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Switzerland: Corporate Governance Analysis 2016

In this chapter we highlight 23 corporate governance practitioners. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Rolf Watter Bär & Karrer, Zurich
Rudolf Tschäni Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
Daniel Daeniker Homburger, Zurich
Peter R Isler Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
Peter Forstmoser Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
Andreas von Planta Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
Urs Schenker Walder Wyss, Zurich

 Lenz & Staehelin leads the research this year with an impressive four listings. Rudolf Tschäni leads the firm’s corporate and M&A group in Zurich, and is described by peers as a “leading practitioner” in the field. He is joined by the “terrific” Andreas von Planta, whose practice covers corporate law, stock exchange regulation and M&A matters. He regularly speaks on corporate law issues at universities and other educational institutions, and is revered for his “extensive experience” in the field. Matthias Wolf regularly advises private and listed companies on corporate governance and securities laws matters, and is recognised for the “sound counsel” that he delivers to clients. The “excellent” Shelby du Pasquier also represents the firm in this chapter, and is “a favourite of clients” who include international financial institutions, as well as Swiss and offshore private equity, hedge funds and fund managers.

Homburger also boasts a strong four nominations in the practice area. Daniel Daeniker runs a “prestigious practice” that encompasses corporate law, M&A and capital markets work. The “fantastic” Heinz Schärer is praised by clients for his “intricate knowledge” of the sector. Dieter Gericke is a “top-notch” practitioner, who provides clients with “practical advice”. Frank Gerhard is commended by peers for his “unparalleled attention to detail” and “resolute focus”.

Peter Isler is one of three lawyers from Niederer Kraft & Frey who achieve listings this year. His practice focuses on corporate and banking law, and is regarded as a “prominent figure” in the field. Peter Forstmoser is “very well-known” among peers, and has previously acted as an adviser, consultant and arbitrator. The “formidable” Gaudenz Zindel is “very influential in the practice area”, and is regularly published in the area of corporate and commercial law.

Bär & Karrer achieves two nominations, including the “sensational” Rolf Watter, who possesses “great technical expertise” when it comes to corporate governance issues. Alongside him, Urs Brügger is admired for his “creative approach” by clients, who include listed companies, financial intermediaries and investors.

Böckli Bühler Partners also garners two listings. The “esteemed” Peter Böckli is described by peers as an “outstanding figure” in the field. His work covers a variety of corporate and financial matters, but has a particular interest in the creation of the legal framework for supervisory and executive functions with a focus on corporate governance. Christoph Bühler runs a “successful” practice, and is renowned as an “academic” and “highly intelligent” practitioner.

At Walder Wyss, Urs Schenker is lauded for his “stellar reputation” in the sector, and extensively writes and speaks at conferences both in Switzerland and abroad.

At Wenger & Vieli, the “remarkable” Christoph Schmid “continues to impress” with his work on contract law, corporate law and M&A transactions.

Hans Caspar von der Crone represents his own firm in this chapter, and is commended by peers for his “dedicated” practice.

At Pestalozzi, Jakob Hoehn heads the firm’s corporate/M&A group in Zurich. He provides “astute” counsel to clients on corporate law, corporate transactions and M&A.

Peter Nobel at Nobel & Hug is revered for his “strategic approach to complex cases”.

Schellenberg Wittmer is fielded by the “exceptional” Oliver Triebold, who advises clients on a variety of international business transactions.

At Tavernier Tschanz, the “talented” Edmond Tavernier specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, and has written extensively on the practice area.

The “versatile” Matthias Courvoisier represents Baker & McKenzie in this chapter, and is renowned for his “technical abilities” and “professionalism”.

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