• "Practical and solution-oriented."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2018

  • "The stellar Thomas Reutter continues to impress clients with his astounding knowledge."


    Clients in Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "A leading lawyer."


    Peers in Who's Who Legal 2019

  • "Very experienced."


    Chambers Europe 2018

  • "He is an outstanding debt capital market expert."


    Client in Legal 500 2017

  • "Simple, efficient answers to complicated matters."


    Client Chambers Global 2019

  • "He's highly pragmatic and presents good solutions."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Leading figure for IPOs, rights issues, convertible bonds and hybrid capital issues."


    Chambers Global 2017

  • "Enjoys an excellent market reputation and wins plaudits for his proactive approach and business acumen."


    Chambers Global and Europe 2013

  • "Highly sophisticated solutions to clients' most complex concerns."


    Client in Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "Very business-minded and a tough negotiator."


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

  • "Combines outstanding technical skills with an in-depth understanding of the business drivers of a deal."


    Legal 500 2014

  • "Extremely reliable, calm and a pleasure to work with - he never gets nervous under pressure."


    Client in Chambers Global 2014

  • "Has superb technical skills."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2014

  • "A key figure in the field of capital market transactions of listed companies."


    Who's Who Legal 2015

  • "He has a lot of experience and is very creative in coming up with new ideas."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2016

  • "Someone you can absolutely trust."


    Client in Chambers Global 2019

  • "He would be the first one I would call."


    Client in Chambers Europe 2015

  • "Described by clients and peers as a splendid practitioner."


    Who's Who Legal 2016

  • "Has a fantastic reputation as a transactional lawyer."


    Who's Who Legal 2014

  • "Very smart and extremely experienced."


    Legal 500 2014

  • "Stands out."


    Peers in Who's Who Legal 2019




Dr. Thomas U. Reutter


Thomas U. Reutter specializes in capital market and M&A transactions mainly of listed companies. He is regularly retained by issuers and underwriters to advise on IPOs, rights issues, convertible bonds, hybrid capital issues and other capital market transactions. Furthermore, he frequently represents corporate clients in takeover offers and mergers of SIX-listed companies as well as in private M&A transactions. In addition, Thomas U. Reutter advises listed companies on corporate and regulatory matters.

He is Co-Editor of CapLaw (Swiss Capital Markets Law), author of numerous articles within his fields of specialization and a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences.

Who's Who Legal 2017 listed him as the most highly regarded practitioner for capital markets in Switzerland. Thomas Reutter won the ILO Client Choice Award Switzerland 2016 in the category Capital Markets. He is recognised as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners Europe and Global, IFLR and Legal500.


German, English, French


  • Member of the Managing Board (since 2017)
  • Partner of Bär & Karrer (since 2005)
  • University of St. Gallen: Dr. iur. (2002)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (2001-2004)
  • Georgetown University, Washington D.C.: LL.M. in Securities and Financial Regulation (2001)
  • Associate at a Swiss law firm (1997-2000)
  • Admitted to the Zurich Bar (1997)
  • Project Manager at a Swiss private equity firm (1996)
  • Trainee at a Swiss law firm (1994-1995)
  • University of St. Gallen: lic. iur. (1994)
  • Research Assistant at University of St. Gallen (1992)
  • University of St. Gallen: lic. oec. HSG (1991)
  • Bocconi University, Milan (1989-1990)

Memberships and Public Offices

  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Member of the Bankenrechtsgruppe of the Zurich Bar Association
  • Co-Editor of CapLaw (Swiss Capital Markets Law)

Contact Details

Dr. Thomas U. Reutter
Bär & Karrer AG
Brandschenkestrasse 90
CH-8027 Zurich

T: +41 58 261 52 84
F: +41 58 263 52 84
M: +41 58 262 52 84


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Deals & Cases

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Popular Initiative on Responsible Enterprises: Switzerland’s Long Arm on Subject Enterprises, CapLaw - Swiss Capital Markets Law, No. 2/ 2019, p. 18-21 … Download »
Equity capital markets in Switzerland: regulatory overview, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Global Guide 2018 … Download »
Debt capital markets in Switzerland: regulatory overview, Thomson Reuters Practical Law, Global Guide 2018 … Download »
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Speaking Engagements

Regulierung / Marktmacht und Haftung von Proxy Advisors Gastreferat an der Universität St. Gallen, 17.04.2019, St. Gallen … more »
Management for the Legal Profession (MLP-HSG) Modul: Leadership, (Veranstalter Universität St. Gallen), 25.02.2019, St. Gallen … more »
Wandelanleihen Kapitalmarktrecht - Recht und Transaktionen XIII (Veranstalter: Europa Institut … more »
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