Switzerland continues to benefit from the relocation of insurance businesses as companies are attracted by its stability, supervisory system, good infrastructure and general tax environment. In this active sector we identify 23 leading legal advisers.
A select group of practitioners stand out for their expertise in the defence of product-related claims. Who’s Who Legal’s 2015 product liability law firm of the year is Shook Hardy & Bacon, pre-eminent once again in this edition, with four nominees selected.
As the world economy continues to improve there have been no new major insolvencies in the last couple of years. At present there is still work following some of the larger insolvencies of the financial crisis, but practitioners comment that this can only last for so long. Despite this, lawyers are reporting a steady stream of advisory work, particularly in relation to restructuring and pre-insolvency. This is partly a result of the Swiss Insolvency Law, which was introduced in January 2014, and respondents expect to see this trend continue into 2015. In this field, 15 leading insolvency lawyers are recommended.
Switzerland remains a leading offshore centre for private wealth holding 26 per cent of all global offshore assets in 2013. Despite its dominant position, Switzerland is starting to face challenges from Singapore and Hong Kong; as such, the Swiss finance industry is working to ensure its products and services are attractive and tailor-made. In this chapter we single out 55 private client lawyers and eight private client trust and advisory professionals.
It has been a busy year for Swiss patent lawyers as the country maintains its position as a leading jurisdiction for patent registrations. Lawyers are experiencing strong demands to provide complementary regulatory and distribution services to help clients keep abreast of the growing competition in IP-focused industries. We recognise 29 “outstanding” practitioners in this chapter.
The Swiss legal market is favourable for franchising with far fewer restrictions than many other legal systems. It is known as one of the safest places in the world for foreign investment, and foreign franchisors offering or selling franchises in Switzerland are not legally required to form a Swiss corporate vehicle. We list eight leading franchise lawyers in this section.
The summer of 2014 saw Switzerland resume talks with EU regulators with the aim of creating a cross-border common energy market. It is hoped that this will help improve security of the region’s energy supply and infrastructure. With negotiations still ongoing, sources are awaiting news as to whether Switzerland will be integrated into the bloc’s single market. In this edition we feature nine “excellent” energy lawyers.
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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.