Schellenberg Wittmer is one of the leading Swiss business law firms. Over 150 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva and Singapore advise domestic and international clients on all aspects of business law. The Singapore office covers key jurisdictions and markets in the Asia-Pacific region, assisting clients in inbound and outbound investments, and international arbitration.
Dispute resolution/international arbitration: Full representation in proceedings; pre-litigation case assessment and ADR solutions; provisional and interim measures; asset tracing; enforcement of arbitral awards and court judgments; team members frequently sit as arbitrators.
Banking/finance: advising Swiss and foreign banks, borrowers, insurance companies, fund managers and other financial institutions on the full range of legal and regulatory matters, such as syndicated lending and acquisition finance, OTC transactions, structured products and prudential rules.
Capital markets: as authorised representatives at the SIX Swiss Exchange, advising domestic/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/commercial: advising on the full range of matters, including establishing businesses and corporate governance, assisting clients in drafting/negotiating all contracts related to their businesses.
M&A/private equity/venture capital: advising on public takeovers; private M&A; joint ventures; spin-offs and restructurings; assisting with seed/expansion capital; management buy-outs/buy-ins, pre-IPO investments; various aspects of asset management for private equity and venture capital.
Employment: assisting in all employment-related matters, such as documentation; labour litigation; residence and labour permits; employee participation schemes; severance packages, etc.
Taxation: advising on all aspects of Swiss tax law and tax enforcement, including double taxation treaties and VAT; acting as counsel in tax litigation.
Private clients/estates: working with individuals and families in the global planning and structuring of their private and business assets to enable an efficient wealth structure and a smooth succession from one generation to the next; representing clients in estate and trust disputes.
Restructuring/insolvency: assisting creditors and companies in restructuring, bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings, and complex insolvency matters; serving as court or FINMA-appointed trustees, liquidators and receivers.
Trade/transport: advising on all aspects of trade/transport, including sales and import/export contracts; trade finance; marine/cargo insurance; maritime/aviation/land transportation; and ship/aircraft finance.
Real estate/construction: assisting on all related issues including finding the best financing and investment structure; negotiating/drafting contracts to lease; purchasing/selling Swiss real estate; planning/developing construction projects; and 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.
IP/IT: advising on all areas of IP, such as drafting/negotiating agreements and representing clients in litigation and arbitration; and assisting in structuring/negotiating IT projects and in drafting all related contracts.
Competition/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/compliance: representing companies or officers unwillingly involved in criminal investigations and proceedings; leading large-scale internal investigations; advising on international assistance between foreign and domestic law enforcement authorities and all aspects of compliance.
Sports/arts/entertainment: advising on all matters relating to artworks or entire collections, including sale, loan and consignment, import/export, copyrights, insurance and litigation; advising sports organisations, athletes and sponsors, and media companies in all matters related to their businesses; acting in high-stakes, cross-border arbitrations before CAS and various sports federation bodies.
Life sciences: advising in all aspects of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and food law, including regulatory and contractual matters such as licensing and R&D agreements; assisting clients in health law, medical malpractice and product liability matters.
Blockchain technologies and fintech: advising on 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; dispute resolution.
Hotels and leisure: advising on disposals; developments; construction; litigation; M&A; leasing; operation.
Tel: +41 22 707 8000, Fax: +41 22 707 8001
Tel: +41 44 215 5252, Fax: +41 44 215 5200
Tel: +65 6580 2240, Fax: +65 6580 2241