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Switzerland: Capital Markets Analysis 2016

In this chapter we identify 37 individuals. 

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Thomas Reutter Bär & Karrer, Zurich
Philippe Weber Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
Martin Lanz Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
René Bösch Homburger, Zurich
Daniel Daeniker Homburger, Zurich
Rolf Watter Bär & Karrer, Zurich
Patrick Schleiffer Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich

Niederer Kraft & Frey leads the way in our research with an impressive eight individuals recognised for their outstanding contribution to the field. Philippe Weber is a “consummate professional”. With a “fantastic understanding of the industry”, he specialises in large and complex capital market transactions, and focuses his practice on listed financial institutions, entities and other large enterprises. Philipp Haas is “an incredible legal strategist” and has been praised by clients and peers for his “hands-on, friendly approach”. Christoph Balsiger has “a long track record of excellence”, advising on all aspects of securities law, representing clients in stock exchange listings, regulatory and supervisory procedures and in proceedings before the takeover commission. Peter Isler is known for his “dedication and enthusiasm” when pursing complex matters, and for “always delivering for clients”. Alongside them is François Bianchi who is “a distinguished expert” in the field of capital markets, and praised for his “close attention to detail whilst being able to keep the bigger picture in mind.”

The “wonderful” René Bösch at Homburger is “a sensational lawyer”. Described by clients as an “exceptionally skilled” and “insightful adviser”, he specialises in offerings of debt and equity-linked securities, regulatory capital instruments as well as hybrid financial instruments. He is joined by six other distinguished experts in the field. Daniel Daeniker is the managing partner at the firm, and is particularly noted for his “considerable depth of experience”. He impresses clients with his “exceptional legal and factual analysis skills” allowing him to provide “a quality service.” Benedikt Maurenbrecher has “a superb client manner” which has allowed him to build up an “eminent practice”. Frank Gerhard is noted for his “considerable depth of experience”. He has been described as “a very safe pair of hands” for clients, and highly praised for his “practical and commercial approach”.

Bär & Karrer’s Thomas Reutter is the most highly regarded lawyer in this chapter according to our research, reflecting his “outstanding work” is this area. He is praised for his “highly sophisticated solutions to clients’ most complex concerns.” He focuses his practice on advising on rights issues, convertible bonds and hybrid capital issues, among other capital market transactions. Rolf Watter is “amazingly gifted”, and is recommended by clients and peers for his “tenacity” and “ability to successfully negotiate complicated legal issues”. They are joined by Ralph Malacrida who has “considerable experience and expertise” and is known for his “savvy approach” and “boundless knowledge of the sector”.

At Lenz & Staehelin Patrick Schleiffer is head of the firm’s capital markets group in Zurich. He is praised for providing “unique insight” into complex matters, and “keenly protecting the best interests of clients”. Jacques Iffland draws universal commendation for his “authoritative practice” and is recommended for his “ability to get straight to the point”. His “impressive clientele” are drawn from listed companies, investors and financial intermediaries. The “brilliant” Matthias Wolf is a “thoroughly impressive” lawyer, known for his “versatile thinking” and “exemplary reputation in the market”. François Rayroux is “without doubt a top player in the field”. With “unparalleled knowledge of capital markets” he praised for his “astute legal mind”.

Martin Lanz from Schellenberg Wittmer heads the firm’s banking and finance group. He has particular expertise in establishing financial intermediaries, and advises on regulatory matters that affect them. Clients and peers praised him for his “tireless commitment and energy” and “adroit advice”.

At Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Wolfgang Müller is singled out for his “intrinsic abilities”, described by clients and peers as a “highly effective” lawyer who is “always willing to go the extra mile for clients.”

Johannes Bürgi from Walder Wyss is “incredibly efficient and responsive”, and provides “comprehensive and practical advice” in a “user-friendly manner”. Also at the firm is Enrico Friz, singled out for his “impressive depth of expertise” from over 20 years’ experience practicing capital markets and banking law. He is lauded for his “innovative and creative approach” to clients’ most complicated issues. Markus Pfenninger has been described as a “notable talent” in the market, with an “impressive reputation for excellence and achievement”. The “fabulous” Urs Schenker is “very bright”, possessing the ability to “put clients at ease” and “get the job done”.

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