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Switzerland: Banking 2017

We highlight 43 leading lawyers in this chapter for their outstanding work in the banking sector, handling regulatory and transactional work on behalf of corporate clients and financial institutions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. René Bösch Homburger, Zurich
2. Benedikt Maurenbrecher Homburger, Zurich
3. François Rayroux Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
4. Patrick Hünerwadel Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich/td>
5. Eric Stupp Bär & Karrer, Zurich
6. Markus Pfenninger Walder Wyss, Zurich
7. Shelby du Pasquier Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

National full-service outfit LENZ & STAEHELIN leads the research this year with an impressive seven listings, illustrating the great strength of its expertise in the field.
Stefan Breitenstein is internationally recognised as a main player in the Swiss banking market. He is praised for his excellent work handling both domestic and international transactions.
Patrick Hünerwadel is a “brilliant” lawyer who leads the firm’s banking and finance practice in Zurich. He possesses particular expertise in structured and lease financing, and is valued by clients for “his ability to understand complex matters within no time.”
In Geneva, Shelby du Pasquier is considered “a prominent practitioner” in the field by clients, who include domestic and international financial institutions, private equity firms and fund managers. One source effuses: “He is outstanding, there is no question about it.”
François Rayroux is “an elder statesman” within the Swiss banking market. He is described as “one of the best” when it comes to fund management and regularly deals with matters concerning all types of financial products.
The “fantastic” Hans-Jakob Diem is widely recognised among peers for his outstanding work handling large and high-profile transactions.

Five leading names at HOMBURGER are identified for their standout work in the sector.
Benedikt Maurenbrecher possesses “a stellar reputation in the banking sector”, and is known for his excellent representation of clients throughout litigation and regulatory proceedings.
Highly experienced practitioner René Bösch is one of the best-known figures in the Swiss market. His top-notch practice encompasses financial services regulation and banking law, and he possesses particular expertise handling debt and equity securities matters.
Jürg Frick is an active figure in the field, and is well versed in managing venture capital, buyout and syndicated debt financings.

BÄR & KARRER, one of the country’s leading full-service law firms, achieves five listings in this chapter.
Eric Stupp boasts a reputation in the market as a “truly excellent banking lawyer”.  His world-class practice regularly deals with a wide array of sector-related matters on behalf of clients, most notably large financial institutions.
Cedric Chapuis leads the firm’s financial team in Geneva. Recent highlights include counselling and representing national banks on their involvement in the US Program for Swiss Banks.
Ralph Malacrida is highlighted for his strong expertise in Swiss finance matters. He is widely respected by peers who describe him as “an absolute pleasure to work with”.

SCHELLENBERG WITTMER is represented by five lawyers who are recognised for their leading work in the field.
Martin Lanz enjoys an international reputation for his banking work. He wins praise for his first-rate finance practice which encompasses capital markets work, regulatory issues and stock exchange matters.
Olivier Favre is highly sought after for his top-tier banking practice by clients, who include financial institutions, issuers and insurance companies.
Grégoire Wuest is rated for his deep understanding of Swiss banking law. One client effuses: “I was impressed by his analytical ability and deep knowledge about all matters related to banking and finance.”
Anita Schläpfer gains recognition for her “can-do attitude, professionalism and high integrity”. She is well known for her work advising both domestic and international clients on acquisition finance, structured finance and securitisations.
According to sources, Philippe Borens is a “very deal-oriented” lawyer, who is always “focused on the major issues” when handling financial transactions.

NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY receives four listings in this chapter.
The “brilliant” Sandro Abegglen gains recognition for his first-class banking regulatory practice, an area in which he is regarded as a specialist.
Philippe Weber is a widely recognised figure in the Swiss market who possesses significant experience counselling clients on large corporate financial transactions, SIX listings and M&A and capital markets law.
François Bianchi continues to impress sources who praise him for his strong expertise in handling banking regulatory matters.
Marco Häusermann is very active in the banking field, and frequently delivers effective and intuitive counsel to corporate entities and financial institutions.

WALDER WYSS receives three nominations in this chapter.
Markus Pfenninger is “one of the most impressive names” in the Swiss market according to peers, who commend his excellent work handling M&A transactions, restructurings and regulatory matters.
Johannes Bürgi wins praise for his broad finance practice. Structured financings, secured and unsecured lending and securitisations are just some of the areas in which he excels.
Luc Defferrard impresses with his sophisticated practice that covers a wide array of banking and finance matters including cross-border financing, M&A transactions and private equity matters.   

PESTALOZZI achieves three listings in this chapter.
Managing partner Urs Klöti is known for his first-class finance and corporate practice, and impresses peers and clients alike with his deep knowledge of the Swiss financial market.
Sébastien Roy is recognised for his standout banking and finance practice and is highly regarded by peers who describe him as “excellent to work with”.
Oliver Widmer is singled out for the “insightful” counsel that he delivers to clients, who include financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals, wealth management entities and both Swiss and foreign banks.

Three practitioners at BAKER MCKENZIE achieve listings this year.
Co-head of the banking and finance group Lukas Glanzmann boasts a fantastic reputation among peers, and draws praise from market sources for his superb finance practice.
Markus Affentranger is a very experienced practitioner who possesses over 25 years of experience in the sector. He is particularly highlighted for his expertise in acquisition finance mattes.
Ansgar Schott enjoys a strong reputation in the field for his banking regulatory work. His clients include both domestic and international financial institutions and corporations. 

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