Switzerland: Investment Management 2018

This year sees 22 leading figures listed for their expertise in the field of investment management, including advising managers and management groups of both private equity and hedge funds on matters of structuring, implementation and regulation.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Sandro Abegglen Niederer Kraft & Frey Ltd, Zurich
2. François Rayroux Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
3. Markus Pfenninger Walder Wyss Ltd, Zurich
4. Dominik Oberholzer Kellerhals Carrard, Zurich

Top-ranking Swiss firm LENZ & STAEHELIN sees three lawyers highly regarded this year.
François Rayroux is an authority on both the formation and regulation of investment funds and wins praise from sources as “one of the top stars in Switzerland”. He is respected for his expertise in management and distribution matters as well as his breadth of knowledge of financial instruments.
Shelby du Pasquier is “a bold and intrepid lawyer” who receives praise for his excellent work advising on and offshore private equity and hedge fund managers on complex matters of investment management.
Olivier Stahler acts for fund managers and collective investment schemes and is highly active in regulatory matters relating to the granting of licenses.

Three standout practitioners are recommended at NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY.
Sandro Abegglen is widely regarded as a go-to figure for fund providers and investment foundations on both regulatory and civil law matters. Peers describe him as “the leading figure in the Swiss market” who is “top of the league”.
Andreas Casutt is a well-known presence in the funds space who is widely respected for his private equity expertise as well as his prowess in finance-related matters.
Luca Bianchi is a highly regarded lawyer who receives praise for his work advising fund management companies on structuring and distribution matters.

Full-service outfit SCHELLENBERG WITTMER achieves three listings.
The “excellent” Caroline Clemetson is widely recognised for her expertise in collective investment schemes and the distribution of investment products. She is also recommended for her in-depth knowledge of pension funds.
Anita Schläpfer is commended for her experience with both structured and derivative financial products in relation to collective investment schemes as well as her deep regulatory knowledge.
Martin Lanz is a highly respected funds lawyer who stands out among peers as a go-to practitioner on financial instruments.

Three leading lights are recommended at NAEGELI & PARTNERS.
Stefan Naegeli is a distinguished figure in collective investment schemes and asset management who is renowned for his long-standing practice.
Christoph Rohr is recognised as “a great name in investment management” and is praised for his high level of commercial and business expertise.
Christoph Steiner is a well-respected lawyer in the funds space, with deep experience of the Swiss and international markets.

KELLERHALS CARRARD sees two practitioners listed this year.
Dominik Oberholzer is highly praised for his work on Swiss and foreign collective investment schemes, both on and offshore where he is described as “an excellent lawyer”.
Werner Schubiger is “certainly at the top of the game” on investment funds and is considered an expert on the formation, structuring and registration of collective investment schemes in Switzerland and foreign jurisdictions.

HOMBURGER achieves two listings in this chapter.
Jürg Frick is a leader in the field of collective investment regulations. He is highly respected in the Swiss market where he is recommended as “excellent on regulatory matters including FINMA licensing”.
René Bösch is “very well known” in the investment funds space where he provides significant expertise on debt and equity-linked securities.

Markus Pfenninger of WALDER WYSS is regarded as an eminent lawyer in the field of collective investment schemes and regulatory matters where he draws praise for his leading expertise.

INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONER Gerhard Niggli is a leading light in collective investments and the management of assets in both transactional and regulatory matters. One respondent says, “Gerhard is a very important figure in investment funds.”

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