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ABB

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 Saint Victor, the team has gone from strength to strength in recent years by constantly assessing how it can best serve the business. The legal …

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 therefore multinational with considerable expertise in markets worldwide. The team bring substantial contribution to the continued development of the business as they open operations across …

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 Irene Klauer and chief compliance officer Andreas Heimberg, the legal and compliance team plays an important role in helping the company adapt to these new …

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 itself as an agile market leader in the field of energy generation, trading and sales, as well as in power engineering. The legal and compliance …

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 consists of over 30 lawyers and includes several paralegals and non-lawyer support staff encompassing multiple geographies. The team is based in Zug, Switzerland and covers virtually …

Ascom Holding

Made up of four lawyers and one non-lawyer, Ascom Holding’s Swiss legal team stands out for its sophisticated compliance strategy. The sale of one division has led to a recent reduction of the team, however it continues to be an essential element during new and existing projects. Ascom Holding is a telecommunications company headquartered in …

AXA Winterthur

One of the largest insurance providers in the world and insurer of over 40% of Swiss companies, the Swiss arm of French-based global insurer AXA generates a huge amount of complex cross-border work for its legal team to handle. AXA is the only Swiss insurance company with its own accident research centre, and has been …

Baloise Group

Headed by general counsel Andreas Burki, the legal team at insurance and pension solutions firm Baloise Group strives to uphold the company’s smart prevention concept of building a “Safety World”. Baloise prides itself in offering a combination of insurance and smart prevention and has, for more than 150 years, focused on making its customers more …

Barry Callebaut

Representing the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, the legal team at Barry Callebaut is divided into organised regional legal and compliance counsel for the US, Western Europe, EEMEA and Asia Pacific with a small IP team with global responsibility. The team has recently designed and implemented a group compliance program to …

Basler Kantonalbank

Founded in 1899, Basler Kantonalbank is a universal bank providing retail and corporate banking products mainly to canton residents. Covering both individuals and businesses, the bank is particularly strong in savings and mortgage products. Of the 24 cantonal banks across Switzerland, Basler is the fifth largest, serving its customers through a network of 1,300 employees …

BCV Group (Banque Cantonale Vaudoise)

Established in 1845 and headquartered in Lausanne, Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (BCV) is one of Switzerland’s cantonal banks providing retail and corporate banking products mainly to canton residents. Philipe L’Eplattenier, head legal counsel, leads the legal department of the seventh largest bank in Switzerland in terms of total assets. Recent work done by the legal team …

Berenberg Bank

The Berenberg Bank legal team is led by general counsel Gianni Porpiglia, who created the legal department from the ground up in 2010. The complete team consists of six people (two lawyers and four non-lawyers) that support the bank in conducting international business in the investment and private banking sector. As a direct result of …

Cargill International

American global trading corporation Cargill, the world’s largest independent oil and agricultural trader, has been an established presence in Switzerland since 1965. Deputy general counsel for the entire company and general counsel for Cargill in the EMEA regions, Neal Sawatzke, leads the legal team in the region in addition to Cargill’s Global M&A Legal Practice …

Carlsberg

The Carlsberg legal team consists of two lawyers and one paralegal who are faced with complex global matters with internal and external stakeholders and tasked with sustaining the compliance agenda in times of financial challenge for the Danish brewery group. The Swiss legal team, led by Troels Libak Stollberg as senior legal director, has supported …

Chubb Insurance (formerly known as ACE)

The Chubb and ACE legal teams have been tasked with the recent merger and integration of their companies, creating the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. ACE paid approximately $29.5bn in cash and stock to acquire Chubb, before merging the businesses and adopting the Chubb brand name. The company is also formally …

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