Firm Profile > Baker McKenzie > Geneva, Switzerland

Baker McKenzie

Employment Tier 1

The employment team at Baker McKenzie is 'extremely knowledgeable', and demonstrates 'excellent judgement' and 'attention to detail' and is able to tap into its global network to handle cross-border deals. Zurich-based Peter Reinert and Geneva-based counsel Serge Pannatier lead a team that is particularly experienced in company restructurings. In recent work, the group advised on personnel and pension fund matters for Hitachi and Ihag Holding AG during their acquisitions of ABB, and the Widder Hotel, respectively. It also acted for Becton Dickinson in a discrimination case concerning a female employee and damages claims. Other work ranges from employment contracts to global hirings and employment contract terminations. Other clients include FedEx, British Airways and Publicis.

Practice head(s):

Peter Reinert, Serge Pannatier


Responsiveness, availability, can provide legal expertise if required in a specific case.

Extremely knowledgeable, very analytical, excellent judgement, knows when to consult experts on a specific matter, attention to detail, any information we received covered all aspects relevant to the case and required for taking decision on how to proceed.

Key clients




British Airways


Hologic Suisse SA

World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Keurig Green Mountain

BD Switzerland Sarl

Intellectual property Tier 1

Baker McKenzie exhibits 'outstanding expertise' in covering a full spectrum of IP-related matters, with particular focus on trade mark, design and copyright litigation. Noted for its 'pragmatic approach' and 'fast response times', the team manages global design portfolios for clients including Swarovski AG and Abbott. Other work involves representing British American Tobacco in new cigarette technology trade mark proceedings against Philip Morris, assisting Hitachi with IP-related questions regarding its purchase of ABB's power grid business, and representing Pagani Pens SA in a design dispute. Practice head Eva-Maria Strobel has an 'excellent strategic approach to complicated cases', and leads on most matters alongside renowned litigator Michael Treis.

Practice head(s):

Eva-Maria Strobel


Efficient management of cross-border cases, great knowledge of the industry.

Eva-Maria Strobel – trade marks – very rapid response, excellent strategic approach to complicated cases, very good allocation/cost efficient management of resources.

Brand enforcement services are offered globally, able to advise on complex brand strategy questions, strong reputation in anti-counterfeiting matters.

Outstanding expertise, very fast response times, comprehensive legal advice on complex issues.

High level of legal knowledge in combination with a pragmatic approach. They put themselves in the shoes of the client and help solve the issues efficiently.

Eva-Maria Strobel: highly qualified, fast response times, a strong leader with a well trained team. Sandra Marmy: highly qualified, great business approach.

The IP team in Zurich is relatively small, so there is a more personal approach to handling matters; however, the team also understands that the client’s demands are less local and is actively working on ensuring that the service is personal but also global. In that context, the main strength for us is and remains the global IP portfolio management system and the back-up organization that Baker McKenzie has built up, and that the local team helped to further develop and adapt to our needs.

Eva-Maria Strobel is our main contact and she stands out for me in the IP team in Zurich. Eva is responsive and always interested in finding a good and practical solution that fits client’s needs well. She is open to discuss and find different solutions or options to matters and also thinks ahead; since we have had the chance to build a very good long-term relationship over some time now, she can often anticipate the needs or questions from her client.

Key clients



British American Tobacco



Estee Lauder




General Electric



Banque Lombard Odier


Knead Holding/Zaatar w Zeit


Grupo Bimbo

Hasbro Inc.

Honeywell International

Pagani Pens

Alere Inc./Alere Switzerland GmbH

Avery Dennison Corporation

Punto FA SL (Mango)

Cranium Inc.

Center Parks Ardennen N.V.

Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH

Camso Inc.

BNI Global LLC

Eclipse Inc.

Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision Inc.

Corn Products Development, Inc.

Narathai Cuisine Co. Ltd.

General Motors

Curasept A.D.S. S.r.l.

Winoffice AG

Nerium International

Asahi Group Holdings

Welding Engineers Ltd.

The Nielsen Company

L Brands

MDO Dermatologic GmbH


Zespri Group Limited


Real estate and construction Tier 1

Baker McKenzie impresses with a broad practice; it is experienced in handling real estate M&A and private equity, tax restructuring, real estate investment schemes and real estate developments. With offices in Zurich and Geneva, the team is further active in the hotel sector. Many of its lawyers have a transactional and financing background, including Martin Furrer and Alexander Wyss. Samuel Marbacher also has expertise in environmental and regulatory matters. Senior counsel Daniel Peregrina and Olivier Ducrey are the key contacts in Geneva.

Practice head(s):

Martin Furrer; Alexander Wyss; Samuel Marbacher; Olivier Ducrey


The Baker McKenzie real estate team is exceptional in the market. Its real estate practice is fully integrated and it has a very pragmatic and client-focused approach and exactly knows its client’s needs.’

Martin Furrer, Samuel Marbacher and Alexander Wyss are outstanding lawyers, and provide – individually and as a team- swift, precise and highly workable advice. They are very business minded, hands-on and personable.’

Samuel Marbacher’s excellent work is most appreciated. He is an excellent lawyer with an outstanding range of knowledge and working service-oriented with his team and provides excellent solutions.

Key clients

IHAG Holding AG / Swiss Life AG

PSP Swiss Property

Fundamenta Group Investment Foundation

Fundamenta Real Estate AG

Helvetica Property AG / Helvetica Swiss Commercial

Aerium / Meigerhorn

Varia Europe Properties AG

Investis Group

Credit Suisse

Ultima Capital SA

Sports law Tier 1

The 'very proactive and responsive' team at Baker McKenzie is 'experienced and client-oriented' and is praised for its 'professionalism, efficiency and transparency'. It routinely advises on contractual negotiations or termination, sponsorship deals and establishment of governing bodies. Practice head Olivier Ducrey acts as sole arbitrator for the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and chairs World Taekwondo's independent hearing panel for anti-doping, while also assisting the UIAA International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation with all ethics, media and corporate issues relating to ice climbing competitions. In other work, the group advised Lake Placid on the attribution agreement for its successful Winter Universiade 2023 bid.

Practice head(s):

Olivier Ducrey


Very proactive and responsive.  Excellent knowledge of sports law and regulations.’

Great expertise in sports, very experienced and client-oriented.’

We started to cooperate with the team of Baker McKenzie in 2018. In 2017 we had some discussions with WADA for develop our policies on anti-doping result management and WADA strongly recommended to contact Olivier Ducrey from Baker McKenzie in order to reach the higher standard that the Olympic community expected from us. The strengths of the team in my opinion are the followings: professionalism, efficiency, transparency, trust and dedication.’

The team at Baker McKenzie seems to work well together to give us the legal support we need.’

Key clients

Basketball Champions League/FIBA


Sarah Hoefflin, Olympic freestyle champion

World Taekwondo

Lake Placid 2023

SportiWorld Sàrl/SportiGenève

Banking and finance: Zurich Tier 2

A core pillar of Baker McKenzie's banking and finance department is its regulatory practice, and it regularly assists clients with obtaining rulings and licences from the Swiss Finma as well as advising on new regulations. The team is instructed by national and international banks, and is closely integrated with the firm's international network. Debt financing is another strength and practice co-head Lukas Glanzmann is the key contact in this space; he specialises in credit facilities, among other matters. Fellow co-head Samuel Marbacher is a key name for syndicated lending and real estate financing. Marcel Giger and Ansgar Schott are experts in the regulatory space. Philip Spoerlé and Markus Wolf are senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Glanzmann; Samuel Marbacher


Baker & McKenzie has a diverse and efficient team that offers a comprehensive range of legal services for banking and finance. It is one of the leading law firms in this area in Switzerland and provides well thought-out but pragmatic and business oriented solutions for complex problems.’

Baker McKenzie distinguishes itself from other law firms with an entrepreneurial perspective on law issues.’

Samuel Marbacher is an outstanding individual with excellent knowledge in a variety of business and legal matters. His input has an extra ordinary impact.’

Lukas Glanzmann is one of the thought-leaders in Swiss commercial law. He is very strong in the analysis of complex situations and always finds legally sound solutions for even the most difficult questions.

Philip Spoerlé is very commercial and able to provide clear legal guidance to his clients. He is also well organized and always on top of the process.’

Markus Wolf provides fast and professional services and is very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

UBS AG / UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse AG / Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG

Raiffeisen Schweiz Genossenschaft

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Deutsche Bank AG

Canton of Geneva

Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank (CA-CIB)

Ambienta Capital


Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG)

Ufenau Capital Partners

UniCredit Bank AG

Aareal Bank

Quilvest (Switzerland) AG

IG Bank SA

Arbonia AG

Clariant AG

Argo-Hytos Group

Bank am Bellevue AG

Allied World Group

Walter Meier AG




Argos Wityu

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

RRJ Capital

CSA Energy Infrastructure Switzerland

MET Group

Helvetica Capital

Capital markets Tier 2

Baker McKenzie works closely with its network, particularly with its US offices. The team is experienced in IPOs, the issuance of new shares and is increasingly more active in debt and straight bonds. Matthias Courvoisier has a comprehensive practice in the space; he acts in contentious capital markets matters, among others. He leads the team together with Marcel Giger, who specialises in capital markets transactions and securities. Ansgar Schott also advises on regulatory aspects. Associate Yves Mauchle and Philip Spoerlé are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Courvoisier; Marcel Giger


The team is highly responsive, hands-on and possesses broad market experience. It clearly benefits from their regular engagement in Swiss capital markets transactions and has a deep understanding of market practice.’

BM is well-structured with very professional project management, highly reliable also under time pressure, and it has a good understanding of the needs of the management and the business.’

Matthias Courvoisier has a very pragmatic and solution-driven approach. His broad market expertise, knowledge of the law and responsiveness are a clear contributor to the success of transactions.

Marcel Giger is very reliable, supportive and has an excellent track record.’

Philip Spoerlé impresses with pragmatism and strong negotiation power.

Yves Mauchle is very competent, knowledgeable and easy to work with.

Key clients

UBS AG / UBS Investment Bank


Alfa Bank

Varia US Properties

Valeant Pharmaceuticals

Swiss Finance & Property

Investment AG No

Zug Estates Group

Bank am Bellevue AG

Arbonia AG

Canton of Geneva

Conzetta AG

Schmolz + Bickenbach AG

Basilea Pharmaceutica AG

Fundamenta Real Estate AG

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals S.p.A.

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Investis Holding SA

Cassiopea SpA


ACRON Swiss Premium Assets

Lalique SA

Feintool International Holding AG

Autoneum Holding AG

Symetis SA

CPI Property

Trans-Oil Corp.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 2

Baker McKenzie is noted for its experience in cross-border transactions, in which the team works closely with the firm's international offices. It is often involved in public takeovers, and regularly joins forces with the firm's banking and tax department. Alexander Fischer is well versed in M&A transactions in various sectors; he leads the practice together with Martin Furrer, who is particularly experienced in the real estate area. Jingjin Guo, the key contact in Geneva, advises on the setting up of new corporations and China-related mandates. Petra HanselmannPascal Richard and Martin Frey are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Alexander Fischer; Martin Furrer


The team has an exceptional commercial judgement and business sense, allowing it to comprehensively understand the client’s challenges and needs. Furthermore, the team shows strong capabilities with regard to transaction structuring and negotiations.’

Top notch advisors, very knowledgeable and resourceful.

Alexander Fischer holistically grasps concepts and comprehensively evaluates them from a client perspective. He has strong negotiation skills and exactly knows how to deal with the different stakeholders involved in complex transactions.’

Petra Hanselmann is very pragmatic, well-organized and always on top of things as well as business-minded and a strong negotiator. Her advice exceeds expectations as she understands and considers the client’s strategy, business model and industry.’

Key clients


Deutsche Beteiligung AG

Walter Meier AG

Selecta AG

Körber AG

Ufenau Capital Partners AG

Citizen Watch

Zurmont Private Equity


Gerresheimer AG


Guilde Buy Out Partners

Constellation Capital AG

Lalique Group SA

MEGA Holding AG

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG

Helvetica Capital AG

Sun Create Richly (Asia) Ltd.

Competition Tier 2

Baker McKenzie acts for an impressive client portfolio, which includes multiple international household names from various industries. The team, which is kept busy handling matters relating to merger control issues, cartels, dominance and compliance, is able to draw on the strength of its global network. Practice head Philippe Reich is experienced in competition, corporate and commercial law. Boris Wenger is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Philippe Reich


The team is highly competent and has strong knowledge of the market.’

Boris Wenger has an exceptional understanding of business needs as well as industry characteristics and dynamics.’

Key clients

Arbonia Management

Baloise Insurance

keystone sda



Carlsberg / Feldschlösschen


Swiss Payment Association



Leica Camera


IEC International




Liebherr International


Kaba International



Karl Storz


Smith & Nephew



ART Allianz


Estée Lauder




Data privacy and data protection Tier 2

Baker McKenzie regularly works on privacy law and GDPR-related matters, with clients ranging from leaders in telecoms, IT and data management to global brands and manufacturing groups. Its recent work includes security handling relating to IT outsourcing and database records, alongside amending agreements to comply with new Swiss or EU standards. Practice head Alessandro Celli specialises in cross-border programme implementation, while associate Johanna Moesch handles various data protection compliance cases.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Cellli

Healthcare and life sciences Tier 2

Baker McKenzie is noted for its involvement in multi-jurisdictional mandates as well as its close collaboration across practice groups and offices. The team covers the gamut of healthcare and life sciences matters, including M&A, PE investments, licensing transactions, contracts, compliance and regulatory matters. Practice head Matthias Courvoisier specialises in capital market transactions. Other members of the team include Peter Reinert, who is well versed in competition, and international trade expert Serge Pannatier; both of them also advise on employment law. Eva-Maria Strobel is noted for her IP expertise.

Practice head(s):

Matthias Courvoisier

Key clients



Actelion Pharmaceuticals AG

Baitella Holding AG

Baxalta Inc.

HBM Partners Ltd

Cell Medica Ltd

Sonova AG

Cosmo Pharmaceutical NV

Basilea Pharmaceutica AG

Cassiopea SpA

Sanofi Aventis (Suisse) SA


The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations

NLS Pharma AG

Curasept A.D.S. S.r.l.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Baker McKenzie is noted for its expertise in pre-insolvency and financial restructurings. It advises distressed businesses, creditors and suppliers, and is particularly well positioned to assist clients in cross-border matters, working closely together with the firm's international network. Lukas Glanzmann is the dedicated contact at the firm; he is supported by Alexander Fischer, who is also well versed in corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Lukas Glanzmann


BM has extensive knowledge of Swiss corporate insolvency law.’

The team delivers knowledge and experience, network, and practicable solutions.’

Lukas Glanzmann is a master in the field of restructuring, and is very team-oriented and reliable.’

Key clients

UBS Switzerland AG

Credit Suisse (Switzerland) AG

Deutsche Bank AG

Westinghouse Group

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft

Patrimonium Private Equity

Forster Home AG

Meier Tobler AG

Leading firms: German-speaking Switzerland Tier 2

The practice at Baker McKenzie covers a wide range of business law areas, and has an impressive international reach. The Zurich office's strong suits are matters relating to capital markets, corporate and M&A, employment, competition, IP, tax, real estate and TMT. Alexander FischerMarnin MichaelsMartin Furrer, and Alexander Wyss as well as Lukas GlanzmannPeter Reinert and Matthias Courvoisier are names to note.

Key clients

IHAG Holding AG / Swiss Life AG

PSP Swiss Property


Körber AG

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG

SSN group AG

Helvetica Capital AG


Swarovski AG

RRJ Capital

Helvetica Capital AG

UBS AG/ Morgan Stanley

Cosmo Pharmaceuticals N.V.

Fundamenta Real Estate AG

World Trade Organisation

Private client Tier 2

The practice of Baker McKenzie is internationally oriented, with a particular focus on US and UK families and private businesses. It is approached for its expertise in US, UK and Swiss taxation as well as charitable foundations, among other areas. Of counsel Stephanie Jarrett in Geneva is an expert in matters relating to trusts, estates and succession and tax planning; the office was further enhanced with the promotion of Elliott Murray to partner in summer 2019. In Zurich, names to note are Marnin Michaels and Lyubomir Georgiev, who are well versed in international private banking and wealth management respectively.

Practice head(s):

Elliott Murray; Lyubomir Georgiev; Marnin Michaels


The team has an international outlook, always replies promptly and on point, and the advice is both theoretically sound and very practical in its application. It always sees the bigger picture.’

Marnin Michaels responds very quickly and efficiently. He offers practical and appreciated solutions and has wide knowledge in many jurisdictions – an excellent lawyer.’

Lyubomir Georgiev always goes above and beyond for his clients, making himself available for calls at anytime. His advice is clear, and he explains matters so they are easy to understand for his clients.’

Tax Tier 2

Baker McKenzie's versatile offering includes assistance with tax planning; M&A, restructuring and real estate tax planning; and advising on VAT and transfer pricing, among others. The client portfolio consists of national and international companies and financial institutions and the team is well positioned to handle cross-border mandates due to its global network. Denis Berdoz and Kilian Perroulaz lead the teams in Geneva and Zurich respectively. Other names to note are Hans KochRené SchreiberTobias Rohner and of counsel Andrea Bolliger.

Practice head(s):

Denis Berdoz; Kilian Perroulaz


The team stands out for excellent industry knowledge, technical know-how, the appropriateness of the advice and its response times.’

The Zurich tax team is a reliable and competent partner when it comes to tax and legal questions, in particular in an international context.’

Kilian Perroulaz has outstanding tax knowledge and gives quick responses.’

Tobias Rohner impresses with his attitude towards client’s needs and professional clarification of issues. He is highly experienced in tax law especially in terms of practical implementation of law.’

Andrea Bolliger is an excellent lawyer and is able to explain complex tax issues in an understandable way.’

Key clients



Körber Group

Mövenpick Holding


TMT Tier 2

At Baker McKenzie, the TMT department advises on product compliance and licensing alongside data privacy and other regulatory policy assistance.  is a Practice head Alessandro Celli acted for Planzer Transporte on the implementation of its GDPR and internal data protection programmes, as well as assisting with integrating a high-security transportation business into the Planzer Group.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Celli

Key clients

Planzer Transporte

Dispute resolution: litigation Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's dispute resolution team is well positioned to handle international disputes, where it works closely with offices across the network. Urs Zenhäusern, who is based in Zurich, is regularly involved in commercial litigation matters, which concern M&A transactions, licensing, construction, joint venture and consortium contracts, among others. Geneva-based Luca Beffa's areas of expertise includes banking, sports, and healthcare disputes. The group is also instructed in director liability disputes, where Joachim Frick is a key contact. Franz Schenker is also noted; he and Frick are based in Zurich. Anne-Catherine Hahn left for Iprime in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Urs Zenhäusern; Luca Beffa

Other key lawyers:


The team of Baker McKenzie is leading proceedings in a very professional way.’

Luca Beffa a Partner in Baker McKenzie. He evaluated all possible legal points and was always open to providing explanations and guidance.’

Key clients

Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc.

Fintech Tier 3

At Baker McKenzie, the department is noted for its 'holistic view', 'creative solutions and pragmatism' in matters concerning regulatory compliance, e-payment platforms, and the formation of cryptocurrency exchanges. The 'reactive and supportive' team recently assisted Deposit Solutions GmbH with regulatory and contractual matters and advised Aevolve AG on matters related to proprietary tokens and the distribution of structured products relating to its new healthcare platform. Manuel Meyer is recognised for his 'speed and quality' of service. Ansgar Schott and Matthias Courvoisier are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Meyer, Matthias Courvoisier


The speed and quality of the work from Manuel Meyer and his team is remarkable. Over our 20 years of private equity experience, we have worked with hundreds of lawyers from leading law firms but rarely have we met a lawyer with the same dedication and quality of work.

Speedy delivery, with a quality of work, creative solutions and pragmatism.

We worked with the BMK team on a complex cryptocurrency project and we felt very confident in the way all critical aspects were tackled. The strengths of BMK compared to other firms are for me the holistic view they provide on issues (corporate/tax/regulatory/personal aspects) and their ability to quickly mobilise experts in other countries whenever relevant or necessary.

I worked in particular with Manuel Meyer – he is always available and contributes to actively push our projects fast forward. I also had great experiences with Alexander Wyss in the past, as well as with Samuel Marbacher.

If I were to qualify the persons we work with at Baker McKenzie Zurich, I would use the following adjectives: smart, fast learners, easy to work with; reactive and supportive; getting stuff done attitude; and multilingual capability.

Key clients

Deposit Solutions GmbH

Aevolve AG

Insurance Tier 3

The team at Baker McKenzie handles corporate transactions for insurance and reinsurance carriers, alongside cross-border and compliance work. Practice head Joachim Frick led on international merger and restructuring transactions; provided regulatory advice to an international insurer domiciled in Switzerland relating to licensing issues; and assisted a separate insurer with its distribution of products across multiple jurisdictions. Associate Markus Winkler is a name of note for insurance licensing, Finma-influenced cases and asset management.

Practice head(s):

Joachim Frick

Leading firms: French-speaking Switzerland Tier 3

Baker McKenzie's Geneva offering includes support in the areas of banking and finance, corporate and M&A, employment and wealth management. Of counsel Stephanie Jarrett and newly made up partner Elliott Murray are the key contacts in the latter, where they are particularly active for foreign clients. Luca Beffa is the dispute resolution specialist, while Jingjin Guo is instructed on corporate transactions. Another area of expertise is sports law, which is covered by Olivier Ducrey.

Practice head(s):

Jingjin Guo; Luca Beffa; Olivier Ducrey; Elliott Murray

Transport Tier 3

Alessandro Celli leads the practice at Baker McKenzie which handles transport-related M&A transactions, intellectual property and competition matters. Other work involves assisting Planzer Transporte with global GDPR and Swiss data protection compliance, advising a leading Swiss rail manufacturer on international trade sanctions regimes, and acting for a leading Austrian postal services provider in proceedings connected with a joint venture and call-option dispute.

Practice head(s):

Alessandro Celli

Key clients


Enterprise Rent-a-Car


FT Logistics

Stadler Rail


Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

Lawyers from Baker McKenzie's Zurich and Geneva office are regularly involved in cross-border arbitration proceedings, in which it works closely with the firm's teams in other jurisdictions. It has expertise in post-M&A arbitration, as well as disputes relating to the financial services, energy and sports sectors. Urs Zenhäusern and Luca Beffa are the practice heads. Other recommended practitioners include Joachim Frick and Franz Schenker.

Practice head(s):

Urs Zenhäusern; Luca Beffa


The team is well-known in the arbitration community as a group of practitioners with broad dispute resolution experience in a number of industries.’

International and reputable law firm, with strong expertise in arbitration.

Urs Zenhäusern is not only known as a very sharp and adamant arbitration counsel, but also as a well-prepared and prudent arbitrator.’

Luca Beffa is also an outstanding lawyer with admirable personal skills.

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