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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

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Smart, effective, to the point

Schellenberg Wittmer is your leading Swiss business law firm, with more than 150 lawyers in Zurich and Geneva, and an office in Singapore. We take care of all your legal needs – transactions, advisory, disputes.

Expertise and services

Our offices in Zurich and Geneva cover the whole of Switzerland, while our office in Singapore is a gateway to and from the Asia Pacific region. We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to a worldwide client base of domestic and international companies and entrepreneurs. Our new regional desks were set up to develop our existing cross-border business initiatives, centralise case-work across these regions, and underpin Schellenberg Wittmer’s commitment to the provision of top-tier, full business law services to clients on a global level.

Our approach

At Schellenberg Wittmer, we strive to meet your needs by providing commercially focused, dedicated legal advice of the highest quality.

In your best interests

We live in a time of unprecedented technological and commercial change: new challenges, new opportunities. We are here to cover all your legal needs. We encourage a distinctive team spirit that runs through our more than 150 qualified lawyers. When you ask us to manage your legal affairs, you do so in the knowledge that our people will be collaborating to achieve the best possible outcome for you. We do our utmost to cultivate a personal, engaging approach based on openness and transparency, designed to maintain a close and responsive relationship with you at all times.

Several heads are better than one

Our teams take a dynamic, unassuming and innovative approach to their work. Many of our lawyers, with the company’s support, engage in academic teaching and publishing or are involved in public service, all of which further contributes to the overall quality and excellence of what we offer you.

International reach

We have amassed extensive cross-border experience, regularly piloting and participating in major international projects. We are able to set up and coordinate international teams of legal advisers to handle complex matters with a minimum of delay. While remaining independent, we build on our long-term experience and relationships with leading law firms around the globe, cooperating with over 300 foreign law firms from more than 50 jurisdictions to forge solid international relationships. Our Singapore office provides us with a gateway to the Asian market, enabling us to assist clients with their inbound and outbound investments in Asia. We also represent clients in connection with international arbitration matters in all major Asian cities.

Main areas of practice

Dispute resolution and international arbitration
Advising in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, including full representation in proceedings, pre-litigation case assessment and ADR solutions, provisional and interim measures, asset tracing, as well as enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments. Members of the group frequently sit as arbitrator.

Banking and finance
Advising Swiss and foreign banks, borrowers, insurance companies, fund managers and other financial institutions on the full range of legal and regulatory matters, from syndicated lending and acquisition finance to OTC transactions, structured products and prudential rules.

Capital markets 
As authorised representatives at the six Swiss Exchange, working with domestic and foreign issuers on all aspects of Swiss equity and debt capital markets transactions, including IPOs, rights offerings, convertibles, share buy-backs, derivatives programmes, bond and note issues, and public tender offers. 

Corporate and commercial 
Assisting companies in all corporate and commercial matters including the establishment of businesses and corporate governance; and assisting clients in drafting/negotiating all contracts related to their businesses.

Mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital 
Advising on public takeovers, private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs and restructurings, assisting with seed/expansion capital, management buy-outs/buy-ins, pre-IPO investments and various aspects of asset management for private equity and venture capital.

Employment 
Assisting in all employment-related matters, eg, employment documentation, labour litigation, residence and labour permits, employee participation schemes, severance packages, etc.

Taxation 
Advising companies and individuals on Swiss tax law, including double taxation treaties and VAT, acting as counsel in tax litigation, as well as extensive experience in tax enforcement matters.

Private clients and estates 
Working with individuals and families in the global planning and structuring of their private and business assets to ensure an efficient wealth structure and enable a smooth succession from one generation to the next; representing clients in estate and trust disputes.

Restructuring and insolvency 
Assisting creditors and companies in restructuring, bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings as well as complex insolvency matters; and serving as court or FINMA-appointed trustees, liquidators and receivers.

Trade and transport
Providing support in all aspects of trade and transport, including sales and import/export contracts, trade finance, marine/cargo insurance, maritime/aviation/land transportation and ship/aircraft finance.

Real estate and construction 
Assisting on all issues relating to real estate and environment, including finding the best financing and investment structure, negotiating/drafting contracts to lease, purchase or sell Swiss real estate, planning/developing construction projects, contract management.

Insurance 
Representation in insurance and reinsurance-related litigation and arbitration; advising on all aspects of insurance law, including the establishment, relocation, conduct and run-off of (re-)insurance relating to activities in and from Switzerland and regulatory issues.

Intellectual property and IT 
Advising on all areas of intellectual property, including drafting/negotiating agreements and representing clients in litigation and arbitration; assisting in structuring/negotiating IT projects and in drafting all related contracts.

Competition and antitrust 
Advising comprehensively on merger control and the impact of Swiss and EU competition law on client commercial practices and agreements; representing clients in administrative proceedings brought by the Swiss Competition Commission.

White-collar crime and compliance 
Representing companies or officers unwillingly involved in criminal investigations and proceedings; leading large-scale internal investigations; and advising on international assistance between foreign and domestic law enforcement authorities and all aspects of compliance.

Sports, arts and entertainment 
Advising collectors, museums, auction houses, galleries, artists, insurers, etc, in all matters relating to art works or entire collections, including sale, loan and consignment, import/export, copyrights, insurance as well as litigation; advising sports organisations, athletes and sponsors as well as media companies in all matters related to their businesses. The firm also represents clients both in prosecution and defence, in high-stakes cross-border arbitration matters before various adjudicatory bodies of many sports federations, as well as before the CAS. This includes violations of the WADA code, issues with media rights and sponsorship agreements, unfair competition and dismissal claims, large-scale corruption investigations, and highly disputed bids for hosting major sports events.

Life sciences
Advising in all aspects of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and food law, including regulatory and contractual matters such as licensing and R&D agreements; and assisting clients in health law, medical malpractice and product liability matters.

Blockchain technologies and fintech
Multidisciplinary and integrated team advising clients looking to take full advantage of the high potential of blockchain technology. Areas advised on include crowd-funding (preliminary analysis and set-up), incorporation of legal entities in Switzerland, initial coin offering setup, smart contracts, data protection and transaction security, tax implications, and dispute resolution.

Hotels and leisure
Counsel to hotel chains and investors on all legal matters in the hospitality industry including acquisitions, disposals, developments, construction, litigation and M&A, leasing and operation.

Offices

Zurich: Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
Löwenstrasse 19
PO Box 2201
8021 Zurich
Switzerland
Tel:  +41 44 215 5252

Geneva: Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd
15bis, rue des Alpes
PO Box 2088
1211 Geneva 1
Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 707 8000

Singapore: Schellenberg Wittmer Pte Ltd
6 Battery Road, #37-02
Singapore 049909
Singapore
Tel: +65 6580 2240

Awards

WWL Switzerland Awards 2019


Asset Recovery
Firm of the Year
Investigations
Firm of the Year
Construction
Firm of the Year
Real Estate
Firm of the Year
Private Client
Firm of the Year

Singapore, Singapore

6 Battery Road, #37-02 

Geneva, Switzerland

15bis, rue des Alpes PO Box 2088

Zurich, Switzerland

Löwenstrasse 19 PO Box 2201
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Thought Leaders

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Capital Markets

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Competition

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Construction

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Corporate Tax

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Data

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Hospitality

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Insurance & Reinsurance

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Investigations

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Louis Burrus

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Clara Poglia

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Investment Management

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Caroline Clemetson

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Martin Lanz

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Anita Schläpfer

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Labour Employment & Benefits

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Vincent Carron

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Anne Roux-Fouillet

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Life Sciences

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Philipp Groz

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Litigation

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Louis Burrus

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Christian Girod

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M&A and Governance

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Private Client

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Private Funds

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Real Estate

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Elliott E Geisinger

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Yves Jeanrenaud

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Restructuring & Insolvency

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Vincent Jeanneret

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Trademarks

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Philipp Groz

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Transport

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