• "a legal powerhouse"


    Legal 500 2014

  • "the lawyers are excellent, they are very responsive and take the heavy work off your shoulders"


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "a leading firm thanks to its involvement in some of the country's most prominent and high-value transactions"


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "we get gold standard service; the work is of exquisite quality"


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "the best mix of dedication and knowledge"


    Legal 500 2013

  • "the firm’s extremely lean deal teams build nicely upon internal synergies and expertise"


    Legal 500 2013

  • "has specialists for all relevant deal aspects"


    Client in The Legal 500 2015

  • "they dig into the background of the case where necessary but are to the point and fee conscious"


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "spending money on this firm is always a good investment"


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "absolutely great service"


    Client in IFLR1000 2015

  • "a deep bench of highly experienced and competent practitioners"


    Legal 500 2013

  • "the team is experienced and straightforward – my number one choice"


    Client in Chambers Europe 2013

  • "the team is technically excellent and more pragmatic and commercial than others"


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "The lawyers are used to working with clients who like quick turnarounds."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "market leader with experts located in Zürich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug"


    Chambers Europe 2015

  • "The top-notch practice at Bär & Karrer provides excellent service and impresses with its strength in depth"


    Legal 500 2016




Mergers & Acquisitions


We have extensive experience and expertise in dealing with complex domestic and cross-border transactions. We act on major deals as well as on smaller transactions. We advise our clients on the full range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions and divestments of privately owned companies, auctions, friendly and hostile takeovers, spin-offs, mergers, transaction finance, and restructurings.


Our mergers & acquisitions practice covers a range of industries including industrial groups, pharmaceutical companies, financial institutions, technology firms, and energy providers. We act for corporate buyers and sellers, private investors as well as private equity funds and their financial advisers.


  • Structuring transactions
  • Due diligence
  • Drafting and negotiation of the transaction documentation
  • Securing regulatory permits, clearances and tax rulings
  • Organizing of signing and closing
  • Implementing transactions





Key Contact


Public M&A

Dr. Dieter Dubs



Dr. Mariel Hoch


Private M&A / Private Equity

M&A / Corporate Transactions


Team Leaders


Team Members

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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises Valora on the Sale of the La Praille Building in Geneva more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Valora on the Acquisition of Pretzel Baron more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Matterhorn Pharma Holding and Al Faisaliah Group Holding Company on their Partial Public Tender Offer not Subject to the Provisions of Swiss Financial Market Laws and Regulations for Zur Rose Group more »
more deals & cases


Proxy Advisory - eine Standortbestimmung
Hoch Mariel, SZW / RSDA 5/2016 Download »
EU Shareholder Rights Directive: Action required for Switzerland
Reutter Thomas / Mancosu Frédéric, CapLaw 5/2016 Download »
Private Equity in Switzerland
Neeracher Christoph / Seiler Philippe, Getting the Deal Through: Market Intelligence (Volume 3, Issue 5) - Private Equity 2016, p. 77-83 Download »
more publications

Speaking Engagements

Aktienkapital: Nennwert, Erhöhung und Herabsetzung
Spillmann Till,

GesKR-Tagung zur Aktienrechtsrevision (Veranstalter: GesKR), 31. Januar 2017, Zürich

Schadloshaltungsklauseln in M&A-Verträgen
Watter Rolf,

19. Zürcher Konferenz Mergers & Acquisitions (Veranstalter: Europa Institut an der Universität Zürich), 1. September 2016, Zürich

Opting-out: Gelingt die Rettung?
Hoch Mariel,

(Veranstalter: Züricher Juristenverein), 4. Februar 2016, Zürich

more speaking engagements