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Bratschi Ltd

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Chairman: Thomas Schönenberger
Managing Partner: Simon Osterwalder
Number of partners: 48
Number of lawyers: 91
Languages: English, German, French, Italian, Croatian, Dutch, Hungarian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish
Firm Overview:
Born out of the merger of three traditional local firms, Bratschi is a leading, fast growing Swiss full service law firm with over 90 professionals.
At its offices in Zurich, Berne, St. Gallen, Zug, Basel and Lausanne, the firm offers an extraordinarily broad range of legal services at the highest quality in almost all areas of law.
A characteristic feature of the firm is the combination of its traditional local roots and presence with a strong international orientation and expertise in cross-border issues.
Clients value the size of the firm, which allows it to master the challenges of complex matters and to offer specialist know-how, and its ability to nonetheless offer a personal dedication and a tailor-made service thanks to its local offices, high partner dedication and small, tailor-made teams.
Bratschi pools the array of its services and know-how in specialised units, which are integrated throughout the whole firm, its ten practice groups and nine industry groups.

Industry Groups:
Construction, Real Estate & Hotels
Financial Services
International Practice
Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
Private Clients
Public Sector
Sports
Telecom, IT & Energy

Main Areas of Practice:
Arbitration
Competition & Media
Compliance & Investigations
Constitutional & Administrative
Contracts
Corporate & Transactions
Family & Inheritance
Intellectual Property & Data Protection
Litigation & Debt Collection
Notarial Services
Taxation
White Collar Crime

Corporate & Transactions:
Integrated by over 40 fee earners, this practice encompasses the areas of corporate and commercial, M&A, transactions and capital markets. It handles all aspects of transactional work and of capital market transactions, throughout all stages of the life-cycle of companies, both for privately held and for listed entities. The practice focuses on the small and mid-cap segment, both domestically and cross-border.

Arbitration & Litigation:
The dispute resolution team, which features some 40 professionals, consists of the practice groups arbitration and litigation and debt collection. It acts before all local, cantonal and national courts across all linguistic areas of Switzerland. The arbitration team also counts on various experienced arbitrators who act on international and national arbitrations.

Financial Services:
Advising financial services providers is one of the firm’s strength. The 30 specialists who compose this practice area advise international and Swiss banks, insurance companies, independent asset managers and other financial services providers of all sizes, who operate nationally and globally, across a broad range of legal and regulatory issues.

Taxation:
The firm’s department provides tax advice on transactional, corporate, capital markets and financing matter, as well as on estate planning and private taxation matters. It also represents clients before tax authorities and in court.

Public Sector:
The team, which is highly experienced in all areas of Swiss public and administrative law, regularly advises in the fields of energy, medical and healthcare, media, education, state liability, public labour, constitutional and general administrative law. Clients include communities, municipalities and state agencies, enterprises in the public and private sector as well as individuals.

International Work:
The lawyers of the firm’s international practice – many of whom have working experience abroad, foreign education, held senior positions in international enterprises and/or have a multi-cultural background – are experts in cross-border issues and in managing multi-jurisdictional projects. With trusted contacts in almost every jurisdiction and place on earth, Bratschi can count on a truly global network.