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Switzerland: Life Sciences 2017

We have identified 24 lawyers who have been recognised by peers for the calibre of their life science practice. Their areas of expertise span a range of subject areas and encompass both regulatory and litigation matters. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thierry Calame Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
2. Thomas Eichenberger Kellerhals Carrard, Bern
3. Ursula Eggenberger Stöckli Bratschi Wiederkehr & Buob, Bern

HOMBURGER is a prominent firm in the Swiss life sciences market. Its lawyers represent corporate clients in a range of domestic and international disputes. Two of its top practitioners are listed here.
Andri Hess is very highly recommended for his notable experience representing life sciences clients in both domestic and international litigation and arbitration, as well as in Swiss regulatory matters.
With over 30 years of experience, senior counsel Werner Stieger is held in high regard due to his vast knowledge of IP law and extensive arbitration experience.

WALDER WYSS is a leading firm in the practice area. Its practitioners offer expertise in a variety of healthcare and life science matters.
Stefano Codoni is an expert in life science litigation and transactions, including private equity deals. He has over 20 years of experience in the area, including as a counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations.
Andreas Wildi is a qualified medical doctor and experienced attorney. He is a specialist in Swiss and international regulatory matters concerning pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Sources describe him as “one of the top practitioners”.
With over 25 years’ experience, Alexander Gutmans is a trusted adviser to Swiss and international clients, particularly on healthcare and life science regulations and contracts.

MEYERLUSTENBERGER LACHENAL is one of the top Swiss firms for pharmaceutical and patent law. Two lawyers are recommended this year.
Sources describe Simon Holzer as a “key life sciences expert.” He is head of the firm’s patent and life services practice and advises on various matters such as pharmaceutical regulation and food law.
Michael Ritscher is a highly nominated and well-respected practitioner who offers specialist advice on patent matters in the life sciences sector.

Thierry Calame of LENZ & STAEHELIN is a “really strong” practitioner who is widely regarded as “the best patent litigator in Switzerland”. He is an IP specialist and advises clients on a broad range of issues including patents, licencing and regulatory aspects of pharmaceutical law.

Thomas Eichenberger of KELLERHALS CARRARD is a leading specialist in the life sciences sector. He is an experienced adviser and litigator, particularly in matters relating to pharmaceuticals, healthcare and food.

Sources confirm that Ursula Eggenberger Stöckli, a highly acclaimed healthcare and pharmaceutical law adviser at BRATSCHI WIEDERKEHR & BUOB, “is a clear inclusion” in our list of leading practitioners. She utilises her extensive background in the pharmaceutical industry to represent client’s companies in advisory and litigation proceedings in the area.

Renowned specialist Philippe Ducor is the founder of boutique health and technology law firm DUCOR LAW. He is trained in both medicine and law, and is extremely knowledgeable on issues including health law and the regulation of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He is also a judge at the Swiss Federal Tribunal for Patents.

RENTSCH PARTNER’s Christian Hilti is commended as a skilled IP litigator with broad expertise encompassing patent, unfair competition and contract law. He is also a judge at the Swiss Federal Tribunal for Patents and is recognised for his arbitration experience.  

Lorenza Ferrari Hofer of PESTALOZZI ATTORNEYS AT LAW is highly recommended by peers for her IP prowess. She is known for the quality of her litigation skills and her commercial advice on various legal issues, including those related to food and healthcare products.

WENGER & VIELI’s Frank Scherrer is an experienced health and pharmaceutical law expert with broad experience providing advisory, contract negation and litigation services to pharmaceutical companies.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER’s Andrea Mondini is a “very strong IP lawyer” with significant expertise in the life sciences sector. He is a skilled litigator and arbitrator with extensive experience acting on behalf of high-profile pharmaceutical companies in patent and licensing proceedings.

The “excellent” Ralph Schlosser of KASSER SCHLOSSER AVOCATS is highly regarded by peers for his expertise in contract law and IP litigation and advice. He represents a number of high-profile corporate clients and also serves as a judge at the Swiss Federal Tribunal for Patents.

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