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Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd

Switzerland > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd's insolvency and restructuring practice group supports creditors with large, high-profile insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings as well as debt restructurings. The team is often appointed as liquidator and investigating agent by FINMA. The team is headed by Marc Bernheim, who has a key focus on directors’ and officers’ liability proceedings and acts as a representative of public receivers in insolvency proceedings. Philipp Känzig, who specialises in debt enforcement and corporate restructuring, and Gaudenz Geiger, whose practice covers out-of-court reorganisations and restructurings, are key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Marc Bernheim

Other key lawyers:


‘The insolvency and corporate recovery practice is among the strongest in Switzerland.’

‘Expertise in all areas of insolvency and corporate recovery, excellent value for money, pragmatic, solution-oriented, responsive and well-connected with authorities.’

‘Gaudenz Geiger stands out for his client service, efficiency, ability to think-out-of-the-box, competence, thoroughness, and precision.’

‘Efficient, to the point and solution-oriented.’

‘The team has a wealth of experience in assisting with insolvency proceedings. They proceed in a targeted manner and have been able to achieve a good result for all parties involved even in very difficult initial situations.’

‘Marc Bernheim never loses sight of the essential points, even with complex mandates. He is a persistent and successful negotiator.’

‘Gaudenz Geiger has sound specialist knowledge, which he can bring to bear very confidently in negotiations. He seeks the path to the simplest solution.’

Key clients

Schweizer Kredit AG

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Atrib Switzerland Ltd. in liquidation; Atrib Group in liquidation; Atrib Management Services in liquidation

Rocco Piccinni AG

Galika AG

Work highlights

  • Acting as commissioner and court appointed supervisor in proceedings related to Galika’s restructuring across 11 jurisdictions.
  • Acting as bankruptcy administrator and counsel in Atrib’s EUR 90 m international liquidation, one of the longest and most complex bankruptcy and liquidation proceedings ever in Switzerland.
  • Acting as commissioner and court appointed supervisor in restructuring proceedings of rocco piccinni.

Switzerland > Private client Tier 3

Located in Zurich, Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd is sought after for its expertise in inheritance and estate planning. Spearheaded by Georgia Fotiou and Andreas Von Erlach, the team regularly advises on trust and foundation law, succession planning, tax matters, and relocation. Fotiou is particularly skilled at advising private clients from South Africa, while Von Erlach is recommended for his experience handling matters for family-owned businesses. Michael Hamm is another integral part of the team.

Practice head(s):

Georgia Fotiou; Andreas von Erlach

Other key lawyers:


‘Staiger attorneys is a modern company with experienced experts in the legal field. ‘

‘The level of professionalism, dedication to law, and the outstanding team makes Staiger a leader in the field. The team consists of skilled, competent, and capable law experts.’

‘Georgia Fotiou is a top specialist in her field and an outstanding attorney.’

Key clients

Nesinco Group Ltd.

Andritz Soutec Ltd.

L.A.M. Les Arts Mécaniques SA

New Energy Horizons Ltd.

Private Capital Partners Ltd.

Hegeler Carus Foundation

Work highlights

  • Representing a family trust as international lead counsel in global restructuring of Les Arts Mécaniques.
  • Advising an UHNW family on family governance and the structuring their business affairs.

Switzerland > Public law Tier 3

With ‘deep knowledge and experience’ in public law matters relating to the energy sector, the team at Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd is headed by Marc Bernheim and Gaudenz Geiger, both of whom provide regulatory advice to clients concerning industry specific regulations and competition law. Both Bernheim and Geiger actively contribute to legal commentary on new Swiss energy regulations.

Practice head(s):

Marc Bernheim; Gaudenz Geiger


‘The team has deep knowledge and experience in their areas and are quick to respond.’

‘Marc Bernheim is the very experienced senior lawyer, coming in when necessary and relevant. Gaudenz Geiger has quick responses to tough questions.’

Key clients


AET (Aalborg Energie Technik a/s)

Enerprice Partners AG

Enerprice Service AG

First Energy AG

Swiss Climate Cent Foundation

Avenergy Suisse

SN Energie AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Swiss energy trader First Energy on cross-border public and civil law matters related to its international business.
  • Advising energy service provider Enerprice on Swiss and European regulatory framework and public law matters.
  • Advising a Swiss foundation for climate protection on public law matters related to importing, placing on the market, and taxation of fuels.

Switzerland > Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 4

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd act as an outsourced legal department for several Swiss banks, foreign bank subsidiaries, and asset managers, with particular strengths in regulatory compliance, establishing financial service providers, and liquidation of financial institutions. The team is headed by Désirée Wiesendanger, who specialises in banking and financial markets law. Philipp Känzig represents clients in complex international disputes, in particular in the areas of insurance law, banking law and insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Désirée Wiesendanger

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Jefferies International Ltd.

Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA

Falcon Private Ltd.

Work highlights

Switzerland > Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 4

‘Fantastic’ Jonas Stüssi and ‘seasoned practitioner’ Philipp Känzig lead the ‘attentive and knowledgeable’ Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd litigation practice, which is adept at handling disputes arising from regulated sectors, such as energy, banking and insurance. The department also routinely manages insolvency, asset tracing and employment litigation for its clients. Känzig’s handles the full gamut of civil and criminal mandates and Stüssi is noted for his insolvency, criminal and professional negligence expertise.

Practice head(s):

Jonas Stüssi; Phillip Känzig

Other key lawyers:

Philipp Haymann


‘Extremely impressed with the service provided, the professionalism and the attention to detail of their lawyers.’

‘Attentive and knowledgeable Swiss practice, which achieves goals set by the client in an efficient and understandable way.’

‘Philipp Kaenzig is a seasoned practitioner with excellent knowledge of Swiss litigation and arbitration. Jonas Stuessi is a younger generation lawyer focusing on corporate and litigation, who has excellent contacts and creative approach.’

‘Staiger is a well know and well respected law firm. They are young and dynamic and go the extra mile for their clients.’

‘Jonas Stüssi is a fantastic litigator who is very good at tactics and finds solutions even for the most complicated problems. He does not crack under pressure and is very assertive.’

‘Philipp Känzig is highly regarded, very experienced and practical in his advice.’

‘They are innovative and responsive, and the quality of their work is undisputedly first rate.’

‘Staiger appears to have all the latest technology and our arbitration proceeded with no technical issues. The attorneys collaborated well with our team and exhibited knowledge of Swiss law on the legal issues and knowledge of the arbitrators’ background and sensibilities. ’

Work highlights

  • Representing a Cyprus trust company in $71m cross-border case related to alleged misappropriation of funds.
  • Representing a Swiss consulting company against European procurement unit in €65 m cross-border litigation related to COVID-19.
  • Representing global consulting company in cross-border liability litigation related to an employee’s skiing accident.

Switzerland > Employment Tier 4

Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd's team offers a full-service employment practice to its clients in both an advisory and litigation capacity. The team often represents employers in SMEs in a variety of employment-related disputes, including collective bargaining agreements and immigration matters. The team head Philipp Haymann specialises in all employment matters and has a specific focus on domestic litigation and arbitration. Other key team members include Jonas Stüssi, Larissa Horat, and Rudolf von Erlach.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Haymann


‘Philipp Haymann was extremely responsive, provided practical advice and was an excellent legal partner to assist a client going through a very difficult situation with complex cross-jurisdictional aspects.’

‘The team is always available and has a straightforward way to communicate.’

‘Philipp Hayman is a standout partner, who is very creative in finding solutions no matter how complex the issue is. He is responsive in time-critical situations, and delivers very pragmatic and to-the point responses.’

‘Philipp Haymann offers practical, solution-oriented advice. We value his fast turn-around time and availability.’


Switzerland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

Steered by Yasemin Varel, Staiger Attorneys at Law Ltd maintains a strong practice in the energy and financial services fields, routinely acting for SMEs and entrepreneurs. Varel’s multifaceted experience encompasses private M&A, corporate governance issues and private equity transactions, among others. Andreas Von Erlach is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Yasemin Varel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Zug Estates AG

Work highlights

  • Advising Zug Estates on all corporate and transactional matters related to a large property development project.
  • Advising a multinational corporation as lead international counsel on a USD 5 bn cross-border corporate reorganisation.
  • Advising the shareholders of an international energy trader as lead international counsel on taking control.

The firm: Staiger Attorneys at Law, established in 1964, is a well-known and highly respected law firm in Zurich, Switzerland’s most important business area. Its practice has traditionally focused on litigation and arbitration, insolvency, banking and private clients. It has also developed a strong expertise in tax, energy law and corporate matters. The firm’s team of highly qualified lawyers acts for top ranking national and international clients from all business sectors, ranging from individuals to small and medium-size businesses as well as global enterprises. Staiger Attorneys at Law is a solution driven law firm with a profound understanding of its clients’ needs in order to provide solution based and cost conscious services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Litigation / Arbitration Philipp Känzig
Litigation / Arbitration Jonas Stüssi
Insolvency / Restructuring Marc Bernheim
Insolvency / Restructuring Gaudenz Geiger
Corporate Law Désirée Wiesendanger
Corporate Law Yasemin Varel
Banking and Financial Markets Désirée Wiesendanger
Banking and Financial Markets Philipp Känzig
Employment and Migration Philipp Haymann
Employment and Migration Rudolf von Erlach
Contract Law Yasemin Varel
Contract Law Andreas von Erlach
Energy Law Marc Bernheim
Energy Law Gaudenz Geiger
Private Clients Michael Hamm
Private Clients Andreas von Erlach
Private Clients Georgia Fotiou
Inheritance Law / Family Law Michael Hamm
Inheritance Law / Family Law Jennifer Dürst-Zimmermann
Tax Law Timothy Müller
Tax Law Georgia Fotiou