Managing Partners: Marc Bernheim
Number of partners/counsels: 10
Number of lawyers: 22
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Swedish
Staiger Attorneys at Law, established in 1964, is a well-known and highly respected law firm in Zurich, Switzerland’s most important business area. Its practice has traditionally focused on litigation and arbitration, insolvency, banking and private clients. It has also developed a strong expertise in tax, energy law and corporate matters. The firm’s team of highly qualified lawyers acts for top ranking national and international clients from all business sectors, ranging from individuals to small and medium-size businesses as well as global enterprises. Staiger Attorneys at Law is a solution driven law firm with a profound understanding of its clients’ needs in order to provide solution based and cost conscious services.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
The firm advises on all aspects of Swiss regulatory matters such as financial services regulation and prudential rules, licensing issues, representations of individuals and financial institutions before the regulators. Work includes lending matters such as acquisition finance, project finance and syndicated loans. The firm advises on aviation finance transactions and also acts as counsel to issuers and underwriters in domestic and international securities offerings.
Corporate & Commercial:
The firm advises its clients on all phases of corporate life and with respect to all forms of legal entities and business organisations as well as joint-ventures. Services range from setting up of a business to M&A transactions, corporate reorganisations, corporate governance and compliance, administration of companies to voluntary liquidations. The firm has a wide range of experience in all related matters such as drafting and negotiating complex contracts, including without limitation sales contracts, contracts for the supply of work and materials, distribution, agency as well as servicing agreements, and advising on employment law, immigration and foreign employee recruitment as well as business lease. The firm advises commercial, institutional as well as private clients on all real estate transactions in their various roles as investors, project developers, owners, operators, lenders and borrowers.
The firm assists national and international clients (generators, distributors, suppliers and customers) in areas of civil and public law related to the electricity, gas and oil markets. It provides advice and forensic work focussing on the liberalisation and regulation of the Swiss electricity market and supports its clients in M&A transactions in the energy sector, with respect to energy trading, renewable energies, civil litigation as well as regulatory and administrative proceedings.
The firm supports clients in domestic and crossborder restructurings, financial reorganisations and insolvency matters. The firm also assists creditors and debtor companies in restructuring, bankruptcy and reorganisation proceedings and insolvency related civil litigation; acting as court or FINMA appointed trustees, liquidators and receivers.
The firm advises and represents clients in the settlement of claims, Recourse proceedings, Coverage Issues in all areas of Private Insurance Law, in particular in professional indemnity and commercial liability, directors’ and officers’ liability and reinsurance. The firm’s experts draft and revise policy wordings and general conditions of insurance and clarify legal issues in connection with the sale or distribution of insurance products.
Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm has broad experience in dealing with all types of contentious matters before all Swiss courts and authorities. It represents domestic and foreign clients in national and international commercial litigation. The lawyers of the firm act both as arbitrators and as counsel in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.
The firm handles complex matters of national and international estate planning, including the drafting of wills, of testamentary and matrimonial arrangements by mutual binding contracts and other instruments such as trusts and private foundations. The firm supports its clients in connection with the creation or the management of charitable and cultural foundations as well as in all matters of art law.
The firm has important knowledge and extensive experience in the sectors of public procurement with a special focus on major national and international public procurement projects in the railway sector. This includes the providing of legal advice in respect of all public procurement law aspects, relevant public sector law aspects but also the providing of advice on relevant contract law aspects, financing arrangements, co-operation agreements and other related aspects.
The firm provides specialist tax advice to a wide range of private institutions and individuals, and represents clients in court proceedings and vis-à-vis the tax authorities. The services include in particular national and international tax planning and implementing tax efficient structures, employee share and option schemes, as well as handling of voluntary disclosures. The tax specialists also have in-depth knowledge in the fields of automatic exchange of information (AEoI) and FATCA and regularly advised clients in these matters.