Firm Profile > Baker McKenzie > Zurich, Switzerland

Baker McKenzie

Employment Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's major strength is the ability to work on international employment matters and 'include colleagues from specific jurisdictions who have the required knowledge'. Employment contracts, benefit plans, restructurings and litigation, as well as hirings, terminations and global removals form the key areas of expertise. Associate Serge Pannatier is defending Becton Dickinson against a female employee's discrimination damages claim valued at £1.7m. Practice lead Peter Reinert is recommended for his 'sufficient risk analysis, which enables the client to make the right decision'.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Baker McKenzie is 'ahead of other international IP firms in providing truly robust global portfolio management solutions' and can 'assemble a team appropriate to the individual case'. With a full-service approach, the practice also handles IP transactions and licensing, EU law matters, as well as trade mark, design, copyright and competition-related litigation. A key client for 'open-minded and hands-on rising starEva-Maria Strobel is Swarovski, for whom she manages the worldwide trade mark and design filing, clearance and enforcement work. Michael Treis, who delivers 'a top performance and excellent know-how', represents companies such as Apple, Migros and General Electric in trade mark litigation matters.

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Due to its 'sophisticated knowledge of complex real estate transactions', Baker McKenzie 'enjoys a leading role in the Swiss market'. It has notable expertise in hotel transactions, while also assisting with investment schemes and development projects. In recent work, it handled Mövenpick's sale of its worldwide hotel division to Accor Hotels; the 'excellent, business-minded and hands-on lawyerMartin Furrer led the advice. Samuel Marbacher and Alexander Wyss were instructed by Fundamenta Real Estate to provide legal support concerning its CHF65m capital increase. Of counsel Daniel Peregrina is another key member of the team.

Sports law Tier 1

Baker McKenzie's cross-practice sports team focuses on resolving commercial and arbitration disputes for federations, executives, banks, media companies and athletes, while also assisting with intellectual property, employment and tax matters. Olivier Ducrey acts as sole judge for the Basketball Champions League and the Fiba 2019 World Cup. The Union Cycliste Internationale receives advice from him on the sale of television rights for its cycling tours.

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

The 'well-integrated and customer-focused banking and finance team' at Baker McKenzie attracts clients for 'complex transactions' and 'matters involving different jurisdictions' by 'combining in-depth legal analysis with a business-oriented mindset'. Regulatory and debt financing advice constitute additional key strengths. The 'sharp-wittedLukas Glanzmann and 'hands-onSamuel Marbacher 'form the perfect team'; the duo recently advised Credit Suisse on arranging an up to $150m senior multi-currency revolving credit facility for SR Technics Switzerland. Rabobank, Ambienta Capital and UBS are among its other clients.

Capital markets Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's 'very dedicated team' receives praise for its high level of 'availability and engagement'. Advisory services include IPOs, share issuance, equity and debt transactions, public M&A, structured products and derivatives, while the team also handles contentious matters including disclosure disputes and compliance issues. 'Valuable sparring partnerMatthias Courvoisier, who 'convinces through his legal knowledge and market understanding', assisted Lalique Group with its capital increase and IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange, and advised Schmolz+Bickenbach on the issuance of €200m-worth of senior secured notes. Marcel Giger is another key practitioner.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

The 'very knowledgeable, business-minded and pragmatic' team at Baker McKenzie is a popular choice due to its 'responsive and hands-on approach'. With a particular focus on cross-border transactions, the practice mostly handles public takeovers and private equity deals. The 'very dedicated and highly flexible' co-lead Alexander Fischer, who 'combines excellent technical knowledge with a pragmatic and patient approach', acted for Gerresheimer on its acquisition of Sensile Medical, while Martin Furrer assisted Mövenpick and Kingdom Holding with the sale of the global business division Mövenpick Hotels to Accor Hotels. Private equity specialist Martin Frey and finance partners Beat Barthold and Jingjin Guo are other names to note.

Competition Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's team stands out for its advice on cartel matters at a Swiss and EU level. Merger control and compliance advice constitute other key areas of the practice. The 'knowledgeable and responsiveBoris Wenger assisted Mövenpick with the multi-jurisdictional merger control filings related to AccorHotels' €482m acquisition of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, while team lead Philippe Reich represented Estée Lauder in an investigation launched by ComCo regarding the alleged price information exchange in the perfumes and cosmetics market, having successfully appealed against a CHF25m fine. Geneva partner Hubert Gillieron advised McDonald's on compliance issues.

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Best known for cross-border transactions and compliance work, Baker McKenzie also handles employment, corporate, intellectual property, tax and real estate matters for a broad spectrum of private and public healthcare and pharmaceutical clients, as well as sector-related tech companies and insurers. Peter Reinert acted as regulatory adviser to Servier during its acquisition of Shire's oncology business, while Anne-Catherine Hahn assisted a Swiss pharmaceutical company with the implementation of its global anti-bribery programme in more than 20 jurisdictions. The team advises Abbott on the management and enforcement of its trade marks in Switzerland.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

'As one of the top practices with insolvency expertise in Switzerland', Baker McKenzie is capable of 'solving difficult issues across Europe' and has developed 'a thorough understanding of the syndicated loan market in Switzerland'. It has a strong focus on financial restructurings and the representation of distressed businesses, creditors and suppliers in insolvency proceedings. A major highlight for the 'calm, very knowledgeable and pragmaticLukas Glanzmann is the US Chapter 11 filing of Westinghouse, involving a debtor-in-possession financing and its $4.6bn sale to Brookfield Asset Management. Together with Alexander Fischer, Glanzmann also assisted Forster Swiss Home with its asset deal acquisition of Forster Stahlküchen from insolvent kitchen cabinet manufacturer Bruno Piatti.

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

Baker McKenzie is highly regarded for its employment, intellectual property, sports, insolvency and real estate practices. Peter Reinert, Lukas Glanzmann, Michael Treis and Martin Furrer are the key contacts in these areas.

Private client Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's main strengths are multi-jurisdictional wealth management, tax and asset relocation matters for large families. Geneva-based Stephanie Jarrett, who is assisting a Swiss trustee with the tax and trust aspects of an extensive cross-border family matter, Marnin Michaels, who is based in Zurich, head the practice.

Tax Tier 2

The 'experienced, focused and reliable team' at 'internationally capable law firmBaker McKenzie impresses with 'considered and holistic answers, proactive thinking, clear communication and high competence in tax law'. Its strengths include cross-border tax planning, M&A, finance and restructuring support, as well as real estate tax, wealth planning, VAT, transfer pricing and controversy matters. Key individuals include the 'very skilful, energetic and committed negotiatorTobias Rohner and 'outstandingly knowledgeableKilian PerroulazHans Koch and Denis Berdoz are other names to note. Of counsel René Matteotti left for Tax Partner AG in November 2018.

TMT Tier 2

The TMT practice at Baker McKenzie focuses on product compliance, data privacy, regulatory requirements, service distribution and licensing matters. In a new highlight, Alessandro Celli assists Planzer Transporte with its GDPR compliance programme and implementation. Hubert Gillieron is the key partner in Geneva.

Banking and finance: Geneva Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's 'highly professional' team covers regulatory matters, as well as debt, trade and project financing. The 'responsive and helpfulJingjin Guo is further experienced in advising on investments between Chinese and Swiss entities. In a recent highlight, he handled a syndicated facility arranged by UBS for a Swiss company operating data centres. Martin Anderson and Frédéric Bétrisey left for Bär & Karrer Ltd..

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

'One of the top law firms in litigation', Baker McKenzie houses 'a very available and responsive team that anticipates the clients' needs and is very involved in every case'. The Zurich office is best known for distribution, agency, licensing, competition and inheritance disputes, while Geneva mostly handles contentious financial, post-M&A, energy and sports matters. 'Innovative and dedicatedLuca Beffa and 'stand-out litigatorAnne-Catherine Hahn are recommended.

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

Key practice areas for Baker McKenzie’s Geneva office include banking, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, real estate, private client, employment, competition and tax law. Managing partner Stephanie Jarrett, corporate lawyer Jingjin Guo and real estate specialist Olivier Ducrey are the best known practitioners. Martin Anderson and Frederic Betrisey left for Bär & Karrer Ltd. in 2018.

Transport Tier 3

In transport law, Baker McKenzie focuses on company restructuring, M&A transactions, intellectual property, data protection, outsourcing and competition matters. Alessandro Celli advises Planzer Transporte on its GDPR and Swiss data protection compliance programme, and also assists FT Logistics with all trade mark issues in Switzerland. Boris Wenger is another key partner.

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