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Switzerland: Competition Analysis 2016

In this chapter we identify 23 leading competition lawyers and a trio of competition economists.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Franz Hoffet Homburger, Zurich
Marcel Dietrich Homburger, Zurich
Marcel Meinhardt Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
Jürg Borer Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
Reto Jacobs Walder Wyss, Zurich

 Homburger impresses with the most highly regarded competition practice in Switzerland, both in relation to the high-profile nature of the firm’s work, and in its prestigious status among peers and corporate counsel. Franz Hoffet is widely regarded as “a leader of the Swiss competition bar”, with his expertise sought by general counsel worldwide. One source notes that he “delivers very high-quality work in short periods of time.” Marcel Dietrich is “a real star” and “a client favourite”. His knowledge of Swiss and EU competition law is “tremendous” and he is said to have “a fantastic legal mind”. Gerald Brei is the youngest partner of the three; nevertheless he has an impressive breath of experience in competition law matters, having led Siemens’ in-house antitrust team. He is described as “a leader” in German, Swiss and EU antitrust law, and “an excellent client partner.”

Lenz & Staehelin is also regarded as a top-tier firm in competition law with a trio of well-regarded experts advising on some of the most prominent cartel, abuse of dominance and merger control matters in Switzerland and the EU. Marcel Meinhardt is “absolutely brilliant”, according to respondents. He is referred to as “a counsel you desperately want to have”, especially on hard-core abuse of dominance, cartel and other horizontal agreements. Benoît Merkt is “without doubt the standout competition practitioner in Geneva” and regularly advises domestic and international clients on the full range of competition law matters. Astrid Waser is also “a prominent purebred competition lawyer.” She is described as “a bright and elegant practitioner”, who advises and represents clients in merger filings, cartel investigations and infringement procedures.

Schellenberg Wittmer is among the top performers in our research thanks to “an excellent team” led by two standout partners. Jürg Borer is regarded as “a senior statesman of the competition bar” and one of its “very best practitioners over the last decade.” He regularly advises clients in high-profile competition investigations and merger control proceedings. David Mamane is experienced in all aspects of Swiss and European competition law. He is regularly acts for clients in merger control procedures, cartel and abuse of dominance investigations. Sources praise his responsiveness and “very practical advice”.

Walder Wyss is a prominent player in Swiss competition law matters. Head of the competition team Reto Jacobs is described as “a leading expert in the country”, who “clients value enormously” for his advice and representation in investigations, merger filings and compliance programmes.

At CMS von Erlach Poncet, Patrick Sommer is recommended as “a key player” in the Swiss competition bar. He advises domestic and international clients on the full range of competition law matters, and is considered “a focused and highly valued counsel.”

In Berne, Philipp Zurkinden heads Prager Dreifuss’ competition team, an independent law firm located near the commission. Zurkinden advises local and international clients in various sectors in cartels investigations and merger filings. Sources state that he is “easily one of the most knowledgeable competition lawyers in the country.”

Klaus Neff heads the competition law practice at Vischer. He advises on the full range of Swiss and EU competition law, and is very active in competition law matters in the regulated industries. According to one client, “he really knows his stuff and turns over high-quality work in short periods.”

At Bär & Karrer, Mani Reinert is a certain inclusion and a favourite among peers and clients. He is a specialist in all aspects of competition law matters. One source notes that “I regularly refer work to Mani – he ensures the client receives responsive and first rate advice.” 

The competition law team at Meyerlustenberger Lachenal is headed by Christophe Rapin. He said to be “well-versed in the law” and “gives clients his undivided attention”.          

Patrick Krauskopf of Agon Partners focuses on investigations, cartels and abuse of dominance cases. According to respondents, he is “responsive and easy to work with”.

Economists

At the Universität Basel, Silvio Borner is considered to be “one of the foremost Swiss economists”. Sources note that “both his written reports and oral testimonies are well executed”.

Christian Jaag, managing partner of Swiss Economics, advises both corporate and public sector clients on strategic issues between competition and regulation. According to one leading competition lawyer, “he is certainly an authority and his advice is well-informed and practical.”

Christoph Koellreuter of BAK Basel Economics is also “a definite inclusion” due to his “prestige in economic policy”.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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