Niederer Kraft Frey (NKF) is a leading full-service Swiss law firm based in Zurich with an international approach. We work closely with our clients in Switzerland and internationally, to implement strategic goals, strengthen businesses and navigate change effectively.
NKF offers integrated advice across the spectrum of corporate, finance and business law. We have a long track record of dealing effectively with complex challenges by combining legal excellence with commercial focus. Over many decades, NKF has worked on the most significant and demanding matters in the Swiss market. This is the foundation of our distinct market knowledge, legal expertise and our capacity for innovative thought.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE
Antitrust and competition: NKF advises on investigation proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission and partners with international firms to coordinate proceedings worldwide.
Banking, finance and regulatory: NKF represents all kinds of financial services providers around the globe, as well as their clients and investors, in finance transactions; financial services regulatory and compliance matters; enforcement proceedings; and government investigations.
Capital markets: NKF regularly advises on the largest and most complex capital market transactions and has been at the forefront of the development of new and innovative capital market products for many years. The team advises banking and insurance clients on the structuring of novel hybrid and other innovative regulatory capital instruments, and on the regulatory capital treatment of capital market transactions.
Commercial: NKF supports companies in the full range of their operational activities, from procurement and production to the distribution of products and the provision of services.
Corporate/M&A: NKF’s practice covers general aspects of corporate law, including capital markets laws and regulations applicable to public companies and groups; corporate restructurings and insolvency; and preparation and holding of shareholders’ meetings of listed companies. The team advises senior management/boards of directors and their committees on issues including corporate governance and liability management; corporate housekeeping and compliance; and business succession planning for owner-managed and family businesses.
Dispute resolution: NKF’s experience covers disputes in a wide range of industries, from financial, commodities, sports, energy, construction and pharma disputes to global investigations and risk management.
Employment: NKF advises publicly listed and private companies, financial institutions, and executive employees and directors on all aspects of employment law, from recruitment and contract negotiation to termination, including related fiscal, compensation, pension and social insurance law matters.
Intellectual property: NKF’s IP team has experience in all aspects of IP law including the licensing, sale and securitisation of IP rights; copyright and trademark protection; unfair competition; bribery; and the protection of know-how and business secrets.
Investigations and enforcement, white-collar crime: the team has broad experience in multi-jurisdictional internal regulatory and white-collar crime investigations, and in defending clients in governmental investigations; enforcement proceedings by Swiss and foreign supervisory authorities; and related civil disputes.
Private clients: NKF’s expertise in advising wealthy individuals, family businesses and entrepreneurs extends across the firm, with a particular focus on private wealth services, estate planning, corporate, commercial property and tax planning.
Real estate: NKF specialises in high-value, complex real estate transactions including sale and lease-back transactions; hotel and leisure projects; and the development of former industrial sites. The team advises on property acquisition/investment; development; regulatory framework and structures; management; insurance; financing; restructuring; and disposal of all asset classes of real estate.
Sports: the NKF team advises international and national sports associations, leading sports clubs, global players in the sports industry and top athletes on all international and transdisciplinary sports law matters.
Tax: the team has deep expertise in structured finance; securitisation; corporate finance; corporate migration; M&A; restructuring; capital markets transactions; investment funds; private equity; real estate; employee benefits and participation; sports; charities; art; and global operations.
Technology: NKF advises domestic and international clients across industries on all aspects of technology, IT, outsourcing, telecoms, data privacy and cybersecurity. Years of practical experience, both in the legal field and in relevant business functions with technology providers, enables the team to offer clients commercially pragmatic advice on both domestic and international projects.