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Prager Dreifuss Ltd.

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Chairman: Dr Urs Brunner
Managing Partners: Dr Christoph K Graber, Daniel S Hayek, Dr Roland Böhi (Management Committee)
Number of partners: 16
Number of lawyers: 39
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Afrikaans

Firm Overview:
Prager Dreifuss is an independent, full-service law firm with more than 30 years of experience in commercial law in Switzerland. With offices in Zurich, Berne and in Brussels, and specialised expertise ranging from M&A, competition law, insurance law, banking and finance to litigation, private clients and tax, the firm is ideally placed to assist international and domestic clients in a wide range of legal matters.

Main Areas of Practice:

Business Transactions (M&A):

8 partners, 16 fee earners based in Switzerland
Prager Dreifuss maintains outstanding expertise in corporate transactions and advises clients on all types of M&A transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, spin-offs, IPOs, LBOs, MBOs, complex finance transactions and large-scale private equity investments. The M&A team has vast experience in the acquisitions of Swiss targets for major strategic buyers from a variety of industries.
Contacts: Dr Andreas Moll, Daniel Hayek
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Competition & Regulatory Matters:
2 partners, 6 fee earners based in Switzerland During the past decade, Prager Dreifuss has established itself as one of the prime competition law firms, with profound knowledge also in EU competition law. The team regularly represents clients before the Swiss competition authorities and frequently collaborates with foreign law firms in multijurisdictional proceedings. Amongst others, the firm represents financial institutions in the Competition Commission’s various investigations in the financial sector.
Contact: Prof Dr Philipp Zurkinden
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & Commercial:
8 partners, 16 fee earners based in Switzerland
Prager Dreifuss handles company set-ups and restructurings, plans and executes cross-border relocations of head offices, drafts and negotiates contracts, takes care of corporate housekeeping and ensures operational compliance. The firm provides support in HR matters, drafts employment contracts and incentive plans and advises on the necessary permits in regulatory matters.
Contact: Dr Hans-Ulrich Brunner
Email: [email protected]

Financing & Capital Markets:
5 partners, 12 fee earners based in Switzerland
Lawyers from Prager Dreifuss are recognised by the SIX Swiss Exchange as expert representatives and advisors for listed companies. Project and transaction financing is a particular strength of the firm, advising investors and companies on choosing appropriate financing structures. A partiuclar area of expertise is the raising of corporate funds by means of ‘Initial Coin Offerings’. Distressed debt transactions are an important focus.
Contacts: Daniel Hayek, Prof Dr Urs Bertschinger
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Insolvency & Restructuring:
2 partners, 6 fee earners based in Switzerland
The insolvency and restructuring team represents investors and creditors (some of which are banks, hedge funds or other financial institutions) in insolvency proceedings and restructuring situations. Amongst others, selective matters include representing clients in relation to defaulted derivatives transactions under ISDA Master Agreements worth several hundred million CHF in a bankruptcy of a bank, litigation of aircraft finance agreements and the representation of the trustee and security agent of defaulted bonds in an amount of USD 1.75 bn against the group of the issuer.
Contact: Daniel Hayek
Email: [email protected]

Insurance & Reinsurance:
5 partners, 10 fee earners based in Switzerland
Prager Dreifuss has more than 20 years of experience in Swiss and international insurance and reinsurance law and is one of the leading providers of legal services in this field in Switzerland. Handling complex cases under professional indemnity, D&O, fidelity, product liability, property, and aviation and maritime covers has been a focus of the team for many years. The firm assists clients in the investigation of claims, the assessment of coverage questions and representing them before state courts, arbitration tribunals and the regulator FINMA.
Contact: Dr Christoph Graber
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
7 partners, 17 fee earners based in Switzerland
Forensic practice has a long tradition at Prager Dreifuss. The firm’s attorneys regularly represent international and domestic clients in court proceedings, before administrative authorities as well as in debt collection and bankruptcy cases. International arbitration has been a building stone of the firm since it was founded.
Contact: Dr Urs Feller
Email: [email protected]

Private Clients:
7 partners, 13 fee earners based in Switzerland
Prager Dreifuss advises its clients on safeguarding, managing and transferring assets during their lifetime and beyond. Drawing up comprehensive succession plans and setting up the necessary structures as well as developing and implementing exit strategies on the business side is one of the firms primary strengths. The firm will handle private estates and can take on the role of executors.
Contacts: Ralph Butz, Dr Urs Brunner
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction:
4 partners, 7 fee earners based in Switzerland
The firm has longstanding experience in property transactions, private construction law and tourism, with board positions in prominent hotel projects. Prager Dreifuss has handled some of the largest real estate transactions in Switzerland in recent years. The firm’s expertise further includes financing through completion, organising and advising in tender processes and executing complex, multi-usage property developments as well as tailor-made financing packages. Prager Dreifuss regularly represents clients in disputes relating to claims for delay, poor workmanship, construction worker liens and other matters.
Dr Hans-Ulrich Brunner
Email: [email protected]

2 partners, 4 fee earners based in Switzerland
Prager Dreifuss provides tax advice in all major fields of domestic and international corporate tax law, including corporate transactions and national and international restructuring. The firm’s tax practice also extends to capital market transactions, financing and the exploitation of intellectual property rights as well as to tax planning for high-net-worth individuals and business executives.
Contacts: Dr Roland Boehi, Danielle Wenger
Emails: [email protected], danielle. [email protected]

White Collar Crimes & Investigations:
4 partners, 8 fee earners based in Switzerland
Prager Dreifuss advises companies and executives in connection with official inquiries, compliance as well as internal and external investigations and complex mutual legal assistance proceedings. The firm represents clients in various white collar sectors, including property crimes, infringements of regulations, insider trading, money laundering and the fight against corruption.
Contacts: Dr Urs Feller, Dr Christoph Graber
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

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