Firm Profile > Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd > Geneva, Switzerland

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd
PO BOX 3199
1211 GENEVE 3

Intellectual property Tier 1

The 'strong and highly experienced patent litigation group' at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) has 'a good knowledge of the pharmaceutical sector and regulatory requirements' and is perceived as 'approachable, efficient and business-oriented'. The team is best known for its expertise in patent litigation, trade mark and design infringement matters, cases involving EU law, as well as copyright, advertising and brand name aspects. 'Easy-to-work-with and technically strongSimon Holzer collaborated with 'extremely knowledgeable litigatorMichael Ritscher on the successful representation of Gilead Sciences in all patent disputes related to its Tenofovir patents and supplementary protection certificates. Hilti and AstraZeneca are other clients, which Ritscher acts for in patent disputes. 'Very good lawyersGuillaume Fournier and Peter Schramm are also noted.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The 'prompt and proactive' team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) is recommended for its 'high knowledge and experience in contract negotiation'. The range of services includes transactions, development, construction and financing projects, as well as construction and zoning litigation. Allianz Suisse Immobilien instructed Wolfgang Müller to obtain a construction permit and advise on the ongoing "Weltpost Park" project, which involves the construction of 176 apartments in Bern. Key names in Geneva include Philippe Prost, who stands out for his 'acumen and foresight in analysing legal problems and an ability to suggest pertinent solutions', as well as Frédéric Cottier and senior associate Cosima Trabichet-Castan, who are 'very efficient'.

Capital markets Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)'s 'goal-oriented, efficient, pragmatic and experienced' capital markets team handles IPOs, private placements, collective investment schemes, as well as rights, debts and exchange offerings, combined with regulatory aspects. Wolfgang Müller, who 'is very pleasant to work with', acted for TDK-Micronas as selling shareholder on the IPO of X-Fab Silicon Foundries on Euronext Paris, while Christoph Heiz advised Norges Statsbaner on issuing a series of international bonds worth CHF375m on SIX Swiss Exchange.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) 'is excellent in terms of experience, quality and client correspondence', with 'significant resources and a complete range of services available at short notice'. Areas of expertise include share and asset purchases, mergers, public tender offers, private equity and corporate governance matters. Practice head Dr Alexander Vogel acted for SAP on the de-merger and subsequent acquisition of Coresystems FSM. 'Highly deal-orientedAndrea Sieber, who 'is able to deliver excellent results under pressure', advised Meyer Burger Switzerland on the sale of its energy systems division to solar industry specialist Patrick Hofer-Noser. TUI Suisse and Robert Bosch are among its other key clients. Mona Stephenson joined the Geneva office from Lenz & Staehelin in 2018.

Competition Tier 2

Based in Zurich, Geneva and Brussels, the 'highly experienced and professional' team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) provides 'straightforward and practical advice', especially in relation to international merger control filings, antitrust compliance programmes and distribution agreements. Another key area is the representation of clients in administrative and civil litigation, including cartel investigations. 'Outstandingly knowledgeable, risk-oriented and well-connectedMario Strebel represents Sunrise Communications in a ComCo investigation concerning dominance issues in the pay-TV sports market. Christophe Rapin, who heads the competition team in Geneva and Brussels, represents SAS Cargo in an appeal proceeding against the fines imposed on the alleged air cargo cartel in Switzerland.

Employment Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)'s 'unique team' consists of 'proven experts in their field who are easily accessible and good collaborators'. It handles employment, social security and immigration law, with a particular focus on transactions, restructurings and staff outsourcing, as well as dispute resolution and general contractual and compensation-related advice. 'Competent and experienced case managerThomas Kälin assisted GoPro with the termination of its business in Switzerland, involving the negotiation of termination agreements with all employees. Tesla Motors, railCare and Media Markt Management also feature in the client roster.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) provides a 'user-friendly' service, covering the drafting of agreements for pharmaceutical companies and research organisations, as well as dispute resolution, pricing negotiation, product liability issues, transactions and regulatory matters under the Therapeutic Product Act. Together with Michael Ritscher, the 'responsive, knowledgeable and easy-to-work-withSimon Holzer is representing Gilead Sciences in multiple Swiss patent disputes related to Tenofovir and supplementary protection certificates.

Private client Tier 2

'Particularly adept at advising on the needs of complex international tax and succession law matters', the 'efficient and easy-to-reach' practice at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) serves as 'a one-stop shop with expertise in all services required by private clients'. The team, led by 'incredibly responsive and commercialPatricia Guerra and 'very professional and hands-on' international estate planning expert Serge Calame, has additional experience in relocation, asset structuring, estate planning, philanthropy and inheritance disputes. 'Dedicated and reliable family lawyerMaud Udry-Alhanko is another name to note.

TMT Tier 2

'Service-oriented and well-reputed law firmMeyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) 'has in-depth knowledge of data protection law and its developments', while also being 'well versed in handling IT contracts for the health sector' and 'cross-border fintech', as well as 'e-commerce matters'. It has additional expertise in IT outsourcing and regulatory topics, technology transfer, copyright and transactions. The client roster includes Bucherer, Schweiz Tourismus, Sunrise and British American Tobacco. The 'highly committed, practical and professional stand-out partner and strong visionaryLukas Bühlmann and 'quick and efficient' senior associate Michael Reinle are recommended.

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd has experience of advising major financial service and insurance providers on national and cross-border regulatory aspects, investment fund matters, private banking and contentious cases. Bernard Lachenal and Christophe Rapin are the key practitioners.

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) 'consistently provides a high quality of work, combined with a practical approach towards transactions'. Fintech matters, investment funds, capital markets, anti-money laundering and regulatory advice are the key areas on the advisory side, while litigation concerning regulated entities is another focus. Practice head Dr Alexander Vogel regularly advises banks on syndicated loans in financing transactions, while Daniel Schoch acted for Spital Männedorf on its first issue and listing of a bond. Transaction partner Samuel Ljubicic, who 'is a pleasure to work with', assists start-up company Creditworld with regulatory matters.

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) 's 'efficient and dedicated team is very strong in dealing with complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation cases', particularly in the banking, pharmaceutical and corporate sectors. A recent highlight was the representation of Gilead in nullity actions against Mepha Pharma involving tenofovir patents and SPCs. Clients recommend 'responsive, efficient and solution-oriented' banking litigator Léonard Stoyanov and 'reliable, clever negotiatorWalter Häberling, who has 'wide-ranging experience in real estate and tenancy matters'. Marcel Lustenberger and Bernard Lachenal are the practice heads.

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd's Geneva and Lausanne teams handle banking and finance, competition, private client, real estate and contentious work. Christophe Rapin, Serge CalameNicolas P. Didisheim and Bernard Lachenal are the key practitioners.

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

Providing full-service advice, Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL) is best known for its intellectual property, private client, real estate, TMT, competition and corporate work. Key names include Simon HolzerMichael Ritscher , Patricia Guerra, Lukas Bühlmann, Michael Reinle and Mario Strebel.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)'s client base consists of companies, creditors and investors, for which the team handles restructuring and turnaround solutions, debt rescheduling or enforcement, M&A assistance, representation in proceedings and the negotiation of provisional measures. In 2018, Publicitas appointed Urs Boller as its provisional commissioner after being granted a moratorium. Together with Dr Alexander Vogel, he is acting for the bankrupt group companies Econcern and Ecostream International in a dispute involving the reclaiming of loans and defence against liability claims brought by the receiver of its bankrupt Swiss subsidiary. Samuel Ljubicic has expertise in corporate aspects and financial transactions.

Tax Tier 4

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd (MLL)'s tax team is best known for its tax-efficient structuring, regulatory and tax controversy expertise, transactional support and tax planning for private clients. Counsel Dr Markus Frank Huber specialises in the life sciences, consumer products and telecoms industries, while Nicolas P. Didisheim  focuses on private client taxation. Dr Prof Urs Behnisch is also noted. In 2018, David Brönimann left for an in-house position at Credit Suisse.

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL) is one of the most reputable international business law firms in Switzerland. With over 106 experienced and dynamic lawyers form a strong team of specialists that stand for innovative and solution-focused services. With offices in Zurich, Geneva, Zug, Lausanne and Brussels we are present in the key Swiss economic centres and in the heart of Europe. Our Chinese and Latin America desks are a gateway to and from these regions.

Swiss and international clients as diverse as corporations, banks and families appreciate the accessibility and involvement of our partners in representing their interests. Our experience serving clients from across the sectors has given our lawyers a practical understanding of business and allows us to deliver legal advice that works in a commercial context.

Department Name Email Telephone
General corporate Alain Le Fort +41 22 737 10 00
General corporate Frédéric Cottier +41 22 737 10 00
Private clients Nicolas Didisheim +41 22 737 10 00
Real estate Philippe Prost +41 22 737 10 00
Real estate, Employment Guy-Philippe Rubeli +41 22 737 10 00
Tax Philippe Mantel +41 22 737 10 00
Insolvency and restructuring Christian Schilly +41 22 737 10 00
Litigation and arbitration, Banking and finance Bernard Lachenal +41 22 737 10 00
Trade marks, design and advertising Nadine Maier +41 22 737 10 00
Private client Serge Calame +41 22 737 10 00
Private client Julien Tron +41 22 737 10 00
Private client Maud Udry-Alhanko +41 22 737 10 00
Corporate, IP Nadine von Büren-Maier +41 22 737 10 00
Corporate, Private clients Claude Brechbuhl +41 22 737 10 00
Corporate, Private clients Jean-Charles Roguet +41 22 737 10 00
Photo Name Position Profile
 Claude Brechbuhl  photo Claude Brechbuhl
 Serge Calame  photo Serge Calame
 Frédéric Cottier  photo Frédéric Cottier
 Nicolas P. Didisheim  photo Nicolas P. Didisheim
 Bernard Lachenal  photo Bernard Lachenal
 Alain Le Fort  photo Alain Le Fort
 Nadine Maier  photo Nadine Maier
 Philippe Prost  photo Philippe Prost
 Jean-Charles Roguet  photo Jean-Charles Roguet
 Guy-Philippe Rubeli  photo Guy-Philippe Rubeli
 Christian Schilly  photo Christian Schilly
 Mona Stephenson  photo Mona Stephenson
 Léonard Stoyanov  photo Léonard Stoyanov
 Cosima Trabichet-Castan  photo Cosima Trabichet-Castan
 Julien Tron  photo Julien Tron
 Maud Udry-Alhanko  photo Maud Udry-Alhanko
Number of lawyers : 106
Contact :
Offices : Brussels
Offices : Lausanne
Offices : Zug
Offices : Zurich