- Number of partners: 30
- Number of other lawyers: 45
- Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Portuguese
Kellerhals Attorneys at Law is a full-service law firm with about 70 attorneys and offices in Basel, Berne and Zurich. The firm offers a full range of legal services for national and international clients in all areas of corporate and commercial law,with particular emphasis on M&A, litigation and arbitration, financial and tax services including capital markets , and real estate and construction.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Commercial:
The firm provides advice on the establishment of companies; corporate restructuring; joint ventures; shareholders’ agreements; privatisation; distribution; tax, leasing; agency and other commercial contracts; life sciences, business succession planning including estate planning and wills; product liability; employment law.
The firm handles both domestic and cross-border M&A work including asset and share deals, statutory mergers and public takeovers (both defence and acquisition side), spin-offs, MBOs and public share offerings.Kellerhals performs legal and tax due diligence, negotiations, financial advice, preparation of contractual documents and assistance in their execution.
Financial Services, Capital Markets:
Kellerhals advises domestic and foreign clients in capital market including investment funds, banking and securities law, contract and tax law matters in general as well as in respect of specific transactions. The firm has many years of experience in capital market transactions. Particular importance is attached to the field of leasing-financing business.
Construction, Real Estate & Industrial Facilities:
Kellerhals has established itself in a leading position, both in terms of deals completed and pioneering new ways of working for all sides: investors, public sector bodies, architects, infrastructure and construction companies and their special purpose vehicles and joint ventures. Kellerhals has a dedicated real estate team, which is very active in legal structuring of project development and property transactions including financing and related contract design as well as respective litigation.
Litigation & Arbitration, Legal Assistance:
Kellerhals is one of Switzerland’s leading addresses for litigation and arbitration. The firm represents domestic and foreign clients in all commercial and civil litigation both before local courts and before the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. In arbitration, the firm’s professionals are familiar with all important domestic and international arbitration rules and their institutions. They have developed a specialisation in international legal assistance and money laundering legislation.
Taxes & Duties:
Kellerhals advises clients on planning of company structures, reorganizations and transactions,where the firm’s tax experts cover all tax-related aspects of mergers and acquisitions (incl. private equity and venture capital), reorganizations as well as financial structures (LBO, CDO etc.) and financial products. The firm represents both domestic and foreign clients in tax procedures, in particular with regard to value-added tax and duty matters.
Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences:
The firm advises pharmaceutical, medical technology and biotechnology companies, authorities, insurers, hospitals and individuals in all kinds of legal and health policy questions and has a strong network and many years of experience in Swiss and international health systems.
IP, IT, Competition Law:
Kellerhals advises and represents national and international clients in all aspects of copyright, trademark, design and patent law. The firm advises providers and users of IT solutions, in particular concerning distributorship and licensing contracts and in regulatory affairs, especially in matters concerning interconnection. The firm handles both domestic and cross-boarder cases of unfair trading and antitrust law.
The firm provides legal services to a wide range of international and multinational companies in respect of domestic, international and cross-border activities.
Clients:Areas of PracticeLitigation & Arbitration, Insolvency & Corporate
Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions
Financial Services, Capital Markets
Pharma & Life Sciences
Taxes & Duties
IP, IT, Competition Law
Construction, Real Estate & Industrial Facilities
The firm’s clients range from multinational consumer product and industrial corporations, financial institutions and Swiss enterprises conducting cross-border business as well as individuals seeking advice on business matters and private clients.