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Switzerland: Competition 2017

This year we have selected 21 practitioners based on the exceptional standard of their practice under both Swiss and European law.  They have been recognised for the breadth and depth of their expertise, which encompasses all aspects of competition law, and their experience representing high- calibre clients in proceedings spanning a variety of industries and jurisdictions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Marcel Meinhardt Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
2. Jürg Borer Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich
3. Reto Jacobs Walder Wyss, Zurich
4. Marcel Dietrich Homburger, Zurich
5. Franz Hoffet Homburger, Zurich

LENZ & STAEHELIN has one of Switzerland’s largest competition practices. Its lawyers advise both Swiss and international clients from a range of industries on the full range of competition law issues. Three of its most highly regarded practitioners are listed here.
Marcel Meinhardt is one of the most prominent competition practitioners in Switzerland. He has specialist knowledge across a wide range of industries such as banking and media and represents numerous clients in high-profile and contentious cases. Corporate counsel commend his “ability to analyse complex circumstances and provide advice on both the legal and business aspects”.
Astrid Waser is described by one impressed peer as “a true antitrust lawyer”. Her expertise encompasses all aspects of Swiss competition law, including cartel investigations and merger filings.
Benoît Merkt is a well-regarded and experienced practitioner who handles a wide array of competition matters across the high-tech, energy and banking sectors.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER is a Swiss firm serving international and domestic clients. Its lawyers provide a comprehensive range of competition law services ranging from merger control filings to compliance programmes. 
Sources regard Jürg Borer as “one of the top competition lawyers in Switzerland” with expertise in both Swiss and European competition matters. He has over 25 years of experience in the area and is considered to have “the complete practice in terms of procedural knowledge”.
Highly recommended lawyer David Mamane has extensive experience providing advice on Swiss and European competition law. 

HOMBURGER advises and litigates on a vast array of issues under domestic and European competition law. Two of its most prominent practitioners are included in this year’s listing.
Marcel Dietrich is a leading expert in European and Swiss competition law with over 25 years of experience. Sources describe him as “very active” and “ever present” on important cases.
Franz Hoffet has a broad range of experience across national and European competition law. He “certainly remains a top name” in the Swiss competition market, according to commentators.

CMS VON ERLACH PONCET’s lawyers have a broad range of competition law expertise spanning multiple jurisdictions.
The “very competent” Marquard Christen represents clients across the spectrum of Swiss and EU competition law. Clients endorse his services as “tailor-made and focused on our needs”, describing his counsel as “of outstanding quality and based on a deep understanding of our business”.
Patrick Sommer is a well-regarded practitioner with nearly 30 years of experience both in-house and in private practice advising on a range of issues, including competition matters.

Reto Jacobs of WALDER WYSS is extremely highly recommended by peers and described as being “in the top tier” of competition lawyers. He has extensive industry knowledge in areas such as media and energy, with experience representing both Swiss and foreign clients.

Nicolas Birkhäuser at NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY is an “up-and-coming star” who represents clients in a vast range of competition law matters. Sources comment highly on his “specialist expertise in competition”.

BAKER MCKENZIE’s Boris Wenger’s expertise spans the Swiss and European competition law market. Sources call him a “hugely dedicated and active practitioner” who is regularly sighted on prominent competition matters.

Philipp Zurkinden of PRAGER DREIFUSS is praised for his skill and experience in competition matters. He has deep expertise handling merger filings and cartel investigations.

Klaus Neff, at VISCHER, advises and litigates on behalf of clients in both domestic and international proceedings. Impressed peers describe him as “someone I would trust to turn to if I had a conflict”.  

BÄR & KARRER’s Mani Reinert is described as “first tier” and “really an expert” in competition law. He has experience in all aspects of domestic competition law and handles a variety of compliance and merger filing work.  

Competition Economists

Two competition experts at CCN CARNOT-COURNOT-NETWORK are listed here.
Silvio Borner is an expert in economics and economic policy. Sources describe him as a “very important player” in the market.
Markus Saurer is an experienced economist with particular expertise in regulatory issues in the competition arena.  

Christian Jaag is a specialist in competition economics at SWISS ECONOMICS. Sources state that he is “very good for opinions and studies and probably has the most leading outfit of all the economists in Switzerland”.

Christoph Koellreuter of BAK BASEL ECONOMICS has substantial economic experience gained through his lengthy career in the industry. 

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