This year, we identify 53 top-rated practitioners for their first-class work managing a spectrum of corporate transactions, ranging from takeovers to acquisitions to IPOs.
Most highly regarded
Homburger receives an impressive nine listings.
Daniel Daeniker is an “excellent lawyer” who comes highly recommended for his “profound know-how” and “broad experience” in domestic and international M&A transactions.
Dieter Gericke draws praise for combining “profound expertise and comprehensive experience” with “great business acumen” and a “strong legal understanding”.
Frank Gerhard is a renowned practitioner who peers describe as “really, really excellent” for public and private M&A transactions.
Claude Lambert is a well-known figure in the market who brings a “pragmatic approach” as well as “broad knowledge of the Swiss market” to his top-tier M&A practice.
“Seasoned adviser” David Oser is “a gem in the market” with “broad experience” across the spectrum of corporate transactions.
Hansjürg Appenzeller is “among the very best M&A specialists” in the Swiss market according to peers who highlight his first-class work on private and public transactions, takeovers and joint ventures.
Lenz & Staehelin demonstrates the strength of its corporate offering with a total of 10 practitioners highlighted here.
Hans-Jakob Diem is well known among Swiss practitioners for his “highly qualified legal work” and “customer-oriented” approach to mergers.
Tino Gaberthüel is the “number one” practitioner in Switzerland and is well known for his “outstanding quality and efficiency” and for “going the extra mile”.
Rudolf Tschäni is a top-tier M&A lawyer who is singled out for his wealth of experience in disputes arising from mergers.
Andreas Rötheli is a “leading name in the Geneva market” according to sources, who highlight his “solution-oriented approach” and reputation as a “true deal maker”.
Andreas von Planta is a “brilliant and outstanding individual” who is widely regarded as the “father of M&A in Geneva”.
David Ledermann is a “great private M&A practitioner” who is a “very key player” in the space and certainly belongs at the “top of the market”.
Jacques Iffland is a “well-known public M&A lawyer” who possesses “deep know-how” and extensive experience handling high-value transactions.
Matthias Wolf exhibits “impressive quality and high resilience in a very demanding M&A process” and is renowned for being a “calm and prudent negotiator”.
Bär & Karrer performs well with seven listings.
The internationally renowned Rolf Watter is applauded by peers and clients alike for his extensive expertise and experience in public M&A cases.
Christoph Neeracher is described by market commentators as the “most successful Swiss lawyer right now” due to his “profound know-how and very broad experience” in high-value M&A.
Ralph Malacrida is a renowned “M&A and finance lawyer” who is “very dynamic and practical” with “great social skills”.
Niederer Kraft Frey earns seven listings this year.
Ulysses von Salis is an established name who draws praise for his expertise in financings and corporate transactions.
Philippe Weber “does excellent M&A work” according to impressed sources who applaud him as an “accurate and excellent negotiator”.
Andreas Casutt is a “knowledgeable practitioner” who is “clear, friendly and is easy to work with on transactions”.
Four top-tier individuals from Walder Wyss are recognised.
Urs Schenker is “one of the leading lawyers in Switzerland for M&A without a doubt” and is widely regarded as a “well-experienced, tough negotiator”.
Urs Gnos combines “profound know-how” with “broad experience” and is a well-respected practitioner in the Swiss market for complex M&A deals.
Alexander Nikitine stands out as “certainly a noteworthy practitioner” in the market as a result of his impressive knowledge of international M&A transactions.
Markus Vischer has a wealth of experience in the M&A sector and regularly handles complex mergers and cross-border transactions.
Schellenberg Wittmer sees five individuals listed for their M&A expertise.
Martin Weber has “broad experience” in the M&A space and is highlighted by market commentators for being an “excellent negotiator”.
Oliver Triebold is “highly recommended for M&A and tax work” and brings a profound and measured approach to cross-border transactions in the market.
Lorenzo Olgiati draws international plaudits for his expertise in the M&A field, with particular emphasis on public takeovers and private equity transactions.
Pestalozzi’s Jakob Hoehn is a “big name” in the Swiss market, singled out as highly experienced in advising high-profile clients on corporate transactions and M&A.
Christoph Lang is "very active in M&A" and regularly represents clients in complex cross-border transactions.
Matthias Courvoisier at Baker McKenzie is a “go-to name” who “stands out for his work on public M&A deals”.
Beat Brechbühl from Kellerhals Carrard is celebrated as a “market leader in the region” with an “important practice”, spanning more than 20 years in the field.