Switzerland: Life Sciences 2019

In this chapter we highlight 34 practitioners from across the jurisdiction. They stand out in the market for their excellent work on contentious and non-contentious matters including patent design protection and pharmaceutical regulation.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Stefano Codoni  Walder Wyss Ltd, Lugano
2. Thierry Calame  Lenz & Staehelin, Zurich
3. Thomas Eichenberger Kellerhals Carrard KlG, Berne
4. Ursula Eggenberger Stöckli  Bratschi AG, Berne
5. Philippe Ducor  Ducor Law/Health & Technology, Geneva 
6. Simon Holzer  Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Zurich

Walder Wyss performs well this year with five listings.
Stefano Codoni is a leading light in the life sciences arena is highlighted for his exceptional work relating to M&A and multi-jurisdictional litigation across the sector.
Andreas Wildi is a go-to individual for regulatory matters in the space, with sources lauding his “excellent experience from his time spent working on pricing within the pharmaceuticals industry”.
Alexander Gutmans has a stellar reputation in the jurisdiction and is noted for his wide-ranging knowledge of regulatory and contractual issues in the life sciences space.

Lenz & Staehelin is home to two impressive lawyers in the space.
Thierry Calame stands out as “a top patent litigator” who impresses peers and clients alike with his adept handling of copyright-related issues across the life sciences sector.
Lara Dorigo commands widespread respect from sources who praise the first-rate counsel she delivers to clients on life sciences regulation and patent disputes.

Kellerhals Carrard’s Thomas Eichenberger is one of the most prominent life sciences lawyers in the country. He draws praise for his outstanding work on medicinal product recalls and advertising compliance.

Bratschi’s Ursula Eggenberger Stöckli is “someone who knows the sector very well”, say sources who note she is “one of the most-recognised regulatory pharmaceutical practitioners in the country”.
Peter Bratschi is a distinguished name in the Swiss life sciences space who garners strong support from respondents for his work on regulatory matters in the pharmaceutical sector.

Ducor Law/Health & Technology’s Philippe Ducor is a “very bright lawyer” who is highlighted by sources as “a renowned name in the regulatory space”.

At Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Simon Holzer is “a prominent figure in the life sciences sector” according to market players who particularly note him as “a strong patent litigator”.
Michael Ritscher is a standout name in the field who draws much praise from peers for his skill in patent disputes, including wide-ranging experience in arbitrations.

Homburger’s Andri Hess is commended as “one of the leading patent litigators in the field” by respondents who applaud his “calm manner, preparation and ability to get his point across”.
Werner Stieger is an excellent lawyer who is “well known in the market” for his breadth of expertise on patent litigation.

At Wenger & Vieli, Frank Scherrer is “an excellent lawyer” and a “life sciences specialist” who is “very knowledgeable on regulatory matters” according to commentators.

At Kasser Schlosser Avocats, Ralph Schlosser is “a leading name in the field” who is praised for his impressive work on life sciences litigation. He is described as “one of the best lawyers in Switzerland”.

Poledna is home to “life sciences expert” Tomas Poledna who draws much support from peers for his “broad healthcare sector-related practice” as well as his wealth of understanding of regulatory issues in the field.

Stefan Kohler of Vischer is a well-known name in the Swiss market who possesses a strong reputation for his deep knowledge of IP regulation and contractual matters.

At Pharmalex, Sylvia Schüpbach is a “very practical lawyer” who is commended by respondents for her “great specialist background” and excellent work on compliance and advertising issues in the pharmaceuticals sector.

Wild Schnyder’s Gabriela Taugwalder is an outstanding lawyer who gains widespread recognition from peers who note that she “stands out for advertising matters”.

Streichenberg Attorneys at Law’s Christoph Willi is a well-recognised figure in the market who enjoys a fantastic reputation for his work on IP regulation relating to generics.

At rentsch Partner Christian Hilti stands out as “one of the best patent litigators in Switzerland”. He provides clients with deep understanding of both domestic and European litigation.

Bär & Karrer’s Markus Wang continues to impress in our research with sources quickly identifying him for his handling of patent design protection and life sciences regulation.

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