Lenz & Staehelin


Brandschenkestrasse 24
CH-8027 Zurich

+41 58 450 80 00

+41 58 450 80 01

Key contacts:

Managing Partner, Zurich: Thierry Calame
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Managing Partner, Geneva/Lausanne: Benoît Merkt
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Quick facts:

Number of partners: 46
Number of other fee earners: 123
Network memberships: International Bar Association, Swiss Bar Association
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish

Route de Chêne 30
CH-1211 Geneva 6
T: +41 58 450 70 00
F: +41 58 450 70 01

Avenue de Rhodanie 40C
CH-1007 Lausanne
T: +41 58 450 70 00
F: +41 58 450 70 01

While Lenz & Staehelin is acknowledged by most as Switzerland’s leading law firm, its connections and expertise span the globe. With over 200 lawyers, its ability to innovate and adapt to the ever-changing complexities of legal and regulatory environments in Switzerland and beyond, has attracted many of the world’s top corporations as well as private individuals.

Continuity, stability and a pragmatic understanding of the big picture have all played a significant part in the firm’s development and success - and in its ability to attract the best young talent. Swiss-orientated but globally attuned, Lenz & Staehelin is rightly recognized in Switzerland and abroad as “The world’s Swiss law firm”.

"First rate in all respects, responsive, worked to meet our schedule and did absolutely first-rate work in a novel, complex, multi-jurisdictional transaction."

"Very responsive and highly professional."

"[The M&A team is] able to find pragmatic solutions, still meeting the legal requirements, in an efficient way, [and is] very responsive and highly professional."

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

  • Art
  • Accounting
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Data protection and privacy
  • Energy
  • Financial services,
  • FinTech
  • Foundations and Philanthropy
  • Food and beverage
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Medical devices
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharma and life sciences
  • Real estate
  • Sports
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Transport
  • Travel
  • Utilities

View all our practices and sectors expertise: https://www.lenzstaehelin.com/practices-sectors/

Corporate and M&A:

Tino Gaberthüel, Head Zurich

Andreas Rötheli, Head Geneva

The firm has a leading position in domestic and cross-border private and public M&A transactions. As such it has been involved in many of Switzerland’s most important corporate deals. The firm advises, amongst others, on corporate takeovers, mergers, joint ventures, takeovers of listed companies, private equity and venture capital. Its services in corporate law include incorporation and administration of companies, corporate governance and compliance.

Banking and Finance:

Marcel Tranchet, Head Zurich 

Shelby R. du Pasquier, Head Geneva

Advising on regulatory issues, capital market transactions, investment products and services are part of Lenz & Staehelin’s core areas of expertise. Its clients are major Swiss and international banking/financial institutions. They benefit from the firm’s experience in matters of banking/securities dealers licences, asset securitisation, securities oerings, project and structured finance, investment funds, private equity, derivatives and other financial products.

Capital Markets:

Patrick Schleiffer, Head Zurich

Jacques Iffland, Head Geneva

Lenz & Staehelin has a number of accredited experts for the listing of securities on the SIX Swiss Exchange and delivers comprehensive and prompt advisory and support services for all types of capital markets offerings, including IPOs and rights offerings, bonds, convertible bonds, covered bonds, hybrid bonds and other securities transactions.

Insolvency and Restructuring:

Tanja Luginbühl, Head Zurich

The firm oers a leading full-service insolvency practice encompassing the complete range of issues typically encountered in complex insolvencies. It advises and represents creditors (some of which are banks or other financial institutions), liquidators, receivers in insolvency proceedings. It also provides advice to companies in need of financial restructuring.

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