Switzerland: Corporate Governance 2019

In this chapter we identify the 23 foremost corporate governance practitioners in Switzerland. They have distinguished themselves in a variety of governance and liability matters across both public and private multinational and domestic corporate entities.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Rolf Watter  Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich
2. Andreas von Planta  Lenz & Staehelin, Geneva
3. Rudolf Tschäni  Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich 
4. Daniel Daeniker  Homburger AG, Zurich

Homburger is one of the leading firms in the Swiss market this year for corporate governance, with a total of four listings in this chapter.
Daniel Daeniker is identified as one of the most prominent corporate lawyers in the Swiss market this year. He commands over 20 years of experience in cross-border M&A and corporate governance matters.
Dieter Gericke commands over 18 years of experience in corporate governance law and securities regulation, an area in which he is recognised as a key figure in the Swiss market.
Frank Gerhard is a favourite among clients, who praise “his excellent practice and deal instincts”. His practice is focused on a broad range of corporate governance matters and stock exchange regulations.
Heinz Schärer is highlighted by respondents as “a truly outstanding and very experienced corporate governance lawyer”. He is well versed in corporate law and finance matters relating to securities offerings and IPOs.

Lenz & Staehelin also sees four practitioners listed this year.
Rudolf Tschäni draws international acclaim for his first-class corporate governance practice as well as his particular expertise in board and management takeovers.
Andreas von Planta is described by respondents as “very prominent in the Swiss market for his expertise with company boards”. He is experienced in advising public companies on governance matters.
Andreas Rötheli is a well-respected corporate and M&A lawyer who impresses market sources with the first-rate advice he delivers to clients on international and domestic transactions.
Patrick Schleiffer is a highly respected figure in the Swiss market who is considered a go-to name for sophisticated capital markets, finance and corporate governance issues.

Niederer Kraft Frey achieves three listings in this chapter. 
Peter Forstmoser is a long-standing fixture in the market who commands over 40 years of experience in corporate law. His focus lies in advising on stock corporations, director liability and limited liability structures
Gaudenz Zindel is recognised for his excellent work advising both public and privately held companies on shareholder, corporate governance and board issues.
Peter Isler is recognised as “a statesman of the Swiss market”. His practice encompasses a wide range of Swiss corporate law, including corporate takeovers, compensation issues and governance matters.

Bär & Karrer’s Rolf Watter is lauded by peers as “a leading lawyer in the Swiss market”, with decades of experience in corporate governance mandates to his name.
Urs Brügger is recognised by sources for the strength of his corporate governance practice. He is well versed in advising boards on takeover defence and regulatory matters.

Jakob Hoehn at Pestalozzi wins high praise from market commentators who commend his for his extensive experience handling a broad range of corporate law matters.
Christoph Lang gains recognition for his corporate governance practice. He has over 15 years of experience of advising on regulatory and policy issues in the Swiss market.

Peter Nobel of Nobel & Hug is described by peers as “a very well-known name in the Swiss market”. He commands over 30 years of experience in the field across corporate governance law and Swiss finance regulation.

Hans Caspar von der Crone with von der Crone Rechtsanwälte is recognised among peers for his first-class practice that spans corporate, capital market and securities law in Switzerland.

Lorenzo Olgiati at Schellenberg Wittmer is a seasoned corporate governance specialist who stands out for his impressive work advising the board and major shareholders of public and private companies on governance matters. 
Oliver Triebold is a standout corporate governance practitioner who has extensive experience advising clients on restructuring and outsourcing matters.

Peter Böckli of Böckli Bühler Partners comes highly recommended by peers in the Swiss market who praise his strong expertise in a variety of corporate and contractual matters.
Christoph Bühler is described by market commentators as “a prominent name in the Swiss corporate governance space”. He is experienced in advising on corporate and board matters at both the domestic and international levels.

Walder Wyss’s Urs Schenker stands out among peers for the strength of his corporate practice. His expertise includes public takeovers and M&A transactions among others.

Ines Pöschel at Kellerhals Carrard is “a very active practitioner the corporate governance field” according to peers, who also note she is well versed in advising clients on executive employment, governance and board-liability matters.

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