Managing Partners: Marc Fischer, Nicolas Killen
Number of partners: 17
Number of lawyers: 24
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Swedish
Borel & Barbey, established in 1907, is one of the leading Swiss business law firms. Its practice has traditionally focused on dispute resolution, banking and private clients (trusts and estate planning). This last decade the firm grew considerably and developed a strong expertise in tax, corporate, finance and securities regulatory matters. The firm advises major domestic and international clients as well as small companies and entrepreneurs for which it has the capability of leading complex transactions or of advising in day to day operations.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A:
Borel & Barbey advises on all aspects of general corporate work, including incorporation, corporate transactions, reorganisations, restructuring of share capital or shareholders agreements. It is regularly involved in the establishment and structuring of new business operations in and out Switzerland in transactions related to share deals and assets deals. Borel & Barbey also acts for foreign buyers or sellers in cross-border acquisition of Swiss business entities, including listed companies.
Banking & Finance:
The firm has long-standing experience in advising major Swiss and foreign banks, investment funds, securities dealers, assets managers and other financial institutions in regulatory matters and day to day business. Borel & Barbey’s Banking Department advises clients on general Swiss financial laws and represents them before the FINMA in relation to applications to be licensed or authorised in Switzerland. Over the last years, Borel & Barbey has been retained in a significant number of cross-border financing transactions by clients acting as senior lenders, agents or lead arrangers to advise on credit facilities, guarantees and security documents. In the syndicated loans and leverage finance business, in the past years it has advised various syndicates of banks or notes issuers for financing transactions totalling close to USD 3 billion.
Litigation & Arbitration:
Borel & Barbey’s litigation practice deals with a wide range of proceedings and disputes and a large proportion of its litigation work has an international dimension, in particular in Swiss commercial, financial and corporate law. The firm also often represents clients in international judicial assistance and financial institutions in white-collar crime issues. The firm’s litigation work for banks in recent years includes advice and investigations of bank fraud and money laundering. Firm lawyers handle international arbitrations in complex commercial cases conducted under the Rules of the ICC, the UNCITRAL Rules or under the Swiss Rules or in ad hoc arbitrations.
Borel & Barbey’s tax practice enjoys a strong reputation for advising private clients and high net worth individuals in the structuring of their holdings and private estates. Working with international and domestic clients, private and institutional investors, the firm also advises on international and cross-border tax planning, M&A-related matters, capital markets and corporate reorganisation. It also has extensive experience in negotiating, ruling with Swiss federal and cantonal tax authorities both for foreign individuals taking residence or companies establishing in Switzerland, in particular in the business of commodities trading.
Trusts & Estate Planning:
The firm’s private client practice is an established tradition. Borel & Barbey’s expertise encompasses inheritance law, trusts and estate planning and taxes. Historically, Borel & Barbey has relied on a very strong private client practice being ranked among the leading firms in Switzerland in that field. Traditionally maintaining good relations with several traditional private banks, it has a long-standing reputation on private banking matters and the firm regularly advises private individuals, family offices and financial institutions. The attorneys of the firm are regularly appointed as executors in testamentary provisions.
The firm provides advice to our clients in prenuptial planning and family estate law on a Swiss and international level. Borel & Barbey supports and represents clients before the courts in respect of proceedings arising from family law, such as marriage protective measures, divorce proceedings, guardianship and any actions under filiation law (parental rights, maintenance contributions) as well as national and international adoption proceeding. As a result of its multi-disciplinary approach, the firm has the necessary expertise to conduct a full analysis of the collateral effects of any change of civil status, in particular as regard tax and immigration regulations. Following a survey conducted with 7,200 attorneys and 450 in-house lawyers, Borel & Barbey was ranked in 2018 as the third best law firm in marriage and family law in Switzerland and the second one for Geneva (Recognition ‘Best law firm 2018’ awarded by Bilanz and Le Temps).
Borel & Barbey advises domestic and international clients on the full range of real estate matters, concentrating on the sale and purchase of real estate, mortgage and leases. Various syndicates of banks or notes issuers for financing transactions totalling close to USD 3 billion.