This firm appears in the Who's Who Legal 100 2014
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Swiss law firm Schellenberg Wittmer recently launched a Singapore affiliate headed by Philippe Borens. The affiliate is registered as a foreign law practice and assists clients in inbound and outbound investments and arbitration.
|Asset Recovery||4||Insolvency & Restructuring||1|
|Aviation||2||Insurance & Reinsurance||2|
|Business Crime Defence||4||Life Sciences||3|
|Capital Markets||1||Private Client||4|
|Commercial Litigation||3||Real Estate||2|
|Competition||2||Trace & Customs||1|
The firm aims to be one of the leading law firms for Asian companies looking to do business in Switzerland and to act as an intermediary with in-depth knowledge in both Asia and Europe.
|Total Listings in WWL||42||Established||2002|
|Home jurisdiction||Switzerland||Total size of firm||143|
|Number of partners||39||Number of offices||3|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
Schellenberg Wittmer’s international arbitration group is home to some of the world’s leading experts. Anne Véronique Schlaepfer co-heads the arbitration team and is based in Geneva. She has acted as counsel and arbitrator in disputes involving construction contracts, corporate affairs, energy, joint venture agreements, sales contracts, collateral management agreements and know-how licence agreements. Fellow co-head Nathalie Voser in Zurich acts as counsel or arbitrator in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. She is also noted for her litigation skills. Martin Bernet in Zurich heads the dispute resolution group and has a broad practice which sees him recommended for his skills in arbitration, asset recovery, commercial litigation and insurance and reinsurance disputes. Geneva-based Elliott Geisinger specialises in disputes involving construction contracts, consortia and joint venture agreements, sponsorship, sales and distribution and consultancy contracts. In Zurich, Georg von Segesser has acted as chairman, co-arbitrator, sole arbitrator and counsel in over 200 domestic and international arbitrations. He is also noted for his experience in private client and estate disputes.
In the areas of asset recovery, business crime defence and investigations, the firm is “unrivalled” in the local market. Benjamin Borsodi, Peter Burckhardt and Paul Gully-Hart are each recognised in all three areas for their “meticulous approach” to matters. They are joined by managing partner Vincent Jeanneret, who specialises in white-collar crime cases at federal or state level and also heads the firm’s restructuring and insolvency team.
The private clients and estates group specialises in the planning and structuring of private wealth and business assets focusing on wealth preservation, continuity and smooth succession. Schellenberg Wittmer is also experienced in estate and trust disputes. David Wallace Wilson in Geneva is singled out for his “user-friendly manner” and expertise in matrimonial and inheritance issues, and succession vehicles.
Further recognition goes to Alexander von Ziegler, head of the firm’s trade and transport, and insurance practice groups. He is also recognised for his aviation law expertise and he regularly advises insurers on cover disputes and regulatory issues. Head of the intellectual property and information technology group Andrea Mondini is knowledgeable in the life sciences industry and trademark law, and regularly acts as counsel in litigation and arbitration proceedings. Martin Lanz heads the firm’s banking and finance group and specialises in capital markets law, bond issues, syndicated loans and the structuring of employee stock option plans.
The firm’s proudest pro bono moment of 2013 was entering into an agreement to provide Save the Children International with free Swiss legal advice. The firm will be providing advice as part of an existing cooperation agreement between the law departments of Procter & Gamble International Operations SA and Save the Children International to help the charity accomplish its mission to inspire breakthrough in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
The past year saw Schellenberg Wittmer consolidate its market share, enjoy excellent results and steadily grow its headcount. The firm’s “intelligent growth” strategy ensures that it seizes opportunities allowing the firm to improve or complement its service, with a view to offering sustainability in the long term.
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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