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Prof. Dr. Rolf Watter

Universal genius.

Source in Chambers Global 2020

Outstanding lawyer!

Source in WWL 2021

He can understand a transaction and the related issues in the shortest of times.

Client in Chambers Europe 2021

Skill-level and business mind-set is unmatched.

Client in IFLR 1000 2020

Simply the best!

Client in IFLR 1000 2020

Extensive know-how paired with the broadest possible experience of the requirements of a listed company.

Client in Who's Who Legal 2019

A leading lawyer in the Swiss market.

Peers in Who's Who Legal 2019

Very good negotiator.

Chambers Global 2019

Really remarkable attorney.

Chambers Global 2019

One of the top lawyers in Switzerland.

Who's Who Legal Banking 2018

M&A star.

Legal 500 2018

A big name.

Chambers Europe 2018

He is an outstanding M&A lawyer.

Client in Legal 500 2017

Outstanding.

Chambers Global 2017

Very pragmatic and solution-oriented – a great negotiator who thinks extremely swiftly.

Chambers Global 2017

Singled out by clients for his strategic experience.

Clients Chambers Global 2017

One of the very best M&A lawyers in Switzerland.

Client in Chambers Europe 2016

Recommended by clients and peers for his tenacity and ability to successfully negotiate complicated legal issues.

Who's Who Legal 2016

A figurehead at the top of his game.

Client in Who's Who Legal 2016

Highly praised for his broad skill set and extensive knowledge base from which he provides advice that is second to none.

Who's Who Legal 2016

Extremely accessible, very quick and extraordinarily business-minded.

Client in IFLR 1000 2016

Universal genius.

Source in Chambers Global 2020

Outstanding lawyer!

Source in WWL 2021

À propos de

Rolf Watter has broad experience in all types of M&A transactions, including defence mandates. He also specializes in corporate governance questions and capital market transactions.

Rolf Watter is presently chairman of PostFinance (since 2013). He is a board member of AP Alternative Portfolio and of the privately held Faber Castell (Holding). He used to be chairman of CEVA Logistics (2018/2019) and of Nobel Biocare (2012/2014; member 2007/2012); further he was a board member in a number of other Swiss listed companies, namely Aryzta, Zurich Insurance Group, Syngenta, Centerpulse, and Forbo. In addition, he is a member of the Regulatory Board of the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Rolf Watter is an editor of the GesKR and the Basler Kommentare on the Code of Obligations II, the Financial Infrastructure Act, the Banking and the Merger Act. He regularly publishes in his fields of work.

In Chambers Global and Europe, Rolf Watter is consistently ranked in tier 1 of the leading lawyers for Corporate/ M&A in Switzerland. Rolf Watter is recognized as a leading lawyer in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame. He is listed among the top 30 corporate governance practitioners in the world by Expertguides. Rolf Watter won the ILO Client Choice Awards Switzerland in the category M&A (2016 and 2018) and Capital Markets (2014); WWL has ranked him in 2019 as best Corporate Governance lawyer.

LanguesGerman, English, French
Curriculum
  • Currently chairman of PostFinance AG (since 2013), AP Alternative Portfolio AG (since 2000) as well as Faber-Castell (Holding) AG (since 1997)
  • Chairman of Ceva Logistics AG (2018-2019), Nobel Biocare AG (2007-2014, chairman as from 2012) and Chairman of Cablecom Holdings GmbH (2003-2008); board member of Aryzta AG (2016-2020), Zurich Insurance Group (2002-2014), Syngenta (2000-2012), Forbo (1999-2005), Feldschlösschen Getränke AG (2001-2004) and Centerpulse (2002-2003)
  • Member of the board of directors of Bär & Karrer AG (2007-2009)
  • Member of the management board of Bär & Karrer (2000-2009)
  • University of Zurich: Professor of Law (since 1996), Venia Legendi (1990)
  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 1994)
  • Georgetown University, Washington D.C.: LL.M. (1988)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1986)
  • University of Zurich: Dr. iur. (1985)
  • University of Zurich: lic. iur. (1983)
Associations et fonctions publiques
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • SIX Swiss Exchange: Member of the Admission Board, Recognised Representative for the Listing of Securities
  • Part-time Professor of Law at the University of Zurich
  • Co-editor of the law journal "GesKR" and of the Basler Commentaries on Corporate Law, on the Banking Act, the Stock Exchange Act and the Merger Act
AdmissionTous les courts suisses

Ranked Tier 1 in M&A by Legal 500

Legal 500

Ranked Tier 1 in M&A by Legal 500

Legal 500

Ranked Tier 1 in M&A by Legal 500

Legal 500

Contact

Rolf Watter
P: +41 58 261 52 80
F: +41 58 261 50 01
rolf.watter@baerkarrer.ch

Bär & Karrer SA
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8002 Zurich
Suisse

Assistants
Manuela Würmli
P: +41 58 261 52 81
F: +41 58 261 50 01
manuela.wuermli@baerkarrer.ch
Maria Schuler
P: +41 58 261 54 33
F: +41 58 261 50 01
maria.schuler@baerkarrer.ch

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