Switzerland: Banking 2018

This year’s research highlights 51 top banking lawyers. The practitioners listed here have been recommended by peers and clients alike for their deep expertise in finance and regulatory matters, as well as dispute resolution proceedings.

Most Highly Regarded
1. René Bösch Homburger AG, Zurich
2. Benedikt Maurenbrecher Homburger AG, Zurich
3. François Rayroux Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
4. Patrick Hünerwadel Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
5. Shelby du Pasquier Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva

Full-service national firm LENZ & STAEHELIN leads the market with an impressive 10 listings.
François Rayroux is “a big name in Geneva” who is known for his sophisticated counsel to major banks and securities dealers. Peers speak highly of his extensive expertise in collective investment schemes.
The “excellent” Patrick Hünerwadel is a highly regarded practitioner in the firm’s Zurich office. Peers commend his encyclopaedic knowledge of structured finance and asset securitisation matters.
Shelby du Pasquier is “a top name” for financing matters and stands out as a go-to adviser to major financial institutions and funds.
Stefan Breitenstein is recognised as “a key player” in the market who impresses peers with his broad regulatory knowledge. He is also well known for his expert handling of complex banking and finance transactions.
Marcel Tranchet is “outstanding for financing matters” including leveraged finance, syndicated bank filings and recapitalisations.
Hans-Jakob Diem boasts broad expertise in bank financing and is “very strong” when it comes to handling complex cross-border transactions.
Patrick Schleiffer is an esteemed expert in regulatory matters relating to the financial services sector and enjoys an excellent reputation across the Swiss market.  

Seven lawyers from SCHELLENBERG WITTMER are listed here.
Clients say Tarek Houdrouge is “very knowledgeable and experienced in Swiss banking matters, particularly with respect to digitalisation topics”. One source notes, “He is creative, pragmatic and really understands the practical needs of his clients.”
Gregoire Wuest is widely regarded as “an outstanding lawyer”. According to one client, “He is by far the most trusted, reliable and responsive lawyer in the field of banking and finance.”
The “excellent” Philippe Borens is praised by peers and clients alike for his well-established banking and finance practice, as well as his specialist expertise in financial services and capital market regulation.
Olivier Favre is a highly regarded expert in structured finance transactions who impresses peers with his technical regulatory knowledge.
Caroline Clemetson is a “very effective and responsive” practitioner with sophisticated expertise in financial services regulation and collective investment schemes.
The “outstanding” Martin Lanz stands out for his expert handling of complex transactions in the banking and finance markets and is known for his wide-ranging experience working with financial intermediaries.
Anita Schläpfer is commended as a pragmatic and highly responsive finance lawyer who “is great to work with”, according to peers.

BÄR & KARRER is home to six highly regarded banking lawyers.
Eric Stupp is held in high esteem as “a real banking regulatory expert”. He impresses peers with his impressive roster of “top-notch clients”.
Peter Hsu stands out for “his pragmatic approach to resolve legal issues”. Sources note, “He is not only an expert on regulatory topics, but also has a very profound understanding of other legal areas."
Ralph Malacrida is “a huge name” for corporate finance transactions and is a go-to adviser to major finance providers, borrowers and issuers.
Rashid Bahar is highly visible in the market and is an esteemed expert in transactional and regulatory matters. He receives wide-ranging endorsements for his particular expertise in fintech matters.
Cédric Chapuis stands out for his top-quality regulatory and compliance advice which he regularly provides to a range of major banks and financial institutions.
Rolf Watter is “one of the top lawyers in Switzerland” and draws praise as a highly technical lawyer who excels in complex transactions.

Five impressive HOMBURGER lawyers are highlighted here.
René Bösch is the foremost banking lawyer in the Swiss market and impresses peers and clients alike with “his pragmatic approach, to-the-point commercial advice, vast legal expertise, and understanding of banking business”.
Benedikt Maurenbrecher comes highly recommended for “his comprehensive knowledge of complex transactions and exceptional track record in relation to ‘out of the box’ projects”. Respondents effuse, “He has the impressive ability to quickly adapt and react to the constantly switching moves of large-scale project.”
Jürg Frick is widely endorsed as “a top lawyer for finance and acquisition matters". He enjoys a world-class reputation for his expertise in regulatory matters concerning financial services and collective investment.
Daniel Haeberli stands out as “an exceptional lawyer” with deep knowledge of banking and syndicated debt financing matters.
The “excellent” Daniel Daeniker is well known for his deep expertise in financial services regulation and comes highly regarded for his excellent work in the space.

NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY achieves five listings in this chapter.  
Philippe Weber is “a very prominent figure” in the banking and finance market. He comes highly recommended for his expertise in financing matters and is a trusted representative to an impressive range of financial institutions, investors and companies.  
Sandro Abegglen “is excellent for regulatory matters” in the financial services sector. He is well known for the technical counsel he delivers to major international banks, investment foundations and fund providers.
The “excellent” Marco Häusermann boasts broad expertise in debt financing and is a “standout” practitioner in the bank lending space.
François Bianchi is “very well known for banking regulatory work” and is highly experienced in FINMA regulatory proceedings.
Till Spillmann “is certainly a name you need to know in Switzerland”, according to sources who note his outstanding reputation for his deep expertise in financing transactions.

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