Pestalozzi is an independent multicultural and multilingual Swiss law firm founded in 1911, focusing on Swiss commercial law and international work. It is one of the country’s most established law firms, with 27 partners and some 70 other fee earners in Zurich and Geneva. Pestalozzi lawyers are capable of handling complex transactions and are team players within interdisciplinary project groups. The firm is part of the Lex Mundi international network and can draw on an extensive international network of lawyers in other jurisdictions, with whom they work seamlessly in multi-jurisdictional matters.
Pestalozzi predominantly represents and advises enterprises as well as 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 other half is located all over the world and includes top-ranked enterprises, as well as medium-sized and smaller companies from a broad range of sectors.
Areas of Practice
Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions: Advice to Swiss and foreign clients on mergers, takeovers, joint ventures, spin-offs and other transactions, as well as all types of commercial agreements.
Litigation and Arbitration: Long-standing reputation for excellence in advising and representing clients in complex national and international commercial disputes before state courts and arbitral tribunals.
Financial Services: Advice on all legal issues in relation to the banking industry and capital markets. Recognized for comprehensive support on domestic and cross-border regulatory issues (e.g., licensing, compliance, and supervision).
Intellectual Property & TMT: Advice on all aspects of intellectual property (IP), unfair competition and data protection law, as well as telecommunications, media, and technology law (TMT).
Tax: Advice to international groups, corporations and individuals on the complete range of corporate and individual taxation, withholding and stamp taxes as well as value-added tax (VAT).
Competition and Trade: Advice on Swiss and European competition law as well as World Trade Organization law. Work includes the coordination of multijurisdictional transactions.
Other Practice Areas Include: Blockchain & Crypto Assets, Compliance, Employment & Pensions, Life Sciences, Private Clients, Real Estate & Environment
Languages English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish