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Bär & Karrer

Bär & Karrer is a dominant feature of the Swiss market with offices in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Offering high-quality and innovative advice and representation to clients, the firm has a special focus on financial services, life sciences, technology, energy, real estate, media, entertainment and sports, and transport and logistics. It boasts a strong performance across the board, with 46 listings across 23 practice areas.


Bär & Karrer’s banking team is particularly highly sought after by clients. Eric Stupp Gollancz is “a top player in the field”. With “an incredibly sharp mind”, he is known for his “boundless knowledge of the sector” and for providing “thoughtful and insightful advice”. His practice focuses on advising banks, insurance companies, asset managers and other financial intermediaries on regulatory matters. He is joined by Cédric Chapuis who heads the banking team in Geneva, and has a “strong track record of excellence” providing “expert advice” to both public and private companies on various domestic and international transactions. Peter Hsu has an “exemplary reputation in the market for excellence and achievement”. His practice comprises advising Swiss and foreign banks, securities dealers, insurance undertakings and other financial institutions with regard to a wide range of regulatory and contract law matters. Indeed he enjoys a second listing in our insurance and reinsurance chapter, reflecting his “wide ranging expertise” and “exceptional contribution” to the firm.

He is joined in the insurance and reinsurance department by the “incredible” Andreas Länzlinger, whom clients describe as “a powerhouse of knowledge”. As a “truly standout practitioner” at the firm his “extensive practice” is illustrated by his staggering four listing in various chapters across the edition, including business crime defence, commercial litigation and investigations. Another impressive practitioner at the firm is Saverio Lembo who likewise achieves listings across our business crime defence, commercial litigation and investigations chapters, as well as recognition in our asset recovery chapter. This reflects his ability to “consistently deliver for clients”, being known for his “thorough and imaginative approach” to their most difficult problems. Alongside them in the firm’s “enviable” commercial litigation team, Daniel Hochstrasser has an “exceptional level of technical skill” combined with “commercial flair” and “the ability to keep the bigger picture in mind”. He also garners recognition in our arbitration chapter for his work heading up the firm’s arbitration practice

Rolf Watter and Ralph Malacrida both achieve multiple listings in the banking, capital markets and M&A chapters. With a further listing in our corporate governance chapter, Watter is highly praised for his “broad skill set” and “extensive knowledge base”, from which he provides advice that is “second to none”. Likewise Malacrida garners an additional listing in our energy chapter, and clients and peers are particularly impressed by his “comprehensive understanding of their business needs” combined with a “willingness to always go the extra mile for them.” They are joined in the firm’s M&A department by the “sensational” Christoph Neeracher who has a “fantastic work ethic” and “really knows his stuff”.

Urs Brügger is also recognised in our corporate governance chapter. He is described as “the lawyer of choice” for clients due to his “close attention to detail”, and his “hands-on and friendly approach”. He enjoys a double listing the capital markets chapter, thanks to his “considerable expertise” and “wide-ranging talent”. In this sector he has “extensive experience” advising Swiss public companies in disclosure and reporting obligations and financial intermediaries in all kind of regulatory matters.

The firm’s “outstanding” capital markets department is further represented by Thomas Reutter, who leads the way in our research for this industry sector in Switzerland. Described by clients and peers as a “splendid practitioner” and “head and shoulders above the competition”, he is regularly retained by issuers and underwriters to advise them on their convertible bonds, hybrid capital issues, and rights issues, among other capital market transactions.  Alongside him is the “excellent” Till Spillmann, who stands out for his “leading contribution to the field.” He is praised for being “incredibly knowledgeable and articulate,” and has been recommended by clients and peers for his “ability to handle complex issues”.

The firm also enjoys an “extremely impressive” private client department. Tina Wüstemann is a “highly acclaimed practitioner”, known for her “impressively strong analytical skills”. She advises Swiss and foreign private clients, executives and entrepreneurs with complex inheritance, succession and estate planning matters including relocations to Switzerland, marriage contracts, wills and international estate administration. In addition she advises non-profit institutions and represents private clients in inheritance and trust disputes. The “superb” Andreas Bär is known for being “highly technical” and “providing unique insight” into complicated issues. Paolo Bottini is “without doubt a top player”, praised for his “exceptional understanding” and ability to “effectively tailor his advice to the industry”. Alongside them, Daniel Bader has been praised as “one of the very best in the area” and comes “highly recommended” for his “adroit advice”. His “incredible skill” garners him further recognition in our corporate tax chapter. 

With listing across a full range of sectors, Bär & Karrer demonstrates its market leading services, and looks set to continue to enjoy its position as a leading firm in Switzerland.

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