Firm / Organisation

Bär & Karrer Ltd

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Chairman/CEO: Daniel Hochstrasser
Number of employees: 350
Languages: German, English, Italian, French

Firm Overview:
Bär & Karrer is a leading Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug. Bär & Karrer was founded in 1969, out of a practice dating back to 1938.

The firm’s core business is advising clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. The firm’s clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Most of the firm’s work has an international component. It has broad experience handling cross-border proceedings and transactions. The firm’s extensive network consists of correspondent law firms which are all market leaders in their jurisdictions.

Bär & Karrer was repeatedly awarded Switzerland Law Firm of the Year by the most important international legal ranking agencies in recent years.

Main Areas Of Practice:
The fintech team provides advice on all legal and regulatory matters (including cross-border aspects) to businesses operating at the intersection between financial services and information technology. The team provides support with the development, implementation and protection of new business models as well as the issuance and marketing of innovative financial products. In addition, it advises clients on transactions where there is an emphasis on fintech, including private equity investments, mergers, joint ventures and financing transactions.
Clients span a broad range from early stage start-ups to established financial institutions, large technology companies and investors with a focus on digitalisation, as well as specialised infrastructure and service providers such as payment facilitators, exchange and lending platforms.
■ Electronic payment and money services
■ Cryptocurrencies / digital assets and related services including custody, storage, trading and exchange platforms
■ Financial instruments based on distributed ledger technology (DLT)
■ Crowdfunding, crowdlending and similar platforms
■ Regulatory reviews, no action requests with authorities / FINMA, licence applications
■ Financing, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestments
■ Contractual documentation
■ Compliance support
■ Data protection and information security
■ Technology licensing and procurement

Key Contacts Fintech:
Eric Stupp
Tel: +41 58 261 50 00
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Dr Daniel Flühmann
Tel: +41 58 261 50 00
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Dr Peter Hsu
Tel: +41 58 261 53 94
Email: [email protected]

Recent Highlights & Awards:
■ 2019 STEP Award (‘International Legal Team of the Year’)
■ 2019 Citywealth Magic Circle Award (‘Law Firm of the Year - Switzerland’)
■ 2019, 2015 and 2014 IFLR Award
■ 2019 IFLR Debt and equity-linked Deal of the Year
■ 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Mergermarket European M&A Award (‘Legal Adviser of the Year’)
■ 2018 IFLR M&A Deal of the Year
■ 2018 Best in Trusts & Estates by Euromoney LMG
■ 2016, 2013 and 2012 Chambers Award
■ 2016, 2015 and 2014 Legal 500 (‘most recommended law firm in Switzerland’)
■ 2016 Trophées du Droit Gold
■ 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010 The Lawyer European Award
■ 2015 Citywealth Magic Circle Award (‘Law firm of the Year - EMEA’)


Total 6 contributions

Corporate M&A 2020 Trends and Developments in Switzerland

Dieter Dubs

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Insurance & Reinsurance 2020 Law and Practice in Switzerland

Peter Hsu, Daniel Flühmann, Tiffany Ender

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Alternative Funds 2019 Law and Practice in Switzerland

Rashid Bahar, Martin Peyer

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 1 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Bär & Karrer Advises Capvis on Purchase of Tertianum Group from Swiss Prime Site

Ralph Malacrida, Christoph Neeracher, Mani Reinert, Susanne Schreiber, Raphael Annasohn, Ruth Bloch-Riemer, Thomas Stoltz, Philippe Seiler

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