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Switzerland - Best Law Firms for Corporate / M&A - 2021

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Leading
  • Annasohn Raphael, Mariel Hoch, Luca Jagmetti, Rolf Watter, Martin Anderson, Dieter Dubs, Seiler Philippe, Ralph Malacrida, Christoph Neeracher, Urs Kägi
  • Daniel Daeniker, Frank Gerhard, Dieter Gericke, Claude Lambert
  • Stephan Erni, Andreas Rötheli, Beat Kühni, Rudolf Tschäni, David Ledermann, Jacques Iffland, Tino Gaberthüel, Hans-Jakob Diem, Matthias Wolf
  • Till Spillmann, Ulysses von Salis, Peter R. Isler, Philipp Candreia, Andreas Casutt, Thomas M. Brönnimann, Patrik Peyer, Philippe A. Weber, Philipp Haas, Manuel Werder
  • Reto Vonzun, Thiemo Sturny, Florian Gunz Niedermann, Urs Schenker, Dominik Hohler, Alexandre Both, Stefan Knobloch, Lukas Wyss, Alexander Gutmans, Luc Defferrard, Markus Vischer, Markus Pfenninger, Davide Jermini, Urs P. Gnos, Hubertus Hillerström, Stefano Codoni, Patrick W. Vogel, Alexander Nikitine, Robert von Rosen, Adriano Antonietti
Excellent
  • Christoph G. Lang, Jakob Hoehn, Franz Schubiger, Christian Leuenberger, Severin Roelli, Beat Schwarz, Sébastien Roy, Martin L. Mueller, Franz J. Kessler
  • Jean Jacques Ah Choon, Tarek Houdrouge, Oliver Triebold, Lorenzo Olgiati, Martin Weber, Josef Caleff, Pascal Hubli
Valuable practice
  • Peter J. Merz, Jérôme de Montmollin
  • Martin Eckert, Thomas Müller
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PROVEN M&A EXPERTISE IN MULTIPLE SECTORS
Firm

Bär & Karrer

Leader(s)

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

Since

1969

Track record: Bär & Karrer recently advised Capvis, a Swiss investment firm, on the acquisition of a majority stake in Business Systems Integration (BSI) AG, a CRM solution software provider. The team also assisted DHL logistics, the global market-leader in the logistics industry, on the sale of its Swiss supply chain business to Fastlog, a Swiss services and logistics provider.
Team & differentiation: The M&A team represents the interests of industrial, pharmaceutical, financial, technology and energy providers groups. The firm’s clients are national and international groups, and it handles both major deals and smaller transactions, as well as advising on public and private M&A. The team has broad experience in all aspects of corporate governance.
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HIGHLY TECHNICAL AND DIVERSIFIED PROJECTS
Firm

Niederer Kraft Frey

Leader(s)

Philippe Weber and Philipp Haas

Since

1936

Track record: NKF recently advised Global Blue and Silverlake as Swiss counsel on the merger with Far Point Acquisition Corp. NFK also advised Assa Abloy, a Swedish company providing products and services such as locks, doors and entrance automation, on the indirect acquisition of a 54% controlling interest in Agta Record, a transaction valued at approx. €933 million.
Team & differentiation: NKF is a firm with long-standing M&A expertise, M&A being one of the core practices of the firm. They advise both international and domestic companies on their acquisitions. Regarding corporate issues, the team assists both public and private companies, advising on a wide range of corporate matters, including corporate reorganizations as well as contests for corporate control.
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HELPING CLIENTS MAKE STRATEGIC DECISIONS
Firm

Pestalozzi

Leader(s)

Christoph G. Lang and Sébastien Roy

Since

1911

Track record: Pestalozzi assists clients such as corporates, banks and financial investors in a range of industries including pharmaceuticals, banking, IT, consumer goods, new media and trading. They are frequently involved in complex sales, acquisitions, mergers or relocation deals, most of which have an international dimension and have assisted clients in some of the largest public and domestic private M&A transactions in Switzerland.
Team & differentiation: The firm has one of the largest M&A teams in Switzerland with 30 members in total involved in corporate/M&A transactions, of which 17 are partners. Energy law specialist Franz J. Kessler joined as a partner in January 2020. They are praised for their ability to anticipate clients’ future challenges and their fully integrated approach, featuring multiple connections between practices.
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GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR ALL TYPES OF M&A DEALS
Firm

Tavernier Tschanz

Leader(s)

Phidias Ferrari, Jacques Bonvin and Andrea Wuerzner

Since

1998

Track record: Tavernier Tschanz intervenes in private equity and focuses on M&A deals related to banking transactions, financial institutions, and asset managers. They are active in the financial industry but also biotech, hospitality and education. Phidias Ferrari recently advised a client in the media industry, and Jacques Bonvin was involved in one of the largest-ever fund raisings involving a Swiss biotechnology company.
Team & differentiation: The firm has habitually focused on corporate – M&A, banking & finance and arbitration – and has gradually added tax to their list of expertise. The integrated law firm comprises 8 partners with 3 in M&A, 4 in arbitration and litigation and 1 in tax. Two lawyers are also university professors. Each partner remain hands-on throughout cases.
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OFFERING TARGETED, TAILOR-MADE ADVICE
Firm

Gillioz Dorsaz & Associés

Leader(s)

Damien Cand, Nicole Fragnière, Géraldine Badel-Poitras and Christian Valentini

Since

1982

Track record: The firm focuses on high added- value work and has longstanding relationships with both Swiss and international corporate clients seeking advice in commercial and corporate matters. They also intervene for various transactions, including restructurings, financing/fundraising and acquisitions. They notably operate in the luxury and health sectors.
Team & differentiation: The team of four partners covers all core practices of business law. Their size allows for 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 assists Swiss and European clients in Asia and advises Asian clients with locating or investing in Switzerland, from its Hong Kong desk, run by Christian Valentini.
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