Small, stable and diverse, with Geneva and Zurich serving as hubs for various industries and thus law practices, the Swiss legal market reflects the country’s situation. The banking paradise that served as a safe haven for private clients is changing: some international law firms are trying to establish themselves in this market dominated by local law firms, while local law firms compete for recognition in international commercial arbitration.

Switzerland: Decentralized but Robust

Small, stable and diverse, with Geneva and Zurich serving as hubs for various industries and thus law practices, the Swiss legal market reflects the country’s situation. The banking paradise that served as a safe haven for private clients is changing: some international law firms are trying to establish themselves in this market dominated by local law firms, while local law firms compete for recognition in international commercial arbitration.

What are the secrets behind the success of this landmark Swiss law firm? Managing partners Stefan Bretenstein and Guy Vermeil, delve into the firm’s history and discuss its development.

Guy Vermeil & Stefan Bretenstein (Lenz & Staehelin): “The key to the sustainability lies in younger lawyers”

What are the secrets behind the success of this landmark Swiss law firm? Managing partners Stefan Bretenstein and Guy Vermeil, delve into the firm’s history and discuss its development.

Bär & Karrer continues to grow and recently reinforced its international arbitration practice, adding Pierre-Yves Gunter and his team, one of the biggest moves of the year in Swiss legal circles. Here Pierre-Yves, and fellow partner Thomas Reutter discuss the Swiss market.

Pierre-Yves Gunter and Thomas Reutter (Bär & Karrer): “We have the most capable dispute resolution team in Geneva”

Bär & Karrer continues to grow and recently reinforced its international arbitration practice, adding Pierre-Yves Gunter and his team, one of the biggest moves of the year in Swiss legal circles. Here Pierre-Yves, and fellow partner Thomas Reutte...

Daniel Daeniker and Frank Gerhard, managing partner and M&A partner respectively at Zurich-based Homburger, give us their insight on both the Swiss market and their innovation strategy.

Daniel Daeniker & Frank Gerhard (Homburger): “With the evolution of technology, the leverage has changed”

Daniel Daeniker and Frank Gerhard, managing partner and M&A partner respectively at Zurich-based Homburger, give us their insight on both the Swiss market and their innovation strategy.

Senior Partner and Head of Arbitration Daniel Hochstrasser gives some insights about the
prominent Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer, focusing on its international network, innovation
and the careers of women within the firm.

Daniel Hochstrasser (Bär & Karrer): “Most of our work has an international component”

Senior Partner and Head of Arbitration Daniel Hochstrasser gives some insights about the prominent Swiss law firm Bär & Karrer, focusing on its international network, innovation and the careers of women within the firm.

Throughout its almost 50 years of history, Bär & Karrer has never compromised on quality to achieve growth but built up its practice organically. Today it is a full service firm present in all language areas of Switzerland with an outstanding track record and one of the strongest players in the country.

Bär & Karrer: Striving for excellence and focused on performance

Throughout its almost 50 years of history, Bär & Karrer has never compromised on quality to achieve growth but built up its practice organically. Today it is a full service firm present in all language areas of Switzerland with an outstanding tra...