Firm Profile > Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd > Zurich, Switzerland

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd
SCHIFFBAUSTRASSE 2
POSTFACH 1765
8031 ZÜRICH
Switzerland

Fintech Tier 1

The fintech practice at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd advises on a broad array of matters relating to distributed ledger and blockchain technologies, electronic currencies, mobile and digital payment, lending platforms, crowdfunding systems, online asset management and robo-advisers. Further areas of focus of the team, which also handles blockchain related patent litigation, are in the areas of insurance technology and regulatory technology as well as artificial intelligence. The practice heads Alexander Vogel, Kilian Schärli and Reto Luthiger are experienced in projects concerning crypto-assets, blockchain use in the pharmaceutical sector, crypto-ecosystems and token design.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vogel; Kilian Schärli; Reto Luthiger

Testimonials

‘Up-to speed, knowledgeable, hands-on, but legally sound and reliable and knowing what’s going on in the market.’

‘Reto Luthiger is a capable, excellent and creative advisor with broad interests and knowledge and this also in DLT and other new fintech and regtech matters.

Key clients

Julius Baer Group Ltd.

Bitcoin Suisse SA

Telegram

Modum

TWINT AG

Sunshine Software Development GmbH

Convexity Limited

Trust Square AG

Value Manifesto

Intellectual property Tier 1

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd has an enviable track record in patent litigation and arbitration proceedings, particularly in the pharmaceuticals and life sciences fields. Further areas of focus for the team include counterfeit cases, design matters, geographical appellations, blockchain matters, copyrights and trade marks. Michael Ritscher is praised as ‘one of the most experienced IP attorneys in Switzerland’ and leads the IP practice. Simon Holzer, Reinhard Oertli, Peter Schramm, Guillaume Fournier, Lukas Bühlmann, Kilian Schärli, Nadine von Büren-Maier and Ulrike Ciesla are further key contacts in the ‘team of competent and friendly professionals’. Christian Fischer, former head of Swisscom’s patent department, joined in mid-2020.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ritscher

Other key lawyers:

Simon Holzer; Reinhard Oertli; Peter Schramm; Guillaume Fournier; Lukas Bühlmann; Kilian Schärli; Nadine von Büren-Maier; Ulrike Ciesla; Chris Fischer.

Testimonials

‘The team are an experienced pharma litigation team unique amongst their peers in that they only do innovator work.’

‘Michael Ritscher is highly experienced and knows everybody in the industry – other European litigators and a whole host of judges. He is easy to work with and works well with teams from other jurisdictions. Kilian Schärli is an up and coming young partner starting to make his mark on the team. Ulrike Ciesla is an extremely experienced patent attorney and a joy to work with. Her experience and technical know-how really adds another layer to the team.’

‘A team of competent and friendly professionals.’

‘They have excellent experience which enables them to deal with the trickiest of issues.’

‘Guillaume Fournier is a top-notch trade mark litigator. He has superb knowledge of the law and is very client focused with his turnaround times.’

‘They always send a concise assessment with clear advice rather than just listing all the options or theoretical legal opinions. They have a pragmatic commercial approach.’

‘Peter Schramm is an excellent lawyer. He advises and litigates in complex IP matters, in particular also cross border. Able to give very clear and short advice on complex trade mark / design and unfair competition matters.’

‘Simon Holzer is an excellent lawyer for complex litigation and contract matters. Able to give very well thought out, pragmatic and focused advice on complex patent / trade mark / geographical indications matters.’

Key clients

Adecco AG

AstraZeneca

Bayer Intellectual Property, Bayer AG

Bayer Pharma AG (Germany), Bayer Intellectual Property AG (Germany), Bayer Consumer Care AG (Switzerland), Bayer (Schweiz AG) (Switzerland)

Bill Foundation

Bioeq AG

Bobst

Calida

Cellprotect Holding AG

Chapter 4

CHOCOSUISSE, Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers

Coop Gruppe Genossenschaft; Coop Genossenschaft

Deutsche Telekom AG

Emirates

EOS

FIFA

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

H. Lundbeck A/S (Denmark); Lundbeck Schweiz AG (Switzerland)

Haribo

Hilti

Implantec

Lindt & Sprüngli

Major League Baseball (MLB)

MaKe WeBo AG

MCM

Modum

Mundipharma Medical Company, Euro-Celtique SA

Porsche

Provins

Sunshine

Swiss Cosmetic Association (SKW)

ViiV Healthcare

Ty Inc.

Telegram Messenger

Bitcoin Suisse

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd provides a 'first class service, with a highly experienced, solution-oriented and efficient team'. It is regularly involved in high-volume transactions, advising institutional and private equity investors on acquisitions and financing. Other areas of expertise include rental law, a topic which has been particularly relevant during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as dispute resolution. Wolfgang Müller is experienced in advising foreign investors on sales and acquisitions; he jointly leads the practice with Philippe Prost in Geneva, who is strong in construction project mandates. Cosima Trabichet-Castan, also in the Geneva office, made partner in January 2020, and is noted, as is rental law specialist Walter Häberling.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Müller; Philippe Prost

Other key lawyers:

Cosima Trabichet-Castan; Walter Häberling

Testimonials

‘The real estate team of MLL is available on short term to give adequate and practical advice on all matters in respect of purchase and sale processes, sale and purchase agreements, leases and especially in these times corona matters.’

‘Wolfgang Müller is a very competent lawyer who is giving his best to reach a practical solution for his clients needs without discussing theoretical risks to gain more billing hours. Therefore, he responds to emails or calls very quickly.’

‘Cosima Trabichet-Castan is very easy to work with and responsive. She is very resourceful and provides practical and clear solutions.’

‘This law firm has a wide range of specialists in the vast field of real estate economics. It thus has the capacity to provide us with the best skills.’

‘Wolfgang Müller is highly committed on deals, pragmatic (in a positive way), experienced, and has a fast reaction time.’

‘Philippe Prost is appreciated for his receptiveness to his client’s needs and his pragmatic and no-nonsense approach to trying to solve our legal challenges.’

‘MLL offers a first class service, with an highly experienced, solution oriented and efficient team, who understands the needs and trends of the industry. The team is prepared to stand by its advice and works in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Renders legal advice that takes commercial and economic aspects into consideration. Good value for money in comparison to other firms.’

‘They gave us a really good advice and helped us not to go into unnecessary legal proceedings.’

Key clients

Allianz Suisse Immobilien AG

Allreal Holding AG

Calida Holding AG

Masimo Corporation

Meyer Burger Technology AG

poenina holding ag

Sunrise (Sunrise Communications AG)

Swiss Life AG

Züblin Immobilien AG

Capital markets Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd's team has a good standing with clients from the financial services, real estate, industrial manufacturing and technology sector. Its offering covers a wide spectrum of capital markets matters, including IPOs, private placements, and rights, exchange and debt offerings, which often have a cross-border angle. The practice is jointly led by Wolfgang MüllerChristoph Heiz and Andrea Sieber.

Practice head(s):

Wolfgang Müller; Christoph Heiz; Andrea Sieber

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Schoch

Testimonials

‘Thorough work, good methodology, outstanding client commitment’

‘Andreas Sieber and Daniel Schoch have outstanding client commitment and are very results oriented.’

‘Highly experienced, solution-oriented and efficient team, which understands the needs and trends of the client’s industry. The team is prepared to stand by its advice and works in a dedicated manner for a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Provides legal advice that takes commercial and economic aspects into consideration. Good value for money in comparison to other firms.

‘Andrea Sieber: she is highly experienced, efficient, solution and client oriented and understands the industry. She achieves the results the client is looking for, in a calm, non-aggressive and pragmatic way.’

‘The collaboration with Wolfgang Müller is excellent – he has proven time and time again that he is a highly competent and trustworthy counsel. He is extremely dedicated and extremely detail-oriented, which is a major asset in capital markets transactions. A noteworthy skill of Wolfgang is his ability to meet the needs of different stakeholders.’

‘Accurate; excellent co-operation and track record for small and mid caps; extremely experienced in capital markets transaction; reliable and goal-oriented. The team has a good relationship with tax authorities and is highly committed.’

Key clients

Allreal Holding AG

Meyer Burger Technology AG

poenina holding ag

TDK Corporation

Calida Holding AG

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd impresses with its team members' broad skillset and the range of industries covered. Its specialists are active in share and asset purchases, investment and shareholder agreements, M&A,  and private equity transactions as well as in corporate governance and regulatory matters. In additional to core M&A matters, Alexander Vogel has knowledge of D&O liability and restructurings; Andrea Sieber covers reorganisations; and Daniel Schoch is the name to note for transactional financing. Mona Stephenson and Nadine von Büren-Maier are the key contacts in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vogel; Andrea Sieber; Mona Stephenson; Nadine von Büren-Maier

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Schoch; Karin Oberlin; Christian Rebell; Sergio Bortolani

Testimonials

‘MLL provides high quality advice on Swiss law aspects, sometimes within a very short time frame. The responsiveness and general availability is appreciated.’

‘Alexander Vogel, Karin Oberlin and Christian Rebell have great availability and technical skills, and are very reliable.’

‘MLL did an extremely good job in adjusting to our schedule while delivering very high quality work. The team was able to adapt to the approach very well so overall we were very satisfied with the execution.’

‘MLL offers a highly experienced, solution-oriented and efficient team, who understand the needs and trends of our industry. The team is prepared to stand by its advice and works in a dedicated manner to ensure a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Provides legal advice that takes commercial and economic aspects into consideration. Good value for money in comparison to other firms.’

‘Andrea Sieber: she is highly experienced, efficient, solution and client oriented and understands the industry. She achieves the results the client is looking for, in a calm, non-aggressive and pragmatic way.’

‘Daniel Schoch is great to work with. He is a thorough thinker with great negotiation skills who is available 24/7 and always keeps the often tight deadlines.’

‘I had a great experience working with the firm, the members are extremely responsive and have the resources to answer any question, solve any problem. The large team allows them to cover all the aspects of law and this is very practical as we can have expert advice for any matter.’

‘Mona Stephenson is the best lawyer I had the chance to deal with so far. She is extremely responsive, super professional and easy to deal with. She takes the time to understand her clients and delivers satisfactory results. What makes Mrs Stephenson unique is that not only is she an excellent lawyer, she also understands and has a very good sense of the broader issues and especially the commercial and political aspects of a deal. ’

‘The MLL Team and its staff were very helpful and responsive to all our questions and concerns. Team members from partner to associates provide excellent services and knowledge, in particular with regards to risks involved in specific real estate transactions.’

‘Everything works quickly and smoothly. MLL people just know how to run situations to the best outcome.’

‘Intelligent, genuine, pragmatic, articulate, thorough, focused, efficient. These are just a few words to describe the overall impression and impact the MLL team delivers.’

Key clients

Meyer Burger Technology AG

Dassault Aviation

Raiffeisen Informatik Austria

Gleason Corporation

Diener AG Precision Machining and Diener Precision Pumps

Cn-Gen Mab Co., Ltd. (3SBio group)

Sun Chemical Group Coöperatief U.A

Calida Holding AG

EQT Ventures / Frontify

Martello Technologies Corporation

Bitcoin Suisse AG

Goebel Capital GmbH

WEPA SE, Germany

Julius Baer Group AG

Heidi von Hohenzollern

Poenina Holding AG

Robert Bosch GmbH

Piscai AG

Deutsche Private Equity Management III GmbH (DPE)

Armada Investment AG

Bellevue Group

Semtech (International) AG

Tui (Suisse) AG

MB Barter Tradeing

Perrigo Company plc

Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd combines focused sector knowledge with legal expertise in order to provide comprehensive data privacy and data protection advice. The team advises on compliance issues in specific industries that include life sciences, healthcare and banking, and business models based on data analytics as well as data subject rights and data privacy due diligence. Practice head Lukas Bühlmann assists domestic and international clients in the internet and e-commerce sectors, among others. Associate Marco S. Meier is focused on the luxury goods and tourism sectors.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Bühlmann

Other key lawyers:

Marco S. Meier

Testimonials

‘Lukas Bühlmann is one of the top specialist in terms of privacy / data protection issues. I like the fact, that Lukas Bühlmann does not need a lot of explanations in case of a question or problem as he understands the e-commerce business model as if he were be a store manager himself.’

‘The knowledge of this company is very broad. The company responds to inquiries very quickly and concisely.’

‘Michael Reinle is efficient, responds quickly and has a broad knowledge of data protection law.’

‘This is a top notch firm on the Swiss market. Excellent of work. They are experts in their field and assist very prestigious clients. Wide range of expertise in the data privacy or TMT/IT field, including insurance, banking, health, retail, luxury goods etc.’

‘Lukas Bühlmann is a very clever lawyer, with a forward looking spirit both in the way of helping clients, conducting R&D initiatives or managing his team. Very happy to work with him. Affordable fees. I know clients are in good hands.’

‘Excellent specialist knowledge, outstanding expertise and very good responsiveness.’

‘Lukas Bühlmann is characterised by excellent specialist knowledge and practical solutions.’

‘Hands on approach, though careful and scientific analysis of the assignments. Reliable feedback.’

‘Lukas Bühlmann built this business on his own as one of the first “ecommerce” pioneers in Switzerland.’

‘Very competent team and easy to deal with.’

‘Lukas Bühlmann, knowledgeable colleague with great human skills.’

‘This team is led by Lukas Bühlmann who in our opinion is one of the top 10 lawyers in Europe in the area of data protection and data privacy. Lukas Bühlmann is partner and head of MLL’s digital, data privacy & e-commerce group. He pushes his team to stay up to date on legal developments so they can send client alerts and follow up clients as developments happen.’

‘In comparison with lawyers we use elsewhere in Europe, Lukas Bühlmann is outstanding in considering, identifying and solving problems for all perspectives. This is quality seldom found among lawyers.’

‘Very professional and fast responses; excellent expertise.’

‘Lukas Bühlman is an excellent privacy expert.’

‘Dedicated team for e-commerce and data protection/privacy issues. The core team is very experienced and working on the topics for more than 10 years. MLL is also very closely “involved” in legislation processes and hereby supports associations to define and clarify their positions.’

Key clients

British American Tobacco Switzerland SA

Bucherer AG

Cofra Holding AG

Datatrans

Kenwood / De Longhi

International Trade Center (ITC)

Kantonsspital St. Gallen (KSSG)

KünzlerBachmann

Poenina Management AG

Schweiz Tourismus

Swiss Fin Lab

Titlis Bergbahnen AG

Verband Schweizer Versandhandel (HANDELSVERBAND.swiss)

Yamo AG

Zürich Tourismus

Employment Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd advises on all employment law issues, including social security and immigration, with a focus on advice concerning corporate developments, such as acquisitions, restructurings and outsourcing. The team negotiates with unions, local administrations and relevant authorities and advises on contracts, bonus packages and complex redundancies. Practice heads Thomas Kälin and Nadine von Büren-Maier lead the Zurich and Geneva offices respectively and are experienced in social security law matters. Guy-Philippe Rubeli is particularly experienced in litigious matters and Martin Ammann advises domestic and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Kälin; Nadine von Büren-Maier

Other key lawyers:

Guy-Philippe Rubeli; Martin Ammann

Testimonials

‘Very pragmatic approach to issues.’

‘Martin Ammann has a vast experience and this plays in his favour.’

Key clients

Willis Tower Watson

PADI EMEA Ltd

HolidayCheck

railCare AG

Jabil Switzerland Manufacturing GmbH

Semtech (Switzerland) GmbH

Swisspro group of companies

Unicef

Zurich Insurance Company

Coca-Cola

Calida group of companies

Swiss Retail Federation

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd impresses with a broad and innovative practice, which takes on novel mandates such as blockchain pharmaceutical use cases. The team's workload includes dispute resolution, commercial agreements, pricing negotiations and regulatory matters, in addition to transactional work. It has a mixture of national and international life sciences and pharmaceutical companies on its client roster. Practice head Simon Holzner's specialisation is in IP questions, an area in which Michael Ritscher and Kilian Schärli also focus. Ulrike Ciesla also holds a PhD in chemistry. Further names to note include Nadine von Büren-Maier and associate Louisa Galbraith.

Practice head(s):

Simon Holzer

Other key lawyers:

Nadine von Büren-Maier; Michael Ritscher; Kilian Schärli; Ulrike Ciesla; Louisa Galbraith

Testimonials

‘MLL has an experienced pharma litigation team unique amongst its peers in that its approach is innovative.

‘Michael Ritscher is highly experienced and knows everybody in the industry – other European litigators and a whole host of judges. He is easy to work with and works well with teams from other jurisdictions.’

‘Kilian Schärli is an up and coming young partner starting to make his mark in the team.’

‘Ulrike Ciesla is an extremely experienced patent attorney. Her experience and technical know-how really adds another layer to the team.’

‘The team is highly organised and handles litigation (IP) very well. They have a superb reputation with clients as well as with the courts. ’

‘Michael Ritscher is brilliant and always on spot.’

‘Kilian Schärli: super enthusiastic and dives deep into all areas of technology.’

‘Simon Holzer is a very knowledgable speaker.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca AB (Sweden)

AstraZeneca (Switzerland) AG

Axapharm AG

Bayer Pharma AG

Bioeq AG

Carestream

Cellprotect Holding AG

cereneo Schweiz AG

CHOCOSUISSE, Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers

Eli Lilly

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

H. Lundbeck A/S (Denmark)

Lundbeck Schweiz AG (Switzerland)

Innoplexus

Kantonsspital St. Gallen (KSSG)

MaKe WeBo AB

Modum

Mundipharma Medical Company

Psychiatrische Dienste Aargau AG

Scoutbee

Spital Männedorf AG

Swiss Cosmetic Association (SKW)

Takeda

ViiV Healthcare

Lipomed AG

Visiomed Laboratories

Private client Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd has established itself as a go-to counsellor for Swiss and foreign high-net-worth families, heirs, entrepreneurs and investors. Under the lead of the highly regarded Patricia Guerra and Geneva-based Serge Calame, the 'proactive and very reliable' team advises on the full scope of relocations, family asset structuring, family law, inheritance disputes, and tax and succession planning. It also covers a wide range of philanthropy matters. Geneva-based Maud Udry-Alhanko handles divorces and estates issues, while Julien Tron is a key contact for wealth and estate planning. Associate Annaïg Vogt advises on asset restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Serge Calame; Patricia Guerra

Other key lawyers:

Maud Udry-Alhanko; Annaïg Vogt; Julien Tron

Testimonials

‘You seldom come across a stronger Swiss team than the one under the leadership of Patricia Guerra who is pragmatic and creative and very much client conscious. She has made the team proactive and very reliable.’

‘Patricia Guerra is one of the most “global” counsellors you can meet. Her skills are especially extremely valuable in cross border situations between Latin America and Europe.’

‘Annaig Voigt is Patricia Guerra’s brilliant 2nd in command.’

‘Phenomenal client service and focus. Great attention to detail whilst still focussing on what really matters to clients and how to integrate the advice into their wider lives and family issues.’

‘Patricia Guerra is second to none for her empathy and client focus. She tailors her advice elegantly and effortlessly for each situation and individual and is both practical but also imaginative in the approaches she takes.

‘Partner led, extremely conscientious about client care and Patricia Guerra is an excellent example of an international private client lawyer.’

‘Team is responsive and capable.’

‘Mainly work with Patricia Guerra who is good at communication with client.’

‘Serge Caleme and Maud Udry-Alhanko are extremely knowledgeable and personable. Both are prompt and efficient, not to mention extremely willing to assist with any wider Swiss tax and law questions.’

TMT Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd’s TMT practice is experienced in all aspects of television work, video on demand issues and the distribution of content via the internet. The team regularly advises telecoms companies and clients in the luxury goods and e-commerce sectors on regulatory and copyright issues, data protection work, advertising matters including social media and influencer marketing mandates, IT outsourcings, licenses as well as transactional matters. Lukas Bühlmann is noted for his expertise in various aspects of the digital economy, while Reinhard Oertli is focused on cross-border issues, internet matters and contentious work. Michael Reinle is a key contact for IT, technology and data mandates.

Practice head(s):

Reinhard Oertli; Lukas Bühlmann

Other key lawyers:

Michael Reinle

Testimonials

‘Lukas Bühlmann and his team work very efficiently and have an outstanding knowledge of the law. They are able to understand complex matters very fast and can reach favourable solutions in no time.’

‘Lukas Bühlmann has a very good understanding of sophisticated digital innovations and is able to translate it into brief and to-the-point summaries. He has a very clear view on things and is always able to see the bigger picture behind it.’

‘The practice is characterised by in-depth knowledge of all IP-related matters, proactive approach to the situations and the ability to handle very complicated issues. The team is very friendly, open-minded and ready to tackle any challenging task, which is very important for such a fast-paced field. ’

‘Reinhard Oertli is a very experienced and talented lawyer, who is able to handle the most difficult matters. He possesses vast knowledge in this field. His approach is custom-tailored, he studies the presented question in great detail, and at the same time he possesses the ability to present very complicated and nuanced issues in a vivid and simple way. Reinhard Oertli can be recommended as an outstanding specialist in the field of IP law and a strategic thinker who is capable of solving the most difficult legal tasks.’

Key clients

International Trade Center

British American Tobacco

Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd.

cereneo Schweiz AG

Kantonsspital St. Gallen

Alliance SwissPass

Psychiatrische Dienste Aargau AG

Poenina Managment AG

Yamo AG

Kenwood / De Longhi

Titlis Bergbahnen AG

HANDELSVERBAND.swiss

Zürich Tourismus

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd's Geneva-practice handles regulatory matters, banking litigation and private banking mandates, among other work. The team has a strong client portfolio comprising of financial institutions, funds, investors and high-net-worth individuals. Private banking specialist Bernard Lachenal and criminal law expert Alain Le Fort jointly lead the practice. Léonard Stoyanov is also well versed in dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Bernard Lachenal; Alain Le Fort

Other key lawyers:

Léonard Stoyanov

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd fields a team of practitioners active in setting up financing structures for corporations, banks and investors. The group also advises on on a range of bank and asset management regulatory matters; and private banking mandates. The firm also has dedicated teams advising on fintech and blockchain issues. The practice is jointly led by Alexander Vogel and Daniel Schoch, and also includes Karin Oberlin, who is a key name for structured financings and Samuel Ljubicic.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Vogel; Daniel Schoch

Other key lawyers:

Karin Oberlin; Samuel Ljubicic; Reto Luthiger

Testimonials

‘MLL has a very broad and knowledgeable team which can advise on a wide variety of topics.’

‘Samuel Ljubicic is an outstanding lawyer with a very broad knowledge base and a rare commercial sense’

‘Pragmatic, hands-on, but legally sound and reliable.’

‘Alexander Vogel is very experienced & knowledgeable, always calm and with innovative ideas.’

‘Reto Luthiger is a very capable, excellent and creative adviser with broad interests and knowledge, also in DLT and other new fintech and regtech matters.’

‘Quick and valuable responses, cost control and high efficiency.’

‘Karin Oberlin has great market knowledge and is always available to efficiently help to close a deal and solve a legal problem.’

‘MLL works with specialists who come to solutions quickly and easily. A simple result is always sought – in the interests of the customer.’

‘MLL’s lawyers cater to the needs of the client and look for uncomplicated solutions. They want to achieve the greatest possible benefit at low cost through simple solutions.’

Key clients

Julius Baer Group Ltd

MBaer Merchant Bank AG

Zurich Airport

Verifort Capital Services AG

TWINT

Bellevue Group

Calida Hodling AG

Meyer Burger Technology AG

Smyths Toys AG

Cayago AG

Spital Männedorf AG

TAVIS CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUNDS SICAV-SIF S.C.A. – SWISS SME CREDIT FUND I

Concardis Switzerland Ltd

Banco Santander, S.A.

Competition Tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd's team is active in a range of competition mandates, where it is instructed by national as well as international clients. Its scope extends to merger control notifications, administrative and civil litigation, dominance cases and cartel investigations, among others. The practice is jointly led by Simon HolzerLukas Bühlmann and associate Renato Bucher.

Practice head(s):

Simon Holzer; Lukas Bühlmann; Renato Bucher

Testimonials

‘Particularly strong in dealing with international litigation in competition that contains a Swiss law element.’

‘Renato Bucher has a pro-active attitude and great international connections.’

‘Simon Holzer is a wonderful competition lawyer with great litigation instincts. He can really spot the winning points and execute a strategy.’

‘Great international connections.’

Key clients

Cousins Material House Ltd

STRABAG AG

Calida AG

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

The litigation practice at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd has a particularly strong standing with pharmaceutical companies but is also regularly instructed by Swiss and foreign banks and corporations. The group regularly cooperates with other practices in the firm, in particular the IP, private client, and tax departments. Founding partner Bernard Lachenal, who is based in Geneva, and real estate specialist Walter Häberling are the practice heads. Other noted practitioners are Urs BollerLéonard Stoyanov in Geneva, and Simon Holzner.

Practice head(s):

Walter Häberling; Bernard Lachenal

Other key lawyers:

Urs Boller; Léonard Stoyanov; Simon Holzner; Michael Ritscher

Testimonials

‘An experienced pharma-litigation team unique amongst their peers in that it only does innovator work, which is rare in Switzerland.’

‘Michael Ritscher is the senior partner. He is highly experienced and knows everybody in the industry – other European litigators and a whole host of judges. He is easy to work with and works well with teams from other jurisdictions.’

‘Throughout our longstanding relationship we have been dealing constantly with the same professionals, mainly Marcel Lustenberger and Urs Boller, which has created a strong mutual trust.’

‘A key strength of the team is the fact that they dedicate a high degree of partner attention to the matter at issue, however without overstaffing the team, thus providing a high level of service quality while keeping the costs at a reasonable level. A further key quality is the team’s ability to provide a realistic assessment of a given matter already at an early stage.’

‘Marcel Lustenberger is a very experienced litigator. I am impressed by his ability to define the right strategy at an early stage.’

‘Urs Boller has excellent analytical skills. He is particularly good at grasping the relevant facts of a case and condensing them into a well-structured and persuasive submission, which is pleasant to read.’

‘Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is a very long established law firm with a high reputation in Switzerland. It is totally independent and gives advice based on what the members think works best in Switzerland, which might be different from what a foreign client might expect.’

‘Urs Boller is thorough, well prepared and won a hopeless case for me. The difference was in the details and he also listened to ideas from the client.’

‘Urs Boller: he is pragmatic, efficient and great to work with ’

‘Depending on the complexity of a topic, experts from the internal network are consulted. This results in a well-founded and broadly supported recommendation to the customer.’

Key clients

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Cousins Material House Limited

Chapter 4 Corp. d/b/a Supreme

Coop Genossenschaft and Coop-Gruppe Genossenschaft

Hoya Group

AstraZeneca

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd has a 'great blend of experience and talent'. It is instructed by clients from the pharmaceutical, engineering, energy, software and retail industries and has experience handling private client, corporate law, real estate and dispute resolution matters. Serge Calame, Frédéric Cottier, Philippe Prost and Bernard Lachenal are the respective specialist. Mona Stephenson is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Serge Calame; Frédéric Cottier; Philippe Prost; Bernard Lachenal

Other key lawyers:

Mona Stephenson; Maud Udry-Alhanko

Testimonials

‘MLL responds very quickly and professionally with the right information and gives information outside our question to alert us for possible other issues. They have a strong intern connection, they have always another lawyer how knows the case and can respond in an adequate manner.’

‘Mona Stephenson is a very good professional. She has a good knowledge of French legal concepts as well as business approach allowing her to take over cross-border transactions.’

‘The team is a great blend of experience and talent. It is more internationally focused than most Swiss firms, and probably more easy to go with. ’

‘Bernard Lachenal is definitely a go to person in Geneva.’

‘Efficient and trustworthy service and highly competent and affable advisors with excellent connections in their field. Although they are a Geneva firm, they understand how their Anglo Saxon counterparts work in a way some Swiss firms perhaps do not and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Maud Udry-Alhanko is always highly competent and helpful and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Serge Calame is also excellent’

‘Dedicated team coming with practical approaches and also ready to provide commercial or business counsel and not only legal advice. For a company without an internal legal department it is very useful as it covers the whole range of our needs. They take the time to know their customers and their businesses to provide the service and make the link between the different departments when needed.’

‘Mona Stephenson is very responsive and has this helicopter view which helps her to provide and seek the correct services from the law firm and from her colleagues. We have a very good communication and it is always very clear what is business and commercial advice and support and what is legal advice.’

Key clients

Banque CIC Suisse SA

Landolt & Cie

UBS AG

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd is well versed in IP with Michael Ritscher and Simon Holzner key names in this space; corporate, banking and finance where Alexander Vogel and Andrea Sieber are noted; data privacy and IT where the firm draws on the expertise of Lukas Bühlmann; and private client matters with Patricia Guerra the name to note here. Wolfgang Müller is experienced in the real estate area.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ritscher; Alexander Vogel; Lukas Bühlmann; Patricia Guerra

Other key lawyers:

Simon Holzer; Andrea Sieber; Wolfgang Müller

Testimonials

‘The team are an experienced pharma litigation team unique amongst their peers in that they only do innovator work, it can be difficult to find litigators in Switzerland that don’t do generic work. ’

‘Michael Ritscher is the senior partner. He is highly experience and knows everybody in the industry – other European litigators and a whole host of judges. He is easy to work with and works well with teams from other jurisdictions.’

‘Pragmatic, hands-on, but legally sound and reliable and as well affordable.’

‘Aexander Vogel is very experienced & knowledgeable, always calm and with innovative ideas.’

Key clients

Allianz Suisse Immobilien AG

Allreal Holding AG

Association of Foreign Banks in Switzerland (AFBS)

AstraZeneca AB and AstraZeneca AG

Bayer Intellectual Property, Bayer AG

Bitcoin Suisse SA

British American Tobacco Switzerland SA

Bucherer AG

Scoutbee

Telegram

Trust Square AG

Modum

SR Saphirstein AG

Calida AG

CHOCOSUISSE, Association of Swiss Chocolate Manufacturers

Coca-Cola

Dassault Aviation

Datatrans

Deutsche Telekom AG

economiesuisse

Eli Lilly

Emirates

EOS

FIFA

Gilead Sciences

GoPro

Haribo

Hilti

Julius Baer Group AG

Kantonsspital St. Gallen (KSSG)

Kenwood / De Longhi

KünzlerBachmann

Lindt & Sprüngli

MCM

Medela AG (Olle Larsson Holding AG)

Media Markt Management AG

Meyer Burger Technology AG

MNC Mobile News Channel SA

Mundipharma

PADI EMEA Ltd.

poenina

Porsche holding ag

Publicitas AG

Raiffeisen Informatik Austria

railCare AG

SAP SE

SAS AB

Swiss Life AG

Switzerland Tourism

Spital Männedorf AG

STRABAG AG

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd's 'broad and knowledgeable' team handles debt enforcement, insolvency and bankruptcy law, restructurings and freezing orders, as well as distressed M&A and forced liquidation procedures. The 'outstandingSamuel Ljubicic and dispute resolution expert Urs Boller head the practice, which also includes Alexander Vogel, who handles cross-border restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Samuel Ljubicic; Urs Boller

Other key lawyers:

David Peter; Alexander Vogel

Testimonials

‘Strengths: highly skilled, commercial mindset, high ethics, to the point, analytical and an international view.’

‘MLL has a very broad and knowledgeable team which can advise on a wide variety of topics.’

‘Samuel Ljubicic is an outstanding lawyer with a very broad knowledge base and a rare commercial sense.’

‘The practice has a profound knowledge of Swiss insolvency law, strategic thinking and a proactive approach to cases. The lawyers of the firm are really engaged; they understand the needs of the clients and are ready to present a variety of solutions.’

‘Urs Boller is an outstanding lawyer with a profound knowledge of Swiss bankruptcy and procedural law. His opinions are always sharp, balanced, insightful and comprehensive. He has an ability to understand the needs of a client at once and present a variety of possible solutions. He has outstanding analytical abilities and a strategic view of the situation.’

‘Associate David Peter made a particularly good impression through his commitment to the work, his deep dive into pending legal matters and his willingness to help. His intensive and diligent work contributed a lot to the successful development of the case. The documents prepared by him are always correct and clear. He is an aspiring lawyer who without any doubt has great potential. ’

Key clients

Franz Carl Weber AG

P&R Group

TAVIS CAPITAL INVESTMENT FUNDS SICAV-SIF S.C.A. – SWISS SME CREDIT FUND I

Tax Tier 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd is regularly sought out by companies active in life sciences, financial services and cryptocurrency for its tax expertise. The team has experience representing clients before all relevant courts in tax disputes and advises on tax structuring. Thomas Nabholz leads the practice. Markus Frank Huber is noted for corporate tax law advice.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Nabholz

Other key lawyers:

Julian Kläser; Markus Frank Huber

Testimonials

‘Strong practitioners in the area of tax having experience with technical tax matters and experience with sophisticated clients.’

‘Thomas Nabholz gives value-adding advice and has extensive knowledge in the financial services and insurance industries.’

Key clients

Bitcoin Swiss

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal (MLL) is a full service law firm in Switzerland that specializes in representing and advising clients at the intersection of high tech, IP rich and regulated industries.

As a leading business law firm in Switzerland with over 120 experienced and dynamic lawyers MLL stands for innovative and solution-focused services. MLL has offices in the key Swiss cities of Zurich, Geneva, Zug and Lausanne and has specialized international desks for China, Latin America and Turkey.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate, Banking & Finance Alexander Vogel alexander.vogel@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Corporate, Banking & Finance Daniel Schoch daniel.schoch@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
M&A and private equity Andrea Sieber andrea.sieber@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Capital markets, banking and finance Christoph Heiz christoph.heiz@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Real estate, Capital markets Wolfgang Müller wolfgang.muller@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Digital, data privacy and e-commerce Lukas Bühlmann lukas.buehlmann@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Digital, data privacy and e-commerce Reinhard Oertli reinhard.oerli@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Employment Martin Ammann martin.ammann@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Real Estate, Employment, Litigation Walter Häberling walter.haeberling@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Litigation Marcel Lustenberger marcel.lustenberger@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Trade marks, design and advertising Guillaume Fournier guillaume.fournier@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Trade marks, design and advertising Peter Schramm peter.schramm@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Intellectual Property Michael Ritscher michael.ritscher@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Patents and pharmaceutical, IP Simon Holzer simon.holzer@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Litigation and arbitration, insolvency and restructuring Urs Boller urs.boller@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Corporate law, Employment Sergio Bortolani sergio.bortolani@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Banking and finance Karin Oberlin karin.oberlin@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Intellectual Property Ulrike Ciesla ulrike.ciesla@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Digital, Data Privacy & E-Commerce, TMT Michael Reinle michael.reinle@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Private Clients Patricia Guerra patricia.guerra@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Intellectual property Kilian Schärli killian.schaerli@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Tax Markus Frank Huber markus.huber@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Employment, Litigation Thomas Kälin thomas.kaelin@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Banking and finance Samuel Ljubicic samuel.ljubicic@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Tax Thomas Nabholz thomas.nabholz@mll-legal.com +41 44 396 91 91
Photo Name Position Profile
Dr Martin Ammann  photo Dr Martin Ammann Martin Ammann became counsel to the firm in January 2018, before which…
 Lukas Bühlmann  photo Lukas Bühlmann Lukas Bühlmann heads the firm’s digital, data privacy & e-commerce group. He advises…
 Urs Boller  photo Urs Boller Urs Boller is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution practice group…
 Sergio Bortolani  photo Sergio Bortolani Sergio Bortolani is a member of the firm’s corporate and finance department.…
 Ülkü Cibik  photo Ülkü Cibik Ülkü Cibik is a member of the firm’s banking & finance team.…
Dr phil. nat. Ulrike Ciesla  photo Dr phil. nat. Ulrike Ciesla Ulrike Ciesla is a European Patent Attorney and holds a Ph.D. in…
Dr Guillaume Fournier  photo Dr Guillaume Fournier Guillaume is co-head of the firm’s trademark and design group. His practice…
 Patricia Guerra  photo Patricia Guerra Patricia Guerra is head of the private clients team in Zurich and head of…
Dr Walter Häberling  photo Dr Walter Häberling Walter Häberling is a partner in the litigation department and real estate…
Dr Christoph Heiz  photo Dr Christoph Heiz Christoph Heiz is a partner of the Corporate & Finance Department and…
Dr Simon Holzer  photo Dr Simon Holzer Simon Holzer heads the firm’s Patent and Life Sciences team. He has…
Dr Markus Frank Huber  photo Dr Markus Frank Huber Markus F. Huber joined Meyerlustenberger Lachenal as partner in 2017, after retiring…
 Thomas Kälin  photo Thomas Kälin Thomas Kälin heads the firm’s employment law group in Zurich. As a…
 Samuel Ljubicic  photo Samuel Ljubicic Samuel Ljubicic practices corporate law and M&A, banking and finance, capital markets…
Dr Marcel Lustenberger  photo Dr Marcel Lustenberger Marcel Lustenberger heads the litigation and arbitration team in Zurich. He has…
Dr Reto Luthiger  photo Dr Reto Luthiger Reto Luthiger is a senior associate in the firm’s banking & finance…
Dr Wolfgang Müller  photo Dr Wolfgang Müller Wolfgang Müller focuses on real estate as well as on capital markets…
 Marco S. Meier  photo Marco S. Meier Marco S. Meier is an associate in the firm’s Zurich office and…
 Thomas Nabholz  photo Thomas Nabholz Thomas Nabholz leads Meyerlustenberger Lachenal’s tax practice. He joined the firm as…
 Karin Oberlin  photo Karin Oberlin Corporate and finance partner Karin Oberlin advises national and international lenders and…
Dr Reinhard Oertli  photo Dr Reinhard Oertli Reinhard Oertli has acted for a broad range of clients in the…
Dr Michael Reinle  photo Dr Michael Reinle Michael Reinle is a member of the firm’s digital, data privacy &…
Dr Michael Ritscher  photo Dr Michael Ritscher Michael Ritscher is recognised as one of the most experienced and esteemed…
Dr Kilian Schärli  photo Dr Kilian Schärli Kilian Schärli works with domestic and international clients in the technology, industrial…
 Daniel Schoch  photo Daniel Schoch Daniel Schoch specializes in private M&A, private equity and capital market transactions.…
Dr Peter Schramm  photo Dr Peter Schramm Peter Schramm heads the firm’s trademark & design group comprising lawyers from…
 Andrea Sieber  photo Andrea Sieber Andrea Sieber specialises in national and cross-border M&A, private equity and capital…
Dr Alexander Vogel  photo Dr Alexander Vogel Alexander Vogel heads the firm’s corporate & finance department. He specialises in…
 Annaïg Vogt  photo Annaïg Vogt Annaïg Vogt is an associate practising in the private clients team and…
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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd

MLL is a full service law firm specialized in representing and advising clients at the intersection of high tech, IP rich and regulated industries. With offices in Zurich, Geneva, Zug and Lausanne and a world leading international network of partner law firms, MLL delivers coordinated legal advice to support clients’ interests in an international context.