Niederer Kraft Frey


Bahnhofstrasse 53
8001, Zurich

+41 58 800 8000

+41 58 800 8080

Key contacts:

Managing Partner: Philippe Weber
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Quick facts:

Number of partners: 35
Number of other fee earners: 70+
Languages: German, English, French, Italian, Czech, Dutch, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese

Established in 1936, Niederer Kraft Frey is a leading Swiss firm with a consistent track record of delivering excellence and innovation in Swiss law. With a strong domestic and international client base, NKF is relied on by the world’s best law firms as an experienced, agile and effective partner. NKF is a full service law firm with over 100 lawyers advising in 12 languages. We are pragmatic generalists with deep industry knowledge and specialist legal expertise covering the entire spectrum of business, corporate and finance law. We work creatively with each other, our partner firms and with our clients to deliver efficient, sustainable solutions in the face of the most complex problems. Quality service is our priority. The focus of our business is the business of our clients. With offices in the heart of Zurich’s banking and financial district, NKF continues to have its finger on the pulse of Swiss business.

Client feedback - IFLR1000 2019

"High-end and high-quality legal firm which shows in the level of services rendered and the price tag. Mr Werder, lead corporate counsel, was available day and night as our key lawyer on all our Swiss transactions. While I know he worked with other clients at the same time, we always felt like we were his key priority. He was a hard negotiator, taking the hits for us, and fighting hard for reasonably risky concepts. Mrs Schmucki (tax, structuring) has repeatedly outperformed our expectations, with the right level of pragmatism, simple advice (i.e. straightforward, quick recommendations without long structuring papers) and technical knowledge and focus on details. We also used the debt team (von Salis) for various (re-)financings and kept coming back to them, as the banks accepted them on the other side for us, while at the same time feeling they were really getting the best terms for us on the legal side as well. While hourly rates are high, a proactive discussion of expectations and scopes have kept overall project budgets reasonable, as actual hours spend seem to have been accounted for fairly." – Banking, capital markets, M&A

Client feedback - IFLR1000 2018

“Strengths are availability, response time and technical knowledge.” – M&A

“Practical, easy to understand and timely work; understands commerciality.” – Banking and finance

“Patrik Peyer and Roman Sturzenegger are extremely "switched on", reliable and competent. They always stick to deadlines and are very easy to work with. They are well aware of new legal developments and are highly reliable. You can reach them at any time (24/7).” – M&A

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

Key Contact: Sandro Abegglen

Key Contact: François Bianchi 

Key Contact: Daniel Bono 

Key Contact: Philipp Haas 

Key Contact: Marco Häusermann 

Key Contact: Bertrand Schott 

Key Contact: Philippe Weber 

Recent transactional highlights

  • Advising Glencore on its revolving credit facilities totalling US$9.975 billion involving 48 banks and 31 mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners .
  • Instructed on numerous Swiss law governed financing transactions (as lead counsel) as well as in foreign financing transactions (as local Swiss counsel) with total commitments in excess of USD 30bn (July 2019 – May 2020).
  • Acted as lead counsel for a number of banks for domestic and cross-border Swiss law governed credit financings.
  • Advising arrangers on Syngenta's US$ 1 billion term loan facility agreement.

Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions

Key Contact: Andreas Casutt 

Key Contact: Philipp Haas

Key Contact: Moritz Maurer

Key Contact: Patrik Peyer 

Key Contact: Philippe Weber 

Recent transactional highlights: 

  • Advised ASSA ABLOY in the sale of its sensor technology business CEDES in Switzerland to capiton AG. 
  • Advised the shareholders of BSI Business Systems Integration AG on the sale of its majority stake to Swiss investment firm Capvis.
  • Acted as counsel to the selling shareholders in the sale of beecom Products AG to Appfire, a US technology company and  leading provider of apps for software development teams backed by Boston-based Silversmith Capital Partners.
  • Advised Invision AG on the add-on acquisition by its portfolio company IDAK HOLDING AG of a majority stake in Margherita S.R.L..
  • Advised Global Blue and Silverlake as Swiss counsel in the USD 2.6 bn business combination of Global Blue and Far Point Acquisition Corporation 

Capital Markets

Key Contact: Daniel Bono 

Key Contact: Philipp Haas

Key Contact: Philippe Weber 

Recent transactional highlights

  • Advised Dufry in its acquisition of all the remaining equity interest in Hudson Ltd.
  • Advised Helvetia Group AG in its successful placement of 3.3m shares raising gross proceeds of approximately CHF 300m 
  • Advised SIG on its successful completion of its debt refinancing by issuing an aggregate principal amount of EUR 1,000m senior notes
  • Advised Credit Suisse in connection with the issuance by Swiss Auto Lease 2020-1 GmbH of CHF 250,000,000 0.000 per cent. asset-backed Notes due 2030.

Restructuring and insolvency

Key Contact: Marco Häusermann

Recent transactional highlights

  • Advised Steinhoff Europe AG ("SEAG") and its subsidiaries as Swiss counsel in connection the corporate and financial restructuring of the European companies of Steinhoff group
  • Advising Ares Management Limited and various debt funds in a distressed financing for a Private Equity portfolio company

Real Estate

Key Contact: Andreas Vögeli 

Recent transactional highlights

  • Advised Central Real Estate Basel AG on the acquisition of 160,000 sqm within the Klybeck site in Basel.
  • Advised ZKB / Swisscanto Invest as leading firm in various due diligences and real estate sale and purchase transactions
  • Advised Schroder Investment Management (Switzerland) AG in its acquisition, as part of a 30 year sale & leaseback transaction, of the global R&D center from Syngenta AG

  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Pharm and life sciences
  • Real estate
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Tourism
  • Transport
  • Utilities