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Bär & Karrer is a leading Swiss law firm with more than 170 lawyers.

Our core business is advising our clients on innovative and complex transactions and representing them in litigation, arbitration and regulatory proceedings. Our clients range from multinational corporations to private individuals in Switzerland and around the world.

Most of our work has an international component. We have broad experience handling cross-border proceedings and transactions. Our extensive network consists of correspondent law firms which are all market leaders in their jurisdictions.

Highly professional team, extremely experienced, and provides top-notch advice.

IFLR 1000 2019

Great law firm, very responsive, 1A quality, excellent network and great contacts to the supervisory authorities, well-educated team.

Legal 500 2021

The individuals are highly professional, knowledgeable, and they understand  businesses very well.

Legal 500 2020

Very extensive experience and pragmatic approaches. Fast feedback with targeted solutions.

Legal 500 2021

Stands out for its reactivity, transparency, clearness of advice, and pragmatism

Legal 500 2020

Offer excellent advice for navigating the complexities of the new and evolving systems.

Legal 500 2020

Well-connected within the Swiss legal.

Legal 500 2020

Fully committed to execute the common strategy developed with the client.

Legal 500 2020

Excellent team, which is second to none.

Legal 500 2020

Bär & Karrer provides pragmatic and effective legal advice.

IFLR 1000 2019

Highly professional team, extremely experienced, and provides top-notch advice.

IFLR 1000 2019

Great law firm, very responsive, 1A quality, excellent network and great contacts to the supervisory authorities, well-educated team.

Legal 500 2021

In Numbers

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Bee Colonies have found their Home at Bär & Karrer
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Offices in Zurich, Geneva, Lugano and Zug
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Passion to commit to excellence in legal services

Bär & Karrer was repeatedly awarded Switzerland Law Firm of the Year by the most important international legal ranking agencies in recent years.

Awards

Citywealth

Law Firm of the Year Switzerland 2021

IFLR

Legal Adviser of the Year Switzerland 2019, 2015 and 2014

Mergermarket

European M&A Award Switzerland Legal Adviser of the year 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014

STEP

International legal team of the year 2020

Leaders League

Trophees du droit Meilleur Cabinet Suisse 2016

Chambers

European Awards Switzerland law firm of the year 2016, 2013, 2012

Legal 500

Most Recommended law firm in Switzerland 2016, 2015 and 2014

Euromoney LMG

Life Science Firm of the Year Switzerland & European Financial & Corporate Firm of the Year 2020

History

March 1969

Founding of Bär & Karrer by Thomas Bär and Robert Karrer.

May 1992

Opening of the office in Lugano.

September 1999

Opening of the office in Zug.

October 2000

Opening of the office in Geneva.

March 2004

Bär & Karrer moves from Seefeld to Hürlimann Areal (Zurich).

March 2019

50th anniversary celebration of Bär & Karrer.

Future-oriented Employer

About us

Every employee is part of Bär & Karrer and contributes to the success of the company with his or her expertise, performance and commitment. As a future-oriented employer in a dynamic environment, we attach great importance to the working atmosphere. Working with us means modern workplaces, good infrastructure and a collegial approach to teamwork in teams and across our locations. We are convinced that this is the foundation on which we can provide first-class services for our clients.

We support employees with attractive working conditions and offer room for individual development. We have combined our services in a modern remuneration system.

Workplace Health Management

Workplace health management focuses on the health of our company’s employees. We find that healthy employees are a decisive factor in our company’s success. We provide various offerings for getting started with workplace health management and for its systematic implementation:

Flexibility and health

We want to provide our employees with modern, flexible work environments and arrangements. That's because we are convinced that there's a link between job satisfaction and employee health, motivation, and productivity. We also seek to help employees achieve a healthy work/life balance.

In addition to a fully equipped fitness centre with numerous endurance and strength machines, we provide free of charge a laundry service, clean towels and shower gel in the dressing rooms as well as several gym courses like spinning, bootcamp and kickboxing.

Bär & Karrer Cycling

Bär & Karrer is a law firm whose employees are actively involved in cycling. Bär & Karrer organises and participates in internal and external cycling events and cooperates with Tortour, among others.

BK Cycling brings together passionate cyclists and regularly organizes team rides mainly in Switzerland and other European countries.

Roof Terrace - Our Retreat

The 2'500m2 roof terrace of Bär & Karrer is not only one roof terrace of many. A holistic view enabled the sustainable concept including the use of synergies between plants, animals and humans. The roof terrace of Bär & Karrer is not only to provide a recreational area for every employee, but also to create a new habitat for biodiverse animals and plants.

Employees with a green thumb can let off steam in Urban Gardening. The roof terrace offers a new home for Appenzell Spitzhaubenhühner and adopts a Moorish turtle family. In addition, bees romp around on the green roof area, which produce honey.

Pro Bono

Bär & Karrer and its employees live up to their social responsibility in various ways. In particular, we have numerous personal and firm-wide engagements for charitable or not-for-profit organisations, as well as a long-standing tradition of providing our legal services on a case-by-case basis free of charge – i.e. pro bono – if it serves a good cause. Our pro bono mandates include supporting individuals and families in need, advising small businesses in financial difficulties, or providing free legal services to organisations in the public interest sector. It goes without saying that we apply the same highest standard of diligence in our pro bono mandates as in our other mandate work.

In the current crisis triggered by Covid-19 (Coronavirus), Bär & Karrer wishes to make a special contribution and help people and organisations in need as much as possible by providing fast and effective pro bono work.

Some examples of pro bono work, which we are happy to assist:

  • ETH Foundation Zurich
  • Human Rights Watch
  • La Maison de Tara
  • Room to Read
  • Stiftungsrat USZ Foundation
  • Swisscontact
  • Swisstransplant
  • University Hospital Zurich
  • University of St. Gallen, Law & Economics
  • University of Zurich, Department of Economics
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot/Israel
  • Zoe4Life