Switzerland: M&A 2019

Here we highlight 43 impressive practitioners who gain recognition for their presence in M&A and transactional matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Daniel Daeniker  Homburger, Zurich
2. Hans-Jakob Diem  Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
3. Dieter Gericke  Homburger, Zurich
4. Urs P Gnos   Walder Wyss Ltd, Zurich 
5. Rolf Watter  Bär & Karrer Ltd, Zurich

Leading Swiss firm Lenz & Staehelin is a dominant player in the market and has 10 lawyers listed here.
Hans-Jakob Diem is recognised by sources for his impressive handling of complex corporate transactions, on both a domestic and an international level.
Tino Gaberthüel gains recognition from peers and clients alike who praise his “thorough, accurate, well-thought-out advice and outstanding knowledge of law” when it comes to corporate transactions.
Andreas Rötheli is “an extremely good lawyer” who is well known for his excellent work on corporate transactions, particularly in relation to the real estate sector.
Jacques Iffland garners respect for his superb work with public companies in complex corporate transactions, and is highlighted as “an excellent practitioner” in the space.
Stephan Erni is a well-respected name in the M&A space who is known for his impressive work advising clients on complex corporate transactions.
Rudolf Tschäni is a highly respected lawyer who possesses vast experience in managing sophisticated M&A transactions, takeovers and IPOs.

Homburger sees seven lawyers recognised here.  
Daniel Daeniker distinguishes himself as a leading light in the corporate market. Peers describe him as “a standout name” and praise his impressive expertise in cross-border transactions.   
Dieter Gericke directs the firm’s corporate and M&A team. He is "certainly a good name" in the Swiss corporate market according to peers, who praise his outstanding work on complex M&A transactions.
Frank Gerhard is a well-respected corporate lawyer who provides clients with top-tier advice in complex issues relating to capital markets, M&A and general corporate financings and transactions.
Claude Lambert is highly knowledgeable in stocks, capital markets and M&A matters, with notable experience in corporate issues.

Niederer Kraft Frey also sees seven top-tier lawyers noted.
Philippe Weber focuses his practice on M&A and corporate matters, regularly advising clients on high-value IPOs, acquisitions and sales for multinational companies.
Philipp Haas has impressive experience in a wide range of issues relating to M&A matters, with a focus on takeovers and cross-border transactions.
Andreas Casutt enjoys a strong reputation in the Swiss market for his work advising clients in contentious and non-contentious issues in corporate transactions, private equity and governance.
Ulysses von Salis is a widely recognised presence in the market who advises global corporations and financial institutions in high-stakes corporate and M&A matters.

Bär & Karrer has five individuals identified.
Rolf Watter has a deep understanding of M&A, impressing sources with his "extensive know-how paired with the broadest possible experience of the requirements of a listed company".
Christoph Neeracher has impressive experience in multi-jurisdictional M&A issues and wins particular plaudits for his skill in negotiations relating to private transactions.
Dieter Dubs is highly experienced across a broad range of corporate and M&A issues, with particular skill in tender offerings and takeovers.
Ralph Malacrida is a "famous name" who draws praise for his work on M&A and corporate financing, offering clients excellent knowledge of the financial industry.
Cédric Chapuis is a distinguished expert in complex transactional M&A work and corporate governance issues, with a focus on the banking sector.

Walder Wyss is home to four talented practitioners.
Urs Gnos is commended by peers and clients as a “highly competent M&A lawyer with a great degree of experience”. They highlight his “creativity in seeking a suitable solution” and his ability to “remain calm and focused in all situations, no matter what”.
Urs Schenker impresses sources with his deep expertise in corporate financings and restructurings as well as his excellent work in transactions and takeovers on a domestic and international level.
Alexander Nikitine stands out for his impressive work on corporate transactions and a wide variety of public offerings with peers noting that “he is certainly an M&A guy”.
Markus Vischer is commended for the first-rate counsel he delivers to clients across a wide range of industries such as the health care, technology and real estate sectors on complex and high-value M&A matters.

Pestalozzi achieves four listings here.
Jakob Hoehn is a long-standing player in the market, with decades of experience in advising clients on a diverse range of M&A issues in Swiss and international proceedings.
Martin Müller specialises in the intersection between M&A and labour matters and possesses strong experience in advising clients on corporate transactions including IPOs and dispositions.

Schellenberg Wittmer has three experts highlighted.
Martin Weber has vast experience in M&A deals and expertly advises clients on issues such as private and public M&A proceedings, takeovers and IPOs.
Oliver Triebold regularly advises multinational clients on high-value mergers and acquisitions, impressing sources with his experience and ability in complex cross-border deals.
Lorenzo Olgiati is a dedicated M&A practitioner who is highly experienced in a wide range of matters including takeovers, corporate transactions and securities.

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