• "Extremely good knowledge of the financial regulation and works very carefully and meticulously."


    Client in IFLR 1000 2020

  • "Draws widespread admiration from peers thanks to his extensive experience advising start-ups and fintech-related Enterprises."


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "He is excellent."


    Peer in Chambers FinTech 2020

  • "FINMA was inspired by his analysis."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "He’s very broad-minded and does a lot in this area."


    Peer in Chambers FinTech 2020

  • "He gets really involved. "


    Source in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "He is highly visible in the market and is an esteemed expert in transactional and regulatory matters. "


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "Outstanding."


    Legal 500 2018

  • "FINMA agreed with his legal opinion. "


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "He has an eye on the commercial effects of the advice he's giving."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "He’s very smart and doesn’t talk nonsense. "


    Peer in Chambers FinTech 2020




Prof. Dr. Rashid Bahar


Rashid Bahar's practice focuses on banking, finance and capital markets, as well as general corporate law. He heads the funds, financial products and asset management practice group.

He regularly advises Swiss and foreign financial institutions on transactional and regulatory matters. He is often involved in M&A transactions and complex financings, where he advises both lenders and borrowers. He regularly represents clients in licensing and enforcement proceedings before the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA and other authorities. Rashid Bahar has extensively published and is regularly invited to speak on these issues.

Rashid Bahar is also an associate professor at the University of Geneva, where he teaches corporate law and financial markets regulation. He is a member of the executive committee of the Center for Banking and Financial Law and the editorial committee of the Swiss Business Law Review. He was appointed as an expert member of the working group of the Federal Department of Finance responsible for drafting the Federal Act of Financial Services (FIDLEG) and its implementing ordinance.


English, French, German


  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2012)
  • Harvard Law School: LL.M. (2007)
  • Associate at a Swiss law firm (2001-2005)
  • Senior Research Assistant at the Center for Banking and Financial Law, University of Geneva (2004-2006)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (since 2005)
  • Harvard Law School: Visiting Researcher (2003-2004)
  • University of Geneva: Dr. iur. (2003)
  • Research and Teaching Assistant to Prof. Rita Trigo Trindade (2001-2003)
  • University of Geneva: D.E.S (2000)
  • Admitted to the Geneva Bar (2000)
  • Trainee at a Swiss law firm (1998-2000)
  • University of Geneva: lic. iur. (1998)

Memberships and Public Offices

  • Association genevoise de droit des affaires
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Lawyers Association
  • Associate professor at the University of Geneva

Contact Details

Rashid Bahar is working at the following locations: Zurich,Geneva

Prof. Dr. Rashid Bahar
Bär & Karrer AG
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8002 Zurich

T: +41 58 261 53 92
F: +41 58 263 53 92
M: +41 58 262 53 92


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Deals & Cases

Bär & Karrer Advises Banque Cantonale de Genève on the Placement of CHF 135 Million Additional Tier 1 Subordinated Bonds more »
Bär & Karrer Advised Cembra Money Bank on the Financing of the Acquisition of cashgate more »
Bär & Karrer Advises Aduno Group on the Acquisition of Accarda more »
Bahar Rashid - more deals & cases


Grenzüberschreitendes Angebot von Finanzdienstleistungen und –produkten? Die Eidgenossenschaft schlägt zurück, In: SZW 6/2019, S. 618ff. …
New prospectus requirements: a corporate issuer's perspective, IFLR, December/January 2019, p. 72-73 … Download »
FinSA/FinIA: Ready for takeoff – the Federal Council releases the final versions of the ordinances implementing the FinSA and FinIA, Bär & Karrer Briefing November 2019 … Download »
Bahar Rashid - more publications

Speaking Engagements

Quo Vadis – Finanzplatz Schweiz? Neuerungen beim Kunden- und Anlegerschutz im Finanzmarktrecht Universität Zürich, 28, August 2019, Zürich … more »
LSFin/LEFin: Conséquences pour les banques et autres prestataires de services financiers – deuxième partie Bär & Karrer Event, 5 mars 2019, Geneva … more »
FIDLEG/FINIG – Herausforderungen, Pflichten, Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten SIX ConventionPoint, 10. Mai 2019, Zürich … more »
Bahar Rashid - more speaking engagements