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Europe 2022
Switzerland Corporate/M&A
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6 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Bär & Karrer Ltd

We have extensive experience and expertise in dealing with complex domestic and cross-border transactions. We act on major deals as well as on smaller transactions. We advise our clients on the full range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions and divestments of privately owned companies, auctions, friendly and hostile takeovers, spin-offs, mergers, transaction finance, and restructurings.

Our mergers & acquisitions practice covers a range of industries including industrial groups, pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, technology firms, and energy providers. We act for corporate buyers and sellers, private investors as well as private equity funds and their financial advisers.

  • Structuring transactions
  • Due diligence
  • Drafting and negotiation of the transaction documentation
  • Securing regulatory permits, clearances and tax rulings
  • Organizing of signing and closing
  • Implementing transactions

Chambers Review

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Corporate/M&A - Switzerland
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What the team is known for

Bär & Karrer is highly sought after by both buyers and sellers on corporate transactions, advising on both public and private M&A. The law firm represents clients in joint ventures and spin-offs and is popular with large corporates, shareholders and private equity investors. It boasts a number of clients from the financial services, luxury goods and insurance sectors. The team is lauded for its handling of international mandates, as well as its pan-European and Swiss capabilities.

Strengths

One impressed client describes Bär & Karrer's team as "fast, commercial and solution-oriented - in short the type of M&A lawyers I love working with to secure the last mile of a transaction."

Interviewees also frequently praise the law firm for its cross-border capacities, with one noting that "Bär & Karrer is highly skilled and connected, and manages cross-border aspects perfectly well," with another stating that the team "has very good knowledge, but more importantly has some very good and experienced legal and fiscal contacts."

Work highlights

Advised Far Point on its EUR2.3 billion merger wit Global Blue.

Notable practitioners

Christoph Neeracher is renowned for his extensive corporate law experience. He advises corporates on a range of private M&A transactions, and also assists private equity funds with acquisitions and divestments. His expertise spans sectors such as luxury goods, healthcare and real estate. One impressed client highlights Christoph Neeracher for his "very pragmatic approach and focus on the key issues."

Rolf Watter is a highly established practitioner handling transatlantic and pan-European spin-offs and acquisitions, as well as advising on restructuring mandates. Sources describe him as "a very famous figure in both public and private M&A."

Dieter Dubs is a highly respected practitioner in the Zürich market. He is well regarded for his experience in handling regulatory issues as well as public takeovers and mergers.

Ralph Malacrida advises companies on majority stake sales and acquisitions, as well as assisting with mergers and joint ventures.

Geneva-based Martin Anderson has experience advising corporates and financial institutions on cross-border transactions. He also assists with private equity buyouts. One interviewee describes him as "a good personality and very eloquent."

Mariel Hoch is renowned for her experience in handling public M&A transactions, frequently advising on cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures. One pleased client praises Mariel Hoch's "very strong sector knowledge" and describes her as "pragmatic, thorough, very responsive and committed."

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Corporate/M&A

Christoph Neeracher
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Christoph Neeracher
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Rolf Watter
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Rolf Watter
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Dieter Dubs
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Dieter Dubs
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Martin Anderson
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Martin Anderson
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Ralph Malacrida
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Ralph Malacrida
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Mariel Hoch
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Mariel Hoch
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Members

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Christoph Neeracher

Head of Department

Christoph Suter

Corrado Rampini

Cédric Chapuis

Daniel Bader

Daniel U. Lehmann

Eric Stupp

Laura Widmer

Luca Jagmetti

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Mariel Hoch

Head of Department

Michael Trippel

Paolo Bottini

Peter Hsu

Philippe Seiler

Raphael Annasohn

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Rolf Watter

Head of Department

Susanne Schreiber

Thomas Rohde

Thomas Stoltz

Urs Brügger

Urs Kägi