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Prager Dreifuss Ltd.

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Chairman: Daniel Hayek
Management Committee: Daniel Hayek, Dr Christoph Graber, Dr Roland Boehi
Number of partners: 15
Number of lawyers: 36
Languages: English, French, German, 43, Spanish, Mandarin, Swedish, Afrikaans

Firm Overview:
Prager Dreifuss is an independent full-service law firm with over 37 years of experience in commercial law in Switzerland. With offices in Zurich, Berne and Brussels, and specialised experience ranging from corporate and M&A and venture capital, competition law, insurance law, banking and finance to dispute resolution, insolvency and restructuring, 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:
Banking & Finance:
5 partners, 12 fee earners based in Switzerland
One area which the firm gives special focus is cross-border project and transaction financing. Prager Dreifuss advises investors and companies in choosing an adequate financing structure and ensuring professional implementation. The firm was a pioneer in the introduction of syndicated loans in the Swiss market in connection with leveraged finance and project-financing transactions.
Contacts: Daniel Hayek, Dr Andreas Moll
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Capital Markets:
5 partners, 5 fee earners based in Switzerland
Lawyers from Prager Dreifuss are recognised by the SIX Swiss Exchange as expert representatives and advisors for listed companies.
Contact: Prof Dr Urs Bertschinger
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Email: [email protected]

Competition & Regulatory Matters:
2 partners, 5 fee earners based in Switzerland
Over the last few years, Prager Dreifuss has established itself as one of the prime competition law firms with profound knowledge in EU competition law. The team regularly advises clients before the Swiss competition authorities and frequently collaborates with foreign law firms in multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Amongst others, the firm represents financial institutions in the Competition Commission’s various investigations in the financial sector.
Contact: Prof Dr Philipp Zurkinden
Tel: +41 31 327 54 54
Email: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
7 partners, 14 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, restructuring, spin-offs, IPOs, LBOs, MBOs, complex finance transactions and large-scale private equity investments. The firm handles company set-ups and restructurings as well as cross-border relocations of head offices, drafts and negotiates contracts and takes care of corporate housekeeping. Prager Dreifuss also advises founders and all kinds of investors in connection with debt, mezzanine - or equity financings of venture companies as well as in connection with token sales (ICO).
Contacts: Dr Andreas Moll, Daniel Hayek
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
6 partners, 14 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.
Contacts: Dr Urs Feller, Dr Christoph Graber
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Insolvency & Restructuring:
2 partners, 8 fee earners based in Switzerland
The firm represents investors and creditors (amongst others banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions) in insolvency proceedings and restructuring situations. Selective matters include representing clients in relation to defaulted derivatives transactions under ISDA Master Agreements worth several hundred millions CHF in a bankruptcy of a bank, advising European energy companies on providing debt financing of up to EUR 4,75 billion to a large gas pipeline project, litigation of aircraft finance agreements and the representation of the trustee and security agent of defaulted bonds of USD$1.75 billion against the group of the issuer.
Contact: Daniel Hayek
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Email: [email protected]

Insurance & Reinsurance: 
4 partners, 9 fee earners based in Switzerland
Prager Dreifuss has more than 20 years’ 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, 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 represents them before state courts, arbitration tribunals and the regulator.
Contacts: Dr Christoph Graber, Dr Hans-Ulrich Brunner
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Private Clients:
4 partners, 10 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 firm’s primary strengths.
Contacts: Ralph Butz, Dr Urs Brunner
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction:
3 partners, 5 fee earners based in Switzerland
The firm has longstanding experience in property transactions, private construction and designer/engineering law. The firm’s expertise also includes all aspects of insurance, of construction projects and real estate financing issues as well as executing complex and multi-usage property developments.
Contacts: Dr Hans-Ulrich Brunner, Dr Gion Christian Casanova
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

1 partner, 5 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.
Contacts: Dr Roland Boehi
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Emails: [email protected]

White Collar Crimes & Investigations:
4 partners, 6 fee earners based in Switzerland
Prager Dreifuss advises companies and executives in connection with official inquiries, compliance as well as internal and external investigations. The firm represents clients in various white collar crime sectors, including property crimes, infringements of regulations, insider trading, money laundering and the fight against corruption.
Contacts: Dr Urs Feller, Dr Christoph Graber
Tel: +41 44 254 55 55
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]


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