• "She is responsive, open-minded and very precise."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Profound knowledge of foreign and Swiss funds."


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Highly revered."


    Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "Exceptional on structuring and licensing matters."


    Who's Who Legal 2013

  • "Precise and gives the right amount of weight to each important point."


    Chambers Europe 2013

  • "Has a very sophisticated way of looking at problems."


    Client in Chambers Global 2017

  • "Very thorough and really responsive."


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

  • "She is extremely knowledgeable and precise in her work."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Simply a star."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "Extremely precise and attentive to detail."


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

  • "Understands where we want to go from a business perspective."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2014

  • "Has significant experience of legislative changes."


    Chambers Global 2017

  • "Provides 'terrific' advice concerning the issuance and listing of structured products."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "Very dependable."


    Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "When it comes to counselling international promoters on entering the Swiss market her practice is 'second to none'."


    Who's Who Legal 2015




Stephanie Comtesse


Stephanie Comtesse co-heads the collective investment schemes and asset management team at Bär & Karrer and has extensive experience in these fields.

She represents the interests of professional associations during the law-making process and during revisions of the relevant legislation. Her practice includes advising on (domestic and international) investment fund and asset management structures, establishing Swiss fund management companies, assisting foreign promoters in entering the Swiss market as well as supporting clients with any licensing procedures relevant to this field. Stephanie Comtesse further advises foreign managers in particular on the provision of services to Swiss pension funds and investment foundations from a regulatory and contractual perspective. She also assists clients on the issuance and listing of structured products.

Stephanie Comtesse also provides advice in general banking and corporate matters as well as in relation to real estate transactions.

She is a Recognized Representative for the Listing of Securities at the SIX Swiss Exchange and a member of the Swiss Funds and Asset Management Association's Legal and Compliance Committee 2016 Working Group on International Distribution.

In 2014 she won the ILO Client Choice Award in the category "Securitisation & Structured Finance". Who's Who Legal 2015 lists her as one of Switzerland's leading lawyers in the practice areas Private Funds and Investment Management.

She publishes and lectures regularly on topics within her fields of expertise.


English, French, German


  • Of Counsel at Bär & Karrer (since 2007)
  • Collective investment scheme specialist with law firms in Zurich (2000-2006)
  • Independant practitioner in own law firm (1997-2000)
  • Secondment as inside counsel in the oil industry (1991)
  • Associate at a Zurich law firm (1990-1996)
  • Admitted to the Geneva Bar ("Premier Brevet") (1990)
  • Trainee at a law firm in Geneva (1987-1989)
  • University of Geneva: lic. iur. (1987)

Memberships and Public Offices

  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Recognized Representative for the Listing of Securities at the SIX Swiss Exchange
  • Lecturer at the Fund Academy and the "Forum für kollektive/struktuierte Kapitalanlagen"
  • CEDIDAC (Centre de droit de l'entreprise), Lausanne

Contact Details

Stephanie Comtesse
Bär & Karrer AG
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8027 Zurich

T: +41 58 261 50 00
F: +41 58 261 50 01


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Deals & Cases

Orascom Development Holding Sold a Number of the Chedi Andermatt Apartments to Acuro Immobilien more »
Swiss Re Announces Creation of New Corporate Holding Structure more »
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Kommentierung Art. 119-122 KAG, Bösch / Rayroux / Winzeler / Stupp (eds.), Basler Kommentar zum Kollektivanlagen …
Kommentierung der Bestimmungen betreffend ausländische kollektive Kapitalanlagen-Art.119-125 KAG, Watter / Vogt / Bösch / Rayroux / Winzeler (eds.), Basler Kommentar zum Kollekti …
What U.S. and Other Non-Swiss Portfolio Managers Need to Know About Managing Assets of Swiss Occupational Benefit Plans, The Hedge Fund Law Report, www.hflawreport.com, September 2016 Download »
Comtesse Stephanie - more publications

Speaking Engagements

European and Swiss Developments regarding Funds and Asset Management  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Florm, Investment Funds and Asset Managemen … more »
Marketing and Managing Funds in Europe - outside the EU Fund Forum USA, Boston (MA) … more »
Swiss Financial Services Act and the draft Swiss Financial Institution Act Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) with UBS Switzerland … more »
Comtesse Stephanie - more speaking engagements