Switzerland: Capital Markets 2018

We identify 38 capital markets specialists in this chapter who stand out for their extensive experience advising domestic and international clients on complex financing transactions, debt and equity issuances as well as the compliance and regulatory obligations of market participants.

Most Highly Regarded
1. René Bösch Homburger AG, Zurich
2. Philippe Weber Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
3. Till Spillmann Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
4. Frank Gerhard Homburger AG, Zurich
5. Thomas Reutter Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich

Leading Zurich-based firm NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY is renowned for its leading capital markets practice and sees eight leading lights recognised for their excellent work advising on some of the largest and most complex capital market transactions in the jurisdiction.
Philippe Weber is “a leading individual” who draws praise for his “huge experience of debt capital markets”. He is well regarded by peers and clients alike, who note: “He is a pleasure to work with on transactions.”
“Leading capital markets practitioner” Till Spillmann is “a real standout player in the area” according to peers, who commend his “extensive experience and great track record”. Clients are unfailingly “impressed by his speed and consistent delivery of quality advice”.
The “excellent” François Bianchi boasts a superb reputation for debt and equity capital markets transactions, with sources commenting, “He is particularly strong in the debt space.”
Thomas Brönnimann is “a top rights offerings specialist” according to sources, who describe him as “an outstanding practitioner”.
Philipp Haas stands out for his “excellent” work in the field and regularly advises prominent banking and insurance clients on the full spectrum of capital markets matters.
Christina Del Vecchio specialises in international capital markets and boasts extensive experience working on a wide range of related financings and transactions.
Christoph Balsiger “stands out for his work on debt matters” according to one impressed commentator, and regularly advises clients on regulatory aspects of complex transactions.
Daniel Bono is a leading capital markets expert who wins praise for his “excellent work handling asset-backed securities”.

HOMBURGER is “one of the top firms in Switzerland” according to sources and showcases its impressive capital markets offering with seven outstanding practitioners highlighted this year.
Thought Leader René Bösch is “a very experienced practitioner” who is applauded for his “comprehensive understanding of bank debt and equity instruments”. He is recognised this year as the country’s leading capital markets practitioner.
Frank Gerhard is “undoubtedly one of the most outstanding capital markets lawyers in Switzerland” according to sources who note he is a favourite among clients who appreciate his “calm manner and problem-solving abilities”.
Benjamin Leisinger earns recognition thanks to his “broad knowledge of the legal landscape in Switzerland and brilliant quick thinking”. He is in high demand thanks to his “client-oriented approach and efficiency”.
The “excellent” Benedikt Maurenbrecher is “very skilled and highly professional” according to one interviewee, who describes him as “one of the top capital market lawyers in Switzerland”.
Dieter Gericke is “a top capital markets lawyer” who is considered by peers to be “a leading individual in the equity space”. One source notes, “He is the go-to specialist for pharmaceutical and biotechnology equity capital market transactions.”
The “outstanding” Jürg Frick enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market and stands out particularly for his work on debt and equity matters.
Daniel Daeniker is “a star practitioner” in the field who receives plaudits for his “excellent track record working on large-scale equity capital markets transactions”.

Top-tier Swiss law firm BÄR & KARRER also performs well, seeing five preeminent practitioners listed.
Sources describe Thomas Reutter as “a prominent figure in the market” thanks to his vast experience handling capital market transactions for listed companies. He is noted by peers as “a leader in the equity space”.
The “excellent” Ralph Malacrida is renowned for his transactional expertise and is considered a key player in the capital markets arena.
Rolf Watter is an accomplished corporate lawyer with a well-developed capital markets practice. He garners praise from sources who commend his brilliant work in the field.

Top business law firm SCHELLENBERG WITTMER achieves five inclusions this year who boast extensive expertise handling debt and equity and structured finance transactions. 
Olivier Favre’s “professional expertise and commercial focus” lends him a strong reputation in the international market. He draws effusive praise from commentators who appreciate his “very practical and sound advice”.
Philippe Borens “stands out in the debt capital markets area” thanks to his “deep sector knowledge”. He regularly advises on a range of transactions, including leveraged buyouts, securitisations and syndicated loans.
Martin Lanz is “a key figure at the firm” who receives widespread acclaim for his extensive experience handling the full range of capital markets transactions.

WALDER WYSS is home to four top-tier practitioners who stand out for their long-standing experience in the capital markets space.
The “exceptional” Theodor Härtsch is frequently called upon to advise clients on capital markets law, and is particularly noted for his impeccable knowledge of initial public offerings and rights issues.
Johannes Bürgi is “really strong in asset-backed securities work” according to respondents, who praise his methodical approach when navigating complex transactions.
The “outstanding” Urs Schenker is highlighted by market commentators for the breadth of his expertise and is particularly noted for his tremendous knowledge of M&A and structured finance law.
Markus Pfenninger is singled out by sources for his “outstanding” experience in the sector, as well as his superb understanding of capital markets transactions and first-class regulatory advisory practice.

The “absolutely outstanding” Patrick Schleiffer at LENZ & STAEHELIN is “a big name in the Zurich market” and boasts a first-rate practice focusing on capital markets and securities law.

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