• "FINMA was inspired by his analysis."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "He gets really involved. "


    Source in Chambers Europe 2019

  • "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

  • "Outstanding."


    Legal 500 2018

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


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

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


    Who's Who Legal 2018

  • "FINMA agreed with his legal opinion. "


    Client in Chambers Europe 2019

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


    Client in IFLR 1000 2020

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


    Peer in Chambers FinTech 2020

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


    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 Advised Coty Inc. on its Sale of a 60% Interest in its Professional and Retail Hair Business to KKR more »
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 »
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Responsabilité sociétale des entreprises en droit de la société anonyme: entre devoir des organes et nouvelle technique de réglementation, Zeitschrift für Schweizerisches Recht Band 139 (2020) I Heft 2, Helbing Lichtena …
Alternative Investment Funds 2020 - Switzerland, The International Comparative Legal Guide, Eighth Edition, 2020 … Download »
Federal Act on Financial Services (FinSA) / Federal Act on Financial Institutions (FinIA): Deadlines for the End of the Transition Regime Start, Bär & Karrer Briefing July 2020 … Download »
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Speaking Engagements

Technologie und Aufsicht im Fokus Seminar - 17. Zürcher Tagung zu Entwicklungen im Finanzmarktrecht, 21. Oktober 2 … more »
Transparenz der Aktionäre, Abschaffung der Inhaberaktien GesKR Tagung zum neuen Aktienrecht, 21. Oktober 2020 Park Hyatt Zürich, Zürich … more »
Journée 2020 de droit bancaire et financier Centre International de Conférences (CICG), 15. October, Geneva … more »
Bahar Rashid - more speaking engagements