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Switzerland: Labour & Employment 2017

We highlight 37 lawyers in this chapter for their expertise in labour and employment work, including group moves, benefits and compensation, reorganisations and regulatory and auditing matters. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Adrian von Kaenel Streiff von Kaenel, Zurich
2. Alfred Blesi Blesi & Papa, Zurich
3. Rémy Wyler CBWM & Associés, Vaud
4. Roberta Papa Blesi & Papa, Zurich
5. Roger Rudolph Streiff von Kaenel, Zurich
6. Vincent Carron Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva

LENZ & STAEHELIN boasts the foremost labour and employment practice in the country, and includes arbitration and litigation capabilities. Three leading practitioners are listed in this year’s research.
Daniel Tunik is “a great employment litigator”, and wins praise for his stand-out dispute resolution practice that encompasses both court litigation and international arbitration.
Rayan Houdrouge leads the employment and pensions practice in Geneva and both advises and represents Swiss and multinational companies on all aspects of employment law. One peer effuses: “He is a great employment lawyer with an exceptionally strong practice”.
Matthias Oertle heads the employment and pensions practice in Zurich and is well known in the market for his extensive experience in employment law related to corporate and commercial matters.

HOMBURGER’s leading employment practice encompasses transactions, litigation and tax, and achieves two listings this year.
Head of the employment group Balz Gross is “a seasoned litigator” who has appeared in numerous employment disputes. He is well versed in dealing with both litigation and international arbitration proceedings.
Ueli Huber focuses on employment law relating to commercial and corporate issues and is very well regarded in the market among peers and clients alike.

BLESI & PAPA is one of Switzerland’s leading employment boutiques and sees two of its lawyers listed as some of the most highly regarded in our research.
Alfred Blesi advises national and international clients on employment issues and specialises in social security and pensions. Peers describe him as a major player in the market, and “an absolute must for inclusion”.
Roberta Papa enjoys a great reputation in the field, and focuses her top-tier practice on social security and labour and employment law on both a national and international level.
Thomas Pietruszak is a formidable litigator noted for his excellent work representing clients in employment and labour disputes in Swiss courts.
Two leading names at STREIFF VON KAENEL are recommended for their impressive employment law practices.
The “brilliant” Adrian von Kaenel specialises in labour and employment law with a particular focus on social security and pensions. He “has a very good reputation; he wrote the book on Swiss employment law”.
Roger Rudolph has experience in civil and contract law relating to employment matters. He is described by one source as “really strong in employment law, one of the foremost names in the field”.

At HUMBERT HEINZEN LERCH ATTORNEYS AT LAW, two lawyers receive nominations.
Denis Humbert practices in all forms of employment law and is recognised as one of the standout employment lawyers practicing at the Swiss Bar today.
André Lerch is widely respected by peers for his excellent work representing clients on a wide array of matters including social security, immigration and data protection issues.

Leading national firm WALDER WYSS also sees two of its lawyers listed in this year’s research.
Ueli Sommer heads the employment law team and is highly regarded for his specialism in compensation schemes, option and participation plans.
According to peers, Philippe Nordmann “is exceedingly well known in the market; he has many years of expertise and is a very good lawyer”. Clients include companies and executive employees, who he advises on regulatory matters, dismissals, collective bargaining agreements and the drafting of contracts.

Two standout practitioners at FELLMANN TSCHÜMPERLIN LÖTSCHER achieve listings this year for their impressive work in the field.
Regula Suter-Furrer is “highly specialised in employment law” and receives particular praise for her exceptional work in relation to occupational pensions.
Raetus Cattelan is recognised by peers for his leading expertise in labour and employment law. His first- rate practice encompasses a range of related matters, from restructurings and dismissals, to management agreements.

Leading Swiss law firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER achieves two recommendations.
Vincent Carron heads the firm’s employment law group where he focuses on a wide range of related matters, advising clients and representing them before the Swiss labour courts. One of his clients describes him as “a very fine lawyer; I would really recommend him without any reservations for any employment dispute.”
Anne Roux-Fouillet is a firm favourite among clients, who regard her as “an experienced and wise practitioner. She is committed, very responsive and able to deal with key issues very quickly”.

Rémy Wyler at CBWM & ASSOCIÉS is recognised for his exceptional knowledge and understanding of Swiss labour law. According to one source: “He is incredibly pragmatic when handling deals, and always takes the client’s interests into accounts.”

At CHANSON RECHTSANWALT, the “very well-known and highly respected” Georges Chanson is a labour law specialist, and provides excellent counsel to companies, executives and employees.

BRATSCHI WIEDERKEHR & BUOB’s Angela Hensch is highly respected by peers, who recommend her for her strong expertise in labour law and employee rights.

At MME LEGAL TAX COMPLIANCE, the “incredibly smart” Michèle Stutz has considerable experience in the field, particularly regarding contentious matters.

Peter Reinert of BAKER MCKENZIE heads the firm’s employment law group in Zurich where he advises companies in complex labour issues. According to respondents, when it comes to the Swiss market, “he is ‘Mr Employment’”.

At SCHNEIDER TROILLET Anne Troillet is highly recommended for her distinguished practice that encompasses immigration, social security and pensions. One source notes: “She is a very knowledgeable and pragmatic practitioner; I would 100 per cent recommend her.”

At GREMPER & PARTNER, the widely respected Philipp Gremper is highlighted as a true specialist in employment law, particularly regarding public services matters.

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