Switzerland: Competition 2019

In this chapter we recognise 25 individuals for their outstanding expertise in Swiss and EU competition law. They are highlighted for their excellent work handling a range of matters including merger control, cartel investigations and abuse of dominance cases. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Marcel Dietrich  Homburger AG, Zurich  
2. Jürg Borer Borer Rechtsanwälte AG, Zurich   
3. David Mamane   Schellenberg Wittmer, Zurich  
4. Franz Hoffet  Homburger AG, Zurich
5. Marcel Meinhardt  Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich

Homburger performs well this year with four lawyers recognised for their expertise in the field.
Marcel Dietrich is “a well-established figure” in the Swiss market. He is highlighted as a “top name” by sources who “recommend him warmly” for his expertise in competition regulation and disputes.
Franz Hoffet is one of the most prominent competition lawyers in the country, and receives widespread plaudits from peers for his first-rate work on merger control and compliance matters. 
Andreas Burger is “a very smart competition lawyer” who impresses with his great regulatory knowledge and expert handling of investigations, merger control proceedings and public procurement.
Richard Stäuber is “definitely a name to include” say respondents, who describe him as “up and coming” in the Swiss antitrust market.

Lenz & Staehelin also stands out in the competition market and sees four lawyers highlighted in this chapter.
Marcel Meinhardt is “a senior figure” in the competition space who commands great respect for his extensive experience in merger control and abuse of dominance proceedings.
Benoît Merkt leads the competition practice in Geneva, and is “very well known” for his superb work on related matters across a broad range of sectors from retail to automotive.
Astrid Waser is a well-recognised figure among peers who commend her excellent work on merger filings and vertical price-fixing investigations. 
Frank Bremer is “a strong competition lawyer” say market sources, who praise his expertise in competition-related investigations, including unfair trade practices.

At Borer Rechtsanwälte, Jürg Borer “has been a leading light in the competition field in Switzerland for decades”, according to peers. He is regarded as “a very complete competition lawyer” and “a senior name” in the market.

Schellenberg Wittmer’s David Mamane is “a big name” in the field who “absolutely deserves to be on the top of the list” according to sources. He focuses his first-class practice on a wide array of antitrust matters including merger control and cartel investigations. 

Reto Jacobs at Walder Wyss is “a standout name” and “senior figure” in the Swiss competition space. Sources note he is “certainly a name to know” and particularly commend his excellent work on merger control filings.

Klaus Neff at Vischer leads the firm’s competition group. He wins widespread praise from peers who consider him a go-to name for both Swiss and EU competition law matters.

At Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Mario Strebel is highly praised by market commentators for his “profound knowledge of Swiss competition law” as well as his “ability to quickly identify the legal problem at hand”.  
Christophe Rapin leads the firm’s competition practice in Geneva and is “very well known” for his excellent understanding of competition matters relating to regulated industries.

Marquard Christen at CMS von Erlach Poncet is a firm favourite among sources who commend his “unique gift for providing crisp and clear advice” as well as “his excellent expertise in competition law and outstanding analytical skills”.  

At Voillat Facincani Sutter + Partner, Gerald Brei is recognised by sources for his “impressive work” advising clients on complex sanctions proceedings and merger control matters.

Nicolas Birkhäuser at Niederer Kraft & Frey is highly sought after by clients seeking competition counsel, one of whom praises his “ability to translate complex facts and requirements into feasible solutions from a business standpoint”.

Mani Reinert at Bär & Karrer “should definitely be on the list” according to peers who consider him “a strong academic” and commend his extensive experience in the competition law space.

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