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Lenz & Staehelin

Competition/Antitrust

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What the team is known for

Top-tier competition practice representing domestic and international clients from a range of sectors including media, automotive, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Continues to play leading roles in the most important competition matters in the market, including large-scale investigations and merger notifications before the Swiss Competition Commission. Provides further assistance with distribution matters and sector investigations. Acts on appeals against fines and merger prohibition decisions.

Strengths

One client describes the team as "a very dedicated team of lawyers with a strong commitment to customer service and who are highly sensitive and responsive to our business needs and concerns."

Another client praises the lawyers for being "responsive, well prepared and practical in their approach."

Other clients are quick to point out the firm's "sharp and specialised legal expertise."

Work highlights

Represented Mastercard in proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission relating to abuse of dominant position allegations.

Notable practitioners

Astrid Waser is held in high esteem by clients for being "very experienced and customer-oriented." She is adept at handling merger filing matters and competition investigations. Her client list includes companies hailing from the TMT and financial sectors.

Benoît Merkt is a highly regarded lawyer in the competition market who assists clients with merger control matters, investigations and dawn raids. "He is fully responsive, meets deadlines, is diplomatic and has a practical approach," reports one source.

Marcel Meinhardt is an outstanding practitioner with market-leading expertise in merger control procedures and competition investigations. He also represents clients in appeal proceedings before Swiss courts. Clients say: "He is a very quick and smart thinker; he is pragmatic and thorough."

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Overview

Clients come to Lenz & Staehelin for advice on the complete range of antitrust/competition, regulatory and trade issues spanning merger control and joint ventures, restrictive practices, market dominance, cartel investigations and related litigation, market/sectoral investigations, competition litigation, licensing and distribution, intellectual property, liberalization, public procurement and trade/WTO matters.

Lenz & Staehelin's Competition law group is one of the largest in Switzerland, unique in terms of national footprint. It is one of only very few firms in the country with the resources to handle the most complex mandates. Its extensive and varied expertise places the firm at the forefront of Swiss competition law. The team is widely and consistently recognized to be part of Switzerland's competition law elite and has a proven track record of successfully steering clients through the largest transactions, closely watched investigations and high-stakes litigations in Switzerland.

Lenz & Staehelin also advises financial institutions on both the antitrust/competition aspects of corporate deals as well as in contentious matters in courts throughout Switzerland. We represent clients in particular before the Swiss Competition Commission, the Swiss Price Supervisory Office and in civil litigation in cantonal and federal courts in Switzerland.

Members

Meinhardt, Marcel (Head of Department)

Merkt, Benoît (Head of Department)

Frey, Harold

Houdrouge, Rayan

Müller, Dominik

Prümmer, Felix

Simon, Jürg

Tunik, Daniel

Industries

Automobiles & Parts

Banks

Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing

Energy

Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers

Government

Insurance

Media

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Retail

Software & Computer Services

Sports

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Telecommunications

Transportation

Utilities

Competition/Antitrust

Lenz & Staehelin

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Location

Brandschenkestrasse 24

Zürich

Zurich

Switzerland

CH-8024

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Switzerland

Competition/Antitrust


Astrid Waser
Band 2
Benoît Merkt
Band 2
Marcel Meinhardt
Band 1