Switzerland Teams 2016 – GC Powerlist

Switzerland Teams 2016



Supporting the leading global technology company in power and automation, ABB’s legal team has been among the most respected in Europe for many years. Led by general counsel Diane de...

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Adecco Group

| Adecco Group

Adecco Group, registered and headquartered in Zurich, is known as the largest staffing firm in the world and is a Forbes Global 500 company. The Adecco Group legal team are...

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Allianz Suisse

| Allianz Suisse

As one of the largest insurance groups in Switzerland, Allianz Suisse is among the entities most affected by the increasingly tight regulatory focus on market conduct. Headed by general counsel...

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Alpiq Holding

| Alpiq Holding

Alpiq Holding was formed as a result of the 2009 merger of two Swiss energy companies Aare-Tessin (Atel Holding) and Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS). Since then the company has established...

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| Amgen

When Robert Sexton, vice president and general counsel joined in 2005 the team had four lawyers in the Swiss headquarters. Known as the “International Legal Group” or “ILG”, the team now...

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Editor Message

For 29 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world. The GC Powerlist is the latest publication from The Legal 500, turning its attention to the in-house function, and recognising those corporate counsel who are driving the legal business forward. The latest edition is the GC Powerlist: Switzerland Teams, which identifies an array of the most influential and innovative in-house teams working in Switzerland.

The GC Powerlist is a series of publications, highlighting the most influential in-house lawyers and teams in business today.

To put together the list, we canvassed opinions from law firm partners and in-house counsel across Switzerland, to identify corporate counsel that have been instrumental in changing or forming opinions within their company or industry; developing brilliant technical solutions to complex issues; creating innovative structures to ensure that the in-house function is driving the business forward; or providing a business working model that other corporate counsel should follow. Our team of experienced researchers assessed the nominations, speaking both to general counsel and nominating lawyers to finalise each jurisdictional list. The GC Powerlist: Switzerland Teams features not just information on teams that have made the list, but also practical tips for fellow in-house counsel to follow to maximise their interaction with their businesses.

David Burgess
Publishing Director

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Sponsor Message


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FRORIEP is delighted to be the sponsor of the 2016 Swiss GC Powerlist. On behalf of the team at FRORIEP, congratulations to each and everyone who has been included in this year’s Powerlist for Switzerland!

Switzerland has always been an important hub for international corporations driving innovation not only from a business perspective, but also in legal and compliance matters. It comes as no surprise that corporate counsels in Switzerland who are at the heart of these processes are receiving international recognition. Making it into the top 100 is an achievement as Switzerland houses many of the largest international firms with dedicated in-house legal teams.

Perseverance, innovation and outstanding abilities to develop strategic approaches to the questions raised are required by good corporate counsel. In our daily experience with the in-house legal teams of our clients, we see the challenges they face, which go way beyond answering legal questions. They are playing an increasingly important role in risk management processes and are involved in material operational decision taking. This requires responsibility and foresight. In a time of ever changing regulatory requirements not only within Switzerland but globally, being a corporate counsel is a truly challenging job.

This also applies to being the external legal counsel to an in-house legal team. Knowledge of the law and precision in applying such laws in contracts and the like is clearly no longer enough. The needs of the client and its team dealing with legal issues are dictated first and foremost by the client’s internal business requirements. In order to be able to serve in-house legal teams it is our goal at FRORIEP to always also understand the business issues of the client that trigger its questions, as well as the cultural aspects of the client’s in-house communication. This knowledge enables us to provide a product which matches the needs of the in-house legal team. It is important to us that this understanding of a corporate counsel’s needs is already cultivated among the associates and we therefore actively support secondments of our associates to our clients’ legal teams.

Switzerland is facing challenges in its international relationships and there are global challenges which have repercussions on our country. All of these directly reflect on the experiences Swiss corporations are making in their international business. In such an environment, cross-fertilisation among corporate counsels can provide support and help find innovative, sustainable solutions. The same goes for collaborations between corporate counsels and law firms as the latter benefit from insight into a large variety of corporations. As one of the larger law firms in Switzerland we have gained this insight through close to 50 years of working with corporate clients and are happy to exchange views and share our knowledge and best practice.

We look forward to meeting the corporate counsels who made it into the 2016 Swiss GC Powerlist, be it on the job or otherwise!


‘FRORIEP is a Swiss law firm with a unique international presence and perspective, where the highest standards of professional excellence, thoroughness and efficiency go hand-in-hand with a cultural diversity, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit that sets this firm apart.’

‘Founded in Zurich in 1966, FRORIEP is one of the leading law firms in Switzerland, with offices in Zurich, Geneva and Zug, as well as foreign offices in both London and Madrid, serving clients seeking Swiss law advice. FRORIEP has grown a domestic and international client base ranging from large international corporations to private clients. FRORIEP’s unique, truly integrated, international structure mirrors its strong cross-border focus. Many of FRORIEP’s lawyers are recognised as leaders in their practice areas, and clients benefit from the rich diversity of talents, languages and cultures that makes FRORIEP’s lawyers particularly versatile and adaptive.’