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Global Leader

M&A 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Christoph Neeracher is a hugely impressive lawyer who is lauded as "an excellent negotiator" and "top-class in private M&A".

Biography

Christoph Neeracher co-heads the private M&A and private equity practice at Bär & Karrer. He is based in Zurich and has been a partner since 2007. He is a member of the managing board of Bär & Karrer and founder of Bär & Karrer's startup desk.

Christoph Neeracher specialises in international and domestic M&A transactions with a clear focus on private M&A and private equity transactions (including secondary buyouts, public to private transactions and distressed equity). Christoph Neeracher further advises clients in connection with transaction finance, venture capital, startups, corporate restructurings, relocations, corporate law, general contract matters (such as joint ventures, partnerships and shareholders' agreements) and all directly related areas such as employment matters for key employees (in particular employee participation programmes). Additionally, Christoph Neeracher represents clients in litigation proceedings in his core fields of activity.

Christoph Neeracher has extensive experience in national and international private M&A transactions (sell- and buy-side) in various industries and regularly leads international corporate auction processes involving multiple bidders and parallel negotiations (using different sub-teams; all under heavy time pressure).

Christoph Neeracher has frequent speaking engagements on M&A-related topics (eg, Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association, SECA, Executive MBA University of St Gallen, LLM University of Zurich and Mergermarket) and was the chairperson of an annual seminar on mergers & acquisitions for practitioners, in cooperation with the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. He is a regular contributor to international M&A, private equity and corporate law publications (eg, IFLR MagazineGTDTLegal 500LexisNexis Mergers & Acquisitions Law Guide).

He holds a Dr iur from the University of Zurich and a LLM in corporate law from New York University. He is a member of the Zurich and the Swiss bar associations as well as the IBA and the IPBA. Christoph Neeracher speaks German, English and French.

Christoph Neeracher is recognised as one of the pre-eminent private M&A and private equity attorneys in Switzerland and a leading lawyer in financial and corporate law by IFLR 1000 (since 2011) and Chambers Europe and Chambers Global (since 2010). Who’s Who Legal: M&A lists him as one of the world's leading M&A lawyers, and The Legal 500 (since 2012) describes him as "extremely experienced in M&A matters and very strong in negotiations". Christoph Neeracher is ranked first in Mergermarkets' Profile League Table for 2016's most prolific individual DACH legal advisers.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

National Leader

Switzerland - M&A 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Christoph Neeracher comes highly recommended by peers who applaud his excellent work on private M&A and private equity transactions. He has extensive experience on the buy and sell sides​.

Biography

Christoph Neeracher heads the private M&A and private equity practice at Bär & Karrer. He is based in Zurich and has been a partner since 2007. He is a member of the managing board of Bär & Karrer and, among others, co-founder of Bär & Karrer's startup desk.

Christoph Neeracher specialises in international and domestic M&A transactions with a clear focus on private M&A and private equity transactions (including secondary buyouts, public to private transactions and distressed equity). Christoph Neeracher further advises clients in connection with transaction finance, venture capital, startups, corporate restructurings, relocations, corporate law, general contract matters (such as joint ventures, partnerships and shareholders' agreements) and all directly related areas such as employment matters for key employees (in particular employee participation programmes). Additionally, Christoph Neeracher represents clients in litigation proceedings in his core fields of activity.

Christoph Neeracher has extensive experience in national and international private M&A transactions (sell- and buy-side) in various industries and regularly leads international corporate auction processes involving multiple bidders and parallel negotiations (using different sub-teams; all under heavy time pressure).

Christoph Neeracher has frequent speaking engagements on M&A-related topics (eg, Swiss Private Equity & Corporate Finance Association, SECA, Executive MBA University of St Gallen, LLM University of Zurich and Mergermarket) and was the chairperson of an annual seminar on mergers & acquisitions for practitioners, in cooperation with the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. He is a regular contributor to international M&A, private equity and corporate law publications (eg, IFLR MagazineGTDTLegal 500LexisNexis Mergers & Acquisitions Law Guide).

He holds a Dr iur from the University of Zurich and a LLM in corporate law from New York University. He is a member of the Zurich and the Swiss bar associations as well as the IBA and the IPBA. Christoph Neeracher speaks German, English and French.

Christoph Neeracher is recognised as one of the pre-eminent private M&A and private equity attorneys in Switzerland and a leading lawyer in financial and corporate law by IFLR 1000 (since 2011) and Chambers Europe and Chambers Global (since 2010), The Legal 500 (since 2012) and Who's Who Legal (since 2013). Who's Who Legal M&A 2019 describes him as "top-class in private M&A" and "an excellent negotiator". Christoph Neeracher is ranked first in Mergermarkets' Profile League Table for 2016's most prolific individual DACH legal advisers.

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

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