Switzerland: M&A 2018

The following chapter highlights 41 outstanding transactional lawyers who have been highly recommended by peers and clients alike for their expertise in structuring and implementing major M&A transactions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Daniel Daeniker Homburger AG, Zurich
2. Rolf Watter Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich
3. Jakob Hoehn Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law, Zurich
4. Dieter Gericke Homburger AG, Zurich
5. Hans-Jakob Diem Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich

Full-service national firm LENZ & STAEHELIN is home to ten highly regarded lawyers in the M&A space.
Hans-Jakob Diem draws praise from market commentators as an “outstanding” transactional lawyer with impressive experience in major cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
“M&A superstar” Rudolf Tschäni is widely endorsed as “one of the best M&A lawyers in Switzerland” by peers, who commend his broad transactional expertise and superb dispute resolution practice.
Andreas Rötheli is “a top name” in the market who is known for his expert handling of sophisticated M&A deals, most notably in the real estate sector.
Jacques Iffland draws praise as “a very impressive practitioner and standout name in Geneva" for his deep expertise in complex M&A matters involving public companies.

Seven HOMBURGER experts are recognised this year for their exceptional work in the space.
Daniel Daeniker is a leading figure in the Swiss market who is recognised by sources as “a very senior and experienced lawyer”. He enjoys an outstanding reputation for his expertise in cross-border M&A transactions. 
Dieter Gericke “is a standout name” in Zurich who impresses peers with his vast experience in M&A transactions for listed companies and private equity companies. 
Frank Gerhard is commended by peers and clients alike for his “outstanding knowledge of his clients' businesses and ability to quickly articulate ‘the killing point’ in the most challenging legal issues”. 
Claude Lambert is highlighted for “his speed, precision and breadth of expertise” and leaves clients “impressed by his business sense and his ability to bridge the gap between legal theory and business practice”.

NIEDERER KRAFT & FREY is home to seven revered M&A practitioners. 
Philippe Weber is “a top M&A lawyer” with a superb reputation for his expertise in M&A and capital markets transactions. He is a go-to adviser to major financial institutions, investors and companies.
The “excellent” Andreas Casutt is an esteemed M&A expert with an impressive depth of experience in private equity transactions.
Philipp Haas draws praise for “the outstanding quality of his work” and is widely held to be “one of the top lawyers” in the country for complex mergers.
Ulysses von Salis is “an excellent lawyer” and a trusted representative to major companies and financial institutions. Peers speak highly of his expertise in private equity transactions.

PESTALOZZI achieves four listings in this chapter.
Jakob Hoehn is a corporate law specialist who comes “highly recommended” for his vast experience handling technical M&A transactions.
Christoph Lang is widely endorsed as “a fantastic lawyer” for cross-border M&A and joint ventures. 
Severin Roelli is a big name for public and private M&A deals. He is regularly engaged by large domestic and international clients and enjoys an outstanding reputation for his work in the space.
Martin Müller comes highly recommended as “an outstanding lawyer” with broad expertise in complex M&A transactions.

Four practitioners from BÄR & KARRER are listed here.
Rolf Watter is a “very impressive” transactional lawyer who is renowned for his astute commercial insights and business-focused approach. 
Christoph Neeracher leads the firm’s corporate and M&A group and is recognised as a highly regarded lawyer who is “very strong” on private M&A matters.
Dieter Dubs stands out as “a specialist in public M&A matters”. Peers speak highly of his invaluable experience handling unfriendly takeovers.
The “excellent” Cédric Chapuis is an esteemed transactional expert who comes highly regarded for his experience representing Swiss and international clients in major cross-border deals.

This year’s research highlights three esteemed lawyers from WALDER WYSS.
Urs Gnos impresses peers and clients alike with his pragmatic counsel and “broad knowledge of Swiss corporate law”. Sources say, “He is extremely reactive and straight to the point.”
Urs Schenker is held in high regard as “a top M&A practitioner” who draws praise for his extensive experience in complex M&A deals and public takeovers. 
Markus Vischer receives plaudits for his strong technical abilities when it comes to handling large M&A transactions.

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