christoph Frey and Pascal Grolimund are outstanding lawyers with deep knowledge and experience in contentious insurance law matters.’

Key clients

KPT Versicherungen AG

Visana Services AG

Baloise Insurance Ltd

Chubb Insurance (Switzerland) Limited

AXA Insurance Ltd

AIG Europe S.A., Luxembourg; Branch Opfikon; Zürich Glattbrugg

Swiss Re International SE, Luxembourg, Zurich Branch,

Swiss Mobiliar Insurance Company Ltd

Swiss Life Ltd. Zurich

Allianz Suisse Insurance Company Ltd

Helvetia Swiss Insurance Company Limited

Catlin Europe SE, Cologne, Zurich Branch

Work highlights

  • Representing Swatch Group in litigation proceedings against Zurich Insurance Company Ltd concerning business-interruption and property-damage insurance claims exceeding CHF100m caused by fire.
  • Advised MoonLake Immunotherapeutics AG as lead counsel on all legal aspects regarding two trials, including the negotiation of the global clinical trial insurance policies.
  • Representing an insurance company in an arbitration proceeding under Swiss Rules regarding a coverage dispute of a liability insurance, amounting to approximately $50m.

Switzerland > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Kellerhals Carrard’s team provides comprehensive advice on construction-related disputes and regularly uses its experience with the federal, state, and local level governments to develop and structure its major construction projects. Team head, Bernd Hauck, focuses on private construction law, namely contractual agreements and related disputes, and often litigates in Swiss court cases governed by German law. The team benefits from the particular expertise of its members; for example, Isabelle Romy uses her extensive expertise in environmental law and ESG considerations and Christoph Jäger has a focus on public procurement and public law in the construction sector. Livio Marelli supports the team on construction matters in the education and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):

Bernd Hauck

Other key lawyers:

Isabelle Romy; Fabrizio Gabrielli; Christoph Jäger; Andreas Güngerich; Livio Marelli


‘Fabrizio Gabrielli has a profound knowledge of all legal aspects of our projects and the building industry. The combination of academic approach and pragmatic solutions is outstanding. Livio Marelli is very supportive in our projects and we like to work with him because of his hands on approach.’

‘They have a big team down there – there are over 50 lawyers doing REC, I would estimate. They also have a very international outlook, and they have a modern attitude towards ESG.’

‘I am a big fan of Bernd Hauck. His knowledge in this area is outstanding. I have known Bernd as a regular and entertaining speaker at international construction law conferences, where we often collaborate. I wouldn’t think about giving anyone else my Swiss construction law work.’

‘I would strongly recommend Bernd Hauck. He is a quick thinker and very reliable. His dual qualification (Swiss and German law) is unique. If I had a construction problem, Bernd Hauck would be my first choice.’

‘Christoph Jäger is an excellent expert in all areas of real estate law. He provides timely and professional legal assessments taking into account the company’s interest. He quickly recognizes the company’s challenges and identifies practical solutions and options for action.’

‘The law firm is one of the top five players in Switzerland, I would say. The construction team is big (probably 60 plus lawyers) and highly reputed. Kellerhals Carrard is present in the entire country (all country 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 comparably fair. ’

‘I have been working with Bernd Hauck and Fabrizio Gabrielli in a complex construction project which required counsel in different areas of law (general contractor construction contracts, engineering contracts, public procurement etc.). I really appreciated Fabrizio’s and Bernd’s out of the box thinking. First and foremost, they tried to understand our needs implementing practical solutions for us. Fabrizio and Bernd have high pro-active thinking and were at our service at any time required. They provided us with answers, not with endless memos. ’

‘Christoph Jäger is an outstanding lawyer with a deep knowledge, an excellent reputation and a very good sense of our business. He communicates well and quickly and is a teamplayer and easy-to work with. High reliability and sense of duty.’

Key clients


STS Group / STS Group Switzerland AG

UBS Fund Management / UBS „Sima“

Swiss Post

Bricks Group AG

EuroAirport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg

CSL Behring

University of Basel

Ville de Lausanne (city of Lausanne)

Grand Cariçaie / ARSUD

Itten+Brechbühl AG

Public Transport Canton on Baselland (BLT Baselland Transport AG)

Swiss Association of Consulting Engineers / usic-Stiftung


Work highlights

  • Advising pharma company CSL Behring in the planning and construction of two major pharmaceutical plants in Switzerland.
  • Advising the EuroAirport Basel. Mulhouse. Freiburg. (EAP) which is situated on French soil but has a separate Swiss part (border controls, customs, police etc.) and governed by a bilateral treaty between France and Switzerland. The EAP plans to increase its capacity, which requires major construction works of up to EUR 250 million.
  • Advisising the Canton of Berne on a large and complex real estate project, including on issues of building law, tenancy law and public procurement law and conducts negotiations with tenants who have to vacate the buildings prematurely.

Switzerland > Regulatory, compliance and investigations Tier 2

Combining ‘legal excellence, client focus and ethical conduct’, Kellerhals Carrard maintains a strong presence in the banking and life sciences sectors, and is consistently instructed by a varied client roster to advise on white-collar crime, internal investigations and crisis management and compliance. Its comprehensive ESG desk adds further depth to the team’s diverse capabilities in this arena. Daniel Lengauer, Michael Daphinoff and François Micheli jointly steer the team. Lengauer is regularly entrusted by clients to advise on the implementation of compliance management systems, while Daphinoff specialises in white-collar crime, internal investigations and administrative investigations. Micheli is vastly experienced in managing international cases of criminal economic law. In April 2023, Claudia Götz Staehelin and Oliver Brupbacher departed the firm.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Lengauer; Michael Daphinoff; François Micheli

Other key lawyers:

Florian Baumann


‘The team has extensive expertise and experience in the relevant areas of law. They team always put the needs and goals of their clients first and offer customised solutions.’

‘The fee structure is transparent and fair and is communicated in advance.’

‘The team offers a good combination of legal excellence, client focus and ethical conduct.’

‘The individuals I work with are very dedicated and professional. They are passionate about the interests of their clients.’

They communicate very effectively and work well in a team. They are easily accessible and respond quickly to inquiries and concerns.’

‘Very strong know-how in compliance, which assists in understanding clients needs and providing advice.’

Key clients

Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Ost-Süd

Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft Mitte

Cautionnement Romand

Bürgschaftsgenossenschaft SAFFA

Credit Suisse AG

CSS Versicherungen

fenaco Landi Gruppe

République Gabonaise

Swiss Banker

Parmalat Group

Brazilian Financier

Swiss Bank

Portuguese Entrepreneur

Former Manager of

Former Manager Swiss Real Estate Company in liquidation

Work highlights

  • Retained by four government-accredited loan guarantee organisations to uncover possible credit abuses, persecute possible fraudsters, and recover the unlawfully obtained loans for the next 7 years. This relates to the Swiss Federal Council presenting an emergency relief scheme involving guaranteed COVID bridging loans to support companies encountering liquidity problems due to the coronavirus.
  • Representing CSS since 2018 in FINMA enforcement proceedings concerning, among other things, compliance in distribution and the allocation of distribution and administrative costs. In its order of 15 July 2022, FINMA required CSS to refund CHF 129m to the affected supplementary insured persons. The ruling of 15 July 2022 was appealed to the Federal Administrative Court.
  • Defending the interests of a Sovereign State, in French criminal proceedings (> 20 persons indicted; directed mainly against family members of the Head of State). Involved in defining and implementing the State’s strategy in coordination with the President, the Minister of Justice and Ambassador.

Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Capable of handling a diverse range of corporate and M&A issues, Kellerhals Carrard is particularly noted for its expertise in the life sciences, technology and leisure sectors. The team is led by Beat Brechbühl, Ines Pöschel, Edgar Philippin, Emanuel Dettwiler and Massimiliano Maestretti. Together, they maintain a strong practice advising across commercial law issues, private matters and equity transactions, among others.

Practice head(s):

Beat Brechbühl; Ines Pöschel; Edgar Philippin; Emanuel Dettwiler; Massimiliano Maestretti


‘The team is pragmatic, solution-oriented and efficient. Besides that, they understand entrepreneurship from the ground up, take new roads and find innovative solutions.’

‘They have known our market, our business and our culture for years and therefore really provide value for the money.’

‘They offer great personal commitment and partner attention.’

‘Beat Brechbühl is a smart and tough negotiator – highly efficient and creative.’

‘Ines Pöschel is thorough and an excellent specialist in governance and communications matters.’

‘An agile team of partners with a very entrepreneurial mindset, who are willing to put themselves into the position of the client.’

‘Technical skills, responsiveness, user-friendly approach and great knowledge of the market.’

Key clients


Ameliora Wealth Management AG

Autonet Group Holding AG

BKW Group

BVF Partners L.P

FISCHER Spindle Group

Kontivia AG

Merging Technologies

MoonLake Immunothereapeutics AG

ONE swiss bank S.A.

Scholle IPN

Shareholders of CSD Group


Swiss Post


Teralytics AG

Vance Street Capital LLC


Zegna Group

Work highlights

  • Supported Galenica throughout the process of combining its business activity with Apotheke Europe N.V., in particular with regard to the transaction structure and competition law issues, as well as the drafting and negotiation of the contracts.
  • Acted as legal advisor to the shareholders of CSD Group in connection with the restructuring of the group, the sale of CSD Group to Initiative & Finance’s Tomorrow fund, and the subsequent reinvestment of some shareholders in Tomorrow’s acquisition vehicle.
  • Acted as lead counsel to Autonet Group Holding, an integral part of the SAG group, in a cross-border transaction.

Switzerland > Competition Tier 3

With demonstrable capabilities across Swiss and European competition law, the ‘intelligent and efficient’  team at Kellerhals Carrard is entrusted to advise on merger control proceedings as well as regulations within the energy, telecoms and financial services arenas. Its sector coverage from automotive to sports and TMT allows the firm to offer a broad competition practice. ‘Very experienced’ Daniel Emch and ‘outstanding’ Christophe Rapin co-lead the department.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Emch; Christophe Rapin


‘The team is our go-to-team in Switzerland for all competition law related matters. The team is very much on top of things and have a deep knowledge of sports-related competition law matters, on which we have been working together.’

‘The team consists of very intelligent and efficient antitrust lawyers. ’

‘Daniel Emch enjoys our fullest confidence. From the very beginning, he guided us through the process in a competent and very efficient manner. ’

‘Christophe Rapin has an outstanding profile in competition law.’

‘Kellerhals Carrard has a thorough understanding of the competition law and it’s potential implications on their client’s business. They provide their legal advice in a timely, comprehensive and easy to understand manner. ’

‘Daniel Emch has an exceptionally quick grasp of the business, paired with a thorough understanding of the competition law and the ability to provide legal advice which is to the point and very useful.’

‘Kellerhals Carrard is agile, customer-focused and very experienced. ’

‘Daniel Emch is very experienced, well acquainted with the authority and the processes. He grasps complex issues extremely quickly, responds to customer wishes and advises in a way that is easy to understand.’

Key clients






BLS Cargo

CSL Vifor Pharma

Deutsche Telekom

Flughafen Bern AG (airport)

Frutiger AG

Galenica Ltd. / Galexis Ltd.

International Volleyball Federation (FIVB)

International Weightlifting Association – IWF

Kieswerk Heimberg AG

Lineas (railway)






PostFinance Ltd.




Sonia Rykiel International SA



SRG – Swiss Broadcasting Company

Swiss Football Association

Swiss Football League

Swiss post

Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects

Swiss Solar



La Vaudoise (Insurance Company)

Vilebrequin International SA

Vivendi/Groupe Editis

World Anti-Doping Agency

Yves Saint Laurent

Work highlights

  • Representing Galexis AG in an investigation against Fresenius Kabi before COMCO. This is the very first investigation into a potential abuse according to the new Article 7(2)(g) of the Act on Cartels that entered into force on 1 January 2022.
  • Assisting SAS Cargo Group in an appeal to the Federal Supreme court against a decision of the Federal Administrative court partly validating a decision of the COMCO (Swiss competition authority) imposing fines on several entities of SAS Cargo group in the so-called air cargo cartel. Obtained a significant reduction of the sanctions imposed on SAS Cargo Group during the procedure in front of the Federal Administrative Court.
  • Advised Galenica in the creation of the joint venture with Shop Apotheke. As a result the largest online pharmacy of Switzerland was created. Represented the parties in merger control proceedings, and provided advice related to the structure of the deal and competition compliance.

Switzerland > Data privacy and data protection Tier 3

Capable of handling both contentious and non-contentious issues, Kellerhals Carrard regularly acts for clients situated within broadcasting, telecoms, banking and life sciences sectors. The practice is jointly led by Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch and Nicolas Mosimann. Alder is considerably experienced in IP aspects, while Emch bolsters the practice with his expertise in contentious matters. Mosimann is a strong choice for start-ups requiring assistance with software, robotics and blockchain issues, among others.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Alder; Daniel Emch; Nicolas Mosimann

Key clients

Magnolia International AG

Moonlake Immunotherapy


Orell Füssli AG

Stiftung Zewo

Swiss Broadcasting Company (SRG SSR)

Swiss Football League


T.R.B. International SA

Vivendi / Groupe Editis / Interforum

Work highlights

  • Advised Zewo Foundation regarding the requirements of the new Data Protection Act and its impact on the Swiss non-profit sector. We proposed a new wording of the Zewo standard for the new data protection requirements that all Swiss charities certified by Zewo (e.g. Swiss Red Cross, Helvetas, WWF) will have to abide by.
  • Defending Interforum (subsidiary of Vivendi Group) in an appeal procedure before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court against a decision of the Competition Commission. Furthermore, Kellerhals Carrard provides legal support in contractual issues such as distribution and licensing agreements.
  • Providing data protection and regulatory advice in connection with a service that allows consumers to purchase public transport tickets via their smartphone and to be billed by their telephone operator.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 3

Regularly engaged by clients operating within the construction, chemical and technology sectors, Kellerhals Carrard demonstrates particular prowess in sports and commercial arbitration proceedings. The practice is jointly led by Bern-based Bernhard Berger, whose caseload includes disputes concerning agency and distribution, joint ventures and industrial projects, and Basel-based Olivier Mosimann, who is particularly active in high-tech, energy and maritime sectors, to name a few areas. Commercial disputes expert Martin Molina and Henry Peter, who principally focuses on company law. Isabelle Romy is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Bernhard Berger; Olivier Mosimann

Other key lawyers:

Martín Molina; Henry Peter; Isabelle Romy


‘The dispute resolution and arbitration team is wide and strong, with a number of partners involved in both Geneva and Zurich which are the Swiss arbitration hot spots. Although their practice is international-oriented they have a very good knowledge of the Swiss arbitration market.’

‘Martin Molina is excellent with great capacity of listening to the needs of the clients, being available, providing reliable advice and showing great control over the case because of his personal involvement in each case he has been instructed for.’

‘Excellent arbitration team in particular in Bern, Lausanne and Lugano.’

‘Bernhard Berger, Henry Peter and Jean-Luc Chenaux are excellent, experienced and reliable.’

‘Bernhard Berger and Martin Molina are highly regarded arbitration practitioners. They are very well-prepared and responsive arbitrators.’

‘Bernhard Berger is a brilliant arbitration lawyer and one of the top names in Switzerland. He is very sharp and efficient and at the same time a great chair.’

‘Bernhard Berger is an excellent arbitrator and chairperson. He masters all what is needed to be an excellent share: he is one of the greatest specialist in Swiss arbitration law, he masters the procedural aspect of the case and has a clear and efficient drafting.

‘Henry Peter an excellent arbitrator, specially for corporate-law disputes.’

Key clients

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

International Federation of Sport Climbing

International Olympic Committee

Ultimate Concepts Ltd.

World Anti-Doping Agency

Work highlights

  • Representing WADA in anti-doping proceedings concerning Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva, who tested positive for trimetazidine.

Switzerland > Intellectual property Tier 3

Specialising in commercial contracts and solutions within the IP domain, Kellerhals Carrard advises clients within the sports, life sciences, financial services, and transport sectors on distribution strategies, development and manufacturing agreements, sale agreements, privacy policies, and product liability strategies. The team is headed by Daniel Alder, Daniel Emch, Nicolas Mosimann, and Stefano Perucchi. Alder has broad experience in the protection, enforcement, and exploitation of IP rights whilst Perucchi’s practice covers commercial aspects such as negotiation and drafting of contracts and Mosimann's profound expertise in advising technology and life sciences start-ups on licensing, distribution, and R&D agreements. Ralph Gramigna, who has extensive IP experience, and Christophe Rapin, who has a special focus on EU trade mark law, support the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Alder; Daniel Emch; Nicolas Mosimann; Stefano Perucchi

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Magnolia International AG

Work highlights

Switzerland > Tax Tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard advises multinational companies, financial institutions, SMEs, and private individuals on a broad array of tax matters. Practice head Serge Migy covers both domestic and international taxation, with extensive expertise in advising on the tax aspects of M&A operations, corporate restructurings, and management incentive programmes. The team is supported by Giovanni Stucchi, who has expertise in general tax planning, Costante Ghielmetti, and Elga Reana Tozzi. Regina Schlup Guignard is considered a ‘well versed tax lawyer who provides pragmatic and precise advice. ’

Practice head(s):

Serge Migy

Other key lawyers:

Giovanni Stucchi; Constante Ghielmetti; Elga Reana Tozzi; Michèle Remund; Regina Schlup Guignard; Aurélien Barakat; Didier Nsanzineza;


‘Regina Schlup Guignard is a very well versed tax lawyer who provides pragmatic and precise advice. ’

Key clients

Autajon Group

Banyan Software

Biognosys AG

CSD Group

European Club Association (ECA)

Ferrari Group

International Federation of Volleyball (IOC federation)

Maglab AG

UB Partner / Clark Group

Velocorner AG

Vaudoise Assurances (listed company)

Ypsomed Holding AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Galenica on the transaction of a fixed rate bond of over CHF 240 million with a term of 6.5 years and an annual coupon of 2.35%
  • Advised in the sale of CSD Group to Tomorrow investment fund managed by the French investment company Initiative et Finance.
  • Advised on the setup of the new joint venture structure (Swiss legal structure) between ECA and UEFA that would manage media and sponsorship rights for contests such as the UEFA Champions League.

Switzerland > TMT Tier 3

Kellerhals Carrard provides interdisciplinary advice on contentious and non-contentious TMT matters for broadcasting and telecom companies, media companies, and clients active in the sports and life sciences industries. In Zurich, the team is headed by Daniel Alder, whose expertise covers the protection, enforcement and exploitation of all aspects of IP. Bern practice head Daniel Emch has a special focus on licensing and competition law within the TV and telecommunications sectors. Nicolas Mosimann, who has extensive knowledge on software, technology, IP, and life sciences, leads the Basel team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Alder; Daniel Emch; Nicolas Mosimann

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Magnolia International AG

Moonlake Immunotherapy


Orell Füssli AG

Stiftung Zewo

Swiss Broadcasting Company (SRG SSR)

Swiss Football League


T.R.B. International SA

Vivendi / Groupe Editis / Interforum

Work highlights

  • Advised Zewo Foundation regarding the requirements of the new Data Protection Act and its impact on the Swiss non-profit sector and proposed a new wording of the Zewo standard for the new data protection requirements that all Swiss charities certified by Zewo (e.g. Swiss Red Cross, Helvetas, WWF) will have to abide by.
  • Defends Interforum (subsidiary of Vivendi Group) in an appeal procedure before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court against a decision of the Competition Commission and further provides legal support in contractual issues such as distribution and licensing agreements.
  • Data protection and Regulatory advice in connection with a service that allows consumers to purchase public transport tickets via their smartphone and to be billed by their telephone operator.

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

Applauded for putting ‘the needs and goals of their clients first’, Kellerhals Carrard frequently assists clients with litigation arising from healthcare, insurance, sports and real estate sectors, among others. Notably, the team is adept at advising on cross-border litigation and is increasingly involved in ESG disputes. Basel-based Lukas Bopp, Lausanne-based Nicolas Gillard and Bern-based Michael Daphinoff jointly lead the practice, alongside Ivan Paparelli, Peter Schatz and Andrea Fioravanti who steer the group from the firm’s Lugano, Zurich and Geneva offices respectively.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Bopp; Nicolas Gillard; Michael Daphinoff; Ivan Paparelli; Peter Schatz; Annemarie Streuli


‘The team has extensive expertise and experience in the relevant areas of law. They team always put the needs and goals of their clients first and offer customized solutions.’

The fee structure is transparent and fair and is communicated in advance.’

‘The team offers a good combination of legal excellence, client focus and ethical conduct.’

‘The individuals I work with are very dedicated and professional. They are passionate about the interests of their clients. They also communicate very effectively and work well in a team.’

‘They are easily accessible and respond quickly to inquiries and concerns.’

‘The firm covers various areas of law with specialized focus teams, as well as all the language regions of Switzerland, which constitute a strength point for foreign and Italian clients. The teams are composed of numerous professionals with specific skills, who are able to face urgent and extemporaneous situations.’

‘I recomand Kellerhals Carrard to all my clients that have the need of legal assistance in Geneva. The services rendered by François Micheli have been entirely professional, with full satisfaction for the clients in what concerns competence and final results.’

Key clients

Banque Privée Espiritó Santo SA in Liq.

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

CSL Behring AG


Portuguese entrepreneur

Work highlights

  • Acting as counsel of the bankrupt estate of Banque Privée Espirito Santo in a voidance action in the amount of CHF 1.5m in relation to payments of restructuring services just before insolvency.
  • Assists the consortium CIB with the substantiation of several claims for extension of time and additional payment and in view of potential proceedings in front of the Panel of Adjudicators.

Switzerland > Private client Tier 4

Ingrid Iselin and Annette Spycher co-head the private client team at Kellerhals Carrard. Spycher is skilled at navigating complex cross-border family-related matters, and frequently advises on divorce proceedings, prenuptial agreements, and inheritance law. Iselin has more than two decades of experience advising on estate planning, international relocation, and trust litigation. Frédérique Flournoy and Jean-Christophe Hocke are also seasoned members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Ingrid Iselin; Annette Spycher

Other key lawyers:

Frédérique Flournoy; Jean-Christophe Hocke


‘Annette Spycher is extremely competent. Her ability to think strategically and take a proactive approach is most impressive.’

‘Annette was a pleasure to work with. She provided excellent and timely advice. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing advice in Switzerland.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘They are experienced in contentious estates and trusts as well as capacity issues, which is sometimes lacking in other Swiss private client teams.’

‘The practice is composed of very highly qualified individuals with a good team spirit. They are very client oriented.’

‘The private client practice is not only focused on tax advice but also on cross-border estate planning, administration of estates, and trusts. You can rely on them to bring a practical approach to client matters.’

‘Ingris Iselin is one of the few SBA certified specialists for inheritance law that speaks French and English. She is an outstanding team leader. She’s very flexible and always accurate.’

‘Annette Spycher is one of the foremost matrimonial partners for Swiss family law. She’s the go-to lawyer if you have a case with Swiss elements.’

Work highlights

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Geneva

Kellerhals Carrard supports clients in the areas of retail and private banking, investment banking, finance, regulatory, and fintech. The team is headed by Jean-Luc Chenaux, who advises clients on financings for transactional matters, and Arnaud Philippe, who joined from Bär & Karrer Ltd. in January 2022.

Kellerhals Carrard is a full-service law firm with more than 220 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 Beat Brechbuehl +41 58 200 35 00
Managing Partner KC Basel Nicolas Mosimann +41 58 200 30 00
Managing Partner KC Bern Mario M. Marti +41 58 200 35 00
Managing Partner KC Geneva Emmanuèle Argand +41 58 200 32 00
Managing Partner KC Geneva Clarence Peter +41 58 200 32 00
Managing Partner KC Lausanne/Sion Edgar Philippin +41 58 200 33 00
Managing Partner KC Lugano Massimiliano Maestretti +41 58 200 31 00
Managing Partner KC Zurich Daniel Lengauer +41 58 200 39 00
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Emmanuèle Argand photo Emmanuèle Argand lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Luc Argand photo Luc Argand lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Aurélien  Barakat photo Aurélien Barakat Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Certified Tax Expert, Ph. D., University Lecturer at Neuchâtel University…
Adrian Dan photo Dr Adrian Dan Dr. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Frédérique Flournoy photo Frédérique Flournoy lic .iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner
Sébastien Fries photo lic iur Sébastien Fries lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Jean-Christophe Hocke photo Jean-Christophe Hocke Attorney at Law, Partner, MLaw
Nicolas Hoffmann photo Nicolas Hoffmann lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Henric Immink photo Henric Immink lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Ingrid Iselin photo Ingrid Iselin lic. iur., LL.M., Attorney at Law, Partner Certified Specialist SBA inheritance law,…
Jean-Cédric Michel photo Jean-Cédric Michel lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
François Micheli photo François Micheli lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Alexandre Montavon photo Alexandre Montavon lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Laurent Moser photo Laurent Moser lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Didier Nsanzineza photo Didier Nsanzineza Attorney-at-Law, Partner, Certified Tax Expert, Chairman of the Geneva Young Bar Association
Clarence Peter photo Clarence Peter lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Rémi Sacerdote photo Rémi Sacerdote lic. iur., Attorney at Law, Partner
Annemarie Streuli photo Annemarie Streuli MLaw, LL.M., Attorney at Law, 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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