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Firm Profile


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  • Cours de Rive 13
  • Geneva
  • Geneva
  • Switzerland
  • 1204

Firm profile submitted by Pestalozzi

Chairman: Michael Kramer
Managing Partner: Urs Klöti
Number of partners: 27
Number of lawyers: 97
Languages: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish

Pestalozzi is an independent multicultural and multilingual Swiss law firm dating from 1911, with a practice focusing on Swiss commercial law and international work. It is one of the country’s largest law firms, with 27 partners and some 70 other fee earners in Zurich and Geneva. The firm is also part of the Lex Mundi international network. Its lawyers are capable of handling complex transactions and are team players within interdisciplinary project groups.

The firm’s international clients are frequently traditional top-ranking enterprises, but may also be smaller or medium-sized businesses. They come from a broad range of sectors, including financial services (commercial and investment banks and financial intermediaries), industry (pharmaceuticals, chemicals and biotechnology, electronics, automobiles, mechanical engineering, food and beverages, tobacco, graphic products, textiles, watches and publishing), trading and retail, telecommunications, shipping, aviation and the travel and entertainment industries.

Corporate & Transactions:

■ The corporate/M&A practice group has provided commercial and corporate law solutions to domestic and foreign companies for almost a century. It advises a diverse range of international and domestic companies on all aspects of commercial and corporate law
■ The group represents buyers, sellers, and their respective financial advisors in all fields of cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, in addition to other corporate control transactions ranging in value from a few million to multi-billion CHF Zurich
Christoph G Lang
Email: [email protected] Geneva
Contact: Sébastien Roy
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
■ The litigation and arbitration practice group has a long-standing reputation for excellence in advising and representing clients in complex national and international commercial disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals. In addition to acting in commercial disputes, the litigation and arbitration practice group is also well known for its expertise in insolvency matters, asset tracing, international judicial assistance in civil and criminal matters as well as matters involving white-collar crimes
■ Members of the group also frequently serve as arbitrators and mediators in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations
Zurich Contact: Michael Kramer
Email: [email protected]
Geneva Contact: Christophe Emonet
Email: [email protected]

Financial Services:
■ Pestalozzi’s financial services practice group provides advice and assistance on all legal issues facing the banking industry and the capital markets
■ The practice has gained recognition for its comprehensive support in bank regulatory matters. It advises Swiss and international clients on complex domestic and cross-border regulatory issues (licensing, compliance, supervision)
■ The practice represents and advises clients in complex debt, equity and equity-linked offerings, syndicated loans, structured and hybrid debt financings, securitisations and other alternative risk transfer transactions
■ The practice is also experienced in structuring and administering derivatives programs and in developing other complex investment (fund) products and has a long-standing experience in advising all major private equity investment strategies in a variety of markets
Zurich Contact: Urs Klöti
Email: [email protected]
Geneva Contact: Sébastien Roy
Email: [email protected]

■ Pestalozzi’s Tax practice group advises clients in Switzerland and abroad on the complete range of corporate and individual taxation, withholding and stamp taxes as well as VAT
■ The tax practice includes: advance tax ruling negotiations; employee stock plans; estate planning; financing; financial restructuring; funds; holding structures; international structures for groups; litigation; M&A; migration services; mutual agreement procedures; private clients; privileged tax regime structures; real estate; relocation and repatriation services; social security law; tax holidays; VAT, customs and excise duties
Contact: Nils Harbeke
Email: [email protected]

■ Whether a client wants to protect an innovation, market a brand, plan and develop IT structures, engage in a joint research project, act as sponsor, do business over the internet, handle personal data, obtain advice regarding telecommunication services, prevent a competitor from infringing its IP rights or bring its advertisement in line with Swiss law, Pestalozzi’s IP & TMT lawyers are the right choice
Contact: Lorenza Ferrari Hofer
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate & Environment:
The real estate and environment practice group provides advice on all legal issues relating to commercial and residential real estate. Its clients are banks, private equity funds and other investors, as well as industrial companies and private individuals. It regularly assists foreign clients on real estate investments and divestments in Switzerland and also advises and supports clients in relocating their centre of activities to Switzerland.
Contact: Michael Lips
Email: [email protected]

Private Clients:
The private clients practice group offers Swiss and non-Swiss individuals and families, foundations and trusts, as well as private banks, family offices and other wealth management service providers sophisticated, tailor-made solutions with regard to legal, regulatory and tax aspects of global planning, coordinating, structuring of their private wealth and business assets.
Zurich Contact: Oliver Widmer
Email: [email protected]
Geneva Contact: Christophe Emonet
Email: [email protected]

Life Sciences:
Pestalozzi’s life sciences practice group consists of members of the corporate/M&A, IP and TMT and litigation and arbitration practices. ‘Life sciences’ includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotech products, as well as other regulated products, such as cosmetics, food (including beverages and tobacco), consumer goods and chemicals.
Contact: Christian Roos
Email: [email protected]


  • Cours de Rive 13,
  • Geneva,
  • Switzerland
  • 1204
  • Tel +41 22 999 96 00
  • Fax +41 22 999 9601
  • Email : [email protected]