Pestalozzi is an independent, multicultural and multilingual Swiss law firm dating back to 1911 with a practice focusing on Swiss commercial law and international work. It is one of the country’s largest law firms, with 25 partners and some 70 other fee earners in Zurich and Geneva. Its lawyers are capable of leading complex transactions and are team players within interdisciplinary project groups.
Pestalozzi predominantly advises and represents enterprises and also advises associations, public institutions, foundations and private individuals in economic and legal affairs with a connection to Switzerland. About half of the clients are located in Switzerland, while the remaining clientele are located all over the world and include top-ranking enterprises, as well as medium-sized and smaller companies.
Main International Areas of Practice:
Banking and Capital Markets: Includes banking and securities, regulatory matters, contracts and guarantees, secrecy obligations, securities trading and securitization.
Competition and Trade: Advice on Swiss, European Union and World Trade Organization law. Work includes the coordination of multijurisdictional transactions.
Corporate and Commercial: Advice to Swiss and foreign clients on mergers, takeovers, joint ventures, spin-offs and other transactions, as well as all types of commercial agreements.
Intellectual Property: Expertise in litigation and licensing, with a focus on computer, Internet, technology, telecommunications, advertising and media work.
Litigation and Arbitration: All types of dispute resolution in all its practice areas undertaken with particular expertise in arbitration.
Other Practice Areas Include: Employment law; commercial criminal law; environmental law; construction and real estate law; and social security and pensions law.
Tax: Advice to international groups, corporations and individuals on Swiss and international tax planning.
Languages: English, French, German, Italian and a number of other languages.