Switzerland: Life Sciences 2018

Thirty outstanding lawyers have been highlighted in this chapter for their extensive experience advising and representing life sciences companies in a range of matters including patent litigation, regulatory compliance and corporate transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Andri Hess Homburger AG, Zurich
2. Thierry Calame Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
3. Philippe Ducor Ducor Law / Health & Technology, Geneva
4. Thomas Eichenberger Kellerhals Carrard, Berne

Leading Swiss law firm WALDER WYSS tops our research this year, achieving an impressive five listings.
The “exceptional” Andreas Wildi is “outstanding for regulatory work” according to commentators, who praise his deep knowledge of the life sciences sector.
Stefano Codoni is a leading IP specialist who boasts extensive experience conducting multi-jurisdictional litigation in the life sciences space.
Alexander Gutmans is a corporate specialist who regularly advises prominent life sciences companies on a wide range of contractual and regulatory matters.
Dieter Hofmann is a strong practitioner who draws praise for his excellent dispute resolution practice. He regularly represents domestic and international life sciences clients in complex proceedings.
Florian Gunz Niedermann is a top-tier M&A specialist who regularly advises well-known life sciences and healthcare companies on sophisticated transactions.

PESTALOZZI also boasts a strong life sciences practice group and sees three leading individuals recognised for their expertise in the area.
The “excellent” Lorenza Ferrari Hofer is “a fantastic IP lawyer” who also has a wealth of experience structuring complex research and development projects in the life sciences space.
Christian Roos is “a leading practitioner” who is “very active in the market”. He is particularly well known for his “excellent corporate life sciences practice”.
Christoph Lang boasts a strong corporate background and receives recognition for his excellent work handling high-value transactions for major clients in the life sciences sector.

“Outstanding patent litigator” Andri Hess at HOMBURGER draws effusive praise from commentators who admire him for his “sophisticated knowledge of the law combined with extensive litigation experience”.

Thierry Calame at LENZ & STAEHELIN is “a real life sciences specialist” who stands out in the market as “one of the leading patent litigators in the field”.

Philippe Ducor at DUCOR LAW / HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY is “a really big name in the market” according to peers, who consider him “excellent for IP and regulatory work in the space”.

Sources describe Thomas Eichenberger of KELLERHALS CARRARD as “one of the most recognisable regulatory pharma lawyers in the region”. He is known for his “strong regulatory mind” as well as his “expert knowledge of reimbursement and pricing matters”.

Ursula Eggenberger Stöckli at BRATSCHI enjoys a fantastic reputation in the market, and is highlighted by sources as “outstanding at handling regulatory work”.

The “excellent” Andrea Mondini of TIMES ATTORNEYS is widely recognised as “a strong patent litigator” who garners praise for his excellent work representing generic companies.

Simon Holzer at MEYERLUSTENBERGER LACHENAL is “very well known in the market” thanks to his “huge experience handling complex patent litigation”.

Frank Scherrer at WENGER & VIELI is “one of the most active players in the field”, and receives plaudits for his “deep knowledge of regulatory matters in the life sciences sector”.

“Strong practitioner” Tomas Poledna at POLEDNA is “a specialist in the life sciences sector” who is commended by peers for his “extensive sector knowledge”.

Stefan Kohler at VISCHER is a key player in the market who sources describe as “an excellent patent litigator”, adding that he is also “very strong at handling regulatory matters”.

The “outstanding” Christoph Willi of STREICHENBERG ATTORNEYS AT LAW is commended by commentators for being “a superb patent litigator”, and is highlighted particularly for his work on the generics side.

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