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M&A / Corporate - Ranking 2019 - Law firm - Switzerland

Law firm
Leading
  • Christoph Neeracher, Ralph Malacrida, Rolf Watter, Martin Anderson, Thomas Reutter, Cédric Chapuis, Mariel Hoch, Dieter Dubs
  • Daniel Daeniker, Frank Gerhard, Dieter Gericke, Claude Lambert
  • Jacques Iffland, Stephan Erni, David Ledermann, Andreas Rötheli, Hans-Jakob Diem, Tino Gaberthüel, Matthias Wolf, Beat Kühni, Rudolf Tschäni
  • Philipp Haas, Philippe A. Weber, Andreas Casutt, Ulysses von Salis, Till Spillmann, Thomas M. Brönnimann, Philipp Candreia, Manuel Werder, Patrik Peyer
Excellent
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  • Jakob Hoehn, Christoph G. Lang, Severin Roelli, Sébastien Roy, Beat Schwarz, Christian Leuenberger, Franz Schubiger
  • Jean Jacques Ah Choon, Tarek Houdrouge, Oliver Triebold, Lorenzo Olgiati, Martin Weber, Josef Caleff, Pascal Hubli
  • Urs P. Gnos, Marckus Vischer, Luc Defferrard, Urs Schenker
Valuable practice
  • Martin Eckert, Thomas Müller
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EXCELLENT TRACK-RECORD AND KNOW-HOW
Firm

Bär & Karrer

Leader(s)

Christoph Neeracher, Martin Anderson, Dieter Dubs, Mariel Hoch, Ralph Malacrida, Rolf Watter

Since

1969

Track record: Bär & Karrer assists clients with a wide range of M&A transactions, from public and private M&A to private equity transactions. The firm is involved in a very high share of public takeovers in the mar- ket and acted in three out of the four public takeovers in the country in 2018. It has broad experience in corporate governance and regulatory matters, and advises companies listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange on reviews of their internal regulations. Recent clients include UBS, Novartis and Equistone.
Team & differentiation: With more than 150 experienced lawyers in Zurich, Geneva – where the team has been strengthened substantially with recent arrivals – Lugano and Zug, all of whom feel like they’re part of one big home, Bär & Karrer are the envy of many. When a case includes a foreign element, the firm can rely on its network of quality experts abroad.
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A FIRM OF REFERENCE IN THE MARKET
Firm

Lenz & Staehelin

Leader(s)

Andreas Rötheli, Hans-Jakob Diem

Since

1917

Track record: The firm advised Sika during its takeover battle with the Burkard family and Saint-Gobain, on financing the transaction including the issuance of a convertible bond offering in Sika for CHF1.6 billion – the largest convertible bond offering in Swiss corporate history. Highlights for the firm include assisting in ALPHA Healthgroup's acquisition of Laboratoires Diepharmex, a Geneva based pharma- ceutical manufacturer and the sale of European maintenance activities of TAG Aviation Group to Dassault Aviation.
Team & differentiation: With more than 200 lawyers and offices in Zurich, Geneva and Lausanne, the firm is ideally placed to serve as one-stop shop for international and domestic clients. Lawyers at Lenz & Staehelin are recognized for their ability to understand complex legal issues as well as challenges inherent to their clients’ specific business. The practice is headed by Andreas Rötheli and Hans-Jakob Diem, respectively in Geneva and Zurich.
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A SERIOUS PLAYER AND ONE TO BE RECKONED WITH
Firm

Niederer Kraft Frey

Leader(s)

Philipp Haas, Philippe Weber

Since

1936

Track record: NKF acts for a wide range of clients and is particularly active in pharma and life sciences, regulated Swiss financial institutions and high tech. The team has proven its expertise in complex and innovative transactions where they have demonstrated legal ingenuity. They have acted in the majority of high profile and large-scale public takeover of companies in Switzerland over the last few years. Recent clients include Credit Suisse, GlaxoSmithKline and KKR.
Team & differentiation: The team of 10 partners and 23 lawyers has extensive experience on many different deals. NKF has a China Desk and has been involved in a large number of M&A transactions involving Chinese parties. A major area of growth for the firm is the tech and VC industry through their NKF4Tech desk, which provides innovative legal solutions for early-stage companies.
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A SOLID BASIS IN ALL CORE ASPECTS OF BUSINESS LAW
Firm

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés

Leader(s)

Nicole Fragnière, Damien Cand, Géraldine Badel-Poitras, Vanessa Maraia-Rossel

Since

1982

Track record: The firm focuses on high added-value work to fit the needs of each client. The clients range from Swiss to international, SMEs as well as international groups, compri- sing banks, high-net-worth individual and trusts. Nicole Fragnière Meyer and Pierre Gillioz were recently consulted by a US venture capital firm in connection with the setting up of a biophar- maceutical company intending to invest hun- dreds of million dollars in Switzerland.
Team & differentiation: The team of five partners, two counsel and four associates covers all core practices of business law. Their size allows an easy development of synergies between practices, notably M&A – led by Damien Cand, tax – led by Nicole Fragnière and banking & finance – led by Géraldine Badel-Poitras. The firm has a strong labor law practice, headed by Vanessa Maraia-Rossel. It assists Swiss and European clients in Asia and advises Asian clients wanting to locate or invest in Switzerland, from its Hong Kong desk, run by Christian Valentin.
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IN-DEPTH EXPERTISE AND A BRIDGE BETWEEN FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND
Firm

FBT Avocats

Leader(s)

Frédérique Bensahel, Marco Villa

Since

1993

Track record: FBT Avocats specializes in banking and finance and also has an M&A practice and an ever-expanding activity in tax, acting on behalf of large groups, banks, financial institutions and insurers, as well as private clients from France, Switzerland and all over the globe. Recent highlights include assisting a French insurance group with the sale of one of its entities for approximately €110bn.
Team & differentiation: FBT’s lawyers, located in Geneva and Paris, offer their in-depth expertise to clients with cross-border acti- vities, both in counsel and litigation. Partner Jean-Louis Tsimaratos recently came back from Dubaï and Jean de Skowronski joined as of counsel. The firm can also count on its network of peers selected according to criteria of excellence and reactivity. Also of note, every lawyer at FBT speaks at least four languages.
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