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Switzerland: Capital Markets 2017

This chapter identifies 36 notable practitioners who are known in the industry for representing and advising issuers, underwriters, investment banks, funds, REITs and other market participants on all aspects of capital markets transactions around the world. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thomas Reutter Bär & Karrer, Zurich
2. Philippe Weber Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
3. Martin Lanz Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
4. René Bösch Homburger, Zurich
5. Till Spillmann Bär & Karrer, Zurich

NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY leads the way in our research with a remarkable 10 listings. The firm’s team stands out for its impressive equity capital markets expertise, proven track record on major IPOs and strength in depth.
Philippe Weber is a market-leading practitioner with an “outstanding” capital markets practice. He is known for advising listed entities, financial institutions and other large enterprises.
Securities law specialist Christoph Balsiger regularly advises clients on a wide variety of capital markets issues, including structured finance and bond issues.
François Bianchi has a proven track record in the capital markets space and impresses market commentators with his enviable list of financial institution clients, including Merrill Lynch and Natixis.
Thomas Brönnimann assists issuers, banks and institutional investors and is recommended for his “impressive debt capital markets practice".
The “fantastic” Philipp Haas is warmly endorsed for his considerable experience handling large and complex IPOs.
Daniel Bono’s “notable practice” sees him advise investment banks, issuers and investors on a wide range of capital markets transactions. 

HOMBURGER follows behind with six practitioners recognised.  The firm is known for its expertise in relation to initial public offerings and share placements, private equity, venture capital and corporate restructurings.
René Bösch is considered “a top-tier practitioner” by one peer who maintains, “I wouldn’t hesitate to send matters his way when I have a conflict.” He specialises in offerings of debt and equity-linked securities and regulatory capital instruments.
Financial services practice head Benedikt Maurenbrecher comes highly recommended for being “very strong in the hybrid capital markets work” and is particularly experienced on cross-border matters.
Frank Gerhard is “a very strong capital markets practitioner” with a prominent presence in the French-speaking market.
Managing partner Daniel Daeniker is also recognised for his considerable experience handling equity offerings and IPOs.

Two firms have five practitioners recognised in this chapter. BÄR & KARRER has a strong reputation for its capital markets work, particularly when representing issuers and underwriters in domestic and international securities offerings.
The “outstanding” Thomas Reutter emerges as one of the country’s premier capital markets practitioners in this year’s research. He is a formidable debt and equity specialist with a wealth of experience advising issuers and underwriters on IPOs.
Fellow department co-head Till Spillmann is a leading player who regularly leads on some of the firm’s larger capital markets mandates. Sources consider him “a superb lawyer”.
Urs Brügger is known for assisting companies and underwriters in equity capital markets transactions. Recently, for example, he advised a Cantonal government in the privatisation of a Cantonal Bank.

Likewise, LENZ & STAEHELIN boasts a notable reputation for their work in capital markets and securities law and are regularly called upon to advise on significant debt and equity matters.
Patrick Schleiffer co-heads the Zurich capital markets practice and is described as a “prominent figure in the market” by interviewees. His practice sees him advise on the full gamut of capital markets issues, including IPOs, equity and bond offerings.
Geneva’s Jacques Iffland enjoys praise for his distinguished capital markets practice that sees him advise listed companies, investors and financial intermediaries.

WALDER WYSS is home to an eminent capital markets team with a strong reputation in the market. The firm counts a number of major investment banks among its clients and its team regularly advise on IPOs, public tender offers and debt issuances. We feature four of the firm’s team in the following pages.
Theodor Härtsch is a respected figure in the market with a well-established capital markets practice. In particular, he skillfully advises clients in relation to debt and equity financings.
Sources dub Markus Pfenninger an “obvious inclusion” thanks to his prominence on structured finance transactions.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER is home to the “wonderful” Martin Lanz. He is highly recommended for his wide-ranging experience in capital markets transactions and is a “go-to lawyer” for banks and financial institutions.  
He is joined by Lorenzo Olgiati who is also recognised for his high-quality capital markets practice. 

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