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National Leader

Switzerland - Banking 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Rashid Bahar draws high praise from respondents who commend his impressive handling of complex asset management and transactional matters.


Rashid Bahar's practice focuses on banking, finance and capital markets, as well as general corporate law. He has been a partner since 2012 and is based in Zurich and Geneva.

Rashid Bahar heads the funds, financial products and asset management practice group. He regularly advises Swiss and foreign financial institutions and fintechs on transactional and regulatory matters. He is often involved in M&A transactions and complex financings. He regularly represents clients in licensing and enforcement proceedings before the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA and other authorities. 

As part of his practice, he also advises Swiss and international investment funds and asset managers. He assists foreign promoters in entering the Swiss retail and professional market. Rashid Bahar also assists with the issuance, listing and distribution of structured investment products.

Rashid Bahar is also an associate professor at the University of Geneva, where he teaches corporate law and financial markets regulations. He has extensively published and is regularly invited to speak on these issues. Rashid Bahar is a member of the executive committee of the Center for Banking and Financial Law and the editorial committee of the Swiss Business Law Review.  He is also co-editor of the Basler Kommentar zum FINMAG und FinfraG. He was appointed as an expert member of the working group of the Federal Department of Finance responsible for drafting the Federal Act of Financial Services (FIDLEG) and its implementing ordinance.

Rashid Bahar holds a doctorate in law from the University of Geneva (2003) and an LLM from Harvard Law School (2007), where he also was a visiting researcher (2003–2004). He was admitted to the Geneva Bar in 2000 and is a member of the Association genevoise de droit des affaires, Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA), Zurich Bar Association (ZAV) and the Swiss Lawyers Association. Rashid Bahar speaks English, French and German.

He is listed as leading practitioner in banking and finance by Chambers Europe, which quotes clients as saying that Rashid Bahar "has an eye on the commercial effects of the advice he's giving", Chambers FinTech; in banking by The Legal 500 "‘outstanding’ regulatory expert”; and WWL: Banking says "Rashid Bahar is a well-established practitioner in the Swiss market who is well versed in banking transactions and regulation, as well as licensing enforcement proceedings before Swiss authorities."

Bär & Karrer is a renowned Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Its core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm's clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Bär & Karrer has been repeatedly awarded Switzerland's "Law Firm of the Year" by the most prestigious international legal ranking agencies.

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