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Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading business law firms in Switzerland. Over 140 lawyers in Zurich and Geneva provide local expertise to both domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. We offer a comprehensive range of services from focused advice to project management, for local or foreign companies and high net worth individuals.
The firm has a strong understanding of international law through a worldwide network of foreign correspondents, and has considerable experience in managing cross-border projects with law firms in other jurisdictions.
MAIN INTERNATIONAL AREAS OF PRACTICE
Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration: Advising in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, including full representation in proceedings, pre-litigation case assessment and ADR solutions, provisional and interim measures, asset tracing, as well as enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments. Our lawyers also have extensive experience as arbitrators.
Banking and Finance: Advising Swiss and foreign banks, borrowers, insurance companies, fund managers and other financial institutions on a full range of legal and regulatory matters, from syndicated lending and acquisition finance to OTC transactions, structured products and prudential rules.
Capital Markets: As authorised representatives at the SIX Swiss Exchange, working with domestic and foreign issuers on all aspects of Swiss equity and debt capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights offerings, convertibles, share buybacks, derivatives programmes, bond and note issues and public tender offers.
Corporate and Commercial: Assisting companies in all corporate and commercial matters including the establishment of businesses and corporate governance; assisting clients in drafting/negotiating all contracts related to their businesses.
Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Venture Capital: Advising on public takeovers, private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs and restructurings; assisting with seed/expansion capital, management buyouts/buy-ins, pre-IPO investments, and various aspects of asset management for private equity and venture capital.
Employment: Assisting in all employment-related matters, ie, employment documentation, labour litigation, residence and labour permits, employee participation schemes, severance packages, etc.
Taxation: Advising companies and individuals on Swiss tax law, including double taxation treaties and VAT; acting as counsel in tax litigation; extensive experience in tax enforcement matters.
Private Clients, Trusts & Estates, Foundations: Working with individuals and families in the global planning and structuring of their private and business assets to ensure an efficient wealth structure and enable a smooth succession from one generation to the next; representing clients in estate and trust disputes.
Restructuring & Insolvency: Assisting creditors and companies in restructuring, bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings as well as complex insolvency matters; serving as court or FINMA-appointed trustees, liquidators and receivers.
Trade and Transport: Providing support in all aspects of trade and transport, including sales and import/export contracts, trade finance, marine/cargo insurance, maritime/aviation/land transportation and ship/aircraft finance.
Real Estate and Construction: Assisting on all issues relating to real estate and environment, including finding the best financing and investment structure, negotiating/drafting contracts to lease, purchase or sell Swiss real estate, planning/developing construction projects, and contract management.
Insurance: Representation in insurance and reinsurance-related litigation and arbitration; advising on all aspects of insurance law, including the establishment, relocation, conduct and run-off of insurance/reinsurance related to activities in and from Switzerland, as well as regulatory issues.
Intellectual Property and IT: Advising on all areas of intellectual property, including drafting/negotiating agreements and representing clients in litigation and arbitration; assisting in structuring/negotiating IT projects and in drafting all related contracts.
Competition and Antitrust: Advising comprehensively on merger control and the impact of Swiss and EU competition law on client commercial practices and agreements; representing clients in administrative proceedings brought by the Swiss Competition Commission.
White-Collar Crime and Compliance: Representing companies or officers unwillingly involved in criminal investigations and proceedings; advising on international assistance between foreign and domestic law enforcement authorities and all aspects of compliance.
Sports, Arts and Entertainment: Advising collectors, museums, auction houses, galleries, artists, insurers, etc, in all matters relating to art works or entire collections, including sale, loan and consignment, import/export, copyright, insurance and litigation; and advising sports organisations, athletes and sponsors, as well as media companies, in all matters related to their businesses.
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