Prager Dreifuss


Mühlebachstrasse 6
8008 Zürich

+ 41 44 254 55 55

+ 41 44 254 55 99

Key contacts:

Managing Partner: Dr. Urs Brunner
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Managing Partner: Daniel Hayek
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Managing Partner: Dr. Christoph K. Graber
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Quick facts:

Lawyers: 37
Partners: 15
Languages: German, English, French, Italian, Mandarin, Dutch, Swedish

PRAGER DREIFUSS is one of Switzerland’s leading law firms for commercial law. With over 30 years of experience, recognized expertise and a comprehensive understanding of our clients’ business, we develop tailored solutions of the highest quality. We strive to find for our clients integrated, innovative solutions that are adapted to legal and economic realities. Uncompromising customer orientation and efficient structures guarantee flexibility, speed, and assertiveness. With years of experience and in-depth expertise, PRAGER DREIFUSS is ideally positioned to advise and support international and domestic clients in a wide field of legal matters.

"[The M&A team deliver] quick and efficient advice."

''Prager Dreifuss is the best Swiss law firm. We have worked with the firm for over 10 years and the work has always been consistent and of high quality.”

  • Asset finance
  • Banking
  • Capital markets: Debt
  • Capital markets: Derivatives
  • Capital markets: Equity
  • Capital markets: High yield
  • Competition
  • Financial restructuring
  • Financial services regulatory
  • Hedge funds
  • Investment funds
  • M&A
  • Private equity
  • Project finance
  • Real estate finance
  • Restructuring and insolvency
  • Structured finance/securitisation

Banking & Finance:
Daniel Hayek
Dr. Andreas Moll

Recent transactional highlights

  • Advising a group of manufacturers of resins as borrower in connection with Swiss law issues regarding the refinancing of the group;
  • Advising a syndicate of lenders on Swiss issues in connection with the refinancing in the amount of ca. USD 900 million of a group of companies of the chemical industries;
  • Advising a private equity investor with regard to refinancing in the amount of ca. EUR 600 million and the restructuring of a group of portfolio companies;
  • Advising Cristal Inorganic Chemicals Ltd. on a USD25 million facility agreement.

Corporate & M&A:
Daniel Hayek
Dr. Andreas Moll
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Brunner

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Giving ongoing advice to a Swiss energy provider with respect to contractual relations, general corporate issues and corporate governance matters, particularly in connection with a major project related to the envisaged structural changes in this particular energy sector;
  • Advising a car manufacturer with regard to a complex group restructuring;
  • Advising the shareholders of a Swiss asset management company in relation to the sale of a participation to a financial investor;
  • Providing ongoing advice to a Swiss based media conglomerate regarding their divestment from a joint venture;
  • Advising a private hospital group in the bidding process for a group of private hospitals some of which are based in Switzerland;
  • Advising a private equity company as a buyer in connection with the acquisition of a group of target companies (active in the tourism industry) some of which are based in Switzerland.

Insolvency & Restructuring:
Daniel Hayek

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Representing the trustee and the security agent of the bondholders regarding their claims against one of Europe's largest independent oil refiners, Swiss based Petroplus group, enforcing a large claim based on derivatives in a litigation against the bankrupt estate of the Swiss Lehman entity;
  • Advising the trustee of the Kodak pension plan on the acquisition of assets end restructuring;
  • Leading a group of bondholders in negotiations and litigation proceedings against Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena and the European Commission;
  • Advising on the assignment of large claims raising complex cross border issues against bankrupt estates such as Swissair, Erb and Lehman.

Capital Markets:
Prof. Dr. Urs Bertschinger

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Advising a foreign specialised law firm with respect to the regulatory requirements and the permissibility of the distribution of foreign (i.e. non-Swiss) collective investment schemes to different types of investors in Switzerland.

Brussels Office
Avenue Louise 235
1050 Brussels
T: +32 2 537 0949
F: +32 2 537 2116

Berne Office
Schweizerhof-Passage 7
3011 Bern
T: +41 31 327 5454
F: +41 31 327 5499