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We are a renowned Swiss law firm with over 150 lawyers servicing corporate and private clients. Our core business includes giving advice on innovative, complex transactions and representation of our clientele in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. In addition, we offer notarial and fiduciary services. Our track record across practice areas is remarkable and dates back to 1969 when we were founded. Our services and solutions are continuously being assessed and ranked by independent research agencies in the legal market and have received repeated awards.

With our head office in Zurich and branch offices in Geneva, Lugano and Zug, we are present in all three main language areas of Switzerland. This allows us to be close to our clients while offering our bespoke services in the respective language. We aim to stay lean in order to be agile, specialized and highly efficient not only in the advice we provide but also in our service delivery. Our strong brand is underpinned by our long lasting client relationships and the trust we have earned over four decades.

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Arbitration
Bär & Karrer represents clients in commercial arbitrations and related court and enforcement proceedings. We act in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations governed by Swiss or foreign law. We are experienced in proceedings administered by major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, the Swiss Chambers of Commerce, WIPO, LCIA, the Vienna Center, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, AAA/IDCR and CAS. The quality, size, and experience of our international arbitration team allow us to handle large and complex cases. Members of our arbitration team regularly serve as party-appointed arbitrators, sole arbitrators and chairpersons of arbitral tribunals, as well as acting as mediators.

Banking & Insurance
Bär & Karrer has an established practice advising banks, securities dealers, insurance and reinsurance companies, and other financial institutions in Switzerland and around the world.

We represent financial institutions, issuers, investors and other market participants in enforcement proceedings of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA).

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Capital Markets
Our capital markets team has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in domestic and international securities offerings. We provide transactional services as well as specific advice in connection with the issuance of securities and subsequent trading in secondary markets. We are regularly retained by leading investment banks and Swiss public companies to advise them on IPOs, rights offerings, convertible bonds, hybrid instruments and other securities transactions.

Employment
We advise corporate clients and executive management employees on all matters relating to employment relationships and, in collaboration with our tax and social security teams, with regard to all employment related tax and social security aspects.

Our specialized and well-experienced team assists our clients with all administrative and legal aspects of work and residence permit applications in connection with international recruitment.

Financing
Bär & Karrer's finance team advises banks and other financial institutions and companies on domestic and cross-border financing transactions across a wide range of industries.

Our experience of acting not only for arranging banks and lenders but also for borrowers, issuers and private equity sponsors enables us to provide professional, efficient and timely advice to all parties of a financing transaction.

Intellectual Property & Technology
Our intellectual property team advises domestic and foreign companies on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious issues related to patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, licensing and other intellectual property.

In addition, we can provide assistance across the full range of software contracts and regularly advise on outsourcing projects, as well as M&A transactions and joint ventures in the IT industry. Furthermore, we advise and represent telecommunication companies, cable network providers as well as internet providers.

Litigation
Our litigation practice encompasses all types of corporate and commercial disputes and all related issues. We act in employment law litigation, disputes involving trusts and estates as well as all bankruptcy-related proceedings. In addition to ordinary civil proceedings, our forensic practice is regularly involved in pursuing enforcement action, seeking interlocutory remedies (attachments and other interim measures) as well as representing our clients in international legal assistance, and administrative proceedings.

We represent clients before all courts and administrative authorities in Switzerland. Our resources allow us to handle all kinds of disputes efficiently, from routine matters to large and complex multinational litigation.

Mergers & Acquisitions
We have extensive experience and expertise in dealing with complex domestic and cross-border transactions. We act on major deals as well as on smaller transactions. We advise our clients on the full range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions and divestments of privately owned companies, auctions, friendly and hostile takeovers, spin-offs, mergers, transaction finance, and restructurings.

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Private Clients
We advise private clients and their families on all matters relating to matrimonial property and succession law, including domestic and international estate planning, estate administration and executorships. We also assist our clients with the taking up of residence and domicile in Switzerland and in relation to setting up legal structures, including trusts or other structures in foreign jurisdictions. Furthermore we represent our clients in all types of litigation involving trusts, gifts, wills, estates and matrimonial property before Swiss courts and, together with correspondent law firms, before foreign courts and in multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Tax
We advise and represent our Swiss and international clients on all matters related to direct and indirect taxes, customs duties, and other levies. We act for corporations and individuals, financial institutions, institutional and private investors, partnerships, trusts, estates, and foundations. We aim to provide our clients with optimal and stable solutions tailored to their needs within the framework of domestic and international fiscal laws and treaties.

We rely on our excellent working relationships with tax experts in other jurisdictions and with representatives of the Swiss federal, cantonal and municipal tax authorities to provide our clients with comprehensive tax planning solutions.

White Collar Crime
Our White Collar Crime team defends individuals and companies in complex criminal matters and represents victims of fraud and other such wrongdoing in asset tracing cases before criminal law authorities.

We have extensive experience in conducting investigations to explore suspected criminal acts and regulatory breaches on behalf of corporations in Switzerland and around the world. We investigate incidents to assess criminal and civil liability and to determine their impact on our clients. Furthermore, we advise our clients on the implications of criminal breaches and on how best to respond to them.

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  • Competition Law

  • Corporate & Commercial

  • Corporate Governance

  • Data Protection

  • Energy

  • Fintech

  • Funds, Financial Products & Asset Management

  • Internal Investigation & Crossborder Proceedings

  • Life Sciences

  • Listed Companies

  • Media, Entertainment & Sports

  • Notarial Services

  • Real Estate

  • Reorganization & Insolvency

  • Social Security & Pensions

  • Transport & Logistics

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Bär & Karrer was repeatedly awarded "Switzerland Law Firm of the Year" by the most important international legal ranking agencies in recent years. Among our most recent awards are:

  • Best in trusts & estates 2017 by Euromoney LMG

  • Chambers European Award 2016

  • Mergermarket M&A Award 2016

  • Trophées du Droit 2016

  • Most recommended firm in Switzerland 2016 by The Legal 500

  • International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Award 2015

  • The Lawyer's European Award 2015

  • Citywealth Magic Circle Award 2015 (International Law Firm of the Year EMEA)


 

 

 

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