WWL are proud to highlight six outstanding firms for their impressive roster of market leading practitioners.
Top-tier firm Schellenberg Wittmer maintains its standing as one of Switzerland’s leading full-service powerhouses, achieving an impressive 94 listings across 25 practice areas.
The firm proves to be a dominant player in dispute resolution with a total of 19 listings in our arbitration and litigation chapters. The team stands out for their excellence across a range of financial, commercial and business-related disputes, drawing praise for their first-rate work in both domestic and international proceedings.
White-collar defence emerges as another specialism of the firm’s, earning its market-leading lawyers 15 listings across our business crime defence and investigations chapters. These lawyers are distinguished by their remarkable experience representing corporates and individuals in high-profile criminal proceedings and internal investigations.
The firm also performs well in the private client space with five lawyers listed for their expertise in a range of matters, including cross-border tax structuring, asset tracing and succession planning.
Key players at the firm include Christopher Boog and Elliott Geisinger, who are renowned for their expertise in international arbitration. Olivier Favre ranks highly thanks to his top-tier banking practice, while Benjamin Borsodi and Paul Gully-Hart are noted as go-to lawyers for white-collar crime proceedings. David Mamane is endorsed for his sterling competition practice and Roland Mathys is highlighted as a go-to data specialist. Andrea Dorjee-Good and David Wallace Wilson excel in complex private client matters while Alexander von Ziegler continues to be recognised for his strong reputation in the insurance industry.
Lenz & Staehelin enjoys a prominent position at the forefront of the Swiss legal market, illustrating the depth of its expertise in our research this year with a total of 89 listings across 24 practice area chapters.
Banking is a key strength for the firm, with 11 lawyers listed for their excellent work advising domestic and multinational clients on an array of transactional and regulatory matters.
The firm showcases its world-class M&A and corporate governance offering, with 16 listings in our corresponding chapters. These first-tier practitioners are revered for their expertise across the full spectrum of corporate law matters. The firm’s impressive work in the capital markets space is equally evident with seven practitioners listed for their extensive experience negotiating high-value debt and equity transactions for a broad range of high-profile clients.
Names to note from the firm include Global Elite Thought Leader Thierry Calame, who is a renowned patent specialist with a fine reputation in the life sciences sector. Tanja Luginbühl is a top-notch restructuring and insolvency specialist. Rudolf Tschäni and Hans-Jakob Diem are held in high esteem for their corporate law expertise, while Oliver Stahler and François Rayroux are highly sought after for their regulatory know-how pertaining to the financial services industry. Harold Frey and Xavier Favre-Bulle continue to stand out as go-to names for international arbitration.
Commercial powerhouse Walder Wyss stands out at the cutting edge of the legal market, receiving an impressive 76 listings across 22 practice areas. The firm offers strong international expertise from its six Swiss offices.
The firm cements its stellar reputation in disputes, with 13 listings spanning our arbitration and litigation chapters.
The firm is highly sought after by ultra-high-net-worth individuals, families and offices for the gamut of contentious and non-contentious private client matters, earning an impressive seven listings in our corresponding chapter.
Banking is another area of strength for the firm, with six lawyers highlighted this year. Its exemplary life sciences and data teams also earn acclaim with six listings apiece.
Standout names at the firm include Global Elite Thought Leader Jürg Schneider, who is held in high esteem for his extensive experience focussing on data law. Stefano Codoni is revered for his transactional expertise in the life sciences sector, while Andrea Meier wins plaudits as a first-class litigator who excels in disputes arising from the construction and financial industries. Kinga Weiss is a go-to for succession planning matters and Urs Schenker is considered an authority on corporate law. Maurus Winzap is highly regarded for his expertise in international tax law, while Ueli Sommer is considered a top-notch labour and employment specialist.
Homburger enjoys a strong reputation as a top-tier firm in Switzerland, receiving an impressive 73 listings across 22 practice areas this year. The firm has a well-established network of specialists who are well-suited to advise domestic and international clients on the full spectrum of Swiss business law.
The firm’s capital markets practice earns an impressive eight listings. The team excels in complex equity, debt and structured finance transactions as well as regulatory matters. M&A is another area in which the firm performs well with a total of nine lawyers recognised in our corresponding chapter. These individuals are renowned for their exceptional work negotiating cross-border transactions and assisting with takeovers, shareholder activism, venture capital and restructuring exercises.
The firm’s globally renowned banking practice sees six top-tier lawyers highlighted this year, including three Global Elite Thought Leaders who are recognised for their know-how regarding the full gamut of transactional and regulatory sector-related issues.
Homburger’s dispute resolution expertise is also showcased with 12 listings across our mediation, litigation and arbitration chapters.
Prominent individuals at the firm include Global Elite Thought Leaders Benedikt Maurenbrecher and Jürg Frick, who stand out as go-to names in the banking sector. René Bösch is also renowned for his expertise in banking and capital market deals. Daniel Daeniker is well versed at advising big-name clients on financial services regulation and private equity offerings, while Gabrielle Nater-Bass maintains a stellar reputation for her first-class arbitration practice. Flavio Romerio is a market-leading white-collar defence lawyer and Marcel Dietrich is a revered competition law specialist. Stefan Oesterhelt earns acclaim for his profound understanding of international tax law. Dieter Gericke and Frank Gerhard receive plaudits for their adept handling of high-value domestic and cross-border M&A transactions.
Bär & Karrer continues to display a strong presence in the Swiss market, providing domestic and international clients with quality services across a broad range of practice areas. The firm picks up an impressive 68 listings in 21 chapters this year.
Dispute resolution is a core practice area for the firm, with 12 listings earned in our corresponding arbitration and litigation chapters.
The firm possesses an array of talent in its corporate offering, achieving a total of 10 listings across our M&A and corporate governance chapters. These lawyers are highlighted for their extensive experience advising clients on public and private transactions, joint ventures and reorganisations. The firm also sees five practitioners highlighted in our capital markets chapter for their expertise in complex debt and equity and structured finance transactions.
Standout names at the firm include Saverio Lembo, who is recognised as a market-leading litigator, excelling in investigations, asset recovery and business crime proceedings. Michael Bernasconi stands out as a sports law specialist, while Daniel Bader and Tina Wustemann are internationally renowned for estate and succession planning matters. Susanne Schreiber is a key figure in the corporate tax space while Eric Stupp is a seasoned lawyer with an encyclopaedic understanding of banking regulations.
Leading full-service law firm Niederer Kraft Frey performs well in this year’s research into the Swiss legal market, earning 51 listings across 18 different practice areas.
Capital markets continues to be a key strength of the firm with 10 lawyers listed this year. They are highlighted for their exceptional work on IPOs, structured finance transactions and regulatory matters. The firm’s excellence in the corporate finance sphere extends to its banking and M&A teams which see 13 individuals highlighted across our two corresponding chapters.
Niederer Kraft Frey’s sector-focussed expertise is also illustrated in our research this year, with the firm receiving listings in our life sciences, franchise, data and real estate chapters.
Leading individuals at the firm include Global Elite Thought Leader Clara-Ann Gordon, who is a go-to for data protection and IT matters. Sandro Abegglen and Marco Häusermann are distinguished by their excellent work in the banking sector, while Till Spillmann and Philippe Weber are revered for their expertise in capital markets transactions. Thomas Graf is highlighted for his remarkable understanding of corporate tax law. Nicolas Birkhäuser is a top name in the competition space and Peter Forstmoser is recognised for his exceptional corporate governance work. Andreas Vögeli maintains a sterling reputation for his top-notch real estate practice.