Number of partners worldwide: 29
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 55
Languages: English, French, German, Italian
An innovative Swiss law firm with strength, VISCHER supports its clients in a solution oriented manner in legal, tax and regulatory matters. Its lawyers, tax experts and notaries are organised into more than 20 practice teams, each of them under the direction of experienced partners. This enables them to effectively handle instructions, always tailored to the requirements of the individual project.
Independence is a key factor for the optimal protection of client interests. The firm therefore puts great value on a very high conflict of interest standard that is no longer obvious in the international legal industry. In order to also remain independent in cross-border transactions, VISCHER has built up its own global network of foreign law firms enabling them to select their foreign attorneys based exclusively on the requirements of the individual mandates and irrespective of instructions by a law firm network.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & M&A:
VISCHER’s corporate and M&A team advises on all legal aspects relating to the listing of securities, mergers, purchase and sale of corporations and participations, spin-offs, management buyouts, execution of shareholder agreements, joint ventures, auction proceedings and related financing.
Litigation & Arbitration:
VISCHER has a strong and dedicated litigation and arbitration team representing clients before all Swiss Courts, as well as the Swiss Supreme Court in international and domestic arbitration proceedings. Members of the firm frequently act as arbitrators.
Banking & Finance:
VISCHER advises banks and other financial institutions in regulatory and supervisory matters. VISCHER’s structured finance team advises Swiss companies and foreign investors with regard to lease and acquisition financing, project financing and securitisation.
Life Science, Pharma, Biotech:
VISCHER’s life sciences is the leading practice group of its kind in Switzerland. Vischer represents over 50 private and public companies, from start-ups to listed companies. The firm’s expertise spans the full range of disciplines including transactions and financing; partnering, licensing and commercialisation; know-how andf innovation management; and regulatory, administrative procesdures and compliance.
Public Sector & Regulatory:
VISCHER advises companies in regulated markets such as energy, telecommunications, electronic media, drugs and health and represents clients before regulatory authorities and in court proceedings.
VISCHER’s energy team provides specialised legal advice to Swiss and international utilities on all aspects of the liberalisation and regulation of the Swiss electricty and gas markets. The team’s services include contract law, national and international cooperation, mergers and acquisitions, and project finance and IT solutions for electricity grids’ IT infrastructure.
VISCHER’s tax team provides advice on all aspects of corporate tax law including value added tax issues. The team also advises high network individuals in Switzerland and abroad with regard to succession issues and also in obtaining flat rate tax assessments in Switzerland.
The VISCHER real estate team advises on all kinds of real estate projects and transactions, includuing buying or selling real estate property, contractual issues of multiple ownership (joint ventures, community of heirs etc.), land registry issues and issues of zoning. The team also advises clients in complex construction projects, taking care of all legal aspects and representing the clients in negotiations with private third parties and before government agencies.
Antitrust & Competition:
VISCHER advises domestic and foreign clients on Swiss and European competition law and represents them before the Swiss Competition Commission and the courts. The team advises on administrative merger control, behavioural, contentious and civil antitrust cases, as well as in compliance matters.
Information Technology & Intellectual Property:
The firm’s IP/IT team advises on all areas of intellectual property, competition law and IT-related legal issues including telecommunications, outsourcing projects, data protection and regulatory matters. The firm also has a substantial practice in media and entertainment, including production agreements and broadcasting regulatory matters.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
In financially critical situations, the coordinated collaboration of specialists from a variety of areas of expertise is indispensable: in addition to proficiency in insolvency law itself, expertise in the areas of corporate law, transactions, litigation, labour law, intellectual property rights, social insurance and tax law is also essential. The firm has the in-depth knowledge and extensive experience necessary for managing complex mandates, whether from the perspective of a creditor or an affected company.
VISCHER advises and represents airline companies in their core business and also in associated fields such as catering. The aviation team regularly advises on questions at a contonal and federal level, handles damage and insurance cases of all types and assists in contract negotiations with travel offices, air-traffic authorities and airport operators. In addition, the team advises on leasing, buying and selling aircraft.
Leading domestic and multinational corporations, life science, financial institutions, private equity investors, trading companies, media companies, IT service providers and airlines