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Switzerland: Restructuring & Insolvency 2017

This chapter identifies 19 outstanding lawyers who are experts in the field of insolvency and restructuring law, advising on a range of matters including rescue, reconstruction and insolvency procedures, financial restructurings, leveraged buyouts and liquidations, among many others. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Brigitte Umbach-Spahn Wenger Plattner, Zurich
2. Christoph Stäubli Walder Wyss, Zurich
3. Daniel Staehelin Kellerhals Carrard, Basel
4. David Jenny Vischer, Basel

WENGER PLATTNER is a prominent business law firm, with specialist lawyers who act for clients in a range of contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters. It leads our research in this chapter with three individuals highlighted.
In Zurich, Brigitte Umbach-Spahn advises creditor and debtors in national and cross-border restructuring and insolvency matters. She is known for handling high-profile matters and was recently involved in the Petroplus Holdings AG liquidation. One respondent maintains, “She is an excellent lawyer and negotiator."
Fritz Rothenbühler is considered a superb practitioner, with a broad practice encompassing both counsel and litigation support in complicated restructuring and insolvency issues.
Karl Wüthrich is a longstanding fixture in the market with over 30 years’ experience acting as liquidator, trustee, and administrator in bankruptcy and complex insolvency proceedings. He is one of the best insolvency lawyers in Switzerland,” effuses one respondent.

WALDER WYSS follows closely behind with two listings, demonstrating the firm’s proven track record handling both national and international corporate and financial restructurings and insolvency proceedings.
Department co-head Christoph Stäubli enjoys widespread praise from market commentators. One respondent dubs him “a definite inclusion,” while another considers him “a major player in the Swiss market”. He regularly assists multinationals with cross-border insolvency issues.
Sources praise Urs Schenker as “one of the best-known names in Switzerland for restructuring”. He is particularly celebrated for his expertise in the banking and financial services industry.

VISCHER also boasts two excellent practitioners, reflecting the high standard of knowledge and talent at the firm.
The “excellent” David Jenny is an internationally renowned practitioner with considerable experience acting as liquidator and advising governing bodies of corporations and creditors.
Markus Guggenbühl is known for advising domestic and international financial institutions and banking clients on restructuring and insolvency law.

KELLERHALS CARRARD’s Daniel Staehelin is a well-known insolvency specialist who is considered “one of the leaders in the field academically” by peers.

From GIROUD & ANDERES, Roger Giroud is described as a "very experienced practitioner" and a “respected colleague” by interviewees. He is praised in our research for his expert knowledge of insolvency and restructuring law.

Marc Bernheim from STAIGER ATTORNEYS AT LAW is a “very fine lawyer”, with particular experience working with companies across the energy sector. He is also commended for his litigation skills.

At HOLENSTEIN ATTORNEYS AT LAW, Franco Lorandi is a prominent figure in the Swiss insolvency market and a practitioner whom certain market commentators “wouldn’t hesitate to recommend”.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER’s practice head Vincent Jeanneret is considered a "go-to lawyer" in the restructuring and insolvency space with "vast experience " and a "solutions-oriented approach".

At PRAGER DREIFUSS, Daniel Hayek is known for representing bond holders and investors in large, high-profile insolvency cases. One source claims, "He is adept at finding solutions in difficult situations and is good to work with.”

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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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