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Switzerland: Investment Management 2017

We identify 21 leading practitioners in this chapter, who are recommended this year for their expertise in investment management, advising on financing, management, organisational and regulatory issues.

Most Highly Regarded
1. François Rayroux Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
2. Sandro Abegglen Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
3. Dominik Oberholzer Kellerhals Carrard, Zurich
4. Markus Pfenninger Walder Wyss, Zurich

LENZ & STAEHELIN leads the research this year, and is highly regarded throughout the country for its distinguished finance practice and funds management offering. Three of its lawyers are listed in this chapter.
François Rayroux heads the investment management practice and advises banks and funds on issues of management and distribution. One respondent notes that he is “the leading guy in the entire country for investment funds.”
Olivier Stahler is co-head of the investment management practice and is recognised for his expertise in the structuring of financial products. He is considered to be “a leading funds lawyer” by many in the market, who also attest to his “astute and commercially-focused advice”.
Shelby du Pasquier is a “pre-eminent” name in the country, and is highly sought after by both domestic and offshore private equity and hedge funds, as well as fund managers.

National business law firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER also achieves three listings in this chapter, a testament to its great expertise in the field.
Caroline Clemetson is widely respected in the Swiss investment funds and asset management space and has extensive experience in the financial services sector. One source remarks: “She is incredibly knowledgeable and is clearly well versed in handling investment funds.”
Anita Schläpfer is “top choice” for many clients, who value her particular expertise in collective investment schemes and both on and offshore investment funds.
Martin Lanz is a well-known player in the market, and specialises in financial instruments. According to sources, he is “a great lawyer on investment issues who really understands how the market works.”

NAEGELI & PARTNERS sees three practitioners listed this year.
Stefan Naegeli is “a first-class lawyer”, and possesses extensive experience handling a wide array of fund management matters including collective investment schemes and various funds vehicles.
Christoph Rohr is regarded as “very efficient and very good”, particularly when it comes to collective investment schemes, financial instruments and asset management law.
Christoph Steiner specialises in funds registration, structuring and management, areas in which he is considered to be a real expert.

NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY achieves two listings for its highly ranked investment funds practice.
Sandro Abegglen regularly counsels fund providers and investment foundations, and specialises in regulatory matters. One respondent notes: “In terms of investment management he is certainly the name that stands out.”
Andreas Casutt has a strong commercial background and is recommended for his expertise in corporate governance and stock exchange issues. He is also a seasoned litigator and is well versed in acting for shareholders in multiple disputes.

KELLERHALS CARRARD is well known for its strong business and financial offering, and sees two practitioners listed this year.
Dominik Oberholzer frequently deals with financial instruments and collective investment schemes, as well as both on and offshore funds. One peer comments: “He has really achieved a very strong position in the market.”
Werner Schubiger focuses his top-tier practice on collective investment schemes and asset management and is highly regarded for his widely recognised expertise in investment vehicles across the board.

FBT ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW achieves two listings.
Michel Abt advises both domestic and international investment funds and fund managers in the regulatory space, and is considered to be one of the best legal minds in the field.
Frédérique Bensahel is noted as one of the leading investment funds lawyers in Switzerland and is recommended for her longstanding experience and great reputation in the space.

At NIGGLI RECHTSANWÄLTE, Gerhard Niggli is described as “a top pick” by sources and has over 20 years of experience in advising funds and asset managers on financial vehicles and regulatory issues.

At WALDER WYSS, the outstanding Markus Pfenninger is highlighted as one of the foremost names in the field. He specialises in collective investment schemes and has a considerable knowledge of the financial industry and investment vehicles.

At BÄR & KARRER, Stephanie Comtesse leads the collective investment schemes and asset management practice and is a well-known figure in the market. She regularly counsels investment funds and asset managers on both a domestic and international level. 

Jürg Frick of HOMBURGER wins praise for his first-rate practice. Collective investment regulations, venture capital and buyout financings and restructurings are just some of the areas in which he excels.

BRATSCHI WIEDERKEHR & BUOB sees Hannes Glaus listed for his expertise handling private equity and asset management matters, including alternative investment funds. One respondent comments: “He is really active in the market particularly when it comes to private equity fund structures”.

Philippe Bonvin at BRH PARTNERS “is an absolute must for inclusion”, according to sources. He has significant experience in the financial sector from his time as an in-house lawyer and boasts particular expertise in handling collective investment schemes. 

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