Switzerland: Capital Markets 2019

In this chapter we recognise 40 leading capital markets lawyers in the Swiss market, who stand out for their excellent work on debt and equity, and structured finance matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Thomas U Reutter Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich
2. René Bösch Homburger AG, Zurich
3. Philippe A Weber Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
4. Till Spillmann Niederer Kraft & Frey, Zurich
5. Daniel Daeniker Homburger AG, Zurich

Niederer Kraft Frey has a top-tier capital markets practice that sees eight practitioners highlighted this year.
Philippe Weber is a standout figure in the Swiss market. He comes highly recommended by peers who describe him as “excellent in debt work”.
Till Spillmann is “a great and hardworking lawyer” who is widely respected among sources for his excellent work on complex capital markets transactions and IPOs.
Christine Del Vecchio is well respected among market commentators who consider her “a real asset” when it comes to handling complex capital markets transactions.
Thomas Brönnimann is “a rising star on the equity side” say sources, who praise his excellent work on capital markets transactions and IPOs. 
François Bianchi is highlighted as a standout name when it comes to equity capital markets matters. He is commended for his work advising clients on structured products and IPOs.

Homburger is recognised for its strong capital markets offering and sees seven lawyers listed.
René Bösch is one of the most prominent capital markets lawyers in the Swiss market. He is recognised as “an outstanding lawyer” by sources who highlight his leading work on the debt side.  
Daniel Daeniker is “a leading name in equity work”, say peers who regard him as “one of the most important practitioners in the field”. One source notes, “He is the standout name in Switzerland.”
Frank Gerhard is a well-recognised figure in the Swiss market, where he enjoys a strong reputation for his work on IPOs and capital market financings.
Benedikt Maurenbrecher is “a pure equity guy” according to market commentators who consider him a top name for both regulatory and transactional matters. 
Dieter Gericke leads the firm’s corporate and M&A practice group, and is well respected in the market for his expertise in securities regulation and capital markets transactions.

Bär & Karrer also performs well this year with five listings.
Thomas Reutter “stands out” among peers as “a leading lawyer” in the capital markets space. He is commended most notably by sources for his exceptional work on IPOs.
Ralph Malacrida is a corporate finance expert recognised by peers for his vast experience advising clients on private equity and M&A transactions.

Lenz & Staehelin sees six lawyers recognised in this chapter.
Patrick Schleiffer co-leads the firm’s capital markets group and is considered a standout name for his excellent work on IPOs, regulation and securities.
Jacques Iffland is well known among peers and clients alike who praise his first-rate practice, which spans a range of matters from transactions to securities regulation.

Schellenberg Wittmer achieves five listings this year.
Martin Lanz is renowned for his top-tier corporate finance practice, which encompasses a wide array of related matters, including IPOs, bond issuances and syndicated loans.
Olivier Favre draws high praise from market sources, one of whom describes him as “very knowledgeable with respect to derivatives”.
Philippe Borens is widely respected for his deep understanding of capital markets law and regulation, and is highlighted for his particular expertise on the debt and equity side.

Walder Wyss also sees five lawyers highlighted here.
Markus Pfenninger is “a very well-recognised practitioner” among peers and clients, one of whom highlights him as “great with collective investment matters”.
Theodor Härtsch continues to impress respondents with his expert handling of a range of capital markets matters, including IPOs, right issues and financings.
Urs Schenker is highly respected in the Swiss market for his first-class corporate practice. He gains recognition for his work on national and international capital markets transactions. 

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