Switzerland: Restructuring & Insolvency 2018

This year we recognised 20 leading lawyers highlighted for their excellent work advising on a range of matters including rescue, reconstruction and insolvency procedures, financial restructurings, leveraged buyouts and liquidations. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Brigitte Umbach-Spahn Wenger Plattner, Zurich
2. Daniel Staehelin Kellerhals Carrard, Basel
3. Vincent Jeanneret Schellenberg Wittmer, Geneva
4. Karl Wüthrich Wenger Plattner, Zurich

WENGER PLATTNER sees three leading practitioners recognised in this edition for their outstanding work in the field.
Brigitte Umbach-Spahn is the leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer in Switzerland. She comes highly recommended by respondents who note, “She is very well known across the country for her bankruptcy work.”
Karl Wüthrich receives widespread plaudits from peers who consider him “a key player in the market”. They highlight his “leading” work in the bankruptcy space as well as his exceptional expertise in insolvency law.
Fritz Rothenbühler stands out as “one of the best-known names in the space”, and wins praise for his excellent work on behalf of creditors and debtors.

WALDER WYSS sees two impressive practitioners recognised in this chapter.
Urs Schenker is widely respected for his top-tier corporate practice where he regularly counsels clients in relation to transactions and restructurings.
Christoph Stäubli wins international recognition for his outstanding work in the restructuring field, an area in which he is highly sought after by clients including both national and international companies.

VISCHER’s David Jenny draws widespread praise for his impressive work on behalf of corporate entities which encompasses transactions and insolvency proceedings.  
Markus Guggenbühl is “very active” in the field of restructuring and insolvency law according to sources and is well versed in advising a wide range of corporate clients including banks and financial services entities.

At KELLERHALS CARRARD, Daniel Staehelin is “definitely a leader” in the field of restructuring law according to sources, one of whom notes, “He is one of the top lawyers in Switzerland doing this work.” 

Vincent Jeanneret at SCHELLENBERG WITTMER is a widely respected name in the insolvency space, where he is highly sought after by clients who consider him “an excellent strategist” and praise his “ability to take a high-level view but not forget the details”. One peer states: “He is the best insolvency lawyer in French-speaking Switzerland.”

At BAUR HÜRLIMANN, Daniel Hunkeler is “very active in the market”, particularly when it comes to complex restructuring matters, an area in which he is highlighted as “a sure leader”.

Marc Bernheim at STAIGER ATTORNEYS AT LAW is an excellent lawyer who is well known for his strong expertise handling insolvency proceedings relating to distressed assets and bankruptcy matters.

At HOLENSTEIN ATTORNEYS AT LAW Franco Lorandi is regarded by market commentators as “one of the best” when it comes to both Swiss and international restructuring and insolvency matters.

Daniel Hayek at PRAGER DREIFUSS is “a fine lawyer” recognised for his extensive experience handling bankruptcy litigation proceedings and restructuring projects.

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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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