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Switzerland: Investment Management Analysis 2016

23 outstanding individuals are recognised by our research for their outstanding contribution to the field. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Anita Schläpfer Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
Shelby du Pasquier Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
Sandro Abegglen Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd, Zurich
Werner Schubiger Kellerhals Carrard, Zurich
Gerhard Niggli Gerhard Niggli, Zurich
Stefan Naegeli Naegeli & Partners, Zurich
Dominik Oberholzer Kellerhals Carrard, Zurich

Three firms in our research have three individuals recognised for their leading role in the industry.

At Schellenberg Wittmer Anita Schläpfer has an “acclaimed reputation” for her “outstanding work in the field”. Her “eminent clientele” include Swiss and international financial institutions and corporate clients, to whom she provides “expert legal advice”. The “wonderful” Caroline Clemetson is praised by clients and peers for her “phenomenal technical abilities” and “gifted handling of complicated procedures”. She is joined by Martin Lanz who heads the banking and finance group. With an “exceptional understanding of the industry”, he has been described as “surpassing clients’ expectations” with his “hands-on and friendly approach”.

Likewise, from Lenz & Staehelin Shelby du Pasquier is recommended for “his thoughtful and insightful advice”. His “notable clientele” include advising Swiss and international financial institutions, national and offshore private equity, hedge funds and fund managers. He is particularly recommended for having “his eye on the detail while never losing sight of the bigger picture.” Olivier Stahler is a “renowned authority” on investment management. Known to be “incredibly knowledgeable”, clients recommend his ability to provide “pragmatic, clear and meticulously worked-out advice”. The “incredible” François Rayroux is “amazingly gifted”, with a “reputation for providing the highest-quality advice” and drawing from a “wealth of experience in the industry”.

Similarly, at Naegeli & Partners Stefan Naegeli is “a certain inclusion”. He is praised by clients and peers for combining “extensive technical expertise” with a “strong commercial and pragmatic approach”. Christoph Rohr is praised for his “hard work and dedication”. He is “highly respected” by clients and peers as a lawyer who “thoroughly understands clients’ business requirements”. They are joined by Christoph Steiner, a “naturally gifted lawyer” and “as smart as they come”. With a reputation for his “encyclopaedic knowledge”, he “continually impresses clients by his willingness to go the extra mile for them”.

Kellerhals Carrard is home to two leading individuals. Werner Schubiger comes “highly recommended for his skilful handling of complex transactions”. He has “extensive knowledge” and is recommended for providing “clear and effective strategies” to “meet the business needs of clients”. The “brilliant” Dominik Oberholzer is described as being “head and shoulders above the competition”. He has a fantastic reputation and clients say they “couldn’t wish for a more skilled lawyer”.

Sandro Abegglen, at Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd is a “sensational lawyer”. Known for his “incredible insight and diligence”, his long track record of excellence has led him to be the “go-to lawyer” for clients.

At his own firm, Gerhard Niggli has more than 25 years of experience making “an outstanding contribution” to the industry. He combines “extensive technical expertise” with a “creative approach” and “versatile thinking”.

From Python & Peter Olivier Cavadini is “a consummate professional”, known for his “inventive arguments” and for bringing “vision and foresight” to legal issues.

Clients and peers describe say it is “a pleasure” to work with Markus Pfenninger from Walder Wyss, who combines “a friendly and accessible approach” with “formidable intellect”.

Frédérique Bensahel from FBT Attorneys-at-law is commended for her "diligent manner" and "technical expertise" and is the "lawyer of choice" for many.

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