Switzerland: Banking 2019

In this chapter we recognise 52 lawyers for their excellent work handling a range of financial and regulatory matters for clients across the banking sector.

Most Highly Regarded
1. René Bösch Homburger AG, Zurich
2. Patrick Hünerwadel Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
3. François Rayroux Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
4. Jürg Frick Homburger AG, Zurich
5. Benedikt Maurenbrecher Homburger AG, Zurich

Lenz & Staehelin boasts the foremost banking group in the country, and sees seven lawyers recognised here.
Patrick Hünerwadel stands out as one of the most prominent banking practitioners in Switzerland. He is well versed in advising clients on a range of matters from structured financing to derivatives.
François Rayroux is “a much-respected practitioner” and wins high praise from peers who note he is “outstanding in the investment fund area”.
Shelby du Pasquier continues to impress market sources with his top-notch banking practice. He is recognised as “very strong” when it comes to advising financial institutions and funds.
Stefan Breitenstein is well known in the market for his strong corporate finance practice, which spans the whole gamut of banking-related matters, including transactions and regulation.
Fedor Poskriakov is recognised for his impressive expertise in the fintech space, with one source noting, “It’s rare to find a lawyer with such fantastic legal knowledge, and even rarer to find one who also masters the technological aspects of fintech projects so well.”
Marcel Tranchet is a favourite among clients who note he “does a lot of financings”, and praise his expertise in structured and syndicated bank financings.
Rudolf Tschäni has extensive experience across the banking sector, and is well regarded for his excellent work handling high-profile corporate financings and transactions.

Homburger also performs well and achieves six listings in this chapter.
René Bösch is “one of the top banking lawyers in Switzerland”. He enjoys a stellar reputation for his “outstanding” work, particularly on the regulatory side.
Jürg Frick “does a lot of financing work” say peers, who commend his first-class work handling regulatory and capital markets matters across the financial services sector.
Benedikt Maurenbrecher comes highly recommended by sources who consider him “a real expert” in the banking space. His expertise spans a range of related matters from fintech to corporate financings.
Managing partner Daniel Daeniker is a corporate law specialist, who stands out in the market for his impressive understanding of complex bank financings and related regulations.
Daniel Haeberli impresses market sources who consider him a top name for financing work across the banking sector, including collective investment, structured financings and derivatives.
Stefan Kramer is recognised by peers as “a star” in the Swiss banking market. His practice spans a range of sector-related matters from asset financing to regulatory issues.

Schellenberg Wittmer receives seven listings this year.
Philippe Borens leads the firm’s banking and finance group and is well respected across the market for his top-tier handling of sophisticated regulatory issues and asset-based and investment transactions.  
Olivier Favre is “a very reliable and knowledgeable lawyer” say sources, who commend the “top-quality advice” he delivers on structure finance transactions and fintech matters.
Martin Lanz is a well-established name in the Swiss banking sector, where he enjoys a strong reputation for his work advising clients on financial offerings and banking regulations.
Tarek Houdrouge is a firm favourite among banking sector clients who praise his “ability to formulate hypotheses proactively” as well as his “strong conceptual skills”.
Grégoire Wuest “is by far the most trusted banking lawyer in the market” according to sources who note “there is no comparison with any other lawyer”. One client effuses: “I feel in safe hands with him, which is the most valuable asset for my company.”
Anita Schläpfer is highly sought after by financial institutions and corporate clients for her impressive understanding of acquisition finance and investment transactions at both a domestic and cross-border level.
Caroline Clemetson gains recognition for her first-rate banking and finance practice, and is highlighted by sources, one of whom notes she has “impressive know-how of the asset management space like hardly anyone else in Switzerland”.

Niederer Kraft Frey sees four lawyers highlighted here.
Sandro Abegglen is “very active” in the Swiss banking market, where he is well known for his excellent handling of investment management and regulatory issues within the financial services sector.
Till Spillmann is recognised for his top-notch banking practice and wins high praise from peers who say he is “very visible on many structured finance transactions”.
Managing partner Philippe Weber is a widely recognised figure across the banking sector. He is frequently engaged in advising major Swiss and international companies on sophisticated corporate and banking transactions.
Marco Häusermann continues to stand out in the market for his “excellent” work on a range of high-profile transactions relating to banking to capital markets matters.

Bär & Karrer’s Eric Stupp is highlighted for his first-class banking and corporate finance practice, and is much respected among peers who note, “He is great on the regulatory side.”
Ralph Malacrida is “very famous” in the Swiss banking arena according to market commentators, who commend his impressive knowledge of corporate finance and banking transactions.
Peter Hsu focuses his practice on banking and insurance law, areas in which he stands out as a top name in the Swiss market. He is particularly highlighted for his strength in related regulatory matters.
Rashid Bahar draws high praise from respondents who commend his impressive handling of complex asset management and transactional matters.  

Martin Hess at Wenger & Vieli is a top name for regulatory matters across the banking sector according to peers, who note “He is great for Swiss Exchange questions on payment systems.”
Managing partner Andreas Hünerwadel is well known in the banking space for his excellent work advising a range of clients across the sector, including financial services providers and banks. 

Buis Bürgi’s Eric Buis enjoys a strong reputation in the Swiss market and is praised by clients for his “hands-on approach”, particularly when to comes to complex banking litigation.

At Baker McKenzie, Lukas Glanzmann heads the firm’s banking and finance group. He “has a great reputation when it comes to restructuring”, say sources who praise his expertise in loan and credit facilities.
Ansgar Schott is “one of the best lawyers” in the banking space, say sources. He is recognised for his work on sophisticated structure finance transactions and financial regulation.


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