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

Full service law firm, Niederer Kraft Frey is the firm of choice for business in and through Switzerland. NKF works closely with an enviable client base, in Switzerland and internationally to implement strategic goals, strengthen businesses, navigate change and solve complex business challenges. NKF is relied on by the world's best law firms as an experienced, agile, sensible and effective partner. For almost a century, the focus of NKF has been mastery of the law applied to business. Niederer Kraft Frey has been acknowledged as a top-tier law firm. We regularly receive international recognition of our work, confirming our leading market position, e.g. Transatlantic M&A Team of the Year (Large Deal) Award 2018 by Transatlantic Legal Awards, IFLR Europe Awards 2018 for Swiss Firm of the Year 2018 and Trophée d'Argent Meilleure étude Suisse 2019 by Leaders League Trophées du Droit.

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

  • Legal advisor for Microsoft in connection with cloud data outsourcing solutions for Swiss regulated financial institutions.
  • Advised Thomson Reuters Corporation and Thomson Reuters Holdings AG in connection with its USD2.64 billion credit agreement.

Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions

Key Contact: Andreas Casutt 

Key Contact: Philipp Haas 

Key Contact: Patrik Peyer 

Key Contact: Philippe Weber 

Recent transactional highlights: 

  • Advising Atos / Worldline as Swiss counsel in connection with the acquisition of SIX Payment Services by Atos / Worldline for a consideration of EUR 2.303 million.
  • Representing Actelion on its USD 30 billion transaction with Johnson & Johnson.
  • Advised Broadcom on the USD18.9 billion cash acquisition of CA Technologies.

Capital Markets

Key Contact: Daniel Bono 

Key Contact: Philipp Haas

Key Contact: Philippe Weber 

Recent transactional highlights

  • Swiss counsel in the largest Swiss IPOs 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.
  • Swiss counsel to Landis+Gyr Group in the CHF 2.3 billion IPO on SIX Swiss Exchange.
  • Advised Broadcom on the USD18.9 billion cash acquisition of CA Technologies

Restructuring and insolvency

Key Contact: Marco Häusermann 

Real Estate

Key Contact: Andreas Vögeli 

Recent transactional highlights

  • Representing clients in real estate transactions with deal values between CHF 500 million to CHF 1 billion.
  • Counsel to Fortimo Group in the sale, structured as asset deals, of a large residential real estate portfolio in 9 different cantons of Switzerland.

  • 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