Areas of Expertise
- Media Law and Protection of Personality
Our most well-known areas of specialty include the efficient representation of victims of the media. We ensure that violations of personality rights and competition law in the printed media and electronic media are corrected, atoned for or – in the ideal case – prevented, e.g., by means of provisional measures. Our performance track record in this area includes the first judicial enforcement of the restitution of the media company’s profits to a victim as well as the first enforcement of a counterstatement on the title page of a newspaper. Bilanz and Le Temps list us as Switzerland’s top law firm in this field (Ranking 2019).
- Employment Law
We advise employers and employees in every kind of employment law question, be it private or public, individual or collective employment law. Furthermore, we elaborate all documents that may be required for the setup of an employment relationship (employment contracts, general working conditions, operating regulations etc.). We support and represent employers and employees in connection with employment law disputes and, if necessary, enforce their rights in court. Bilanz and Le Temps list us as one of Switzerland’s top law firms in this field (Ranking 2019).
- Contract Law
Advice and handling litigation in all relevant areas of civil law. Our advice includes, in particular, the preparation of corresponding agreements. We have extensive experience, in particular, in sales law, the law governing contracts for work and services and mandate law, license agreement law, agency law, travel law, tenancy and property law, as well as the areas described below.
- Intellectual Property Law
Advice on all issues under the law governing company names, copyright law, trademark law and design law, including internet domains. In this regard, we support our clients both in connection with the registration of the relevant rights, the use and exploitation of intellectual property rights – in particular, the preparation of license agreements – as well as in connection with the enforcement of the corresponding claims in the event of the infringement of rights.
- Criminal Law and International Legal Assistance
Comprehensive legal advice and support of affected private persons and businesses in all phases of criminal procedures. Representation of affected third parties (victims, aggrieved parties) and defence of accused persons during criminal investigations and in criminal courts, in general as well as commercial and administrative criminal proceedings. Representation of private persons and businesses in civil and criminal international assistance procedures.
- Company Law
Advice and representation of companies, members and corporate bodies at the national and international level. We offer comprehensive advice in all matters under company law, from the formation of the company, conclusion of shareholder agreements, planning and completion of restructurings, assumption of corporate housekeeping matters up through to strategic advice. Naturally, our range of offered services in this area also includes representation before governmental courts and arbitration tribunals.
- Banking Law
Managing mandates for foreign and domestic banks, with the exception of the two largest Swiss banks, particularly procedural representation for defence purposes or enforcement of claims resulting from loan business, hedges or investment business. Advice in regulatory matters, as well as negotiations and restructuring of loans and securities. Representation of banking clients for the enforcement and execution of claims resulting from banking relationships of all sorts, particularly asset management, investment advice, account/deposit relationships.
- Inheritance Law
Estate planning, advice on the establishment of last wills and testaments and inheritance contracts, taking over testamentary executions, estate administrations and estate distributions, enforcement and defense of claims on the part of heirs.
- Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy Law
Advising and representing clients in all matters relating to debt enforcement and bankruptcy law; enforcement and execution of money claims and of domestic and foreign civil law judgments.
- Tenancy Law and Private Construction Law
Drafting and inspection of rental agreements, general advice in tenancy matters (residential and business premises), as well as representation of tenants and landlords before arbitration authorities and in courts. Legal advice in private construction law matters and legal support of building projects of all sorts. Drafting of service contracts, contracts for work and materials, assignments, architectural and engineering contracts, as well as general contractor agreements. Support and representation of public authorities and courts concerning the enforcement of claims connected to building projects (defect rights, claims for fees, builder’s right of lien etc.).
- Sports Law
Advising and representing athletes: contract negotiations with employers, player agents and sponsors; representation vis-à-vis organizations, federations and companies in the sports field with regard to questions of marketing, sponsoring, licensing and the protection of intellectual property rights.
- Family Law and Divorce Law
Advice and representation in all areas of family law. In particular, representation in divorce proceedings and proceedings to protect the marital union, as well as general advice in agreements concerning consequences of separation and divorce (spousal support, child support, child custody, visiting rights, matrimonial property regimes). Editing and auditing of marital contracts and cohabitation Agreements.