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Leading solar company hires Paul Kaleta as general counsel

First Solar has announced the appointment of Paul Kaleta as executive vice president and general counsel. He took up the position 3 March and is based at the company’s Tempe, Arizona headquarters.

Switzerland: Leading Firms

We identify 10 leading firms who achieve the highest number of listings in this second edition of Who's Who Legal: Switzerland. Although there has long been talk of new entrants into the legal market by way of British or international firms, it is the national firms that dominate and only one international player, Baker & McKenzie, is singled out in this section. Lenz & Staehelin leads the way in our research, followed closely behind by Homburger. Schellenberg Wittmer sees practitioners in both its Geneva and Zurich offices singled out, and Bär & Karrer also scores highly. To view the results of our research please click here.

Practice Areas

This publication covers 31 distinct practice areas and includes two expanded and renamed chapters this year. The largest chapter by far is arbitration, with 75 arbitrators featured, demonstrating the country's popularity as one of the world's major venues for arbitration. Unsurprisingly, given Switzerland’s popularity in these fields as a destination for both companies and high net worth individuals alike, the chapters with the most listings also include private client, corporate tax and commercial litigation. Our aviation section has been retitled "transport" so as to include practitioners who specialise in other areas of transport law. Furthermore, we have combined our internet and telecoms research into one chapter called "technology, media and telecommunications" due to the growing convergence of these sectors and to better reflect the scope of work done by lawyers. This edition also features five practice area reviews written by leading experts. Christophe Rapin of Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Avocats – Attorneys at Law explores significant recent activity in the area of competition law and Christoph B Bühler of Böckli Bodmer & Partners provides an overview of corporate governance in Swiss law and practice. Christoph Neeracher and Charles Gschwind of Bär & Karrer take an in-depth look at the domestic M&A market for the past year and the year ahead. Natalie Peter of Staiger Schwald & Partner explores Switzerland's financial integrity strategy for our private client section and Urs Egli and Alexander Schmid of epartners Attorneys-at-Law asses notable developments and activities in the TMT sector. To view the results of our research please click here.

Switzerland in Brief

Consistency remains a key feature in the Swiss legal market with few spin-off firms or new entrants. Geneva and Zurich continue to be the leading legal centres in the country with the majority of practitioners featured in our research residing here. Basel, Berne, Lugano and Lausanne, although smaller, are also key legal hubs. Although known primarily for its dominance in the corporate tax, banking and arbitration arenas, Switzerland also lays claim to world-leading practitioners across the business law and private client spectrum, and we list 754 experts in total. To view the results of our research please click here.

Lawson Lundell adds mining finance expert to Vancouver office

Leading finance and securities lawyer Stuart Breen has joined the Vancouver office of Lawson Lundell. Breen is extremely experienced in advising domestic and international clients on corporate and commercial matters with a focus on securities, debt and equity, business combinations, acquisitions and stock exchange listings.

FARO Technologies hires M&A specialist as general counsel

Jody Gale has been appointed as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of FARO Technologies. He took up the role in early February and is based at the company’s Lake Mary, Florida headquarters.

Hogan Lovells recruits white collar crime expert in Paris

Antonin Lévy

Business crime expert Antonin Lévy has been hired as a partner in the Paris office of Hogan Lovells. He will join from Metzner Associés in Paris where he currently practises business and financial criminal law, stock market related criminal law and business litigation.

Introducing Global Investigations Review


Just this week, BNP Paribas announced it is setting aside $1.1 billion for a potential US sanctions fine, while cosmetics company Avon Products says it may have to pay as much as US$132 million to settle FCPA charges. Clearly, there has never been a better time for companies and their counsel to monitor the increasing risk posed by regulatory and governance challenges worldwide. That is why we are pleased to announce the launch of Global Investigations Review, from the publishers of Who’s Who Legal. GIR is the only service providing global coverage of the ever-changing landscape of government enforcement and regulation. Every day it covers the latest developments in the law and practice of cross-border investigations: anti-bribery and corruption, financial services misconduct, antitrust, fraud, money laundering and tax – and more, providing all the information you need in one place, to help you make the right decisions. For more information, including how to sign up to GIR headlines, click here.

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