WWL’s latest guide to Switzerland is our largest ever, with more than 1100 listings across 34 chapters. Practitioners from 272 firms are recommended this year, but 40 per cent of all listings come from just seven firms. We feature these superb outfits below.
Full-service firm Bär & Karrer enjoys a prominent presence in the Swiss market. Its market-leading offering is reflected in our research this year, where it achieves 64 listings spanning 21 practice areas.
Arbitration is a core practice area for the firm and one where they truly excel in, with five lawyers recognised in our corresponding chapter. They possess a wealth of knowledge and experience on matters concerning commercial arbitrations, with many of their practitioners additionally acting as arbitrators.
M&A and corporate governance is a further area of excellence and strength for the firm, with a total of ten lawyers listed in our guide for their work. Their expertise in M&A in particular has been exhibited in public and private matters and across private equity transactions too.
Standout names at the firm include Saverio Lembo, who is distinguished as a leading light across five practice areas including asset recovery, business crime defence and investigations. Tina Wüstemann and Daniel Bader are key figures in the private client arena, while Michele Bernasconi ranks highly for his world-class sports practice. Susanne Schreiber is looked upon with enormous favour thanks to her profound knowledge of corporate tax law, and Thomas Reutter is hailed a go-to lawyers for capital markets matters.
Homburger displays its strong presence in the Swiss market with a total of 70 listings this year. Based in Zurich, the first-rate lawyers at this leading firm provide domestic and international clients with top-quality services across a broad range of practice areas.
The firm particularly stands out for its corporate finance offering, with seven nominations apiece in our capital markets, banking, and mergers and acquisitions chapters.
The firm also possesses an array of talent in dispute resolution. It achieves a total of 12 listings across our arbitration, litigation and mediation chapters, with lawyers commended for their work on both domestic and international proceedings.
Star lawyers at the firm include René Bösch, a world-class authority on banking and capital markets law. Dieter Gericke possesses strength in M&A transactions while standout lawyer Daniel Daeniker is highlighted in a total of five chapters including M&A, banking, and corporate governance. Marcel Dietrich is a pre-eminent figure in competition law and corporate tax specialist Stefan Oesterhelt is recognised as a leading light in the Swiss market. Flavio Romerio and Claudio Bazzani are singled out for their excellence in corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defence, and Kirstin Dodge is a renowned mediator with a strong international reputation.
Full-service powerhouse Lenz & Staehelin is a dominant force in the Swiss market. It cements its position as distinguished firm in our research this year, achieving 85 listings across 23 practice areas, showcasing the depth and breadth of expertise on offer.
Corporate finance is an area in which the firm particularly excels, with lawyers listed across various related fields in this edition. It sees of its banking lawyers listed in our corresponding chapter for their excellence advising high-profile clients on an array of matters from structured finance to regulation. The firm’s top-tier M&A offering is also reflected in our rankings, with 10 lawyers praised for their profound expertise in public and private acquisitions, joint ventures and venture capital investments.
The firm receives further listings for its first-rate offering in IP law and disputes as well as across a range of sectors including life sciences, data, insurance and sports and entertainment.
Standout lawyers at the firm include Patrick Hünerwadel, who ranks as one of the foremost figures in the Swiss banking market, and Rudolf Tschäni, who is held in high esteem for his profound expertise in M&A and governance law. Thierry Calame is renowned for his leading work in the patents and life sciences arenas and Lara Dorigo stands out as a top IP specialist. Rayan Houdrouge impresses with his first-class corporate immigration practice, while Shelby du Pasquier and François Rayroux are lauded for their strong knowledge of corporate finance law.
Full-service national firm Niederer Kraft Frey possesses a wealth of talent and showcases its strong position in the Swiss market, achieving a total of 44 listings across 16 chapters in this edition.
The firm demonstrates its standing as a world-class authority on financial services with 10 lawyers highlighted for their foremost expertise in the capital markets area, along with six nominations in our banking chapter and a further nine for investment management and M&A. Clients rely on the firm’s top-tier transactional and regulatory advice to navigate their businesses through the gamut of complex commercial matters.
Niederer Kraft Frey demonstrates its complete offering with listings across a variety of industries and sectors including transport, sports, entertainment, data and construction.
Standout lawyers at the firm include Thought Leader Clara-Ann Gordon, a leading light in the data sector. Philippe Weber, Till Spillmann and Marco Häusermann are highlighted for their financial expertise in banking matters and capital markets transactions. Sandro Abegglen is also a key individual in the banking sector where he provides stellar regulatory advice to clients. Thomas Graf is highly regarded for his first-rate domestic and international corporate tax work. Andreas Vögeli is highlighted as a real estate specialist while Ernst Felix Schmid is recognised for his exceptionally strong dispute resolution practice.
Pestalozzi is a pre-eminent player in the Swiss legal market, where it enjoys a strong reputation as a top firm. It achieves an impressive 37 listings across 18 practice areas. With offices in Geneva and Zurich, the firm is well placed to advise domestic and international clients seeking commercially tailored advice on Swiss law.
The firm shines for its arbitration practice from which four lawyers are listed in this edition. The team is notable for its depth of experience in advising clients, ranging from private clients, state-owned entities and international corporations, on complex disputes under various arbitral rules including LICA, ICC and SCAI.
M&A is a further area in which the firm excels, with four practitioners recognised for their excellence in our corresponding chapter. The team’s lawyers possess a wealth of knowledge on a range of commercial and corporate matters including capital markets, private equity and venture capital transactions.
Prominent individuals at the firm include Thomas Legler, a standout name in the market for arbitration disputes and IP law. Laurent Killias ranks highly among peers for his extensive experience in complex disputes, while Jakob Hoehn enjoys a superb reputation among peers as a go-to figure for M&A and governance.
Full-service law firm Schellenberg Wittmer commands a strong position in the Swiss market and is recognised for its leading capabilities across a range of practice areas, from arbitration and litigation to private client. The firm illustrates it first-rate offering with 78 listings in this year’s research.
The firm showcases its world-class dispute resolution practice with 17 listings collectively in our arbitration and litigation chapters. Its lawyers are distinguished for their excellence when appearing before all levels of Swiss courts and under various international arbitration rules on contentious commercial disputes.
The firm also excels in its private client offering, which sees six practitioners commended for their work advising high-net-worth families and individuals on inheritance planning, governance structures, estate administration and related disputes. White-collar crime defence and investigations is a further strength of the firm, where it receives 15 listings across related chapters this year.
Key figures at the firm include Christopher Boog and Elliott Geisinger who rank among the most prominent arbitration practitioners in the country. Manuel Liatowitsch and David Wallace Wilson are highlighted for their top-tier private client practices, while David Mamane is hailed as a leading light in competition law. Alexander von Ziegler is distinguished for his profound expertise in insurance and reinsurance, and Roland Mathys is held in high esteem in the data sector. Paul Gully-Hart and Benjamin Borsodi are highly sought after for their white-collar crime expertise while Nathalie Voser enjoys a stellar reputation in the construction sector.
Distinguished full-service law firm Walder Wyss is a leading firm in the Swiss market. It performs well in our research this year, achieving a total of 70 listings across 21 practice areas.
The firm sees six lawyers from its banking team recognised in our corresponding chapter for their standout work in the field. Their depth of sector-related expertise spans a wide array of matters from financing to regulation. The firm illustrates the breadth of its corporate finance offering in this edition, achieving further listings for its excellence in capital markets, M&A, corporate governance and corporate tax.
Data law is another area of strength for the firm, where it sees six lawyers recognised for their market-leading work in the sector. The team is well equipped to advise clients on a range of matters including data protection, outsourcing, IT and software licensing.
The firm’s impressive work in the private client sector is equally evident with seven practitioners listed this year for their profound expertise in relocation, estate planning, tax arrangements and disputes.
Key figures at the firm include Jürg Schneider, who ranks among the foremost data lawyers in Switzerland. Stefano Codoni is distinguished as a market leader for life sciences matters, while Markus Frick is highly esteemed for his first-class trademarks practice. Ueli Sommer is a go-to figure for labour and employment law, and Dieter Hofmann comes highly recommended for his expert handling of complex disputes.