Managing Partner: Philippe Weber
Number of lawyers: 100+
Languages: German, English, French, Italian, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Niederer Kraft Frey is a leading full service Swiss law firm based in Zurich with an international approach. The firm works closely with its clients in Switzerland and internationally, to implement strategic goals, strengthen businesses and navigate change effectively. Niederer Kraft Frey offers integrated advice across the whole spectrum of corporate, finance and business law. The firm has a long track record of dealing effectively with complex challenges by combining legal excellence with commercial focus. Over decades, Niederer Kraft Frey has worked on the most significant and demanding matters in the Swiss market. This is the foundation of the firm’s distinct market knowledge, legal expertise and its capacity for innovative thought.
Main Areas of Practice
Antitrust & Competition:
The team advises on investigation proceedings before the Swiss Competition Commission and partner with international firms to coordinate proceedings worldwide. Clients include Swiss and international companies from a broad range of sectors and industries.
■Advising companies in major cartel investigations, such as in the LIBOR, FX, leasing and bid rigging investigations
■Swiss counsel to Procter & Gamble advising, among others, on distribution, advertisement, promotions
Banking, Finance & Regulatory:
NKF’s team represents all kinds of financial services providers around the globe, their clients and investors in cutting-edge finance transactions, financial services regulatory and compliance matters, enforcement proceedings and government investigations.
■Lead counsel for domestic and cross-border Swiss law governed credit financings
■Legal advisor for Microsoft in connection with cloud data outsourcing solutions for Swiss regulated financial institutions
■Advised Thomson Reuters Corporation and Thomson Reuters Holdings AG in connection with its USD 2.64 billion credit agreement
NKF regularly advises on the largest and most complex capital market transactions and have been at the forefront of the development of new and innovative capital market products for many years. The team advises banking and insurance clients on the structuring of novel hybrid and other innovative regulatory capital instruments and on the regulatory capital treatment of capital market transactions.
■Swiss counsel in the largest Swiss IPOs every year since 2014
■Swiss counsel to Stadler Rail in its IPO (3rd largest European IPO in 2019)
■Swiss counsel to SoftwareONE in its IPO
■Swiss counsel to Medacta in its IPO offering
NKF’s specialist lawyers cover the entire spectrum of corporate services. The team supports companies in the full range of their operational activities, from procurement and production through to the distribution of products and the provision of services.
NKF’s practice covers: general aspects of corporate law, including capital markets laws and regulations applicable to public companies and groups; corporate restructurings and insolvency; preparation and holding of shareholders’ meetings of listed companies; advising senior management and boards of directors and their committees on a wide range of issues, including corporate governance and liability management; corporate housekeeping and compliance; and business succession planning for owner-managed and family businesses.
■Represented Actelion on its USD 30 billion transaction with Johnson & Johnson
■Advised CRH plc as Swiss counsel on the sale of its European distribution business
■Advised Broadcom on the USD18.9 billion cash acquisition of CA Technologies
■Advised Électricité de France (EDF) on the sale of its 25% participation in Alpiq Holding AG
The NKF team has extensive experience advising on complex and high-value cases, with a significant international element. The team’s extensive experience covers disputes in a wide range of industries from financial, commodities, sports, energy, construction, and pharma disputes to global investigations and risk management.
NKF advises publicly listed and private companies, financial institutions, executive employees and directors on all aspects of employment law from recruitment and contract negotiation to termination, including related fiscal, compensation, pension and social insurance law matters.
NKF’s IP team has extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property law including the licensing, sale and securitisation of IP rights, copyright and trademark protection, unfair competition, bribery and the protection of know-how and business secrets.
■Advised Navistar International Corporation on Swiss law aspects of a framework agreement for collaboration with Volkswagen Truck & Bus
■Advising Thomson Reuters, one of the world’s leading sources of intelligent business information
Investigations & Enforcement, White Collar Crime:
NKF’s investigations and enforcement lawyers have broad experience in conducting transnational, multi-jurisdictional internal regulatory and white collar crime investigations as well as in defending clients in governmental investigations, enforcement proceedings by Swiss and foreign supervisory authorities, and related civil disputes.
■Advising several financial institutions and individuals in relation to Swiss and foreign investigations and enforcement proceedings
NKF’s expertise in advising wealthy individuals, family businesses and entrepreneurs extends across the firm, with a particular focus on private wealth services, estate planning, corporate, commercial property and tax planning.
■Estate planning, matrimonial property law, divorce law
■Foundation and philanthropic work
The real estate team specialises in high value, complex real estate transactions including sale and lease back transactions, hotel and leisure projects and the development of former industrial sites. NKF advises on property acquisition and investment, development, regulatory framework and structures, management, insurance, financing, restructuring, and disposal of all asset classes of real estate.
■Advised Schroder Investment Management (Switzerland) AG on the acquisition of a global R&D center
■Advised Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank on the sale of the portfolio “Robusta”
■Counsel to Citychamp Dartong Group in the acquisition of the Hotel Le Mirador Resort & Spa
The NKF team advises international and national sports associations, leading sports clubs, global players in the sports industry and top athletes on all international and transdisciplinary sports law matters.
The NKF tax team has deep expertise in structured finance, securitisation, corporate finance, corporate migration, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, capital markets transactions, investment funds, private equity, real estate, employee benefits and participation, sports, charities, art and global operations.
■Lead counsel to various single family offices of UHNWI
■Global lead tax advisor for one of the world’s largest sports events
■Advises one of the largest global media and information firms on their financing
NKF advises domestic and international clients across industries on all aspects of technology, IT, outsourcing, telecoms, data privacy and cybersecurity. Years of practical experience, both in the legal field and in relevant business functions with technology providers, enables the team to offer clients commercially pragmatic advice on both domestic and international projects.
■Advising Schindler in worldwide outsourcing and IoT projects
■Advising the World Economic Forum (WEF) on data protection matters and GDPR compliance