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Vischer is a leading provider of business, tax and regulatory law advice in Switzerland. Over the years it’s developed a “fantastic reputation” in the market, especially for its work in dispute resolution, energy and environment, and transport. In this year’s edition the firm received 18 listings across 15 practice areas.

Two practitioners are recognised for their work in the energy sector. Stefan Rechsteiner is one of the leading lawyers in our energy research, and regularly represents companies before administrative courts and regulators. He is a “force to be reckoned with” and is commended for his “encyclopaedic knowledge”. The “excellent” Michael Waldner advises companies on renewable energies, climate law, the regulation of the power market and construction of power stations and is a “great operator”.

The firm also sees two commercial litigation specialists highlighted. Christian Oetiker is also a “seasoned” arbitrator and represents businesses in proceedings before national courts throughout Switzerland as well as before national and foreign arbitral tribunals. Thomas Weibel is featured in our business crime defence and transport chapters, as well as in the commercial litigation listing. His ability to “get to the heart of an issue” and “get the judge to see things his way” makes him a “firm favourite” with clients.

Also recognised for his transport work is Urs Haegi, whose offers “excellent attention to detail” and “straightforward and practical advice” to his “impressive roster of clients”. He also gains recognition for his “market-leading” corporate immigration practice.

Other notable inclusions from the firm include Rolf Auf der Maur, who is one of our leading sports and entertainment lawyers, as well as receiving a recommendation in our TMT chapter. His work on the legal aspects of the internet, coupled with his expertise in the media and entertainment industries sees him “in high demand” from clients in the industry. Stefan Kohler is highlighted for his life sciences and patents practices, and specialises in innovative technologies. His “technical expertise” and “commercial approach” have led to his “enviable position in the market”.

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