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Switzerland: M&A 2017

The chapter identifies 35 leading practitioners who have a proven track record in handling big-ticket business combinations between large, publicly traded companies, as well as distinguished practitioners who specialise in the representation of private equity groups in transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Jakob Hoehn Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law, Zurich
2. Daniel Daeniker Homburger, Zurich
3. Andreas Rötheli Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
4. Dieter Gericke Homburger, Zurich
5. Urs Gnos Walder Wyss, Zurich

LENZ & STAEHELIN leads the way in our research with an impressive nine practitioners listed. The firm plays a prominent role in domestic and cross border private and public M&A transactions and has been involved in many of Switzerland’s most important corporate deals.
Andreas Rötheli is known for being “very knowledgeable and thorough". Clients are particularly impressed by the way “Andreas goes right to the point and provides very practical advice without lengthy legal explanations which do not have any business implications”.
The “superb” Hans-Jakob Diem heads the firm’s corporate practice in Zurich and is well known for his proficiency in notable M&A transactions in the pharmaceutical sector.
Rudolf Tschäni has been described as a “superstar in M&A” thanks to his extensive experience handling high-profile, high-value corporate transactions.
Andreas von Planta is a seasoned corporate practitioner with over 30 years’ experience advising public companies on transactional issues.  Sources consider him “a very fine lawyer”.
Matthias Wolf is a capable corporate lawyer with extensive experience assisting clients on cross-border transactions.

NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY follows closely behind in our research with seven practitioners highlighted. M&A is a core practice for the firm with the team boasting extensive experience advising and representing public and private companies, investment banks, private equity firms and other investors in complex M&A transactions.
The “fantastic” Philippe Weber is a well-known practitioner with experience acting on many large-scale M&A deals in Switzerland.
Philipp Haas draws widespread praise from market sources thanks to his well-established corporate practice that sees him advise listed companies on large deals.
Andreas Casutt regularly advises corporate and private equity clients on M&A transactions and other corporate matters. One respondent considers him “an outstanding lawyer”.
Patrik Peyer is a respected practitioner with an impressive corporate practice covering M&A transactions and complex corporate law issues.
The “superb” Ulysses von Salis is also recognised for his proficiency in domestic and cross-border M&A.

HOMBURGER is home to five top-tier practitioners. The firm’s corporate team is hailed as one of the fixtures of the Swiss market and boasts a fantastic track record on large corporate acquisitions, auctions and mergers.
Managing partner Daniel Daeniker emerges as one of the country’s principal M&A specialists. Sources consider him a “top choice” for large, cross-border transactional matters.
Corporate practice head Dieter Gericke "clearly deserves to be on the list,” according to one respondent. He regularly advises on both public and private M&A transactions and is particularly well-versed in matters relating to the Chinese market.
Heinz Schärer is a highly regarded practitioner with a well-established name in the market. Interviewees praised his “keen eye for detail” and his ability to “stay very calm under pressure”.

Jakob Hoehn heads PESTALOZZI ATTORNEYS AT LAW’s M&A department and earns commendation as a “leading lawyer in the market” thanks to his extensive experience handling high-value transactions.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER’s Lorenzo Olgiati advises a wide range of domestic and international clients on both public and private M&A transactions. According to one corporate source, “He is extremely deal-oriented and excels at managing the process and other parties involved.”

WALDER WYSS’ corporate practice head Urs Gnos is also recognised as one of the country’s leading M&A specialists. One client was impressed with his “very structured and no-nonsense approach” to complex M&A transactions and his “highly responsive, accommodating manner”.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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