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Employment — Switzerland


Blesi & Papa - Employment Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Market-leading boutique with an outstanding reputation for employment agreements and mass dismissals. Highly regarded for advice on workplace equality, such as age discrimination matters, and employment regulations. Active in the areas of pensions and social security, acting for both employers and employees. Boasts additional expertise in immigration and data protection matters, as well as bonus-related litigation. Assists with employment law aspects of reorganisations.

Strengths One source highlights the team as having "vast experience" in the employment field, adding that the lawyers are "hands-on and easy to work with" and "very determined in defending their client's interests."

Another interviewee appreciates the team's "clear-cut advice," as "clear, pragmatic, to the point, and truly thought through," while also underlining that the lawyers are "very responsive and fully understand their clients' businesses."

Notable practitioners

Alfred Blesi is a "true employment law expert" according to one interviewee, while another source appreciates his "very exact and comprehensive consultation." He possesses particular expertise in social security matters, while also having notable experience of a diverse range of employment issues.

Roberta Papa has strong expertise in matters regarding global mobility, such as social security and immigration issues. She also advises on employment matters within company structures and international internal policies, assisting with discrimination and bonus mandates. One source underlines her as "very professional, analytic and very efficient."

Thomas Pietruszak is noted for his experience of employment disputes, such as alleged unfair terminations and bonus claims. Sources also underline his strengths in data protection employment matters. One interviewee appreciates that he "finds the best solution for us," while another source adds that he possesses a "very pragmatic approach and knows exactly what the client needs."

One client highlights René Hirsiger as "very goal oriented" and "practical in his approach," giving "advice that can really be applied." He is particularly active on data protection and litigation issues.

About the Team (content provided by Blesi & Papa)

Blesi & Papa was established in 2007 by Alfred Blesi and Roberta Papa, former key members of Lenz & Staehelin’s employment law practice group. Blesi & Papa handles all facets of individual and collective employment law, pensions, social security and related areas on non-contentious and contentious matters, including litigation in court and representation of clients before arbitral tribunals and administrative agencies. 

Being the first law firm in Switzerland exclusively dedicated to these areas of practice, Blesi & Papa serves an international clientele, predominantly enterprises, with the highest level of expertise. The firm is also regularly consulted by other law firms in Switzerland and abroad to assist in employment, pension and social security law matters.


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Streiff von Kaenel - Employment Department

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Band 1

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prestigious team advising both employers and employees on a range of collective and individual labour and employment issues. Particularly strong on mandates relating to social security, occupational pensions and public service. Advises private individuals as well as domestic and international corporations and public institutions. Advises on both civil and criminal law elements of employment matters. Well regarded in the area of contract law.

Strengths One source highlights the lawyers as "champions" who are "really focused on this field."

Notable practitioners

Adrian von Kaenel is "incredible in the field" according to one source. He is specialised in a variety of labour and employment law matters, such as mass dismissals, as well as offering notable expertise in social security law. He has also advised on matters regarding the age of retirement.

Roger Rudolph is noted by peers for his expertise in employment law matters as "the brain that knows it all." He advises on a range of areas, including discrimination in the workplace, data protection and contracts.

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Baker McKenzie - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists clients from sectors such as technology, finance and charity with a range of matters, including collective and alleged unfair dismissals as well as internal investigations. Has further strengths advising on discrimination cases and changes to multi-jurisdictional employment terms and conditions. Well regarded for cross-border matters due to its extensive international network.

Strengths One source appreciates the team's "pragmatic" approach, as well as its "good business sense."

Other interviewees highlight the team as "very available, focused and efficient," underlining the lawyers as "extremely knowledgeable."

Work highlights Represented an international NGO in an internal investigation concerning employee complaints.

Acted on a discrimination lawsuit in which a female employee claimed damages for non-promotion.

Notable practitioners

Peter Reinert garners praise from clients for his "very structured," and "focused and efficient" approach, as well as his strengths in cross-border mandates. Another source underlines his "great knowledge" of employment contracts and terminations. He also advises clients on bonus schemes.

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Homburger - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected team advising employers on termination agreements, mass dismissals and employee participation plans. Has a strong data privacy practice and also assists clients with litigation regarding alleged abusive dismissals and gender discrimination matters, as well as compensation issues. Advises Swiss and multinational companies on the employment law aspects of transactions, such as pension plans and employee transfers.

Strengths One source appreciates: "They provide us with a first-rate client service and are reliable, responsive and easy to deal with. Their ways of working are closely aligned with our own and they understand our clients’ needs."

Other interviewees note that the team is "responsive and thoughtful" and the lawyers "respond efficiently to our queries."

Notable practitioners

Balz Gross "inspires confidence with his studied, thoughtful and commercial approach," highlights one impressed source, while another interviewee underlines his "thorough, creative, hands-on pragmatic advice." He is well regarded in the market for his work in employment litigation concerning abusive dismissals, unequal pay and compensation claims. He also advises on criminal proceedings regarding fraud committed by employees and the establishment of pension and social security schemes.

About the Team (content provided by Homburger)

Homburger has a multidisciplinary team of proven employment law specialists. The lawyers in the practice group each focus on one of the following areas: legal transactions, litigation, tax and social security law.

In connection with the restructuring and reorganization of companies, complex problems often arise in relation to employee transfers, staff reductions, contract amendments and severance schemes.

Drawing up contracts for managers can turn into a highly complex task and requires specific experience, in particular in highly regulated industries or listed companies. The issues encountered include developing compensation packages and post-contract non-compete covenants.

The practice group has particular expertise in developing employee participation programs and variable compensation systems. Such incentive systems may include stock, option, cash and capital components, the structure of which is continuously adapted to market conditions and the regulatory environment.

One of the practice group’s particular areas of expertise is conducting litigation in employment law proceedings, often in conjunction with employee participation programs.

Issues relating to data protection and personal rights always play a key role in hiring, drafting contracts and during the term of employment, for example during internal investigations. The practice group offers advice in all of these areas as well as on issues relating to confidentiality and protecting intellectual property rights.

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Niederer Kraft Frey - Employment Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong focus acting on employment matters arising from M&A transactions. Advises companies and high-ranking employees on social insurance, pensions, employee transfer and data protection. Also assists with compensation, international investigations and regulatory compliance. Has further capabilities in wrongful termination and discrimination cases.

Strengths The team's approach is "very responsive and business-oriented" according to one source.

Another client states: "NKF is always our first choice and we would turn to them with all matters."

Work highlights Advised the Zürich branch of Singapore Airlines on a range of employment matters, including internal procedures, employment agreements and terminations.

Assisted Boston Scientific with the employment aspects of its USD435 million acquisition of Symetis.

Notable practitioners

Andreas Casutt has notable expertise in bonus, wrongful termination and discrimination claims within the financial sector. He also advises on incentive schemes. One interviewee states that he is "very business-oriented, responsive and understands the full picture."

About the Team (content provided by Niederer Kraft Frey)

Niederer Kraft & Frey advises companies and employees in managerial positions on all aspects of employment law, including fiscal and social insurance law matters related thereto. Our cross-disciplinary work culture enables us to involve specialists from other teams at any time, for example if corporate matters (e.g. option schemes), outsourcing matters, data-protection or public-law aspects must also be taken into consideration.

Amongst other things, our services include:
- Drafting and negotiation of employment agreements and similar contractual relationships (mandate agreements, consulting agreement, freelancer agreements, so-called “body lending” etc.)
- Preparation of internal company instructions, guidelines and models in the field of human resources management (employee manuals, work instructions, codes of conduct, data protection, anti-discrimination regulations etc.)
- Preparation, regular review and – where appropriate – adjustment of complex remuneration systems (employee participation schemes, management remuneration systems, variable remuneration components, long-term incentives etc.), including any fiscal and social-insurance law matters related thereto
- Preparation of applications for work and residence permits for foreign employees from EU and non-EU countries
- Negotiations between employers and employees in all employment-law related matters, including restructuring measures, outsourcing, mass redundancies, termination agreements, severance payments etc.


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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Renowned for representing major employers from the financial sector. Well regarded for employment work relating to international and domestic M&A transactions, including transfer of contracts. Particularly recognised for litigation, including cases concerning equality and allegations of wrongful termination. Assists clients with data protection, pensions and internal employment regulations.

Strengths One source appreciates that the team is "efficient and responsive," and further has a "very good knowledge and understanding of our business."

Another interviewee enthuses that the team is "quick and professional but also extremely available."

Work highlights Assisted a construction supplier with employment agreements and conditions as well as an incentive bonus plan for its sales force.

Advised an IT service provider on the employment aspects of a contemplated outsourcing agreement.

Notable practitioners

Vincent Carron regularly advises clients on disputes regarding alleged unfair terminations, pension entitlements, data privacy and bonuses. He has further experience of transactions involving transfers of employees. One source enthuses he is "extremely responsive and quick to get the full picture," while another appreciates his "pragmatic approach" and that he is "available upon short notice."

About the Team (content provided by Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd)

Schellenberg Wittmer’s Employment Law Group features specialists with the experience and expertise to provide representation in all labor law matters.

Our integrated team approach enables us to provide you with the resources and skills that ensure efficient and timely support. We pursue a creative and result-oriented approach. We work to achieve our client’s objectives by focusing on the specific details of each individual case.

Our firm has the knowledge and experience to resolve the most complex employment law matters, including those with an international dimension.

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Walder Wyss Ltd - Employment Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic team acting for clients from the IT, retail and finance sectors from offices throughout Switzerland. A strong presence in litigation, with notable disputes concerning fixed-term employment contracts and termination agreements. Represents clients in collective bargaining, mass dismissals and outsourcing mandates. Assists employers with pensions and social security matters, and also advises on transactional matters.

Strengths One source states: "In labour law they have a very profound know-how and a very solution driven way of working together."

Other commentators underline the "excellent value" offered by the team, who are "very precise and fast" and "responsive at any time, very quick and uncomplicated."

Work highlights Advised Value Retail on its application for Sunday work, including negotiations of collective bargaining agreements with unions.

Assisted HolidayCheck Group with the drafting of bonus plans and employment contracts for executive employees domiciled abroad, with specific focus on social security matters.

Notable practitioners

Philippe Nordmann is "very pragmatic and gives very real advice that you can use; he is solution-driven and this makes it very good to work with him from a business point of view." He assisted Luzerner Sinfonieorchester with the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with the Swiss Musicians' Union regarding artists' rights, working time, retirement and terminations due to insufficient performance. He has further strengths advising on working time regulations and work permits.

Ueli Sommer handles a range of employment matters, such as cross-border outsourcing and social security and pensions, as well as advising on investigations into alleged wrongdoing, terminations and criminal proceedings. He has further capabilities in workforce transfer issues and compensation matters. One client underlines his "very broad and in-depth knowledge in employment law."

About the Team (content provided by Walder Wyss Ltd)

Walder Wyss is the only Swiss law firm covering employment in all three language regions in Switzerland. We have a broad international and national clientele. Several partners and a lot of associates are predominantly dedicated to employment work. This differentiates Walder Wyss from other big law firms in Switzerland.
Our professionals in employment, social security and tax law issues have many years of experience in a variety of industries and provide clients with comprehensive, in-depth advice on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship (drafting of employment contracts and employee regulations, setting up modern compensation schemes, advising companies in negotiations regarding collective bargaining agreements, mass dismissals, plant closures, assignments of employees, staff leasing, work permits, competition clauses etc.). In addition our efforts focus on providing support in corporate transactions, negotiations and conflict resolution with individual employees, employee representatives and trade unions.

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BianchiSchwald LLC - Employment Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises both employers and employees from the beauty, healthcare and luxury goods sectors on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law. Possesses notable expertise in contract drafting, bonus plans and social security matters. Has further strengths in immigration matters, such as cross-border transfer of employees and work permits.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's ability to "understand the client’s business and needs," and also note the "helpful advice and guidance when defining the right strategy."

Sources highlight that the lawyers are "very efficient and dedicated to their clients," and further praise their "very good technical skills."

Work highlights Advised the IRU on compliance matters and terminations of high-level employees, and also represented the company in litigation concerning whistle-blowing and confidentiality breaches.

Acted for ALCON Management on investigations into conflicts of interest and potential terminations.

Notable practitioners

Stéphanie Fuld has advised on a range of issues, such as executive-level terminations and confidentiality breaches, as well as internal investigations. She also assists clients with employment agreements, bonus payment claims and mass dismissals. An interviewee states: "She has very broad knowledge and expertise in employment law, with a very strong customer mindset. She makes herself available at any time, is highly reliable and her work is of outstanding quality," adding that she is "very approachable: very pleasant to work with."

About the Team (content provided by BianchiSchwald LLC)

The employment team of BianchiSchwald is renowned for its dynamic, knowledgeable and pragmatic approach to advising clients and representing them in courts. It assists large and medium-sized companies as well as educational institutions, state and local governments, health care institutions, not-for-profit organizations and senior executives. The team works closely with other lawyers in the firm specialized in corporate law, tax, data protection and intellectual property. Its understanding of the various social security systems and its trusted international network allows the team to efficiently handle all types of cross border assignments. Our relationships with employment and immigration authorities are key to delivering the best services to our clients

CORE EXPERTISE

- Drafting of employment contracts, internal rules and regulations;
- Advising on all aspects of social security;
- Dealing with executive compensation schemes, including stock-option plans;
- Assisting clients with cross border employee transfers to Switzerland;
- Obtaining Swiss work permits for foreign nationals;
- Representing employers and employees in judicial and arbitration proceedings;
- Advising corporations in the context of business transfers involving employees;
- Representing clients in discrimination cases;
- Advising companies on pension plans.


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Bär & Karrer AG - Employment Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Advises on employment agreements and residence permits. Represents clients from the financial services, manufacturing and transport sectors in mass dismissals, as well as litigation regarding bonus payments and overtime entitlements. Has further capabilities advising clients on M&A transactions, notably with transfers of employees and tax issues.

Strengths One client underlines the team as "very well organised" and "excellent and to the point."

Another source praises the team for its "excellent understanding of our needs."

Work highlights Assisted PSA with transfers of employment relationships, and the implementation of incentive schemes in regards to the acquisition of Opel and Vauxhall.

Advised Huntsman on incentive plans and Swiss law-governed contracts for executives.

Notable practitioners

Marie-Christine Balzan has a strong focus acting on mass dismissals for domestic and international clients. She also advises on social plans as well as bonus and severance payments.

Laura Widmer is "doing a good job" in cross-border office establishment mandates according to one source. She advised Farner Consulting on the employment aspects of its acquisition of YJOO Communications. She also assists clients with working time recording issues and employment agreements, with further experience of litigation regarding overtime entitlement and bonuses.

About the Team (content provided by Bär & Karrer AG)

We advise corporate clients and high-level management employees on all matters relating to employment relationships and, in collaboration with our tax and social security teams, with regard to all employment related tax and social security aspects.

Our specialized and well-experienced team assists our clients with regard to all administrative and legal aspects of work and residence permit applications related to international recruitments.

  • Preparing and advising on standard and tailor made employment contracts
  • Incentive and employee participation plans
  • Bonus schemes
  • Maternity/paternity queries
  • Individual and mass dismissals
  • Immigration (work and residence permits)
  • Employment law mediation and litigation
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Discrimination issues
  • Whistleblowing issues
  • Data protection compliance (national and international)
  • Work place safety standards
  • Staff handbooks/policies/procedures
  • HR issues in M&A and private equity transactions
  • HR issues in insolvencies

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Lenz & Staehelin - Employment Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noteworthy team representing clients from the banking, engineering and pharmaceutical sectors in immigration and discrimination mandates. Assists with employee benefits, pensions and social security queries. Also acts on transactional employment issues such as transfer of undertakings as well as on a range of contentious matters. Advises on collective dismissals, internal restructurings and non-compete agreements.

Strengths Clients praise the team's availability and appreciate the "quick capacity of response."

Work highlights Advised Novo Nordisk on the employment aspects of the company restructuring.

Assisted Moody's Analytics with employment law aspects concerning its acquisition of Bureau van Dijk.

Notable practitioners

Rayan Houdrouge has experience of collective dismissals and the transfer of employees to a new entity. He also assists clients in the financial, pharmaceutical and technology sectors with employment issues in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as advising on social plans and negotiations with employees. One interviewee highlights his ability to "remain calm and with a perfectly balanced analysis even in very complicated contexts and negotiations."

About the Team (content provided by Lenz & Staehelin)

Lenz & Staehelin has more than thirty years of experience in employment and pensions, and is widely recognized as one of the leading law firms in this area in Switzerland.

The Employment, Pensions and Immigration practice group draws on Lenz & Staehelin’s experience in all areas of private employment and public labor law, including litigation and arbitration. Our main activities cover the drafting of employment rules and regulations, the legal aspects of executive compensation, and the complex issue of cross-border employee transfers to Switzerland. An understanding of the relevant social security systems is crucial, and for this we can call on the skills and experience of specialists trained in this area. The Employment, Pensions and Immigration practice group advises both employers and senior employees.

We can draw on in-house expertise covering the whole spectrum of employment and pensions law including corporate, tax, data protection, and intellectual property law. To offer the full range of legal services is particularly important given that the dividing line between employment, contract, equity and corporate law is increasingly blurred, for example during a restructuring, or when compensation includes share plans and stock options.

Lenz & Staehelin also advises clients on obtaining Swiss work permits for foreign nationals, a service underpinned by our firm’s tradition of maintaining good contacts with the national and cantonal immigration authorities.

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Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL) - Employment Department

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第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Represents corporates in cross-border restructuring mandates, with an additional focus on social security issues. Also advises on terminations as well as immigration and pension issues. Has further experience of litigation regarding bonus claims and non-compete clauses. Has a number of clients from the banking, healthcare and retail sectors.

Strengths One client states: "They are really quick, fast and reliable and they explain things very well," adding: "They have the legal view and then incorporate my view of the field/business."

Other sources appreciate that the team is "very customer-focused" and is also "swift and responsive in answering."

Work highlights Represented railCare in litigation concerning the education of engine drivers and also advised on social security matters.

Acted on a number of terminations for Vistra Zürich.

Notable practitioners

Martin Ammann is a key contact at the firm.

About the Team (content provided by Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. (MLL))

Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Ltd. has expertise in all areas of employment and social security law, as well as immigration law. The firm’s employment law practice regularly advise both Swiss and foreign companies and groups of companies in all sectors of the economy. Particular areas of expertise include:

  • advice on employment and pension matters in relation to national and international corporate developments, including acquisitions, restructuring and outsourcing.
  • advice to employers on the legal aspects of their labour relations, particularly with regard to contracts, bonus packages and complex redundancies. 
  • preparation of relevant documentation and assistance in connection with lay-off procedures, and negotiations with unions, local administration and relevant authorities.
  • employment litigation.


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Pestalozzi - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active team frequently seen handling various transaction-related matters including mass dismissals and employee transfers as well as pension fund issues. Has broadened its practice to include immigration advice and matters involving commission and bonus plans. Advises clients from the pharmaceutical and financial sectors on employment agreements for senior executives. Represents clients in contentious matters, such as terminations and mobbing and harassment claims.

Strengths One client appreciates the "legally sound, pragmatic and solution-oriented, hands-on advice."

Another sources highlights the "very efficient, friendly staff" in the team.

Work highlights Advised LeasePlan Supply Services on the mass dismissal of 40 employees and the relocation of staff to European jurisdictions.

Represented Miele in three mandates in which employees allege abusive terminations.

Notable practitioners

Martin Müller has notable experience of transaction-related employment issues, such as redundancies and transfers, and has also advised on mobbing and harassment cases. In one matter, he advised senior executives on amendments to their employment agreements after the listing of their company on the SWX Exchange. One source describes him as a "very hands-on problem solver."

About the Team (content provided by Pestalozzi)

The Pestalozzi employment practice group draws on many years of wide-ranging experience to advise clients on virtually every aspect of Swiss law applicable to employment, labour, immigration and related issues. Our Employment practice group is fully integrated with the Corporate/M&A practice group. This allows us to advise our clients on a very broad range of employment related issues.

Clients choose Pestalozzi because we have built up a thorough understanding of Swiss employment rules and standards. We have established a successful practice for addressing all the main issues relevant to employment, labour and immigration. These include contracts, long-term incentive plans, bonus, share or option plans and employment issues arising during mergers and acquisitions. At operational level, we efficiently handle the domestic and cross-border transfer of employees, business restructuring, the termination of employment agreements, downsizing, outsourcing, and the closure of production lines as well as workforce restructuring and mass dismissals. We also cover the drafting of employment rules, policies and regulations, and help Swiss employers to obtain work and residence permits for foreign employees and their family members.

Our clients are mainly large domestic and foreign enterprises, whereby the international clients represent some of the largest companies in their industries.

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Schneider Troillet - Employment Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Assists clients with a range of employment and social security issues, such as insurance and pensions as well as contracts and working time regulations. Has further experience of contentious matters, including collective dismissals and investigations into mobbing and harassment. Also advises on immigration and data protection matters.

Strengths Interviewees underline the "professional and reliable" service as "fast, to the point and business-oriented."

Another source appreciates the "reactivity, sharp knowledge of the subject, full support and advice" offered by the firm.

Notable practitioners

Anne Troillet is "very knowledgeable" and "very good in employment law" according to one market commentator, while another source adds that she is "always available, efficient, always calm and agreeable." She advises on a range of employment matters, including contracts and regulations as well as collective dismissals and disputes.

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Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte KLG - Employment Department

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Band 4

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised for advising senior-level employees on hiring and termination packages. Acts for employers on mass dismissals and transfers of undertakings as well as changes to compensation packages. Experienced in handling immigration matters, including work and residence permits. Additionally acts on outsourcing, restructuring and relocation matters.

Strengths One source states: "They are very responsive and of course understand the business of their clients very well, especially with the way that foreign lawyers work, too. They adapt to you and don't expect you to adapt to them."

Other commentators note the "high-end legal expertise combined with pragmatic and efficient approach" offered by the team as well as their "real understanding and experience."

Notable practitioners

Thomas Loher is "very responsive, understands the issues well" and "explains matters clearly, and considers options," according to one satisfied commentator. He advises clients on employment matters arising from restructurings as well as transfer of undertakings, compensation schemes and terminations. He has further strengths in sports-related employment matters and acting for executives.

About the Team (content provided by Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte KLG)

Apart from assisting human resources managers in drafting general employment conditions, THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte specializes with comprehensive knowledge in advising executives, in particular regarding hiring and termination packages. The team advises a noticeable number of such clients on the C-level with regard to various packages for CEO/managing directors, on the part of employers as well as of employees.

The employment team of THOUVENIN rechtsanwälte is also well known in providing support in international secondments of employees. In this field, the team has extensive experience in establishing businesses in Switzerland and has acknowledged experts in the field of work and residence permits.





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Blesi & Papa

From the Chambers Europe guide

Alfred Blesi is a "true employment law expert" according to one interviewee, while another source appreciates his "very exact and comprehensive consultation." He possesses particular expertise in social security matters, while also having notable experience of a diverse range of employment issues.

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Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vincent Carron regularly advises clients on disputes regarding alleged unfair terminations, pension entitlements, data privacy and bonuses. He has further experience of transactions involving transfers of employees. One source enthuses he is "extremely responsive and quick to get the full picture," while another appreciates his "pragmatic approach" and that he is "available upon short notice."

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Adrian von Kaenel

Streiff von Kaenel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Adrian von Kaenel is "incredible in the field" according to one source. He is specialised in a variety of labour and employment law matters, such as mass dismissals, as well as offering notable expertise in social security law. He has also advised on matters regarding the age of retirement.

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Niederer Kraft Frey

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andreas Casutt has notable expertise in bonus, wrongful termination and discrimination claims within the financial sector. He also advises on incentive schemes. One interviewee states that he is "very business-oriented, responsive and understands the full picture."

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Band 2

CHANSON WILLE Rechtsanwälte

From the Chambers Europe guide

Georges Chanson of CHANSON WILLE Rechtsanwälte advises both employers and employees on a range of issues in the employment field, including contractual matters and representation in disputes. Peers notes that he is a "really good employment lawyer," who is "very active" in the market.

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Band 2

BianchiSchwald LLC

From the Chambers Europe guide

Stéphanie Fuld has advised on a range of issues, such as executive-level terminations and confidentiality breaches, as well as internal investigations. She also assists clients with employment agreements, bonus payment claims and mass dismissals. An interviewee states: "She has very broad knowledge and expertise in employment law, with a very strong customer mindset. She makes herself available at any time, is highly reliable and her work is of outstanding quality," adding that she is "very approachable: very pleasant to work with."

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Band 2

Homburger

From the Chambers Europe guide

Balz Gross "inspires confidence with his studied, thoughtful and commercial approach," highlights one impressed source, while another interviewee underlines his "thorough, creative, hands-on pragmatic advice." He is well regarded in the market for his work in employment litigation concerning abusive dismissals, unequal pay and compensation claims. He also advises on criminal proceedings regarding fraud committed by employees and the establishment of pension and social security schemes.

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Band 2

Blesi & Papa

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roberta Papa has strong expertise in matters regarding global mobility, such as social security and immigration issues. She also advises on employment matters within company structures and international internal policies, assisting with discrimination and bonus mandates. One source underlines her as "very professional, analytic and very efficient."

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Band 2

Thomas Pietruszak

Blesi & Papa

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Pietruszak is noted for his experience of employment disputes, such as alleged unfair terminations and bonus claims. Sources also underline his strengths in data protection employment matters. One interviewee appreciates that he "finds the best solution for us," while another source adds that he possesses a "very pragmatic approach and knows exactly what the client needs."

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Band 2

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peter Reinert garners praise from clients for his "very structured," and "focused and efficient" approach, as well as his strengths in cross-border mandates. Another source underlines his "great knowledge" of employment contracts and terminations. He also advises clients on bonus schemes.

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Band 2

Streiff von Kaenel

From the Chambers Europe guide

Roger Rudolph is noted by peers for his expertise in employment law matters as "the brain that knows it all." He advises on a range of areas, including discrimination in the workplace, data protection and contracts. 

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Band 2

Advokaturbüro Frei Steger Senti

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christoph Senti of Advokaturbüro Frei Steger Senti is based in Altstätten and enjoys a good reputation among peers. He has notable experience of contract and employment law matters.

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Band 3

Regula Hinderling

burckhardt Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Regula Hinderling of burckhardt Ltd represented a public authority in a dispute in which employees are claiming unfair treatment concerning salary increases. She also advises on collective agreements, challenges to terminations and employee contracts. One source highlights her for her "deep understanding of Swiss employment law and the high quality and thoroughness of her work," adding that she is "reliable, proactive and highly responsive."

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Band 3

Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte KLG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Thomas Loher is "very responsive, understands the issues well" and "explains matters clearly, and considers options," according to one satisfied commentator. He advises clients on employment matters arising from restructurings as well as transfer of undertakings, compensation schemes and terminations. He has further strengths in sports-related employment matters and acting for executives.

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Band 3

Philippe Nordmann

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Philippe Nordmann is "very pragmatic and gives very real advice that you can use; he is solution-driven and this makes it very good to work with him from a business point of view." He assisted Luzerner Sinfonieorchester with the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement with the Swiss Musicians' Union regarding artists' rights, working time, retirement and terminations due to insufficient performance. He has further strengths advising on working time regulations and work permits.

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Band 3

Walder Wyss Ltd

From the Chambers Europe guide

Ueli Sommer handles a range of employment matters, such as cross-border outsourcing and social security and pensions, as well as advising on investigations into alleged wrongdoing, terminations and criminal proceedings. He has further capabilities in workforce transfer issues and compensation matters. One client underlines his "very broad and in-depth knowledge in employment law."

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Band 4

Marie-Christine Balzan

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marie-Christine Balzan has a strong focus acting on mass dismissals for domestic and international clients. She also advises on social plans as well as bonus and severance payments.

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Band 4

Christian Gersbach

CMS

From the Chambers Europe guide

Christian Gersbach of CMS is "always very approachable" and "quick to respond to requests," and is also "practical but with good knowledge." He advised Accenture on a range of employment matters, such as terminations and post-contractual non-compete clauses, as well as cross-border assignments and employee leasing regulations. He has further experience of data protection issues, work and residency permits and compliance matters.

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Band 4

Bratschi AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Angela Hensch of Bratschi Ltd. garners praise from peers who note her work in discrimination matters, with one commentator describing her as "really very good." She has experience of a range of issues including bullying cases and matters regarding unfair termination, such as severance payments and bonus claims. She also advises on collective redundancies and the implementation of working hours regulations.

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Band 4

Lenz & Staehelin

From the Chambers Europe guide

Rayan Houdrouge has experience of collective dismissals and the transfer of employees to a new entity. He also assists clients in the financial, pharmaceutical and technology sectors with employment issues in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as advising on social plans and negotiations with employees. One interviewee highlights his ability to "remain calm and with a perfectly balanced analysis even in very complicated contexts and negotiations."

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Band 4

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers Europe guide

Monika McQuillen of Eversheds Sutherland advised the International Air Transport Association on employment matters concerning the relocation of the organisation's Financial Distribution Services operation from Geneva to Madrid, including advising on the collective dismissal procedure and the negotiation of a social plan. One source describes her as "very clear and very efficient," while another interviewee praises her "business mindset."

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Band 4

Pestalozzi

From the Chambers Europe guide

Martin Müller has notable experience of transaction-related employment issues, such as redundancies and transfers, and has also advised on mobbing and harassment cases. In one matter, he advised senior executives on amendments to their employment agreements after the listing of their company on the SWX Exchange. One source describes him as a "very hands-on problem solver."

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Band 4

Marc-Philippe Prinz

Vischer

From the Chambers Europe guide

Marc-Philippe Prinz of Vischer "is very strategic in his approach and a pleasure to work with," says one commentator. He assisted Barnes Group with a mass redundancy, including advice on the dismissal procedure and the negotiation of termination agreements. He also advises on alleged abusive dismissals, bonus payments and incentive schemes.

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Band 4

Schneider Troillet

From the Chambers Europe guide

Anne Troillet is "very knowledgeable" and "very good in employment law" according to one market commentator, while another source adds that she is "always available, efficient, always calm and agreeable." She advises on a range of employment matters, including contracts and regulations as well as collective dismissals and disputes.

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Up and Coming

Blesi & Papa

From the Chambers Europe guide

One client highlights René Hirsiger as "very goal oriented" and "practical in his approach," giving "advice that can really be applied." He is particularly active on data protection and litigation issues.

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Associates to watch

Bär & Karrer AG

From the Chambers Europe guide

Laura Widmer is "doing a good job" in cross-border office establishment mandates according to one source. She advised Farner Consulting on the employment aspects of its acquisition of YJOO Communications. She also assists clients with working time recording issues and employment agreements, with further experience of litigation regarding overtime entitlement and bonuses.

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